Three Weeks Of Very Short Stories 2022-02-15 – 21

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Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Snowdrops Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bordüre bestehend aus handgezeichneten Ornamenten in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Border consisting of hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

On Twitter I sometimes saw posts tagged #vss365 that contained a micro short story and I wondered for a long time, what this is all about. At some point I discovered that it is a daily writing prompt for a very short story that fits into one tweet.

Albeit I enjoyed the occasional very short story that washed up in my timeline, I always considered the participation to be something for writers who know about story telling and all that stuff.

After I got so much encouragement throughout Bloganuary 2022 (and a couple of times even before that) I thought I would jump in and give it a go, myself, these past three weeks.



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She stared at the screen.

Sorority. Really? Why of all in the world sorority? She could not relate to those organisations at all and now she was supposed to write about them?
She was ready to throw in the towel.

But then, an idea formed up and she began to type...
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Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Snowdrops Bordüre R © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Bordüre bestehend aus handgezeichneten Ornamenten in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Border consisting of hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

I have already reported on the first week of Very Short Stories and the challenge of telling a whole story in 271 characters or less.

Further I have posted about how I was becoming more practised with the medium during my second week of Very Short Stories.



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In the light of bare truth an understanding set in.
He had to stop and change direction, now. There was no time to waste, anymore.

He looked at the damage done. For a brief moment, he considered to turn away. Then he rolled up his sleeves and started to clean up.
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Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Snowdrops Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bordüre bestehend aus handgezeichneten Ornamenten in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Border consisting of hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

I learnt a new word, again, this week:

larrup

Neither me nor my US-American husband Kim knew this one and it seems that there is quite a range of use in practise that goes beyond the explanation on Merriam Webster.

Well, I gave it a go, as you can see, further below, going with the noun in the classical sense described on Merriam Webster.



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She looked down and her body began to tremble.
Staring back at her was a bottomless abyss.

She closed her eyes, breathing deeply. How she despised heights. Then, taking in one sharp breath, she jumped.

In the darkness she could hear the beat of giant wings closing in.

(2022-02-14)
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Imbolc-Sonne Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Bordüre bestehend aus Ornamenten in orange und gelb zeigen eine orange-gelbe Sonne deren verschnörkelte Strahlen sich waagerecht nach links und rechts erstrecken. - Hand-drawn border consisting of ornaments in orange, yellow and light-green showing an orange-yellow sun whose ornate rays extend horizontally to the left and right.

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The wind was rushing in her ears while she was falling.
She began to wonder, if she would stay conscious long enough to actually feel the impact.

So much for that "leap of faith", she thought.

But before she hit bottom, a pair of claws closed carefully around her body.

(2022-02-17)
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Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Snowdrops Bordüre R © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Bordüre bestehend aus handgezeichneten Ornamenten in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Border consisting of hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

As you can see above, a sequel has emerged this week between two prompts.

I wonder where this leap of faith will lead? And to whom do the wings and claws belong?



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How was it possible that something could strip away all energy from her, just like that? - She decided to go to bed.

Tomorrow would be another day.
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Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Snowdrops Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bordüre bestehend aus handgezeichneten Ornamenten in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Border consisting of hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Overall, I think I found it a little easier to write the very short stories this week. I think a flow is slowly emerging, even though I felt quite overwhelmed three times with the task at hand.

I knew the meaning of one word, but I did not have any connection to it and did not want to establish one that day (although I later learnt that “sorority” also has different applications). Nevertheless, I found a creative solution. On another day I was simply so exhausted that I could hardly think. This, too, could be creatively implemented. And then there was the newly learnt word “larrup”.



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He was sweating bricks.
Ask him to go out and fight, to build a house, to move a mountain. Anything that he can brace himself for.

But dealing with all this emotional stuff made him feel vulnerable and naked like a slug.

Obviously, he did not know slugs very well...
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Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Snowdrops Bordüre R © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Bordüre bestehend aus handgezeichneten Ornamenten in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Border consisting of hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

It seems that a style is emerging that comes to me naturally, which ususally speaks to how people act and feel based on their personal stories and insights.

This did not keep me from diving into other genres, as well. As you can see, we also have a bit of fantasy and a very short horror-story in the mix.



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WHAM! Here came another larrup. It was to free her of evil, he said. She never knew what evil she had performed. She wondered, if it was the anger she felt, afterwards.

She would end this, now.

When she was done, she wiped the axe, burnt her clothes and went to church
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Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Snowdrops Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Bordüre bestehend aus handgezeichneten Ornamenten in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Border consisting of hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Looking at this weeks prompts, I feel like they would have made a good sequel of very short erotic stories. But, personally, I do not want to dive into this genre as an author, at this time. So I was looking for other uses of the impulses given.



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SPLASH! ... She sings her mesmerising tune on a rock in the ocean, attracting shiploads.

SPLASH! ... She takes them to her, one by one - singing to them her most beautiful melodies.

SPLASH! ... until their heads split.
SPLASH! She can still #belt it out like a Siren.
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Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Snowdrops Bordüre R © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Bordüre bestehend aus handgezeichneten Ornamenten in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Border consisting of hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Remember: Following indefinable, magical chants on the high seas is always associated with risks. Old sea dog wisdom.

By the way, I always find it interesting myself what kind of stories emerge and where the inspiration comes from. Sometimes all it takes is a short line that you read somewhere and which created a certain image in your mind.


Snowdrops Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Ornamente in hellgrün und weiß, die an blühende Schneeglöckchen erinnern. Zusätzlich ein kleiner roter Marienkäfer mit drei schwarzen Punkten sowie eine kleine braune Schnecke mit drei hellgrünen Punkten. - Hand-drawn ornaments in light-green and white, reminiscent of snowdrops. Further, a small red ladybird with three black dots and a small brown snail with three light-green dots.

Sun/ KBFB_2021-11-09_Goldener Oktober 14 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted Bildbeschreibung - Image Description: Handgezeichnete Sonne mit Gesicht in Gold- und Orangetönen an einem azur-blauen Himmel. - Hand-drawn sun with a face in shades of gold and orange on an azure-blue sky.

What inspires you? Do you sometimes go out and dare something new? Have you ever been surprised by what came from it?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi

Imbolc-Sonne Seperator © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. Handgezeichnete Bordüre bestehend aus Ornamenten in orange und gelb zeigen eine orange-gelbe Sonne deren verschnörkelte Strahlen sich waagerecht nach links und rechts erstrecken. - Hand-drawn border consisting of ornaments in orange, yellow and light-green showing an orange-yellow sun whose ornate rays extend horizontally to the left and right.

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