Pyrotechnics – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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Pyrotechnics

At first they seemed harmless. There was fighting on occasion, but we thought they’d merely been asserting their new borders. We were wrong.

When the fireworks started, the children were the first to run outside. They whooped for every fiery spider, starburst, or flower in the sky. We followed them, but we didn’t laugh. Something smelled fishy. We were right.

We stood and watched, but the fireworks weren’t pretty any longer; they had become grenades. In a brutal, new, starburst pattern, children and adults ran for cover but it was too late. We were stupid. Soon we’ll all be dead.

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Free Online Resources: Grammar and Writing

Instead of a MOOCy Monday update on my grammar course (been slacking), I’ll do a Thieving Tuesday and retweet this excellent post from Kristen Twardowski. I can add my praises to the OWL site, it’s an excellent resource. I’m certainly going to check out the other links.

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Like any good grammar junkie, I keep a list of resources for when questions arise about the English language. The following are some free sites that I find myself referring to time and time again. They have been so helpful over the years that it would feel stingy not to share them.

OWL: The Purdue Online Writing Lab

Purdue University has a wonderful set of online materials aimed at helping people improve their writing. Though some parts of the lab are dedicated specifically to Purdue students, many of them are more broadly applicable. The sections on grammar and the writing process are particularly good.

Amherst College’s Online Resources for Writers

Amherst College has also curated a lovely set of writing resources. Its collection features an aggregation of essays from wonderful places. One of my favorite pages discusses obstacles to writing, which has great features on anxiety and procrastination.

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Mission Accomplished – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

 

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Flying an airship wasn’t child’s play.

As first navigator Greta had to set course, make corrections, and keep the camouflaged ship close to tree and mountain cover. That much was easy.

Landing was the difficult part. Gusts of wind would affect their ability to steer the craft with precision, and extreme weather made safe landing nearly impossible. The tiny propeller didn’t give her much control.

This time around though, all went well. After some struggling with strong up-currents, Greta helped the captain swing a perfect landing. The rescued prisoners on board were unharmed, the mission accomplished. Greta loved her job.

(100 words) More information about hot air airships.

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The Gardener’s Son – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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The Gardener’s Son

“If I came upon a wasp’s nest and cried for help, what would you do?” Shauna interrogated her suitors.

“I’d set it aflame, kill the vermin. All for you, My lady.” The scribe puffed out his chest, checking her over like cattle.

“Wrong answer,” she said.

“I’d lead you away, and take care not to anger the adults. When the young have hatched, I’d bind you a bouquet from the nest, with red roses and gardenia.”

Shauna smiled. The gardener’s son wasn’t much to look at, but his words caressed like velvet. She went down on one knee.

“Marry me.”

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MOOCy Monday: My Write101 online course

1A few weeks ago I wrote about an online course, Write101 on EdX, from the University of Queensland. It focuses on grammar and style. I announced that I’d audit it actively (this means no pay, but participating in the assignments), but I’ve since changed my mind.

I’ll continue auditing the course, but I’m not going to submit the assignments. This is not an easy course. There are grammar MOOCs out there where you can simply rush through with a minimum of work, and the quizzes are simple enough. Not so this one. Continue reading “MOOCy Monday: My Write101 online course”

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Cloudspotting – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

I pledgeEvery Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re still in rerun modus because Rochelle is busy with her soon-to-be-published new book.

The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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Overcrowded – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

I pledgeEvery Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re still in rerun modus because Rochelle is busy with her soon-to-be-published new book.

The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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Project 10K (P10K) July 2016

The Writing Badge for July

The Editing Badge for July

The I Met My Project Goal Badge

The I Had Other Things To Do Badge

You’ll find the rules and a gallery of earlier badges on the Project 10K Page.

Another crazy month flew by and we’ve reached August. How did your writing go last month?

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
2. Did you have fun writing?
3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
4. Anything else you want to tell us?

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Party Time – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

I pledgeEvery Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. There’ve been reruns of old prompts for a few weeks now, which is a nice break for the ‘founder-fictioneers’ because they can re-post their old stories. Newcomers like me get an interesting glimpse into the Friday Fictioneers’ past. The reason for the reruns is Rochelle’s third book, As One Must, One Can, which has a deadline in July.

The task is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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Look, a Moocy Monday – Write101

1One of the reasons for starting this blog was my obsession with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Imagine, courses about anything and everything online and free for everyone! Not just quick tutorials, but professional, usually university-based courses. When I discovered these, I felt as if I’d discovered heaven. To finally get an idea about things that interested me, but for which I never got the opportunity to learn about–here was the chance to do just that.

I took many courses, learned a lot. But eventually I wanted to get back into fiction writing again, and I don’t have enough time to do both seriously. So I cut back on the MOOCs and focussed on writing. But now a course has started (again, it runs regularly) that has interested me for some time, and I thought, now or never. It’s about grammar and style, and as a non-native English writer, I really need it…

The course is Write101 from the University of Queensland. If you’re interested, check it out. It is available as a verified course (for a fee), and also as a free course without certificate. I will probably post the assignments for this course here. These are peer-reviewed and don’t need to go on a blog, but I would appreciate your feedback, too.

I could just audit, but I want to go through the assignments, that forces me to keep at it. As does posting about it here.