Fiction in 50: Into the Great Beyond


I told you to stop feeding that thing – one of these days it’s going to want to come inside and then what are you going to do? It’s gotten bigger since you’ve been giving it Fliblets, with that appetite it will zot us all willy-nilly into the great beyond

The Bookshelf Gargoyle curates a Fiction in 50 mini-narrative challenge – this month’s prompt is Into the Great Beyond! Take a chance, step out of your comfort zone, leap right into writing a piece of short, short fiction: send it in and then go have a peek at the other entries – GargoyleBruce writes wonderful reviews on all sorts of kid lit (big and small) with a cheeky tone guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Wander through the stacks, you are sure to find something you’ll like.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle


Merry Christmas, Captain Kirk:
Apparently this word has no counterpart in klingon.
perhaps, in their eyes, it is just an annoying absence of darkness…

Catch some light in the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle
and just because we’re not the only dot in the universe celebrating this holiday season, have a look at Set Phasers to Twinkle.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Bold – Week 2

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to boldly go where no man has gone before

We have been watching Star Trek in its many incarnations for longer than we care to admit. From the cardboard sets and shaver-communicators of the original television series to NextGen, Deep Space Nine and the many movie spin-offs and fill-ins, it has been a long sometimes upsetting loyalty to the Roddenberry’s idea of beyond, what it held and how to get there in the most exciting way possible. Not always thrilled by casting choices or certain plot progressions of the sci-fi classic’s metamorphosis, there was always some technological innovation, some snazzy new way of presenting deep space and its denizens that kept us hooked and hungering for more.

Armchair astronauts of the best kind, we fondly said goodbye to to those we had come to know and love (or hate) and learned to embrace the unknown and unexpected. Small screen or big, each director’s artistic vision gave us the characters, conflicts and very world of Star Trek much like this fortnight’s Two Cents Tuesday Challenge theme, larger than life, bursting with energy – Bold. 

Last week, Across the Bored pondered “What shape does bold take for you?” –  A flash of chrome, the walls of home, an umbrella bright or neon light, a favourite font, fishing cat or fearless brat, challenging or conspicuous, brave or brassy … We would love to see your vision.

For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, some great entries and the guidelines for this fortnight’s challenge can be found here. Need more info or want to browse past themes? Have a look at HOW DOES THIS WORK.