Saturday, January 15, 2011

A New Challenge - Saturday Centus

While visiting my blogger buddy Claudia, I found a link to Jenny Matlock's blog and her Saturday Centus challenge.

This Saturday's challenge is to write a fact, fiction or poetry piece of no more than 25 words.

The prompt is "the lottery ticket." I read several of the entries. They're unique and interesting, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Here's my flash fiction piece, which is exactly 25 words (excluding the title).

Chance of a Lifetime

In the crowded hospital, Maria squeezed her daughter's hand. A new kidney. Perfect match. The nurse announced, "The lottery ticket number is 228." Maria wept.

23 comments:

  1. This is great Donna! Very original to put organ donor and lottery together. I wasn't sure if anyone was "getting" my circus connection, but I thought a clown was original too. Be careful these Centus get into your blood! Maybe I should have Jenny "assign" me a full story since I am so blocked at staring a new writing at the moment.

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  2. I'm glad you did the organ-donor! I hope we see you again NEXT Saturday! Alphabe-Thursday is a lot of fun, too.

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  3. Hey Donna! This was great! These really are fun, and addicting!....Although, I've managed to stay away for quite sometime. I particularly like the Micro Fiction Mondays, too, where you write a story about the photo that's presented. Fun! Congrats again on this! I loved it!

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  4. very unique take on the prompt...great job! Peace

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  5. A new kidney beats a lottery win hands down, and you said it so well.

    Namaste..........cj

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  6. You're awfully brave to jump in this week, and you're very talented too. It's a heartwarming story in so few words.
    Congrats and welcome.
    xoRobyn

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  7. absolutely wonderful take on the prompt. welcome to Saturday Centus!

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  8. What a beautiful take on the prompt! Really well done, and nice and original. Welcome to Saturday Centus. Although Jenny really should have a surgeon general type warning on this thing, it really is addictive! Kat

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  9. oh you clever one you, never would have thought to go here...well done!

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  10. Hi Bookie (Claudia),
    Thanks. I've read your Saturday posts on this challenge for sometime, but it's the first time I've taken the plunge.

    Hi Becky, Jeff, cj, Robyn, Jo, Kat, and Terra,
    Thanks to all of you for your kind words and for making me feel so welcome.

    Donna

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  11. Donna, I forgot to say I love the new look of your blog! I think it's the best one yet...and is that Ireland in the background?? I think so...it's so green and lovely!

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  12. Wow, I loved it. Very interesting take bringing the new kidney and the lottery together. Good Centus.

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  13. Hi Clara,
    Thanks.

    Hi Becky,
    Yep. I like to switch backgrounds around once in awhile, and it is Ireland.

    Hi Viki,
    Thank you. It's a fun challenge.
    Donna

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  14. Wow. That is one moving story for under 25 words!! Love your new look, too!

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  15. I meant to tell you I like the new look of the blog, too. I find it easier to scroll and to read.

    I liked your story! Hmm, 25 words? Sounds an awful lot like Hint Fiction to me! :)

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  16. A unique take, a heart wrenching story....one that is common here....liked it a lot.

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  17. Hi Tammy, Madeline, and Rek,
    Thanks for your kind words.

    And Madeline,
    Thanks also for the suggestion of Hint Fiction. I'll check it out.

    Donna

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  18. Ooh, geez...I better be careful. I'm already hooked on Microfiction Monday! Your story was terrific. The flash pieces are so fun to write.

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  19. Oh my goodness-that's some pretty fine thinking for Saturday! Or any day!

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  20. Nice take on the prompt. And welcome!

    =)

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  21. Please don't be scared away by this weeks prompt. I promise, promise I will never, ever do Sci-Fi again! Yikes!

    This was wonderful. I never, ever would have thought of the organ donor lottery. This was a wonderful little micro-gem!

    Thanks for participating.

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  22. Very clever Donna. Love the title. Two thumbs up.

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