Friday Night Flash

Rhetoric Askew’s Friday Night Flash Fiction


A rather new free event, held by the FaceBook group Rhetoric Askew, brings us to this weeks “Friday Night Flash”! The word limit is held to 500 words maximum, and a flash fiction or poem is acceptable.

This weeks event will be judged by Mandy Melanson, with the assistance from Terri VonFeldt. The winner(s) will be announced April 5th and will have their story or poem posted on the Rhetoric Askew Website along with a brief bio, picture, and contact information such as website or FaceBook pages, etc.

Not only is this a great way to practice your writing by being presented a somewhat random story requirement for free, you get to meet new people and possibly get a bit more publicity if your story or poem is selected.

You should never give up on your dreams. There are so many people in the world telling you what you should or shouldn’t do, and being negative. This is your life and you should live it by doing what makes you happy not everyone else.

As Always,

B. W. Martin

Rhetoric Askew ~


Monday Morning Mashup

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MoNdAy’S are the worst! At RA we love to fight the beginning of the week blues, so we challenge our members to the Monday Morning Mashup.

The featured image inspired some pretty great, if slightly askew, results.

Samantha Beardon

“The first day of the rest of our lives, we have escaped our demons. Oh, darling, I didn’t think this day would ever come.” May hugs her lover Hugh as they alight from their taxi outside the hotel in Paris.
“I know darling, we are going to have an amazing time. Let’s get to the hotel and get started on our honeymoon without the wedding!”
“What an idyllic spot Hugh, a step from the river Seine, the Notre Dame in view, such a romantic setting.”
The porter steps, and picks up the cases, leading the way through the marble and gilt foyer to the reception desk. He places the cases on…

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Curves and Lines of Grand Designs: A Beginning of Sorts-Guest Post by Sam Christopher

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Sam Christopher was asked to provide his insight on successful scriptwriting, this is his reply:

This is, apparently, never going to be a place where you can find great grammar tips, or fantastically brilliant advice on the nuts and bolts of scriptwriting. Or any kind of writing. I’ve actually tried to think of a way to do that that’s entertaining and informative and… Well, I can do it. I just can’t do it better than other places you can find it on the web. I can tell you about books to read, but I’ve only read a couple myself. I tried to read a few others but they put me to sleep. Of the few I’ve read, my favorite is The Art of Scriptwriting by J. Michael Straczynski, which is pretty dated, having been written in the ’90s, but is still interesting. Beyond that, the three others I can think…

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