Archive | August 4, 2020

…A Break?

a break?

From now through mid day Thursday, August 6th, I have a Prompt Call running here – anyone can prompt and please do!

Jess, below, is from Quick Thinking, in the Science! setting. Cara is from almost all the Science stories except that one… But her first appearance was here.


“Just four of them, Jess?  Dr. Adpirn was supposed to take them on the annual research vacation, but I’m sure you’ve heard what happened-”

“Was that the one that the thing down in the basement levels got?”

“No, that was Doctor Waspue.  Dr. Adpirn was the one that got a little too involved in the testing of a new miracle drug.  The problem was, of course, the side effects…”

Jess winced.  She tried to stay away from the biological sciences as much as she could, although, as Chief of Security for her division, she ended up spending a lot of time in every department,including the icky ones. Continue reading

Unplumbed Depths

From now through mid day Thursday, August 6th, I have a Prompt Call running here – anyone can prompt and please do!


“Have you ever wondered where all this stuff comes from?” Bryn spent a moment untangling a fishhook from a book.  The book, dripping and draped in seaweed, still glowed faintly with letters in a language neither Bryn nor Johnie could read.

“Not really.”  Johnie, of little imagination but a great deal of persistence, cast again.  In the hour they had been fishing, they had both caught enough boots to shoe a particularly left-leaning army, but actual fish, the sort of things one could eat for dinner, were still in short supply.  “Figure they come from some sort of shipwreck, back before the upheaval, you know?  Same way sometimes you go to dig up your garden and instead you find old bones and pieces of pottery.”

“Pottery doesn’t glow.”  Bryn dropped the book, already nearly dry, in a box dedicated to such things and cast again.  “Okay, most pottery doesn’t glow.  That pot your parents found – that was pretty impressive.”

“‘Till my uncle started going mad, yeah.  Then it was a little less fun.”  Johnie reeled in a bowl, carved from, for all appearances, a single large chunk of wood. “Oh, good, we can make leather-hide-and-no-fish soup.  Except we don’t even have any no-fish yet.”

“I’ve got a bit.”  Bryn braced against the pier’s biggest piling.  “Oh, this one is nuts.  What did I catch, one of the shipfish?  Oh, blasted barrens-”  Bryn leaned back hard and reeled in.  “I think I’ve got it, I think I’ve got it-”

“Maybe -”  Johnie had taken a step backwards and then another.  “Maybe you should let it go.  I know it’s a really good pole – but maybe it’s, uh.  Maybe it’s a little too good?  I’m just saying…”

Bryn followed Johnie’s shaking finger to the water, where something was frothing the surface badly.  A tentacle waved out of the splashing, looking nothing at all like the peaceful squidlings that inhabited the nearby rivers.  This thing was nearly as thick around as Bryn’s waist, twice as long as Bryn was tall, and it was clearly connected to something underwater.  And now it was being joined by another, and another…

“Maybe I ought to let go.”  It was a really good pole, one that had come from a stash of the before things.  Bryn tried to make reluctant fingers release from the handle, but the hours of work spent getting this pole, cleaning it up, fixing its two small breaks…

“Bryn!  It’s now or never!”

Bryn’s fingers almost released, but the jerking of the poll made both hands tighten in reflex.  Bryn screamed as the pole flew into the water, taking Bryn with it, landing in the middle of the splashing mess of angry tentacles.

Through the inky blackness, Bryn could see lights deep underwater.  Something about the lights said temple, but something brighter seemed to say library. 

Then a tentacle wrapped around Bryn’s waist, and the only thing Bryn was thinking about was get me out of here.


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So you think it’s great I’m doing a prompt call, but you want a little more from my stories this time.

How do you get more words?

There’s a few ways!

a) Get someone else to prompt!  New eyes are my friends.

b) Comment (a substantive comment: more than i like this, though essays are not required.  Telling me something you liked is a good way to do this!) The first two stories to get 5+ comments (And then the first 2 to get 7+ and so on…) will get an extension.

c) Work on my wiki  http://wiki.lynthornealder.comThe normal offer is “three posts on a setting for a fic about that setting”.

For the purposes of this call, any page you create and complete will count as one extension to one Squash Story, within limits. *

c) Tell me to write something else.  I know it’s counter-intuitive, but if you pick something from the list below  (one thing, or, if the thing is non-writing, one non-writing and one writing thing), I will also write an extension to the story of your choice, or a second prompt.

You can ask me what any of these are – those I’ve already written up an explanation for can be found here:

(Shown with the date last worked on)

Things with 💾, 🎨 or 🚶‍♀️ are non-writing

Commission 22-Jun
Thimbleful Posts 💾
TootFic   29-Aug
Helpers   8-Sep
Thimbleful   15-Sep
Cyyaaa   17-Sep
Map 🎨17-Sep
Saving the Cult  17-Sep
misc 18-Sep
The Bellamy 22-Sep
Story for B 23-Sep
Nathaen  23-Sep
F.I.B. M.A.D.  23-Sep
Blog Post  23-Sep
r/writingprompts 24-Sep
Old War, New School   25-Sep
sort files 28-Sep
Nano Prep 28-Sep
Streeetch 🚶‍♀️ 29-Sep
Purchase Negotiation 29-Sep
mm werewoif 30-Sep
Teacher Search 30-Sep
PSI Team 5-Oct
Patreon 6-Oct
30 days of Leo’s Hair  6-Oct
Cloverleaf 7-Oct
Prompt Call 7-Oct
Leo is a Sword 7-Oct


* Limits on the wiki page extension  – if the page is simply: Dolores Colchinny – serving Twelve sequential 25-year-sentences without possibility of parole for first-degree murder and then another ten years for felony theft – first appears (link) – I may ask you to make two of those for the same extension.    But something as complete as may get you two extensions. So the sweet spot is –, which also serves as a decent character page template. )

(note on the above note: Characters who show up in a single flash fiction are the least important to get wiki pages.  Which is why I used her there as an example. )

Summertime Prompt Call: Gone Fishin’

The theme for this prompt call is: Gone Fishin’/Fish Story!

The idea: you prompt, as many prompts as you want, as long as they are related to the theme

I write at least one story or vignette or beginning of a story to at least one of your prompts.

(optional step: you say “Lynnnnnn! Cliffffhanggger!  What happens next?”)

Ideal step: you comment on the fictions I have written, possibly also boosting the signal on social media.

I continue until morale improves, or until my writing vacation is over, or until I lose power and am reduced to writing on my phone.

Everyone is welcome to prompt, and prompting is free!

If you are a new reader/prompter, please let me know, and please let me know also from whence you came. 

Prompt on!


One note: Prompts of a sort I like are somewhere in the middle: not a complete scenario and not just one-three words.  “Ice Fishing”: too broad.  “Three people go ice fishing on a day the ice is about to thaw.  One of them falls through because of the actions of the other two.  What happens next?” is a little too specific. 


See here – – to see how to get more words.