Ah, September! The ninth collection of stories! Before anything else, though, I want to say “Thank you” to everyone who sent messages of support. Coach has left a giant husky-sized hole in our life, and everything else took a dive in the meanwhile.
So, thank you.
Now, what’s this? If you’ve not bumped into these roundup posts before, the Flash Fiction Draw is 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 (stretching writer muscles, not stressing writers out). I make the draw on the first Monday of every month (the next draw will be September 3rd, 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 “Suspense,” “Bag of Money,” and “Border Crossing,” what did the authors come up with? Well, if you’ve followed along at any point this year, you know some authors tend to deliver the laughs, others the speculative, and some the shivers. This time is no different.
Here they are, alphabetically by contributor:
Jeff Baker wrote “A Traffic in Dollars.”
‘Nathan Burgoine (that’s me) wrote “Home.”
Alex deMorra wrote “An Unkindness.”
“The Dark Netizen” wrote “Border Crossing.”
Cait Gordon wrote “Crossing My Path.”
Jeffrey Ricker wrote “It’ll Be Easy.”
E.H. Timms wrote “An Unremarkable Hound.”
Jamieson Wolf wrote “The Mortal Border.”
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 October 1st. 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. The roundup for June (which was “Fantasy,” “Hot Chocolate,” and “A Junkyard or Scrapyard”) is here. The roundup for July (which was “Mystery,” “Typewriter” and “A Dam”) is here. And the roundup for August (which was “Ghost Story,” “An Earring,” and “A Tobacco Shop”) is here.