Promo Post by Free Range Oyster and Vignettes by Mary Catelli, Luke and ‘Nother Mike
So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.
We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Your writing prompt this week is:
Hail and well met, my friends! I return at last with a blessed batch of beautiful books. So go, read! Review! Give constructive feedback and sheckels as appropriate! If you have books for the next promo, please make sure to send them to my email as soon as possible. Happy reading!
Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster
Word polisher, code monkey, and proud member of Hoyt’s Horde of Huns
John Van Stry
The Hammer Commission
Mark’s job seems pretty dull to others, but that’s just the window dressing. He’s actually an elite member of a thousand year old secret society that hunts down devils, demons, and other evils: he’s on the front lines of the secret ongoing war between Heaven and Hell that has been raging for millenniums.
For decades now, things have been at a stalemate, but all of that is about to change…
On sale for 99¢. You can find the other books John has on sale this weekend at his website.
Where Angels Die Book 1
‘A demon is the spirit of a bad idea. The Taken are just its victims. If they kill you, you lose. If you kill them – you lose. The only way to win is to kill the idea itself. That’s where we come in.’
Enter Revel Enfield: paladin, exorcist, Knight of the Covenant of Justice.
Every enemy is hidden.
Every friend can be turned.
Even the Angels of Life can be killed.
This is his war.
Renegades: Out of Time
The Renegades Book 3
The Renegades are running out of time.
Captain Mike Noguchi has led his band of Renegades out of the heart of a interstellar war, forged them together into a privateer crew, and has learned of an ancient alien facility that may hold clues to a conspiracy which seems bent on his crew’s destruction.
But that facility is on a planet conquered by the Chxor. The Renegades will need to slip across the battle-lines, infiltrate a conquered world, and find their way inside a facility which has kept its secrets for untold generations. Along the way they’ll need to fight genetically engineered monsters, a psychotic military commander, and an entire army of Chxor.
Yet even if they manage that, some secrets may be too much for them to handle. Their enemies have already done terrible things with the knowledge found there… can the Renegades survive secrets from outside of time?
K. M. O’Brien
The Sculpted Ship
Starship engineer Anailu Xindar dreamed of owning her own ship, but she didn’t find the courage to actually go for it until she was forced out of her safe, comfortable job. She goes shopping for a cheap, practical freighter, but she ends up buying a rare, beautiful, but crippled luxury ship. Getting it into space will take more than her technical skills. She’ll have to go way outside her comfort zone to brave the dangers of safaris, formal dinners, a rude professor, and worst of all, a fashion designer. She may even have to make some friends… and enemies.
“The Sculpted Ship” is set on the outskirts of an interstellar empire where FTL travel is commonplace but intelligent robots are rare and expensive. Though the Iris Empire has stood for a thousand years, a talented individual can find plenty of opportunity. But the nobility of this empire guards its privileges jealously.
Three Winter Tails
A Cat Among Dragons Story Set
Faith, Hope, Love, and bar-fights.
“Peace on Earth, good will to all” doesn’t apply to Rada Ni Drako and Yori dar Ohrkan. At least, not without close adult supervision, as these three winter-themed stories reveal. Colonel Adamski may lose all his feathers from stress-molt before spring finally arrives.
Journeys And Wizardy
Drunken mermaids – a clan cursed to become crows – a magic book that even the Nameless Necromancer fears – and more in this reprint collection of thirteen stories and a poem.
Now in print