Editor’s picks for the writing prompt#10: personal technology

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A blank white screen,
Stands staring at my face.

White letters,
Lay scattered on a black platter,
In front of my eyes,

Emotions unlock my mind,
And set my fingers on motion.

A new story is created,
And saved.

Computer —
A writer’s lifeline.

It’s an honour to announce the editor’s picks for GiaB’s fortnightly prompt #10: Personal Technology.

Texting by Lexus Ndiwe

Shall We Be Honest About Personal Technology Responsibility in Reducing Human Interactions by Myriam Ben Salem

Every fortnight, Victor Sarkin’s unique writing prompt arrives to extract the creative juices of amazing and talented GiaB writers. …

Editor’s picks for the GiaB prompt challenge #9: Marine Life

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The architects of
The magnificent castles
Of the sea — Corals

The majestic inhabitants of the ocean world are truly a source of inspiration for writers. The prompt #9: Marine Life had inspired some awesome creations from our wonderful GiaB writers.

It’s an honour to announce the editor’s picks for Victor’s fortnightly prompt #9: Marine Life. As always, it was not an easy job.

Here we go. The much awaited editor’s picks —

The Magnified Fishbowl by Daniel A. Teo

Fish, Sea, and Eternity by Rhonda Marrone

Ariel and Finding Nemo by Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh

Every fortnight, Victor Sarkin’s…

A poem

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Rising and falling
of waves —
Her breath

Hues of blue
kissed by the amber rays of sunlight—
Her smooth, glowing skin

and melodious breeze —
Her mesmerizing voice

marshmallow foams —
Her salty kisses

The unexplored depth —
Her dark secrets

Blackness at night —
Her soothing silence

Tsunami — 
Her unpredictable rage

All marine inhabitants —
Her priceless children

Ocean has life

Please save her.

Yes, if the oxidative stress that accelerates ageing mediated degeneration is kept in check

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Man is mortal
yet his quest for a long life
remains immortal
 — Chirag

We all age. Whether we like it or not, we will chronologically age by every passing second. Because time doesn’t freeze, but runs. We can’t stop it or even slow it down a bit.

However, time can only determine the man’s chronological age, not his biological age.

Chronological age vs Biological age

Chronological age is defined as the age of an individual, which can be measured from the time of birth to the given date or the time of death, in days, months, and years.

A simple detail like the date…



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We returned to our hotel room,
After a long journey,
I was exhausted, so was he.

The weather was cold,
He needed warmth.

He carried me in his bare brawny arms,
To the soft, comfy bed,
And gently lay me down.

He wasted no time to undress,
Keeping me watch,
He removed his tops, then his pants.

He then hurriedly unzipped me,
And removed his towel.

He rushed to the bathroom,
To take a hot shower.

Leaving me alone and open.

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You may wonder what it is an Advent Calendar for Writers?
Well! This is what they say in their website —

You know those Advent Calendars with delicious chocolate behind each window, counting down to Christmas? Well, it’s like that, only cooler. MUCH COOLER.

Indeed! It’s super cool, if you check in there and see what is in store.



For 14 consecutive days…

A micro-fiction horror series

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I Trapped

“I live in a cottage in the deep woods. Come over for dinner, but not before 9 pm sharp,” an invitation too difficult to resist for a thirty-three-year-old bachelor.

Evan’s old car bumped down the gravel, screeching to a halt.

He looked at his watch.

Twenty minutes to nine.

Too early.

He couldn’t wait to see his attractive hitch-hiker who he met only a few hours ago. His burning desires melted down his patience.

The cottage stood there, tall, lonely, dark, and quiet. Its door, wide-open, beckoned him in.

Evan stepped inside.

The door swelled, roared, and disappeared.


II The Dark Tunnel


Editor’s picks for the GiaB prompt challenge #8: Apparel

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I would rather wear a priceless soul,
Weaved with the threads of compassion,
Kindness and love,
Than an expensive apparel,
That would soon be worn out and gone.

It’s time to show lots of love and support for the much awaited and outstanding editor’s pick stories for our fortnightly GiaB prompt # 8: Apparel.

More than a Single Garment — A Relic of My Family’s History by Kim McKinney

No Trousers Dear or You’ll Be Fired by Caroline De Braganza

Wearing Only Myself by Kristie Darling

Murrelle’s Apparel D’Allure by Carolyn Hastings

Every fortnight, Victor Sarkin’s unique writing prompt arrives…


Thrifty Words Challenge #11: Late

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Karen’s feverish body radiated heat like the burning charcoal in the tannour. Her barking coughs threatened to rip out her throat into pieces. She inhaled in short, quick gasps, desperate to revive her collapsed air sacs.

Too late.

She welcomed the deadly virus, not wearing her mask.

Now. No escape.

Check out the original prompt here —


Thrifty-word prompt theme challenge #14: Fever

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She pricked my finger to feed on a drop of blood.

I killed her in a fit of rage.

Now I suffer from malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, filariasis, encephalitis, tularemia, dirofilariasis, Ross River fever, Barmah Forest fever, Zika fever, and Rift Valley fever.

Her grief-stricken family sought their revenge.

The original prompt link —


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