Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #7

Wouldn’t you know it. The same week I host Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #7 over at Carrot Ranch, I move house. It was supposed to happen in July, but how else to keep up with my broken record/cliché fashion Summerhouse phrase, Better Late Than Never?

But more on that later, because today, I’m thrilled to reblog Murderous Musings: When Good Folk Turn Bad at the Rodeo.

Wicked wranglings of the heart?  Great. You’ve got until 11.59 EST 31 October to write a 109 word flash fiction weaving a murderous vibe through an everyday setting.  A shock twist wins bonus points. As always it’s free entry with a cash prize. Read on for all devious and dastardly contest details.

Huge thanks to Hugh Roberts and Charli Mills for holding down the fort in my absence (this in haste).  And huge apologies to D Avery for dropping the ball and not re–blogging her Bucking Bull Go-Round Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #6, but there’s still time to enter if you gallop over today: https://carrotranch.com/2017/10/24/flash-fiction-rodeo-6/

Judges Hugh, Mike and I can’t wait to read your murderous musings and really hope you’ll join us. And look out for the final Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #8 live next Tuesday with Charli Mills’ ‘The Ultimate Flash Fiction’.

Have fun everyone, see you soon and remember, watch your back for this one: you never know who might be lurking in the shadows at the Rodeo…

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Murderous Musings:

When Good Folk Turn Bad At The Rodeo

By Sherri Matthews

Saddle up, tighten your reins and pull on your riding boots. And while you’re about it, watch your back, because wicked wranglings are afoot at the Rodeo. Western or English? Doesn’t matter. Thrown off a few times? Never mind. Devious, deadly or just plain dangerous, it’s time for some murderous musings.

Long fascinated with the dark side of the human heart, I read a lot of True Crime. Not for the gory details, neither for the whodunit: I want to understand the why.

As a memoir writer, I need to explore the true motives driving the story. I wonder how many of us ask ourselves, if truly honest, what might we be capable of if pushed too far? What would be our not so perfect storm?

But it never occurred to me that I could explore this…

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About Sherri Matthews

Sherri is a writer with work published in print magazines, anthologies and online. As a young British mum of three, she emigrated to California and stayed for twenty years. Today she lives in England's West Country, a full-time carer within her family. Her current WIP after completing her memoir is a psychological thriller.
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18 Responses to Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #7

  1. Look at you now. No holding you xxxxx

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  2. Yay!! Finally moved!! Congrats, Sherri!!

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Moving and murder, all in one week! 🙂 You have incited many stories already, Sherri. I hope the move has gone well for you all! Big hugs!

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  4. Norah says:

    Yay! What a fun challenge, Sherri. I’ve already entered my story. I hope your moving goes well. It’s been a long time coming. 🙂

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    • Got your entry, thank you so much for entering Norah and for all your support along the way. So glad you had fun with the challenge! I loved yours…wish I had entered now, had to creep in slowly with that old confidence…but yours was the first flash I’ve written in a long time and it felt so good :D.

      Ha…yes, a long time coming indeed…and it’s great to be back in the saddle! 🙂 ❤

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      • Norah says:

        It was a fun challenge, Sherri. My story didn’t end up quite the way I thought it might when I set out to write it. Funny how those word limitations send us to places we hadn’t previously imagined. I wish you had entered my contest, but your challenge was a delightful read anyway. 🙂
        It’s great to be riding alongside again. Giddy-up! 🙂

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        • I love how flash fiction does that. So many times my story ends up completely differently to the one I had planned. I never thought that possible! I know…I wish I had, I regret it now. But I loved that I had the opportunity to get back to flash with your wonderful challenge! Giddy-up indeed! 😀 ❤

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