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Challenge 234

Another White Night


  1. What elements in Ed Coet’s “David’s Angel” make the story almost literally a medieval morality play? For what audience might it be suitable today?

  2. Rewrite Bryce V. Giroux’ “Dead Simple” as flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) without sacrificing any of the characters.

  3. What is the likely outcome of Vince’s plan at the end of Ed Lynskey’s “The Nth Degree of Me”?

  4. Does Laurie’s age seem incongruous in E. S. Strout’s “Reflection”? If not, why not? If so, what age would you recommend for her?

  5. Couldn’t the galactic comet launchers in Kevin Ahearn’s “The White Life” have chosen another color than white? Why not a neutral color, like blue? Is there hidden cultural symbolism, or is the choice of color simply a play on words with “the Black Death”?

  6. Apparently Karlos Allen’s “The Swordsmith” is quite realistic: some high-powered on-line role players hire help to do their characters’ busy work (collect objects, explore territory, etc.). What is the difference in intent between Karlos Allen’s story and Bill Bowler’s “Zero Ping”?

  7. Can you find one or more themes common to Roberto Sanhueza’s “Another Night in Transylvania” and his “vampire” poems?

    A story must have an ending; otherwise it’s a vignette. An ending involves a “recognition,” which may be a realization or change on the part of one or more characters or the reader. What is the ending in “Another Night in Transylvania”?


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