Category Archives: fantasy

Friday Fictioneers: Cornered (2015.02.06)

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for the prompt, and Melanie Greenwood for the photo.

Thinking of mazes, the image at one point made me think of a particular game with pseudo-3-D graphics, and…well, I’ll let your imagination fill in the rest… 🙂

I spent about forty minutes total writing this one too.

Genre: Sci-Fi
100 words

Copyright — Melanie Greenwood

Pulse racing, adrenaline high, Adrian sat against the nearest green wall, and inspected his wounds.  It’s come to this, he thought.  I’ve worked for the Federation twenty years, and this really might be it.  His job was extremely dangerous.  He’d numerous close calls, and this time he was without armor.

He prayed.  He hadn’t prayed in ages.  But as he closed his eyes, the voiceless mechanical sounds drew near.

Adrian jumped in time to dodge the bullets.  He ran far, but the cyborg closed in.  Garden maze.  I’m dead.

Cornering him, it froze.  Sigh.  Killswitched.  Just in time, thank God.

All participation is welcome.  The goal is to write a three-part story in 100 words or less.  You’re also encouraged to “think outside of the box.”

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liberty to a fictional character?

Book Binder

“If you had the opportunity to control (your partner), would you take it?
What’s the logical end to that scenario?”

Ruby Sparks is the R-rated coming-of-reality story of an introverted man and the character he’s written come to life. The “fractured fantasy,” with satirical elements is both sweet and creepy, as Ruby, the colorful woman of Calvin’s literary, boredom-solving and hole-filling dreams, starts to physically rewrite herself after the initial appeal wears and their ideals clash.
The film stars two twenty-eight-year-olds: the film’s writer, Zoe Kazan, and her off-screen boyfriend of five years, Paul Dano. The parents (Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas) have their own “transformation dilemma,” but with real influences, not alterations via pen or pencil. From the start, Ruby isn’t real; but the consequences are, and Sparks takes on the challenge that separates itself from movies like 500 Days of Summer without, of course venturing off into sci-fi or horror. (It’s a comedy with only one unreal factor.)
Directed by the married couple that did Little Miss Sunshine, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, Ruby Sparks is the first deal in a while that didn’t go wrong. “I couldn’t fathom the idea of coming out with anything I loved less,” Dayton said to Colin Covert, of McClatchy Newspapers. “A film is two years of your life, so you’d better love it deeply and be ready to carry it with you the rest of your life.”
Part of the story’s focus is on a relationship’s losses: the loss of self during, and its end. “I have felt very defined by the person I’m with, by their idea of love and of a person worth loving,” Kazan said to Covert. “In the effort to live up to that in previous relationships, I’ve lost track of myself a little.”
The fantasy of the lover is the reason for the missing background for Ruby. “I feel like we all start with the idea of a person before we get to know them as we fall in love, but it feels somehow different for men than it is for women. That’s reflected in our culture in a movie … where you see the man’s perspective on the relationship and not so much the woman’s.”