Microcosms 31

This week’s guest host is the award-winning, multi-talented Sal Page! Over to you, Sal.

Weather: they say we Brits talk about it all the time. Of course we don’t, but whenever the subject of talking about the weather comes up, I get to do my ‘never a dull moment’ joke. Hilarious!

Peter Kay’s Nan in ‘Car Share’ really IS hilarious: ‘I’ve never known weather like it! I’ve never known weather like it!’ So true. I often talk to folk at least thirty years older than me who are still surprised, shocked even, by the weather. When I’m an eighty year old at a bus stop I’ll try to remember my experience of the 1976 heatwave and Storm Desmond from the end of last year. Surely we’ve seen it all by now? Or have I just tempted fate?

The photo is one of my Morecambe Kite Festival ones. Perfect sunny-cloudy-breezy kite weather for another year.

My characters and settings are of course all weather related. Whether you spin or not, have fun with it.


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

We spun, and our three elements are character: TV Weather Forecaster, setting: Snowdrift, and genre: Fairy Tale.

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.


  • Ice Cream Vendor
  • Sitting-down Cow
  • TV Weather Forecaster
  • Umbrella Seller
  • Wind-sculpted Tree
  • Weather Goddess/God
  • Flood Victim
  • Wind Farmer
  • Heatwave
  • Thunderstorm
  • Snowdrift
  • Rainbow
  • Puddle
  • Cumulonimbus
  • Tornado
  • Jet stream
  • Horror
  • Adventure
  • Sci-Fi
  • Parody
  • Mystery
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Comedy
  • Fairy Tale



Judging this week is Microcosm 30 Judge’s Pick, Steve Lodge.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit. (If you are new to Microcosms, check out the full submission guidelines.)

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.


If you like, you may use the following picture to inspire you (optional).

Morecambe Kite Festival 2016 (Sal Page)

Morecambe Kite Festival 2016 (Sal Page)

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