Flash Fiction Friday: Satan Was the Rabbit

There it was, a Friday morning, and she had not yet written a flash fiction for that day. She stared at her computer screen, beads of sweat dripping from her temples. What could she do? Inspiration on demand seemed to flutter away from her every time. Desperate, she got on the internet and clicked on her favorite random title generator, the very one that had aided her so many times in the past.

Tensely, she held the cursor over the words, “generate titles.”

She clicked.

The website gave her a suggestion without delay, throwing out inspiration like a guy wildly shooting t-shirts at a ball game.

“Satan Was the Rabbit,” it said.

She hesitated. She had made stranger titles work, such as “A Steam-Powered Rat out of Treasures.” Would she do better to simply re-post that story from her old blog, and hope nobody noticed? Should she sneak a link into her post and hope people would not abandon their faith in her as a writer? No, she had to press on. She had to produce some kind of flash fiction.

But how could she make “Satan Was the Rabbit” into a story? She thought for a while, supposing she could write a story about a farmer plagued by rabbits, who then died and went to hell only to discover Satan sitting upon a throne of vegetables. Yes, she thought, that could work. But the title was kind of a spoiler. Could she write the story under a different title? No, “Satan Was the Rabbit” was sure to be better clickbait.

Shaking her head, she decided to try her hand at the random title generator again.

“Joseph, the Hollywood Hamlet”
“Thog, the Bat Force”
“The Blogger of Susan”
“At a Fish with a Bullet”
“The Chair is Perfect”

No luck. None to be found whatsoever. Perhaps these titles might find a place in bizarro fiction, but none of them seemed to fit her current style. None of them even seemed workable, and the last one sounded more like something one would say after a delivery from Ikea.

Finally, she tried one more time.

“Suicide, Spoke the Cry”

She sat up a little straighter. That story title had potential. But alas, inspiration had fled her for the day. She resolved to write that story for her next flash fiction post, and decided to go with something a little more metaphysical for now.

Still, even as she wrote the story of her plight, she found herself wondering if her readers would now demand a story for each of the titles she had discovered, and just what the heck she was going to do if they did.

“Satan Was the Rabbit” copyright 2017 by A.L.S. Vossler.

Rabbit image courtesy of Johnny Automatic on openclipart.org

Novel News Update!

It’s time for an update on the Worldstrait books!

I am now officially “done” with Charybda (Book I), and it is being edited for grammar and style even as I’m writing these words. This is round one of editing, so there are still more steps before everything is officially completed, but the hard part is over now. Now I just have to make tweaks to the manuscript (hopefully not too many) until there are as few typos as possible. I say as few as, rather than no, because I know for a fact that at least one typo will sneak in there. Even traditionally published books have them, or have usage mistakes. In my edition of Jay Kristoff’s novel Stormdancer, the main character’s name gets a random ‘w’ tossed in on one occasion. In my edition of Patrick Rothfuss’ novel The Name of the Wind, he uses the word callous when the correct word should be callus. And somewhere in the Thomas Covenant series (which are amazing books, by the by), I remember spotting a place with a missing space between words and a few other minor errors (one time, “the” had some other letter instead of ‘t’). People aren’t machines. Mistakes happen.

I just want as few mistakes as possible to make their way into my book.

Other than the fear of mistakes, I am pretty elated about how Charybda is progressing.

While Charybda is going wonderfully, however, Book II, Scylla, is not sailing so smoothly. I have about ninety percent of Scylla written. The final ten percent is in a very detailed synopsis-style format. Since I’m making so many changes, however, I want to start revising at the beginning and actually write the final ten percent when I get there, so I don’t have to make a lot more changes.

And in about half a year…well, suffice it to say I have not made the progress I wanted to. The tricks I used to keep myself motivated for Charybda are not working this time around, which perplexes me to no end. So, I’m working out a few new tricks to see if those will help me stay on track.

Now, I have beta readers begging me to finish Book II so they can read it—so I suppose it’s time to stop writing blog posts and get to revising my novel!