Jul 302015

Hello, flash folk. Ready to write? Here are this week’s stimuli:

A catchphrase is a phrase or sentence, especially one associated with a famous person. Some catchphrases become the trademark of the person or character with whom they originated. According to Time magazine, the top ten movie catch phrases (Do you know them all? Answers at the bottom) are:

  1. “I’ll be back.”
  2. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  3. “The name’s Bond. James Bond.”
  4. “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'”
  5. “Houston, we have a problem.”
  6. “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
  7. “May the force be with you.”
  8. “Show me the money.”
  9. “If you build it, he will come.”
  10. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger (who shall henceforth be referred to as Arnie), utterer of “I’ll be back”, was born in Thal, Austria, sixty-eight years ago today. Arnie began weight training when he was fifteen years old, won the Mr. Universe title aged twenty and the Mr. Olympia title aged twenty-three. Arnie broke into acting with the 1982 movie, Conan the Barbarian. He has since appeared in many Hollywood action blockbusters including The Terminator, Commando, Predator, and Total Recall. In 2003 Arnie became the 38th Governor of California, a position he held for two terms. In 1977 Arnie admitted to using performance-enhancing anabolic steroids for muscle maintenance when ‘cutting-up’ for competition.

Let’s wish Arnie a very happy birthday with this week’s photo prompt:

Photo Credit: Michael Coghlan via CC.

Photo Credit: Michael Coghlan via CC.

The Judge

Judging this week’s contest is KM Zafari, winner of MB1.04, MB1.06 and MB1.40. Read her winning stories and what she has to say about flash fiction here.


A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with CATCH and ending with PHRASE and incorporating the photo prompt.


Anyone, but especially you!


Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘Who is the author?’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.


Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).




Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.

Anything else?

Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.

Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!

Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation, including hyphens and apostrophes, is allowed) will be eligible to win.

1. The Terminator; 2. Gone With the Wind; 3. James Bond; 4. Forrest Gump; 5. Apollo 13; 6. Casablanca; 7. Star Wars; 8. Jerry Maguire; 9. Field of Dreams; 10. The Godfather.