#1MinFiction: Final Stop

“No, sun. Go away.” Half her face hidden underneath covers, Leah watches Mischa stand in front of the balcony window, fully naked, only the ocean to see what gave her so much pleasure the night before.

She doesn’t want this cruise to end, doesn’t want to go back to Seattle, or Mischa to the other side of the Atlantic.

“Sink back into the sea,” she begs the sun. Give her one more night of love.

—Nortina


Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a story in one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided. We’re finishing September with one last Alaska-themed prompt: an early morning sunrise.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction: Week of September 25

Rise and shine! Time to get out your stop watches, exercise your typing fingers, and pick your brains for some creativity.

If you’re on the US east coast, it’s 8 AM, which means if you are still in the bed, hitting that snooze button for the thirtieth time, GET UP! You’re going to be late. I know everyone hates Mondays, but let’s make use of this last minute of free time—between brushing your teeth and throwing on a wrinkly pair of pants you hope don’t make you look too much like a bum—and get motivated for this Monday morning and the week ahead.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a complete micro-fiction piece in, you guessed it, one minute, no more, no less (but if you need less than a minute to write a story, you are definitely a pro), based on the prompt provided!

Your prompt may be a photo, or a word, or a sentence—whatever inspires me, and hopefully inspires you too.

We’re finishing up September with one last Alaska cruise themed prompt before we transition to the holidays, starting with Halloween in October. So without further ado, here is this week’s photo prompt . . .

Alaskan sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. So beautiful, so peaceful. This photo was taken at about 4:45 AM. Yes, that sun rises that early in Alaska—at least in July it does—and it sets after ten! Long day, and we were up every day with that sun!

Now it’s time for the rules. I don’t have many, because we all know rules are no fun, but here are the basic logistics for each challenge:

  • Write your story in one minute. (Use a stop watch to keep yourself honest. 😉 )
  • Post it to your blog and tag it #1MinFiction.
  • Link it back to this prompt post.

And that’s it! Let’s get to writing, shall we? And…

Ready . . .

Set . . .

Write!

#1MinuteFiction: Lounging in Luxury

Somehow, while packing, I didn’t consider that Alaska in July would still be chilly. I’m not on the balcony two seconds before I dash back inside to grab a blanket.

We’re docked at our final port-of-call, Juneau, but with this grayscale heavy drizzle, I think I’ll download a movie, order room service, drink complementary bottled water from a wine glass.

—Nortina


Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a story in one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided. We’re finishing September with more Alaska-themed prompts. This week’s one-word prompt is: dock.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction: Week of September 18

Rise and shine! Time to get out your stop watches, exercise your typing fingers, and pick your brains for some creativity.

If you’re on the US east coast, it’s 8 AM, which means if you are still in the bed, hitting that snooze button for the thirtieth time, GET UP! You’re going to be late. I know everyone hates Mondays, but let’s make use of this last minute of free time—between brushing your teeth and throwing on a wrinkly pair of pants you hope don’t make you look too much like a bum—and get motivated for this Monday morning and the week ahead.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a complete micro-fiction piece in, you guessed it, one minute, no more, no less (but if you need less than a minute to write a story, you are definitely a pro), based on the prompt provided!

Your prompt may be a photo, or a word, or a sentence—whatever inspires me, and hopefully inspires you too.

In my last update post, I promised some Alaska themed prompts. So without further ado, here is this week’s one-word prompt . . .

dock

Time to dock the ship, disembark, and explore around port. Maybe you’re going jewelry shopping, taking a shore excursion through the Alaskan wilderness, or just exploring town and taking lots of pictures. The first thing you’ll see when you step off the ship is . . . the dock.

Now it’s time for the rules. I don’t have many, because we all know rules are no fun, but here are the basic logistics for each challenge:

  • Write your story in one minute. (Use a stop watch to keep yourself honest. 😉 )
  • Post it to your blog and tag it #1MinFiction.
  • Link it back to this prompt post.

And that’s it! Let’s get to writing, shall we? And…

Ready . . .

Set . . .

Write!

#1MinFiction: Emergency Exit

I make sure she’s under the center of the bed. The room will start to smell soon, but maybe our cabin steward won’t notice when he comes to clean it.

But I gotta get lost. Hit an emergency button and head for the muster station to board the lifeboats. Women and children first, but with the right make up, one of her padded bras, and that horrible blond wig she brought, maybe I can pass.

—Nortina


Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a story in one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided. For the next several weeks our prompts will be Alaska themed. This week’s prompt is: women and children first.

When I returned from Alaska, everyone at work asked if I was on the ship where the man killed his wife. 😱 No, thank goodness, but you knew a story was coming. 😉 This guy apparently did it because she kept laughing at him. I wonder what provoked our narrator . . .

#1MinFiction: Smooth Talk

“No salmon here, eh?”  he says. “Too much sediment. Hard for ’em to see. That’s why the water’s so blue.”

Why go fishing in a fjord where there were no fish? And it’s freezing! Icebergs everywhere. Somewhere there’s a glacier, but it’s melted so far back.

He wraps his arms around me from behind, whispers, “Why don’t we go below deck. Get some hot coco, eh?” It’s the best thing he’s said all morning.

Nortina


Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a story in one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided. Did you notice the Canadian flag in last week’s photo prompt? This is my bad attempt at a Canadian accent. 😂

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction: Week of September 11

Rise and shine! Time to get out your stop watches, exercise your typing fingers, and pick your brains for some creativity.

If you’re on the US east coast, it’s 8 AM, which means if you are still in the bed, hitting that snooze button for the thirtieth time, GET UP! You’re going to be late. I know everyone hates Mondays, but let’s make use of this last minute of free time—between brushing your teeth and throwing on a wrinkly pair of pants you hope don’t make you look too much like a bum—and get motivated for this Monday morning and the week ahead.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a complete micro-fiction piece in, you guessed it, one minute, no more, no less (but if you need less than a minute to write a story, you are definitely a pro), based on the prompt provided!

Your prompt may be a photo, or a word, or a sentence—whatever inspires me, and hopefully inspires you too.

While in Alaska, I refused to watch the movie Titanic. I didn’t need that kind of negativity on my psyche while on a ship in waters surrounded by icebergs. That being said, here is this week’s phrase prompt . . .

women and children first

In the unlikely event of an emergency, when we have to abandon ship and board the life boats, even 104 years later, women and children still disembark first. Good thing the only problem we had were rocky waves!

Now it’s time for the rules. I don’t have many, because we all know rules are no fun, but here are the basic logistics for each challenge:

  • Write your story in one minute. (Use a stop watch to keep yourself honest. 😉 )
  • Post it to your blog and tag it #1MinFiction.
  • Link it back to this prompt post.

And that’s it! Let’s get to writing, shall we? And…

Ready . . .

Set . . .

Write!

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction: Week of September 4

Rise and shine! Time to get out your stop watches, exercise your typing fingers, and pick your brains for some creativity.

If you’re on the US east coast, it’s 8 AM, which means if you are still in the bed, hitting that snooze button for the thirtieth time, GET UP! You’re going to be late. I know everyone hates Mondays, but let’s make use of this last minute of free time—between brushing your teeth and throwing on a wrinkly pair of pants you hope don’t make you look too much like a bum—and get motivated for this Monday morning and the week ahead.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a complete micro-fiction piece in, you guessed it, one minute, no more, no less (but if you need less than a minute to write a story, you are definitely a pro), based on the prompt provided!

Your prompt may be a photo, or a word, or a sentence—whatever inspires me, and hopefully inspires you too.

In keeping with the Alaska theme, here is this week’s photo prompt . . .

Now it’s time for the rules. I don’t have many, because we all know rules are no fun, but here are the basic logistics for each challenge:

  • Write your story in one minute. (Use a stop watch to keep yourself honest. 😉 )
  • Post it to your blog and tag it #1MinFiction.
  • Link it back to this prompt post.

And that’s it! Let’s get to writing, shall we? And…

Ready . . .

Set . . .

Write!

#1MinFiction: Detour

We weren’t afraid of the bears—wild salmon berries growing so close to his cabin.

The tour group was headed for the boats when he planted the forget-me-nots in my hair, lured me back into the woods.

Captain must have lost count; no one came looking.

The ship leaves at seven. It’s a 70 minute boat ride back to port, but time stands still when he kisses me again.

—Nortina


Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a story in one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided. For the next several weeks our prompts will be Alaska themed. This week’s prompt is the state flower: Forget-me-not.

 

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction: Week of August 28

Rise and shine! Time to get out your stop watches, exercise your typing fingers, and pick your brains for some creativity.

If you’re on the US east coast, it’s 8 AM, which means if you are still in the bed, hitting that snooze button for the thirtieth time, GET UP! You’re going to be late. I know everyone hates Mondays, but let’s make use of this last minute of free time—between brushing your teeth and throwing on a wrinkly pair of pants you hope don’t make you look too much like a bum—and get motivated for this Monday morning and the week ahead.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a complete micro-fiction piece in, you guessed it, one minute, no more, no less (but if you need less than a minute to write a story, you are definitely a pro), based on the prompt provided!

Your prompt may be a photo, or a word, or a sentence—whatever inspires me, and hopefully inspires you too.

In my August update post, I promised some Alaska themed prompts. So without further ado, here is this week’s one-word (or phrase, depending on how you look at it) prompt . . .

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not! Alaska’s state flower! And no, Alaska, I could never forget you. 😉

Now it’s time for the rules. I don’t have many, because we all know rules are no fun, but here are the basic logistics for each challenge:

  • Write your story in one minute. (Use a stop watch to keep yourself honest. 😉 )
  • Post it to your blog and tag it #1MinFiction.
  • Link it back to this prompt post.

And that’s it! Let’s get to writing, shall we? And…

Ready . . .

Set . . .

Write!