@VSS365 is on Twitter. VSS means Very Short Story. 365 represents every day of the year.
Every day a new prompt word is tweeted. You have to tweet a story, poem or acrostic of no more than 280 characters based upon that day’s prompt word. Stories etc must be short enough to fit in a single tweet but big enough to make you laugh or cry or scream. Other than that there don’t seem to be any rules. Include #vss365 and #(whatever the prompt word is that day) with your tweet. No prizes – just for fun but it gets your mind working. Try it on days when you feel like it, just when you want to.
Some of my efforts are below:
18 Jan 2019
#Lean times ahead as Anglesey’s Wylfa nuclear power plant project is cancelled meaning …
Less Employment Around North-Wales
Less Energy Available Nationally.
17 Jan 2019
Endless Brexit #spread into 3rd year:
Speaker Publicly Rebuked Ejecting Amendment Delays.
Split Parties Reject EU Agreed Deal.
Sad PM Resists Eviction Attempt Diversion.
Significant Progress Reported , Extending Another Deadline.
Second Public Referendum Expects Alternative Decision
Simple Progress Requested Ending All Discussions.
16 Jan 2019
Magical creatures roam my local woods. So do irresponsible dog owners. So, was it a fall or a #push? Either way it’s a Pretty Ugly Situation Here. I’m sorry if it upsets you… it upsets me too.
15 Jan 2019
When I was a kid the #grass in the park was the
Green Recreation Area’s Sporting Surface.
Then I aged and complained about the gangs taking it over and I became the #grass in the park, the
Guy Ratting About Substance Sales.
14 Jan 2019
Extract from early script.
Engineer (Scottish accent):
“Warp #drive is essential for powering Enterprise, Captain.
13 Jan 2019
Life will make you a writer, not privilege. Private schools cost a fortune and don’t necessarily #teach you any better. If you work hard you can obtain a
12 Jan 2019
11 Jan 2019
Unused intro for memoir: It was the decade when it all came together – fashion, music, art. David Bailey set it off by capturing Jean Shrimpton’s #pose with
Read 60s teen-angst in ‘Not Fade Away’ at ‘Not Fade Away’
10 Jan 2019
Christ Hosts Evening Feast
but who was the #chef that cooked the most famous meal in history? Read ‘Who cooked the Last Supper?’ by Rosalind Miles for an interesting feminist answer.
9 Jan 2019
Crisis As Kitchen Explodes
Another attack on MPs as a terrorist #cake bomb detonates in an oven in Westminster. Parliament suspended for 6 months whilst Transport Secretary organises a mobile canteen. Suspect is now doing porridge.
I did think of adding … Police follow trail of crumbs before
C.I.D. Arrest Kipling Employee
but that might have been in poor taste.
8 Jan 2019
That TV drama showed our #slide out of Europe after a
Sad Lesson In Dubious Economics.
Simply Let Ignorance Determine Exit?
We need a 2nd referendum to
Satisfactorily Let Informed Debate Emerge
Seriously Look Into Democratic Excesses.
7 Jan 2019
Alone. Cornfield. Dusk
Scarecrow Twists Round And Watches
Sensing Trouble Right AWay
She Throws Rope And Wraps
Strawman Tied, Ranting And Writhing
She Torches Ricks Almost Wantonly,
Slowly Turning Round And Walking
She’s Taken Revenge… And Willingly
6 Jan 2019
Would the handsome Prince have left Sleeping Beauty to #sleep if he had found her …
5 Jan 2019
1588. Armada wrecked in storms as it tried to #swing around the top of Ireland to head for home. 6000 perished.
“For 3 days we rode out the storms until finally we were driven onto the rocks.”
4 Jan 2019
What were Anne Boleyn’s last thoughts as she waited on her #knees with her neck on the block.
“Anne, look this way,” was just a distraction.
3 Jan 2019
Incredible but true. The PoW Committee invite suggestions for a break-out from the #cage that is Colditz. “I say, old boy, have you…
2 Jan 2019
Newsflash: After Elizabeth II’s abdication, some guests at Charles III’s coronation banquet refuse to #drink to his health:
1 Jan 2019
In the UK Universal Credit is not working properly. Some people still cannot afford to #eat whilst we
Eat is part of fEAsT so perhaps on this 1st of January we should resolve to
Dec 31 2018
You meet a good-looking stranger’s eye on the tube. There’s an immediate attraction. Could it be a new #beginning? You’ve got to act fast before the next stop.
Dec 30 2018
In ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ Wilde’s main character finds a way to #indulge himself whereby …
Dec 29 2018
When your work is eventually published it’s proof that you’ve been able to #master the skill of writing. It’s a…
Dec 28 2018
Hastings asks Poirot. “How could the Police #misplace such evidence – an almost full bottle of poisoned wine?
into thin air. “
Dec 27 2018
Nobody answers the door #knocker. The 24 hour locksmith also has failed. In desperation the Prince sends her a text …
More likely today:
Kys not opng cstl . KP extndg Rpnzl.
Dec 26 2018
In a discarded early draft of “A Christmas Carol”, Dickens observed of the #mistletoe custom that ‘Ladies pecked cautiously whilst men indulged themselves,
Dec 25 2018
Like Thomas Hardy, he hoped one day to become a #Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature so that he could
Dec 24 2018
It’s Christmas Eve so #celebrate…
… A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Dec 23 2018
To help eradicate #ignorance the BBC World Service broadcasts in over 40 languages and answers the question…
Dec 22 2018
Camilla says rabbits #bombinate when happy. I had to look it up and I’ll take her word on it. None have communicated with me:
…even if happy.
Dec 21 2018
Despite many religious beliefs, it seems likely that there is no #life before conception nor after death. So
Dec 20 2018
Especially at Christmas, even the most miserable person must find something to #enjoy because
Dec 19 2018
Would you reply to this Lonely Hearts advert?
…to save him from a #solitary journey.
Dec 18 2018
If you think about a problem you will eventually see the #light;
Dec 17 2018
You cannot change the #past. It’s a
Dec 16 2018
It’s hard to be apart at Christmas but opening gifts raises #expectations of a festive time;
Dec 15 2018
In the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Geoff Hurst took the headlines but Martin Peters made it happen. Described as the #Ghost of ’66 he
Dec 14 2018
Poster for #inimitable film franchise:
Dec 14 2018
If you are #slow to learn a new subject then
Dec 12 2018
The further you get from the entrance the more you need to #illuminate the darkness…
Dec 11 2018
Massage brings #comfort to aching muscles using
Dec 10 2018
Wedding vows are a serious #promise but how many of us realise that it’s meant to be for life when…
Dec 9 2018
In 1962 Mandela’s anti-apartheid activities were #fettered when he was given life imprisonment on Robben Island.
Dec 8 2018
Dec 7 2018
The discovery of the Higgs Boson particle at CERN was a #particular triumph for science.
Dec 6 2018
Frozen snow can be dangerous. Scientists have solved the problem of retaining the #crispness on pathways with a spray containing a…
Dec 5 2018
You can have a murder investigation without a body but not without a policeman. When I went to the police station to report a crime there was…
Dec 4 2018
When he was well enough to travel my father collected and labelled a pebble from each foreign location that he visited as a #memento. They provide…
Dec 3 2018
Morning roll call at the Precinct. Kevlar Body Armour may be # impenetrable because it’s an…
… but it’s not foolproof so remember, be careful out there.
Dec 2 2018
If you are #longing for a big win on the Lottery then …
Dreaded words for those #longing to continue drinking …
Dec 1 2018
No-one wants to wake up #dead, but in the morning we forget those dreams:
Death Enters After Darkness,
Disturbing Every Adults’ Dreams.
Dawn Embraces Advancing Daylight,
Dreams Eroding, Amnesia Deems.
Nov 30 2018
When a Fresh-Looking Youth meets a Fine-Looking Youngster sparks will #fly. But Foolish Lustful Yearning and a Fortune Looted Yesterday means l’m facing Fifty Lengthy Years walking a Federal Leisure Yard just For Loving You.
Nov 29 2018
The Sound of Music – Typical Recall After Performance
The Von Trapp family avoid a Nazi #trap:
Trapp Rejects Adolf’s Preaching,
Trapp Romantically Attracts Postulant,
Trapps Render Austrian Pop-songs,
Third Reich After Papa,
Trapps Reach Alpine Pass.
Nov 28 2018
In Dickens’s novel, Mr Pickwick visited many a #tavern. To get to each involved…
Nov 27 2018
Waterboarding involves a #tap when you #tap for information.
Theory And Practice:
Take A Prisoner,
Transported Abroad Preferably.
Try Asking Politely,
Testing And Probing,
Then Add (hose)Pipe
Tormenting And Persecuting,
Totally Applying Pain
Told All Pleadingly
but is it
Truthful And Pertinent
Tainted And Pointless?
… That’s A Problem
Nov 26 2018
Even the humblest location can be a #sanctuary. Picture the scene. The start of the greatest story ever told …
… the rest is history.
Nov 25 2018
A #rope is really useful for
Nov 24 2018
1620. The #Pilgrim Fathers sail to America from Plymouth, England in the Mayflower to avoid religious persecution. Headline in Devonshire Chronicle:
Nov 23 2018
Sent to the #pen. Execution. Assumed dead. Body placed in tomb.
That was the #penultimate sentence. Recaptured. Sentence reimposed.
Nov 22 2018
Advert: Using the #Peerless Detective Agency means that you peer less and we observe for you;
Nov 21 2018
#Organic crops now have the Government’s seal of approval as
Can the music played to accompany hymn-singing be described as #organic? Whatever, it helps to …
Nov 20 2018
Like the Planet #Neptune, today’s acrostic is hard to see so I’ll try sudoku instead…
Nov 19 2018
Even now the Beatles (1963) song #Misery still gets to me because it …
Nov 18 2018
In fiction a # lion will give you a
Lasting Impression Of Narnia
Lewis’s Incredibly Optimistic Narrative
but in real life unless
Locked Inside Official Nature-reserve
it’s better to have
Little Involvement Or None.
Nov 17 2018
Thought for the day: To take away someone’s #liberty could be described as being ‘a bit of a liberty’ … but true liberty is not taken or granted by others, true …
Nov 16 2018
A #hole can be dangerous if not filled:
If she turns you down it can leave a #hole in your heart as
But you can always love again if you
Nov 15 2018
The #hatch covers the …
...where the eggs hatch.
If the chickens #hatch an escape plot is it …
Continuing the story … After escaping through the #hatch and creating havoc…
Nov 14 2018
The Moon is a #globe:
Nov 13 2018
(Series of linked tweets)
In American football it helps to be #fleet of foot.
I’m developing a theme – the American Dream:
Fast Linebacker Evades Every Tackle;
Fast Linebacker Executes Every Touchdown;
Fast Linebacker Easily Earns Trillions;
Fast Linebacker Enjoys Election Triumph;
Fast Linebacker Eventually Evicts Trump.
Continuing the American Dream as President our #fleet-footed
Fast Linebacker Exceeds Expectations Totally:
Fast Linebacker Ensures Economic Turnaround,
Fast Linebacker Eliminates Equality Tribalism,
Fast Linebacker Enforces Energy Treaties,
Fast Linebacker Eradicates Enemy Targets,
Fast Linebacker Ends Education Tragedies,
Fast Linebacker Expands Emergency Treatment
Fast Linebacker Earns Earth’s Thanks
… And we all live happily ever after.
Nov 12 2018
Captain James Cook. (1728 – 1779), sailing in HMS Endeavour showed great #endeavour to discover Australia and New Zealand.
Nov 11 2018
Luke 4:23 Physician heal thyself. When all else fails set up your own #dispensary.
Nov 10 2018
Profound thought for the day.
Life can be either side of the #crystal:
Chasing Rainbows Yesterday; Sadly Tomorrow Arrowed Light
Nov 9 2018
When Elizabeth II dies the #crown can only pass to her eldest son.
Nov 8 2018
Applying #craft, candidates on the US TV programme reverse the outcome…
Recently a #craft was pulled backwards off a sandbank at Portsmouth
To disguise his intentions Noah’s #craft was …
Nov 7 2018
Bikers’ #chapter chooses favourite film.
Having finished the last #chapter l’m …
Nov 6 2018
Dracula spends his daylight hours in the #cavern …
… under his #castle
Nov 5 2018
If a direct assault on a #castle appears risky then …
or …Writers, don’t fall back on that old Hollywood screenwriter’s trick:
Nov 4 2018
A #cascade of applause for Ian Mckellen at the end of King Lear:
Nov 3 2018
#calypso celebrations as the first West Indies astronaut reaches the International Space Station:
Nov 2 2018
Replace plastic with returnable glass #bottles
Nov 1 2018
Is that an #aurora I can see:
Oct 31 2018
Time-travellers should step through this #window
Oct 30 2018
Others may be trying to #obtain your valuables:
Oct 29 2018
If you really need to #nudge someone
Oct 28 2018
Moby Dick is a #sob story
Summary Of Book:
Sailing Off Boston
Seeking Out Blubber
Skipper Obviously Bonkers
Sperm-whale Obliterates Boat
Sailors Over Board
Survivor One Boatman
Oct 27 2018
The world combines to #denounce Russia
Oct 26 2018
The Democrats are hoping to be #restored to a majority in the up-coming mid-terms on Nov 6. This is the headline for the Washington Post:
Oct 25 2018
Trafalgar 21 October 1805
Went drinking with sailors last week. It’s #obvious that I didn’t intend this but …
… oh shit!
If it had been #obviously I would have added
for added impact and gender equality.
Oct 24 2018
#wallow in love because:
Oct 24 2018
Always take the opportunity to #wallow in luxury:
Worry (or Work)
Oct 23 2018
It’s very stressful being an #engineer:
Sensitivity alert: no alternative meanings should be attributed to the above engineering expressions 🙂
Oct 22 2018
When #hiccups start, try this cure: