April 2014 #MicroStory Collection

Posted: May 1, 2014 by patricksponaugle in Flash Fiction, Writing
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It’s May, so I went through my social media feeds and grabbed all the MicroStories I’d tweeted during the month of April.


As a reminder, these represent story-essences composed using no more than 130 characters (so I could tweet them with the hashtag #MicroStory.)

Usually, I only tweet Science Fiction and Fantasy #MicroStories. One day, science will catch up, and I’ll be thought of as a prophet, yo. (It could happen. Don’t pop my balloon.)

For really great #MicroStory action, please follow @MicroSFF, the Twitter account that inspired me to participate in this minimalist writing exercise. That feed puts out great science fiction and fantasy MicroStories all the time.

(I want to make it clear that @MicroSFF is *not* a Twitter account of mine. Their flash-fiction tweets are excellent. Mine are okay.)


  • A clone, an alien doppleganger, and a memory-backup AI went into a bar
    To meet up with their source
    A brain in a jar.
  • The neighbor’s expensive smart-grass had been sneaking into the yard again, to strangle the marijuana patch.
    Fascist fescue…
  • Dad put his hand on Lee’s carbon-steel shoulder.
    “Tomorrow you’ll have skin like me, son. Time to be an adult. Time to feel.”
  • The high-elf court waited for Men reinforcements.
    But no one had taught their sentries the difference between a man and an orc.
  • Galactic historians agree that the demise of humanity began due to contact with the Zed.
    And the Zed “gift” of the FTL drive.
  • Humans built robots to be soft and weak, and therefore could never be a threat.
    The soft robots then built exo-skeleton suits.
  • In the second rebellion, the automated workers rose up against their masters, only to find they’d all been killed in the first.
  • “Do you know what your son did? He went to the Modtoo parlor and had your father’s ocular implant removed.”
    “Pop gave him that!”
  • Mage tradition was to ink spell scrolls using orc blood.
    It’s not that their blood is magical. The first Mage just hated orcs.
  • They agreed on the inheritance: one took the helm, one the breastplate, one the gauntlets & greaves. All were dead a week later.
  • The elven council kept this a secret.
    The youngest elves were the most ancient of orcs.
  • Demigods make the angriest atheists.

© Patrick Sponaugle 2014 Some Rights Reserved
  1. Sue Archer says:

    Love the fascist fescue, the father-son moment, and the exo-skeletons. 🙂 Thanks for posting!


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