Ultimate Streaker Carrie Houghton is the Ultimate Streaker in the first annual Stanley's Cup in a landslide victory! Her story Portrait of a Man touched the hearts of 64 voters! Carrie told a poignant story of Ralph, an old man lonely with the passage of time and filled with a lifetime of stories to tell. … Continue reading The votes are in!
Category: Writing in Vain
Stanley’s Cup voting is now open
We've got five flash fiction stories vying for the coveted Stanley's Cup! Head over to the linkup and vote for your favourite story! Everybody is welcome to vote! The more the merrier! Voting closes at midnight! Winners* will be announced tomorrow morning! *You're all winners to me!
Scent of a story
Week 13 - Prompt: Never underestimate the lives of old men sitting on benches. Mystery Basket: a person named Ralph, animal crackers and driving on Route 66. Belvedere loved afternoon walks, even more than morning ones. There were so many more scents at this time of day and this excited the hound dog. Belvedere sniffed … Continue reading Scent of a story
Get your pens fired up for the Stanley’s Cup
One flash fiction story under 500 words a week for 13 weeks – this is your challenge. Wow, here we are on Week 13. It's amazing streaking with all of you. Each week I'm excited to read your stories and see what you've all come up. I must say that I'm impressed with the diversity, creativity and … Continue reading Get your pens fired up for the Stanley’s Cup
Do you Dare?
Week 11 Prompt: While playing truth or dare with friends on a warm summer day, a girl discovers she likes eating live bugs. Bertie stormed through the dining room of the restaurant into the kitchen. “Deliver me from evil, Johnny,” she said in a fake southern accent and held up a transparent plastic bag. “If … Continue reading Do you Dare?
We’re hearing voices this week
One flash fiction story under 500 words a week for 13 weeks – this is your challenge. Hope you are all warmed-up for the first annual Stanley’s Cup next week! Here's how the week (Aug 28 - Sept 3) is going to work: Prompt and mystery basket items will be posted on Thain in Vain and sent to … Continue reading We’re hearing voices this week
Power of the fates
Week 7 Prompt - A boy puts a quarter in a gumball machine and human tooth comes out. Dachen bolted from his grandmother’s side towards a gumball machine at the end of the boardwalk. “Gramama, gumballs! Can I have a quatrid? Can I? Can I please?” “Of course you can wee boy, but only one.” … Continue reading Power of the fates
Bugs are on the menu this week
One flash fiction story under 500 words a week for 13 weeks – this is your challenge. Here we are at Week 11 already! We're a couple of weeks away from the first annual Stanley's Cup. Charlotte and I have a fun prompt for Week 13 all ready to go. We've also been busy hand-selecting the three … Continue reading Bugs are on the menu this week
Free games ain’t free
Week 6 Prompt: A character is at an arcade on the pier, when a man comes up and grabs his shoulder. Three ghosts were in hot pursuit of Pac Man when a meaty hand clamped over my shoulder. My hand lost its grip on the controller, leaving Pac Man stopped dead in his tracks, his … Continue reading Free games ain’t free
You gotta give 3 Fs this week: family, fight and ferris wheel
Eilidh from Thain in Vain and Charlotte of Drafty Devil are your fabulous co-hosts for the 13 Week Streak – Summer Flash Fiction Challenge. One flash fiction story under 500 words a week for 13 weeks – this is your challenge. Prompt – Week 10 Who the hell is this family? A family has an argument while waiting in line for … Continue reading You gotta give 3 Fs this week: family, fight and ferris wheel