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On the 21st of April, this was the prompt for Microcosms Fiction.

Sadly, we lost one of the most creative and talented musicians on this day last year. Roger Nelson was born on 7 June 1958. He would later be known to the world as Prince.

“Prince was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.” – Wikipedia

He was also a vegetarian, a quality that is near and dear to my heart.

I hope you enjoy this week’s prompts, which are inspired by both his music and personal life.

Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: musician, setting: Alphabet Street, and genre: memoir.

The original prompt didn’t do much for me, so I clicked the spin button and got:

Singer/ in the (purple?) rain/ Crime

Here’s my entry.

The Muse

Ronel Janse van Vuuren


Performing in the club never got old. Though the rest of the band made plans for the big time, he was happy to just sing his songs. There’s a special kind of magic that happens when you can hear the music call and change as you sing. The others didn’t get it.

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24 tales of Speculative Fiction (ranging from science-fiction to fantasy to magical realism) with a Dark Fantasy undertone running from outer space, strange advancements in technology to the subtle things that make characters tick in a supposedly normal world.

I listened to the version of “Purple Rain” on the “Ultimate Prince” album while writing this. The judge’s favourite line: There’s a special kind of magic that happens when you can hear the music call and change as you sing.

I’ve watched Autumn Rush a couple of weeks ago and it inspired me with the way music fills the world. (A brilliant movie, BTW.)

What do you think about the story? Do you like music?

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