May 282015

Welcome back! Previously on Micro Bookends

A soap opera is a radio or television serial drama depicting the interconnected lives of multiple characters often in a sentimental or melodramatic way. The first series considered to be a soap opera was Painted Dreams, which debuted on Chicago radio station WGN in 1930. Soap operas were traditionally broadcast during weekday daytime slots, making them particularly popular with housewives. The name soap opera comes from the detergent commercials broadcast during the shows, and the melodramatic story lines. One of the most popular soap operas in the UK is the Australian import, Neighbours.

Kylie Minogue, who celebrates her 47th birthday today, helped Neighbours achieve viewing figures of 20 million in the UK when her character Charlene Mitchell, married Scott Robinson, played by Jason Donovan. Since her soap-opera days Kylie has gone on to become the Princess of Pop, selling over 70 million singles worldwide, and receiving an OBE in 2008 for services to music. But Kylie hasn’t forgotten her acting roots, taking on some minor roles such as the Absinthe Fairy in Moulin Rouge! In 2005 she successfully underwent treatment for breast cancer and has since become a sponsor and ambassador for the cause.

Join me in wishing Kylie a very happy birthday with this week’s photo prompt:

Photo Credit: gfpeck via CC.

Photo Credit: gfpeck via CC.

The Judge

Judging this week’s contest is Marie McKay, winner of MB1.07, MB1.25MB1.26 and MB1.32! Read her winning stories, and what she has to say about flash fiction here.


A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with SOAP and ending with OPERA 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 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:




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 is allowed) will be eligible to win.