September 2017 #MicroStory Collection

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

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. September was pretty much no exception. (Some of them seem less obvious as Sci Fi/Fantasy. Your mileage may vary.)

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.)


Its host body looked so bad; if it didn’t find a new host soon, it would be stuck.
I let it think it had a chance with me.
#MicroStory

The demon asked why I was sticking around to watch him die.
“Everyone should have some comfort at the end.”
(Not the reason.)
#MicroStory

After 71 years, the aliens left. No one knew why.
Soon, the children of those that never surrendered came calling.
With guns & God
#MicroStory

A flat-earther, a creationist, and a martian walked into a bar.
The bartender checked the batteries on his taser.
#MicroStory

The war-world exited hyperspace and settled into orbit.
Shocked astronomers admitted that the doomsday prophets had been right.
#MicroStory

The exorcised – those freed from possession – had no choice but to join the church.
It was the only way to handle the guilt.
#MicroStory

The hierophants agreed: the prince was either possessed, insane, or pretending to be either.
The type of assassin needed was TBD
#MicroStory

The gathered storytellers talked for days: not in sharing stories but debating what stories should be told throughout the land.
#MicroStory


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 taken by my wife, Lisa Sponaugle, of some beautiful fallen leaves she collected this month. Please don’t use her image without attribution.

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

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