99 Word Flash

99 Word Flash: A New Dawn

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On June 15, 2017 (link here), Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted us thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that symbolically, mythically, mystically, or realistically involves dawn, as a noun or verb. Write about the dawn of time or the time of dawn, or the dawn of an idea. As always, go where the prompt leads.

Short-term and long-term goals peppered a vanity mirror in her bedroom. The very idea of vanity forced her swollen lips to slightly curl upward.

Hanging as suspended hopes in the swirling dried ink, she located the short-term square-reminder, dated April 22, 2017, plucked it from the mirror, and cupped it in her hands.

“Win pro MMA debut.”

A lost stare soon found direction when it dawned on her: flip the post-it over! On the back, a ‘break in case of emergency’ reminder revealed how to reset her winning mindset:

“Get back to the gym.”

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99 Word Flash: Finding Contentment In Being the Greatest of All Time

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On June 1, 2017 (link here), Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted us thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about feeling content. Explore what is contentment and any direction will do. Go where the prompt leads.

Here is what I came up with:

The champ awoke in a daze. After a ten-year reign, his eyes struggled to focus on the cage side physician’s finger wagging in front on his face; the taste of blood in his mouth had yet to register.

An eerie silence filled the arena, and whispers of ‘next steps’ for the most electrifying mixed martial artist of all-time resonated into a deafening energy.

As his cognitive faculties slowly returned, the realization, at the age of thirty-eight in a young man’s game, of contentment from an untouchable legacy would lick his warrior spirit’s wounds after walking away.

The Wild Jungle of the Cage: 99 Word Flash

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After a recent visit to Carrot Ranch on February 10, 2016, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted her visitors thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about wild spaces.

Here is what I came up with:

The Wild Jungle of the Cage

More often than not, visualizing wild spaces entails a landscape so vast it disappears into the horizon. The more acreage untouched by man, the more primitive.

Photo credit to Google Images

Although this truth may run the length of the African savanna or depth of the Atlantic Ocean, smaller spaces in MMA breed the most barbaric territory in all of sports.

Photo credit to @fightnomics

According to @fightnomics, a cage with less roaming room simultaneously limits the time of engagement and increases the finishing rate. A larger cage improves the optics from a broadcasting standpoint, but the data reveals a wider boundary may actually have a taming effect.

It Takes Two to Tango: 99 Word Flash

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After a recent visit to Carrot Ranch on November 18, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted her visitors thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write dance into your story.

Here is what I came up with:

It Takes Two to Tango

The music stops, a bell rings, and the dance begins.

Corners rhythmically count: ones, twos, threes, and fours (sometimes in combination). MMA sets the bouncing ball in motion for all to sing along to, though mixed martial artists take the lead by mastering the basics: Read the rest of this entry »

Home Is Where the Cage Is: 99 Word Flash

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After a visit to Carrot Ranch on November 11, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted her visitors thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a place of comfort that is a refuge.

Here is what I came up with:

Home Is Where the Cage Is

Odd as it may seem, my place of comfort stares through the fencing of an MMA cage-any shape, any size.

Photo credit to Google Images

Everything outside of the steel walls drops to a hum at the sound of the bell, muffled by a collision course set by the world’s most extreme athletes.

Photo credit to forum.bodybuilding.com

Like Pavlov’s dog, I slobber at the sight of fancy footwork, crushing power, slick submissions, or valiant efforts.

Photo credit to Google Images

Space and time dangle in five-minute segments. Each second of 300 is baited in the breath of unknown anticipation.

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Will I exhale in sighs or disbelief? A solace washes over me either way.

Mask the Movie: 99 Word Flash

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On October 21, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted us thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a final resting place.

Here is what I came up with:

Mask: Passion that Rises From the Ashes

When locked in a cage opposite your dreams, you can survive any fight-long after you’re laid to rest.

The documentary entitled Mask unearthed Charles “Mask” Lewis (1963-2009), immortalizing his message over the course of eighty-three minutes.

Photo credit to Bobby Razak

As the face behind MMA’s leading apparel at its founding (1997), “Mask,” along with “Punkass” (Dan Caldwell) and “Skyskrape” (Timothy Katz), brandished a logo synonymous with mixed martial arts. Deeper than any stitches embroidering the iconic symmetrical symbol, Lewis arduously pressed to credit his message rather than his pocketbooks: potential above performance.

Photo credit to Tapout

Using MMA as a medium, Lewis’ passion infinitely integrates all lifeforms.

A New Credential: 99 Word Flash

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On September 30, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted us thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about returning home.

Here is what I came up with:

A New Credential

With summer’s recent springing, I applied for a new credential: MMA media.

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The media pass I was issued.

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