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I’ve done it again! I’ve managed to receive another acceptance letter. Kazka Press has accepted my latest submission, The Stepping Stone, to their February Flash Call. That makes 3 pieces they’ve accepted in the last 5 months I’ve been doing this. I’m pretty stoked. Now, if only I could get more to accept me.
So, on March 1st, 2012 you will be able to read my speculative fiction piece based off this Gizmodo Article “Before and After: New Island Appears In The Red Sea Almost Overnight”
A new volcanic island has appeared in the Red Sea almost overnight. The eruption was first reported by local fishermen in mid-December 2011, 40 miles off the coast of Yemen. — Gizmodo
Logically speaking, this island emerged from an underground volcano that erupted. However, my writer’s mind went in a different direction. Check out my story and let me know what you think.
You can read The Stepping Stone, on Kazka Press.
Shadows crept across the wall as Dani flipped through the books she’s torn from the shelves. She crouched lower between the bookshelves, hoping to find what she was looking for before they arrived. Page after page of long-forgotten information. Images of distant worlds she would never be allowed to see. Diagrams of mystical machinery that would never be built in time. Even recipes for potions that took far too long to brew. All useless.
She tossed the book to the floor and grabbed another. That jagged silver circle of light returned to her vision once more and slammed her against the piles of books strewn at her feet. Arms sprawled against the wall, she steadied herself, holding her breath. Hoping nothing toppled and cut the silence as the shadows grew ever closer.
The flashing light lasted longer than it ever had before. Her vision cleared just as the searing pain returned. The end was too close. She let her head droop and caught sight of it. The tattered ends of an orange piece of paper stuck out from a discarded book. Freedom was now within her grasp. Filled with a sense of euphoria, the shadows engulfed her and everything faded.
This is my entry for Rachael Harrie’s First Campaigner Challenge (of my Fourth Campaign, February 2012). The rules are as follows:
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:
- end the story with the words: “everything faded.” (also included in the word count)
- include the word “orange” in the story
- write in the same genre you normally write
- make your story 200 words exactly!
Open with “Shadows crept across the wall” ✔
End the story with the words “everything faded.” ✔
Include the word “orange” in the story ✔
Write in the same genre you normally write ✔
200 words ✔
If you like this, please click the link and vote for #189
Also, if you liked this piece, please feel free to read some of my other works on my “Free Reads” link at the top of the page. Some have been published as well. Thank you for reading.
Let me know what you think! I love reading everyone’s comments!
KazkaPress.Net selected my story for publication for a second month in a row! KazkaPress does offer some amazing prompts for their speculative flash fiction requests. I’ve enjoyed it immensely! And, have reveled in the fact I’ve been published…TWICE!
Drake’s Hoard is now live!
Here’s what KazkaPress wanted for the November Contest:
The November 2011 issue of National Geographic featured an article on the Staffordshire Gold Hoard. If you don’t know, this hoard of gold is an treasure trove of Anglo-Saxon…well, treasures…from 1,300 years ago. It was discovered in 2009 by a bloke with a metal detector. However, no one knows why it was buried in this ground 1,300 years ago. Here’s a tidbit from the article, which you really want to read all of:
Much plunder was carried away—possibly down the old Roman road Watling Street, which leads past the site where the Staffordshire Hoard was found. Event and place are commemorated in the Welsh poem “Marwnad Cynddylan—The Death Song of Cynddylan”:
Grandeur in battle! Extensive spoils
Morial bore off from in front of Lichfield.
Fifteen hundred cattle from the front of battle;
four twenties of stallions and equal harness.
The chief bishop wretched in his four-cornered
house, the book-keeping monks did not protect.
A retinue of 80 horses and spoils from a “wretched” bishop (a detail that conjures the gold inscription and crosses): The poem offers a tempting explanation for the hoard, an explanation, alas, built from slender, circumstantial evidence that has happened to survive from an era from which most evidence was lost. We can conjure other teasing theories. Our unknown travelers may have chosen the burial spot because it was obscure—or because it was conspicuous. The burial might have had a marker for rediscovery, or it might have been intended as an offering hidden forever to all but their gods. The hoard may have been ransom, or booty, or a votive thanks. It may have been a collection of Anglo-Saxon heirlooms buried at a later time. [by Caroline Alexander in NatGeo]
We at Kazka Press want to know: What’s the story of this treasure? Why was it buried? In 713 words exactly, excluding title, write a piece of flash fiction that tells the story of this treasure. And your story must have a speculative fiction backbone to it–fantasy, sci-fi, slipstream, cyberpunk, steampunk, etc. We’ll be especially pleased to see a strong, fantastical historical fiction element to this month’s entries.
That’s the theme, the whole sum and total of it.
You can read the whole Staffordshire Gold Hoard story if you wish, and then my published speculative fictional pieceabout it. Let me know what you think. I hope you like it! If you do, please vote for it as well! The ones with the most votes get a chance to be published in their print anthology! Thanks!
Interested in reading Flash Fiction? Here is a collection of 176 stories to peruse through. While everything may not fit your taste, there is bound to be something in this anthology that you will like.
Based off Rachael Harrie’s 3rd Writer’s Platform Building Campaign
, this is a collection of participant’s flash fiction pieces for each of Rachael’s three challenges. The reader will not only be supporting a good cause, but can determine if the writer met the challenges presented.
All proceeds from the sale of this Anthology go to Help Harry Help Others. It’s a wonderful charity started by one little boy. Diagnosed with brain cancer, Harry “single-handedly raised over £85,000 (roughly $137,000) for brain cancer research by fundraising and selling hand-made bracelets.” You can read more about this cause by visiting Help Harry’s Website
. I could not do it justice.
Please consider purchasing this e-Book anthology. You can find purchase details here:
Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/Campaigner-Challenges-2011-ebook/dp/B0066UV28C
Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0066UV28C
Amazon (DE): http://www.amazon.de/dp/B0066UV28C
Amazon (France): http://www.amazon.fr/dp/B0066UV28C
Barnes & Nobel: [To be Announced]
As many of you know, I recently signed my first publishing deal. If you didn’t know, you may be interested to read about it here.
If you are interested in reading my piece, you can read it off KazkaPress.Net. Please understand, parts of this are real, and parts are not. We were to speculate the purpose of the numbers station, UVB-76. If you like military, spy, spooky, sci-fi, conspiracy theories, all rolled up into one, I suggest you read this first, then read my story and what I speculated the purpose of UVB-76.
If you like it, I’d be most appreciative if you rated it. The more ratings I get, the more chance I have in this piece being selected into their 713 Anthology. Be sure to read the other stories they chose as well.
Thank you for your support and your votes! I hope you enjoy the short story.