A to Z challenge: The letter B: Books

Ron's Books and Dogs
A to Z Challenge: Ron's Books

Writing prompt: BOOKS

Provided by: Allmyposts a fellow participant of the A to Z challenge. Visit him! Also, please drop me a prompt in the comments!

Genre: Fiction/Flash


Ron hated books. But his mother said they would do him good, and since he did not hate his mother, he took his books for walks. In the park, the books would jump at each other, snarl and snap at Ron’s heels.

Once, one of the books had managed to get him, and Ron suddenly found himself in another park altogether, with a crazy girl called Alice who kept growing smaller and bigger, giving him a dizzy spell. Then she wanted to pull him down a rabbit hole. Ron had struggled, and back in his own park, he had never wanted to touch books again.

Another time it was a gripey old man who wanted to catch a large white whale called Dick, which was not as bad as when he met a Don who spent more time falling off an old mare called Rocinante than riding her. Ron did not want any part of that.

After a childhood spent running from books that snapped and barked but never quite caught him, Ron found the book  A Boy and His Dog on his mother’s favorite park bench, when he was eighteen years old. His mother was long dead by then. Curious, he began to read.

But that is another story.


I still need prompts for the rest of the alphabet, so keep them coming! I’m tweeting A to Z posts at #atozchallenge: mine, and the others’ I like!

Thanks and shout-outs to organisers Arlee Bird (Tossing It Out) , Jeffrey Beesler’s (World of the Scribe),  Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh) , Jen Daiker ( Unedited), Candace Ganger (The Misadventures in Candyland) , Karen J Gowen  (Coming Down the Mountain) , Talli Roland ,  Stephen Tremp (Breakthrough Blogs )

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  1. SharleneT

    Visiting from the A-Z Challenge. I can’t imagine life without books. I’ve had my nose in one since I started to read — gosh, I think, before the alphabet was created. Wait! Let me go ask Og.
    Come visit when you can at:
    http://rockingchairreflections.blogspot.com (A-Z)

    Sharlene, thanks for the visit. I’ve had my nose buried in books forever as well, and no book ever snapped at it :)WIll see you on your blog soon!

  2. oh

    Dear D, THOROUGHLY enjoyed this one. Fresh. Fun. And turned story-ing on its head. Onward, onward!

    Oh thankyou! Means much to me to hear it from one of my beloved bloggers!

  3. Lucy Adams

    Wow. Excellent writing. I love this post. Keep it coming.

    How about zoomerang for Z.


    Lucy, that sounds like a good prompt…I’ll definitely need to be super-creative for Z! Thanks for the visit and I’ll come visit you soon.

  4. Kari Marie

    I’ve come to appreciate (actually love) flash fiction. I enjoyed your B Flash.

    Thanks Kari. I hope you enjoy the rest as well. And I hope I’m able to write them. *runs and hides under the table*

  5. Arlee Bird

    Cute twist. Fun story.

    Contrary to my usual practice of subscribing to comments, to save time during challenge I will not be doing so during April. If you want to respond to my comment , please email me directly from your email notification for the comment.

    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

    Lee, so sweet of you to comment every single day. Thanks again for organising this.

  6. ExpatGab

    As usual Damyanti your writing is superb. I look forward to the rest of the month. I decided to start a blog but then didn’t put anything on it. I thought that I could kickstart it off with the A-Z Challenge. I hope I can make it all the way.
    I’m at giftof.wordpress.com

    Gab!!! Wow! fancy meeting you here! Am so glad you’re doing the challenge too. Will hop across to your blog asap. All the very best and hugsss!!!

  7. Ellen

    Great idea to post varied writing; This was so creative, books that snip and snarl. Loved it~

    Ellen, thanks. No book ever snarled at me. They’re selective, perhaps. 🙂

  8. Michael DI Gesu

    Stopping by to say, Hi.

    Nice to meet you.

    I loved your story. I’m doing flash fiction too.

    Hi Michael. I stopped by at your post and liked it! All the best for the challenge.

  9. Ellie

    That was brilliant – a post about book, but really a book story! Loved it.

    Ellie Garratt

    Thanks Ellie, glad you like it. Come back for C :). I’m going to visit you soon

  10. Jolene Stockman

    This is such a great idea 🙂 I love that you’re supporting other writers, and doubling the fun / challenge by asking for prompts! (We’re going to have a great 26 days!)

    Thanks Jolene, feel free to add prompts for me 🙂

  11. Susanna

    Nice 🙂 Are you Malaysian or Singaporean, by the way? 🙂

    Thanks! Neither, actually. I’m an expat in both countries.

  12. Grandpa

    Children and adults should be surrounded by books.

    C for ‘character’?

    Life on The Farm

    I agree. Am afraid, I have already done C, and am now looking for prompts G onwards. A big thanks all the same 🙂

  13. Alex Fayle

    I love these sorts of surreal clips. Wonderfully literary while still being readable. Beautifully done.

    Alex, thank you. That means a lot, coming from a writer like you.

  14. Ron Easton

    Great idea and great storyline too…my name’s Ron too. I think you stole a bit of my life… but I don’t mind I wasn’t using my past anyway.

    Ron, I’m glad you liked the storyline 🙂 This is the story of the past of a lot of lives…not everyone gets into reading early in life.

  15. E. M. Jenkinson

    Haha! I couldn’t help but giggle! After reading this, I have this crazy urge to watch The Pagemaster, too. (That’s the one with the talking pirate and fairy books, right?)

    LOL, I looked up the movie, and now I want to watch it too 🙂

  16. Clarissa Draper

    If books kept after me like that, I would start reading as well.

    They did keep after Ron, and the book he picked at 18 tried to rein him in. I’ve always wondered what it is like for people who hated books.

  17. TS Hendrik

    Nice ending! I love stories that give you just that quick punch at the end.

    Thanks TS Hendrik. Please come on by again for more stories.

  18. Alison

    What a great, fun, creative, clever story! I loved it. Thanks for sharing.

    Alison, you’re most welcome. I plan to write flashes for all the 26 days.

  19. Claire Goverts

    Wonderful post, I enjoyed reading your take on books. Good luck with the challenge.

    Thanks Claire, for your kind comment, and good luck to you, too.

  20. Beth

    This was a cute story, and it was a great idea to work short stories into the A-Z challenge. I would have never thought about that.

    Thanks Beth, both for your visit and the comment.

  21. Ju Dimello

    Liked the story – simple and yet imaginative 🙂

    I didn’t know how to follow in wordpress…so hopping over to your blogspot to follow 🙂

    I got most of my A-Z idea in my dreams 😉

    Thanks, Ju, both for your comment, and the follow!

  22. Lindsay

    Fun!! Thanks for hopping by Tiptoe-Kisses today:) So fun to meet these new people on the A to Z challenge!

    You’re welcome 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

  23. Stephen Tremp

    I remember that grouchy old man too. I loved those two kids from the sticks and the runaway slave who navigated the great Mississippi River. Still can’t believe my library banned that book.

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment, and for helping to host the challenge.

  24. Sue Roebuck

    What a great way to celebrate A-Z Challenge. Excellent story. So that’s “b” done. Now for “c”.

    Thanks Sue, C is already scheduled…come back to read it on Monday 🙂

  25. Rekha

    Lovely b post…books enthrall and inspire, churn our guts and burn our imagination.

    Thanks, Rekha, and yes, I agree with you about books.

  26. India Drummond

    What a great story. Simple, and yet wonderfully visual. I would like to see what happened next!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! =)

    I like your stuff.. I’m subscribed!

    Thanks for subscribing, I hope I live up to expectations! I’m loving your posts too.

  27. Becky

    Again, this is just fantastic! I smiled the whole way through…

    Happy Saturday!

    Thanks, Becky, both for stopping by and your comment :). C and D are scheduled, and I hope you like them as well!

  28. Talli Roland

    I love this! Really looking forward to reading the rest of your posts.

    Thanks Talli! On Monday my post will be inspired by your prompt 🙂

  29. Christina Majaski

    Oh darn. I meant to tell you on the “A” post but this one also…love the creativity. Very impressive and can’t wait to read the rest.

    Thanks Christina. I hope I can hit the finish line 🙂

  30. anna

    OH! You’re doing flash fiction too! Awesome sauce =)

    Yes, I am, and am so happy there are others doing the same!

  31. Dafeenah

    I don’t want to repeat myself for the next 26 days so I will have to figure out how many different ways I can say I loved this. Telling stories outside the box. Truly amazing.