The Network: Myths of the Mirror November Writing Challenge

Holy Moly. A fabulous story from Audrey. Enjoy!

Audrey Driscoll's Blog

Written in response to a challenge at Diana’s blog.


A big old one is down. We knew it was ailing. It had given up part of its substance to the Eaters and Dissolvers, and for long its messages had become faint. It went down hard. The whole net shuddered. The Burrowers trembled and Stompers scattered. Now the entire flow shifts and jiggles. Water has backed up through the nets and mineral transport has halted. Our hyphae tingle, for we know what is to come.

We’ve been through this before. The fall of a big one tears a rift in the fabric, laying the matrix open to That Which Is Above. The whole network redeploys, full of flurries and judders. Messages vibrate through us. Carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus—hold those supplies! Protective compounds, a flux of nutrients—more, more, more! Make chitin, build new tubes, shut down useless sections. Pump and transmit

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Myths of the Mirror November writing challenge – Sorrow

A lovely tale from JP. Here’s one where a character is clearly described. But the pov character remains a mystery. What a hook. Enjoy.

JP the Wide-eyed Wanderer

non human POV challengeDiana over at mythsofthemirror has a new challenge out for November:
Write from the point of view of a creature that doesn’t exist in the “real” world.

The Rules:
Don’t tell us what the creature is. Let us “experience” it through its thoughts and actions.
Write a killer opening line and first paragraph. Hook readers so they’ll click over to your site to finish reading.
Images are fine, but don’t include “the creature” in the image. The point is to “show” with your words.
Aim for under 500 words, but honor your muse.
Be creative. Keep it family-friendly.
And most of all, have fun.

Here is my offering

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Her hand on my neck is warm as she bows her head. The battle was difficult for one so young, so fragile. Her helmet falls to the ground as she buries her face in her hands. I listen to her silent…

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The Unmelt

A fascinating response from Steve Tanham. I hope you enjoy the read. Have a great weekend. 🙂

Sun in Gemini

Image Pixabay

Written for Diana Wallace Peach’s Myths of the Mirror November challenge.

https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/10/31/a-november-writing-challenge/

Go for the teeth, says Jespa.

He aims to freak ‘em out when he won’t let the ice melt. Likes to see if they’ll notice – long after the dark liquid is gone – that the cubes are still whole and frozen.

Most miss it entirely, slinging the residual contents into the plastic liners of their swing-top kitchens bins, listening to the multiple clatter on dirty tins or the wet phwap onto the remains of food or packaging… and noticing nothing.

It’s got to be cola, mind. The alcohol in the subsequent mix is irrelevant. It’s the kind of sugar that matters. Millions of variants at our level, but the dark stuff just hits the spot; time, after time. The perfect sustenance…

We’ve been waiting for a long time: mixing, combining, testing, joining. There’s a…

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SATISFY ME… A November Writing Challenge… Creatures

A challenge-response from Kevin, full of sound effects. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the read and start your day with a laugh.

Kevin Parish

“Oh yes, I can sense them out there. Now, I need to probe further, signal and wait.”

Dun-dun-dun-dun…

Ping-ping-ping…

Dun-dun…

Fweeeeet-dun-dun…

Tot-tot-tot-tottatottatot…

-BONK-

“There it is! That’s
the response I’ve been looking for.”

As the prey neared life was about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Wings were lifted and expanded.  Flight was easy.  The perfect spot on the prey was identified and this was going to be easy.

“Time for penetration and relief…”

“Mmmmm…”

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Final Battle

Another excellent character and tale. This one from Trent. Enjoy.

Trent's World (the Blog)

I enter a corridor. It is a trap. I know it is, and they know that I know.

A quick scan revels nothing. There are no obvious explosives, no beams or triggers, nothing. Innocent.

I move slow, slow and methodical.

There is a book that talks about moving to blend in with nature so your footsteps cannot be detected, to mimic the wind across the sand. What can I mimic as I feel my way down the giant spaceship’s most important corridor? And yet I know my movements stay below that ½ decibel over background that is so important.

A door. Closed. Locked.

I know I can enter, but at what cost?  I would lose time and make a racket.

I scan as well as possible, yet I can’t tell if the room behind is occupied, there isn’t enough data.

I think for a tenth of a nanosecond and move…

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They

The first story to come in for the November “Creature” challenge. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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Author’s Note: Diana over at Mythos of the Mirror has a new challenge for November. The theme is Non-Human Point of View. You must write from the point of view of a creature that doesn’t exist in the “real” world.

And here are her rules for the challenge:
Don’t tell us what the creature is. Let us “experience” it through its thoughts and actions.

Write a killer opening line and first paragraph. Hook readers so they’ll click over to your site to finish reading.

Images are fine, but don’t include “the creature” in the image. The point is to “show” with your words.

Aim for under 500 words, but honor your muse.

Be creative. Keep it family-friendly.

And most of all, have fun. With all that out of the way, here’s mine: 

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I am nothing special.

I am nothing strange.

I am the same. Same as her. Same as…

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