A Short of Sorts: A Migration

As always, the amazing background art was done by Blue!

This was super fun to write! Though honestly, with the variety of prompts you guys gave, I was stumped for a little while. Hopefully it’s somewhat decent? Anyhow, remember that I’m still taking prompts for the next story, and the prompt theme is DESERT! (You can check out this post for more info, but feel free to prompt here.) And now, here’s all the prompts!:

Blog:

  • Someone literally melting. | Blood popsicles. — Moo

Instagram:

  • Pineapple — @alliepennauthor
  • Lemonade | Cicadas | Flip flops — @catonthekeyboard
  • Beach party | Creepy mascot | Flavored ice cubes — @byrdeblue
  • Fanciful cirrus sylphs — @imaginarialist
  • Tart berries — @sarah_ahiers
  • Flotation device — @sdeoul

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Twitter:

  • The young druggist spent every summer tracking the wolpertinger migration with the prince. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolpertinger — @carlyheath
  • It wasn’t a question of how it had melted, really, or why. Just when it would happen again and whether we could get it inside fast enough this time. — @Roseattacks

If you prefer a different medium, this story’s also up on Instagram and Tumblr (and there’s a Tweet for this post)! You can also find out more about the project, past stories, and how to get your own custom stories on this page. And if you’re enjoying the project and want to support it, consider dropping me a Ko-Fi?

See you guys in two weeks for the next story!

Bacon, out.

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Prompt Call: DESERT

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Prompt call time! Give me your prompts, and I’ll take every last one and work it into a short story. This time, the theme is DESERT! Anything goes: ideas, words, pictures, poetry, music, whatever you can throw at me. You don’t have to follow the theme, it’s just a nudge to get your brain juices flowing. Otherwise, the general rules apply:

  • You can prompt at any point in time, on any social media where I lurk (like on these posts on InstaTwitter, and Tumblr), but if it might get worked into the next story if it’s later.
  • You can give me as many prompts as you like—just pretty please keep it within reason.
  • Keep prompts PG-13, and nothing offensive.
  • By giving me prompts, you’re giving me the honor to do whatever I’d like with them in/with my stories as my content. Prompts themselves remains to whoever owns them.

For more info, stories, and custom stories, check out the project page. And if you want to support this project, consider giving me a coffee on Ko-Fi?

Now, hit me with those prompts! And look forward to the story written with last week’s prompts going live tomorrow!!!

Bacon, out.

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A Short of Shorts: Cosmic Coincidence

 

 

 

As always, the amazing background art was done by Blue!

You guys gave me the WEIRDEST array of prompts for the first open story, what even. XD I had a blast writing it, though, so hopefully you enjoyed reading it! And those dragon promptseveryone knows me too well, I’ve become predictable. Also remember that I’m still taking prompts for the next story, and the prompt theme is SUMMER! (You can check out this post for more info, but feel free to prompt here.) Anyhow, here’s all the prompts!:

Blog:

  • My prompt is a colony of space dragons – Louise
  • A dragon-powered spaceship – Moo

Instagram:

  • A space mermaid @alliepennauthor
  • Hot dog constellation @idkmanthatgirl
  • Cat planet @idkmanthatgirl
  • Lesbians @rosieethor
  • Space eggs!!! @sarah_ahiers
  • Space balls! @sdeoul
  • Space food for vegans – @msletran

Tumblr:

  • Space dragons @everqueen12
  • VY Canis Majoris, but sentient (hhhhhhh she’s just… I’m a big, big fan). @telari
  • Giant space leeches? Giant space leeches. @telari
  • A habitable bundle of dead giant space leeches. @telari

If you prefer a different medium, this story’s also up on Instagram and Tumblr (and there’s a Tweet for this post)! You can also find out more about the project, past stories, and how to get your own custom stories on this page. And if you’re enjoying the project and want to support it, consider dropping me a Ko-Fi?

See you guys in two weeks for the next story!

Bacon, out.

Prompt Call: SPACE

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Prompt call time! Typically I’ll post this the day before I post a story, but I figured surprising peeps with a story instead of a lame prompt call would be best.

Anyhow, your prompt theme is SPACE!!! Anything goes: ideas, words, pictures, poetry, music, whatever you can throw at me. You don’t have to follow the theme, it’s more of a guideline to get your brain juices flowing.

  • You can prompt anywhere, here, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram.
  • You can prompt at any point in time, but if it might get worked into the next story if I already started writing the story
  • You can give me as many prompts as you like—just pretty please keep it within reason.
  • Keep prompts PG-13, nothing offensive, and I don’t do fanfic, alas.
  • By giving me prompts, you’re giving me the honor to do whatever I’d like with them in/with my stories.
  • If you want to be tagged in future prompt call posts so you don’t miss one, let me know!

Bacon, out.

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A Short of Sorts: Beginnings

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Sorry to post two days in a row! This’ll be the last until next weekend, just trying to catch up. :D This one may be a bit familiar if you’ve been around the blog awhile. I took it down a while ago, but I thought it’d be good practice for the project I’ll be giving more info on next weekend. Stay tuned. ;) Check out this story on Instagram and Tumblr, if you’d like!

Enjoyed this story? Consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi!

Bacon, out.Bus

Madcap Madness

Alright, everyone and their cat wants to know how the freaking fantabulous Madcap’s Aspiring Writer Retreat was. Now I won’t (and can’t, because I’m famous for my crap memory) share all the presentations and writerly cheat codes they shared, but I can ramble about how cool it was and what it meant to me. Yay?

Well, first off, a list of the amazing published authors that were there: Maggie Stiefvater, Renée Ahdieh, Dhonielle Clayton, Tessa Gratton, Sarah Henning, Justina Ireland, Myra McEntire, Julie Morphy, Natalie C. Parker, Carrie Ryan, Victoria Schwab, Courtney C. Stevens, and Brenna Yovanoff.

Every single one was amazing and had super freaking awesome things to say. From ideas,  plotting, revising, critiquing, characters, and world-building — you name the writing process, we probably talked about it.

It’s always fascinating to see how authors do things differently, no matter how many times I’ve read about revision or listened to podcasts about world building. There’s no one right way to do something. And as writing seems to be a constantly shifting puzzle of trying to find a right path to do the thing, seeing and learning so much from so many people was absolutely priceless even if I did know a lot of the concepts they covered. Because I don’t care how many years you’ve been writing, every good writer I know gets obsessed with a piece of the whole picture from time to time. Which is great for a while, but you need to remember what the core of writing is:

Being a creator, and telling that story.

Which was what this thing was all about, and what I totally needed.

You see, the next post on my blog was going to be a very ugly “I’m quitting writing” post. My finger’s been hovering over the “publish” button on that for a long time. It’s not that I’ve wanted to quit writing, it’s that I saw no other option with the hellish writing year I’ve had. I’m not going into details (you got lucky this time, non-existent audience), but I thought it was going to take a miracle to get me writing, and if I could’ve gotten a full refund for the retreat, I wouldn’t have gone.

Now, no miracles happened. I mean, Maggie’s cool and magical and all, but I think she was using all her innate powers keeping together that Nissan she bought while she was there (nope, not kidding). But the coolest thing about a retreat like this, even though there were forty-something odd people there, was that I got a lot of personal time talking to the authors and getting their opinions on things. Specifically the ugly little varmints running around my mind lately. And just like how everyone has a different way of writing things, everyone had different advice for me. Weirdly, it was all on point.

I’ve got a lot of thinking and work to do, but I’m going to try some things out. I’m not giving up yet because I love it too much to let it go. And I’ve inherited being as stubborn as a rock from my mom (thanks, mom).

So yep. The food was fabulous, the sessions were amazing, the location was beautiful, and the writers were the freaking best. Then when it was over we set boxes on fire and we took some of the ash home to perform writing rituals and it was great.

If you can, I totally recommend going to one of these things. I would be all over the next thing Madcap does (they don’t have it on their site yet, but you can sign up for the newsletter for when they do) except for, you know, being dead broke after this one. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t want to play a game of giant (Court) Jenga?

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Bacon, out.

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