Microcosms 57

Welcome, one and all, to Microcosms 57.

Here at Microscosms, every week is storytelling week. In the UK, however, we have been celebrating National Storytelling Week which seeks to promote “the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.”

In a sense, singer-song writers are oral storytellers.

03-FEB-1959 has become known as “The Day The Music Died”, being referenced as such by Don McClean in his song “American Pie”.

It’s the day rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson.

Waylon Jennings and Dion (DiMucci) did not take a seat on the plane.



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


Our contest this week begins with TWO things: song title and genre.

We spun, and our two elements are – song title: I’ve Always Been Crazy, 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 include which TWO elements you’re using AND a title for your entry.

  • Crying, Waiting, Hoping
  • Come On, Let’s Go
  • Chantilly Lace
  • I’ve Always Been Crazy
  • The Thunderer
  • If I Only Had A Match
  • Romance
  • Crime
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • Memoir
  • Comedy


Judging this week is Microcosms 56 Judge’s Pick, Dana Faletti.

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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