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OS Weekend Fiction Club

OS Weekend Fiction Club
December 31
Hello fiction writers of OS! Here you'll find weekly prompts for Fiction Weekend, as well as links to stories written for each Fiction Weekend Open Call._____________________ EVERYONE is welcome to participate in the open calls. THE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS TO WRITE A FICTION PIECE! __________________________________ Here's how to take part in Fiction Weekend: 1. Every Monday, a prompt will be posted here. Come by and check it out. 2. Ideally, try to write a fiction story based on the prompt. But if the prompt doesn't inspire you, you can write a story on any topic you like - THE ONLY RULE IS THAT IT HAS TO BE A WORK OF FICTION. 3. On Thursday night or Friday morning-ish, the Stories List will be posted for that week. If you've written a story, announce it in the comments section of this post. Please include a short description and the title. 4. Show support for your fellow participants: If possible, please try to read and comment on at least three stories. ________________ For more information, or if you have any questions, please see the list of links below, or feel free to contact me!__________Happy reading and writing!


AUGUST 2, 2011 7:00PM

Fiction Wednesday Stories for 8/3/2011

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Hi everyone,

Over the past few days, as many of you know, we've been deep in discussion about the future format of, and other details regarding Fiction Wednesday.


Please check back soon for an update about this, based on our exchanges in the comments section of the previous post.


For now, all will continue as usual.  So.... 



This is where you'll find links to all of the stories written in response to the Fiction Wednesday Open Call for Wednesday, August 3, 2011!

Instead of a list of links at the bottom of this post, participants have announced their stories in the Comments section.  If you're new to Open Salon, just click on the avatar of the participant to get to his/her blog and story. 



ALSO, PARTICIPANTS PLEASE NOTE: It has been suggested by ume and ASH that each writer create a short (around 25 word) summary of his/her piece to include in their story announcement in the comments section.  If you like this idea, please feel free to go ahead and do it.  

People will probably be adding their stories to the list throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday, so please check back regularly if you want to read them all!

And, if you'd like to participate in Fiction Wednesday, why not give it a shot!  Everyone is welcome to participate; the only requirement is that your post be a fiction story.  



Here are the prompts for today's tales:


Plan A: Do your own thing.  Write on any topic, in any style you want.


Plan B:  (from the NPR Three Minute Fiction Contest, Round 6):



Write a story that includes someone telling a joke, and someone crying.

If you want to completely follow the contest rules, your story should be a maximum of 600 words long.  But this last part is sort of a bonus challenge; the main thing is the joke and the crying. 






There is also a LONG-TERM prompt.  This can be written when you want and can be posted any Fiction Wednesday. I’ve chosen to make it a long-term thing because some of us (myself included) may need/want more time than usual to write this:


Write a story in a genre or style that you’ve never written in before.



Again, you can do this when you feel ready, and post it the following Fiction Wednesday.


If you write a piece, please remember to come here and post a comment saying you've participated, so that other people will easily be able to find it.  PLEASE ALSO INCLUDE A SHORT SUMMARY OF YOUR PIECE.







if you have an idea for a future Fiction Wednesday prompt, please feel free to PM me.

Happy writing and reading!  

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Three Strikes and you're out! I've taken up the prompt this week, and hope you enjoy my short story.
Thanks for reading, if you do!
Hi guys, we've had an unexpected visit and I probably won't be able to log in and post anything tomorrow, unfortunately. As soon as things calm down, I'll be back, eager to read your stories! Also, I'll keep you updated on the next step in determining the future format, etc, of FW. Thanks again for your time and support regarding this latter.
The Challenge: "Write a story that includes someone telling a joke, and someone crying".
Stop me if you've heard this one. A man walks into a bar at
"Beauty: Another Flashback in Paradise" is an excerpt from my novel A Portrait of the Artist as an Unlady. An exercise in literary allusion, it is also a meditation on beauty. Thanks for reading and I will be perusing and commenting on what you have written, too, gentle fellow writers.
Tears and the Jokes on Tim the summer intern, when a storm brews up at the farm. In Hail Yes he finds out Ma's secret. Enjoy!
A reverse prompt.
Story: why shouldn't get elected dog catcher.
I'd like to post a fiction piece today. Do I still have time?
The Plummet is my story for this week, following the prompt, and concerns five people on a Learjet that has been struck by lightning and is crashing through a storm. Each character faces the fear of impending death in his or her distinct way as the pilots struggle to pullout of the precipitous dive and restart the engine.
Okay, closer to the prompt. This is the story of a lonely old man who faces the challenge of living with abdication.
I had one almost finished, but when I read the comments this weekend. I stopped thinking FW may not be happening this week and worked on something else. Oh well.....
"TWO MAMA'S BOYS TAKE ON BIG MOTHER-BROTHER"...the joke is a cruel one on a Mother who tries her best to make sure her children are safe with the beauty
the mother only glimpsed briefly
but destroys herself with alcohol to keep alive.
Hello, all, posted a piece of flash fiction called "Reptile Man." Synopsis: a wealthy man, post-surgery, discovers that his feet have grown scales. The drama ensues.
Great read if your into horror/mystery/romance.
I got greedy and posted the first installment of another story called "Birdman of Raspberry Park." An Egyptian man who keeps pigeons at his suburban NJ home finds himself to be an outcast in the community.