Another Friday, another year… Welcome to Microcosms 105, the first post of 2018. Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a great festive period.
Yes, we’re moving effortlessly (I wish!) into the third year of Microcosms; who would have thought we’d still be here with all the ups and downs we’ve had? I trust you are all raring to go with a new set of flash fiction challenges in the next 12 months.
January, as you probably know, is traditionally thought to be named for the Roman deity Janus, the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past.
With this in mind, once again, I’ve been looking back at the entries received during the last quarter of 2017. I’ve taken one of the favourite / favorite lines chosen by the judge in each of the 11 contests – the last two posts were ‘Just 4 Fun’ challenges .
There’s no slot machine this week. Your task is simply to select one of these lines and incorporate it into your entry:
#92 – Tumbleweeds rolled across the dusty road like a cliché of old.
#93 – Gregg was smitten, once again.
#94 – He signed his name with the flick of his wrist like an accomplished magician, and then she disappeared.
#95 – “I am here because I want a resolution.”
#96 – “Vladimir Vladimirovich, come back here and put your pants on … properly.”
#97 – The foundling child had been a mixed blessing.
#98 – The cortège pulled up at the church.
#99 – Sometimes my life felt like a dream, other times my dreams felt like life.
#100 – David missed the days when his wastepaper basket overflowed with discarded brainwaves, first drafts and pitches.
#101 – A year ago they’d held hands, walking along the Seine and padlocking their love to the Pont des Arts.
#102 – Death laughed and opened his arms for a sweet embrace.
*** DO NOT USE THE CHOSEN LINE AS THE TITLE OF YOUR ENTRY ***
*** Incorporate it somewhere in the story / poem ***
You may change the chosen line slightly – names, gender, tense, punctuation, etc. – but it must still be recognisable. You may use whichever genre you like this week.
Please tell us the favourite / favorite line you have chosen – no need to specify the genre this time round.
[ If I were judging, I’d give extra marks to entries that used two or more of the prompt lines. Jus’ sayin’… ]
*** NO FAN-FICTION, PLEASE, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS ***
All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length.
You have just 24 hours from 01.45am TODAY (Friday), New York time (EDT) until 01.44am SATURDAY, New York time (EDT) to submit.
*** APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAY – PLEASE IGNORE THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK ***
*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***
All being well, results will be posted on Monday.