A for Any Other time: atozchallenge

So the A to Z challenge roars off!

As followers of this blog know, I’m going to write a piece of flash fiction each day based on a picture prompt and a story starter, chosen from suggestions sent in by bloggers. Spent the whole day with hosting duties, visiting dozens of awesome blogs, and now for my post:

Today’s prompt is courtesy A to Z Challenge participant Donna B. McNicol, who’s been unflinching in her support for us in our #atozchallenge campaign on Twitter.

Any other time she would have passed right by. She never stopped to notice little odd things. 
 But this wasn’t any other time, nor any other day. It was the day her life had turned upside down, all without her noticing– she now had no home, no family, no job, no identity. No one recognized her, or paid attention, let alone talk to her.
She turned at the face, a blob of putty with eyes and nose and mouth in a snarl as it stared out at her from the wall next to her neighbor’s backyard. Aren’t you a strange one, she said, your face plastered into a wall?
She wondered why she did not smell the fresh-mowed grass, nor heard the car that pulled up in the driveway in a house ahead of her.
Shocked, she saw the snarl move in answer to her mostly rhetorical question. No stranger than you.
And why might that be? said she, hands on hips, determined to have her first conversation of the day, and win it. She had always won arguments before.
The snarl curled to reveal a smile of plastered teeth, Because, unlike you, I know I’m dead. Don’t worry, you’ll learn.

She sank down on her haunches, playing her day in her head. It is never too late to notice little odd things, she muttered, settling down to sort out the first argument she could not win.

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  1. Alana

    This is a really great one Damyanti! I like how you tied in the photo and the prompt.

    And FABULOUS job on your cohosting duties! It is off to a great start!

    Alana @ writercize.blogspot.com

  2. Elayne

    Hello, stopping by from the A-Z challenge.I love the flash fiction and picture prompt.Look forward to reading more!

  3. Ishta Mercurio

    That was awesome! I loved the answer to her question: "Unlike you, I know I'm dead." And the way you ended it was perfection. I look forward to the rest of your A-Z posts!

  4. Steven Chapman

    A story every day! Blimey!

    This is a great start to the challenge, looking forward to reading the rest of your FFs.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

  5. DeniseCovey_L_Aussie

    Hi there Damyanti. I think I see another book coming on! Great story. I hope you can manage to get to read some of my flash fiction at the RomanticFridayWriters blog (we are no. 1278 at last count!) Not very romantic I assure you…


  6. Damyanti

    AAAAcccckk more comments—you guys are way too sweet.

    Good part, I've visited all of you back already (yay me!). Bad part, I'm wondering if I can keep up with new blogs and commenters all at the same time. But it is a challenge, and I'm game!

    Isabella, I'm quite humbled by the compliment. Dunno if my book is worth being an ambassador to this wonderful challenge, but it definitely was a 'challenge-baby'! Please keep linking away…:)

    Archna, thanks for your second visit, and Jamie, in case I hadn't told you, I loved your A post.

  7. Isabella Amaris

    Very nice:) Prompted me to join the challenge this year and go blog-hopping to discover more gems:) Happy atozchallenge blogging to all:)

    p.s. I hope you don't mind, Damyanti that I linked to your book of flash fiction in one of my posts on the challenge:) I thought it fit in very well as an ambassador collection for those looking to see what can come of participating in AtoZ, but do let me know if you'd rather I didn't link to the book:) Cheers.

  8. SweetMarie83

    What a cool idea! I love it – you've definitely piqued my interest. Thanks for stopping by today, I remember you from last year, too! Great to see you again, and I'll be back! šŸ™‚

    Ramblings of a Daydreamer

  9. Joanne

    very cool writing. Indeed, it's nice to meet you. You visited my blog and now I visit yours. Thanks so much for helping to host the challenge. It's a small world and we have to connect. Thanks

  10. Damyanti

    I'd love to reply to all the comments individually, but I'd much rather visit you all back instead. Which I'm going to do right now.

    Thanks for all your kind words, I'm overwhelmed.

    To answer some of the questions raised:

    No, I haven't managed to schedule much, so I'll just try and write each one as it comes to me. Much like I did last year.

    The prompts are : the picture, and the part of the story bolded out– both provided by Donna, to whom I'm very thankful. I'll make the prompts clearer from now on.

  11. Mina Burrows

    Creepy and intriguing! Loved it. That's pretty awesome you're doing flash fiction the entire month. That's impressive. Looking forward to reading more. šŸ™‚

  12. Rob Z Tobor

    Good stuff see you at B. I am trying to get round as many blogs a possible before I dismantle the PC and rebuild it for tomorrows blog post….. NO pressure

  13. Dazediva

    This is a fab piece of flash fiction; so much detail in such few words and the last two lines – sheer brilliance šŸ™‚

    I'm also curious about what exactly the prompt was that was given – was it the phrase or the photo ?

    Looking forward to the rest of your pieces.

  14. joycesully

    The story–and that picture–was nicely unsettling.

    I'm doing fiction prompts for the challenge as well and I had a question: is the bold text at the start of the story the prompt Donna gave you? If not, it would be great if you included the exact prompt before each piece. It's helpful to see that starting point and how you interpreted it.

  15. Von L Cid

    Thanks for this. But also, thanks for the inspiration. Your collection from last year inspired me to do the same. I only hope I have the mental stamina for it. Thanks again.

  16. Robyn Campbell

    Great start! Love flash fiction and wish I could write it. You'd think that I could, because of my picture book background. Bodacious writing here. The ending is fantastic! Bravo!

  17. loverofwords

    You do something I really enjoy and that is to write from a prompt, somehow for me, I really can come up with writing that surprises me. The brain must sub-consciously pick up all these fragments of information and there it is for us, on paper. Looking forward to reading your blog in the coming weeks.

  18. Marian Allen

    As always, you grab my heart and move it to sympathy. I love it that the face's message opened the world to her: the intricacy of small, odd things; the depth of working through an argument you can't win.

    I've been looking forward to your April flash pieces all year. Happy to have the book last year brought. šŸ™‚

    Marian Allen
    Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

  19. Tracy Makara

    Nice! šŸ™‚ I love flash fiction and have to tell you…this is the first time I've been here or read anything you've wrote…LOVE it. Can't wait to follow along and see what you come up with everyday. What an awesome idea.

  20. A J

    Hi Damyanti! I'm one of Sharon's students. I like that the `plaster face' is mysterious. I'm curious as hell as to that plaster face. Hope this will evolve into more šŸ™‚


  21. Word Crafter

    I love this it is very thought provoking and I'm hooked. I want the whole story – I don't want to have to write it myself…perhaps it's lazy perhaps I know it may not be as good as this.