Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z: Beginnings U

THEME: Short Stories - at least the beginnings thereof.

YOUR PART: Throw out words from the letter of the day and I'll pick some of them to include in the opening paragraphs of a short story.

WHY: I'm most inspired when there's a little challenge involved. Usually that means an opening line or a theme. This month: your words.

Each evening I'll post the beginnings of a short story using some of the suggested words, As to when I'll end those stories...well, that's what the rest of the year is for.

So join in the comments with U words. names, places, moods, genres, things, whatever you want to throw at me. My creative bucket awaits. If you're here later in the day and I've already posted the story start, feel free to leave words for the next day's letter.


He stood beside the black swirling stream, watching the wooden boat and its lone robed skeletal passenger drift away. The blood gushing from the gaping hole in his stomach had ceased, a fact for which he was most grateful. He'd never been good around blood. The first glance of it splashing over the ax that had embedded itself in his gut had made him queasy. The manic grin on the face of the wielder of the ax had finished him off. The war was lost.

Without a prince, the kingdom would fall into madness. There would be no hope for unification with the south. His destiny in the living world unfulfilled, the prince tucked his intestines back inside his uniform and traveled downward along the well worn path to see what death might have in store for him.


  1. Hi Jean - unmoved, universal, unique .. and I will get to read these at some stage .. cheers Hilary

  2. Umbilical, ukelele, umpire.

    I also need to go back and check the results for some that I missed.

  3. so this will keep you busy for the rest of the year - umbrella, unification, uniform

  4. oops someone said unification - unfulfilled..

  5. Oh, fun! I'll add the subject of my U post today; underworld! Check it out here:


Join the conversation. It gets lonely in here without you.