Practice & Social Distance

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Hi,

I know the world seems even crazier than usual these days. Wanted to drop in and say: I’m ok, so far my family is ok, and that I hope all of you are ok as well.

For the first time in a while, I’ve actually had time to dig in and focus on the craft of writing and not just generating ideas. To that end, I’ve been working on a good deal of flash fictions to build on my story telling skills. The theory being that if I can be brief and build up my skills bit by bit, the skills should be transferable to the full length novels I am working on.

I’m hoping to share at least one of these flash fictions per week with you all since I think we all could use a few good stories right now.

I also have a few other post ideas during this time. We’ll see if they end up as good on screen as they sound in my head (I’m sure the other writers can relate). These include book reviews (I’ve had more time to read lately) and more “Tools of the Trade” that highlight different things I’ve found helpful while writing.

Stay safe!

JR

p.s. Here’s the first flash fiction I’m sharing:

A Noise in the Kitchen

The griffin huddled under its blanket, watching the news. Hearing a sudden noise from the kitchen he bared his teeth, growling out a “Who’s there?”

The noise continued.

The griffin rose, lithe muscles still hidden under his fuzzy pink blanket as he crept toward the kitchen. A low growl emanated from deep within his chest, and then he saw something that made his heart skip a beat.

There, on the counter was a beady eyed abomination chewing on a crumb. The griffin screamed and ran back to the couch to cower under his blanket.

The mouse kept eating, hardly fazed.

Prompt: “Write a 50 word story in the comedy genre. It’s about a beast and should include a blanket. Also use the sentence ‘Is anyone there?’ Bonus prompt: Civilization has come to an end.” – https://thestoryshack.com/tools/writing-prompt-generator/

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