Three Line Tales, Week Twenty-Two

Welcome to Week Twenty-Two  of Three Line Tales.

photo by Rosan Harmens – click here for full res version
photo by Rosan Harmens – click here for full res version 

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Don’t Want to Believe

100 words about alien abductions
photo by Štefan Štefančík 

It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last.

I don’t know if I’d said anything right away if I’d known. I mean, who was I going to tell? And what?

To tell the truth, I didn’t believe it had happened. I dismissed it as a Technicolor nightmare, fuelled by a recent SciFi movie binge.

The second time, I felt again as if I’d woken from a bad dream. Doubts began creeping in, though. I searched online and found others reporting suffering from identical dreams.

Tonight, we meet, brought together by a real-life Agent Mulder. He believes our theory that we’ve become lab rats for a hostile alien species.

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An opening line for this week’s WP Discover Challenge? Of course I’m in.

 

How to Create the Outcome You Desire

100 words about scare tactic politics
FFfAW photo prompt week 71 (c) Louise

A step-by-step guide:

Define your outcome.

Identify a suitable target.

Highlight areas which lend themselves to maligning.

Do field research: Encourage people to speak their mind, buy them a drink if necessary.

Identify overlap between areas you highlighted and your field research. This is Your Message.

Hone Your Message (tip: if writing copy isn’t your strength, hire a professional – you must get it spot on).

Release Your Message into the world and watch the sheep flock to your side.

Small print: Be advised the Scarecrow Method has side effects, some of which cannot be easily reversed upon reaching your outcome.

Soar Lemming Soar

100 words about an artist who never finishes what he starts
photo by Michael Browning 

‘Sam! I’ve had another idea. A better one. I think this is the one, you know?’

‘So we’re doing that again?’

‘What do you mean?’

‘Do you remember last time?’

‘Last time was different. It was a bad idea, I see it now. But this isn’t.’

‘Give it two weeks… I think you should see the current one through.’

‘You don’t understand, I have to follow my muse.’

‘Last time you said your muse was a jerk sometimes. Sure she isn’t leading you off a cliff again?’

‘I’ve never been so sure of anything.’

‘Dave… You say that every time.’

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Can you guess what this week’s Moral Mondays prompt is?

Three Line Tales, Week 21: Round-Up

Ready for this week’s crop? Here it is:

Until Thursday!

Three Line Tales, Week Twenty One

Welcome to Week Twenty One of Three Line Tales.

TLT week 21 – Brussels
photo by Martins Zemlickis – click here for full res version 

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

Flash Fiction Day: help me

a call for writing prompt submissions
photo by Lauren Mancke

Dear Readers,

I need your help. I stumbled across Damon Wakes’ Flash Fiction Day earlier and couldn’t resist signing up for it (Doesn’t it look fun? You can still sign up, too, if you fancy it).

I don’t know how many stories I’ll manage to write. I’d like to write at least twelve. None of them longer than 100 words (obviously), but it’s still a lot. I’ll need plenty of inspiration. From you. A single word, a starting line, photo prompts, a (fictional) response to a recent post of yours – anything you’d like to see me use during my story marathon, pop it in the comments, please.

I am not going to promise I’ll use every prompt. But I’ll try.