Image: Out Borrowing by AsilverFOX17
My GentleApril19 entry. Author Notes at bottom.
Underneath the dresser, the outlet plate slowly opened like a door. Out of decades of habit, Bolt waited and listened, then peeked around the open edge of the plate and scanned the floor of the room, starting with the human-sized door to his right, past the bed with its head against the opposite wall, to the desk under the window to his left, then back to the door.
Bolt had had the house to himself for over a month, but he hadn’t outlived the rest of his family by being reckless. Even stepping out onto the hardwood floor, he moved slowly and listened intently before returning the plate against the wall. Years ago, he would have thrown the infinitesimal switch that his father had shown him how to install, making the outlet live again should any humans try to use it while he was out.
The O’Tooles had probably been about average as human hosts go. Two kids, a dog at first, a cat when it was just Jeannette. Old Man Gordon hadn’t been the handiest man, and he had rarely poked into any of the nooks and crannies where Bolt’s family made their home.
Continue reading “Houses in Motion”
Image: Even An Ox by Morgana
The results of the evaluations for GentleApril19 have been posted! Thank you to everyone who read and submitted evaluations (particularly the feedback)!
Of course, mondo thanks as always to Aborigen for wrangling us all to the finish line.
You have exactly one week–seven days–to read and evaluate all of the stories in the GentleApril19 flash fiction size fantasy contest. Be sure to leave feedback–however brief–on all of the stories.
Tempus fugit, people!
Added one page to Olo’s Greatest Tumblr Hits:
“Men are afraid women will laugh at them, women are afraid men will kill them.” Let’s try that the other away around, shall we?
19 Dec 2017
The stories submitted for the GentleApril19 flash fiction size fantasy contest are now available for viewing. One of them is by me! You have until May 26 to read them all and evaluate them.
Cut to 1995 words and re-proofed. Now to figure how to tag this baby.
Now for the typing and revising.
Update: 2089 words. Never come in high before.
I never really tried to excerpt OpenHighHat‘s Small Gestures on my Tumblr blog because it was so big and the narrative was woven so tightly that it would seem like mutilation. Now that it’s completed, however, I want to give it my strong recommendation.
Continue reading “Small Gestures”
Image: Mrs. Pelucci by Galiagan
After great tsuris, the theme/conditions for GentleApril19 have been revised again, hopefully for the last time:
Theme: Submitted stories must follow the following conditions.
- One or more of the main characters must be middle-aged (45 or older, no immortal cheats)
- Open to SFW or NSFW. Please provide explicit tags/triggers; stories will be assessed for accuracy
Image: Mrs. Pelucci by Galiagan
Update: See further developments here.
Please be advised: due to protest, the topic for GentleApril19 is opened up to general interest. There are no restrictions or guidelines, save that stories must be SFW.
That didn’t take long! The topic(s) have been announced:
No restriction on size
At least one of the main characters must be middle-aged (45 or older, human-years)
Someone in the story must have an orgasm
This is just the right amount of change-of-pace and ambiguity to promote creativity. Really looking forward to this. Join us!