What was that? Just there out of the corner of your eye? Was it the girl you have a crush on, looking your way? Was it your husband, checking illicit text messages? Was there something there in the shadows, waiting for you to pass? Your partner checking his gun before getting out of the patrol … More Volume 1 Prompt 30
“There was no other way.” How do you read that? Do you think of it as the truth, in the way a determinist might? Does it make your existentialistic heart rage? Or do you get all swoony for stories of fate and destiny? Soulmates and fortune tellers? Do you look at the palms of … More Volume 1 Issue 29: There was no other way.
This week, dear writers, write whatever story you wish but it must end with the line “There was no other way.” Are the ideas coming to you already? Good. Now get writing.
We have five elemental stories this week, each ablaze with intensity and searing with imagination. This week’s contributors include Kira, Sunil Sharma, Jenna Mason Stay, Kelli J Gavin, and Francine Witte. Warm yourself with these glowing stories of passion, loss, adventure, connection, desire, and fear. Fire Fall Kira Have you ever felt like one of … More Volume 1 Issue 28: Fire
In Japanese, the kanji for autumn has two radicals: grains and fire (秋). Before living here, I did not understand how this came to be but if you happen to visit a rural landscape in September and October, you’ll have an immediate explanation: after the farmers harvest the rice and late summer vegetables, they burn … More Volume 1 Prompt 28: Fire
It is a slightly disconcerting sight to watch a larynx at work. It reminds me of a sea urchin’s mouth instead of the feature that enables (some of) us to sing L’Orfeo. Consider how glistening vocal cords create sounds that our minds, upon receiving the vibrations, subjectively interpret as haunting or irritating, alluring or threatening. … More Volume 1 Issue 27: The Voice
Hello there. This week’s prompt is brought to you by regular contributor Sunil Sharma. To quote him directly (so you can get the full feel of the prompt): The Voice Heard on a bus, train, tram; or radio show or on phone or an ad on TV. Voice that leaves one mesmerized! So have at … More Week 27: Prompt