Very Short Stories on Twitter

I recently jumped into a fun writing prompt hashtag game on Twitter called #vss365. It stands for Very Short Stories 365 days a year. Here’s how it works:

Every day there’s a new word prompt, and the challenge is to write a story in one tweet that includes that word. It’s been a lot of fun and has really helped improve my skills with word economy. So I thought I’d share some of my favorites here. Enjoy!

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Ivy the pixie publicist

(For anyone unfamiliar with Ivy, here’s her introduction and an explanation of these posts.)

I think I’m beginning to understand what that “give them an inch and they’ll take a mile” phrase really means. I come in and save the blog from imminent disaster and what do I get for it? A new boss!

“Ivy, tell them about this. Ivy, explain that.”

Dang it, Moos, I’m a pixie! Not a puppet!

……..

Fine. I guess someone’s got to do it. Continue reading “Ivy the pixie publicist”

Ivy didn’t sign up for the circus

(For anyone unfamiliar with Ivy, here’s her introduction and an explanation of these posts.)

This week Moos seemed to have mistaken me for a circus performer. Balancing acts, juggling, taming the titan of terror. I’m a pixie! Not a juggler!

Here’s the run down:

Potty training (eew), reading (inspiring, so I can’t complain), a new movie (I’d like to complain, but it was really good), and a possible new venture (BAD BAD BAD … maybe?).

But before I get into all that, there’s a little something Moos forgot to mention. Continue reading “Ivy didn’t sign up for the circus”

Moos drew Ivy and Ivy’s not happy about it

(For anyone unfamiliar with Ivy, here’s her introduction and an explanation of these posts.)

First of all, I was supposed to update y’all a while ago, but a few things happened that prevented it. Better get comfortable, this is gonna be a long one.

For one thing, being a mom is no joke. It’s one giant mess of stress, exhaustion, and endless cleaning. Don’t even get me started on all the crying. And I’m not talking about the kids. Continue reading “Moos drew Ivy and Ivy’s not happy about it”

Ivy saves Moos from a bad decision

Moos is yelling at me for taking credit for her decision, but it’s the truth. Without me, she would be in a serious pickle right now. (I still don’t understand that phrase, by the way, but Moos says it makes more sense than “in a vine.”)

Anyway, a few days ago, a publishing house contacted Moos through her website about submitting her writing to their new anthology series. Just like all new writers, she got super excited. A publishing house! Contacting her!

I did NOT get super excited, Ivy, and you know it!

Uh huh. You just don’t want to look like an amateur. Every writer gets excited. They can’t help it.

*grumbling* Continue reading “Ivy saves Moos from a bad decision”

Moos makes Ivy talk about Passive Voice

(For anyone unfamiliar with Ivy, here’s her introduction and an explanation of these posts.)

I was going to give you another update on Moos’s week, but she’s gotten distracted by writing craft debates again. I’d normally tell her less arguing more writing, but when she gets like this it’s best to let her get it out of her system.

Which means I get to transcribe her thoughts on passive voice today (with my own delightful commentary, of course). She wants me to get all technical with color coded explanations about subjects, and objects, and verbs; but no one’s got time for that headache. If you want the complicated version, you’ll have to tell me in the comments. I’ll try not to hate you for it.

Here’s the simple version: Continue reading “Moos makes Ivy talk about Passive Voice”