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Memphis Fast Fiction Selections

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

“Pormorcameran” – A Nonsensical Word 16.04.2011 Moses never had a last name, but that never bothered him. Not much ever bothered Moses, to be honest. His master said it was on account of him being simple. But, then again, his master fled the city instead of getting sent off to fight, and Moses didn’t put [...]

The Delta Collective – “Valley of Kings”

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011

This weekend was the first 48 hour Memphis Music Launch, presented by the Memphis Music Foundation, EmergeMemphis and the Launchpad – basically a whole bunch of nonprofits dedicated to improving Memphis. The concept was that people could pitch any kind of music or business music idea to the other participants. Then, 8 pitches would be picked to [...]

Opening Lines – Living Future

Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2011

The building was obviously alive, the way it sighed and shuddered and sometimes even shrieked. Which was yet another thing he could never get used to about the future. They’d given him counseling sessions when he came out of cryo-sleep. It was legally required they’d told him. That, and they weren’t going to let him [...]

Memphis Fast Fiction Selection

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011

Bedroom Eyes 28.03.2011 The sawbones had finished with her and waved the two lawmen in. She was laid up in bed, a thick wrap of fresh gauze around her head, holding a mass of bandages against where the bullet had grazed her skull. Sawbones had said if it had been any closer, she’d be blind. [...]

Opening Lines – Smoke and Chains

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011

The smoke brought him into this world, and now it looked like it was bound to take him right back out. Chained in the center of the room, surrounded by braziers of smoldering incense, he thrashed mercilessly as the white, pungent smoke swirled upwards. Around the room, holy men repeated droning chants. “Free me!” he [...]

Opening Lines – Lovely Differences

Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

His hands, from the right angle, looked like gnarled tree roots, but they knew her body better than they knew anything else in the world. She’d lose herself thinking about them, sometimes. Those hands and the things they could do. Then, when the grinding of her thighs got to an almost painful point, she’d realize [...]

Memphis Fast Fiction Selection

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Hey all, I was too busy getting engaged last night to have time to write anything. Opening Lines will continue next week. Here’s some Memphis Fast Fiction in the meantime. Wish You Were Here 01.03.2011 Dearest Jerry, I hope this letter finds you well and in good spirits. I never know where you are these [...]

Opening Lines – Cyborg Nervosa

Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011

Hitomi remembered the awful tension everyone felt the year the census numbers showed that cyborgs outnumbered humans. It reminded her of the vids she was shown in school from the race riots a hundred or so years ago. The last gasp of White America as the dominant racial force in the United States, rattling its [...]

Opening Lines – The Thing in the Box

Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011

The things random passersby threw into the gravel pit never really surprised Daniel, until today. It was a small box, wooden, with bits of metal leafing and darker wood inlay. It was a wholly simple and rustic thing, not at all what the groundkeeper expected to find in the construction area behind the high school. [...]

Opening Lines – Zeitgeist

Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011

Caitlin had kept her eyes closed for ten seconds, just like Dr. Smoltz had told her to, but when she opened them, it was still there, looking at her and not blinking. “I’m not going to go away, you know.” It said to her, its voice cool, calm, melodic. She snapped her eyes shut again, [...]

Memphis Fast Fiction Sampling

Posted on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hey everyone, I was out of town this weekend, freezing my bits off in Nashville. Because of which, I’m clawing my way back to the surface from an avalanche of work. So, no new Opening Lines this week. Instead, here’s a sampling of 3 Memphis Fast Fictions from my new project. Same method as my [...]

Opening Lines – Sleepfarting

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011

Margaret was fairly sure that when she wrote her marriage-counseling book, she was going to include a chapter titled “Sleepfarting.” She could be fast asleep, and then out of nowhere would come the unwelcome warm breeze down her leg, the fluttering of the sheets, and the rotten-egg smell. Sometimes they’d be so bad as to [...]

Opening Lines – Unearthly Scars

Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2011

“You said you would show me the scars.” I can feel her recoil from me in the dark. “Why?” She said, her tone accusing. “Why do you want to see them?” “Well, cause I like you.” I try to be subtle, but not too obtuse. “And if we’re going to take this any farther, which [...]

Opening Lines – He Hated His Name

Posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011

He hated his name and always had. Gareth Liekin. Gareth, born in the gutter to a whore mother who had nothing save her swear of a surname. Gareth, the latest sorry fool to have the unfortunate distinction of sharing some distant ancestry to the ancient prince Kell. A prince that had sold out his brothers, [...]

Opening Lines – Seth’s Lawn Chair

Posted on Monday, January 10th, 2011

It had skidded across the road and landed at the foot of Seth’s lawn chair, and had it had just a smidge more momentum, it would have taken him out with it. Seth sorta stared at it for a bit, unsure if getting up would provoke it, and not being the brave sort – unwilling [...]

Opening Lines – Lessons Learned

Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Lucinda Belle Craddock née Van Mott clutched her bucket of quarters and pulled the lever one more time, for Frank. The little Chihuahua in her arms had always loved the rolling tumblers of the slots machines. Lucinda Belle had been told on more than one occasion that pets were strictly forbidden from the gaming floor [...]

FastFiction – A Way to Die

Posted on Monday, December 6th, 2010

Title: A Way to Die Word: Frozen Prompt by Kerry Crawford 200 words about the thing that really matters in life – booze.: Baba-Yaga’s frozen tit it was cold. He could feel his testicles pushing up ever farther into his gut – searching for any signs of warmth. He laughed at the foolishness of his [...]

FastFiction – Devil on My Side

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010

Title: Devil on My Side Word: Hunkered 200 words about the seductive power of feeling: The room was quiet. They looked to him. He rolled a half-finished cigar between his index finger and thumb, feeling the tobacco crackle under the pressure of his digits. After a moment he looked up at them, cleared his throat [...]

Opening Lines – The Routine

Posted on Monday, November 15th, 2010

So, LT‘s posted this interesting writer’s prompt challenge called “Opening Lines“. She gives you an opening line, and then you run with it. The lines are all nice and loose things that can lead you in every possible direction. With my FastFiction reserves running dangerously low, this is a great way to keep my writing short, [...]

Fast Fiction – Into The Wilds

Posted on Monday, November 8th, 2010

Title: Into The Wilds Word: Acidic 200 words about the taste of freedom: The arcology loomed, casting a long shadow across the veldt, the edges dithering over the lush, waving vegetation. The bottom of the setting sun is obscured by that impossibly large weave of glass, steel and concrete. Most of his group stared up at [...]

FastFiction – White Sister of the Alleyway

Posted on Monday, November 1st, 2010

Title: White Sister of the Alleyway Word: Immaculate 200 words about the new religion for the sinners on the street: The wicked, the lost, the suffering. They all come to me. Those that God has turned His back on, who make their wage dealing in sins. These are my children, clutching at my robes, looking [...]

FastFiction – Intravenous Electric Fire

Posted on Monday, October 25th, 2010

I’m cheating a bit with this one. My submission well has run a bit dry, so I’m just making up titles and picking interesting words out of my iTunes track list to use with those titles. Title: Intravenous Electric Fire Word: Metastatic 200 words the dark side of the bright and shining future: Sitting in [...]

Fast Fiction – White Cadillacs

Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Title: White Cadillacs Word: Gratuitous Submitted by Laurel. 200 words about the unraveling of things: It was too damn hot for a funeral. Looking up, he squints into the sun and wishes that this could be like one of those funerals in movies – all rainy and grey. At least it would be cooler then. [...]

FastFiction – Deep Blue Sea

Posted on Monday, October 11th, 2010

Title: The Last Light Word: Tantalizing Submitted by Laurel. 200 words about the fear and fearlessness of love: Dinner had been an unequivocal disaster. It had started off nice enough. She looked lovely, the food looked amazing. But somewhere around whiskey four, he’d said something monumentally stupid. Something along the lines of marriage being nothing [...]

Martian Goes Grocery Shopping

Posted on Monday, October 4th, 2010

I love the last three lines. The stage lights were hot, and the suit trapped my sweat, making me even more uncomfortable. Which was hard to imagine considering how poorly my last joke had gone over. My large green guest was narrowing his…eye holes? Oh, God, wait, those are mouths. The alien was trying to [...]


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