Microcosms 41

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends! OK, I admit it: in my student days, I was a big Emerson, Lake and Palmer fan. But this is Microcosms 41, and Sal Page is guest host. I wonder what she could possibly come up with… Over to you, Sal!

So, you’ve had the Bruce Springsteen competition, where Sal found out everyone liked Bruce Springsteen. Well, some of you. I never like the right things. Reading my Twitter feed often makes me think others are in a parallel universe. Or am I in the parallel universe?

Some of you may know I like Squeeze. Can you believe it’s a year since I went to see them for my birthday? Since the – probably quite annoying – Squeeze Concert Countdown? Since I stayed in the hotel with a pool, and made the decision to swim all the time and annoy my Twitter followers further with endless pool reports? Since I met my hero, Glenn Tilbrook, and thanked him for the past thirty-seven years? Thirty-eight now. Nearly another year older. Time flies when you’re having fun/getting on a bit. I’ve loved being fifty. Fifty-one, I’m coming to get ya!

Squeeze songs often take titles from elsewhere just for inspiration, often twisting them into something slightly different. There are songs called Vanity Fair, The Fortnight Saga and A Man for All Seasons, and an album called Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti.

The prompts this week are all names of Squeeze albums. Go where you will… I know you will.


Our contest this week begins with just two things: album title and genre. Use the album title as the title of your entry, and/or incorporate it somewhere in your story.

We spun, and our two elements are album title: Sweets From A Stranger, and genre: Crime.

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 – you can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspire you. Be sure to tell us which two elements you’re using.

  • Some Fantastic Place
  • Argy Bargy
  • Eastside Story
  • Cradle to the Grave
  • Ridiculous
  • Sweets from a Stranger
  • Cool for Cats
  • Memoir
  • Fantasy
  • Poem
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Fairy Tale
  • Crime
  • Romance


Judging this week is Microcosms 40 Judge’s Pick, Alex Brightsmith.

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.


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