Friday Fictioneers is an international community of blogging writers who come together once a week to share their creative talents via a ‘hundred word’ (roughly) fiction story prompted by a single photo. Some use the photo for inspiration while others use it as an illustration.
- Writers are encouraged to think outside the box.
- The story should have a beginning, a middle and an end.
- THE KEY: making every word count. As close to 100 words as possible.
Hopefully I’ve accomplished these items this week. Enjoy! And yes this story has 100 words exactly!
She looked at the photo. This week’s prompt. She was going to write one hundred words this week or die trying. She was still mystified as to why a hundred word count was so important. Had to be a reason.
Slaving away at her revisions, she repeatedly glanced at the prompt. Finally, at last, she’d done it. One hundred words exactly. Yes! She hit publish.
Hidden safely behind the moon, the aliens in the flying saucer observed the all important “indicator” light up. They nodded at one another and went to pick up another human brain now ready for consumption.
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Very funny. If I’m not here next week, you know why.
Thank you very much. But more to the point if you are here next week will you still be “you”! 🙂
Fantastic take on the challenge, brilliant I was right there imagining the next scene beyond the 100 words!
Thank you, this one was for fun. I am so glad you enjoyed it!
Brilliantly unique take, Penny. Fun-filled 🙂
Thanks Celestine, it was pure fun for me also in the writing of it! 🙂
Welcome to the club, we all have alien replacement brains implanted. 🙂
I’m sure you are correct on that one! 🙂
A great idea–I like to think of the fictioneers is blending fiction with pioneers–pioneering new horizons in words.
You’re right Alice, new ideas and new directions, a very good thing!
Ha ha ha – that was fun!
Thank you and I loved yours also! 🙂
This had me bursting out with laughter – fantastic! I’d write more, but they’re coming to get me…
Quick, run…hide! Actually it was just a ton of fun to write this and am so very pleased you liked it! Thank you very much!
I burst out laughing at the last paragraph of your story. Where i work we are in direct contact with the aliens behind the moon. in fact they land here and take surface tranportation to harvest their brains….
Loved your lunatic take on the prompt. Thank you for being you.
Oh that is good to know Doug! Seriously, It was one of those “just couldn’t help myself” moments, if you know what I mean. Thank you for your compliment and the truth is I don’t think I know how to be anyone else besides myself (I find just being me to be hard work.) Penny, xx
A fun take on the prompt. But I’m a little shocked that you figured out my ulterior motive. Thanks for the giggles. Good job!
Thank you Rochelle, meant in fun and i’m so glad you enjoyed it, very much appreciated by me!
Nope, I’m feeling you Tom. How exactly do you give a “warning” if you’re going to use profanity? Just curious.
Too cute for words. Chuckle, chuckle.
Thank you Shirley. I got a little carried away but it was fun!
Oh – Made me smile & then a chuckle came out!
xx 🙂 🙂 xx
Thanks RoSy! I had a lot of fun writing it too! 🙂 xoxo
good one! I always thought it was because we too can be perfect squares.
Thank you very much! I admit it was a rather creative endeavor on my part. I like your idea of perfect squares better!
hahaha I’ll stay away from 100 words thank You very much…
Hi Lisa, yes very wise of you LOL!
nice work, I like your take on the prompt, very original.
Thank you very much! It was different wasn’t it! LOL
So this Friday Fictioneer addiction thing… Is it really some alien takeover of my brain? I bet Rochelle was phoning her leader in that photo she posted the other week. Well played, aliens. Well played.
Really who knew! LOL, I did enjoy writing this, totally tongue-in-cheek so I hope Rochelle has a sense of humor, just having a little bit of fun! Thank you very much!
Oh I bursts out laughing! I really thought you’d written yourself into a corner there…just so clever…with us folk playing right into their hands! Brilliant!
Thanks. Okay I admit it was written with some deliberateness. Poking a little bit of fun at the process of writing within defined dimensions. Was fun though! Again my thanks for your flattering comments!
Spontaneously so! Real enjoyment! PS…if there is a touch of time left over… http://ligoeditions.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/the-ligo-haibun-challenge-prompt-melt/
Thanks, I will give it a try, I love a challenge!
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But I thought visiting aliens are all going to be more advanced than earthlings (or should I say ‘eatlings’ in the circumstances?). If so, they will be vegetarians, like me. 🙂
You know what? You’re probably right! 🙂
What is it with other creatures wanting to eat our brains? First zombies now aliens. It’s enough to make a girl want to invest in a helmet. Fun read 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! I’m sorry couldn’t help myself, it just came to mind! (ha,ha) 🙂
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” They nodded at one another and went to pick up another human brain now ready for consumption.”……………………… remind me Penny to wear a tin foil hat when we meet…….hehehe
Yes do, we can also go down to Roswell for even more imaginative fun! Although I think the location has moved now! LOL
I’ve actually been there. And when living in Vegas…. visited area 51 frequently… lots of fun!
Aha! I mean … I’ll bet! 😉 Never been, unless that’s where I was originally dropped off! lol
I’m still waiting for the Mothership to pick me up and take me back home.
Yeah me too, wish they’d hurry up!
so that’s what happens when we hit “publish”? just a matter of time then. well done.
Sorry couldn’t help myself, I kept reading the directions and thinking to myself – what if? A bit of whimsy and fun! Thank you for the compliment!
“what if?’ is what writing is all about. what if vampires were real? what if a guy and a girl fall in love but they’re from two families that hate each other? what if a guy is stranded on an island byhimself for years?
I do go through life with “what ifs” and constantly wonder, always so much fodder out there to wonder on isn’t there?
Great twist at the end Penny; I enjoyed that.
Thanks, it is fun to sometimes not only think outside of the box but to leave the box completely behind!
Great idea! Very inventive.
Alright, I admit to having fun with this, a bit of whimsy that came to mind so I just couldn’t help myself, thank you for stopping by and commenting, very much appreciated by myself!
Beam us up, Penny. 🙂 Way to turn our weapons against us.
Thanks! Having a bit of a jest, sometimes I just can’t help myself! 🙂
that was fun, Penny. Good going:)
Thank you Padmini, I must admit I decided to just have a bit of fun with the challenge this week! I am glad you liked it! 🙂
Hah! A very clever way around the word count rule.
Thank you very much Claire, it was indeed, but lots of fun in the doing! 🙂
Wow.. Such an amazing story. And didn’t expect that in the end. The first two stanzas sounded very much like me.. hehe.. 🙂 Thankfully, I am still here. Loved your take on the prompt.
Thank you very much, definitely original I guess, but there you go! Having a little bit of fun with it! 🙂
Totally original with an amazing ending. And yes, fun too.. 🙂
Thanks again, I appreciate that! 🙂
A good one, Penny, really is! Absolutely unexpected take on the challenge.
Thank you! I really did go way out of the box didn’t I? LOL
It is nice to be surprised this way 🙂
Haha! I love that!!! Utter brilliance Penny.
That was an excellent post today. Thanks so much for sharing it. I
really enjoyed reading it very much. I’ll be sure to pass it along to others.
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You’re welcome. Enjoy the rest of your week.
You also, I do appreciate your compliment. Actually producing precisely 100 words wasn’t that difficult. When I owned an advertising agency, of course every word counted and you also had to sell product too, so I perhaps have a slight advantage. 🙂 thanks again for stopping by.
Every advantage helps in this new global economy.
Huge truth there!
The non-conformist comes out in you as you conform…see you on the ship!
Thanks Tom, okay … maybe we’ll share a cubicle for a brief period of time there!
A very interesting end .. Human brain ready for consumption.. 🙂 Nice 🙂
Thank you. Yes, I was reminded of a very old tv story on the Twilight Zone where aliens come to help humans and leave a book of knowledge (in their language) when the humans deciphered the book that was called “How to Serve Mankind” they found out it was a cook book. So I thought I’d have some fun with the same idea, only honing in on the intelligence (brain) of it all! Again my thanks! 🙂
AnElephantCant help thinking
This rule is slightly absurd
He thinks Penny’s tale
Should easily prevail
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Laughing here! Just great, love your poem fits perfectly with my story! 🙂
I’m with Boomiebol, I absolutely love this too! 🙂
Thanks Andy, very much! 🙂
Thank “YOU” for sharing 😀 😀
Ha!!! Brilliant!!!! Love it
Thanks boomie! I was having a little bit of fun, so glad you liked it!
did not see that one coming! 🙂
Oh goodie, that was the idea Len. I had a handful of people last week really focus on the number of words in my story, so thought I’d have some fun with that 100 word count, LOL! 🙂
I was one of them…pet peeve of mine…The way I see it you can’t show up to car race for Minis driving a semi….
Using four legs in a three leg race just ain’t right! What upsets me is “the give a warning if you are going to use profanity” rule!
Are you feeling me Penny or is this cubicle too big?