It’s Not You, It’s Me.

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“Natalie, why don’t you come over this evening. I’ll put some fresh hickory logs on the flames. I think we need to talk.” His kindly spoken words continued to reverberate through my mind the entire work day.

“I think we need to talk.”

“I think we need to talk.”

“No! We don’t need to talk!” I thought. “I like things just the way they are. I don’t want to hear the next set of dreaded words. ‘It’s not you. It’s me.”

“Why can’t life have a pause button? When you find a season in life where life is good… just press pause.”

I boldly stepped to his door. Smiling at his security cameras as I firmly pressed the call buzzer.

There was a vile rumbling beginning to be birthed in the pit of my stomach. The rest of my body was quaking in nervous trepidation.

“Hi, Alfred. It’s me.”

The door slowly opened. I was confused. The room was filled, foyer to fireplace, with roses from every color of the palette.

Alfred was handsomely dressed in a tuxedo. Suddenly, I saw him on one knee.

“Oh, my?????” I remembered saying.



Written for Flash Fiction for the Practical Practitioner. 

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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.

This Is Bliss!

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THIS IS BLISS! 




October 13th

The year of 2014…

That was the beginning.

My first blog.

Three years and 63 days later …

A total of 1,158 days…

I now have three short flash pieces published.

WOW!!

Two pieces are flash fiction pieces. The third is a flash essay.

Check it out!



The Congress of Rough Writers: Flash Fiction Anthology Vol. 1 (Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology) Kindle Edition



This is Bliss!



Written for The Daily Post: Bliss.

Old Al’s Poison: FFftPP-2017: Week #16

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FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017

WEEK #16


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Old Al’s Poison

“What’s your poison?” Ned winked at the pretty young thing attached to old man Dulcimer’s arm.

“My usual. And a gin and tonic for my date.”

“New here?”

The gorgeous brunette returned his wink. “Just in town. Al stumbled upon me having car trouble. He was so kind. He gave me a lift.”

“Aren’t you the lucky one?” Ned winked again.

“Yes, I am,” Al replied seductively as the brunette eased into his arms.

“Just a minute, Aconiti. The little boy’s room,” beamed a red-faced Al.

“It’s been a perfect plan, Sis. Wolfsbane ala rum,” toasted Ned. “Old Al’s clueless.”



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I would like to give a hearty welcome to all flash fiction aficionados. Welcome to the new Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner Home Site.

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.


Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #16– 2017. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 200 word flash fiction.

Where’s Waldo: FFftPP-2017: Week #15

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FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017

WEEK #15


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“It’s my fault.” My brother Manuel continued to stare between the barbed strains.

“Why is it your fault?” There was an undeserved kindness in Mama’s eyes. She just didn’t know it yet.

“I’m the one who taught him.”

Mama knelt; now eye to eye. “From the beginning, please.”

She was always like that. Even in the most stress-filled situations, she could find time for each of us.

“It’s not me that needs you.” I stammered. “It’s Waldo.”

“Where’s Waldo?” she grinned.

“It’s not a joke, Mama. He’s in the minefield. We were playing catch. I threw the Frisbee too far.”

 



I would like to give a hearty welcome to all flash fiction aficionados. Welcome to the new Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner Home Site.

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.


Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #15– 2017. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 200 word flash fiction.

Teenage Superpowers 101: FFftPP-2017: Week #14

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FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017

WEEK #14


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“My shoes? Ma?”

“I’ve told you a thousand times to clean…”

“Not the time, Mother. Can’t you hear the alarm?”

“You don’t have to answer every call?”

“I like to be there… just in case.”

“Seems that the L.A. Tactical have need of you often.”

“I can see and do things unawares.”

“You’re gonna be caught. That news reporter from the Gazette’s already sniffing around from last week’s fire.”

“”Mother, it was hard to rescue a kid from the twenty-fifth floor windows incognito.”

“But saying he jumped? You just happened to catch him?”

“First thing I thought of. Gotta go.”



I would like to give a hearty welcome to all flash fiction aficionados. Welcome to the new Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner Home Site.

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.

NOTE: A VERY LATE ENTRY

 



Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #14– 2017. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 200 word flash fiction.

Mother’s Day Eve: FFftPP-2017: Week #13

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FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017

WEEK #13


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“What do you think the stink’s all about this time?”

“Be on guard, Fred.”

“At this five-n-ten strip. We’ve had flash mob… school choir on Thursday, a sighting of the LeBron and posse on Friday, and three college boys streaking late Saturday night. What do you think in going to happen this early?”

“One always has to be on alert. It’s Mother’s Day, you know.”

I couldn’t help but snicker. “Yes, quite a dangerous holiday. Silent alarm was triggered at the cosmetic kiosk. Do you think it’s an early morning shopper looking for a last minute gift for his mother-in-law?”



I would like to give a hearty welcome to all flash fiction aficionados. Welcome to the new Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner Home Site.

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.

NOTE: A VERY LATE ENTRY

 



Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #13 – 2017. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 200 word flash fiction.