#179: Levelling Up
New Year's Eve is a time for celebration, but it also marks a watershed. If there's something you've been wanting to achieve, but haven't quite found the time (or willpower) to make happen, the start of a new year can be the perfect moment to turn over a new leaf.
This week's prompts are all in the spirit of progress. Whether your characters are starting an entirely new life, or are making a tiny shift in the pursuit of happiness, it's time for change. And if your New Year's resolution involves getting back into your writing routine after the holiday haze, we hope they'll provide ample inspiration to jumpstart your creativity. We'll see you in 2023!
This week's prompts
Start your story with someone making a vision board.
Adults – 20 stories
Write a story in the form of a list of New Year's resolutions.
Holiday – 40 stories
End your story with a kiss at midnight.
Romance – 75 stories
“Escapee on Mars” by Graham Kinross
TW: Swearing.Detective Arthas Jacques’ swipes moved images from the network to his visual explanation of Marvel’s character, Vision. “He was created by Tony Stark, who is Iron Man,” said the grown man with the tangible excitement of a toddler who’s heard the ice cream truck. “Why are they hand drawn when you showed me video?” asked Agent Belle Nguyen of the Mars Security Agency. “They’re from the comics, the video you saw was from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He typed in the air. Words appeared amongst th...
“THE MIDAS TOUCH” by Susan Catucci
I came to the big apple with a plan, and a man. The plan was solid; the man, not so much. His sister warned me he couldn’t handle freedom. Without someone to constantly rein him in, he would self-destruct. She said it just seemed to be the way he was wired. Stan’s phobias and insecurities would kick in and he’d sabotage just about everything good he had going in his life.But I was headstrong and just self-centered enough to think I would be enough of a tether for him. The world was ours, was how I saw...
“Emeline, Resolved” by Kevin Broccoli
Resolutions for the New Year That Are Manageable and Doable and Stick-To-Able So Help Me God or May My Hair Fall OutDo not give yourself more than ten resolutions, Emeline. Last year you gave yourself eighty-seven resolutions and finished three of them, and one didn’t count. Let’s keep it to ten, shall we? That’s more than enough. If you do all ten, then next year, you can make more resolutions. Although, hopefully, you won’t have to, because you’ll have less wrong with your life. Won’t that be nice?...
“The Elephant in the Room” by Scott Christenson
I promised myself I would change, but it's happening again—at my third job this year at a New York based charity, my coworkers have started calling me ‘controlling’. At first, I heard it just out of earshot; then yesterday, Ashley told me straight to my face. All of I have ever done is try to help people and offer them suggestions to improve themselves.And about the job, even though the weekly salary is low, I enjoy working for charities, at least that's the story I tell myself. Maybe I'm just not good at anything else.&...
“The Plastic Fragments of a Broken Sea Turtle Heart” by Liv Chocolate
cw: references to near-death experiences 1. Sea turtles, like most reptiles, have three-chambered hearts.There's no sound more unsettling than your own heart beating inside your head. It reminds Cheryl of her mortality—every time she lays her head down on her pillow the wrong way, and her pulse pounds against her skull like the Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on her door every Sunday to remind her that she won't live forever.Neither will turtles, but she’s never hea...
“A Dropped Ball” by Chris Campbell
“Lose weight, tick…”“Hey, hold on! What weight did you lose?”“I lost almost two pounds.”“When?”“In January.”“Have you weighed yourself since then?”“…No, but I wrote my end-of-December and beginning-of-January weights down on a piece of tape and stuck it to the back of the scales as a guide…”“Right, wait there, I’ll get the scales.”“…While you’re doing that, I’m going to tick… Stop procrastinating… no, I’ll tick that later… How’s about, Exercise more… yes, that’s a t...
“A Kiss in the Void” by Graham Kinross
Detective Arthas Jacques reached for his pistol. Agent Belle Nguyen was dead and he’d just watched it, among a crowd of scoundrels.Blood poured out of her heart onto the stage. She’d died for show, a demonstration. He would have revenge.“Please. Everyone. Calm down,” said the host. Instead of being there in person the scientist behind Deus ex Sapiens was using a virtual presence device to hide his identity. The droid was a sparkling decedance that put even Arthas’ Spectrum droid to shame. “Though Miss Nguyen is quite dead fo...
“The New Year’s Eve” by Sasan Sedighi
Eleanor leaned in as the clock struck midnight and pressed her lips against Mark’s. It had been a long and tumultuous journey to get to this moment, but it had all been worth it. They had met three and half years ago at a coffee shop downtown. Eleanor had recently finished her law degree and was there to study for her bar exam. She sat at a table and nervously stared at her laptop, reviewing some bar test samples...
“A Witch's Word” by Prithviraj Suryawanshi
Now, Tinny wasn’t a procrastinator; it was Time who was always in a hurry. It was only yesterday when the year had begun, and somehow Time had managed to squeeze a lot more than a day in the twenty-four hours since then. And now Tinny was left playing catch-up. Her own fault that there was even a game to play, really. A resolution list, she had made! As if dreams were docile enough to agree to spend a y...
“A Chance For Things That Never Were” by Ashlynn Altman
Lizette reluctantly pushed the last pin into her cork board. "For Sale by Owner" read the bold, red poster font plastered across her two-story's photo. Re-entering the housing market was something she'd never imagined doing again. This was intended to be her and Charlie's forever home, but the house wasn't the same to her anymore.The corridor walls she and Charlie had once personally draped in pastel green paint now seemed to be more of a muted sand color. The rooms no longed boasted the echos of the children's laughter, but rather...
“Resolutions ” by Helen A Smith
New Year’s Eve 2022. Just think, tonight I might have been one of the luckiest men alive. Except I’m not.The city in which I was born and still live is pinnacled by spires and towers. It has ancient medieval colleges, museums, galleries, theatres, amazing bars and restaurants and quaint shops. It’s also plagued by streams of tourists and having to dodge endless bikes. The river, the city’s soul, carves its way through the centre before its fast-flowing currents are controlled by locks further on. During the fi...
“The Assassins' Adagio” by Delbert Griffith
December 23, 2022 Anna tossed a photograph onto Simon’s desk. The face in the photograph was lifeless and bloody, blank eyes staring into a camera they could not see. “It’s done,” Anna said, slumping into a chair and yawning. Simon stared at the photograph for a long time, his impassive features giving away nothing. After fully five minutes, Simon put the pho...
“COMMITTED” by Raey Kubiak
It was made of a cheap frame and a cork board. All, rebranded waste by-products of the industry.“Why not? What do you have to do?”“I just started a vision board.”“A what?”“You know… a vision board.”“Like in primary school?”“Yes, something like that… but for grownups.”It was a proper 40 by 24 landscape from Quickmarkt. £3.99. Prices dropped from £14.00 right after Halloween to clearance level the day after Boxing day.“A real one you mean, a physical object?”“Yes exactly.”
“Six Steps to Second Chances” by J.C. Lovero
New Year’s EveResolution one: balance go viralThe tattooed Santa gyrated his hips behind his acoustic guitar. White fairy lights draped from the amphitheater’s exposed wooden beams, transforming the stage into a holiday fantasy. I couldn’t be sure, but it felt like Santa’s salt-and-pepper beard smiled at me with each chord.I wanted to hate Beckham Tyler, but the man was so talented. Even back in high school, he made “Happy Birthday” sound like a slice of heaven. And here I was, twenty years later, groo...
“Things to Do” by Kendall Defoe
20. First, I am going to really aim at those ten pounds I need to drop (the doctor said very little about it, but I know what I have to do). Another gym membership might be a little expensive, but I think I can afford it if I save some money. 19. Save more money from work. I don’t have to buy a lunch every day, and I can learn a little more about how to cook things that are not eggs and ba...
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