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A million times more powerful

Today’s Oneword: Geometric

More postcards from the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack UniverseThe shape always baffled her. Cut yet pure, the edges both precise yet so organic they only could have happened over millions of years. The light shone through the blue-green stone, and geometric patterns twinkled on her hand.

“Do you know what it is?” she asked.

He smiled. “Imagine compressing the sun into something so small you could hold it in your hand.” He closed her fingers around the stone. “This is a million times more powerful.”

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily postcard into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

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I’ll have a typhoon

Today’s Oneword: TKWORD

More postcards from the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack Universe“I’ll have a typhoon,” she said.

He looked up from the glasses and bottles, and smiled.

“What could a woman like you possibly want with a drink like that?”

“It has nothing to do with the drink. It has everything to do with the effect.”

“You know you have to sign a waiver first, right?”

She smiled back. “You may want to sign one too.”

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily postcard into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

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It wasn’t a kitchen

Today’s Oneword: Typhoon

More 1-minute glimpses into the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack UniverseIt wasn’t a kitchen. It was the aftermath of a typhoon. Milk pooled on the floor from beneath the toppled fridge. The kettle was stuck on a blade of the ceiling fan. A slice of bread had broken the window.

She shook her head. “No more free kegs,” she said.

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily 1-minute glimpse into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

Want to know more? Leave a comment below or check out the stories.




After I bought everything he had

Today’s Oneword: Selling

More 1-minute glimpses into the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack UniverseI don’t normally buy much. There’s so much to buy, that I could wind up moneyless in a day. But when this bloke came around selling, well, I shouldn’t even tell you what he was selling. Not here, like this. But when he came around, and he showed me what he had, I had a reaction I never expected to have. After I bought everything he had, I paid him more—to show me where he got it all.

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily 1-minute glimpse into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

Want to know more? Leave a comment below or check out the stories.




The strangest thing has been the new television

Today’s Oneword: Television

More 1-minute glimpses into the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack UniverseThe strangest thing has been the new television. They were unheard of here until a couple of years ago, but now I see them more and more. The people seem listless now, instead of the vibrancy I saw on my first trip here. I don’t yet understand the allure of watching someone else’s life instead of living your own, but I can’t bear to let myself watch, a, a telly, for fear of getting just as sucked in, as if surrendering my life for the sake of being still.

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily 1-minute glimpse into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

Want to know more? Leave a comment below or check out the stories.




Once a village that was nearly destroyed

Today’s Oneword: Defended

More 1-minute glimpses into the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack UniverseThis city was once a village that was nearly destroyed. Long ago, it’s said. Something that could have ruined the world, all life as we know it, all life at all. The place was barely defended. But they fought it back. They must have, anyway, because we’re all here.

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily 1-minute glimpse into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

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As if they were suns themselves

Today’s Oneword: Irreverent

More 1-minute glimpses into the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack UniverseThe temples shine in the sun as if they were suns themselves. Though the rest of the place is dirty, and smells like an outhouse that hasn’t been mucked out in centuries. Which in some ways it is. I don’t mean to sound irreverent, this city is everything I thought it would be and more. It’s just that I didn’t come here with my eyes shining. I guess I just get to see that it isn’t all beautiful. The misery here is as thick as the shite. Makes me wonder why it’s only the temples that get to shine.

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily 1-minute glimpse into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

Want to know more? Leave a comment below or check out the stories.




My dad and I built a sandcastle

Today’s Oneword: Sandcastle

More 1-minute glimpses into the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack Universe“When was the last time you were at the beach?” he said.

“I was nine,” she replied. “My dad and I built a sandcastle.”

“You haven’t been back to the beach in twenty-five years?”

She shook her head. “After the sandcastle, he had a heart attack and fell on it. He died. I can’t stand beaches now.”

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily 1-minute glimpse into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

Want to know more? Leave a comment below or check out the stories.




They’re not employees, they’re disciples

Today’s Oneword: Disciple

More 1-minute glimpses into the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack Universe“My employees are devoted,” he said.

She stared down from the high windows, so far above the streets of London. The people stood so still, staring up, waiting, hoping. Waiting for him.

“They’re not employees, they’re disciples,” she said.

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily 1-minute glimpse into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

Want to know more? Leave a comment below or check out the stories.




The smoke alarm rang

Today’s Oneword: Toaster

More 1-minute glimpses into the urban fantasy stories of the Rucksack UniverseShe flung the blackened squares into the trash and twiddled the dial of the toaster. “Surely one will do it,” she said. “It’ll barely toast.” She popped two slices of bread and the rest of her hope into the slots.

The nutty, warm scent of toasting bread filled her nose. Then it transformed into black, acrid burning. The smoke alarm rang.

This time, she threw the toaster in the trash too.

What are these things?

The Oneword website is a writing exercise where you have 60 seconds to write something based on one word, which changes each day. I use it to explore ideas and give you a daily 1-minute glimpse into the Rucksack Universe of travel fiction stories.

Want to know more? Leave a comment below or check out the stories.




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Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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