Flash Fiction: Ghost Ship

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PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Other stories featuring the prompt can be found here.

The sky cried — cruel and unforgiving. 

“Ah crap, one line and I’m blocked… Muse? No gods, fairies, or other supernatural creatures this week?”

“Well, excuse me. Someone is busy plotting for NaNoWriMo. I’m preoccupied with The ImmorTales.”

“Not even a tiny teaser?” 

“Ok… let’s give it a go.”


Izzy sat by the window. The museum’s cafe was rather quiet. The unforgiving weather kept the tourist away. Rain droplets abused the glass. An excellent day writing day… or not. The laptop curser nagged. The words didn’t come on command. Damn it, think Izzy, think.

Shipwreck, treasure, brutality. No toilets. Grubby men… no place for a woman. 

Lost in thought, Izzy stared out at the wild ocean. A ghostly ship with pirate-looking sails emerged from the water. She blinked in time with her curser. Chills travelled down her spine. At least she had something to write about — writer gone mad. 


This week’s story started out as a “conversation with The Muse“, as a last resort to force a story, but even that fell flat. She’s always amusing so I kept the words in. I think she just wanted to say “hello”. The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is back this November and I’m trying frantically to weave story threads together this October so I can smash those words out and not take out clumps of my hair. Izzy is a character in the novel.

My anthem “Only Happy When It Rains” by Garbage echoed as I wrote.


    1. Once I start hearing the song, I can’t “unhear” it. At least Garbage is awesome. NaNoWriMo — also called “slit my wrists month”. It takes a lot of energy and commitment. I need that focus at the moment. If I plan, I should be ok.

      Thanks I

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    1. I’ve been a rebel for a few years, but think I might try the real deal this year. I told a friend I planned on doing Nano and she said “I thought you swore never again”. True, I did say that…

      Thanks B

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      1. Me too.
        November is always busy for me and 1,500+ words a day is a lot.
        I like the NaPoWriMo (dot net) in April and will jump in it again next April. 🙂

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    1. You just wait for when characters start talking to you 😀.

      NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. It’s an online event that happens every November. Writers are challenged to write 50k. There is a community, online and some local chapters host in person gatherings.

      Thanks Stars


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