#BlogBattle: Dusk

This prompt should get some peoples’ creative juices flowing!



March 2019 Blog Battle

Our word this month is:


You can start writing at any time, but make sure you post your story by the 30th of the month to have your story shared here and on social media.

Once you’ve posted your story to your blog, put a link to it in the comments section, and we’ll add your story to the Battle Stories Line-up post.

Make sure to check back and read some of the stories of your fellow battlers. Leave comments to encourage these writers, and share each other’s stories!

Basic Rules:

The Prompt Word will be given the First Tuesday of Every Month.

Post your story by the 30th of the Same Month.


  1. 1000 words max (give or take a few)
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. Any genre that fits within PG-13 (or less) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!

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37 thoughts on “#BlogBattle: Dusk

  1. George F.

    I will be fun to read these stories…chances are, I won’t participate, but I’ll follow the bouncing ball. Also, I’m up to speed on all 32 of your other posts…AI, Clones, Assassins…your story has it all!

    1. Phil Huston

      You two are a match made in heaven! Her excuse is the French propensity to use fiction as a podium. Either of you would be millionaires in the pay per word days of Dickens where a conversation with the grocery checker was a good two pages, single spaced. Did you ever read serialized comic strips like Judge Prker or Apartment 3G or Prince Valiant?

      1. Phil Huston

        Books and strips are different worlds. Valiant was a weekend delight in color. I first saw it throwing the alternative paper to the one my father read in 1967/8. I Googled and it’s been running continuously since 1937! Like the Hardy Boys franchise. So far over 4000 episodes. There’s your target. I had no idea it had been around so long, or thumps the record for one continuous story. Go fish. I saw all the good bands but wasn’t old enough for Woodstock until it was a date movie.

      2. George F.

        Challenge to us both? Can you read? I’ve already stated I’m not interested…and there’s no need for you to route comments through Anony Mole to reach me. As if I’m going to spend $5.00 to enter a fiction writing contest for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card. Don’t make me laugh…unless you were just promoting the site for a friend…

    2. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you for reading the Manifesto, George, though it’s truly slow slogging the last few posts. Things are about the take a turn… I think one more “splainin” one to go. The problem with introducing new ideas is… they need elaborating. I couldn’t figure out how to get around that so I followed the trends in my favourite fantasy and sci-fi authors: explain, even if it makes hardly anymore sense after than before, then it’s done. Again, thank you!

      1. rawgod

        Have you ever read “Midnight at the Well of Souls” by Jack L. Chalkers? It is one of the best novels I have read for explaining nothing, but using the story to tell the reader everything he/she needs to know. Originally written as a stand-alone novel his publisher convinced him to turn the story in a series, much to my disappointment. As a stand-alone novel it was a standout. As an introductory novel to a series it got washed out, and weakened–my viewpoint. I have not read it for many years now, but it was my goto novel for years on how to write a convincing story.
        I probably idealize it, like I do “Black Consciousness in South Africa” (Stephen Biko) as the best non-fiction book I have ever read, but those are my choices. Unfortunately, I love explaining…

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Sad to say, Midnight at the Well of Souls is another I’ve completely missed, never even heard of it. Without explanations much of hard sci-fi writing would make no sense to the average reader, so explanations (real of fictitious) there must be. The writer has to decide how much explanation there needs to be for the flow of the story to make sense. It’s different with historical fiction as it can be assumed most readers will have a smattering of historical knowledge and chronology and be able to place the story in their minds as they follow the action. I don’t like spending time explaining but I feel it is necessary. I trust the reader to decide whether to read it, or skip it. When reading hard sci-fi I skip a lot of explanations but note where they are so I can refer to them later if necessary. It often is!

      3. rawgod

        That is why I think Chalker’s book is so great, he pretends everyone will know the new ideas he is coming up with, and just keeps on telling the story. Soon you do know what is going on, without noticing he has explained things within the actions of the story. No long narrations. To me it is ingenious.

      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        I suppose I’d have to read the book to relate. I’ll check with our local “Bookman” store, see if they have it in stock; I’m intrigued now… you better not be ruining my writing life… hehehehehehe!

  2. Phil Huston

    Never apologize for run on dialogue. ALWAYS apologize for pirate patois 😉

    I would challenge you to write to task. If you will, I will! Dusk – Sounds like some jangly Americana madolin and uke band with a chick singer who wears long skirts made out of Pier One tapestries and boots. Prairie meets Stevie Nicks. That’s your prompt.

      1. George F.

        Besides, everyone fking knows the word “Dusk” implies stories of Vampires rising from the dead until Dawn. Nothing to do with singers. Sheeeeshh.

      2. Phil Huston

        Only people with limited imaginations. I wrote a piece (music) one time based on fireflies at dusk in f*cking Pennsylvania. Romance, ferris wheels, flat tires on tour buses. I worte another one about dusk in the desert, which can get a little Castaneda, when a VW van died and the drummer hitched in to Grant’s to rent a truck. I watched the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse light up at dusk from miles away sitting on a cliff in Mendocino. Somewhat Artistotelean to go all Dusk = Vampires. Where’s your Hallmark Moment side?

      3. Sha'Tara Post author

        Tsk, tsk, Phil. Your refusal to use the throw away adverb “actually” means I will be forced to use a minimum of ten extra throw away adverbs in my next story. These adverbs need to be used, as was intended by the Grammar Creator. They have rights! They have panache to claim such rights and they still intend to take over the language, to make themselves more important than the verbs they are no longer content to simply modify… 🙂

      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        Just keep on watching Fox news, those protests are inevitable… The Adverbials are about to take to the streets in the millions…

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you Kaivalya! At the very least your story won’t have any trouble sliding in under the 1000 word limit!!! 🙂 If however you do have a “Dusk” story, just post it on your own blog and put the link to it at the original Blog Battle post website. Thanks, and good luck.

      1. George F.

        I’ve also come down with a severe case of Entropy, followed by a mild attack of the “coulda, woulda, shoulda’s.” Any known cure?

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        When that happens I use the Garfield defense: I may as well exercise, I hate myself and everything else anyway… Then it’s chin up bars, deep knee bends, push ups, back bends and often followed by at least 1 km run in the park (which incidentally or not I just completed!) Did my hedge trim, yard clean, coffee and the sun is happy behind very thin clouds. It works!!!

      3. George F.

        Will do. “I hate myself and everything else anyway…” Seriously? Anyway, now I’d like to see your work-out photo…and yes, exercise usually does the trick. Time to hit the weights…

      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        Seriously? Yes, sometimes I really, really hate myself after thinking, saying or doing something I consider stupid and when I know better. I absolutely hate having my picture taken, always have, don’t know why. The only picture I have to tolerate is the one on my driver’s license and that’s enough to scare the hell out of anyone! Weights? Yes, that would give someone the time to think things over. Hope you have fun and didn’t overdo it… 🙂

      5. George F.

        Is that why you write? To make yourself feel better? Dracul admits to being depressed and states that’s why he writes his stories. Just curious…won’t ask for photo any more…I can’t overdo the weights, it’s a self-fulfilling endorphin loop…the more I lift…the more endorphins released…until I collapse…

      6. Sha'Tara Post author

        Thanks for the questions, George. When one becomes aware of the real conditions on this world, if one is compassionate, empathetic, caring or questioning there opens up a black hole that can pitch anyone into massive depression. This is getting much worse as technology replaces natural life, and kills off natural life. I exercise (cycling, running, walking) to communicate with my aging body, thus keeping it in an “unnatural” state of good health (comparatively speaking) yet knowing that one morning I’ll turn the key and the engine won’t turn over and I’ll remember I took the battery out for the last time the night before! I write to communicate ideas with others predisposed to share same or who want to learn about alternative ways to experience and express their own life. I know, a fly speck on the Empire State building, but I know about the noosphere… that thing you use in your novel that transmits thoughts to people who suddenly become aware of an idea or command and don’t know why.

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