Mondays at the Nest – Humor Contest #5

Good Evening/Morning/Afternoon folks, wherever you are.

The last picture kind of stumped everyone, or may be all of you are busy with NanoWriMo, or the monthly schedule put you off. I am going to give this contest another chance and go back to the weekly schedule.  Hopefully, this week’s image will stir you enough to write some humor.

Here are the revised rules.

  1. Write an original story 1000-2500 words.
  2. I am looking for a humorous story. But if humor is not your thing, go ahead and write a story that you want to write. If it’s a great one, it will find the way into the magazine.
  3. Incorporate the prompt in your story, however remotely.
  4. Remember, this is an online magazine accessible to everyone including children. So keep the explicit sexual content or violence out of it.
  5. The deadline is Sunday, November 15, 2015, 6 pm PST.
  6. Post your stories in the comments section.
  7. If I forgot anything, and you have any questions, address them in the comments.
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Mondays at the Nest – Humor Contest #4

Good Evening/Morning/Afternoon folks, wherever you are.  Thank you, everyone, who wrote the stories for the contest. I would like to commend Holly Geely, especially for her staunch support. I loved your stories. Welcome, Erin McCabe this week. I hope you all continue to come back and enrich the world of humor.
Since I am asking for a full-length story as opposed to short-short flash, I think folks need more time to write. So I have decided to hold the contest every month as opposed to every week. You will have a whole month to plot and write. There will be a monthly winner and the quarterly grand champion.  The Literary Nest is published once per quarter, and the grand champion will be published in the quarterly issue.
Sounds reasonable?

With that much ado, here are the revised rules.

  1. Write an original story 1000-2500 words. Remember you have a whole month.
  2. I am looking for a humorous story. But if humor is not your thing, go ahead and write a story that you want to write. If it’s a great one, it will find the way into the magazine.
  3. Incorporate the prompt in your story, however remotely.
  4. Remember, this is an online magazine accessible to everyone including children. So keep the explicit sexual content or violence out of it.
  5. The deadline is Sunday, November 8, 2015, 6 pm PST.
  6. Post your stories in the comments section.
  7. If I forgot anything, and you have any questions, address them in the comments.

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Mondays at the Nest – Humor Contest #3

Thank you for the overwhelming response to the last week’s prompt, I am having a hard time picking a winning entry. Watch for the winning entry on The Literary Nest blog tomorrow morning. But for now, let’s get on with the week 3 prompt with the picture I took on my Spring Vacation.

Here are the contest rules.

Write a humorous, original story between 500-1500 words

The challenge starts the minute I post this on Sunday night. You have till Sunday, Oct 11, 6 pm PDT to enter your story in the comments section of this post.

Please keep it free of explicit sexual content and gratuitous violence.

Please leave the word-count, and your name, twitter handle if you have one or email address.

Now here is the picture prompt with the caption. Feel free to incorporate both, either picture or the caption, or none. The prompts are for inspiration only.

“If you do a job too well, you will get stuck with it.”

“If you do a job too well, you will get stuck with it.”

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Mondays at the Nest – Humor Contest #2

Dear Readers,

Here is the picture prompt for this week. Remember, you have from now till Sunday, Oct 4, 2015, 6:00 P.M. (PDT) to enter your 500-1500-word story or essay. The winning story will be posted to The Literary Nest blog the following week.

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Now let your imaginations roam all over the universe, let it loiter there, and bring back amazing loot.

Thank you for playing.

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Mondays at the Nest

Like you, I like to laugh. Laughter cleanses the blemishes on the soul that build up like cobwebs from the daily grind. As a child, I waited for my Dad to come home from the long business trips because I knew he would come back with stories that made me laugh. Although his humor was innocuous, as I read more, I grew to like satiric humor with social commentary. Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, and Marathi humorist P.L Deshpande became my favorite writers. I rolled over laughing when I read the exchanges between Sir Winston Churchill and the fools who were the objects of his sharp wit.

These were some of the classic masters. Later when I became a mother and lived the life of a stay-at-home mother for a short time, I discovered Erma Bombeck and instantly identified with her brand of humor.

When I started working in the eighties, I discovered UNIX fortune cookies. Like the zillions of the others, I was hooked on those for sustenance during the dreadful all-night coding sessions. Along came the early humorous email messages circulating through the engineering community. I owe my survival during those years to humor.

Humor is the perfect antidote to any illness, physical or emotional. So, I have always been partial to people or writing that makes me chuckle. Humor is a powerful tool to shed light on the social ills, phobias, or what have you. Humor sometimes slaps us in the face, and we smile and ask for more. Now that’s power.

When I judged the flash fiction contests, humor always captured my attention. I wished there was an award for the humor, but I didn’t ask for it. When The Literary Nest was launched, I didn’t consider including a category for humor. Basically, to me, humor is not a separate entity. It’s an organic part of the life and literature.

But, the majority of us do not think of humor when writing fiction or poetry, mainly because, it’s difficult to be funny in a serious manner. So, I decided to try an experiment.

Each Sunday night PST (or PDT depending on the season), I will post a picture prompt here for inspiration. You will have till next Sunday 6:00 pm PST (or PDT) to post a 300-1500-word humorous story in the comments section. You don’t have to incorporate the picture in your story. On Sunday night, I will pick one winning story to post to The Literary Nest blog. A grand prize winner will be chosen to be published in the next quarterly issue of The Literary Nest.

Sounds cool?

Here is the prompt for the week of 9/20/2015.

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Solstice : Light and Solstice : Dark

FlashDogs is a group of flash fiction writers across the globe. On June 21st, 2015, the group released the second volume of flash fiction anthology. This volume consists of two different books, Solstice : Light and Solstice : Dark.

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The FlashDogs aim to promote flash fiction.
Flash Fiction is very short fiction. Depending on which competition you look at, it can vary from one hundred to one thousand words.

We believe that Flash Fiction takes incredible skill.
We believe that readers appreciate having full and creative stories crafted in a way that they can enjoy anytime.
We believe that Flash Fiction is fun to write.
We believe that the Flash Fiction community is one of the most supportive any writer, new or old, could hope to find.

We’d love for you to join us. Come and say hello on Twitter: @FlashDogs

The group was conceived by two UK based energetic and talented writers Mark A. King and David Shakes. The duo oversees all aspects of the production. Tamara Rogers produces the gorgeous artwork for the Flashdogs’ covers and promotion. Emily June Street designs the eBook. There are 143 stories by 48 seasoned contributors. All the royalties from the book(s) sale will be donated to the charity Book Bus, a fantastic charity that makes books accessible to the underprivileged children.
I am one of the proud contributors to this anthology.

The books are available from Amazon in Kindle ebook and print versions. For direct links to buy, please visit FlashDogs web site.

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Spotlight: Flash Dogs–The Return!

I am proud to be a part of this exciting adventure — double anthology, SOLSTICE : LIGHT and SOLSTICE: DARK to be released on the Summer Solstice Day, June 21, 2015.

Flash! Friday

We had the privilege of interviewing the FlashDogs back at the beginning of 2015 with the launch of their first anthology. When I saw they’d survived that inaugural attempt, I was impressed. But when rumors (oops, sorry guys, rumours) began circulating of a second anthology? Er, make that a two-part anthology?! Madness.

And since we always set a place at our merry table for Madness, what could we do but invite them back? Please welcome to the mic pack leaders Mark A. King and David Shakes.

**Be sure to leave a note at the end of the interview; Flash! Friday will give away a copy of a Solstice anthology, Light or Dark (winner’s choice, as is the medium: ebook or paper), to a randomly selected commenter. Full disclosure: I (Rebekah Postupak) and many particpants here at Flash! Friday have stories included in these anthologies. Note that 100%…

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While I Was Away

Dear Readers,

I have been extremely quiet on this blog for a while now. Here are a few things I did during that period.

1. Edited and published a online journal of fine literary fiction and poetry. Go check it out, and promote it if you like.

The Literary Nest.

2. I went on a two week vacation which was a pure adventure, not a simple R & R vacation.

3. In honor of National Poetry Month, I am participating in the month long challenge by Found Poetry Review.

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I hope to return to talk to you more soon.

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Spotlight: Flash Dogs

Proud member of the Flash Dogs as well as Flash! Friday team.
Enjoy meeting the founders.

Flash! Friday

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When I (Rebekah) joined the flash circuit in the spring of 2012, it was already a thriving community, centered on contests as colorful and vibrant as the writers themselves. Among my favorites were Nicole Wolverton‘s “5 Minute Fiction” (you had 15 minutes from when the prompt posted, to submit your story. WHAT A RUSH!) and Jeffrey Hollar‘s “Monday Mixer” (up to 9 difficult vocab words to incorporate in your 150 word count). We writers followed each other throughout these various weekly contests, and we got to know each others’ styles and flavors. It was glorious.

All too soon and to my horror, that circuit began petering out as contest hosts moved on to other projects; so I launched Flash! Friday in December 2012 in a desperate bid to keep the community alive. I needn’t have worried, of course. Two years later, and look at you!!! In 2012 we couldn’t…

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Crisscross Dreams

My entry for Flash! Friday: Vol 3-9.

Four of them huddle under one rainbow umbrella. Each rainbow stripe brightens the faded color of each child’s shirt; their faces flush with the excitement, their crisscross limbs slicing muddy water. A reprieve for my weary eyes that see the inside of the auto repair shop all day, the glowing sparks, grimy oil stains, and grumpy faces hard at work! Squeal of children’s laughter invigorates me.

I want to stop and watch the kids play, perhaps join them. But a middle-aged man in overalls stopping to chat with a bunch of young kids will not go over well with authorities. I worry about any unsavory eyes falling on the kids’ unsullied joy.

“Jimmy, stop that and come back already.” Sound of a doting mother’s voice breaks my reverie. The Oldest shushes the younger ones, gathers them, and orders them to form a chain of hands. “Let’s go home.” He commands like a well-trained soldier, the elder brother, the family patriarch.

“Coming Mom,” I answer instinctively. “Come on Dolly, Neely. Where’s Bobby?” My voice has an unexpected edge. The receding outline of Bobby chained to a bulky man’s hand pops in my mind. I was not able to stop him that day, on a beautiful moment like this. Thirty years ago.

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