Monday, December 10, 2012

Cheers, Cavanaugh Blogfest!

Welcome to the “Cheers, Cavanaugh BlogFest.”

Thank you to Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, David Powers King and Stephen Tremp for hosting this blogfest, which runs from December 10 - 12. And thank you to Capt. Ninja Alex for being such a good sport!

So, here are my answers to these questions four:

1.      In +/- 20 words, what does Alex look like? Like any good ninja, Alex is a master of disguise. One day he’s clean-shaven, with long hair, and the next he dons a straggly beard and nose prosthetic.

2.      In +/- 20 words, who could play Alex in a documentary? (Living or dead.) Robin Williams from Good Will Hunting.

3.      In +/- 20 words, who does Alex remind you of? Robin Williams from Good Will Hunting. He’s the lovable mentor.  

4.      In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts:

·         Cavanaugh
·         Ninja
·         IWSG
·         Cosbolt
·         Guitar

Cavanaugh & the Ninja

The ninja pushed open the batwing doors and strolled into the saloon. Conversations stopped and everyone except Cavanaugh looked over. The musician in the corner put down his guitar, leaving the bar in sheer silence.

Cavanaugh continued to sip from his Cosbolt. He couldn’t hear the ninja approaching, but he could feel him—feel him drawing closer.

The sharp sound of unsheathing steel rang through the quiet saloon.

“IWSG!” a lady in a crimson dress screamed.

Cavanaugh eyed her suspiciously. She’d had more than her share of Cosbolts.

“I mean, OMG!” she said, correcting herself and flushing the color of her dress.

The ninja was now just a few steps away with his blade raised and gleaming.

“This ends now,” Cavanaugh growled, slid his hand to the revolver on his hip, and finally turned to face the masked man.

For Bonus Points:

In +/- 40 words, leave a comment for Mrs. Cavanaugh.

Thank you, Mrs. Cavanaugh, for sharing your husband with us crazy blogging folks. I’m sure it’s hard at times to pry him away from the computer, from his countless adoring friends and fans. The blogosphere wouldn’t be the same without him!


  1. The Cosbolt does sound like a drink. One I could use most evenings.
    Love that Ninja Captain.

  2. OMG! Now that was freakin' funny!
    Great post!

  3. I like your flash. Cosbolt sounds like a great drink. You should share the recipe. ;-)

  4. I love your flash fiction. Definitely gives off the super hero vibe.

  5. Robin Williams is perfect, good choice! Enjoyed your flash fiction. Someone ought to tell the lady in the red dress to put down the Cosbolts!

  6. That's right, just like in Raiders of the Lost Ark - I just shoot the guy with the sword!
    Very awesome, Michael. I'll take Robin Williams' humor any day. Appreciate it so much - you rock!

  7. Oh my gosh... totally laughing at the girl correcting herself! Made me feel like I was thrown right into this world, Michael. Really fun--it's clear you've got talent. :D

  8. “I mean, OMG!” <=== That was so funny. Loved how you mixed humor and tension, great flash. *raises glass of Cosbolt* Cheers! (:

  9. Yes, Cheers with Cosbolt, lol
    So fun to read and I did sense
    an Eastwood type scene! ;D

  10. love the reference to robin williams character in that on

  11. "...a straggly beard and nose prosthetic" lol!

  12. Loved the setting of your flash fiction. Wonderful storyline.

  13. Love this flash fiction, Michael! I feel like we should create an honorary beverage for Alex and name it the Cosbolt. :)

  14. Williams as Alex? I just about died laughing. Nicely played, Michael. Thanks for participating in the Alexfestivus! :)

  15. "She’d had more than her share of Cosbolts." Bahahahah! Well done, Michael!

  16. Love this flash piece -it sounded very much like a Han Solo version of Alex!

  17. Cheers to your creative use of "IWSG"... hehehe... and of course the Cosbolts! How fun, and yes... we should create a real drink in Alex's honor... anyone around here a bartender?

  18. Robin Williams from Goodwill Hunting is a great choice!

  19. Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting... excellent choice, and so original!


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