In my tireless effort to become a “real” writer, I sometimes dabble in writing short stories. Some of these were written for a challenges in which I was given a few elements that must be included in the story. Others are simply stories I felt inspired to write without direction.
They are all fiction, they are all written by me – Malissa Greenwood – and they are all yours for the reading. Enjoy and please let me know what you think.
Monsters, Motion, and Mischief
It’s almost Halloween! Start getting in the spooky mood with this new short ghost story!
This one was originally written for the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge in which no more than 48 hours and 1,000 words could be used to write a story involving the following elements: a ghost story, a motion sensor light, and a gymnasium.
An Unfinished Project
Happy Halloween friends! In honor of this fun, spooky day, here’s a new short ghost story!
This one was originally written for the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge in which no more than 48 hours and 1,000 words could be used to write a story involving the following elements : a ghost story, a martini glass, an oil refinery.
Bobbing From Time to Time
A new flash fiction story! This one’s about two travelers accidentally finding themselves in the middle of the ocean in the wrong time period.
This was super fun to write, I hope you enjoy my time travel short story!
Rich Soil and Proper Planting
A new short story! This is another one originally written for a challenge in which no more than 525 words could be used to write a story invovling these elements: an Osiria Rose, a photo album, a talking piano, and a novel.
I’d love for you to read it and let me know what you think!
Every Form of Refuge
I know. This is the second short story posted here with this main theme. AND the second story in which ‘refuge’ is used in the title. What is up with that?! Frankly… I don’t know. Best not to question the muse I ‘spose.
This short story was originally written for a challenge in which no more than 525 words could be used to write a story that included the following elements: silk striped pajamas, an entitled victim, snow drifts, and any part of the lyrics to ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ by The Eagles.
A short story about an evening in the life of a family with young kids – costumes, parties, and sarcasm all rolled into a flash fiction!
The family had a big night planned; the kids were attending a big school party out by the old smokestacks for Halloween and Clair and her husband Ed had graciously volunteered to help.
Laundry and Lattes
A short story originally written for a challenge, in which no more that 525 words could be used to write a story that included the following: a woman in a clothes dryer, a wooden hanger, a brush with no bristles, and menstrual cramps.
I hope you enjoy my attempt at a sort of detective drama / mystery!
A Wonderful Refuge
A short story (flash fiction actually) originally written for a winter themed contest. The only instructions were to include snowy weather and to keep it below 300 words – so it’s a little shorter than the other stories I’ve shared.
“The snow packed ground crunched beneath Katie’s sneakers. The winter wind, bitterly cold, whipped against her face, creeping through her scarf. She hugged her frail arms against her small twelve-year-old frame and walked swiftly, intent on reaching the library as quickly as possible….”
Generational Integration Day
Short story originally written for a writing challenge – “Today was Generational Integration Day at Meadow Winds Assisted Living. Some cockamamie outreach program designed to keep the residents active while promoting the facility’s “wonderful activities” to the community – you know in case there were people nearby thinking of sending their elders to this god forsaken hell hole….”
Roll On In
*Short story originally written for The Iron Writer Challenge in which no more than 525 words could be used to tell a story that involved the following elements: a roller skating fiddler, an extremely overweight man, a billboard filled city, and a tedious task. I...