Some Prosery Cheer!

Here is an interesting micro fiction competition. Be sure to read the rules thoroughly. I wrote and submitted a piece entitled “UFO Computations”. IT’s sort of experimental. I hope the last line impacts the reader.


Lillian here. Delighted to host Prosery Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.


1) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, dVERSE WILL BE LIVE, hosted by Bjorn. If you’ve not done this before, it’s amazing! Just go to the dVerse site and read Bjorn’s message on December 10th. As always, post one poem of your choosing (there is no required prompt for OLN) and in Bjorn’s message, he will have a link to join everyone live (similar to Zoom). We are usually live from 3 to 5 PM, Boston time. It’s amazing to put faces with names and it’s truly like we’re in a real pub. Well, except for the drinking! Everyone who posts a poem and joins us live, is invited (but not required) to read their poem aloud. Come for the entire time or just drop in as…

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Prosery Challenge from dVerse

Poster from Mulder’s office in Tthe X-Files.

Long story short, while surfing the Internet, I found something that took me to a competition on dVerse, a website for poets. It intrigued me. The competition requires that I write a bit of micro fiction of 144 words or less including this line from a poem: “Reading what I have just written, I now believe.”

I have been mulling over a science fiction story/novella about someone inadvertently discovering a US government program covertly monitoring UFO’s in the solar system, though it denies their existence. There will probably even be a covert war. X-Files-ish I admit, but not derivative (as I perceive “derivative”). I intend to do something quite different. Therefore, I decided to use the challenge to draft out the basic idea for my story. Below is the result. I will probably use this in the opening for the story.

Let me know what you think.

UFO Computations


  1. Crop circles first appear 1678; increasing since 1970’s.
  2. UFO sightings increase since 1947 (Roswell).
  3. Project Bluebook 1952-1970.
  4. Venus missions commence 1961.
  5. Mars missions commence 1962.
  6. Arecibo observatory established 1963.
  7. Moon landings 1969-1972
  8. Voyager scouts planets, “explores” deep space 1977.
  9. Comet missions commence 1978.
  10. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) incorporated 1984.
  11. Asteroid missions 1989
  12. ʻOumuamua sighted 2017.

Covert “black programs” operate in background.

Reports indicating UFO presence on Earth:

  1. 99% discredited.
  2. 1% not discredited, government disparages.
  3. Some sources of 1% reliable.

Theory: to monitor alien presence, install tracking stations as far out as possible on planets, asteroids, comets, etc. Historically, US military strategy supports this.

Theoretical cover: exploration for science, but great expense, little obvious reward.

“Reading what I have just written, I now believe.”

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