Saturday, April 30, 2016

A to Z: Short Beginnings Z

2016 THEME: Short Stories - at least the beginnings thereof.
YOUR PART: Throw out names, themes, random words or situations using 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 challenge involved. Usually that means an opening line or a theme. This month: your words.

My creative blender awaits your Z word suggestions in the comments section. Stop by tomorrow's post to read the story you inspired.

Looking for more great blogs? Check out the massive list of A to Z Challenge participants.

And thank you all who stopped by throughout the month. Z story will be posted tomorrow and don't forget to stop by during May to check in on my short story month progress and, of course, the A to Z wrap up post.

Y Story:
The first rays of light shown over the desert, revealing that Yvonne really was still in the middle of nowhere. She groaned, holding her hand over the gash in her side and again cursed the sign she'd missed about the hairpin turn, she'd also missed. The light of the morning did nothing to improve the sight of her crumpled car. Or the blood, both dried and fresh, on her shirt.
Nothing but empty road, yuccas and prickly bushes bearing yellow flowers in all directions. She wanted to scream, but it would probably just attract those yucky vultures. Instead, she stuffed the bottle of water she'd picked up the night before at a gas station into her purse along with the flashlight and lighter she kept in her glove box and struck out along the road the way she'd come.


  1. Z for zone, zither, zany ... well done on the Y story line ...

    I've enjoyed your stories using words we provide ... cheers Hilary

  2. You got my yuccas in there. Z is for zanny and zingers. Thanks for playing. I enjoyed it so much.

    Meet My Imaginary Friends

  3. I hope she makes it.

    Zumba. Zombie. Zonked.

    This was a really great theme and congratulations on making it all the way - though you do have to write one more day - great opening lines!

    Rosa Temple writes...

  4. Oh dear, that sounds nasty. I hope she gets back to civilisation.

    Zika (virus). Zen. Zelda. Zipper. Zygote. Zilch.

    I enjoyed all your posts that I read, very creative and fun.

  5. J here, of the #atozchallenge Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    Have you enjoyed the challenge? Did you hop to other blogs? The end of the alphabet here! Reflections sign up is May 9-- mark a calendar.
    My blog's giveaway is still going. I'm encouraging everyone to visit more stops.
    Zygote, zip-line, zipper.
    Great story! You've done an amazing job this month.

  6. Uh-oh! I just realized your setup means you have to go a day later than everyone else!

  7. Ha ha! Poor Yvonne! Thanks for the tribute. And sorry I'm a day late visiting.

    Yvonne V

  8. Ha ha! Poor Yvonne! Thanks for the tribute. And sorry I'm a day late visiting.

    Yvonne V


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