It’s November, so I went through my social media feeds and grabbed all of the MicroStories I’d tweeted during the month of October.
As a reminder, these represent story-essences composed using no more than 129 characters (so I could tweet them with the hashtag #MicroStory.)
Usually, I only tweet Science Fiction and Fantasy #MicroStories. October was pretty much no exception.
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.)
Humans spread to the heavens in a wave of colonization. The heavens quietly reciprocated.
“There’s really no good explanation why every habitable world is uninhabited.”
“Unless every world merely seems uninhabited.”
The mushroom cave-farm orcs knew when to go on strike: just after the Dark Lord called for increased sword production.
“Our perp swears the victim summoned it and ordered it to kill him.”
“No mage would choose to die like this and all demons lie.”
Orbital habitats all had an expiration date: no matter how well designed, they’d eventually end up unpleasant.
But not unused.
The colonists desperately checked their screens, the planet seemed perfect for them.
The ship disagreed and broke orbit.
“I know where you dream” the note said.
Which of my foes sent it?
It mattered if I slept with the dream gun or the dream axe.
Clowns exist to make people laugh
Evil Clowns must exist to make something else laugh
That ‘something else’ is the real problem
The dragon tensed as it sensed interlopers approaching, seeking treasure.
“It’s just Halloween. Be cool. Don’t change.”
Dragons hate to leave their hoards, so they relied on wyverns to coordinate communications in the war against humans.
In October, I also hosted a MicroStory contest, for anyone to submit a story that was small enough to be tweeted with a #MicroStory hashtag. My next post will contain the results of the contest. Exciting!
It was fun seeing people participate, and I might do it again, but I don’t know if it’ll be a regular thing. Much thanks to everyone who participated (and to my friends who requested I run a contest in the first place.)
Thank you to everyone who has read and enjoyed my small stories. I tweet flash-fiction at irregular intervals on my Twitter account, @patman23. At more regular intervals, I’ll be talking about my dogs, or walking through eye-level spiderwebs in the morning, or Game of Thrones. (Hodor!)
Want to read my earlier MicroStory collections? I have my first three years’ worth of stories HERE
I usually steal my header photos for my MicroStory collections from my wife, who takes great pictures. I took the picture of this month’s header, so don’t blame her. That crappy photo of a big pumpkin with itty-bitty faces is all thanks to me, baby. Just me.
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