A Noble, Necessary Occupation

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The bell rang.

Each student stepped to designations.

“Begin. Page 17. Future Career Possibilities. ”

Never a “Good Morning” or a “Nice to see you.”

“All life was castrated.” Dad whispered that once… as we lay in bed awaiting the proper sleep.

At night, alone… Oh, the stories. Of giants and beanstalks. Of trolls and elves. Once Dad drew on our sheets. “Daisy,” he said.

No more. Not since little Sarah passed. That night, dad hummed. Music.

It made me cry.

“Alfred. Are you with us?”

“Yes, Sir.” I stood at my desk. Alert.

“Erasers. A noble, necessary occupation.”



Written for Carrot Ranch Communications: Flash Fiction Challenge.   Requirements: March 16, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) go down the rabbit hole to a place where art is not allowed. It could be a small story or a dystopian vision. Is there a power struggle over art? Would the general public miss it? Is the end of art a natural evolution? Go where the prompt leads.

Not a Circus Sideshow

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NOT A CIRCUS SIDESHOW

 

The closer, the more intense his voice.

It had been summoning me for months.

How does an eleven-year-old say “Dad, there’s this being- an enlightened creature.

It… He… I’m not sure?

He’s traveled through many galaxies.

He possesses abilities?

Powers?

Cures?

Insights to correct our ecological imbalances?

Right now authorities think he’s a circus sideshow.

But he speaks… I have to tell them…

And I can understand him.”

Finally, after the expounding on his travels for an entire fortnight, he said something Dad would understand.

“Dad, he can cure Mom’s leukemia.”

We left for Goose Bay, Newfoundland, the next day.



Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 200 word (or less) flash fiction piece.

My Everything

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He …

A mere handyman- overhauls and shirtless- living in the back-stage theater.

Me…

The prima donna of our cinematheque five seasons running.

Our first date… June seventeenth… two dozen sunflowers… Large and small ones… Exquisite unimaginable colors… In a classic Egyptian floor vase.

Every seventeenth thereafter… one red rose.

After an allergic reaction… Me an obese chipmunk… orchids.

An illuminating and passionate poem with each bouquet…

Sunflowers- he adored spending time with me.

Red Roses- passion rekindled in his life.

Orchids- I would always be his delicate beauty.

But then…

A beautiful Italian planter ….

Gorgeous narcissuses…

No note?



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

This Rock Changed My World: FFftPP- 2017 Week #07

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FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017

WEEK #07


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.


Your Photo Prompt for Week #07 – 2017

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The challenge for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner will open early Wednesday morning, February 8th. Allow the prompt to take you anywhere you want to go! (Limit your stories to 200 words.)

This challenge is open until 11:00 pm Friday night, February 17th, 2017.


Click on the Blue Frog to share your story with our community.


The Six Easy Guidelines

  • A photo prompt topic is to be used as your ‘muse’. They will arrive promptly at midnight each Thursday morning.
  • Include the photo prompt and its credits with your story on your blog.
  • All stories are to be crafted and honed to under 200 words in length.
  • Each flash fiction piece should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. No serial stories. It is harder to stay abreast of a serial story. (Please keep content PG-13.)
  • Post your flash fiction response by clicking on THE BLUE FROG. Follow the given directions.
  • It is the desire of this blog to begin a new writing community. Plan a day to visit the writings of our challengers to enjoy our creations and to provide a little positive feedback.

Thank you for your participation. I look forward to reading each of your stories. Please remember to check back and follow the journeys of our fellow writers. Kind comments are always appreciated.



The Rock that Changed My World 

“I knew it was cheesy. But there was no other way.”

“Throwing my twelve-string in the Chevy, I was there in under ten.”

“But Daddy, it takes almost twenty minutes to get to Grandma’s.”

“Light traffic, sweetie.”

“Mommy’s window was open and the curtains were flapping out the window.”

“Jumping out of the car, I grabbed ole Betsy and I was under the window before I could change my mind.”

“But had to know she was there.”

“Daddy, what did you do?” Vanessa loved this part.

“This, sweetie.” he said, holding a small rock. “This rock changed my world.”



Written for The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge: Requirements: February 2, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a rock in the road. It can be physical, adding to a plot twist, or it can be metaphorical for a barrier or hardship. Go where you find the rock.

Also written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #07 – 2017. Requirements: Using the photo prompt, create a 200 word flash fiction story.

Aunt Freda’s Fresh Fish for Breakfast: FFTHPP-2017 WEEK #5

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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.



Your Photo Prompt for Week #05 – 2017

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The challenge for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner will open early Thursday morning, January 26th. Allow the prompt to take you anywhere you want to go! (Limit your stories to 200 words.)

This challenge is open until 11:00 pm Wednesday night, February 1st, 2017.


Click on the Blue Frog to share your story with our community.


The Six Easy Guidelines

  • A photo prompt topic is to be used as your ‘muse’. They will arrive promptly at midnight each Thursday morning.
  • Include the photo prompt and its credits with your story on your blog.
  • All stories are to be crafted and honed to under 200 words in length.
  • Each flash fiction piece should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. No serial stories. It is harder to stay abreast of a serial story. (Please keep content PG-13.)
  • Post your flash fiction response by clicking on THE BLUE FROG. Follow the given directions.
  • It is the desire of this blog to begin a new writing community. Plan a day to visit the writings of our challengers to enjoy our creations and to provide a little positive feedback.

Thank you for your participation. I look forward to reading each of your stories. Please remember to check back and follow the journeys of our fellow writers. Kind comments are always appreciated.



Aunt Freda’s Fresh Fish for Breakfast


“I’ve got the poles hidden in the trunk.”

“Did Dad see you?”

“Nope. The tackle is layered down the hole with the spare.”

“Good thinking. Now to convince Aunt Freda and Uncle Mitch to take our folks to that Chinese restaurant again and we can have a go at them.”

“Why do’ya think Aunt Freda laughed so hard when we told her that she had the best fishin’ hole of all our relatives? Those fish were huge compared to Uncle George’s pond.”

“Don’t know. But boy will she be surprised tomorrow morning. Toast, eggs, and fresh fish waiting for breakfast.”



IMPORTANT NOTE: This was a late entry. Thanks to all the community that participated in a timely manner. Your are greatly appreciated!



Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #05 – 2017. Requirements: Using the photo prompt provided, create a 200 word (or less) flash fiction story.

A Formidable Opponent: FFTHPP-2017 WEEK #4

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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.



Your Photo Prompt for Week #04 – 2017

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The challenge for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner will open early Thursday morning, January 19th. Allow the prompt to take you anywhere you want to go! (Limit your stories to 200 words.)

This challenge is open until 11:00 pm Wednesday night, January 25th, 2017.


Click on the Blue Frog to share your story with our community.



The Six Easy Guidelines

  • A photo prompt topic is to be used as your ‘muse’. They will arrive promptly at midnight each Thursday morning.
  • Include the photo prompt and its credits with your story on your blog.
  • All stories are to be crafted and honed to under 200 words in length.
  • Each flash fiction piece should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. No serial stories. It is harder to stay abreast of a serial story. (Please keep content PG-13.)
  • Post your flash fiction response by clicking on THE BLUE FROG. Follow the given directions.
  • It is the desire of this blog to begin a new writing community. Plan a day to visit the writings of our challengers to enjoy our creations and to provide a little positive feedback.

Thank you for your participation. I look forward to reading each of your stories. Please remember to check back and follow the journeys of our fellow writers. Kind comments are always appreciated.



A Formidable Opponent



“Yes, Shirley… Quite terrifying.”

“The wide-eyed skull… particularly breathtaking.”

“I agree, the diamond in the middle of your chest is very symbolic.”

“A statement?”

“Yes, it would be nice if the spectators could see the rings outside your boxing gloves.”

“No, you cannot wear the rings as you enter. It’d take way too long to tape your hands for the bout.”

“Agreed. The entire ensemble does make you a formidable opponent for your first match.”

“Wait… There is still one problem.”

“Don’t think your fans will notice that as you sweat your artificial tattoos will begin to run?”

“Hello… Hello…”



IMPORTANT NOTE: This was a late entry. Thanks to all the community that participated in a timely manner. Your are greatly appreciated!



Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #04 – 2017. Requirements: Using the photo prompt provided, create a 200 word (or less) flash fiction story.

 

A Better Life for You

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I Wish a Better Life for You


I despised school.

Memorize…Regurgitate… Repeat.

Hated my classes.

What you wore… Who you dated… God forbid if you were different.

I loathed my teachers. Be’in’s as I was from the wrong side of the tracks. Who’d I think I was applying for advanced placement enrollment?

I wanted out.  I wanted something different.

Turning out the light quickly, I slide The Iliad back under the covers.

Past midnight… Dad’s home.

Tuesday… All three jobs today.

He worked hard. Wanted a different life for me. Not what he had.

The door cracked…  “Go’night, sweetheart. See’ya in the morning,” he always whispers.



Written for The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge. Requirements: January 12, 2017 Prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that expresses a strong concern, something to give a crap about. Something that brings out the feeling to stand up. How can you use it to show tension or reveal attitudes?