Microcosms 28

Bore da all, sadly Wales were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the end causing my husband some disappointment (being of the Cymraeg) but it’s not the end of the world, the team did themselves proud; it was however pretty disastrous for the English which leads me very neatly to the theme of this week’s contest.

Disasters, we all live in fear of them; from the small-scale catastrophe of burning the dinner to the global misery inflicted by nature’s volcanic temper and the never-ending wars of man. Even when life appears to be running smoothly, we always expect something to go wrong sooner or later (or in the case of English football, sooner – much sooner).

So your stories this week are to feature a disaster of some kind but remember it does not have to be all doom and gloom – there’s always a silver lining.

And I can assure you that next week’s post, created by the wonderful Meg Kovalik is a lot more upbeat!



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

We spun, and our three elements are character: student, disaster: dinner, and genre: mystery.

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.


  • Aid worker
  • Mother/Father-in-law
  • Student
  • Actor
  • Politician
  • Location agent
  • Property developer
  • Worker
  • Architect
  • Soldier
  • Volcanic eruption
  • Flood
  • Battlefield
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Stuck in a lift
  • Election result
  • Dinner
  • Plague of …
  • horror
  • adventure
  • sci-fi
  • steam punk
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • drama
  • comedy
  • poem



Judging this week is Geoff Le Pard

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit.


If you like, you may use the following video to inspire you (not required). Gremlins in the works would not allow me to upload a photo this week!

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