Microcosms 4

Omigosh, I cannot believe we are already on Microcosms 4! How did that happen? Time sure does seem to fly…

I’ve been thinking about that a lot, lately – partly because of the upcoming Flash Dogs anthology, entitled Time, which is soon to be released (shameless plug, preorder here: US, UK, Canada), and also because my own kids have grown up so unbelievably fast. It’s startling, wonderful, depressing, and exciting, all at the same time. My older daughter is in college, and my younger one will be there in a couple of years. I can’t wait to find out what the future has in store for them!

With that in mind, can you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? (I mean when you were young and nothing seemed impossible.)

I thought we’d use common answers children give – both classic and contemporary examples – as our inspiration for this week. I’m anxious to see what you come up with!

As usual, our contest will begin with three things: character, setting, and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: princess, setting: New York City, and genre: horror. Um, good luck with that one. lol

Feel free to write a story using those or spin a new set of your own. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.

  • astronaut
  • doctor
  • ballerina
  • princess
  • movie star
  • superhero
  • model
  • spy
  • cowboy
  • firefighter
  • police officer
  • teacher
  • reality TV star
  • lawyer
  • writer
  • rock star
  • athlete
  • space
  • hospital
  • stage
  • castle
  • New York City
  • photo shoot
  • London
  • the Old West
  • a burning building
  • a crime scene
  • school
  • mansion
  • movie/TV set
  • courtroom
  • library
  • arena/field
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Judging this week are last week’s winners, Amy Wood and CR Smith. 🙂

All submissions should be 100 words in length, give or take 10 words (90 – 110 words). You have until midnight, New York time to submit.

Winners will receive a copy of the Kindle version of Getting Lucky by Craig Anderson, who has generously offered to donate it – thanks, Craig! Alternatively, winners may elect to have the monetary equivalent donated to World Reader, The Book Bus, or another literacy-related charity.

If you like, you may incorporate the following photo prompt (not required).

child reaching for a rainbow

Rainbow in Hand by Shannon Pifko

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