A Chicago Thing: Friday Fictioneers 18 Sept 2020 Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction

Thank you for stopping by! You are also welcome to write a 100-word flash fiction story for Friday Fictioneers 18 Sept 2020.

Flash Fiction

The Photo

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Description: It’s a city with tall buildings in the background, a car and smashed stuff in the foreground.

The Inspiration

Today’s photo brought me back to my roots in Chicago.

The Story: A Chicago Thing

Word count: 100

Genre: realistic fiction with characters from my paranormal novel They All Died Smiling,

Kassidy trudged along the snowy sidewalk. It’s sure be nice if people would shovel.

Walking along a residential street, she saw a table in a parking space. Had it not been snowing, she would have taken a photo of the oddity.

Amused, she noticed other furniture and sawhorses similarly marking cleared parking spots.

Must be a Chicago thing.

Swearing assaulted Kassidy’s ears. Just before the last corner, a man in an SUV hurled a sawhorse, smashing it to pieces. Still cussing a blue streak, he revved and parked.

Claire welcomed her inside. “I can’t wait to learn your cobbler recipe.”

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Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

Cupcakes and Old Haunts

Flash Fiction

Welcome, and thanks for reading! Here’s another flash fiction store in exactly 100 words for Friday Fictioneers 11 September 2020. You’re invited to play along! You can use the photo prompt to inspire your own story snack.

Flash Fiction

Photo Writing Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Description for my blind and visually impaired readers: This is a store front with a sign in the window reading, “Nope.”

The Inspiration

I wanted to have another story using Kassidy from They All Died Smiling because I can. Kassidy worked at a bakery through high school. She visits her old place of employment in this story.

Genre: Mundane…um, mainstream but using a character from a paranormal novel.

Word count: 100

The Story: Cupcakes and Old Haunts

The smell of fresh-baked bread dragged me by the nose to the bakery where I worked through high school.

The jangly bell announced my arrival.

“I’ll be right with you—Kassidy?”

“Yup. It’s been a few years. Glad to see you’re still in business.”

Bill squashed me hard. “I was just thinking of you.”

Brushing flour off my coat, I teased him for wearing his best work. “Why were you thinking of me, after all these years?”

“Those chocolate decadence cupcakes. Your recipe. Our best seller.”

“And I with no royalties.”

“Nope.”

We clinked a cupcake toast and caught up.

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Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

Endless Barriers Summit | Friday Fictioneers 4 Sept ’20 Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction

Thank you for coming for another story! This is a flash fiction story for Friday Fictioneers for 4 September 2020. Please feel encouraged to come play along!

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Flash Fiction – a VERY shot story

The Photo Writing Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © CEAyr

Description for my blind/visually impaired readers: This looks to me like a busy corner with shops and people.

The Inspiration

This picture transported me to the No Barriers Summit of 2019 in California, which was a harrowing event for me.

The Story: Endless Barriers Summit

No barriers? I wish.

For the wounded warriors, chair users, and deaf, yes. The team did everything possible to accommodate those disabled.

But I, blind traveling alone, spent the entire event panicked and confused. My guide dog and I trekked endless miles getting lost, hunting down sessions across the sprawling destination hotel complex. I cried and experienced countless anxiety attacks until finally settling in the right place.

I expected more of the renowned mountaineer founder, who’s totally blind. But all he had to do was plop his hand on someone’s shoulder and they’d take him wherever he needed to be.

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Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

Endless Gratitude | Weekend Writing Prompt #172

Welcome to another short piece. This one’s for the weekend writing prompt.

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s Comment Section.

Endless brushing

Lustrous golden fur.

Licks, play, fun.

Endless gratitude for the

Brown-eyed beauty

Who guides my steps.

 

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Beyond the Footlights | Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Story

Flash Fiction

Welcome back to another flash fiction story! This one’s for Friday Fictioneers28 Aug. 2020. You’re most welcome to play along. Just go to her post and follow the guidelines.

 The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Description for my blind/visually impaired readers: This could be a couple of dancers in glowing light with indistinct features…or maybe it’s trapeze acts? Not sure. But you see a couple of glowing figures against a dark background, and they could be dancing or a circus act.

The Inspiration

A former dancer I know inspired this story.

The Story: Beyond the Footlights

Genre: Realistic fiction

Word count: 100

“Oh, I hurt,” Mom grips the handles of her rollator cart and shambles to the bedroom. She thinks we don’t know about her secret vodka stash.

But we do.

The whole family knows.

A thud. She’s down in the hall. Her husband and I drag her pathetic ass to bed.

“It’s every girl’s dream to pick her lush of a mother off the floor.”

Mom’s hot bod and skill once empowered her to dance on stages across North America. Now…

“She won’t see a doctor. What happens when she hurts herself?” Tony asks.

“She’ll have to live with the consequences.”.

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100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

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Talking to the Dog: Friday Fictioneers Challenge

Flash Fiction

Welcome back for another flash fiction story. This one’s 100 words for Friday Fictioneers fo Aug 21, 2020. Feel encouraged to try your hand at writing a 100-word story!

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The photo Writing Prompt

 

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

Description for my blind/visually impaired readers: This is a large, old house with a fence around it and trees.

The Inspiration:

My mind took me to my Aunt Bobby’s old house in Mound City, Missouri, where we would spend a few weeks over summer when I was a girl. She had a huge back dog named Jet who lived outside. I talked with him and other animals often. The hens let me pull eggs out from under them for our breakfast, and I thought it was magical to do this. I still did when I raised chickens of my own a few years back.

So…this is actually a memoir. Jet really did do what I attribute to hm in this story, and there really was a hen in trouble.

Genre: Memoir

Word count: 100

The Story: Talking to the Dog

“I’m coming,” I called, running to the back door.

Aunt Bobby shaped her pie crust. “What are you doing?”

“Jet says there’s a hen with her foot caught in the fence.”

She gave me that look all grown-up did when they thought I was playing let’s pretend. But the gigantic dog and I talked all the time. He met me at the door.

“Where?”

“Back corner.” His deep voice rumbled in my head.

“Easy, girl,” I assured the hen. Struggling and flapping, she pecked at me, but I got her foot free.

Aunt Bobby stood at the back door, watching.

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100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

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Scripting | Friday Fictioneers 4 Aug 2020 Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction

Welcome back to another flash fiction story for Friday Fictioneers 4 August 2020 challenge based on a photo writing prompt. Thanks as always to the amazing and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting.

The Photo Writing Prompt

Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Description (for my blind/visually impaired readers)  We see a street with buildings and palm trees beneath a blah sky. Rochelle told me this was taken in Hollywood. We see the heads of lots of people at the bottom.

The Inspiration

A friend who might actually finally be starting to do the work.

The Story, Scripting

“I know exactly who I want to play the lead in my screenplay,” Chantelle says.

“That’s something.”  You mean who you want to play the lead in the script you haven’t written.

“He was in one of my favorite shows. I’m using law of attraction to meet him.”

“How far along are you?” I so want her to finish it and go for her desire. Chasing dreams is important.

“Well…”

“How about you use law of attraction to attract your butt to the chair and fingers to the keys so you can have something to show him when you do?”

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100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

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Getting Hitched

Flash Fiction

Can you actually believe I’m finally doing the Friday Fictioneersprompt on Wednesday, when it actually comes out? I wrote my last couple tardy because of life.

Yeah, I know…weird. The challenge starts on Wednesday and ends on Tuesday but is called Friday. I’m sure people used to post on Friday, but here we are. You’re most welcome to play along. Just click over to Rochelle’s blog and follow the instructions. I’d love to see what you write!

The Photo Writing Prompt and

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast

Description of the photo for my blind and visually impaired readers: This is a picture of the point at which two train cars link. It’s a foggy day with tracks and ground in the background.

The Story: Getting Hitched

Genre: Western

Word count: 100

“Congratulations.” Jim smacked Conor on the back so hard he slopped his beer.

“You made me spill. That’s alcohol abuse.”

“Where did you get hitched?”

“Hitched?”

“Don’t they call it that in Ireland?” Jim indicated Conor’s wedding ring. “Married.”

“Only for a horse and cart.”

“You people talk weird.”

Conor pointed at Jim’s cowboy hat. “Not as weird as you people dress.”

Scowling, Jim repositioned his hat and rested his elbows back on the bar.

“Last week.”

“You Irish call it…?”

“Tying the knot.”

“Same thing as hitched.”

“Comes from the old Celtic ways when a couple bound their hands.”

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100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

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Contest Entry Dismissed Based Solely on Topic

Being a writer has its frustrations.

I’m the contest coordinator for a regional writing organization. Today, I was talking with one of the judges.

“One of the stories was about the pandemic, and I’m read enough of that with my blog challenge.”

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When a writer enters a contest, we know the judging is subjective. You can’t clock the speed of a story or see how high it jumps before knocking down the pole.

I always want to hope that judges will award prizes based on the actual merits of a story: Is the writing good? Does the dialogue ring true? Are the characters interesting? Is the piece mostly error-free? Those are the questions I hope are in the judge’s mind.

But for whoever dared to wrote a pandemic piece, the judge summarily dismissed it based solely on the topic. Considerations of writing quality never even entered the room.

I feel sad and frustrated\ for that entrant who wasn’t given a fair chance.

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100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

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Artistic Vision

Flash Fiction

Welcome back for another Friday Fictioneers flash fiction piece based on a photo writing prompt…late again. I’ve been busy with my writing organization’s writing contest. I’m both a contestant and the chairperson. So, at last, here is this week’s entry.

The Photo Writing Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

Description: This is a sGORGEOUS tained glass suncatcher showing a dolphin.

The Inspiration

I’m an author and an artist. I paint. Some hold the opinion of the character in this story.

The Story:  Artistic Vision

Holding two of my faux stand glass sun catchers up to the window, a woman made appreciative noises.

“I can’t decide. I love butterflies and hummingbirds,” she said.

“Do you have two windows?”

“I do.”

“Get both.”

She looked around. “Where’s the artist?”

“You’re talking to her.”

“You couldn’t have made these.”

She smelled of my grandmother’s favorite perfume and snobbery.

“Oh really? Why not?”

“Well, a blind person can’t paint.”

“I live to bust beliefs.” I gestured to the table full of cards, paintings, and window hangings, all of which I had created myself. “Anything’s possible when you’re determined.”

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About Ronda Del Boccio

100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

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