Sunday Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli 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: Temper
Better Late Than No Promo- by Free Range Oyster
*blows off dust* Testing, ein, deux, treis, IV… Oh look, the mic still works! Hello, ladies, gentlemen, dragons, and assorted riff-raff! Feast your eyes on a new load of books. So much good stuff! So many pretty covers! Indeed I have brought you a wonderful trove of tasty pulp, with many
brand new recent releases including two anthologies, one of them positively encrusted with names familiar to regular visitors of the Promo Post. [You’re trying to spin a month-long backlog as a good thing? –Ed.] Pay no attention to the man in italics! This bounteous promo is simply the result of my love for all you wonderful people and people-like entities. It has nothing to do with any supposed failings of time management or email synchronization. Nothing! Speaking of which, there is a new email address intended solely for promo material: promo(at)freerangeoyster(dot)com. Just drop me a link to the Amazon page for your book, and a blurb if you want it different from what’s at the ‘zon. So go, enjoy this week’s [month’s –Ed.] haul of books, leave helpful reviews, enjoy your weekend, and don’t call me for bail money unless there’s a really epic story to go with it. As always, future entries for the promo post can (and should!) be sent to my shiny new email! Happy reading!
Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster
Minion Wrangler, Code Monkey, and Chief Assistant to the Assistant Chief
Livli struggles with a secret she keeps from everyone, even her closest friends, and she must solve the problem at its heart before she’s discovered.
She’s certain the answer lies in a fragment of folklore and magic half-remembered from her childhood. Almost certain.
She wouldn’t need forgotten magic if only the men and women of her secluded mountain culture dwelt together. But the women—and Livli—inhabit their sister-lodge atop its lofty bluff, while the men live apart in their brother-lodge several valleys away.
Unless she can force a change, Livli stands to lose everything… including the most precious thing in her life: her son.
A story of secrets, shibboleths, and deep-forged strength told with all the insight and engaging intimacy that J.M. Ney-Grimm brings to epic fantasy.
M L Clark
Target Seventeen Must Die
Time traveler Jeremiah Gale kills people in the past to create a better present. He fails to kill target seventeen, but when he returns to the future, it is changed for the better. He’s on an orbital colony, everybody is friendly and kind, though a bit conformist. Gale thinks his mission is finished, but soon gets kidnapped and interrogated. It doesn’t take long for him to realize assassins from even farther in the future are hunting for somebody. Eventually able to capture one of the time travelers before she suicides, he deduces they wish to kill a novelist before he writes the novels that will bring down their fascist state. Instead of killing target seventeen, can he protect him and stop the time travelers?
Eight lives depend on Kyle’s desperate trek across the Moon to get help. But someone – or something – intends for him to fail. Can he defeat it in time?
The Directorate Book 1
What’s college without friends and enemies?
Ebsa’s reached the height of his ambitions with acceptance at the elite college that trains the people who will explore the worlds across the dimensions. Now all he has to do is survive it.
Psychic Wanted (Un)Dead or Alive
The SDF Paranormal Mysteries Book 4
Hell hath no fury…
Halloween’s here and psychic FBI agent Ariana Ryder is ready to party. Sure, her and her boss Grant haven’t been in a good place since what happened in Miami; he’s basically acting like he doesn’t care and isn’t her friend anymore, let alone anything more, but she’s sure he doesn’t mean it. And besides, she has her boyfriend, Quil, so it’s not like she cares anyway.
And then there’s Carvi, vampire king of Miami, back up in Nashville with a warning.
That someone’s put a hit out on Ariana, and assassins are on their way.
But a psychic has a job to do, and when a ghostly curse of vengeance born from broken hearts starts killing men all over Nashville, Ariana has to psychic up and get her butt to work, cuz everything about these supposed suicides screams ghost, but it’s doing things no mere specter can pull off.
The clock’s tickin’ before the ghost strikes again, and Ariana’s going to have to face her own past to stop it.
Because it’s just set its sights on Grant.
When California declares independence, their dreams of socialist diversity become nightmares for many from the high Sierras to the Central Valley. Follow the lives of those who must decide whether to stand their ground, or flee!
In San Diego, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Group One finds his hands tied by red tape, even as protesters storm the base and attack dependents.
In Los Angeles, an airline mechanic must beg, borrow, or bribe to get his family on the plane out before the last flight out.
Elsewhere, a couple seeks out the new underground railroad after being forced to confess to crimes they didn’t commit.
In the new state of Jefferson, farmers must defend themselves against carpetbaggers and border raiders.
And in the high Sierras, a woman must make the decision to walk out alone…
Inn Between Worlds: Volume 1
Sitting outside of time and space is the Inn Between Worlds. Residents might say it’s a place for travelers, or a place to rest, a place to find excitement. Or they might say it’s dangerous and to be avoided at all costs because Reality Does Not Work Right inside its infinite walls.
Contained in these pages are three stories that all share one important point: Their events would not have been possible without The Inn.
“Gideon Wallace and the Sapphire Woman” is the first story in a new series by Thomas A Farmer, and shows what happens when a mortal man finds himself drawn into a fight between gods.
In “Chaos Candy,” by Amie Gibbons, supernatural bounty hunter Zee tries to uncover a dark secret and learns much more than she ever wanted to know.
Finally, Michael David Anderson’s “Flux” continues the adventures of Teddy Dormer, taking him once again to strange new places and showing him new nightmares.