Flash Fiction Bonus

Hi Everyone,  I don’t normally post two posts in one day, but my good friend, Laura of Caffeinated Fiction has a birthday today, and she even announced her age, brave woman!

In connection with her age, she issued a challenge I couldn’t pass up.  She is 42 years old today and challenged her blog readers and writing friends to write a Flash Fiction Story with 42 words or less, and stipulated that it must contain the word “birthday”.  (I love the idea!)

Well, anyone who knows me, knows that I cannot pass up a writing challenge, so here is my 42 word birthday flash fiction story for Laura:

Another foster home. Her tenth birthday. She had no expectations.

“Dinner!” New foster mom called.

Foster mom cleared the table and returned from the kitchen.

“Surprise!” Foster Mom carried a cake with candles. Foster Dad pulled a gift from under the table.


I read the word “NaNoWriMo” for the first time last year as I was becoming a part of the writing world online.  I read more about it and was amazed that so many people would subject themselves to such a challenge, although a part of me thought it might be fun to try.  No, I did not try it last year, nor will I try it this year.  I’m just not ready.  I have just really begun to write again after taking a year to really study the craft and make connections both online and in person.  Maybe I’ll try NaNoWriMo in another year or two.

For me, at this point in time, trying to write 1, 667 words a day (that’s 50,000 words in 30 days, which is the goal of NaNoWriMo) seems overwhelming and stressful.    I do hope to give it my best shot sometime.

By the way, if you don’t know about NaNoWriMo, you can find out more about it by simply googling it.  There is also a NaNoWriMo Twitter page and there are several pages and groups for NaNoWriMo on Facebook.

How about you?  Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?