Flash fiction and short stories are presented in my latest eBook, Off Center in the Attic.
Writing prompts and descriptive writing suggested many of these over-the-top stories. Character traits feature greatly in shorter stories.
Humor and nonsense, flights of fantasy into other realms, fright, disgust and disappointment, silliness and wonderment, and the sadness of reality and heartache. It’s all here and more in stories that may leave you a little Off Center in the Attic, conjured through a mind that may be a little Off Center in the Attic.
This is a complete list of the 30 stories included, along with the Loglines that describe their plots:
Off Center in the Attic
Over the Top Stories
Acting in a Coffin - A director plays a prank that backfires on a movie set.
The Wallflower - A woman compares herself to one who is the life of the party.
Pupule - A neighborhood gets a lesson in humility from a crazy old Hawaiian man.
To Soar - What a bird drops.
Out of Body - A man is shot and his brain goes through a metamorphosis.
Looking for Life - Never the right one.
Most Wanted - The killer of young boys remains at large.
Grandpappy’s Cows - Antics of backward backwoods relatives.
Boy at the Crossroad - The making of a monster.
Cafeteria Science - How to lose your lunch.
Indoctrination - A daring woman wants to experience something different and gets her wish.
Explosive Day - No escape.
The Smell of Death - A clue to the dying.
Legacy - A woman in mourning changes her life to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
An Urgent Message - A plea to a writer.
Rituals - Neurosis as a way of life.
Watched - Being watched can kill.
The Swimmer - A man losing his sanity.
Thanatos - The urge to die.
Alien Footprints - An invisible perpetrator.
Vibratory Rates - Visitations from heaven and hell.
The Voodoo Kit - A Jamaican hex follows a woman home.
Pekoe - A newborn kitten abandoned in a portable toilet.
Great Lady of Wisdom - A holy goat.
The Last Thing I Do - The end of making memories.
Future Winner - A little-known artist gets a break.
Innocence - A high school girl on the verge of betrayal by her innocence.
Sister Fly - Karma
Homeless, Not Heartless - A man and his dog.
Roots - What you may find when tracing your family tree.
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Flash fiction and short stories are not as easily written as many may think, but they are fun. And when the meaning of those few words hit you, it can leave you awe-struck.
The author must still include all of the plot elements that are found in longer stories or novels but must present these elements in short, succinct fashion.
Writing Prompts, or Creative Writing Prompts are a good place to start looking for story ideas. An entire book need not be written from a prompt. In many of my stories, especially the flash fiction pieces, the prompt needed to be described with some acute action and that was all.
In other stories, in addition to the above points, you’ll find brief descriptive writing of the action and character traits round out the composition.