Pro-Bull Mashup: 99-word Flash Fiction

The Carrot Ranch’s Rodeo was recently held. There were four different blindly-judged contests. This pedometer geek wrote several of them. This particular one required the writer to use several different words as well as include pirates and game shows all within the 99-word (no more, no less) constraint. Now that the results have been posted, I post it here. This is my entry:

Max, the Heartbreak Kid

Max was known as Heartbreak Kid. Nothing ever seemed to go his way. This was especially true the day his teacher chose him to lead a team in the local television station’s Quiz Bowl.

What could have been an honor wasn’t because he got the misfits: Bodacious Barb, Dumb Dora, and the nose picking Dudley. His team, the Swashbucklers, would probably come in last place and have to walk the plank.

The day of the quiz bowl, he and his teammates wore pirate costumes, and on his shoulder in lieu of a parrot was his pet skunk, Nose Bender.

~Nancy Brady, 2019

See all the winners and honorable mentions for the four prompts at under the contest tab.



About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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6 Responses to Pro-Bull Mashup: 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    I think some of my challenge pieces were better than my entries… but it was a busy month and I just wanted to get stuff in… I hope eventually all the entries get posted. 🙂

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    • I remember entering this one at the last moment, JP, like 11:58PM?. It may have been too late to even be considered as I found the prompts to be overwhelming since I was working full time prior to the election and my imagination was totally lacking. I never submitted to the tall tale prompt, and I wasn’t sure how exactly to write the three-act one in 99 words. I made an attempt on that one, but after seeing the ones that were highlighted, I understand even less than I did. Well, nothing ventured and all that…

      I was impressed with all of your non-entry submissions throughout the four weeks. I was having difficulty with writing one, and you had several for each of them. I think that is what winning is…keeping at it and playing with the prompts.

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  2. Yeah, Jules, that is my TUFF Beans entry. I wrote it and was surprised it did as well as it did. Actually, I wrote it on a slow voting day, then tweaked it when I got home.
    I entered the three-act one, the Pro-Bull mashup (the one above), and the TUFF Beans one. I just could not come up with a tall tale. I will probably post my three-act story next, that is, if I can find it in my documents file. I should have them all under a single file called Flash Fiction so that I locate them easily. Maybe someday… ~nan


  3. Sandy says:

    This is one of my favorites! Very creative.

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    • Thank you for the compliment, Sandy, and for stopping by my blog. I rather think outside the box with some of these prompts, and I appreciate that you found something in this one (and I think this particular prompt of a mash-up with all the requirements made it one of those think-outside-the-box ones if I recall correctly). ~nan


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