Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Eye Spy a Spider and...

On my to read books, this one you can not pass up!
 
Time to put on my pink panther suit, creep around the internet and find something interesting to share with you. I try to find blogs, ideas, books, or anything else  that catches my fancy, and could use an extra boost. This week I am focusing on Flash Fiction challenges and Michael Offutts new book Slipstream. I know I am a bit late on his blog tour, but hop on over to his blog and check out his book AND HIS SPIDER! It is not to late to get on the tour bus, today he is making a stop over at my secret or not so secret bro, Michael Di Gesu...In Time, as always.



There are many blogs that offer flash fiction challenges. I find them good writing exercises and a lot of fun. Here is one that I recently found and would like to share with you.


Julia's place features  weekly something called 100WCGU. You have 100 words (or the number that have been set for that week) plus the prompt to write a creative piece. The idea behind these types of challenges is to meet new friends, help build the blogging community and practice your writing skills. Minnie gets bored waiting for the last Friday of every month to come along so she can play Gibberish with you. Maybe this challenge will keep her happy for awhile. Go check it out, I guarantee that even if you do not want to play, there is a lot of fun to be had in reading what others come up with. Telling a story in just a few words is not an easy task. Here is this weeks latest challenge and my contribution using these words:
 
LIBERTY    EMPIRE    APPLE    YELLOW    ENORMOUS




Tomorrow is Norway’s Independence Day. Norwegians celebrate their liberty with as much enthusiasm as Americans celebrate their 4th of July. Baseball, enormous parades and apple pie are typical American trademarks, yet we carry the same colors of red, white and blue. Both countries are an empire built by the struggles of ordinary men and women with dreams of a better life and hopes for a better future. My flag will be one among thousands that line the streets of Norway tomorrow, and if I am lucky… a yellow sun will warm my face as well...
Join me on Friday for "What's for Dinner Mom" and I will share my 17th of May celebration with you.
 If you have or know of something worth spying on, send me an email or post it here in the comments. Have a fantastic day!

14 comments:

Huntress said...

Michael's spider is shivery good! I highlighted his book on my blog also this week.

Love hearing about Norway and the country's holidays.

Sparks In Shadow said...

Norway's Independence Day sounds like a wonderful celebration. I love the clarity and personality in your piece.

E.J. Wesley said...

Michael is making the 'well deserved' rounds of late, Siv. From reviews I've read, I don't think you'll be disappointed in Slipstream. :)

Love your "What's for Dinner" series, BTW. Always makes me hungry.

Jacqueline Howett said...

Enjoyed your post Siv! Thanks for the link. I also enjoy writing flash fiction at times.

Have a great week!

kmckendry said...

Slipstream is on my "To Read" list!

I'll check out Julia's place too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Read Michael's review the other day. So how many years of independence is it for Norway?

Libby said...

Happy Independence Day Norway!

Jenni Steel said...

Enjoyed you post Siv. Sound lovely place to live.

I've never written a flash story but yours sounded really good. Happy Independence Day!

Lynn Proctor said...

i love this flash story thing--sounds great!

Susan Kane said...

I do love a challenge, 100 words no more, no less.

Happy Independence, Norway!

Sally said...

Thanks for the link. I've joined as well.

Charmaine Clancy said...

You have been a busy spy! Very good flash piece, I struggle with those but there are some good blogs hosting flash fiction prompts.

Botanist said...

I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day. Sounds similar to the way Canadians celebrate Canada Day on July 1.

Jessica Salyer said...

Happy Independence Day to Norway. Congrats again to Micheal. Heading over to Julia's place.