Microcosms 15

Springtime is upon us, and there is much ado about gardening and nature right now. This is Lawn and Garden Month, as well as Garden Week. And, heck, today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day. Why? I couldn’t tell you. But it seems cool.

Anyhoo, I thought we’d use spring as our inspiration for this week and choose settings and characters commonly associated with gardens, gardening, and springtime, etc.

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

We spun, and our three elements are character: duckling, setting: baseball stadium, and genre: fantasy. Okay. This could be a tough one. lol Dang, and I really wanted some scary garden gnome stories! (On second thought…)

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.

  • garden gnome
  • bird
  • fairy
  • leprechaun
  • bunny
  • duckling
  • gardener
  • flamingo (real or plastic)
  • butterfly
  • wedding planner
  • bride and/or groom
  • baseball player
  • maid
  • frog
  • bee
  • garden
  • forest
  • rainbow
  • Japan (sakuras)
  • rainy day
  • bird nest
  • meadow
  • picnic
  • wedding
  • field
  • baseball stadium
  • house
  • yard
  • under an umbrella
  • pond
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Judging this week will be yours truly and a possible mystery guest judge. Ooh, mysteriously mysterious! 🙂

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 The Ugly Duckling (Illustrated) (currently available in the US, the UK, Australia, and other territories), or a similarly priced book of their choosing; alternatively, winners may elect to have the monetary equivalent donated to World Reader or another literacy-related charity.

If you like, you may incorporate one or both of the following photo prompts (not required).

I couldn’t decide between them. I mean, the sign is adorable and possibly inspirational. But look at that fuzzy, little baby. And those feet! <3

duck crossing sign

Watch Out for Duckies by Jenny Rollo

duckling in someone's hands

Little Duck (Duckling) by Sander Spijker

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