Posts Tagged ‘wednesday wiki-prompt’

The Egyptian Miracle Man

In Fiction on October 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

This week I’ve decided to combine a couple prompts (namely, my Wednesday Wiki-prompt and the Trifecta Writing Challenge). This wasn’t out of any sort of creative ambition, the week just started to get away from me and I need to keep planning for NaNoWriMo!

Anyway, Week 4’s prompt was this article on Hadji Ali, a vaudeville performer who specialized in controlled regurgitation (yep). The Trifecta prompt was the third, more general definition of whore (as in, someone who sells out for money).

Give ‘er a read and let me know what you think below!

English: Vaudeville performer Hadji Ali demons...

The Egyptian Miracle Man

“Almina, my darling, do not take these things so seriously…”

Hadji Ali watched his daughter in perplexity. She paced the room, a furious tigress. Read the rest of this entry »

The Fourteenth Way (WWP Week 3)

In Fiction on October 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

It’s Wednesday, and for the last few weeks at least, for me that has meant the Wednesday Wiki-prompt. Week 3’s prompt was this article on the Mercury Dime.

I ended up getting pretty abstract with it (a more thorough explanation of why exactly will follow). But for now just give it a read and let me know what you think!


The Fourteenth Way

In midwinter, an old man shuffles down a snow-deep street. His stomach hurts from the cancer, and blackbirds watch from the trees. He knows they are waiting for night to fall. Read the rest of this entry »

WWP Week 2: Famadihana

In Fiction on October 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

Last week, the Wednesday WikiPrompt was an article on Madagascar, and before I get to my story I’d like to thank Sean Fallon for being the first to join in with my fledgling prompt! You can read his (strange, funny, great) story here.

For my own part, I tried to dive into a specific piece of the article, a reburial ritual it mentioned. I’d love your comments and criticism on this (there are a few specific problems I have with the story, but I’ll wait to see if you can pick out the spots I feel are weakest).

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Famadihana reburial ceremony, Madagascar


The wrappings were undone and the body lay bare, the flesh blackened and sloughing from the bones. A hellish stink hung stagnant in the heavy air.

“My God, Philip, what are they doing?” Sir Daniel asked. He had clapped a minted kerchief over his nose and mouth, but the stench was overpowering.

“The natives call it famadihana, sir,” Philip replied. “They think it honors the dead.” Read the rest of this entry »

WWP Week 1: The Salesman

In Fiction on October 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Last week I proposed a new, weekly writing prompt based on Wikipedia’s featured article of the day. I dubbed it the Wednesday Wiki-prompt, and today I’m making good on my promise by sharing the fruits of my labor.

Last week the featured article was on Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s duet ‘Say Say Say’ (it was a hit, somehow, despite being…horrible. Watch the video at the end of this post for the proof). Anyway, as bad as the song is, the music video inspired this short story (I’m breaking my own rules, week one, by going over the 500 word cap, but what are rules for if not to be broken? Shh, don’t answer that).

Anyway, enjoy.

A selection of jars containing herbs and other potion ingredients

The Salesman

The salesman was lithe and frail and had a showman’s grace. He held the bottles up for all to see – glinting orange and pink in the sun, then blue and green – before setting them rattling in the back of his cart. Read the rest of this entry »