Fun In Small Doses

I stumbled across a site this week called Specklit which showcases stories in the speculative fiction / sci-fi / fantasy type genres. I'm sure there are tons of these sites out there but what I like about this one is that it only accepts submissions that qualify as a drabble.

I've mentioned drabbles in a previous post but just to recap for anyone who has no ideas what one is...


A drabble is (and I wikiquote) an extremely short work of fiction of exactly one hundred words in length not necessarily including the title. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.

Until last night I had only ever attempted one drabble. I did it as a bit of fun and somehow it has garnered nearly 13,000 reads on Shortbread. It's called Forecast if you need a fifteen second distraction.

To put it into context I think my next best clocks in at maybe a thousand.

In the spirit of the Circle Challenge that has been running for a while on Shortbread and has (so far) consisted of a single word prompt as the basis for a story I asked my long suffering wife last night to come up with a word for me to write about.

Well I say "asked" what actually happened was that I whatsapped her from in front of the computer and she replied from bed in the other room with the word "torrential".

Looking back the lack of direct interaction may have played a part in what I wrote. I think I'll call this one Technically Wedded Bliss

...strong winds and torrential rain are likely to continue into next week and the risk of flooding remains critical in low lying areas. Long range forecasts confirm this is likely to be the wettest August since records be-

...on top of them early doors. Fairplay to the lads they ne-

...soon nothing remains. They will not feed again for four days.

“Turn it off.”

“Yeah. Ok. Sorry.”

Chris clicked the remote and looked over at his wife. “More wine?”

Lisa held out her glass and continued to thumb a message on her smartphone.

“I'll take that as a yes then.”

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