October Speculative Fiction Prompt

Well September is over and October is here in full force. Leaves are on the turn, England has turned grey and rainy (well even more so than usually) and everywhere you look people are prepping for Halloween (or in some cases Christmas).

This is the second month that I’ve had the honour of hosting the Speculative Fiction Prompt  and hopefully this month’s image inspires as much as last month’s. If you want to read the stories for last month then you can check them out at the September Speculative Fiction Prompt.

The guidelines for those of you who are new are as follows:

  • Speculative Fiction: a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements. [Oxford Dictionary]
  • Use the image below to write a story, poem, perhaps even a script. There are no rules about form or style. If you would like to create a piece of art in response that is also welcome. This prompt is about being artistic and creative in whatever way suits you best.
  • Please keep entries PG as this is open to all. (i.e no erotica)
  • The prompt is open from the first of the month to the end of the month.
  • You can create a pingback or use the link up below. Whichever method you are more comfortable with.
  • I try to at least read every entry in the prompt and I’d love to encourage anyone taking part to try and check some of the other entries if they can.
  • As always, re-tweets, re-blogs, and shares are gratefully received. We are always open to new participants.
October Speculative Fiction

Image by DarkWorkX from Pixabay

Now that the guidelines are out of the way, it’s over to you. Take a look at the picture above and let loose your creativity. Have fun.

September Speculative Fiction Prompt

Earlier this year a new speculative fiction prompt was kicked of by D Wallace Peach on her sight Myths Of The Mirror. Unfortunately she had to set this fantastic prompt aside due to personal matters after only a few months, despite the fantastic success and take up that it was met with.

After asking for her blessing, I decided that I would pick up where she left off and host the prompt here on Writing and Works. It will follow much the same format, publishing on the 1st of each month, using imagery from Pixabay, and focusing on the speculative fiction genre.

Speculative Fiction: a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements

Oxford Dictionary

Our September image is the one directly below.

For any visually impaired writers, it is a black and white image showing a young woman with a septum piercing, wearing a scarf or hood which casts her face into shadow.

Post your response to your site and then add a link the to link up above. There are no word limits or style requirements. Short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and extracts from longer works are all welcome.

Please keep it PG however as this is open to anyone who wishes to take part and I’d like to think that we will all do our best to read each other’s contributions.

I will do my best to get round everyone and leave comments. Remember, if there is particular feedback you are looking for then you can mention this in your post.

So, those are the details out of the way, the only thing to do is to hand this off to you. Have fun and happy writing.

Megaera – #NaPoWriMo #EarlyBirdPrompt

They name me

jealous one.

Plait snake through my hair,

till it rises about my shoulders

a mane of venom.


Perhaps this is true enough.


They say I crush men,

the ones who come to me

through their own will

and actions.

Lay the cruelty of betrayal

at my feet.


I am not my sisters,

blood avenger, unceasing

in pursuit.

I am an emotion painted

upon every action

I set forth.


I am furious and bright,

burning beyond recognition

till they shield their eyes

and call me ugly.


I am a woman of power.


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I’m so excited that it’s NaPoWriMo again and I get to drive in with the Early Bird Prompt. For anyone who doesn’t know what NaPoWriMo is, it’s an annual poetry challenge that takes place over April. The idea is to write a poem a day for all of April, resulting in 30 poems in total. (31 if you include the Early Bird Prompt). The NaPoWriMo site provides prompts if you want to use them but the main idea is to just sit down and write every day, in very much the same way as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

If you’re interested then click the badge above to check out the website and then crack open those pens and pads. There is poetry waiting to be written.

Shadow Dawn – Extract

Sweat was running into Tara’s eyes and she could hear her breath coming in ragged pants, but she met Talis’ next blow without wavering. The staves cracked together like trees trunks splitting and she forced the new recruit back a step. Despite her lack of training, the girl seemed to be keeping up. She watched Tara with sharp green eyes and ignored the stray ebony curls dancing in front of her eyes from her bun. She aimed another sharp jab at Tara’s chest and the princess parried it easily. The girl was tiring, leaving herself open to basic, amateur tactics. Tara took the opportunity. She aimed high but at the last second twisted, the soft grass giving beneath her boots as she swept her stave towards Talis’ anke.

Oak met oak and the taste of copper exploded across Tara’s tongue as Talis moved like lightening to block the attack and throw one of her own before Tara’s brain could catch up with itself.

Staggering back Tara grinned. She liked this girl a lot she decided. She might just keep her around.

Current Word-count: 61,943

I’m working on the last leg of Shadow Dawn, trying to make a decision about how to create an interesting and exciting ending to the book. However, there’s still a fair way to go and I’ve got stuck on chapter twenty-four that for some reason is being a bitch to write. So instead I’ve turned to penning some snippets that belong to later chapters. Since I haven’t written with pen and paper in a while I thought I’d share a small bit of the results with you.

As always, I love to know what you think and if you like this then check out the Solitary Creatures series! Parts 1-4 can be found on the site and the rest is on the way in April for CampNaNoWriMO.

If We Were Having Coffee

Something just popped in my foot as I was walking downstairs and now it hurts… but I did managed to find the adaptor that I haven’t used in four years but suddenly needed so it wasn’t all bad.

That is pretty much what my day has been like since I woke up. My alarm didn’t go off because I forgot to charge my phone, it was Saturday so it didn’t matter. I had to drive the fiancee to work, but he did make me a cup of tea. Re-drafting almost brought me to tears, but I finished chapter two!

What I’m trying to say is that today has been odd. Very, very odd.

But, all that aside, it’s Saturday and that means it’s time for the Weekend Coffee Share. So what have I been up to since we last spoke? Well let’s see…

I got rejected again. I’ve sent off two submissions in the last fortnight and both of them were met with ‘just not what we’re looking for right now but please do try again.’ I won’t say to much about this because I’m thinking about starting up a weekly, writer feature thing where I talk about how my writing career [non-existent as it is] seems determined to crush me mind, body and soul. Even the stairs are out to get me. [Refer to paragraph one.]

In truth, I’m planning on making the weekly writer feature a positive one. I want it to be about new writers trying to improve and tackling the obstacles that they come across. I want to try and get some stories from writers about their worst rejection experiences and how it impacted on them, and if possible, how it made them better writers. If you have any experiences like that yourself then please let me know. I’d love to have as many people getting involved as possible.

This week has seen me getting back to blogging on a regular basis. I’ve managed to put up a post each day and steadily drowned most of my readers in poetry. Some stuff wasn’t actually meant to go up when it did, I had an argument with scheduling and it won. I still want to do some scheduled posts but I’m starting to realise that scheduling doesn’t work very well when most of your posts are prompt response based.

The front page has also had a bit of a revamp and I changed the about page to a post so I could tack it to the top of the home page without having to use it as the home page. I also created a little section on there for some of my longer pieces of flash fiction and tried to make it look a little more professional.

Tuesday saw the launch of a new poetry anthology! Blaidh’s Tales has started a weekly anthology of poets who all contribute pieces based on a single prompt. This week’s prompt was ‘towers’ and here’s the link to the post with all the poems. Including mine!

Despite getting a rejection, this week has been really good. There has been over five hundred views on the site, which is a lot better than some of the previous weeks, and I’ve managed to write some stuff that I’m pretty happy with. This week also saw me break my previous record for the most new followers in a single day so my little, happy dance has seen a fair bit of action.

That being said, I’m still trying to work out some new methods for promoting this blog. What I want to avoid is pestering readers to like or share my posts over and over again. While I would love for people to share my stories and poems on their own blogs and social media sites, it’s awkward asking people to do that. If you have any experience with this please let me know in the comments below. What do you think about encouraging readers to share your work?

The comments are also there if you just want to stop in and say hi. I love hearing from you so don’t be shy. For now though, I’m off to work on the next chapter of my book. At the moment it’s less than a page long but I’m going to try and work it into something a bit chunkier.  And for those of you who are interested:

Shadow Dawn – Current Word Count: 65,000

Until next time.