May 2017 #MicroStory Collection

Posted: June 1, 2017 by patricksponaugle in Flash Fiction, Writing
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It’s June, so I went through my social media feeds and grabbed all of the MicroStories I’d tweeted during the month of May.

This little rabbit is micro, and he has a story of avoiding a lawn mower.

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. May 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.)

Princes competed on who could build and maintain the most extravagant and difficult to reach palace.
Winning was losing, really.

They’d bribed the guards on the evening shift, as well as the relevant castle staff. But not the court jester.

It’s unclear who was behind the prince ordering the relocation of relics to the stronghold, but the ghouls certainly benefited.

The robots insisted we pause & pray before entering derelict vessels to salvage.
That hadn’t always been part of their protocol.

First Conflict derelict ships were safer to salvage; Second Conflict wrecks almost always had still-active robotic crew.

The haunted forest was an odd place.
There were no visible trees. No trunks or branches.
Just a large canopy of hovering leaves.

“This enchanted crown holds your father’s wisdom and experience at ruling. He had it made for you.”
“I’ll need a normal crown.”

The creature who maintains the traps & manages the “ecology” of a given dungeon is the smartest ghoul on hand.
That would be me.

“I need you all to cast this spell.”
“What is this?”
“Just trust me, there’s no time to discuss.”
His hands dripped blood.

If a world couldn’t be colonized w/ 3 waves, it was written off.
Biggest danger to 3rd wave? Warfare between 1st & 2nd waves.

Old news reports from Sol were increasingly scary.
The colonials began to estimate when supply ships from home became warships.

Marvus was happy w/ the tenure, less so with inheriting Corvin’s old office.
Forgotten & half-cast spells in every dusty corner.

My last collection of microstories happened back in January, since I was still writing flash fiction tweets in December. At the start of the new year, I opted to take a break for a bit.

Yes, it’s silly to take a hiatus from writing tweets that hint at bigger stories, but that’s exactly what I did.

I’ll try to get back into the groove. May was a relatively fruitful and personally-satisfying return.

Thank you to everyone who reads and enjoys my small stories. I tweet flash-fiction at irregular intervals on my Twitter account, @patman23. At more regular intervals on Twitter, I’ll be talking about my dogs, or television (mostly Game of Thrones), or mowing my lawn.

Want to read my earlier MicroStory collections? I have my first three years’ worth of stories HERE

Header image was taken by my wife, of a little bunny rabbit I discovered in the backyard when I was mowing. See! I can have interesting things to say about mowing my lawn.

In general, I’m fine with anyone using the text of my MicroStories for non-commercial use. (Look how cute I am, thinking someone wants to make a t-shirt from one of my flash fiction bits. I say cute, but you can substitute in some other, more appropriate, adjective. I’m not the boss of you.)

© Patrick Sponaugle 2017 Some Rights Reserved

  1. Haylee says:

    I missed these! Glad you’ve decided to start them up again. I remember seeing the haunted forest one during May – still my favourite 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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