Saturday, April 7, 2018

G is for Genre #AtoZchallenge

#AtoZchallenge 2018 G is for Genre


J Lenni Dorner offered WEP (Write…Edit…Publish) “G” day. The WEP team currently consists of four writers – Denise Covey, Yolanda Renée, Olga Godim and Nilanjana Bose  - who all write in different genres. Every second month the team dreams up a challenge where participants can post in any genre. For today’s collaboration, we chose "GENRE" to write 100-word flashes. For inspiration we used an image of an amazing road sign. Thanks Celia Reaves for permission to use the image.

Here we go...

Olga Godim - Fantasy.

Somewhere in Magic

She glanced in the rearview mirror, expecting the Ford chasing them to appear any second.

“Turn at the sign and stop,” he said calmly, as if the goons in the Ford hadn’t tried to kill him minutes ago.

The sign read “WELCOME TO WEE SHOMER.”

She turned and stopped ten meters in.

He leaped out of the car and put both hands on the sign. The letters on the bottom blurred and re-arranged themselves. The sign now read “WELCOME TO SOMEWHERE.” The road turn disappeared. Only grass grew beneath the sign.

The Ford whizzed past without slowing.

“They didn’t see us.” He grinned. “They are going... somewhere.” 

Olga Godim is a Canadian speculative fiction writer. When she doesn't write fiction, she works as a journalist, designs book covers, and collects toy monkeys. There are over 300 monkeys in her collection.

Nilanjana Bose - Poetry

Homeless in Somewhere

This was home. How strange! the doorknob - I think
as I turn it, still bears your fingerprints,
the steel’s just the same, the roses as pink,
and your yoga mat hasn’t moved an inch;

the curtain’s billowing just as before
your prized ceramics, not one has broken -
whole row’s standing; the rug rucked on the floor
where your foot had pushed it; your  book open

face down on the sofa, dog eared pages
squashed by cushions. Always this careless view
of the physical – those are just cages
for the words. This was home. Now - just a roof.
Just a pile of lifeless concrete and wood -
an empty cage, because you’re gone for good.

Nilanjana is a bi-lingual writer, blogger and market researcher. She specialises particularly in poetry, panic and tinkering with bucket lists. Find her online at Madly-in-Verse.

 Yolanda Renée - Horror.

A Concert in Somewhere

She’s wondering, “How did I get turned around? Where are my friends?”

She was with a crowd, and yet I saw her boredom, her desire for genuine excitement.

I had to grant her wish.

The exiting concert horde pushed her closer.

She’s spotted me again and knows I want her. She understands the game we’re playing.
The fear in her eyes, so delicious. And now tears as she realizes her phone has been pinched.

Does she think I’ve stolen it?

Panic, sheer panic. She’s running, down the alley. Right into my waiting arms.


Yolanda Renée, the author of the Detective Quaid Mysteries, writes in multiple genres and loves flash fiction.  Learn more at or at Defending the Pen.

Denise Covey - Romance.

Death for Someone, Somewhere

The hazy moon hovered in the inky sky, watching the shenanigans below. Two lovers ran hand in hand, weaving through trees and undergrowth in the perfect silence of night. Finally, they reached the soft grasses near the sign.

Someone pulled over, opened the trunk, and slung a body and shovel over his shoulder.

The lovers shadowed him as he staggered to the stack of decomposing trees.

Dig. Dig. Dig.

‘What game’re you playing, Mister?’

Someone dropped the shovel and ran. Right into their waiting arms.

He was no match for two hungry vampires who fed on murderers.

‘Ladies first.’

‘Don’t mind if I do.’

Denise Covey is an Australian writer of novels, flash fiction and short stories with romantic elements. She reads a lot, travels a lot and writes travel articles in her spare time. Her role as an educator allows her to indulge her love of the classics.


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Elephant's Child said...

LOUD and sustained applause. Thank you ladies. As always I am awed by your creativity.

J Lenni Dorner said...

They really nailed today's post, didn't they? :)

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, EC, this was fun and such an honor to asked!

Thank you J Lenni, for thinking of us!

Denise Covey said...

Thanks, Sue. We loved doing it and came up with our stories with the speed of light, LOL!

Donna B. McNicol said...

Such fun!! I am reading more non-writing related in the April A to Z this year so it was fun to stop by and read all the flash!! Great job, ladies!

Donna B McNicol, author & traveler
Romance & Mystery...writing my life
A-Z Flash Fiction Tales:
A-Z of Goldendoodles:

Anonymous said...

good read! :)

L.G. Keltner said...

Well done everyone! Excellent short pieces everyone!

D.G. Hudson said...

A smorgasbord of delectable flash! Little bites to entice. Well done!

Denise Covey said...

Thanks for coming by, Donna. We know there's a lot of competition for readers during April.

Denise Covey said...

Thanks D.G.We enjoyed it!

Denise Covey said...

Thanks L.G. It was fun for sure.

Denise Covey said...


kaykuala said...

Genre is open-ended


cleemckenzie said...

Good luck on your AtoZ 2018 tour!

Donna Smith said...

Great collection of snippets from WEP!
Mainely Write

Pat Hatt said...

Sure a grand four indeed. Somewhere sure got different takes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I couldn't pick a favorite - they were all excellent.

Deborah Weber said...

Applause all around!

Emily in Ecuador said...

Excellent, every one!

Lady In Read said...

Not sure which one is my favorite.. loved them all.. and will look out for the next one (and sometime soon participate).. My catch up post is here.

Bernadette said...

Great stories! Enjoyed every one of them.

Charan Deep Singh said...

How Glow-in-the-Dark can change the mankind especially the men


Denise Covey said...

Lady in Read, I hope you can join WEP soon!

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Nilanjana Bose said...

It's great to see a WEP and A-Z combo post - supercool! :) and it was equally fun to write...thank you.

Haneen Ibrahim said...

Wow! I loved all the pieces, especially the first one "Somewhere in Magic" but don't the last two stories sound connected? The photo itself is pretty haunting. Good work everyone :) overload of creativity and talent in one post.

On the other hand the G poem didn't come easily to me, but i managed at the end, my poem is "Genius."

Anne M Bray said...

Thanks for the heads up re the WEP challenges! Yay!

Celia Reaves said...

Wonderful stories! I love seeing what you all did with my photo. Such creativity1


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi the four of you - these were all very clever - glad I made a point of reading ... sad it's early in the morning and I have those ghoulish things to think about - well done - I enjoyed them - cheers Hilary

Toi Thomas said...

I love these. All so different but connected. You guys should totally do an anthology.

Olga Godim said...

Thanks, everyone. It was a fun team project, and we all enjoyed writing these micro pieces.

Gonz said...

I decided to run an alphabetical monstrorium in my blog. Here is my entry for G: "G is for Gorgon", in which I tell you about this creature for D&D, partially inspired in the mythical Medusa.

desk49 said...

Sorry I missed read it
Still I like the four storys

The Cynical Sailor said...

Such great stories! I love how different they all are. Great collaborative project.

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Anita Sabat said...

G for 'Gopalpur-on-Sea', a wonderful beach of Odisha, India.
Do you love beaches?
Time to visit Gopalpur! Here are some photos for you:

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Kaykula!
This was a fun way to demonstrate it!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Lee!
This is our part of it, but it was fun!

Personally, I miss the it, but there's just to much on the plate right now!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Donna - we did have fun!

Yolanda Renée said...

Hi, Pat - we did enjoy the process!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Alex! Hope your break is going well!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Deborah!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Emily!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Bernadette!

Yolanda Renée said...

LOL, yes it can!

Yolanda Renée said...

Your poem was perfect, why delete it?

Yolanda Renée said...

They were all connected, by Somewhere! Thanks, Haneen!

Yolanda Renée said...

I hope you join us Anne!

Yolanda Renée said...

It was an amazing photo! The inspiration was immediate!

Yolanda Renée said...

Sorry, Hilary, I seem to apologize a lot for my horror. Still, I hope you enjoyed it. We sure did!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Toi, maybe someday!

Yolanda Renée said...

Great theme, Gonzalo!

Yolanda Renée said...

Thanks, Sailor, it was fun!

Yolanda Renée said...

I love beaches! Thanks, Anita!

Yolanda Renée said...


desk49 said...

I thought you were asking the WEP bunch to write something as a group.
Then I understood it was for you four and I felt I was butting in. So down came my post. I did my own thing on my blog sight for the whole thing. A2Z

desk49 said...

Okay Yolanda Renée

My A2Z For just G

Genre an artistic composition,
I’m to write something in.
Gosh if told yesterday
I know what it might have been.

Glen was a friend of mine
He worked every day.
Gale was his wife’s name
But from him she ran away.

Great was the thought he had
When he found her gone.
Glad she didn’t take his dog
That would’ve been wrong

Gone is the stress he had
She put upon his life.
Glorious his days now
The telly is his vice.

Grief filled his heart
Loneliness filled his soul.
Gale was his only love
Her staying gone, his goal.

Kalpana said...

Each one of those was fabulous. Sooo creative. I'm an ardent fan of all four of these - thanks to the WEP.

J.Q. Rose said...

Ooh--deliciously scary and entertaining all at the same time. Well-told in just a few words. Now that is excellent writing! Glad to learn about WEP.

JQ Rose

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Great job everyone.

But Yolanda, should I be worried how good you are at selling the psycho's POV? That short was so very chilling.

Denise Covey said...

Thanks Kalpanaa. We loved doing it.

Denise Covey said...

WEP is such fun for writers. Do hope you sign up for one of our upcoming prompts.

Denise Covey said...

Heh heh Elizabeth, well she was demonstrating the Horror genre! But I agree, she slips into it so easily.

Yolanda Renée said...

Thank you, Ellis!
Yes, the team was asked to do this post, but anyone can join in and I'm glad you did! Your poetry is always welcome! ALWAYS!

Yolanda Renée said...

I'm such a kitten. No growl - no claws. HONEST! :)