A Word With You Press “One Tight Write” Contest

The kind folks at A Word With You Press have now published all 3 of my drabble (stories of exactly 100 words) contest entries on their website, my latest being a new piece called “Secretly Broken“.  Links to all three can be found in my blog’s sidebar under “My Published Works”.  Two of the drabbles you may remember as NaNo warmup exercises where I had to incorporate a specific list of elements.

A Word with You Press is a terrific site, with very friendly editorial staff.  I encourage all to poke around and read the great stuff that I’ve already found there.

Steampunk Drabble

Unicorn Glass Miniature

Image by cobalt123 via Flickr

I’m taking a brief NaNo break to write a drabble because I need a little variety and because I had an urge to try my hand at a bit of steampunk.

Using my handy-dandy creative inspiration website (see prior post for a link), I found this prompt that I attacked steampunk style.

“Write a story about an empty glass.”

Evelyn stared at the empty glass and frowned.

Goblet in one hand and her heavy skirts in the other, she plunged down the dark staircase that led to her mother’s workshop.

“There you are!”  She addressed a woman hunched over a gearbox, tweezers in hand, monocle held in place with a vigorous squint.  “I’ve malfunctioned again. Ma-ma.”

“Let’s have a look, Evie.”

The woman glided over and opened a panel on Evelyn’s back. “Ah, just a loose wire.  There you go, good as new.”

Evelyn stared at the empty glass, that warped and melted into a unicorn figurine, and smiled.