Finding the Time

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I still have many interests for this new year.

  • Teaching
  • Astronomy
  • Archaeology
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Walking/ Hiking
  • JMU sports games
  • Gardening
  • Camping
  • Following the DUKE Blue Devils in basketball
  • Watching the Olympics… Movies
  • Finding easy-to-make recipes
  • Completing the house for retirement

FInding the time to funnel all these desires into a 24-hour day can be difficult!



Written for The Daily Post: Funnel. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

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Some Winsome Plans

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The 2018 Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is going to begin Wednesday, January 10th.

This is the Writer’s Community that I have attempted to host- for better or worse- this last year.

I thought that I would give each of my followers a chance to broaden their horizons with a few new writing experiences as well as give you a heads-up on the happenings of this community.

Here are some of the upcoming contests that have caught my attention for this new year.

Listed after them are some weekly writing opportunities for fun and fellowship with other writers.

I hope you will bless me with giving  Flash Fiction for the Practical Practitioner a try.

I hope to see you on Wednesday!



Flash Fiction or Short, Short Story Writing Contests

These contests offer some-sort-of financial reward or publication. There is NO ENTRY FEE for any of these contests! 

Ad Hoc Fiction    

  • This is a 150 word weekly contest.
  • This contest gives you a one word prompt.

Didcot Writers

  • This is a monthly 500 word contest.
  • This contests gives you a one word prompt.

The First Line

  • This is a quarterly 300-5000 flash/ short story contest.
  • This contest gives you a beginning sentence.

The Last Line

  • This is a once a year contest.
  • The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words.
  • This contest gives you a short stories ending sentence.

MICROCOSMS

  • This is a weekly 300 word flash fiction contest.

Zeroflash

  • This is a monthly 300 word flash fiction contest.

Brilliant Flash Fiction

  • This is a 300 word monthly contest which offers a picture prompt.

53-Word Contest

  • This is a 53-word monthly flash fiction contest.

100 Word Story

  • This is a 100-word monthly flash fiction contest which offers a picture prompt.

LIFE OF WRITERS

  • This is a 1500-word short story contest.
  • You are given a different theme to write about on a monthly basis.
  • You will need to respond to the entrees of others.

Striking 13

  • This is a 513-word flash fiction contest.
  • The theme changes monthly.

Words and Brush

  • This is a 2000-4000 word short story contest.
  • You have to pick form several paintings for inspiration.


Flash Fiction Writing Communities

These communities offer weekly writing opportunities for self-improvement and fellowship

Monday: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

  • 100-150 words from a picture prompt

Share Your World- Cee’s Photography

  • Answer Four Questions
  • This is an online community of people just getting to know each other.

Tuesday: The Daily Post

  • THIS ONE IS A DAILY PROMPT!
  • No Required Limit- You are given a one word prompt

Wednesday: Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

  • 200 words from a picture prompt

Thursday: The Carrot Ranch

  • 99 words from a written prompt
  • This is a writing community that has begun to publish flash fiction anthologies.

Friday: Friday Fictioneers

  • 100 words from a picture prompt

What Pegman Saw

  • 150 words from a picture prompt

Saturday: Indies Unlimited

  • 250 words from a picture prompt

Sunday: Sunday Photo Fiction

  • 200 words from a picture prompt


Written for Flash Fiction for the Practical Practitioner and The Daily Post:Winsome.

Phobias… An Allergy of the Mind?

Phobias… An Allergy of the Mind?


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I love enjoy writing flash fiction. I enjoy the spontaneity of the experience and the instantaneous rush of exhilaration I can experience when the micro-fiction is completed.

So what’s teh problem?

I think I might be a tad scriptophobic…

… maybe more than a tad.

I seem to find fulfillment in the beginning processes of the thoughts a writing a true novel, but as soon as the time comes to begin the sot-and-do-it portion of the event, I find other things to do.

A new word: scripto-novella-phobic… the fear of beginning to tackle a true novel



Written for The Daily Post:  Allergic. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

Rosie Jetson: The Viable Alternative

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If only childhood dreams could come true!



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Written for The Daily Post: Viable. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

Treats: Evil Incarnate or Heaven’s Motivator?

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Treats: Evil Incarnate or Heaven’s Motivator?



I am a person who can be easily motivated by small rewards.

Since I love the incentives, I use them to inspire me to do the things that I find not so intrinsically meaningful.

Many times, this drive for motivation can undermine any and all fitness regimens attempted.

Too much reward… very satisfying, but not very helpful to the waistline?



Written for The Daily Post:Treat. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching. (Catching-Up.)

Well, I Did It

Man-Looking-Through-Telescope-85099After gifting myself with numerous presents for Christmas last year, and having a birthday week celebration this year instead of just one day, I had decided that there was nothing that I truly wanted for Christmas as a present this year, so therefore… I would have nothing under the tree.

I guess that this ended up being true?

Three days after Christmas I succumbed (with reservations) and purchased a new telescope. It is not a tremendously expensive one! I was reading in this month’s Astronomy magazine about this great beginner’s telescope that was supposed to be super-easy to use (i.e. for me that means … easy to focus!) I fell for the advertisements. It is now in a box awaiting its inauguration.



Written for The Daily Post: Reservation. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

That’s What I’m Talking About

Over the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Celebrations I watched the first six of the Stars Wars movies. (I have yet to see the last ones! Hopefully soon?)

In each of the movies I developed an affection for one of the minor/ major caricatures.


Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

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Jar Jar Binks



Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones

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The Tusken Raiders (The Sand People)



Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith

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General Grievous



Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope

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Chewbacca



Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back

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Jabba the Hutt



Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi

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The Ewoks



Of course, my favorite caricature that appears in almost all of the movies …

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Yoda



Written for The Daily Post: Conversation. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.