Quiction Prompt – Puss in Gravity Boots

Quiction is back! It’s time to work the cobwebs out of my typewriter and you’re all welcome to join in and put your ribbons through their paces.

Don’t have or use a typewriter? Neither do I. Use whatever you have on hand: word processor, three dozen sticky-notes, your hand, a stone tablet, snow and urine — who am I to judge? Confused by the “ribbon” reference?  Well, you see…nah, perhaps another time. Ask a parent/guarding or just the oldest person you can find. It’s like a cassette tape that you beat words out of. Hmm? Okay…ask the old person about those, too.

Anyway! If you’re unfamiliar with quiction, you can find an overview and previous examples here. Otherwise, read on.

For those who are rusty, the point of the exercise is to write a less than 2,000 word short story based upon the prompt given below.  I won’t give a specific word count to match this time; just keep it at or below 2,000. The guidelines are included below the prompt. If you have any questions, you can reach me via Twitter or comment below.

Happy writing!

~Old Pines

Cats (or any other animal of your choice) unexpectedly exposed to zero gravity.
-There are no restrictions on tense or narration.
-Ideally, the story should focus on the animal’s experience, rather than external observation of their behavior.
-The animal may be a normal animal or an anthropomorphic (sapient, communicative) one.
-As fun as erotica might be in the case of anthropomorphized critters, let’s keep this one clean.

Loose Deadline:
Sunday, June 23, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m. in your timezone
(I’m not gonna make you fiddle with an abacus to figure out when you can post.)


  1. Story must be single-draft
    1. One writing pass
      • The point here is speed, not perfection. If you’re artistically-minded, think ‘thumbnail sketch’ versus ‘fully rendered drawing’. Be anarchically free in your writing. Discard your cuffs and the seat of your pants: write from what’s left. Go nuts.
    2. No. Edits.
      • As mentioned above, the aim of this is not perfection. If anything, showing beginning writers what an embryonic story looks like can only help them feel more comfortable as they stare at their first written words. (I know it helped me.)
  2. Maximum word count is 2,000
    1. Anything up to 2,000 words is fine, but this is the upper limit
      • Again, the aim is speed and wordcraft, not some polished gem. A solid story can easily fit within 2,000 words.
      • If you hit the specified word count exactly — without buggering up the story — you get bragging rights. Nice work.
    2. A specific word count may be mentioned for a given prompt.
      • If you hit the specified word count exactly — without buggering up the story — you get bragging rights. Nice work.
  3. Content
    1. Genre is flexible
      • Sci-Fi, fantasy, Western, romance, noir, horror, thriller, etc., etc. Hell, mix and match. You get the picture.
      • Prompts received from Twitter, directed at Old Pines, may specify the genre of a given piece.
      • Furry isn’t a genre, but it is valid and encouraged as a theme.
    2. Can be “clean” or “NSFW”
      • No minors involved in sexual situations
        • No. Minors. Involved. In. Sexual. Situations.
        • NO goddamned MINORS involved in goddamned sexual situations, goddamnit. Prettiest of pleases. Sugar, cherry, and another ‘goddamn’ for good measure on top. Thank you.
        • Fucking don’t.
          • Minors do not understand the act and cannot give consent. Seriously, don’t even fucking go there. I don’t give one wet shit what manner of youth pastor, touchy uncle, “back in my day” excuses you want to foist upon me.
          • The only possible exception I’ll personally allow is a “So-and-So molested me, so I bit through his spine and now he’s fucking dead. Good riddance,” with zero explicit detail. I am, however, a bit biased toward that one.
      • Same applies to non-sapient animals.
        • Exception: if the animals are fucking one another and someone’s just casually noting “Hey, those crows are really going at it!” and no one’s, like, obsessively narrating the wanton clashing of the birds’ cloacae, fine. Animals fuck, whatever.
        • Non-sapient” is the kicker. I’m a furry writer, some of you are furry writers. Sometimes, you’ve got an intelligent dragon with a thing for soft, willing humans. A sapient animal can communicate a) maturity, b) understanding of the act, and c) consent. If the animal in question cannot do these things, as mentioned above: fucking don’t.
      • Try as best you can not to make the story just “Person A exists. Person(s) B – Z exist(s). Person A and Person(s) B – Z do a sex. fin.” It isn’t an art film, but try to at least have a story in there somewhere.
      • Also, this is just a personal note about my own personal taste: maybe don’t do non-consent/rape? Please? More sugar on top, sprinkles and nuts too. I understand that sometimes the story must have these things. Sometimes they belong to provide context. But, ugh.
  4. Sharing
    1. Post the story to your website, your personal blog, your Tumblr, a community website where you commonly share stories, or something along those lines.
      • If you haven’t got a space of your own to share it, DM me on twitter. If nothing else, I’ll post your entry on this site as a properly-attributed guest submission.
    2. When sharing via Twitter, please tag your post with “#quiction” and mention @old_pines and/or @quiction_prompt.


Feedback encouraged, critique appreciated!

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