Sunday, December 13, 2015


Friday, December 11, 2015
My list of ten plus one (ok, two) best reads of 2015 includes Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima. It's a terrific book, and I'm very much looking forward to many more titles in this series. To celebrate the arrival of this terrific debut author let's have a contest! Prize will be a copy of the book!

The usual rules, plus the new one, #12, apply:

1. Write a story using 100 words or fewer.

2. Use these words in the story:  trail   cob  robo  bark  vet 

3. You must use the whole word, but that whole word can be part of a larger word. The letters for the
prompt must appear in consecutive order. They cannot be backwards.
Thus: trail/trailer is ok, but cob/comb is not.
4. Post the entry in the comment column of THIS blog post.
5. One entry per person. If you need a mulligan (a do-over) erase your entry and post again. It helps to work out your entry first, then post.
7. Titles count as part of the word count (you don't need a title)
11. You agree that your contest entry can remain posted on the blog for the life of the blog. In other words, you can't later ask me to delete the entry and any comments about the entry at a later date. 


12. The stories must be self-contained. That is: do not include links or footnotes to explain any part of the story. Those extras will not be considered part of the story and are generally viewed as disqualifiers from serious consideration.

Contest opens: Saturday 12/12/15 10am  ~  Contest closes: Sunday 12/13/15 10am

“That Corvette’s trailing us,” she said.

They had stopped so she could use the ladies room. She found him at the bar kicking back Johnnie Walker.

“It’s a Shelby Cobra 427 owned by a very successful bounty hunter.”

“You know him?”

“While you were indisposed, he called and said I’m cleared, but your bond was revoked.”

“Your friend corroborated our alibi… right?”

“My friend wouldn’t vouch for you; he said you’d burn me.  I didn’t believe him. Then I found your ticket to Montenegro, a non-extradition country. Y’know, you really shouldn’t have told me ‘Body Heat’ is your favorite movie.”


The title - "YOU'RE NOT TOO SMART, ARE YOU? I LIKE THAT IN A MAN." - is a quote from the 1981 movie Body Heat


UPDATE: Janet didn't waste time with a long list of recognitions. It was short'n'sweet, ending with the winner, whose story was really good. I think she's really busy and wanted to get to it. I didn't make the list; a lot of us didn't. I'm just glad I was finally able to crank out a story this time. I've been unable to write much of anything for too long. And I gotta say, it was agonizing birthing this one, but I finally got something written.