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Menolyrical; Final Friday Fiction - 2018 Challenge!

Today, I am not putting any story, but an outline for the final Friday fiction challenge which I hope you all will join during the next year. This is the full-post alert; the details are now going 'live' on their very own page (look up!) so that you can always check back.


Yes, I invite you all to get scribbling and create a poem or short story to be posted on the final Friday of each month. All you have to do...

  1. Take a book - any book, a different one each month - and go to page 87; take a word or phrase from each of lines 8, 12 and 16. Sometimes this might mean there is only one word available. That's fine. Use it! Don't be tempted to look around the page for words you'd prefer. The challenge lies in the use of what is presented within these parameters. If your book choice does not reach page 87, then use the last full page. NB: you do not have to have read the book - it could be Gray's Anatomy or The Tenth Great Wonder... all you have to do is take a book from a shelf...
  2. Using those words/phrases as a prompt, build a story and incorporate them. It can be either prose or poetry.
  3. Try to keep it to a maximum of 500 words, but it can be as few as you like.
  4. Note the source text, its author, and the actual phrases taken, at the top of the post. This will really help to keep the writing focused, and the reader will be properly alerted. You may choose to highlight the phrases within the text also - that's a personal choice.
  5. Schedule the post and prepare to link up to the bloghop - again I will be quite strict; only those who have properly entered a fiction post and who place a link-back to this blog will be kept on the hop. 
  6. It goes without saying, I hope, that all material should be readable by all ages and backgrounds. In the unlikely event of receiving a link to something which may cause offence, there will be no hesitation on my part to block that user. This hop is intended to promote creativity and bonding through the written word. All works submitted should reflect the spirit of friendship, respect, and capital 'ell' Love.
For all participants - and for those who are willing to promote this bloghop - please take this badge and place a link to the FFF page (under the blog banner) - thank you.

REMEMBER - there is no right or wrong way to tell your tales. We all have a story to share - hop on board! Happy writing efurrybuddy!!!


  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh mom needs to put on her thinking hat. She hasn't read much lately due to a crocheting project and the holidays but we'll work on it
    Hugs madi your bfff

    1. Hari OM
      ...you don't have to have read anything - just a book from the shelf can yield surprise and inspiration! Yxx

  2. Gosh! I don't know if I will have the time to pawticipate in January! Once Mommy goes back to work next week she will be super busy (with tons of overtimes) until March! She says she will try. I -- Marvelous will harass her though.

  3. Intriguing . . . very intriguing . . .

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  4. I are gonna TRY to get my momma to do this.

  5. I hope I can read enough books to the mama that we cvan join you ;o)

  6. What a lovely prompt! I'll think about it! I'll bookmark this post!

    1. Hari OM
      No need to 'bookmark'... there is now a dedicated page (under the banner - FFF Rulez!) Yxx

  7. This sure sound like it could open one thinking skills...


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