Enflamed Passions

This week’s photo prompt is provided by pixabay.com. https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/

Enflamed Passions 

“Commander, the flows are getting worse. They were right, the spewing has stopped, but there does not seem to be the awaited for dispensation of the internal forces deep within the mantle. I think this in is the big one.”

“We’ve seen worse. Send orders to bulldoze the creases to send the flow into the Pacific. If we don’t alter the current flow, the next two subdivisions are gone.We will never save the upper dwellings.”

“The activists… They have already threatened a suit if we redirect the flow.”

“Protesters… I get an earful of that at home. No plastic rings around the pop cans. The stinking compost cans by the kitchen sink. Seven different recycling bins- God forbid if  I mix my #2: High Density Polyethylene with my #5: Polypropylene. The constant bombardment of the ring of fire questioning is nothing new to me.”

“The little woman…”

“My wife, my son, both daughters… they have even converted my parents. It’s a blasted cult! “

“Well, at the next briefing… it’s all yours.”

“Let them have at it. If they live to tell about this one, they’ll have me to thank.”

Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 1500 (+/-25) flash story.





  • Have you done something you truly want to do today?
  • What can you help the world with?
  • If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit other than a cherry would you be..?
  • Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?


Have you done something you truly want to do today?

Today, I begin a new chore sheet. (Actually, this begin yesterday… it is continuing today.) Just knowing the most important things –to me- to do each day… allows me more control of my life.

What can you help the world with?      Stop being a victim…

If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit other than a cherry would you be..?

  • “I love you, my crazy little kiwi…”  
  • “Lemonade is better than a lemon of a day any day!”
  • A night when bedtime seems optional…. “Guess I should have purchased another bushel of banana from the grocer for tonight?”
  • Actually, my life is rarely like a fruit??????

Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?

  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”                      Winston Churchill
  • “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”        Albert Einstein
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”                                            Thomas Jefferson
  • “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.”                                       George Washington
  • “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”     Abraham Lincoln

Written for SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2014: WEEK #9. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

The Daily Post: LEAPS OF FAITH




Every single day, I believe, any teacher worth their salt has to take a leap.

A teacher takes a leap of faith in their educational insights as they try to plan a productive lesson for each of their multi-leveled and diverse classrooms.

A teacher  takes a leap of action as they introduce each part of the lesson… trying to anticipate a ‘hook’ for that lesson that will not only make it a memorable teaching endeavor… but the lesson allows for some creativity for each student to personalize the learning.

A teacher takes a leap of faith in the principles of self-discipline as they allow each student the freedoms needed to ‘somewhat’ self-pace and be accountable for their own destinies.

A teacher takes a leap of faith in intuitiveness of personality performance as the teacher watches each student peruse the work, complete the assignments, and give proof of success.  There is always the interplay of life outside of the classroom’s learning environment that can adversely affect each student’s ability to learn as well as perform on the day of testing.

Once ‘proof of mastery’ has been attempted, plans have to be aligned to either reinstruct missed material, configure the missed materials into another logical learning situation, or attempt to move on to higher level mastery and use of each mastered task.

Many days- in fact on every good day- I feel the exhilaration for being a master magician.

I take the unknown illusions found in the world and create path of success that weaving the magic into useable potential.

Written for  The Daily Post:Leap

Save the Squirrels


“I know that you don’t think that it is important, but I do.”

“I’m not making fun of you, Sarah. I love that you are passionate.”

“Then grab a brush. If we don’t get to the park by noon, there’s no way any of my signs will make the news.”

“Just how do you know that, dear?”

“Watch the telly… BBC is sending out a reporter for the daily.”

“They say it’s going to be thousands there. How are they going to pick one of your signs?”

“I want to have a hand in changing the world… but I think all things should start at home.”

“So… squirrels???”

“The park wardens are caging the lovelies. I know it looks humane… but they never tell you where they are being released…Or IF they are being released.”

Why are these squirrels so precious to you?

Our first date… picnic… in Hyde Park? Little critters were all over the place… watching us watch each other.

Tears were streaming down Sarah’s face.

Instantly I grab a brush. “I think that if we make the squirrels larger on the posters, the signs will be much bolder.”

Stoically, I wipe a tear from my left eye.


Written for Sunday Photo Fictioneers. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 200 word flash fiction story.

My Childhood Dream Car

PHOTO PROMPT – © Al Forbes https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/

I knew my persistence would be rewarded. Bound to be false leads and rabbit trails when you chase down a legend.

“Mr. Ainsworth, I’m so glad you could make time to see me.”

“You found the place?”

“Easily. Third unmade road after the Yorkshire roundabout.”

“Your solicitor was evasive on the mobile.”

“Negotiations were to be mine.”

“There she be… original windscreen, bonnet, wings, wing mirrors, silencer… just as she was recovered.”

“The papers check out?”

“He handed me the paperwork, I handed him three pre-signed travelers cheques.”

We shook.

Now, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang…- my childhood dream car- was entirely mine!

Written for Friday Fictioneers: Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 100 word story.

The Gilbert Gardens Gallop


The Gilbert Gardens Gallop

Having purchased the tickets three months in advance I couldn’t wait for May 7th.

From the early age of nine, I had been a landscaper for the local greenways. Three of us would rake bunkers and collect refuse from the rough. In exchange for unclaimed greens’ tee times… Now I was the First Assistant to the Lead Horticulturist for Viette Nurseries here in Arizona.

The fifteen foot tall pillars of the organ pipe cacti and the multi-variations of flowers in the hedgehog cacti awaited me at the Mt. Phiffer’s Appaloosa Range- the third stop on the Gilbert Gardens Gallop.


Written for The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge: Requirements: February 24, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about galloping. It doesn’t have to be about horses. Is galloping a burst of energy, a run for freedom? Or is it a sense of urgency that borders on anxiety to get tasks accomplished? Explore the motion in different ways — a galloping stride, a galloping relationship or a galloping mind.

Five Items: The Survivor?


Five Items

A classic question, revisited: what are the five items you must have on a deserted island?

Thanks for the prompt suggestion, Sue Perry!


Paradise… Day 73


Dear Journal,

As they say…“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…”

The $1,000,000 Survivor’s Bonus should have been mine by now.

I thought that I had everything covered.

Location of deserted island… Check

Island has underground cavern (complete with romantic waterfalls) and an abundance of fresh water and fresh fruits… Check

Just me, Rochelle, Franklin, and Amelia… Check

We were allowed five items on any deserted island. Last 100 days… and we’d ben rich.

Well, richer… I was loaded already. But one can never have enough money.

My list of five items caught the producers by surprise:

  • Rochelle
  • Franklin
  • Amelia
  • Solar electric generator
  • My laptop- The DELL Alienware R3. It has 6th Generation Core i7 CPU and the latest Nvidia GTX 970M or 980M graphics.

I am a gamer…. More accurately, I am the most renowned software gaming innovator for the last eleven years.

I took this Survivor Contest Challenge so that Franklin and I could complete the testing of the new Alienware R3-17 completely away from the public’s eyes.

Little did I know that Franklin had his eyes on, not only my new Alienware R3-17, but on Rochelle as well?

Thank God, this island had another hidden cavern.

After the first night, I found Amelia destitute on the beach. Franklin and Rochelle had concealed weapons in their clothing and had taken the communal living quarters as their own.

The smuggling did not surprise me. I had a hidden stash as well… but mine was not going to prove nearly as useful.

I had three boxes of chocolate covered pecans.


Written for Five Items