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Fiction Monday – 43

Hello writers! Welcome to the forty-third edition of Fiction Monday.

Things are going from a worse to worst to a ‘worstest’ state in India. Many people I know are sick this time. It’s worrying to hear all this news and keep wondering what’s going to happen next.

I am not going to get into the blame games, that’s been happening at this time when people should be working together compassionately. I understand that denial is one of the stages of grief; but outright denial of the state your country is in, can only be seen as an act of dismissal, not any stage of grief.

Another term I am coming across these days on social media is ‘toxic positivity’. I feel that people just want to point fingers at others for everything. While I understand that staying positive in the current situation is extremely difficult, spreading negativity is worse. Also, each one of us deals with our problems differently. For some people, these positivity-filled messages help them. For some, such messages feel absurd. I feel both on different days. But what’s the point in writing negatively about positive messages? Of course, I agree positivity can’t be forced. When you are in pain, let those tears flow. I felt low last week and wrote about it on my blog. It helped me. Find what works for you, but try not to spread negativity. I like to believe that things will get better. But not if we are blaming each other or refuse to follow the safe practices. Not if we are rushing to go out and about and attend functions.

I am keeping the spark of hope that things will get better.

Stories From The Forty-second Edition

A Way Out by Sunita
A Strange Dream by Suzana
All That I’m Grateful For by Vinitha

Fiction Monday

The idea is simple – to write fiction. On Mondays, I will post the prompt here. There will be a word prompt and a picture prompt. You have one week to respond with a story. You can choose to include both the prompts in your story or just one prompt – the choice is yours.

The expected word count is between 50 and 500. From the nineteenth edition onwards I am offering something different for fiction Monday. You are also welcome to write your poetry and non-fiction reflections along with fictional pieces if it is your preferred area. The whole idea is to write. But we will continue to call this #FictionMonday because why not!

You have time till May 1st Saturday, 2021.

Don’t forget to add the link to your story in the comments below. I will share your creations here along with the prompts for the forty-fourth edition on Monday the 3rd of May.

Word Prompt– SERENE

Picture Prompt –

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*If you use the picture prompt, please give proper credit to the picture in your post.

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Fiction Monday

An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts( and Reflections..(

7 thoughts on “Fiction Monday – 43

  1. Like you rightly tell, pointing fingers won;t work and if there is need to cry, ;let the emotions flow. We are going through a rough patch and we shall let it pass by being safe and helping others lacking infrastructure in getting better. The images of death and lack of beds is breaking the heart.

    1. True, the current situation is heartbreaking. And it’s not just newspapers or social media bringing in these terrible news anymore. People we know are going through such heartbreaking situation. I hope that the dire state changes, but every day bring forward yet another terrible news.

  2. We are going through dark times and it is difficult not to get pulled down with all that is going on around. We all try to do our bit and though it is individually not enough, it is a trickle that becomes a stream . Though I agree blaming is time wasting, yet we need to hold people responsible and that also works only if we lend out voices to change, not if we keep quiet and let by gone be by gones.

    Here is my response to the the Fiction Monday 43 prompt as well.

    1. Absolutely agree with you, Sunita. We didn’t have to brave through the current dire state, had the people who were supposed to be planning for a prosperous future of the nation did that keeping their ambitions away for a second. But now they are interested in hushing up the reality. It’s all about the appearance, right? How you appear in front of the society, the world. etc. What does it matter if the inside of our house and mind stinks!
      As I told I bounce from a negative mood to positive and back and forth. Let’s hope for the best.
      Thank you for your response, Sunita. ?

  3. Absolutely, Vinitha! I am appalled by the government’s stance on the state of affairs, right now and the way human lives have suddenly become so cheap that even dying with dignity has become a privilege! How heartbreaking is that!!

  4. While I’ve been critical of this Government since the beginning, some of the blame must lie with people who’ve been so careless too. For now, I do share some anti-government messages, but also attempt to retweet requests for resources, if my little bit can help. I’m staying positive by focusing on my daily tasks and always being grateful for what we enjoy.

What do you think? Please share! :)

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