Friday, October 29, 2010

The Second Session

Wax those feathers and make ready for flight, your starter sentences are:

"The first time his/her/their payment was handed over I figured it was a one time deal, but the second time?"

"Of all nights that I had to trespass into the world of darkness it was this night."

"It was Sunday, and there shouldn't have been a letter in the mailbox, but there was."

Whichever of the three selections that you choose from, you must write a story (or poem) with a minimum 150 words and maximum of 1300 words. The sentence can be anywhere in the story, but it must be there in its entirety.

This sounds simple enough, but if you've done this before, then you know better. If you are in, please say so. Have your story done by Saturday @ 9 AM Pacific, November 20th, all right?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Starter Sentece Poll #1

Only you can save this poor animal... choosing one of the following three starter sentences!

J.C. Montgomery says, "It was Sunday, and there shouldn't have been a letter in the mailbox, but there was."

David says, "When you say you're in, you're in. Get it?"

MRM says, "The red sky that morning should have been my warning."

The winning result of this poll, will be posted on October 29th, @9:30 AM, PST. And that sentence will be one of the three that you can chose from, for our second session.

Monday, October 25, 2010

NoHo Noir @ Patch.Com

NoHo? Where in the world is "NoHo?"

Who is this woman? And who is she talking to? Who did these dynamite illustrations? All will be revealed at Katherine Tomlinson's tale "House Blend," which can be found at

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Line Up Those Starter Sentences!

You can stare at the laundry all day, but I don't think it's in there, Mr. Cat...

...So, this is where you, the authors and readers of Icarus' Flight To Perfection come in. For November's session, Nicole will come up with two starter sentences and everyone else will come up with the third starter sentence, so that Mr. Cat won't have to keep checking the laundry. How can everyone come up with a sentence at the same time? Well, you the reader will submit one sentence in the comment section of this post before October 27th, @8:30 PM, PST.

Then, we will load that into a poll. The winning result of that poll, will be posted on October 29th, @9:30 AM, PST.

The Premiere Session

Soar like you never have before...

...because here is the Premiere Session of Icarus' Flight To Perfection! The authors had the choice from one of the following two sentences, or creating a story using this group of four words-

"It occurred to him just a little too late, that a good woman really is worth more than her weight in gold."

"He pulled the mask over his face and whispered, 'c'mon, baby needs a new pair of shoes.'"

Trip, Triptych, Pick, Tropic.

Let's see the results-
Gabby takes us to a place where even compasses are lost.
Nicole chronicles a real mystery date.

Mal reveals a best friend's true worth.
Cormac talks to us about a man's grave condition.
MRM stuns us with a tale about logistics.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

There are just less than forty-nine hours to go

I hope that you're ready, because there are just a little under forty-nine hours to go before the deadline of our inaugural session.

It's time to shine...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Here is some reading to tide you over until October 23rd

Cormac Brown has a story up at Dark Valentine's October Flash Frenzy, called "Introductions Are In Order."

Speaking of Dark Valentine Magazine, Editor Katherine Tomlinson has an E-book out called "Just Another Day In Paradise"

Life in the big city is not for the faint of heart. Shadows lurk in sunlight; blood spills on floors; hope and dread are just two sides of a neon sign; and loneliness is a paper cut on the heart, an invisible wound that eventually kills. In these stories, Katherine Tomlinson explores the dark heart of urban living. It is what it is...Just Another Day in Paradise.

Information on this outstanding anthology and a sample of the first ten pages are right here at

Sunday, October 3, 2010

There are still some slots left over for Dark Valentine's October Flash Fiction Frenzy

There are still some spots left for Dark Valentine Magazine's October Flash Fiction Frenzy.

Editor Katherine Tomlinson says, "While I don't want to distract anyone who's polishing a story for your own fiction challenge, thought I'd mention that there are five (5) open slots left. I prefer flash at this point (under 1200 words) because I need time to read and edit and assign So if anyone is feeling frenzied, they should submit to us at:"

Friday, October 1, 2010

The October Flash Fiction Frenzy has begun!

Thirty-one days.

Thirty-one stories.

Thirty-one illustrations.

This will be an October to remember. Starting today, October 1st, Dark Valentine Magazine will post a new story a day. The frenzy begins with a real chiller, “Animal Lover” by Kat Parrish. It's illustrated by Mark Satchwill, and the frenzy will end with a Lovecraftian tale by Barbara Emrys, also illustrated by Mark Satchwill. You won’t want to miss a single story.