Who’s Up for a Million Words Challenge in 2019?

I’m in the mood to share way more than you’re probably interested in reading. As a geek and ex-project manager, these sorts of things get me going. If you’re a writer, you’re more likely to find this interesting. I track word count annually even though it can be very depressing when I look at what I’ve accomplished around this time of year. 🤣 For 2018, I had set a 2100 words a day goal or … Read more

No Peeking

“AH…” Tyler and Amy hollered. Two tiny elves chased after the children, their sharp teeth chomping at the air. They stopped and giggled when the door closed behind the small tots. “Hey!” Santa rolled out from where he landed in the fireplace. “Stop torturing the kids or they’ll never stop pissing on my lap.” The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, … Read more

Tragedy and Treasure on Highway 7

There’s no bicycle for Johnny Smithson this Christmas. His mother, a casualty of the icy curve on Highway 7, launched over the guardrail with the family’s layaway treasures. Although tragic, a blessing for the McAvoys who live beneath the embankment. Christmas morning the twins shared Johhny’s bicycle, while mother roasted Mrs. Smithson for holiday dinner. The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every … Read more

Hear What? (Honorable Mention)

“Can you hear that?” “Hear what?” “The moaning.” Steve laughed. “What exactly do you think is behind those doors? A whore house?” “Very funny.” Mira crossed her arms. “Go knock. I dare you.” Steve walked half way up the steps, paused and read the mailbox. “I’ll be damned. Death’s Door.” The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, beginning at noon and … Read more

Buck Buck

Oh, hell, here I am again, left behind. Lucky for me, she can’t sleep without her Buck Buck, and she’ll make everyone miserable until I’m back in her arms. I wonder how long it’ll take them to find me, and I sure hope I don’t get pee’d on by a pack of dogs this time. The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every … Read more

Second Sight

No one’s thoughts are that blank. The fortuneteller shook the baby’s head to clear its sight. Is he hiding something horrible from my client? She aimed the head at the man again, then closed her eyes and concentrated. The doll slipped from her hands, her mouth gaping. He squeezes the toothpaste from the middle. The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, … Read more

Parade Route

“Do you smell that?” “Yeah, gross,” the boy said while covering his nose. “Sorry.” The baby in white giggled and blushed. “Mom fed me squash last night for dinner.” “It’s not you,” the girl in pink said. “The Zombie High Band is behind the Garfield balloon and the Shriner’s float.” The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, beginning at noon and … Read more

Fluffy- Honorable Mention

Fluffy. Can you believe it? They named me Fluffy. And yesterday their kid dressed me in a tutu. They don’t warn you these things at the animal shelter. If this keeps up, they’ll find every shoe in their closets in shreds and a few surprise packages in the middle of their beds. The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, beginning at … Read more

Vacation Pictures

“Let’s get our picture taken with the cannibals,” Ralph told his wife, tugging at her arm while they were leaving the Mayan ruins. “So cheezy, honey, and seriously, if these guys knew how many humans we had to sacrifice to Satan to afford this trip . . . .” The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, beginning at noon and ends … Read more

Green is Bad – WINNER

Andrea stood in the doorway of the public restroom holding her crotch, the voice in her head telling her, “green is bad . . . green is bad . . . .” She knew what she had to do. Count. Counting the occurrences of green would make the room safe, even if she wet her pants before making it to the toilet. The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 … Read more