Puppies

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Today is National Puppy Day, so this is an easy prompt.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that features a puppy or two or more.

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*The image is courtesy of Pixabay

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Never See A Unicorn

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Today’s photo-lyric is inspired by St. Patrick’s Day.  One popular Irish song, drinking or otherwise, is “The Unicorn Song”, which offers up one explanation for why “You’ll never see a unicorn, to this very day”.  The song was written by Shel Silverstein and this video with lyrics is sung by the Irish Rovers.  Whether you like the song or not, it’s the impetus behind today’s prompt.  Supposing unicorns had existed, write a little Flashy Fiction that explains how they disappeared.

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*The images making up the photo lyric are courtesy of Pixabay

The Unicorn
Shel Silverstein

A long time ago, when the earth was still green,
There were more kinds of animals than you’ve ever seen;
They’d run around free while the earth was being born,
The loveliest of all was the Unicorn.

There was green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
The loveliest of all was the Unicorn.

Now God seen some sinnin’ and it gave Him pain.
And He said, “Stand back, I’m going to make it rain.”
He said, “Hey, brother Noah, I’ll tell you what to do.
Build me a floating zoo.”

And take some of them green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
Don’t you forget my Unicorn.”

Old Noah was there to answer the call,
He finished up making the Ark just as the rain started fallin’,
He marched in the animals two by two
And he called out as they went through,
“Hey, Lord: I’ve got yer….

Green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but Lord, I’m so forlorn,
I just can’t see no Unicorn.”

Old Noah looked out into the driving rain,
Them Unicorns was hiding, playing silly games,
Kicking and splashing while the rain was pouring,
Oh, them silly Unicorns.

There was green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Noah cried, “Close the doors ’cause the rain is pourin’,
And we just can’t wait for no Unicorns.”

The Ark started movin’, it drifted with the tide,
Them Unicorns looked up from the rock and they cried,
And the waters came down and sorta floated them away,
That’s why you’ll never see a Unicorn, to this very day.

You’ll see green alligators and long-necked geese,
Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
You’re never gonna see no Unicorn.

Songwriters: SHEL SILVERSTEIN
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., T.R.O. INC.

Cynosure

Cynosureimage courtesy of Digital Blasphemy

Take a look at this graphic the uber-talented artist at Digital Blasphemy created.  Gaze at it for a few moments, taking in the colors and lines, the contrasts, the blurs, the symmetry.  Write a little Flashy Fiction based on the first thing to come to mind.

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Conquering the Wild


Conquering the Wild” is the theme of this monument, depicted by a man engaged in a struggle to subdue a rearing horse.  The central statue is flanked on its four corners by life-size figures representing science, art, learning, and industry.  Write a little Flashy Fiction inspired by the theme of this monument or the actual figures they used to represent it.  Maybe just write a story based on creating a monument.

Misty Mountain Temple

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The fabled Misty Mountain Temple.  Some say there’s an Oracle there who can foresee your future.  Others say it is home to a mad god.  From here, it looks deserted.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that explains your protagonist’s reason for being here in this idyllic marsh, seeking the Misty Mountain Temple.  Has he come to gain knowledge, to slay a mad god, or loot whatever he can find?

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Put Your Lights On

Today’s video prompt is one of my friend’s favorite songs, due in part to the following lines:

There’s an angel, with a hand on my head
She say I’ve got nothing to fear

Give it a look, listen to the *lyrics, and then write a little Flashy Fiction inspired Santana’s and Everlast’s “Put Your Lights On”.

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*Here are the lyrics if you want to read over them

Hey now, all you sinners
Put your lights on, put your lights on
Hey now, all you lovers
Put your lights on, put your lights on

Hey now, all you killers
Put your lights on, put your lights on
Hey now, all you children
Leave your lights on, you better leave your lights on

‘Cause there’s a monster living under my bed
Whispering in my ear
There’s an angel, with a hand on my head
She say I’ve got nothing to fear

There’s a darkness deep in my soul
I still got a purpose to serve
So let your light shine, into my hole
God, don’t let me lose my nerve, don’t let me lose my nerve

Hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now
Wo-oh hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now

Hey now, all you sinners
Put your lights on, put your lights on
Hey now, all you children
Leave your lights on, you better leave your lights on

‘Cause there’s a monster living under my bed
Whispering in my ear
There’s an angel, with a hand on my head
She say I’ve got nothing to fear
She say La ill aha ill allah
We all shine like stars
La ill aha ill allah
We all shine like stars
Then we fade away

Songwriters: ERIK SCHRODY
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Characterization: Love Hate

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Polarizing figures.  Some love them.  Some hate them.  Very few fall in the middle.  Write a little Flashy Fiction in which you create a character that is polarizing:  loved by many, hated by just as many.  Or take it a slightly different way and create a character that a person or many people love to hate.  You know the type, the person/group that no one likes or approves of, but can’t stop talking about them, following them on social media, or watching the TV when a blurb about them comes on.  Whichever type you choose, don’t just describe the character(s).  Bring them to life through conversation and/or actions.

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*The image above is courtesy of Pixabay

Going Mental

Personaimage courtesy of Digital Blasphemy

Let’s explore the mind this week.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that takes place all in the head of the protagonist.  Maybe it’s an inner discussion, trying to decide on a course of action.  Maybe it’s a battle of the id, ego, and superego, or a struggle to maintain sanity.  Maybe the conflict is trying to sort through an over-abundance of information, an over stimulation.  Or, maybe you have a protagonist in complete control learning…perhaps learning how to slip outside of their own mind.

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Empty Soul

George Michael photo lyric

Today’s photo-lyric prompt contains lines from two of George Michael’s songs.  “I think there’s something you should know…” comes from his hit song Freedom ’90 from his album Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1.  The other lyric, “And the road that I have walked upon…”, is from Waiting (reprise) on the same album.  While George Micheal was a hugely successful musician, these are just a few of the lyrics in his songs that reveal a tortured soul, caught between playing the superstar for the record labels and trying to be himself.  Unfortunately, his demons finally claimed him this past Christmas day.  Write a little Flashy Fiction in which your protagonist struggles with their inner demon, but unlike so many musicians, let’s see how your protagonist wins the fight.

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*The image above is the cover art from his Older album.

The Floating Citadel

Approaching Asgardimage courtesy of Digital Blasphemy

Cresting the first peak in the spine of the snow-capped mountains, you can’t believe your eyes.  Clearing away the wind-induced tears from your eyes, you gaze in awe at the huge chunk of mountain floating above the highest peak up ahead with a citadel perched upon it.  You’d heard of it, of course, but not truly believed it until now.  Write a little Flashy Fiction the explains why your protagonist found her way here and what her plans are when she gets to the floating rock.  Is she just going to investigate or does she have some sort of business at the citadel?  Do they welcome visitors or will she have to find some means of getting up there unnoticed?  What will she find if and when she does?

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