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Happy Independence Day America! AND Microfiction: Flybl Bugs You

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   23 Comments | Posted in Fourth of July · grandma · Independence Day · microfiction · Succinctly Urs

Happy Fourth of July!

Grandma’s Goulash graciously hosts Succinctly Urs, (the wonderful meme for those of us addicted to microfiction. The trick is to write a story in 140 characters or less using the photo below as inspiration. To add to the challenge is the word of the week, “expedient.”  My stories are below.

 Flybl – Alien Spy


Flybl, renowned alien spy, employs effective, expedient, surveillance techniques galaxy wide. “Ha! Earthlings!” He laughs. “So easy to bug.”  (140 characters)
Flybl Part Deux – The (Ex)Terminator
Despite complex alien espionage methods, Flybl’s demise is expedited by a flyswatter-wielding granny with sensible shoes and impeccable aim.  (140 characters)

Happy Fourth of July to my U.S. friends, happy Canada Day (July 1st) to our northern neighbors with whom we share this holiday weekend. To all — happy Monday! Here’s hoping the week brings wonderful happenings. 

See you Wednesday!

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23 Responses to "Happy Independence Day America! AND Microfiction: Flybl Bugs You"

  1. Comment by Arkansas Patti
    July 4, 2011 at 6:31 am  

    Got to love the (Ex)Terminator. Clever.Have a great 4th.

  2. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 4, 2011 at 6:40 am  

    You are so entertaining. You simply amaze me.

  3. Comment by tanyavalentine
    July 4, 2011 at 6:54 am  

    I would NEVER have come up with this. I love it. That's quite a back story for a fly, too. Happy 4th!!

  4. Comment by Akelamalu
    July 4, 2011 at 8:25 am  

    Grannys are lethal with a fly swatter! LOLHappy 4th!

  5. Comment by Jules
    July 4, 2011 at 9:07 am  

    LOL, I love both of the FlyBl entries, the Granny one is my favorite though. Happy 4th to you! 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 4, 2011 at 9:55 am  

    Hi Lisa, when I read the first one, I thought, man it is too easy to kill him. I laughed when you told us in the second one that is what happened and who did the dirty deed!Have a great 4th!Kathy

  7. Comment by Sylvia Ney
    July 4, 2011 at 10:08 am  

    Too cute! I enjoyed Flybl. Happy fourth!

  8. Comment by Tammy
    July 4, 2011 at 11:06 am  

    Loved both parts, as usual, but (Ex)Terminator!!! Love it!!! You have such talent. Love Granny and her sensible shoes, too. Happy Fourth!

  9. Comment by jabblog
    July 4, 2011 at 11:21 am  

    Both very good but Granny in her sensible shoes won it:-)

  10. Comment by Sioux
    July 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm  

    Both are winners, as usual. I still wonder how you manage to write not one but TWO each week. (Children: Can you spell "rentals"?)

  11. Comment by Pat
    July 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm  

    These are both SO clever and funny, Lisa…You crack me up. Not only did you use "expedient," you also did TWO of them in 140 characters. I think you get an A++ this week.

  12. Comment by Jim
    July 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm  

    Loving it, Lisa! 🙂 Part Deux has my vote by a fly's wisker! They are both excellent, and very funny!Happyy 4th!..

  13. Comment by Michael G-G
    July 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm  

    Your MMs are great. I love it when loads of more complex words are used in an MM!! Happy 4th to you and your family, Lisa.

  14. Comment by Sonia Lal
    July 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm  

    LOL Great take on it, especially since the two are related!

  15. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    July 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm  

    Oh dear – I hope this doesn't spark an interstellar conflict! We'd better get training the eight-legged ninjas!I loved the shape and flow of your pieces.:Dom

  16. Comment by Elaine
    July 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm  

    Two very clever ones! I liked them both. Were Grannie's sensible shoes key to her fly swatting technique? Maybe that's where I'm going wrong and missing the darned things when I swat them – my shoes are not sensible enough!

  17. Comment by BECKY
    July 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm  

    Hi Lisa! You are sooooo smart and unique and clever!! Happy 4th to you!!

  18. Comment by SJerZGirl
    July 5, 2011 at 2:14 am  

    SyFy Fly!!! Heck of a twist!!

  19. Comment by irishoma
    July 5, 2011 at 9:18 am  

    Hi Lisa,How do you do such a great job with these? Both stories are so clever!Donna v.

  20. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm  

    Hhahahaha! (I just use my flip flops, but I hear a swatter works well. 🙂

  21. Comment by Susan Fobes
    July 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm  

    Nothing beats a laugh, so thank you! Good takes as usual 🙂

  22. Comment by Karen Lange
    July 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm  

    Love these. You always do a great job. Hope your 4th was a good one. Have a great week! 🙂

  23. Comment by Sharkbytes (TM)
    July 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm  

    the highs and lows of being a fly-spy

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