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.
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.
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
Hello, stopping by from the A-Z challenge.I love the flash fiction and picture prompt.Look forward to reading more!
Aww! Poor person! Love this flash fiction story!
Cherie Reich – Author
Surrounded by Books Reviews
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!
Oh, very good! Sort of Alice in Wonderland after death. Poor lady.
Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z
Gripping story. Picture prompts are fun to work with.
Some more fantastic flash fiction coming from you this year!
Great story! She's definitely not going to win this one!
Interesting snippet of fiction
Wow. That was very cool. Thanks for sharing, Damyanti!
With your character's world turned upside down, I like that you give her a purpose at the end.
Waiting for more! And the picture prompt was interesting. 🙂
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!
Definitely thought-provoking. and what a cool picture prompt!
Thanks for the visit 🙂 lovely A
I posted my B now
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…
Oh, so deliciously creepy and grim and haunting! That picture is just…unsettling, and your story takes root in a person's head and won't jar loose. Great job! I'll be back to visit again as the challenge continues.
@oddparticle on Twitter
You're off to a great start. What an imagination.
Places I Remember
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog
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.
Excellent start! I'd be pretty freaked out if a dead putty face started a chat with me!
Fellow A-Z Buddy
Wonderful and strange. The ending was unexpected but very fitting. I love snippets of fiction like this.
Enjoy the challenge.
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.
How sad and creepy!! Good luck with 2012 A-Z! We're off to a roaring start! 🙂
Wow! So cool you're gonna post a new piece every day! Something to look forward to for sure. 😀
PS: Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I'll be coming back to read your next flash fiction.
Hi there, thanks for coming over to my blog right at the start of yesterday! You've made a good start!
This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.
Duncan In Kuantan
Amazing that you are doing a flash fiction every day. I don't know how you do it. This was quite interesting.
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! 🙂
Ramblings of a Daydreamer
This is an awesome way to do the challenge!
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
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.
You get an A for awesome Damyanti!!! That face, the dialogue! I got a million and one questions going through my head right now! That plastered face knows way more than she is letting on! 😀
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. 🙂
Really good. Looking forward to reading more.
i always thought that being dead would be rather difficult to accept.
Not that I'm in any hurry to find out if I'm right.
This is awesome!
I'm hooked! Can't wait to see what else you come up with!
Love what you did with the photo and story starter. Your blog is my first read of the A to Z day from now on!!
Hi Damyanti. Love your story and that we in the A to Z challenge together. Nice!
ahhh, you are going to lure us in and then leave us hanging, huh? Very interesting!
Not a realization anyone wants to face
Thanks soo much for the work you are doing for A to Z this month
Wow, can't wait to see the rest of the alphabet… again. Like last year, you're stories are going to rock.
Great start to this challenge. Looking forward to reading more in the coming days. New follower 🙂
Wow! Creepy, goosebumps, hair-raising, awesome! I loved every word. I can't wait to visit your alphabet everyday!
Very creepy! Thanks for hosting – can't wait to read everyone's post and meet new people on my blog!
Spooky! Thanks for sharing your piece.
I really enjoyed your flash fiction piece! Great picture, too!
You are a truly gifted writer! What an ending, wow!
I liked the sudden switch. Wow!
Very intriguing! Scary and inviting at the same time! Roland
Interesting beginning here. Love a good ghost story.
I love this idea for the challenge. I am looking forward to reading more of these short fiction pieces.
I love where you took this. I'm so looking forward to each of these stories, and I'm of course selfishly hoping you'll pick one of mine. I think I'll keep sending them so that you have more of mine to choose from!
Tina @ Life is Good
Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge
A wonderful beginning to A to Z!
Loved the putty!
Nice posting the start of the challenge and thought provoking. Can't wait to read the rest of your April postings
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
This is a fab piece of flash fiction; so much detail in such few words and the last two lines – sheer brilliance 🙂
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.
Love it! Great start to the challenge 🙂
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.
What a great start for your A-Z. I look forward to the entire month!
Oh creepy! Nice story!
That was an awesome piece of flash fiction! I didn't expect that at all and it flowed so smoothly. Bravo!
You always go in a direction I never would suspect!
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.
Very nice and a great start to A-Z.
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!
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.
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. 🙂
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes
A Ladybug's Life
Nice! 🙂 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.
I want more! Love this.
Weird pic! I'm impressed you're doing flash fiction every day. Are you pre-scheduling or do you have to write one a day during April?
Nice twist! I do so enjoy your little short pieces.
That was very thought-provoking, Damyanti. Perfect piece to accompany the photo.
Great story. Creepy ending. I’m doing the A to Z Challenge too at A to Z of Nostalgia
Very interesting! Great concept for the A to Z challenge, and interesting bit of fiction. I love the way it turns on its head at the end. Keep it up!
Cheers, M. from Feed Me A Stray Cat!
Love, love, love this! Pictures are what inspire me to write too. Great story and want to read more!
You are so going to rock this challenge. I love your A-Z idea. you get to write flash fiction AND deliver some awesome posts! looking forward to more
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 🙂
This is so great! I love the theme and how you engaged readers ro help you come up with the posts. Brilliant.
Cool piece of writing!
Wow, nice job in that amount of words. Love the details in it.
I liked it!
I want more it intrigues me…
Great start… to the challenge "A" is for Awesome!
A to Z Co-Host
IZOMBIE: Visit the Madness
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.