National Flash Fiction Day 2020

“Aw, look at this one.”

Marie points at a bunny rabbit. Their twitchy noses are kind of sweet, but I don’t want a bunny rabbit.

This is the beginning of my story Cats and Dogs – you can read the whole thing here on FlashFlood. I’ve only read a handful of stories so far. Anyone else got one on there today? Pop me a link in the comments if you do.

If you missed out on the FlashFlood, there’s another opportunity to get a story published at the Write-In, too.

Three Line Tales, Week 189

Welcome to Week 189 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales, week 189: a cat peeking out of a cardboard box
photo by Eberhard Grossgasteiger via Unsplash

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 (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

The Ferocious Predator

He thought he found the perfect hiding spot.

He was clever, Raven was, much more clever than his two-legged food and cuddle dispensers. It was their fault he had to resort to ambush tactics. If only they played with him when he wanted to play. But they made those funny meows that didn’t mean anything and threw him with a boring, lifeless cat toy.

He got excited when he heard footsteps in the hall. He twitched his tail, focused on the spot where he’d attack. But the feet he was anticipating never came into view. Now he heard chuckling and funny meows.

‘Ah, Raven, you silly kitty.’

(c) Barbara W. Beacham


They are funny beasts, cats. Ours likes to hide under my writing chair and attack my heels when he thinks I don’t know he’s there. So I loved today’s MFtS prompt and I’m looking forward to reading all the cat stories (shonky mobile broadband connection permitting, that is).

World Domination Foiled

Lynn from Word Shamble has invited me to join in with Five Photos, Five Stories. How can I say no when I’m perpetually on the look-out for story prompts? Thank you, Lynn!

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you. Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command.

Today, I nominate Samantha from fictionwriterwithablog.

Five Photos, Five Stories – Day 1: World Domination Foiled

The Cat, pretending to be harmless


You’ve practised your evil laugh all night. You bestow it on the delivery man as he hands over the package. He doesn’t recoil in fear. But he’s probably seen all sorts.

You unpack the suits, place two on hangers, put on the third. You instantly look ten times more menacing. The delivery man would quiver, could he hear your evil laugh now.

Bianca hisses as you pick her up. Doesn’t produce the effect you hoped for. Your dark Saville Row suit, covered in cat hair.

So that’s why Blofield wore such ghastly white.

You drop Bianca before she claws you.