Microcosms 54

Welcome to Microcosms 54. Fridays sure do come round quickly… This week it’s Friday, 13th January, so the contest is based on a variety of people, all of whom died on the 13th day of January.

The film ‘Tombstone’ (1993) concerns Lawman Wyatt Earp (died 1929) and Doc Holliday who, while playing a Chopin nocturne, is goaded by Billy Clanton that it sounds like a tune by Stephen Foster (died 1864).

(Foster was born and died in Pennsylvania, a state established by William Penn, an affluent member of the Quakers, founded by George Fox (died 1691).)

Wyatt Earp had a brother named Virgil… The Roman poet Virgil wrote the epic poem ‘The Aeneid’, telling the legendary story of Aeneas… ‘Aeneas and the Sybil in the Underworld’ was a painting by Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder (died 1625) who also painted ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’.

Monteverdi’s opera ‘L’Orfeo’ includes ‘Addio terra, addio cielo’ which was sung by Swiss tenor Max Meili at the funeral in Zurich of Dublin-born author James Joyce (died 1941).

Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison is the setting of Brendan Behan’s first play ‘The Quare Fellow’, the 1962 screen adaptation of which starred American-Irish actor Patrick McGoohan (died 2009), best known for his starring role in the cult TV series, ‘The Prisoner’.



(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be guest host, please contact me.)


Our contest begins with three things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Songwriter, setting: Village, and genre: Aga Saga.

NOTE: the genre is ‘Aga Saga’. This may be just a UK thing… If you are not familiar with this genre, my dictionary defines it as ‘a popular novel in a semi-rural middle-class setting’. You can always click the SPIN button to generate another set of elements, if necessary

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.

  • Lawman
  • Songwriter
  • Quaker
  • Painter
  • Author
  • Prisoner
  • Tombstone
  • Gold Rush
  • Meeting House
  • Flanders
  • Dublin
  • Village
  • Poetry
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Romance
  • Aga Saga
  • Memoir


Judging this week is Microcosms 53 Judge’s Pick, Caleb Echterling.

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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