Flash Fiction – A Creative Writing Exercise

 

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

I recently came across a site that asked writers to submit “flash” fiction; a complete story in 150 words or less! Very hard to do (at least, for me it is.) The idea is to write something quick, in a flash, which tells a story and can be read (and understood) in a flash. This was my submission; a near future, science fiction story… in a flash:

The Body Enhancement

The Body Enhancement

The Body Enhancement

I lie here, breathing heavy, sweat pouring from my body, but cold. I can’t move. Why can’t I move!? Was it the drugs? No, I don’t do drugs. Wait, something was injected in me, I remember that much. I remember feeling the sharp sting of the needle, and the tiny nanobots swarming through my veins. They were supposed to do something… what was it? Cancer? No. Why can’t I move?

I can still feel them in me, but something is wrong. I’m supposed to feel stronger. That’s it! I’m an athlete! I was trying to enhance my performance (illegal these days… what year is it again, 2038? 39? Nanotech is the new Steroids.) Something went wrong… HORRIBLY WRONG! Every nerve, every tendon is being severed by these vicious little bots, but why? How!? I PAID for this enhancement… unless, I’ve been hacked!

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About Craig Anthony Perkins

Award winning Filmmaker, Composer, Photographer and Designer Craig Anthony Perkins began as a musician at the age of four, a magician at the age of six, and became interested in photography and filmmaking at a very early age as well. In the past Craig has worked in both a creative and technical capacity within the entertainment industry for companies such as Philips Media, Universal Interactive Studios and AVID, doing everything from video game design and film post production, to sound design, composing and technical writing. Under his own company Genshi Media Group, he has released several albums on the iTunes Music Store, has had his photography published in magazines and exhibited in galleries, his short films showcased in film festivals worldwide (with two of his films actually winning) and has designed indie art toys - including the much sought-after Broken Heart Robot - which has led to talks with two TV networks for consideration as an animated series based on his toy character. Now, between Filmmaking, Photography and Music, as well as performing as a working Magician & Mentalist, Craig is also helping others as a Creative Coach, Personal Consultant & Motivational Speaker; sharing his secrets to creative success and empowering those who seek the creative genius within themselves! View all posts by Craig Anthony Perkins

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