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Would You Read These Stories Based on These Blurbs?

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By Brin J.Published 3 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - February 2024

For the record, none of these are actual stories, just fun ideas I came up with while I'm working on my book's blurb right now and thought, hey, this is fun. I want to make some more. 🤣

Just so you're aware going in, all my ideas were inspired by images I found on Unsplash, turning them into tales and parables. Because why not? It provokes my imagination, and I get to share them with you. :)

Anyway, these were images that called to me, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Let me know if there are any that catch your eye, and I'll try to write a short story out of them.

1. The Ramifications of Spellcasting


There's only one law in the realm of Nuphosia, and that's to never cast magic you're unfamiliar with. However, when a tribe of ogres chases me for gathering rare mushrooms in their territory, I'm forced to violate this law to defend myself. Unfortunately, the consequences of my actions prove to be more hazardous than I anticipated, as what I unleash is far more dangerous than the monsters hunting me.

2. Deck of Destiny

*Unsplash* gui-avelar

To the untrained eye, these may appear as ordinary playing cards, but for Nicolas, they harbor a plethora of secrets. Mastering the activation key with a flick of his fingers, he unlocks the ability to peer into the past and future, which proves to be a lucrative scheme, allowing him to dazzle audiences and amass wealth as a traveling magician. Until one day, when performing an innocent magic trick goes wrong, he sees something that shakes him to his core, confronting him with the choice to either continue with his show or toss aside his carefree lifestyle and alter the course of history. In this high-stakes adventure, Nicolas must navigate through a dangerous world of politics, power, and deception, using his game-changing tool to uncover the truth and protect the world he loves. But with each shuffle, the lines between good and evil becomes blurred, leaving us to wonder if he's truly creating a better world or if he's only serving his own selfish desires.

3. Wiped Out


When a deadly plague wipes out 99 percent of the population, it's up to Vance to find a cure. But to do so, he must venture into the quarantined zone, a death sentence for all mankind. With a team of scientists and soldiers at his side, Vance faces off against more than just the deadly virus, uncovering a conspiracy that threatens to unravel the fabric of reality, even more than the virus itself. Will he be able to save the remaining human race, or will he be the next victim?

4. The Astral Empire


A key. A gatekeeper. A traitor. In the aftermath of a devastating war for control of the world's most powerful energy source, the Astral Empire took on the mantel of guarding the earth's most precious resource. Because of the burden of protecting it, every first son or daughter is trained from birth to be the next generation of Astralytes; soldiers of the realm who safeguard the gate. But this program isn't like any ordinary military academy. Undergoing a rigorous training regimen, Alyx is taught to become an expert in combat, strategy, and alchemy. But even with all her training, she's still not prepared for the truth of what she'll discover in the Astral Academy.

5. Before Calamity Strikes


The world is crumbling. Natural disasters are happening more and more frequently. The only way to save it is to peer into the past and see what gave it life in the first place. But the scroll containing the truth about the origins of the universe is missing, and the archives attendant is blamed for the disappearance. Now, Cerelia must find the scroll before the world and all its inhabitants perish.

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About the Creator

Brin J.

I never believed the sky is the limit, therefore my passions are expansive. My interest in writing stemmed from poetry but my heart lead me to Sci-Fi Fantasy. Consequently, my stories are plot-driven with splashes of evocative elements.

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  • Stéphane Dreyfus28 days ago

    Definitely a fan of number 2!

  • Williams Maltipoo Homeabout a month ago

  • Joe O’Connorabout a month ago

    These are fantastic ideas! I particularly like the Spellcasting and Astral Empire ones. You definitely should write these as short stories, and see what sticks!

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Happy belated Top Story! After reading them all. I would definitely want to read The Astral Empire first. Sounds deliciously enticing. Well done and thanks for giving us more ways for finding inspiration.

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Woohoo!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!💕♥️♥️

  • Test2 months ago

    Great going! Keep up the fantastic effort—congratulations!

  • Jūlija @beeofjuly2 months ago

    Amazing ideas! ❤️ I love the first 3 blurbs the most, and the Ramifications of Spellcasting is my favourite aesthetically.

  • You can write short stories and then expand into novels

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    This is really creative. Love this idea and your blurbs are inspired.

  • J. R. Lowe2 months ago

    To answer you question - yes, yes, yes, yes and absolutely yes. So good! You have to turn these into actual stories and novels 😍

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This is great. Everyone of your blurbs matches the pic perfectly. Well done and congrats on the TS

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    I often find inspiration for stories in my photos, but I hadn't thought of creating blurbs from them. I may have to give it a try. I think all of your ideas here are intriguing, but #4 has a unique feel that I especially like.

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    This is such a fun idea!!! The first one, I was especially interested in!

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Honestly, they all sound intriguing! But the Astral Empire and the Ramifications of Spellcasting are A+

  • Alyssa Nicole2 months ago

    I love this idea of writing story blurbs based on the Unsplash images! It's amazing how art can inspire wonderful ideas. I really love the idea of Wiped Out!

  • Writing blurbs seems much more interesting than actually writing the story! Lol. This was such a fantastic idea! I hope this becomes a trend! I'm not a fan of fantasy so Wiped Out was the one that stood out most to me. Second was Before Calamity Strikes. But I'll read whatever stories you write so no worries hehehe

  • K. Kocheryan3 months ago

    Deck of Destiny got my interest!

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    Love this! Images provide so much inspiration :) Three jumped out at me the most with four as a close second. I would definitely read something from one and two as well!! Five is the only one that's too close to reality, lol (but I know you'd do it justice).

  • All of these sound interesting & have quite a lot of potential. But my favorite & the one I really want to hear more about has to be "Deck of Destiny".

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