Flash Fiction – Wasteland


When I weep, granules of sand roll down my cheeks instead of tears.

Within my internal desert, once filled with starlight and birdsong, I cry over loves snatched by death, while sand piles up at my feet, and I feel myself sinking among the arid desolation, cactus spines, and carcasses.


Now it’s your turn. Give me a flash fiction story in about 50 words and post it in the comments, or post a link to a flash fiction piece you’ve written. Happy Thursday!

One last note, on Saturday I’ll be posting a flash fiction piece that’s just six words. You read that right. Come see what that’s about, and then see if you can come up with your own.


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    Great write and challenge! I like the added audio as well. That gave it a nice touch 🙂

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      Thank you! Glad you were finally able to get a comment to come through! I’m glad you like the audio too. I used to have such a hard time reading my work out loud, but I think it adds another layer to a piece.

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    Here’s mine:

    I don’t believe in ghosts; I never will. Even as they crowd around me, compelling me to join them, I close my eyes in an attempt to wish them away. But they won’t leave. You see, I may not believe in them. I don’t have to. They believe in me.

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      Haha. I love this! Genre flash fiction is my new favorite thing, so I really appreciate this piece. I love the last few lines: “You see, I may not believe in them. I don’t have to. They believe in me.” Sentence length and pacing of the end is brilliant.
      I have been trying to adjust my website, but I haven’t yet figured out what is causing the issue with certain people leaving comments. Was there something different you did on your end?

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    Thank you. Glad you liked my attempt. The last lines were troublesome at first, but it’s surprising how you can take a long sentence and break it up, changing the whole tone and immediacy of the statement.

    I don’t know what to suggest to fix the issue with your website. It must be something in the security Or privacy settings. The only way I can comment is on the web. I can’t do it on an app. It won’t let it go through. Well, if you think you get it worked out , let me know and I’ll test it on my end. Until then, I’ll just comment via the web 🙂

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      Thank you. I appreciate your help. I’m thinking about changing my theme. It may be causing issues with Jetpack, which I use for comments. It may take me a bit to choose a new one, so I’ll let you know. I’m glad you found a way around the problem for now.

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    That’s so interesting, I didn’t realise flash fiction is so similar to poetry, or maybe it’s just your style, beautiful descriptions, I especially like ‘cactus spines’ c:

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      Thank you. This piece came out sounding more like poetry than some other flash fiction I’ve written. It also went through more editing than any other piece I’ve written that was this short. The more I worked on it, the more it evolved into something more like a poem. I appreciate you stopping by. Happy writing, Maggy.

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