Hot Flash!

The ancient adding machine sounded like it was chewing the paper. She mashed the buttons desperately. The second it was quiet, she ripped the tape. She compulsively folded it into eighths and ran.

She put it in the shoebox with the money. She finally had enough to stock the kitchen.

Welcome to “Flash in the Pan”


December has arrived, and with it the newest Hot Flash word: stock. This entry comes in on the nose at 50 words. When you take this one, you may use it as a verb or a noun, but you have to stay at 50 words or below.

We are in the final stretch. Just four short weeks before these flash words are gone. If you are new to the Flash in the Pan, stop by the page to get the whys and wherefores. We are heading into the new year with a huge number of flashes. Catch up, get ahead, but do not miss the deadline of December 31, 2012, at 2359 EDT (GMT -4).

No more entries will be accepted from new writers after that date. If you have not been by the page recently, you will be surprised how much it has grown!

Happy Flashing!


Have you ever been on pins and needles to see if you had saved enough to get something? What was the first thing you remember saving money to buy? Are you saving money for something right now? What is the best surprise for someone else you saved to get?

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  1. I’m saving money right now. I have the feeling it’d go faster if things would stop breaking in the meantime. I mean I set a small goal of a $1500 and it’s for something important. I don’t get why everything won’t cooperate, it could be because I want it so badly…
    Laurie recently posted..Saturday’s PlansMy Profile

    • Often how much we want something is a direct contributor to our patience in getting it. That is a reasonable goal, too.

      • I learned to pull diagnostic codes for the engine so I wouldn’t have to pay an obscene rate to have the car hooked up to a computer to get them. Then I got the kid’s dad to watch a video of how the part was replaced; and by acting like I was actually going to go out in the cold and get greasy to do it myself the male ego kicked in and I didn’t have to touch grease. Now I just have to find a video to show him where the hose is that’s likely causing the problem to continue, and get him to clean the carbon build up in the motor while he thinks it’s all his idea instead of just part of it….
        Laurie recently posted..Saturday’s PlansMy Profile

        • So your next book is going to be “How to Raise a Husband”?

        • At least he sounds willing and capable. That’s a BIG plus. Chris can do nearly anything with a computer, but when it comes to a broken dryer, forget it!

          • “How to Raise a Husband”- Yes, that’s going in the WIP folder.

            Oh RLB that reminds me I have to work on the dryer, and the computer for the kid. I’m going to hope I don’t make either of them worse.
            Laurie recently posted..Saturday’s PlansMy Profile

          • Best investment ever: How to Fix Appliances (Time-Life).

  2. Great FTP Red and I will definitely be calling by the entries page to see who has been offering these FTP’s ๐Ÿ™‚

    To be honest I wasn’t a fan of short flash fiction poems and stories but now, thanks to your encouragement I rather enjoy doing them ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a really nice rest of weekend Red ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Andro xxx

    • I knew you would. *grins* I know a thing or seven about this writing game and recognizing talent. Have a terrific weekend, Andro ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I know what your’re talking about and “sounded like it was chewing the paper” is perfect!
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    • I can remember my grandfather’s like he was sitting across the desk from me. Glad to see you tonight, Tess <3 xxx

  4. I remember that sound so well. Wonderfully done.
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  5. I’d love to do this, but I’ve got a lot going on right now so I can’t really spare the time. I hope you do more things like this often!
    Sage Doyle recently posted..โ€œThe Journal of Wall Grimmโ€ 39 The Night at Peteโ€™s, & DoloresMy Profile

    • This is the second FTP book, Sage. You are more than welcome to join in when the moment is good for you. If you have not read the details, check it out. This is a simple one.

  6. Another Hot Flash????
    I am so left behind ๐Ÿ™
    Been busy with school stuffs.

    That’s a very daily activity story and I quite like it ๐Ÿ™‚
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