My 100-Day Flash Challenge Part 4

Days 76 – 100

Photo by Dan Counsell on UNSPLASH.

On March 18, 2021, I began a crazy adventure. That was the day I started my 100-day flash fiction challenge. My goal was to write, edit, publish one story per day for one hundred days.

Below, I summarize the fourth 25 days of my challenge.

The Final 25 Stories

  1. The End of Books
  2. Hang Loose
  3. Writing Prompt 015
  4. Monolith 3; Tammy’s Choice
  5. Challenge, A Rationalization
  6. The Holler Man ***
  7. Nicky
  8. After the Rain
  9. The Boy in the Ward
  10. The Interview
  11. The Proxy ***
  12. Before the Bang
  13. Zeke Vs The Real Zombies
  14. Papanca: A Story of Ten Dollars and Ten Minutes
  15. Henry’s Heart ***
  16. Tommy the Tube
  17. Zach ***
  18. Kenny and the Upside
  19. Note to Self
  20. Taxi
  21. Where are They?
  22. Mrs. Henderson ***
  23. 3:14 AM ***
  24. A Scorpionic Angle of Perception
  25. Very Bad Doggy

INTRO

I started posting stories to WordPress, MEDIUM, and VOCAL.media in February. The flash fiction challenge started on March 18.


My Faves

I’ve denoted my favorite stories from this bunch with links and asterisks in the table above.

I have tried to not include too many spoilers in my thoughts below, but please read the stories first if you wish. Please don’t fault me for giving away too much.


The Holler Man

My Grandma Hector was the only person I ever knew that used the word ‘holler.’ It was a lush green, deep valley that sat in front of her house. It was where she and her neighbors dumped their garbage. (This was the 1960s so please don’t ask me some snarky question about not recycling.)

The Holler Man is loosely based upon a young man I knew when I lived in Chester. There was, as always, lots of creative liberties taken.

 

The Proxy

I’m a diehard romantic. This story proves that, I would think.

 

Henry’s Heart

In The White Elephant I denied the idea that I was comparing myself (favorably) to Hemingway. I must now make a similar denial regarding Dickens. This isn’t your beloved Christmas Carol. This is me, a budding writer practicing in public.

 

Zach

This entire story is merely a setup for a cheesy punchline. But it garnered some attention on my BLOGs and I like it. It’s one part Cronenberg, two parts Kafka, stir and enjoy.

 

Mrs. Henderson

Confession time, Mrs. Henderson was really a teacher of mine a long time ago, in a world (now) far, far away. We did not get along. The humiliating incident I described, really happened to me.

The villain, a vampire, is so inured with life, she has grown bored, careless, arrogant. She taunts the timid child turned janitor even as he stands poised to kill her.

“What happened next?” several of my readers will ask at unclear endings such as these. Honestly I don’t know or care. The point of flash fiction is a bit of a tease. It’s not a short story nor a novel. It’s mean to evoke and incite like a haiku can.

 

3:14 AM

Approximately the first eighteen paragraphs were based more or less in reality. Then, of course, my story differs drastically from my one recent night of poor sleep. This one is ugly and brutal in the same way that my Monolith stories and In the Woods are.


Final Thoughts

When you spend only a day creating a story, they are not all going to be winners. But it surprised me to find that I have mined several nuggets during this challenge. After I complete this challenge, I plan on doing three things.

1. Celebrate accordingly

2. Take a few days off where I catch up on my reading.

3. I will begin sifting through the treasures I found during this time. I plan on editing, rewriting, finessing these things until I can release them under an actual (physical or virtual) sellable, self-published book.

I am trying to imagine anyone reading this entire post about my other posts. If you’ve read this far, please accept my sincere gratitude. Stephen King talks about his ‘constant reader.’ I hope to have my constant readers, eventually.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: