February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt

Pixabay image by Marianne Sopala

For visually challenged writers, this is an image of an elephant in a snowstorm next to a little house that’s resting crookedly in a tree. A handful of white mice are on the roof of the house.

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Thank you to everyone who responded to January’s prompt. There are marvelous imaginations out there, and I loved reading and sharing your stories, poems, and artwork. Now, for something a little different! Above is February’s image. If interested, you have until February 21st to submit a response. Happy Writing!

Here’s how it works:

On the first of every month, I’ll post a speculative fiction prompt from Pixabay. These images are attribution free so you can use them on your blog without worrying about copyright restrictions.

Throughout the month, in order of receipt, I’ll reblog as many of your prompt-inspired creations as I can. And on the last day of each month, I’ll share a complete round-up of all contributions with links to the original posts. Visiting the blogs of participants is a great way to meet other speculative fiction writers.

Post your response on your own blog and link back to this post with a pingback, so I can reblog your post as well as include you in the month-end round-up. There are no word limits or style restrictions, but please keep it somewhat family friendly.

If you’re unsure of how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorialย here. If you prefer, you can copy and paste your link into the comments of this post.

Above all, have fun.

199 thoughts on “February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt

  1. […] Wallace Peach (Diana) over at Myths of the Mirrorย has put up a Speculative Fiction writing prompt for the month of February, featuring a picture of […]

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  2. cepcarol says:

    Not sure if I did the pingback correctly. Thus here is the link to February’s prompt. A trumpeting sound : https://cepcarol.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/a-trumpeting-sound/

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  3. […] This is written for February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt hosted byย D. Wallace Peach atย Myths of the Mirror […]

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  4. So it’s not the flash fiction piece I wanted to write but I may have made a start on that as well.
    https://caroljforrester.com/2019/02/04/the-ever-changing-beast/

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  5. […] of Myths of the Mirror has a new feature on her blog called, “New Year, New Feature: a Speculative Fiction Writingย Prompt.”ย  Please visit the link above to find out more about the challenge, then get to […]

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  6. […] Sopala to respond to this month. The challenge includes stories, poems and artwork. Check out Diana’s February Writing Challenge and come join in on […]

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  7. jenanita01 says:

    My ability to do a pingback has temporarily buggered off, so here’s the link. https://wp.me/p2XQu3-bk8
    Anita had a lot of fun with this one!

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  8. jomz says:

    I just saw this now, and I am afraid I am out of ideas for this one as of the moment… It does look like an amusing image, and maybe if I do get an idea, I might toss in my piece among your pile.

    As of now, though, I am still swamped with work.

    have a nice day.

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  9. Violet Lentz says:

    https://violetslentz.home.blog/2019/02/03/another-crack-at-it/

    OMG!! look at the response already!!! And I’ve only read a handful myself. Can’t wait to read the rest of them!

    Well I finally got something worthy of this delicious prompt! Here’s the rub, whereas it has an essence of ‘what if’ about it, I don’t know that it qualifies as true speculative fiction. My take was just too real. But I had to go with my heart on this one D. Thank you for this marvelous morsel of inspiration..

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  10. […] Written for D. Wallace Peach’s Speculative Fiction Prompt […]

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  11. […] This is the first chapter of the story “When the Elephant Bumps the Mouse House” based on the image by Marianne Sopala that was off of Pixabay.ย  This is in responce to D. Wallace Peach’s February Speculative Fiction Prompt. […]

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  12. […] Februaryโ€™s Speculative Prompt […]

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  13. What a unique image, and some really creative responses already ๐Ÿ˜€

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  14. I just might “bite”. This picture stirs the imagination and then some! Let me see what my Mind can come up with ….. (smiling!)

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  15. cosistories says:

    Such a great picture! It could be interpreted so many ways. This is my take:

    https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/an-elephant-never-forgets/

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  16. […] February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt […]

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  17. […] is my entry for Diana of Myths in the Mirrorโ€™s monthly speculative writing […]

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  18. Tee-hee! I love this one, Diana! Love, love, love it! Thanks for this inspiration. Hugs on the wing!

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  19. […] Februaryโ€™s Speculative Fiction Prompt […]

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  20. Here goes. Not such a strange idea really. It was Brigid’s idea, it was her day yesterday.
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/a-better-place/

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  21. […] image calls for strange story. This is D. Wallace Peach’s February speculative fiction […]

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  22. michnavs says:

    Yey…a new prompt..i am in.

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  23. Reblogged this on M J Mallon YA/Paranormal Author and commented:
    A speculative fiction prompt from Diana from Myths of the Mirror

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  24. Oh my goodness! What am I going to do with that image?! Off to ponder ๐Ÿค—

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  25. I love the image, Diana. Yes, it’s very different than the one I saw for January. Good choice! โค

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  26. This was a lot of fun! Thank you for the challenge!

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  27. Frank Prem says:

    Hi Diana.

    Thank you for the prompt. I’ve posted a pingback that I can’t see. Might be waiting your approval.

    Lovely to play.

    Regards,

    Frank

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  28. […] Thank you to Diana Peach for her February Speculative Fiction photo prompt. […]

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  29. trentpmcd says:

    OK, so I came up with an idea and started writing. Hmmm. From what I’ve written so far and what is still in my head, this is going to be a novella ๐Ÿ˜ฆ If I post a 20,000 word story on my blog, I wonder how many people would actually read it… Maybe I need to come up with another idea, write and post it, and then come back to the novella.

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  30. This one is particularly inspiring to me: For Christmas, my wife “fostered” an African elephant in my name from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. You already know how much I love the natural world, Diana, strictly on the basis of the conversation you and I were just having over at my blog. Anyway — love this image! Can’t wait to see what kind of creativity it produces…

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    • Thanks, Sean. What a wonderful Christmas present! I’m hoping this image will inspire some fun stories. They’re just starting to come in. And I have to get back to your place – to catch up on our conversation. Always a pleasure. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Weekend.

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  31. Ohhhh… my creativity is exploding! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  32. Mae Clair says:

    What. great photo! I wish I had time to play and read all the entries. Wishing everyone lots of fun!

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  33. I don’t think I’ve ever written an elephant story before…

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  34. mylilplace says:

    Ooooh…this is a good image…I can’t wait to enjoy all the creative works that are heading your way.

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  35. Really interesting choice of image. Canโ€™t wait to get stuck in.

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    • I wanted to go in an entirely different direction, and I’m curious to see what comes up. I can’t wait to read and share. Thanks for taking a peek, Carol. I hope you’re feeling inspired. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I’m finding this quite tricky. I’ve started two different stories but neither really link back to the image.

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        • I’m not surprised that it’s tricky, Carol. It has elements that curtail the possible stories, and it’s an odd image in a way. I hope you have a break through. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your writing.

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          • Thanks. Iโ€™ll keep having a go. On the plus side, I now have a 300 word piece of flash that might work for the Bath Flash Fiction Prize.

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            • Nice!! Inspiration works in strange ways. If this month doesn’t elicit an elephant/mouse story, there’s always March! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s all good.

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              • There is indeed. I finished Caitlin’s Bane yesterday. Your writing is just superb in it and it was such a joy to read a story where the ‘love story’ as such is not overly dramatic of sappy. It’s warm and familial and when it comes down to it that strength in family really shines through in the writing. The world building was really engaging as well. I’ve now got Soul Swallowers to read and then I’ll have to find out what happens to Caitlin next.

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                • Thank you so much for the comment, Carol, and your kind words about the book and my style of writing. My “series” are more “serials” as the complete story unfolds over the four (or two) books, but I’m glad the read of the first book was satisfying. No matter how many books I write, I still get nervous if I know someone is reading them, especially someone whose writing I admire. Have a wonderful week ahead, and Happy Writing!

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  36. How long does it take you to find these gems? Excellent choice of picture – so much going on in there!

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  37. I love the image Diana – well chosen! There is no clear and obvious path through this one – it will be really fun reading the responses ๐Ÿ™‚

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  38. Sue Vincent says:

    Now that is a great image… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  39. Who could resist that image…will have to get my thinking cap on. thanks Diana.xx

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    • Thanks so much for sharing, Sally, and for putting on your thinking cap! It’s very different from last month, so I hope the writers and poets out there will stretch and have some fun with it. I’m on pins and needles to see what everyone comes up with. Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

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  40. Anneberly says:

    That is the cutest photo. Iโ€™m excited to get started. This one will be fun to write.

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  41. Well, now, the chosen image is quite different. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck to everyone who joins in.

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  42. balroop2013 says:

    Oh! That’s quite challenging Diana! Let’s see what speculative fiction writers have to say! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  43. Khan says:

    Sounds fun. I’m in.

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  44. Violet Lentz says:

    Oh D. This is marvelous! Can’t wait to get started.

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