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Succinctly Yours: Lost Baby Brother

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 140 characters.

I even managed to use the Word of the Week: diligent.

The snow-covered grasses stretched out before them, as expansive as the skies. Finding their baby brother could take days and diligent work.

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Succinctly Yours: Snow!

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 140 characters.

I even managed to use the Word of the Week: jubilant. Well, a version of it anyway.

The pup licked my face and then bounced jubilantly into the snow. He looked toward me once, barked once and took off for a large snow drift.

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Succinctly Yours: Black Friday

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 140 characters.

Loud people, all the pushing and shoving. She wished she didn’t need to buy gel right now. She wanted to avoid the insanity of Black Friday.

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Succinctly Yours: Passing Time

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 139 characters according to the character counter.

“Grandbaby is so big now.”

“Too big. Or not big enough.”

“Huh?”

“Our girl has a baby to play with. And baby’s too young for us to amuse.”

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Succinctly Yours: Serene Boat

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

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Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 140 characters.

She wanted to take a look around the neighborhood. The boat was a little scraped up from the storm, but fine. And rowing relaxed her a lot.

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Succinctly Yours: Food of the Dead

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

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Coming back from death was good, but the food was terribly. Dead, like him. But catching a living girl was so hard. They screamed, they ran.

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Succinctly Yours: Pumpkin Delight

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

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He screamed, but only vomit came out. Guts and seeds – the witch said she would plant the seeds in lieu of the kids he refused to give her.

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Third Campaigner Challenge: Show Not Tell

The third challenge is write a blog post in 300 words or less, excluding the title. The post can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should show:

  • that it’s morning,
  • that a man or a woman (or both) is at the beach
  • that the MC (main character) is bored
  • that something stinks behind where he/she is sitting
  • that something surprising happens.

Just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: “synbatec,” “wastopaneer,” and “tacise.” (NB. these words are completely made up and are not intended to have any meaning other than the one you give them).

This is my attempt. It is exactly 296 words. I am number 6 in the linky list, if anyone feels inspired to vote for me.

Title: Broken Islands

Dina smelled sulfur and blood and blinked open one eye. This beach was smooth white sand, palm trees and an ocean still tinted with the colors of the rising sun. It was empty. Sunrise was too early for normal people to up.

She sniffed the air, just to be sure. Nothing. Maybe she was smelling things out of boredom. Dina considered the idea and sat up slowly.

She shoved her feet into pink flip-flops. A big ridiculous sunflower plastic decorated the straps. They were the least flashy pair the big island souvenir store stocked. Dina scowled at her feet and wished for home, where she didn’t have to hop two islands to buy simple black flip-flops.

The smell came again and disappeared as quickly as before. Dina rose, excited for the first time since her boss forced this island vacation on her. As if boredom on an isolated island would be good for her. Well, tacise him!

She stepped out cautiously, careful of her balance. The flip-flops did very little to cushion her banged-up foot. At least the sand was still cool.

The smell came again and this time she was ready for it. Sulfur and blood, two smells she knew well, and something else, something rancid and sweet. Like wastopaneer.

Oh no. Dina called her wolf forward. The change was fast and painless, like every change since the last mission. Joy bubbled up in her when her wolf burst free. Four feet planted in the cool sand, she howled her joy to the sky.

Her hind foot still ached, but the smells were much sharper in her wolf form. Dina lowered her nose, sniffing.  Sulfur, blood, wastopaneer.

Ha! Death had followed her to this remote island. She couldn’t regret it; anything was better than boredom.

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Succinctly Yours: Sand Sculpture Contest

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 139 characters.

 He and his sister dragged buckets of sand and water over to their spot. Their sculpture would be the best. No one could beat their pegasus.

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Succinctly Yours: Her Baby Boy

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 138 characters.

She followed her daughter-in-law outside and wished she could take her boy with her. He’d suffered so much. She wished she could help him.