“Fiction in A Flash Challenge!” Week #4. Image Prompt: Join in, have fun, and let loose your creative muse.#FictionInAFlash @pursoot @IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity.

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Hello everyone and welcome to week #4 of my  “Fiction in A Flash Challenge!” Each week I’ll be featuring an image and inviting you to write a Flash Fiction piece inspired by that image in any form and genre of your choosing.  Maximum word count: 750 words.

Please put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at My email address. by 4pm on Thursday, June 18th. Subject: Fiction in a Flash Challenge. If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be much appreciated.

I’ll be sharing all entries received, and, my own contribution here on Friday, June 19th.

I do hope you join in! Have fun, let the creative muse loose!

And now …The image for week #4

Flash Fiction Routte 66

I hope the image inspires you! Come and join in the fun.

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33 thoughts on ““Fiction in A Flash Challenge!” Week #4. Image Prompt: Join in, have fun, and let loose your creative muse.#FictionInAFlash @pursoot @IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity.

    1. Yup! I’ve been singing it in my head since I put up the prompt. I’m so looking forward to seeing what the contributors come up with.Thanks for stopping by again, Yvette. 😊

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  1. Hi Sooz, I read Debby’s Flash non-fiction entry and thought I check out your website. Nat King Cole Trio recorded Get Your Kicks on Route 66 in I946 before there were 45s, before there were interstate highways, and before most of us were born. ………

    I’m sorry I got distracted researching about Route 66 in the middle of my comment. My husband and I talked about it, and we found out that Bobby Troup had intended to write about US 40, but his wife pointed out that Kicks rhymes with six, so he changed his tune. We wondered together what kind of kicks they were getting on Route 66 in 1946. On the Historic Route 66 website – https://www.historic66.com/, we scrolled through countless events going on from Chicago to Santa Monica – car shows, the battle of the bands, museums, art fairs, Octoberfest, just to name a few. In 2020, you can get your kicks on Historic Route 66 every weekend and most weekdays from June through December 31. Only a few of them have been canceled due to CVD – 19.

    The Route started in 1926, the year my parents were born, to create a road from an 1857 wagon trail. Some of it would not be paved until 1938. Before it was paved fights erupted between politicians over naming the road 66 rather than 60 or 62. Some things never change.

    Can you imagine the excitement when the road was finally completed? Publicity for the road started with a footrace schedule in 1928 from Los Angeles to New York. The $25,000 prize was more money than winning the lottery dream home is today. Runners got, even more, kicks when they met movie stars stationed along the way. Will Rogers got involved in the scheme integrally tying his name to the highway’s legend.

    Then the Dust Bowl forced hundreds of thousands onto the flat highway to escape their bad fortune in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas seek prosperity in California. History tells us the road was hard to travel. John Steinbeck’s penned his famous Grapes of Wrath novel blemishing Bakersfield and Visalia, CA so much that the book was banned for several years.

    Teenagers sat google-eyed two feet from the television drooling over Martin Milner and George Maharis as the two handsome guys in their classy Corvette got their kicks on Route 66.

    But your readers can learn all of this from Wikipedia and put flash fiction magic into a scene somewhere along the 2,488-mile road and at some time between 1926 and today. The historic highway has captured the imagination of many creative people, event planners, photographers, songwriters, authors, runners, restaurant lovers. No fountain of creativity springs out of my head onto the computer screen when I see a road sign. Nothing trickled through my synapses – except curiosity. And now, until I can no longer use my brain, I will know more about Route 66 because of a picture of a sign on your website and my blank, uncreative mind. So thank you for that suggestion that kept me reading and writing for over an hour, not approaching the 750-word mark. It may be the longest comment I have ever left in my life. I hope you and your readers enjoyed the fruits of my curiosity. And now we know the roots of Route 66.

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    1. Marsha, thank you so much for this comment. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this iconic location. I’ll include this on the entries blog post as a non-fiction comment. Again, thanks so much for participating.

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      1. It was 100% my pleasure. What is is like hosting challenges every week? Would you mind writing a short guest post for Always Write about what goes into that? I’m sure it takes a lot of time. You meet lots of great people. Do you have help reading all the entries. I imagine that takes quite a bit of time because they are not super short. Thanks for taking your time to do this. It was fun. 🙂

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      2. Thanks so much, Marsha. The challenge is still in its infancy at five weeks in. It’s time consuming but I’m enjoying it immensely. I love writing Flash-fiction as well and as a bonus it helps keep my muse active. I’m midway through writing my latest book and needed a break from the characters to gain new perspective. I’m learning more about creating and maintaining this type of challenge every week, and if you feel your readers would be interested I’d be delighted to contribute a guest post. Please email me at suzieb4burke@hotmail.com and let me know what you need for the guest post. Thanks for asking. 😊

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      3. I cut and pasted your email address and forwarded the email I sent you. The first one did not come back to me as undeliverable. Let me know if you don’t get it! 🙂

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  2. Sorry I’m late to the party, Soooz. It’s Thursday and I have one hour until deadline. Only Samantha of “Bewitched” could meet that. I can’t wait to read the entries tomorrow. Lucking forward to next time.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. I hope the next prompt inspires you! I’ll be posting the new image tomorrow. 😊 I loved ‘bewitched’ … I’ve tried wiggling my nose … (Not a good look) 🙄

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      1. This is the first time I’d seen it, but frankly, the first time I’ve tried fiction. I have done lots of photo challenges, but writing takes a lot more thought! Thanks again for hosting this. I’ll keep checking in.

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