Friday, November 23, 2018

#Fi50: My Family is so Weird

I failed to do the heads-up this month, but feel free to link your own Fi50 post at any time!
Fiction in 50 is a regular feature in the last week of every month and I invite any interested composers of mini-narrative to join in!

What is #Fi50? In the words of founder Bruce Gargoyle, "Fiction in 50: think of it as the anti-NaNoWriMo experience!" Pack a beginning, middle and end of story into 50 words or less (bonus points for hitting exactly 50 words).

The rules for participation are simple:

1. Create a piece of fictional writing in 50 words or less, ideally using the prompt as title or theme or inspiration.
That’s it!  But for those who wish to challenge themselves further, here’s an additional rule:

2. Post your piece of flash fiction on your blog or (for those poor blog-less souls) add it as a comment on the Ninja Librarian’s post for everyone to enjoy. 
And for those thrill-seekers who really like to go the extra mile (ie: perfectionists):

3. Add the nifty little picture above to your post (credit for which goes entirely to ideflex over at or create your own Fi50 meme pic….
and 4. Link back here so others can jump on the mini-fic bandwagon.

If you are wondering what it's like to write a 50-word story, do check out Jemima Pett's offering this month, where she includes some thoughts on the challenges the form presents!

This month's prompt was:
My family is so weird

I'm not sure this qualifies as a whole story, but here it is. 

My Family is So Weird

I can remember normal, though it won’t be  back. I sit down to celebrate Thanksgiving with my fellow refugees. We are all grateful to be alive.

We were in transit when things went sideways. Now, human, Arcturian, Sirian, Alpha Centaurian, and the thing from Betelgeuse system are my wonderfully weird family.


 ©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2018
 As always, please ask permission to use any photos or text. Link-backs appreciated.
Feel free to join in at any time, and link your story here!



  1. I have to wonder if this was meant to be autobiographical - and if so, who fits where.

  2. Your story fits for the holiday!

    1. Yes. The first paragraph was maybe inspired by all the refugees in California. The second was me slipping sideways just a bit. Or maybe it was just a description of our family? :D


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