Your humble host.
Your humble host and carnival barker.

If you wanna get right to the challenge skip down to “WELCOME TO OUR FIRST FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!” and champagne Leo.

As most of you know, my character names tend to be just as boring as watching the grass grow or paint dry.

Steve. Melissa. Barry.


It’s just never been one of my things to name my character Zora or Borax or something like that. With me you might get a Nikki.

I think the most exotic name I came up with was Gina. No, actually it was probably Julietta.


I know, right?

Another problem I struggle with is titles. We’ve discussed this. It’s tricky to get just the right name for a story.  I bet every one of you has a WIP with a goofy name you don’t love.

Now, one day while I was thinking up character names, I thought – go to a list of baby names on the internet and see what’s there! THAT will solve your problem!

It didn’t.

Me! Me! Me!
Me! Me! Me!

So I used the name of the kids in my daughter’s preschool class.

But it occurred to me that if there are websites for random number generators, there are probably websites that are name generators!

In there was!

And it sucked.

It gave me names like Zora and Borax.

New Method: one word from each book cover
New Method: one word from each book cover

However, it also occurred to me that there was probably a random title generator.

And there was!

And it… was kinda interesting.

I chuckled as I looked at some of the titles it gave me – but it made me think how FUN it would be to write stories based on some of those titles.

So I of course immediately thought of you. Why not? You’re a fun type of person. Mostly.



This idea is borderline brillaint, Dan!
This idea is borderline brillaint, Dan!

Did you see that coming? So here’s the deal. First of all you go to this website


Honestly, some of those aren't half bad!
Honestly, some of those aren’t half bad!

And get six titles. Pick ONE to write your flash fiction story about.

BTW, the definition of flash fiction is: whatever you want it to be. So sayeth Wiki:

“Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity.[1] There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category.”

Basically I’m looking for something around 1000 words. It can be less, it could be more. If you’re closing in on 3000 words and you haven’t really nailed it yet, think about some editing.


  1. You write 1000 words more or less on the topic
  2. Post it on your blog
  3. Reference us on your blog and this challenge so your regular readers don’t think you’ve gone batty.
  4. Post your link to your story here in the comments section.
  5. You have until Friday 10/16/2015 at 12 noon EST, that’s Tampa Florida US of A time, for those of you who live elsewhere.



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      1. That would be one way to explain it! It will only get more intense because I’ve got a secret, but I’ll use it to pound out some more words for Lightning Attraction 2 over the weekend! 😉

    1. THAT was a good story. Why is it my sunny, happy, bubbly friends go all psycho dark when they write a short story? That kinda creeps me out about you guys. Do I do that? Brrrr.

      Great story. Makes me think there’s a whole evil dark scary novel percolating in there somewhere. I may do this challenge again just to see how dark I can get you to go. Chilly. Chills. Brrr!

    2. See, if I reply to your IRL comment, where does this go?

      Oh, it went in the right place. Nevermind. It looks like it’d be backwards though. Like not in order. I thought that’s what happened a few times before so I stopped.

      It’s still counterintuitive to go to the original comment and reply there to your later comment. I stand by my confusion.

    1. Oh, and then THIS! I’m sitting here after breakfast, reading your story and pretending my allergies are attacking me so my family doesn’t revoke my Man Card. Holy cow, what a story.

      I’m not sure I can take hosting another Flash Fiction Challenge. You guys are killing me. I wanna rewrite my last 17 chapters now. Wow, good stuff. Wowwwww!

  1. IRL = In Real Life? How do I know you’re not? Maybe the FB posts are the fake stuff!

    BTW, I have this site set up for limited replied to a single comment, I think. All of you can comment but I can only reply once and then like after that if yo reply to the reply I THINK, so I need to figure that out. Some people have asked questions i can’t seem to go back and answer. Anybody have any ideas?

    1. I tend to call it a site, too – not sure why. And: intertubes??? BTW, I was a Sig Ep in college, so this hooked me right off the bat.

      Great job with this. brutal and funny and real and a little shocking – at several points! Nice job!

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