Greetings, flash fictioneers, and welcome to Microcosms 147.
*** SOMETHING TO BEAR IN MIND ***
Daylight Saving in the UK and Ireland ended on Sunday 28-OCT; the clocks went back by one hour as we revert to Greenwich Mean Time. However, daylight saving in New York (EDT) does not end until Sunday 04-NOV.
So, for THIS week’s contest, the time difference between New York and the UK and Ireland will be 4 hours, rather than the usual 5 hours; UK and Ireland entrants should remember to submit entries by 04:00 am on Saturday rather than 05:00 am. The usual time difference of 5 hours will be restored in Round 148 when New York will have reverted to EST.
[ Other time zones are available! Please check the situation where you are located. ]
Today — 02-NOV — is the anniversary of the death in 1961 of James Thurber, American humorist and short story writer: a veritable role model for all you flashionistas.
One of his “acknowledged masterpieces” is the story ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, first published in the New Yorker magazine in 1939.
In the story, while on a shopping trip to town with his wife, the eponymous character drifts off into five separate fantasies.
‘Walter Mitty’ and the adjective ‘Mittyesque’ have entered the English language, denoting an ineffectual person who spends his time in heroic daydreams to escape the humdrum real world, or perhaps someone who intentionally seeks to convince others that he is something that he is not.
(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be a guest host, please contact us.)
Our contest prompt this week consists of THREE elements: character, location and genre.
We spun, and our three elements are:
Surgeon; Courtroom; Drama
Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button below, 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.
(1) You have just 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday) New York time (EDT) to write and submit your masterpiece.
(2) All submissions must be no more than 300 words in length (excluding the title)
(3) NO FAN-FICTION, please, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS
(4) Include: word count, the THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry
(5) Do NOT give details of your entry on social media, your blog, etc. until the Results post is live
(6) If you are new to Microcosms, PLEASE check out the full submission guidelines
- Flying Boat Pilot
- Fighter Pilot
- Shopping Trip
- Operating Theatre
- Suicide Mission
- Firing Squad
Last week’s Community Pick, Nikky Olivier, has kindly agreed to act as the judge this time around.
All being well, results will be posted next Monday.