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I’m going to level with you: I love micro-fiction. Something about working within the confines of a very small box really appeals to me. How creative can I be with only so much room to stretch my literary legs? It’s not easy; really, it isn’t. That being said, I think there’s a lot any writer can learn from writing tiny pieces: how to corral your thoughts, how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Give it a go, and let us know what you discover.

The Ultimate Question

This week’s question is:

What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?

Remember: your job is to answer the question in 42 words. Don’t think you have to take it literally, either – be creative, and be intentional with your words. Here’s an example:

Turn the telescope inward; look inside. There’s a universe of unknowns expanding and contracting with each breath. Turn it back; find your place on the map of the heavens. Somewhere between the sky and the edge of night, lay down your head.

 Get the idea? Now it’s your turn. Bottom’s up!

Recipe for a proper gargleblaster

  • Entries must be 42 words exactly. We count.

  • Non-fiction, fiction, and poetry are all welcome.

  • Let your post speak for itself. If you absolutely must explain it, you can write a couple lines at the end.

  • Link to the individual blog post, not your main blog page.

  • Include the gargleblaster badge and accompanying backlink – it’s right there in the sidebar. Copy and paste the code from the box under the badge into the text or html view of your post.

  • One post per person, please!

Any submission deemed not to meet the guidelines will be removed from the grid and the author will be notified. Read the gargleblaster FAQ for more information.

This is the badge you’re looking for


The badge you’re looking for has the #155 on it. You can grab the code from the sidebar to the left. Just scroll down a bit until you see it!

The chaser

You wrote your gargleblaster. You remembered the badge. You linked it up. Next step? Read, comment, share the love. Voting opens on Wednesday!


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