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June 2013 Blog Posts (18)

Twisting Soul


Lips parched,

Heart sullen,

Soul uncalm,



Added by Nada Adel Sobhi on June 30, 2013 at 23:03 — 3 Comments


'Scraps' the National Flash-Fiction 2013 Anthology arrived in the post today. My story 'Penitence' is in it. I'm still amazed it was included with the other 64 stories. I like my stories , send them off to competitions but truly never think they are winners :) Is this normal to think this way? :) 

Added by Stella Turner on June 26, 2013 at 23:16 — 2 Comments

Threshold - free for one weekend only

Hi folks,

For the rest of today and the whole of tomorrow my debut collection of flash fictions 'Threshold' is free on anything that reads an ebook - Kindles, iPhones, PCs, tablets, whatever jiggery pokery you might have.

Features the following thirteen stories:

Threshold - about a next door neighbour's garden

Hinterland - about some weird future

Fingerthief - one sentence demonics

The Golden Silence - an eve of war story about spaceship fighter…


Added by David Hartley on June 22, 2013 at 14:40 — 4 Comments

Dreamboat - a 99 word poem (of sorts)

I'm a skeletal vessel -

Bone-bleached and weathered,

Colour a distant memory.…


Added by Shakes on June 17, 2013 at 19:30 — 5 Comments

My story 'Salsa' today on 1000words

I expect everyone is getting fed up with me blowing my own literary trumpet but it doesn't happen often. Today my flash fiction 'Salsa' is on 1000words, it may win a prize but after reading some of the others I'm just pleased it got included. Some great stories, a new one each day. 

My story 'Penitence' has gone to the printers with the other stories included in SCRAPS the NFFD 2013 Anthology and to be honest I'm so surprised. Everyone else's stories seem so good and my two are…


Added by Stella Turner on June 13, 2013 at 20:28 — 2 Comments

Second person?... perhaps

After a discussion with Shakes about writing in the first person I thought it might be fun to try something written in the second person. At least what I assume is second person. I don't know if it's right or how common it is to write in this form

Voodoo Doll

So what are you going to do now then? Come on, there’s no point just sitting there moping, you need to get up off your arse and keep searching.Of course you haven’t…


Added by milo on June 13, 2013 at 2:33 — 2 Comments

Just throwing stuff out there (not a 99er)

I made this short piece as part of a writing prompt a while ago. I figured to that (just for the heck of it) I'd post it here for you to read. Feel free to give pointers/feedback/criticism, I always appreciate it. 

The girl in the mirror.

Zoey stared at herself in the mirror. But she didn’t see the reflection of the young woman she was supposed to be. Instead she saw the little girl with watery eyes. Today was the date,…


Added by Pim Spierenburg on June 12, 2013 at 20:04 — 8 Comments

More than 99 words (is there a limit here?) but I thought I'd share it all the same


Let me ask you a question.

Do you have any idea what it is like to be an identical twin?

No, of course you don’t. How can you? Unless you are one too.

Sure you know something about it, because you’re an intelligent person, someone who likes to read; likes to keep themselves abreast of things, and ‘in the know’.

So tell me though, do you ever wonder what it would actually be like, to be an identical twin? Growing up…


Added by milo on June 11, 2013 at 11:37 — 4 Comments

When is a children's story not a children's story?

Stop me if you've heard this one before but I'm finding a lot of reviews of (mostly) films for children include the phrase "and there's something for the adults here". It's a phrase I am finding increasingly troublesome.

On the back of the incredible stories brought to us by Pixar through Toy Story, Finding Nemo and the like there has a been a boom in animated stories which are markedly different to those found in the song-happy corridors of Disney. Pixar delivered films which were…


Added by Dom Conlon on June 11, 2013 at 9:59 — 8 Comments

My First Story - comment and criticism appreciated

The Silent Supper

She shopped for her ‘silent supper’. Like most folklore, the idea was a simple one:
A late meal must be prepared in total darkness; total…

Added by Shakes on June 10, 2013 at 11:30 — 10 Comments

Censor Specs

The blind mailman taps his cane down the street and I lock the door.  If I'm still not feeling paranoid tomorrow, I'll call a doctor.  I used to be a conspiracy writer.  Conspiracies are good money.  I wrote big tell-alls about secret societies and cults back when people joined cults.  I knew people would never stop looking for good stories.  Humans are kind of a race of storytellers.  That's why the sickness is bad.  Don't get me wrong, it worked great for us before.  Then we found out we…


Added by Chris Capps on June 10, 2013 at 0:34 — 1 Comment

First Piece Ever. Feedback sought.

I've just posted my first ever short story (beyond 99 words) over on my blog. It's in the feed on my page. If you get a chance I'd love the feedback - what works, what doesn't - bin the lot?

It's here http://theshakes72.blogspot.co.uk/#!/2013/06/the-silent-supper-short-story-1st-draft.html

Hope links work on here?

Added by Shakes on June 9, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

One for Fun Friday? - A very quick 99 word story!


Dog Walking

‘He doesn’t like the rain, but we’re out anyway!’ Bess said as they wandered across the damp field.

 ‘He’s more interested in your companion than a few drops of rain,’ Mitch replied good-humouredly, ‘look at the way he’s sniffing around her. I’m embarrassed!’

‘Oh, she doesn’t mind one bit. She gets fractious if we don’t walk at this time. I’d swear it’s just so…


Added by Shakes on June 7, 2013 at 12:02 — No Comments

Love's Weird Potion

Mary had been told not to open the jar before midnight on the last day of January. The closer it got to that faithful night, the more difficult it had become; it was as if time had slowed. She would often stand close to the jar but closer still to the edge of the mantle on which it sat, where she could see her breath moving the slight bit of ash that collected there despite her careful dusting. The whole thing had begun when Marcus had left her for that terrible Bonner girl from the…


Added by AR Neal on June 5, 2013 at 22:27 — 2 Comments

Getting back into the Grove

So, yeah, I haven't really written anything in the past month and a half beyond a couple hundred word drabbles here and there. I'm trying to get back into the grove of writing again. It didn't help that when I wanted to write this past weekend, I just stared blankly at the blank page of Word. >br />
Yeah, this is starting off to a great start.

Added by Nellie B on June 3, 2013 at 15:54 — 4 Comments


So here I am, writing away by listening reasonably attentively to the voice inside my head who keeps me thinking - even late at night when I'd rather not. The voice is pretty good. It tells me not to listen to flattery and to judge myself against the best writers out there. It does its best to help me with that and forces me to rewrite even when I'd rather not. Yet all the while I'm also wondering whether I need another voice, one not in my head but in someone else's.

That's right,…


Added by Dom Conlon on June 3, 2013 at 12:02 — 5 Comments

2 '99s' (no flake but lots of syrup?)


I should probably explain the title of this post first. A 99 is an ice-cream cone in the UK - one that comes with half a flake chocolate bar inserted and is then liberally doused in a viscous  red syrup (nice!)

Why is it called a 99? I don't know - but will google it once I've made this post.

99 fiction is why I started writing.  I  turned 40 and had always wanted to write. I thought even I could find the time to pop down 99 words. In the end I wrote 6 stories with…


Added by Shakes on June 3, 2013 at 11:00 — 4 Comments

Hello, 99fiction.net

This year I have decided to take my writing more seriously. Not that writing isn't usually Serious Business anyway, it's just that this year,  I promised I would do it properly, whatever the hell that means.

So far, I've finished the first draft of last year's NaNoWriMo  novel, written the first draft of a romance novel and I'm currently working on the end of the first draft of  my camp NaNoWriMo  novel from April.

Seems all I'm doing is generating more writing.

But it's…


Added by Chrissie M on June 2, 2013 at 2:12 — No Comments

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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

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Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…


A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing red and black flowery dress. They were in the heart of the…


Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 


Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments


Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde hair fell over her face. Scarlet lips whispered to him,…


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