This week’s mega-writing challenge

This week’s mega-writing challenge is a photo I took of the Miramar Peninsula, in Wellington. From a distance, it looks like an island – which isn’t surprising, because it was one less than 600 years ago.

Use the photo below to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up.

Miramar Peninsula, Port Nicholson, New Zealand.
Miramar Peninsula, Port Nicholson, New Zealand.

The monster earthquake that returned this former island to the mainland struck around 1460 and was so immense it has been recorded in the Maori oral tradition. It was an earth-shattering event that released energies well in excess of a nuclear detonation. The land rose, and great tsunami tore through low-lying lands around it, destroying Maori habitations and gardens, and giving the event its name: Haowhenua – the Land Swallower.

A moment to strike awe into the minds of mere mortals.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

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