Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count.First of all, this is my VERY FIRST attempt at flash fiction. Ever. As a person that is accustomed to writing 100,000+ word novels, this was much harder than I thought it was going to be. Since we were to stay in our genre, I did a little sci-fi steampunk piece. It's exactly 200 words, and that was a huge accomplishment for me.
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Shadows crept across the wall, and Cyrus spied the police continuing their pursuit through the crowd. He waited a moment before leaving the security of his hiding place underneath the metal stairway. The warm vibration from the metal box concealed from his thick wool coat gave him comfort, only to be replaced by absolute dread.
Stealing it was easy, but he didn't exactly know what he had taken. Cyrus had never been educated in the world of clockworks and machinery, and now, he had the urge to toss it and take the next airship out of town.
He took hurried steps out into the square, only to squeeze himself into a tight alley. With his back turned towards the marketplace, he brought the small machine out to study it. It was constructed of smooth brass with two holes at the top and two ports underneath. Inside, Cyrus could feel the box pulsating rhythmically.
"Give it back," a coarse voice reverberated from behind.
Cyrus barely had enough room to turn around and face the man with the pistol leveled at his chest. "What is this thing?"
The man cocked the hammer of his revolver. "It is my wife's new heart."
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Phew! Hope you enjoyed that, and I'm looking forward to being stretched and challenged with future assignments. It's fun getting out of my comfort zone.
On another note, my debut novel: The Mechanica Wars: Dragonfly Warrior is slated for release by Otherworld Publications on July 20, 2012. This is nearly fifteen years and one-hundred and twelve rejections in the making.
So I'm reaching out to you on this one. I'd like some ideas from you folks concerning ideas as to what kind of promotion should I do to get the word out on my release date and beyond. I've helped others with hosting a couple blog tours and such, but I'd like to get more suggestions on other creative things I can do.
Especially for those who have been through this before, I'm hoping to get some great words of wisdom from you.
Thanks so much, as always.