Microcosms 142

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends — we hope! It’s time for Microcosms 142.

This week, our old — and I use the word advisedly! — pal, Ted Young, has kindly agreed to take time out of his busy recuperation schedule to host this round.

Over to you, mate:


During this time of enforced leisure, I mentally revisited some of the songs I’ve written over a long career as a pub & club musician, and got to wondering what you ‘Fictioneers’ would do with them.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled the world as a merchant seaman and industrial fisherman and done many jobs to inspire songs, poetry and stories. Here’s hoping that some ‘float your boat’.


  • I Wish I Was a Rock
  • Don’t Let Me Forget
  • Weekend Superstars
  • Song of the Wild Grass
  • Romany
  • Hell Bent



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


Our contest this week begins with THREE elements (Character, Location and Genre).

We spun, and the three elements are:

Roadie; Greasy Spoon Café; Soliloquy

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 – character, location and genre. You can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspires you.

*** HEY! Remember to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry – not included in the word count.


  • Hermit
  • Reformed Character
  • Roadie
  • Shepherd
  • Father
  • Lifestyle Guru
  • Hillside
  • Pub
  • Transit Van
  • Pastureland
  • Greasy Spoon Cafe
  • Prison
  • Soliloquy
  • Letter to Young Self
  • Drama
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Crime



Last week’s Judge’s Pick, Arianna Hammond, has kindly agreed to act as the judge this time around.



*** All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length (excluding the title).
*** You have just 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday, 28-SEP) New York time (EST) to write and submit your masterpiece.
*** If you are new to Microcosms, check out thefull submission guidelines.

All being well, results will be posted next Monday.

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