Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Drabble Dare, and an Award

That temple is not native to Bombay- it has been patiently put together by immigrants in a bid to create a home away from home.
Those brightly-coloured statues would feel more at home on a busy Madras street, where they could hear people conversing in Tamil, not Marathi.
The only person comfortable in her surroundings is the cat- she will feel at in home anywhere.

There are stories waiting to be told, but somehow, I never got down to telling them. And now I have passed the challenge onto you. Tell the story behind the picture in exactly 100 words.

Once you are done with the story, you could mail it to theburrow360 (at) gmail dot com by Thursday (July 22, 2010) midnight GMT. Hurry!!!

A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Laura Eno from A Shift in Dimensions awarded me the Fabulous Flash Award. In case you haven't visited Lauras' blog, you should. She writes the most amazing stories, and she writes them in 1,000 words or less. The amount of tension and humour she compresses into just thousand words is more than what a lesser writer would do in a complete novella.
Coming from Laura, the Award is equivalent to an Oscar for me. The only difference is that nobody is compelling me to make a speech!
I am supposed to pass the award onto four people, but I do not know of that many people who publish their Flash Fiction and/ or drabbles. So, I reserve the right keep the Award with me for now, and only pass it on when I find a sufficient number of worthy recipients.


Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Congratulations on your well-deserved award! I so enjoy visiting your blog and reading your stories : ). Well-done!

Laura Eno said...

You are most welcome! I love your drabbles. :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Congratulations Rayna on your well deserved award.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Cats who feel at home anywhere have much to teach us.

RA said...

Rayna, congratulations! The award was well earned and then some. :)
I love the bits of info you gave here. Keep them coming...

Debra: I am one of those "cats"... :)

Tina said...

Great challenge! I'd love to play, will see if I can get it in on time. Congrats on your well-deserved award. I always enjoy my visits here.

LTM said...

aarrgh.. You won. I yielded to your temptation and sent a drabble on the kitty... I can't resist that face! :D (the cat's! OK, yours too. ;o)

And congrats on the award--if *anybody* deserves that, it's YOU!

Saumya said...

Congrats!! I love your drabble (as always).

RosieC said...


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations and you are the flash fiction/drabble master!

Julie Musil said...

Congratulations on your win! 1,000 words for a story is amazing. 100? Wow! That picture is really cool, by the way.

Shilpa said...

Congrats Rayna! I enjoyed reading most of your Drabbles.
A story in 100 words is an interesting challenge!

reberto.alberto said...

Hi there! is organizing a short story writing contest.

We do think that you too might have a marvelous story to tell, one that is your own! So if you can compose it in not more than few words, we would want to hear from you. Also, you stand a chance to get your story published on our site and win cash prize of USD 100.

“Then what are you waiting for? …put on your thinking cap and get writing. For registration and other information check -

Happy writing!

Theres just life said...

Rayna I'm going to take your dare and send you my first ever Drabble. I hope you like it.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot- thank you.

@ Laura- and I love your stories more.

@ Yvonne - thank you

@ Debra- we have a lot to learn from them, yes.

@ RA- thank you.

@ Tina- thank you. Participate this time or next

@ Leigh - I am so glad you did.

@ Saumya- thank you.

@ RosieC- thank you.

@ Alex- thank you so much. I guess I just drabble more than others do.

@ Julie- thank you. I love that particular picture a lot.

@ Shilpa- and thank you for participating.

@ reberto.alberto- will check it out. Thanks.

@ Theres just life- and a mighty fine drabble it was too.


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