Today is the first day of 2018! An area of writing that I really enjoy is called The Drabble. Writing such short fiction forces the author to develop economy of words. We will be exploring Drabbles and the craft of writing short fiction more closely here on Life in the Realm of Fantasy during the month of January.
A Drabble is an extremely short story, usually no more than 100 words, although some contests will allow as much as 300 words.
My first Drabble was this one, penned in 2013, and it remains one of my favorite short pieces.
Edna stirred her coffee and looked out the window toward the shed.
“Did you feed the chickens?” Marion always asked, despite knowing Edna had.
Edna tore her gaze from the shed. “Of course.” Her eyes turned back to the small building. “We won’t be able to keep him in there much longer. He’s growing too big. We should have a barn built for him.”
“Ted was always a greedy boy.” Marion sipped her coffee. “I warned him he behaved like a beast, and now look.”
A rumbling bellow shook the shed. A long green tail snaked out of the door.
“Ted,” by Connie J. Jasperson ©2013 – 2018
Garden Shed, Australia, By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia (Garden Shed, Australia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0) ], via Wikimedia Commons