Lite-bites – Business Concern


It’s getting to be that time of the year and the eggs-treme concern is understandable…

Remember, the challenge in Friday Flash Fiction stories (link at the bottom) is to write a story in one hundred words or less.  Not prose, but a proper story with a beginning, middle and end.  Some of my fellow authors who publish on the site do wonders, and in writing these stories, it teaches you brevity.  For details on how to submit your stories, scroll down, but first, your lite-bite for this week.

A Business Concern

The Head of Sales read the letter aloud.  “…I am eggs-pressing eggs-treme eggs-asperation at the delays in eggs-ercising the full eggs-tent of my order whilst appreciating that the eggs-igent demands of the previous month’s orders must eggs-acerbate the situation for you.  However, I eggs-hort you to eggs-alt your efforts.  February is eggs-tremely close, and my order must be fully eggs-pedited by 14th February to ensure eggs-actment of the goods in eggs-cellent time for March…

She sighed and turned to her secretary.  “It’s early this year and he’s panicking.  Take a letter James.  Subject ‘Chocolate, Bulk Order’.  ‘Dear Easter Bunny

Easter 2018

This story was written last year when Easter was early.  Hence the ‘client’s’ panic.

Friday Flash Fiction

Friday Flash Fiction, a great site for micro-fiction, sets us a weekly challenge, to write a story in 100 words or less. I generally manage to rise to my weekly challenge, and I’ve started to produce a piece of work every week again.  Last week’s story was called Classic.  Yes, I was probably having a writer’s bitter and twisted moment when I wrote it, but nevertheless, there is a degree of truth in it and echoes what masterclass tutors have said about my work.  By the way, POV stands for Point of View, the theory being that if you are writing about one protagonist, you cannot write about anything which s/he does not see, hear or generally experience.  And why don’t we have ‘heroes’ and ‘heroines’ any more – it’s all protagonists?  In my novel, which is with my editor right now, Maria is, as far as I’m concerned, a little heroine.  And in ‘Harry Dean‘ (rewriting it again from the original manuscript I drafted in 2008), Eliza is quite definitely the stuff from which heroes are made.  OK, protagonists they are.

Why don’t you give it a go and submit a story?  Only a hundred words maximum, but do make sure it is no more than that.

Writers’ Flash Fiction Competition…

…and it’s free.  Writers’ HQ run quarterly Flash Fiction competitions with a generous 500 words allowance.  Their next deadline is the end of March.

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