Friday, January 25, 2019

Fiction in 50: Icy Fingers

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!

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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.
At this time, I haven't been able to find a source for a free linky-list, so it's just comments. I recommend posting your basic blog link below, with the day you post your Fi50 story. You can also add a link in the comments on my story, posted the next-to-last Sunday of the month. Feel free to Tweet using the #Fi50, though I'll not lie: the Ninja Librarian is a lousy tweeter.

I will do my best to visit if you post, but the first half of 2019 I will be away from the computer a lot, so be patient! 

My story follows--the prompt for January is:

Icy Fingers

I can’t manage the ropes with mittens, so I take them off, hurrying to tie the knots that will keep me alive. It’s a race against the cold.

I’m starting to fumble; I can’t feel my hands.

I shudder. The icy fingers I feel on my neck are my own.


This one came really fast, maybe the quickest of any I've done. I hope you like it! 
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2018
As always, please ask permission to use any photos or text. Link-backs appreciated!


  1. Oh yes, the trouble with the cold wet rope....

    Here's mine:

    1. My hands and feet get cold very easily. I can totally imagine dying because your hands are too cold to do what has to be done.

  2. That is a great, little tale. Good job.

    1. Thanks! I’m still hoping you’ll add one one of these months :)


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