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Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories

Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories
33 writers. 5 designers. 6-word science fiction. Page 1 of 1 We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves. Dozens of our favorite auteurs put their words to paper, and five master graphic designers took them to the drawing board. Failed SAT. Computer, did we bring batteries? Vacuum collision. Gown removed carelessly. Automobile warranty expires. Machine. Longed for him. His penis snapped off; he’s pregnant! From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings. - Gregory Maguire Internet “wakes up?” With bloody hands, I say good-bye. - Frank Miller Wasted day. “Cellar?” Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Earth. - Vernor Vinge It cost too much, staying human. - Bruce Sterling We kissed. It’s behind you! I’m your future, child. 1940: Young Hitler! I’m dead. The baby’s blood type? Related:  Wordy Peeps

Luck--Mark Twain (1835-1910) Luck by Mark Twain (1835-1910) Word Count: 1797 [Note—This is not a fancy sketch. I got it from a clergyman who was an instructor at Woolwich forty years ago, and who vouched for its truth. It was at a banquet in London in honor of one of the two or three conspicuously illustrious English military names of this generation. The clergyman at my left was an old acquaintance of mine—clergyman now, but had spent the first half of his life in the camp and field, and as an instructor in the military school at Woolwich. "Privately—he's an absolute fool." This verdict was a great surprise to me. Some days later the opportunity came, and this is what the Reverend told me. About forty years ago I was an instructor in the military academy at Woolwich. It was stupefying. Now of course the thing that would expose him and kill him at last was mathematics. Sleep? The Crimean war had just broken out. Consider what I did—I who so loved repose and inaction. And there—oh dear, it was awful. | Create. Learn. Publish. Connect. Read. A Second Chance At Life A Second Chance at Life Miranda Flairgold I own nothing you recognize, and all the ideas that you don't. I own the bloodmagic ideas; thread magic, and all original characters and magic and plants and potions. Baku come from Japanese legends, the Chachapoya are real - The Chachapoyaro are not real. Starts after HBP (Half-Blood Prince) No pairing yet, haven't decided if there will even be any long-term pairings at all. Rating will be PG-13 to R (I think rating depends on your personal opinion). If it goes higher than R I'll move it to another website. Note this is a very long fic, is part of a series, and will be getting a lot longer. If you want to use any of my ideas in your fics you may, just please note where the idea comes from. The gunman moved silently through the house, his padded boots making no noise on the floors. But down below Harry Potter was waiting, and he most certainly was planning an ambush. "Who are you working for? The owl dropped down into the fog towards an old farmhouse.

Ursula K. Le Guin's Web Site Hint Fiction Contest, Judged By Stewart O’Nan (2009) In the last two weeks of April 2009, I hosted a Hint Fiction Contest at my blog. Writers could submit two stories each. They could be either original or reprints. First place winner: HOUSE HUNTING by Gary A. The fence is tall. Second place winner: DEPARTURE by Donora Hillard The terminal is unkind. Third place winner: PROGRESS by Joe Schreiber After seventeen days she finally broke down and called him “daddy.” Honorable Mentions: PEANUT BUTTER by Camille Esses He was allergic. THE MALL by Robley Wilson What he liked best about the affair was not the shopping, but parting the tissue wrap to remove the clothing that had first enticed her. A SNAP DECISION by Jamie Felton Her finger tapped against her teeth. And the other 14 finalists: PHILIP by Jason RiceWAITING by Brendan O’BrienTHE MAN OF TOMORROW OR MAYBE YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE, BUT YOU’VE NEVER HEARD IT LIKE THIS by Will PanzoUNTITLED by Samuel J.

Famous Fiction Authors Writer (1854–1900) Author Oscar Wilde published several acclaimed works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest. Writer, Artist (1924–) Known for her fashion design and tumultuous personal life, actress, writer and artist Gloria Vanderbilt became an iconic figure in American popular… Writer (1835–1910) An adventurer and wily intellectual, Mark Twain wrote the classic American novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Writer (1809–1849) American writer, critic and editor Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his tales and poems of horror and mystery, including The Raven. President (non-U.S.), Writer, Civil Rights Activist (1918–2013) Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. Writer, Inventor, Pilot (1902–1974) Aviator Charles Lindbergh became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. Writer, Inventor, Scientist (1706–1790) Writer (1924–1987) Writer (1775–1817)

The 4 Story Structures that Dominate Novels All stories contain four elements that can determine structure: milieu, idea, character and event. While each is present in every story, there is generally one that dominates the others. Which one dominates? The one that the author cares about most. This is why the process of discovering the structure of a story is usually a process of self-discovery. Let’s take each element in turn and look at the structure that would be required if that were to be the dominant element in your story. STRUCTURE 1: THE MILIEU STORY The milieu is the world—the planet, the society, the weather, the family, all the elements that come up during your world-creation phase. Milieu stories always follow that structure. This structure is most common in science fiction and fantasy, but it also occurs in other types of novels. Likewise, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz doesn’t end when Dorothy kills the Wicked Witch of the West. Most mysteries follow this structure. Take, for example, the Indiana Jones movies.

Lágrimas Lágrimas Another tender undertaking by *AethraZip*, AKA the evil-psycho-Terry- torturing-bitch. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AUTHOR'S NOTE \ WARNING: Yaoi. Physical abuse. Psychosis. You suuuuuure you wanna risk it? A\N: Finally! To LuvLuvG: That was the unedited version. Admitting to himself that he was in love wasn't so bad; it was kind of a relief, to tell the truth. 'And he loves me, too.' That was the best part. By lunchtime, Caleb had made up his mind to say something— tell Toushin he loved him, or at least hint at it. Then Toushin dropped a bomb. Caleb made an indistinct noise as he gnawed on his sandwich. "I had an epiphany last night, as I lay in bed missing you—" "I'm sure you did." "Don't interrupt, my love." "I'm not your boyfriend." "Well, you will be. "If you say so." "I do. ". . .What about it?" "Coming over, silly studmonkey. 'Definitely not. "Great. 'No, because I'm not going!' "Six-thirty?" 'No!' Toushin grinned, and Caleb's heart melted, refroze, and melted again. Could it be? Mrs.

Kathy Reichs - Bones Wiki Kathleen Joan "Kathy" Reichs is a native of Chicago and works as a forensic anthropologist, an academic, and bestselling writer of mystery novels. She is a Professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, but is currently on indefinite leave.[1] She divides her time between work for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology[2] and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Her schedule also involves a number of speaking engagements around the world. Academic career Edit 1971, B.A. in anthropology from American University 1972, M.A. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University 1975, Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University Academic papers Edit Academic books Novels Television

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