As some may know, I've recently started a short story challenge of sorts where someone gives me a title and a random word, and I'm to create a 200 word story. Unfortunately, because of hectic running around and lack of schedule, I've only been able to complete 2, with 3 more only half done.
If you're interested:
Challenge 1 "Plague of Hate"
2 "Savannah on the Moon"
Now, I was inspired to take part in this creative writing challenge by the talented Mr. Lee Barnett
Lee Barnett gave other writers, and readers of his blog, a simple
challenge... to challenge HIM. He requested: "reply with a title (no
longer than four words) about which you'd like me to write a fast
fiction of exactly 200 words, along with a word you want me to include
in the tale."
He then took the best 180 short stories and published them in a book called The Fast Fiction Challenge
He's now doing it again, and I stumbled across this and found his stories absolutely genius!
Some of my favorites include "Why is Orange" and "Once Within Memory"
I had to get in and offer him a challenge myself. And of course, he wowed me. I was HOPING he would do something with a science fiction feel and he did <3 Here was my challenge
Title: Autumn Gate Estimate
Length: 200 words exactly
"The starship had taken sixteen months longer than
expected to return to its home. The reasons for this were debated for
further long months among the crew and other interested parties such as
investors, regulators, the news media and the insurers.
separate mutiny attempts over a three year period according to the
ship’s log had, it was generally agreed, played some part in it, though
this was more often put down to the experiment of having members of a
single family comprising the majority of the thirty-seven crew
There was also the question of faults in the
construction, the later official inquiry revealed; voice activated
internal doors that only opened when the word “scombroid” was whispered
were found to be less than ideal.
The navigation computer had its
third nervous breakdown as it approached the wormhole gate nearest the
Autumn Nebula, and made repeated requests of a sexual nature to the
crew, most of which were not granted.
The scandalous behaviour
of the chief engineer, when it was discovered that he was neither
Scottish, nor a drunk, also led to inaccurate conspiracy theories.
conspiracy theories were so much less fun, the actual conspirators
knew, and relied upon."
Awesome right?? For more of Lee's work check out his Live Journal and follow him on Twitter. And bask in the glory that can be found in fast fiction ;)