Microcosms 18

All right, ladies and gents, today is Arbor Day! It also happens to be Greenery Day. “What’s Greenery Day?” you ask. “Japanese Greenery Day celebrates the birthday of Japanese Emperor Hirohito. In Japanese culture, Greenery day is a time to commune with nature and to be thankful and appreciative of it’s abundance.” – holidayinsights.com

So, I thought we’d celebrate both holidays this week and use characters and places associated with nature and/or conservation.

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

We spun, and our three elements are character: celebrity, setting: zoo, and genre: comedy. Okay. Let’s see what you do with that. 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.

  • conservationist
  • vegetarian
  • zookeeper
  • explorer
  • camper
  • farmer
  • Gaia/Mother Earth
  • Japanese Emperor
  • gardener
  • tree trimmer
  • landscaper
  • climatologist
  • celebrity
  • politician
  • meteorologist
  • animal rights activist
  • animal (your choice)
  • restaurant
  • zoo
  • jungle
  • forest
  • tent
  • palace
  • garden
  • meeting room
  • ship
  • TV show
  • arctic/antarctic
  • desert
  • ocean
  • boat/ship
  • newsroom
  • computer lab
  • horror
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem


Optional Special Challenge: use one of the following terms – “waldeinsamkeit”, “mångata”, or “komorebi” – somewhere in your story. (More info.)

Judging this week is yours truly, along with one of last week’s winners, CR Smith. 🙂

All submissions should be 100 words in length, give or take 10 words (90 – 110 words). You have until 5 a.m. Saturday, New York time to submit. (This is a deviation from our normal time, due to the delayed posting.)

Winners will receive a copy of the Kindle version of Walden (Illustrated by Clifton Johnson) (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 the following photo prompt (not required).

a path surrounded by tall trees, with a bridge overhead

Japanese Tea Gardens by Laura Shreck

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