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

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

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

      Thank you J Lenni, for thinking of us!

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

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

  2. 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:

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

  3. good read! :)

  4. Well done everyone! Excellent short pieces everyone!

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

  6. Genre is open-ended


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

  7. Good luck on your AtoZ 2018 tour!

    1. 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!

  8. Great collection of snippets from WEP!
    Mainely Write

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. Great stories! Enjoyed every one of them.

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


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    2. Sorry I missed read it
      Still I like the four storys

    3. Your poem was perfect, why delete it?

    4. 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

  15. 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."

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

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

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


    1. It was an amazing photo! The inspiration was immediate!

  18. 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

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

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

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

  21. 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.

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

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  24. 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:

  25. 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.

    1. 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!

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

  27. 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

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

  28. 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.

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

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


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