Twitter Micro-Fiction #3: VSS365 Prompts #2

A few more Twitter-length stories written in response to #vss365 prompts.  For more about these prompts head over to  It’s all good fun.

The knight retreated, holding his broken arm. From the tower, Princess Mari began to sing. The dragon gazed up, accepting its payment.

Mari wondered if her suitors would realise she wasn’t a captive before her father realised she didn’t want marriage.

Prompt: Protect

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Twitter Micro-Fiction #2: VSS365 Prompts

A small bunch of Twitter-length stories written in response to #vss365 prompts.  For more about these prompts head over to  It’s all good fun.

Oola glared at her grandfather’s boat until it was swallowed by the amber horizon. Her own plastic vessel drifted in the shallows beside the harbour. The captain had fallen overboard again, seaweed tangling in his fur. Oola vowed they would try again tomorrow.

Prompt: Mood

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Flash Fiction: Shining Force Project #2: Gort

Gort (2/63)

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If sleep took him now, he was doomed.

Gort stirred in his seat.  For a moment his body protested against the movement, but eventually gave enough ground for his senses to awaken.  The clamour of the force headquarters came into focus, conversations battling with the sharp retorts of steel on steel and the smell of stew and ale.  Comforts all, indulgences that Gort had found himself leaning on whenever he was guarding the place instead of fighting on the battlefield. Which was most of the time these days.

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Turn to 400! #3

In which I take on a self-imposed quest to write a (unofficial) Fighting Fantasy book.

It’s been roughly a week since my last update on this project, so a timely review of where I’m currently at might be beneficial.  At the very least, it’s going to be beneficial to me, because my head is now full of flow charts and paragraph ideas, and the whole concept is feeling a little muddy as a result.

Last time out I had settled on a number of things, mainly relating to the likely mechanics of the gamebook.  Alongside the standard Skill, Stamina and Luck traits, there will also be a fourth, Trust.  This will form a fundamental part of the experience, because the story will be primarily concerned with the relationship between the main character (ahem, “YOU”) and the being who accompanies them on their quest.  There will also be a set of abilities to choose from.


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Flash Fiction: Shining Force Project #1 – Alef

This month marks the 15 year anniversary of the release of Shining Force: The Resurrection of Dark Dragon on the GBA, itself a remake of the Sega title Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention.

Shining Force remains one of may favourite RPG experiences on any system, and I sank a ridiculous amount of hours into both this and its sequel.  The turn-based battles alternated between being great fun skirmishes and frustratingly difficult epics, and the worlds themselves were steeped in high fantasy tropes and concepts.


It’s like Fire Emblem, only (whisper it!) better.

The anniversary comes at a pretty neat time for me.  I had recently started playing through the first game anyway, and it reminded me of two things:

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Twitter Micro-Fiction #1: Monsters

A collection of Twitter-length micro-fiction on the subject of “Monsters”.


Her claws gripped branches as the children walked below.  She pounced weeping, for she was a mother too.



She cringed as he carried her across the river.  Scared of water…  She was the worst kelpie ever!


“Alluring Performance”

Her talent show song provoked unprecedented regulatory complaints.  Mortified she offered apologies to shipwreck survivors and abandoned lovers.



The cat mewled beneath the boy’s boot.  Being the bully actually felt good.

He was still crying though.

Turn to 400! #2

In which I take on a self-imposed quest to write a (unofficial) Fighting Fantasy book.

In my last blog I wrote about my rediscovered desire to write a Fighting Fantasy gamebook, and to show Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone what they missed out on by not accepting any of the 50 paragraph crapfests that I never submitted in the first place.  I dug out one of those, by the way; Castle Master, an adventure that was more than a little inspired by the home computer game that shared its name.

Plagiarism.  That’s what Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone missed out on.

Anyway, a week of annual leave coinciding with a rainy day meant that I found myself with some extra hours to suss out what my adventure would be about—at the very least, what I wanted to include and what I wanted to keep from it with pointy sticks.

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