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Sunday, 20 March 2011

2nd Crusader Challenge and Microfiction

Write a FLASH FICTION story (in any format) in 100 words or less, excluding the title. Begin the story with the words, “The goldfish bowl teetered” These four words will be included in the word count.
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I've loosely based my 100 word piece on a real incident with my brother's school goldfish...



Miraculously, the goldfish survived the ordeal.

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Instead of a book blurb I'm doing a Microfiction as Susan seems offline at the moment
The challenge to write a story in 140 characters or less.
I borrowed the image from Lisa's Book Blurb Friday at Writing in the Buff



George's retirement party had been going swingingly until he got up to find the men's room; then his head was going swimmingly. (126 characters with spaces)

50 comments:

  1. You're the only one I've seen so far to put the story in a goldfish bowl. Glad the goldfish didn't bite the bucket.

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  2. Oh no!! Save the goldfish!! I hope it's ok!!! What a cliffhanger of a microfiction story!! What drama and action!! Well done you!

    Your book blurb is very funny and apt! Yay! take care
    x

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  3. Sounds like a precarious situation- glad to know the goldfish was saved! Very cute little story! Enjoyed it very much!

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  4. Oh, the poor fishy! I hope he's okay.

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  5. Beautifully done :D I'm impressed the goldfish made it, too.

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  6. I was glad the goldfish story had a happy ending!

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  7. one lucky goldfish!

    I love your blog and what you did with the goldfish bowl... great job!

    Nice to see you over at my blog :-)

    happy writing

    sarah

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  8. Great tension and love the graphics!

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  9. Phew. So glad you added the end somewhere. I was worried. :)

    Great writing!

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  10. Aaahh! I'm missing something. I can't find the story or the graphics or anything. I'm going to try reloading the page cause it sounds like it was a good story.

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  11. Whew! Reloading worked. Nice job putting it in the goldfish graphic. I could totally see a little girl worrying over her goldfish like that. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Very action-packed story! I liked the "Muuuum" part too--very UK. LOL Nice graphic and the idea to put the story inside the bowl; clever!

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  13. The fish very nearly kicked the bucket. LOL. I really enjoyed your flash fiction piece - you should do more!

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  14. Oh, we have the same background, love it. I had to do flowers for spring. Liked both stories above.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

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  15. I loved this story. I like the way the end references the beginning, and that it leaves us with hope, but in an un-resolved situation. Well written.

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  16. Nicely done. I loved the description of how the girl held her hands before her face. :-)

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  17. Poor fish! Did he (she?) survive?

    PS. her hands gripping her face like a cage <--- I like that :-)

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  18. Aaw, a happy ending. Love it. : )

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  19. I'm glad to hear the goldfish survived the ordeal. I love how you wrote it in the goldfish bowl picture too. Very ingenious.

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  20. Now that was a fun little read. Thank you for sharing that.

    I gave you a shout-out on my blog, too. :)

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  21. Oh that was terrific! I held my breath through the whole piece. Great writing.

    Loved the micro, too!

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  22. talented and fantastic post.





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  23. The life of a goldfish is stressful!

    Nikki

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  24. Clever and almost poetic shape story.

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  25. I love the little kid and am so glad the goldfish survived =)

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  26. Happy to see the fishy ended up okay (unlike the poor guy in my story - lol). Great job on the challenge. It's not easy writing such a short story. I almost did the exact same thing as you with putting my story inside fishbowl but I couldn't get it to look right. I love that you did it. It looks great! :)

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  27. Nicely done and I am glad the fish survived!

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  28. I thought you were going to leave us hanging there for a moment ... until I scrolled down.

    First, Madeleine, I LOVE that you wrote your entry in a goldfish bowl... very original.

    Second, I thought you story was very realistic and exciting. I really kept me on the edge... nice job.

    Michael

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  29. Aww, poor goldfish :( Hope he lives!!

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  30. That's one tough goldfish to survive that! So glad he made it. :-)

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  31. Sounds like George slipped on a, ahem, puddle in the men's room and fell into a wormhole where all kinds of crazy things happened.

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  32. The poor goldfish got flattened by the books being torn off the shelves and yet he still survived!

    LOL! yes maybe George did fall into a wormhole. Now that's a thought! :O)

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  33. just think of the tale that fish can tell the others when he returns to school

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  34. Firstly I love the art. It is so cute. Your story was great. The stressful life of a goldfish.

    Denise<3

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  35. I'm glad the goldfish lived. :D

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  36. Thank goodness the fish made it!! Very nearly a tragic little piece of flash fiction! ;)

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  37. I loved both the flash fiction and the MFM. Double bubble!

    :Dom

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  38. Those were great - so glad to hear the goldfish survived!

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  39. Oh, I was worried about the goldfish.

    But if you have to go to the big fishbowl in the sky, best do it underneath a big ol' pile of novels :)

    ~Angela

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  40. Glad to hear the goldfish survived! I love that you were able to pen some creative nonfiction from this prompt. Bravo!

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  41. Nicely done. Characterization here is fabulous.

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  42. Actually Nicole it was fiction because the goldfish on which the story is based was my brother's responsibility and the fish flew into the bookcase because my Mum tried to pick it up in her hands! LOL! :O)

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  43. The goldfish disappearing behind the novels made me laugh. Great entry!

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  44. Great idea to put it in a goldfish bowl and love the story. I can just picture Mrs. Barnaby reading a historical romance.

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  45. Great story. Loved the goldfish bowl. Fast paced and fun.

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  46. Love the way you formatted this! It's amazing the goldfish survived. I guess they're sturdier than I thought.

    Love the Twitter fiction, too!

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  47. Oh I love the ending to this! Great job!

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  48. Love how you put the entire story inside an image of a goldfish bowl. :-)

    Very glad the fish survived!

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