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Friday Fictioneers ~~ December 6, 2013

Ah Friday once more. You all know the drill by now, but I’ll refresh your memory just in case. Friday Fictioneer’s is hosted by our own gracious and pixie like Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, close to 100 writers from all genres write a flash fiction piece based from the same photograph. You’ll find anything and everything under the sun and moon story wise. It makes for fascinating reading. Just click on Rochelle’s name and be whisked off for a magic carpet ride. Scroll down her page and click on the little blue guy to find  all those other great stories. Don’t forget to read Rochelle’s great little ET’ish story too! Thanks all!



Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.



Copyright -Randy Mazie
Copyright -Randy Mazie


Genre: Literary Fiction (100 words)

He jumped down from the half boarded window.  Dust swirled upward, tickling his nose. As he held back a sneeze his eyes adjusted to the shadows.

Listening, he glanced upward, the silence was broken by a soft coo from the nesting pigeons in the rafters.  Dinner tonight, he knew.

He walked over to a darker corner where a pallet of blankets lay on the floor. Crouching beside it he turned over the woman lying there.

Slowly her eyes opened, “Did you find her?”

“She’ll be here shortly.”

Nodding the woman put her hands on her swollen stomach, “Just in time I think.”

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ November 29, 2013

Hello everyone! Hope all those who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday enjoyed their day! Today is leftover day for most of you. I love leftovers from Thanksgiving, plus it gives me a day off from cooking. 😉

I’m not even going to mention that crazy thing called Black Friday. Okay I did mention it, but only in passing. Now let’s get into the fun stuff!

I finished NaNoWriMo on Tuesday, a whole 4 days early! Whew! I didn’t post much on my project this year as I did last. I’m sorry about that, but it was a bit emotional as it was autobiographical in nature. Some of it was very difficult to write so for now I’m leaving it off here. Maybe as I edit and refine the wording more I’ll post some snippets. If any of you are interested that is.

For right now it’s Friday and you all know what that means! Well besides the weekend coming. Friday Fictioneer time! On with the show!


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.

If you want to read more stories based from the same photo go visit our supreme hostess Rochelle Wisoff-Fields blog and feast till you burst. (Sorry still in Thanksgiving mode)


Copyright - Ted Strutz
Copyright – Ted Strutz

Genre: Mystery (99 words)


She came out of the ladies’ room smiling. Her lucky day she thought, no waiting line and her husband surprised her with a mystery cruise on their vacation.

Her smile wavered, disappeared as she looked at the empty boat. Where was everyone? It was eerily quiet as the boat slowly made its way over the water, empty, hollow.

She ran to where she had left her family. Nothing, all the tables empty, no sign of life but her own. From the seat peeked out a  colorful brochure.

“Take a cruise into the Bermuda Triangle. A trip of a lifetime.”



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Friday Fictioneers ~~ November 22, 2013

Good Friday people! Hope your week was a good one. Mine was super busy as I head into my final lap of NaNo.

I want to apologize for not visiting all the great writers on FF’s. I have been so busy with NaNo and personal stuff that I have neglected my reading in an almost criminal manner. Please know that once all this craziness is settled some in my life I will be back reading and commenting like I used to!

Now onto the Friday Fictioneers! Below is this week’s picture and as always Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our gracious hostess. Please visit her blog and read her wonderful take on the picture, you’ll be glad you did. Once there and of course after you read her little story, go ahead and click on the little blue critter and read some other great stories. We have some of the finest writers in the blog world with us each week. Don’t believe me? Then go take a look! Just click on Rochelle’s name and off you go for an adventure!




Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.

Copyright – Sean Fallon
Copyright – Sean Fallon


Genre:  Mystery (96 words)

“It amazes me the inventive ways some criminals have in disposing their victims.” Detective Reynolds muttered.

“We’ll have to chip off the plaster to get an ID.” Officer Tim stated.

“Wonder who he pissed off. He was a handsome guy, once.”

“Will always be now, after being dipped in plaster.” Officer Tim said as he eyed the victim.

“Dipping him in plaster was enough to kill the guy. Why cut him in pieces too?”

“Easy transport is my guess.”

“Someone has a sick sense of humor though.” Officer Tim pointed to the sign above the door.

‘Manikin Puzzle Shop’







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Friday Fictioneers ~~ November 15, 2013

Happy Friday everyone! Hope your week went well. Now the weekend is coming up so go and enjoy it.

It’s Friday Fictioneer time again. I love Fridays. Anyway, by now you all know the drill. There is a picture below that I attempt to write a 100 word story about. Then I tell you about Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who is our tour guide for this thing. She is off partying with other Fictioneers at this time and I hope they have lots of fun! Anyway, click on Rochelle’s name and that will take you to her blog where the rules for this weekly fling is posted and where you can also scroll down and click on the cute Lil’ blue guy and he will take you to the page where you can read lots of other stories from great writers based from the same picture. So go and enjoy yourself! And tell them Jackie sent ya!


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.

copyright – Kent Bonham
copyright – Kent Bonham



The alley was eerily quiet. Sara checked her cell once more. Yes, this was the place.  Why was it so quiet when the streets on each side were seas of humanity?

Breathing deeply, Sara took the first step inside the alley. Then another, as she listened for voices. There! She heard it! The voice of her son, “Mama!”

She dropped the package in the dark corner as instructed, walked a few more paces and trembled.

From a shadow stepped a man with her son. It was worth any amount to have her son back from the father who stole him.


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Friday Fictioneers ~~ November 8, 2013

Even though I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month and I’m getting some awesome help in the form of guest posts on here, I can’t not do Friday Fictioneers. I look forward to it every week.

So I’m taking a break in the insanity that is NaNo and bringing you another week of the Friday Fictioneers in all it’s awesomeness. You’re Welcome.


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.

Thanks go out as it always does to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for being the patient and kind hostess of this weekly party. If you want to join or just to read other great stories from the same photo, go click on Rochelle’s name and be ready to read to your heart’s desire. Once you land on Rochelle’s blog scroll down to the little blue critter and he will take you  on a magic carpet ride.

This week’s photo and my story follows:

Copyright-Al Forbes
Copyright-Al Forbes


Genre:  fiction (100 words)

In the late moonless night there was a soft rumbling of a truck engine. The cattle weren’t too concerned as two men stepped out of the truck and opened the back. Soon there were sounds of grunts and snorts from the cattle as they were herded into the back of the truck.

The whole operation took less than half an hour. The fully loaded truck took off down the dusty road. On the sides of the truck was the name “Hermes Trucking”.

The men laughed as they drove with their four-footed bounty shuffling in the back. Soon it will be payday again.


**This was done after my research on Hermes found that he was the God of Thieves and Cattle Rustling. It’s the more tongue in cheek modern version as cattle rustling is a big problem today.

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ October 25, 2013


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.

Thanks for stopping by the Crazy Character House, I mean my blog, for another week of Friday Fictioneers. Hope your week has been a good one. Now on with the show!

Thanks go out to the wonderful hostess on this special bus ride, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. If you want to read more stories based on the same picture or to perhaps reserve your seat on the Special bus, just click on Rochelle’s name and away you go! Have fun! Be wild and adventurous! Or just sit quietly in your seat with your seat belt fastened.

copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields



Genre: Literary fiction (100 words)


“Fred! What have you done?”

“I can’t take it any more Ethel! The constant barrage of bad music coming from the apartment above us is driving me insane!”

“You can’t just take his keyboard Fred! It’s in pieces too!”

“I’m going to bury it in the back yard tonight when everyone is in bed. Maybe for once I can get some rest.”

5 am the next morning, Fred crawls into bed after showering off the dirt from the musical grave outside. Sighing blissfully in the silence he snuggles down.

Wham! Bam! Bam!  Boom! Boom!  Smiling the man upstairs beats on his new drum set.

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My Characters are Such…..Characters!

I’ve been working on my continuing story, “On The Run”. The story that came out of picture prompts.

The pictures that were voted on can be found here.  The first installment of the story featuring these pictures can be found here (part 1). The second installment can be found here (part 2). The third installment is here (part 3).

Anyway, I’ve been working on the 4th installment for a couple of days now. Yeah, a couple of days of pure stubbornness on the part of my characters! They don’t want to follow directions. They are doing things that they shouldn’t and they are driving me nuts!

Amber wants to be too girly. The old ladies Edith and Myrtle are being fussy. Donnie is being an ass. As for Alesky! Don’t get me started on what a big dummy he is being!

I can NOT get anyone to behave. They just go where they want to with no rhythm or reason. Ugh!!! They thumb their collective noses at me so I have had to take a break. Forgive me. Sigh.

I will keep at them, bug them, snap at them. Maybe I can get the 4th installment done yet today. Maybe not. I am not giving up, but I might have to retreat for now. But I will finish this week! I have to!

Next month I am doing NaNoWriMo and so need to get this done so I can get in the zone for November. Hmm, maybe that’s why Amber and crew are being obnoxious. They don’t want to be left behind. Well they are just going to have to deal because I have a whole different thing I’m going to be working on for NaNo.

I’ll keep you all in the loop, promise. But for now I have some ass to kick.

Oh, the photo for the next installment is below. Just thought I would give you a heads up. Wish me luck!


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Friday Fictioneers ~~ October 18, 2013

For my regular readers I want to apologize for not getting the continuing story “On The Run” posted on Tuesday as promised. I’ve had a paying job come up and it’s deadline is the 25th so I’ve been busy with that plus other personal stuff.

I will get it done and it will be posted this Tuesday, Oct 22! So hang in there,  Amber and crew are coming back. For those of you who haven’t read it yet you can click on the title above and it will take you to the latest installment. Thank you all for being so patient with me.

Now on to Friday Fictioneers for this week!


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our hostess for this writing endeavor. Please click on her name to read the few rules we try to follow. Or if you just want to read some fantastic stories based on the same picture, click on her name, scroll down till you meet the little blue fella and then click on him. Enjoy!


copyright -Janet Webb
copyright -Janet Webb



Genre: Literary fiction (100 words)


The only sound  was the soft whooshing  of  water lapping at rubber wheels.

Those carts were the only thing left standing. The building that they belonged to was  gone. Vanished in the great flood. Like it had never been.

Soldiers standing in defiance of Mother Nature. Empty baskets waiting to be filled, but never will again.

Everything gone, washed away, but those sentinels of metal. They are the only thing left to mark the spot of a town, life, people, gone now.

Echoes of laughter suddenly heard upon soft wind, drowned in the cold water not to be again.




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Picture Writing Prompt ~~ On The Run ~ Part 3

Good morning/afternoon/night everyone! Hope you are ready for another installment of my ongoing Picture Writing Prompt story, On The Run. Today is part 3.

The pictures that were voted on can be found here.  The first installment of the story featuring these pictures can be found here (part 1). The second installment can be found here (part 2).

This is the picture for the third installment and the continuing story follows. Hope you enjoy!

On The Run


Amber, sandwiched between Edith and Myrtle continued down the sidewalk toward home.  She was pretty confident that they had lost Donnie at the park.

The young woman, in the wet dress and bare feet listened to the older ladies with half an ear. Biting her lower lip she worried about what she would do once she got home. Should she call the police? To say what? She didn’t hear anything that was illegal. Amber thought it was illegal whatever Donnie and Alesky was up to, but she had no proof. She didn’t even have proof that Donnie was after her!

As for the ‘merchandise’ that Alesky was waiting for, well, that could be anything! Worrying her bottom lip between her teeth her mind was awhirl wondering what she should do.

“Amber? Amber honey! Did you hear what……”

“Edith asked you dear? Can we…..”

“Help in any way? We would love to if you let us! We might be old, but…..”

“We still have minds, my dear!”

“Thank you ladies, but I’m not sure what I’m involved with myself. If it’s dangerous, which I’m thinking it might be, it would be better if you weren’t a part of it.” Amber stated firmly.

She wouldn’t be able to live with herself if anything happened to these sweet old ladies. They were a bit peculiar with the way they finished each others sentences, but they were nice ladies.  Anyways, Amber wasn’t sure if she was in trouble! Now that the rain had stopped and she was out of that dark alley, she wondered if she just had an over active imagination. Though she couldn’t discount that it was Donnie there in the park.

Amber shivered in her wet dress now that the sun was starting to set. Her feet felt sore and she was sure she was going to have blisters later. All that wasn’t her imagination.

Finally, they came to the apartment building that Edith and Amber lived in. It was glowing with a soft red light as the setting sun shone on its facade. It was an older building but well-kept and had a small tidy front yard. There were only six apartments inside. Three on each floor, the manager, a Mr. Kendell lived in the bottom right corner apartment. He was a good manager and kept the building in tiptop shape.

Edith lived in the bottom left corner, with Amber above her. The other apartments were occupied by an older man downstairs next to Edith. No one ever saw much of him as he was a loner and kept to himself. Amber did know he liked classical music as she had heard the beautiful sounds coming from his apartment on numerous occasions.

The other two apartments upstairs were occupied by a young newly married couple next to Amber, and tucked in the corner above Mr. Kendell was another elderly lady who favored the color purple and feathered boas. Amber had run into her a few times as she collected her mail downstairs. The woman’s name was Star LaMont and she was a retired actress. That’s what she told everyone and she certainly dressed the part thought Amber. Ms LaMont was a very talkative and highly strung individual but harmless.

As the three women walked up the stairs to the door of the apartment building, Amber thought about her neighbors and hoped she didn’t bring trouble to their lives in the form of two dangerously intimidating men.

Amber left the two friends and knocked on Mr. Kendell’s door. As she made excuses why she didn’t have her key and asked Mr. Kendell for the extra key she knew he had for her apartment,  she vaguely heard the older ladies whispering to each other in the hallway.

By now Amber was shivering and her feet were too sore to pay much attention to the friends. She grabbed the keys that Mr. Kendell held out to her and thanked him, assuring him that as soon as she found her own keys she would return them to him.

Amber hurried up the stairs to unlock her apartment. As she turned the key and opened the door she heard the older ladies right behind her. Turning in the doorway she tried to smile and assure the ladies she would be fine now and they needn’t worry over her. She just wanted to take her wet clothes off and have a hot shower and decide what she should do next, if anything.

“Amber why don’t we just come in and make a nice hot cup of tea while you get cleaned up? Myrtle and I would love to…..”

“Help you! You can tell us from the beginning what is going on and we can put our heads together to……”

“Come up with a plan.”

Amber looked at those two earnest and eager faces with their smiles and bright eyes and didn’t have the heart to turn them down. And she wasn’t sure she couldn’t use their wisdom right now.

Opening the door wide, Amber waved them in.

“Come on in ladies and make yourself at home. I’m going to take a nice hot shower and then we’ll talk. I wouldn’t mind the help to be honest.”

“Splendid my dear! Myrtle and I used to be quite the detectives in our youth, isn’t that right Myrtle? Why we helped many a……”

“Friend and neighbor with problems! Remember in that old shanty town where we grew up Edith? Remember the time dear old Mrs. Collins was looking for…..”

“Who kept stealing her eggs from the hen-house! I remember now Myrtle. She thought it was old man Wilson from across the road! He was a…….”

“Mean old man! He was always yelling at us kids when we would play kick ball in the road. Told us……”

“All we were doing was kicking up dust! And didn’t we have chores to do or something? Remember that day when….”

“It rained all day and night and into the next day? Why that old road was just about flooded! Old man Wilson chased us with his cane when we wanted to run in the puddles!”

Amber listened to the memories of her new friends as she got out her old tea kettle and pulled down her tea from the shelf. Her feet were killing her and she was sure now she had a blister on the bottom of her right foot.

“Here are the tea fixings ladies. Help yourself. I’m going to get out of these wet clothes and take my shower. Then I’ll tell you what is going on. I promise.”

As she set the tea-things on the counter she glanced out her window. She felt frozen in place as she spotted Alesky across the street! She could never forget that tall, large form of the man! He found her! But how? It was Donnie that chased her, how could Alesky be here then? She was positive it was him as he stared right at her. It was him!

Amber’s heart pounded as she watched the large man across the street. It was getting dark but there was no doubt in her mind who it was standing so casually under the tree. Finally at what seemed like hours, but in reality was only seconds, Alesky bowed to her. She sensed his smile more than saw it, as he bowed from the waist in acknowledgement of her.

Her arms went around her and hugged her waist as she shivered. Whether with fear, cold or something else, she wasn’t sure. Amber watched Alesky bow, then turn and walk away. As he walked, the sun made its final way below the horizon and darkness fell.

He knew where she was! Now what?



( Well it looks like our heroine as found some allies! It also looks like Alesky has found her. But how? And now what will he do? Stay tuned folks as the story continues next Tuesday! So what do YOU think will happen?)








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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!



So this week’s photo challenge from WordPress is “Good Morning!” I like it. Morning is my favorite time of day!

Morning is as fresh as that first cup of coffee! Oh yeah, when I get up that’s what I head for first. Especially when the husband gets me Tim Horton’s before I’m even up! Large with 2 creams. 🙂

My addiction, Tim Hortons coffee (C)JLPhillips 2013
My addiction, Tim Hortons coffee (C) JLPhillips 2013

Then I have to let my dog Sam outside. After all I have done my morning ritual, now it’s his turn.

Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013
Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013

Depending on the weather I might sit outside with Sam for a bit. Lately it’s been too cold and windy in the morning. So instead I head for my ‘office’ and turn on my computer.

My lifeline, my computer (C) JLPhillips 2013
My lifeline, my computer
(C) JLPhillips 2013

After checking on WordPress, emails and other stuff online I go to the grocery store and see what I can find.

Grocery Store
Grocery Store

Maybe on the way home I can see some wildlife. Who knows right? Except I forgot to take my camera with so I have to borrow a photo of the coolies I pass.

Photo by Ian Blum
Photo by Ian Blum

When I get home I’m greeted by two innocent looking felines. Do I trust them? Not a chance! They are always up to something.

Pouncer (c) JLPhillips 2013
Pouncer (c) JLPhillips 2013
Notwen (c) JLPhillips 2013
Notwen (c) JLPhillips 2013

So that’s my morning! Hope your morning was good.

Take the time and snuggle with your pet, kids, or spouse. Go out and enjoy Mother Nature. You’ll feel better for it.

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ October 4, 2013


Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)


Make every word count.

I’m a bit early this week, but I’m so busy that I was afraid if I didn’t get this done today I might miss it this week and that simply won’t do!

Once again I want to thank Rochelle for hosting again, (psst….. You really should go read some of Rochelle’s flash fiction, she is phenomenal!) I always learn so much about writing just by reading these flash fiction stories. These people are wonderful writers! So click on Rochelle’s name and go read some great stories! Go on now, don’t be shy! Shoo!

Oh wait!! Read mine first though okay? 🙂   And don’t forget to leave a comment! Thank you so much.

Copyright – E.A. Wicklund
Copyright – E.A. Wicklund





Genre: General Fiction (words 100)


The screaming of the seagulls penetrated the fog in her mind. She flinched, then blinked in the sunlight.

Looking around she sighed and knew she was  safe. After so many years of yelling, fists and kicks, the birds yells made her flash back for an instant.

Safe, such a small word that meant so much. Courage, another word  she had found recently. The courage to leave, to move,  to be herself.

So many years she lived in fear. She didn’t think he would find her. She hoped, wished, wanted for a new life for so many years. Now she had it.  She smiled.



(I wrote this to honor Domestic Violence Awareness month. As a survivor sometimes it just takes one person holding out their hand to help to make the difference between life and death. Literally. It’s hard to find that courage when you are in a situation of abuse. You feel alone, helpless and think no one will help. If you or anyone you know is in this kind of situation, reach out your hand for help, we will grasp hold. If you need someone to talk to email me, I will help.     jlroeder (at) mail (dot) com)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Another weekly photo challenge. Saturated. Now this should be interesting. I’m not much of a photographer, but I am learning.

Hope you enjoy my weekly interpretation of the photo challenge. Thank you!



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  13. Saturated – Wild Animals. | Anne Squared
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