It’s July, so here’s the seventh collection of stories, and let me tell you, this month was like pulling teeth for me. To start, though, this is so much more awesome with friends: a big thank you to all the writers who wrote something. Especially those of you who don’t normally touch mystery (like me).
That said, if you’re new around these parts, it’s possible you have no idea what am I talking about.
Well, the Flash Fiction Draw is basically a randomized card-draw that spits out a genre, an object, and a location, after which writers have a week to come up with up to 1,000 words that fit the criteria. It’s meant to be for fun and inspiration, rather than for serious competition (though, as I said, this month it was borderline painful for me). I make the draw on the first Monday of every month (the next draw will be August 6th, if you want to join in) and post results the following Monday, updating the post as I find new stories writers have written.
These were the cards drawn (and what they meant):
With “Mystery,” “a Typewriter,” and “a Dam,” this awesome gathering of author friends came up with a plethora of tales to offer you. There’s a dash of thriller, a dose or two of humour, and some fantastic gamer puns, among other great tales.
Here they are, alphabetically by contributor:
Lilly Amadu wrote “I’ll Be Damned.”
Jeff Baker wrote “The Missing Disc Mystery.”
‘Nathan Burgoine (that’s me) wrote “Spillway.”
Alex deMorra wrote “Floodgates at the Buchanan.”
Cait Gordon wrote “I Suck at Mystery. Dam it.”
Bruce D. Gordon wrote “Murder at the Lodge.”
Ralph Seligman-Courtois wrote “The Cabin.”
E.H. Timms wrote “An Awfully Big Adventure.”
Jamieson Wolf wrote “The Typewriter Lied.”
Did I miss your entry? Let me know and I’ll add you to the list! And by all means join us next month, when I do the draw again on August 6th. And if you want to see what people came up with for previous stories? The roundup for January (which was “A Fairy Tale,” “A Tattoo Machine,” and “A Prison”) is here. The roundup for February (which was “A Crime Caper,” “A Compass,” and “A Soup Kitchen”) is here. The roundup for March (which was “A Romance,” “A VHS Cassette,” and “A Firewatch Tower”) is here. The roundup for April (which was “Historical Fiction,” “Rat Poison,” and “A Dirt Road”) is here. The roundup for May (which was “Science Fiction,” “A Dog Whistle,” and “Above the Clouds”) is here. And the roundup for June (which was “Fantasy,” “Hot Chocolate,” and “A Junkyard or Scrapyard”) is here.