If you’re not familiar, there’s a writing prompt on Twitter for the writing community with the hashtag vss365. The “vss” stands for “very short story,” and the number is self-explanatory. Each month, a new Twitter user is tasked with posting a new word each day to prompt people. With the 280 characters available in a Tweet, a user has to come up with a story of some sort incorporating the posted word-of-the-day, although because you need to include the hashtag, the story itself is typically 273 characters (if you try to be exact, at least).
It also doesn’t necessarily have to be a story. Some play around with the form and structure by doing poetry or a haiku or whatever else.
For Oct. 18, the prompt word is “calyx.”
Here is my entry:
The neighbor girls called her Weedy Wendy because she liked dozing in the greenhouse, with legs dangling off of the hammock and a page dog-eared on the latest Nancy Drew mystery. This was her #calyx comfort — protection from the jeers, and the alcohol-stained air of home. #vss365
Eustace’s garden was full of the brightest, most vivid collection of flora the county had seen. Of course, it’s origin was the blood that seeped from the #calyx of each bloom,
as he fed only the finest cuts from his victims to each bud.
#vss365 18 October 2020 #prompt:#calyx