Flash Fiction: Weather Wizard

This was written for Carrot Ranch’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week’s challenge is to write to a prompt in exactly 99 words. This week’s prompt is “buried in the snow.” There was also a technological and technology gone wrong aspect to Charli’s post, which inspired a sci-fi element to my thought process. There’s also some inspiration from conversations with Cubby and Sascha. Let us see where it goes. Shall we?

Weather Wizard

“Why don’t you go play outside? It’s a beautiful day.”

“Outside is so boring. None of the other kids have to play outside.”

“You could take your pangolin for a walk.”

“Can we go outside the dome?”


“Aaagagghag! I want to see the real world.”

“Until the Environmental Resurgence Agency makes the air outside the dome breathable again, this is the real world”


With a “Hmph,” Jonny stomped out of the house with Hector in tow.

That was the day the Weather Wizard malfunctioned and dropped 12 feet of snow on us in a matter of minutes.


Yes, obviously the pangolin is cloned. They’re already endangered. I don’t think they would survive a fracking catastrophic environmental disaster, the likes of which we’re trying to implement as soon as possible. “Here, have some coal. I eat it for breakfast.”

What else would one name a cloned pangolin but Hector? Atreides? Yes, there is an Iliad/Dune link. I just got a little Abed on you.

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  1. Charli’s story and prompt made me think of a dome too, or a snow globe. I mentioned oobleck, the green goo that fell from the sky when the cantankerous king was bored with the usual precipitation. Too bad when snow is day in and day out but also too bad when it is a rare occurrence. I hope Jonny enjoyed the snow day under the dome.

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  2. I’m tempted to count all the words because you crammed so much into 99 words… okay, it really is 99 words and 535 characters (thank you wordcounter.net). It’s impressive what you can do with the flash fiction challenges! Very entertaining read. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Where’s the trust? I type these in my Grammarly editor. It gives me a word count and checks for errors.

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m kind of amazed too. I’m usually a very wordy writer. I think these challenges are good for me.

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      1. I trust wordcounter. I don’t even trust my own counting. And if I recall correctly, you did say something about not being able to count past 3…

        These challenges are definitely great exercises for writers who tend to run on the lengthier side.

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      2. Technically. I live in Reno. I’m at 5,000 feet. My beard is more hipster douchebag than mountain man. I don’t know what it would be called, but I call it a shadow beard. It’s short, dark, sexy (I hope)…

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      3. I have recently discovered Facebook groups, and I think you should check some of them out. You can ask others there about advice regarding agents and queries, as well as asking them to read some of your script and give you feedback. The groups have names like, “Author and Writers Helping Each Other,” “Writers Helping Writers,” and “Writer’s Support Group.”

        There is a wealth of information out there, and if you ask people politely, there are people who would be willing to help!

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      4. Yes’m. I’m not much of a Facebooker, but I’ll into them.

        Is that where you’ve been? Facebook? Yuck! I use to have a cat who inexplicably disappear for days. I wonder if she was visiting Facebook. That joke makes no sense.

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      5. Lol. I’ve never used Facebook until this year (after I made a Facebook page for Chinchilla Books), and I was surprised to find how many wonderful resources there are for writers on Facebook. I think you would definitely benefit from joining these groups to ask about queries, agents, and feedback.

        And days have literally flown by without me even realizing it. It’s a little scary.

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      6. I’ll have to like that page. Tell me if you notice.

        I like that one of the pages you found is a writer’s support group, like writing’s an addiction or horrible illness.

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      7. Lol reminds me of one post I saw in one of the groups that showed Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over of the Cuckoo’s Nest sitting with other mental patients. The captioning was “When you and your friends are all writers.”

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