Microcosms 42

Welcome back to Microcosms, your weekly stop for flash fiction fun. If you’re experiencing troubled water at the moment, take heart – this week’s theme is… No, we’re not resorting to plundering the works of Simon and Garfunkel – not this time, any way! We’re giving the music themes a rest for a while.

Our guest host this week is Microcosms bundle of energy, Alva Holland. Over to you, Alva:


Hello, everyone. This is a first for me. Geoff put the heart sideways in me* when he suggested I take on the role of guest host this week: my punishment for driving him crazy with requested corrections to my piece for Microcosms 41.

But, as my own advice to people who are ‘stuck’ in a writing groove is to go out and do something they’ve never done before – and be inspired by the newness of it – here I am, guest hosting Microcosms 42. Is it obvious that I ramble when I’m nervous?

Our theme this week is Bridges. They can be physical or metaphorical, gigantic structures spanning miles, tiny crossings over streams or byways, or bridges in relationships, time or generations. Bridges have tolls, trolls and tragedies. The theme is your oyster.

One of the top places on my travel bucket list is The Golden Gate Bridge in SF, California. My favourite bridge in Dublin is the Ha’penny over the River Liffey; it celebrates its 200th Birthday this year. The most jaw-dropping drawbridges I’ve seen are those crossing the Intracoastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And the irony in all of this is – I’m terrified of heights! You know it makes sense.

Have fun!


[ *Dublin-speak for ‘gave me palpitations’, in case you’re wondering. ]


As usual, our contest will begin with three things. This week, it’s: character, bridge and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: Dancer, bridge: Millennium, and genre: Tragedy.

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 include which three elements you’re using.

  • Dancer
  • Engineer
  • Vicar
  • Actor
  • Duck
  • Astronaut
  • Chef
  • Politician
  • Ha’penny
  • Golden Gate
  • Brooklyn
  • Tower
  • Millennium
  • Forth
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Erasmus
  • Comedy
  • Tragedy
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Crime
  • Memoir
  • Science Fiction
  • Self-Help


Judging this week is Microcosms 41 Judge’s Pick, Meg Kovalik.

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 these images to inspire you – purely optional.


'Ha'penny Bridge - Droichead na Leathphingine' (Thorsten Pohl)

Ha’penny Bridge – Droichead na Leathphingine (Thorsten Pohl)


'Reconciliation' (Alva Holland)

‘Reconciliation’ (Alva Holland)




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