A Sunbeam, Some Lumps, and a Ledge

Flash Fiction

Thanks for stopping by for another story snack! This one is for Friday Fictioneers blog challenge for 26 June 2020. Thanks as always to our hostess, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

The Photo Writing Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Todd Foltz

Description for my blind/visually impaired readers: The story is about what I see.

The Inspiration

When I look at the photo prompts, I often am not sure what I’m seeing. So today, I decided to pull back the curtain and let you know my first impression of today’s prompt. I’m also sharing this for an episode of my Low Vision Living Podcast, since it fits so well.

The Story: A Sunbeam, Some Lumps, and a Ledge

Genre: Memoir/Real Life

Word Count: 100

It takes my eyes awhile to figure out what I’m seeing, especially in an unfamiliar situation.

Visual chaos disorients and overwhelms me, whether from a cluttered room, a checkerboard restaurant floor, a patterned tablecloth, or sun-dappled shadows on the ground.

When I look at a picture, it often takes me a few tries to know what I’m seeing. First, I get the energetic impression, then my brain pieces together elements that make the most visual sense.

So, when I saw today’s photo prompt, I first experienced the sun energy, and then I saw a sunbeam, some lumps, and a ledge.

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Gallivanting with My Bestie | Weekend Writing Prompt 162

Flash Fiction

Thanks for stopping by for a quick read! Here’s a 46-word story based on a word writing prompt.

The 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.

The Inspiration

I’m going clothes shopping with my bestie when she gets into town later this week, and this is the conversation I can imagine happening between myself and Mom when she asks what we’re doing.

The Story Gallivanting with My Bestie

“Where are you two gallivanting off to today?” Mom asked.

“Clothes shopping.”

“You need more clothes? Why?”

“Most of what I own is either half my age and falling apart, and/or two sizes too big now. I don’t want to go around looking like a shlumpadinka.”

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Gutters | Flash Fiction Featuring Kassidy from My Paranormal Novel They All Died Smiling

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Hi! Thanks for stopping by for a little story snack! This one’s 100 words for the Friday Fictioneers blog challenge for 19 June 2020, based on a photo prompt.

Flash Fiction

The Photo Writing Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Description, for my blind/visually impaired readers. Through a window with a sheer valence, we see shows and the bottoms of legs on a ladder.

The Inspiration

I wanted to use characters from my paranormal novel They All Died Smiling so I have a chance to share Kassidy and her family with you. This takes place when she’s ten and living on the farm with her Aunt Beck, Uncle Walt, and their four boys.

Genre: Realistic Fiction from a Paranormal World

Word COunt: 100

The Story: Gutters

“Kassidy, I don’t want you up on the roof cleaning gutters.”

“Why not?”

“One of the boys can do it.”

“Aunt Beck, it’s gonna storm soon, and I bet there’s a ton of leaves in there.”

“But you’re…” She flaited

“A girl?”

“No, ten.”

“I can do it just as well as the boys. Besides, the stew’s in the oven and I’ve got time before I make the biscuits.”

Tears filled her eyes. I ran over and hugged her hard. “And you’re busy with Uncle Walt. I’ll be fine.”

She nodded. “If you fall off that ladder, I’ll kill you.”

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Sanctuary Secret

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Here’s a flash fiction story for you, written for Friday Fictioneers 12 April 2019

Flash Fiction

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog challenge in which the host shares a photo writing prompt. You write a 100-word story that touches on the image in some way. It’s not about the specifics of the prompt. It’s about what comes to mind. Please feel encouraged to write your own tale and play along if you wish!

Here’s the photo prompt

Here’s the inspiration

Kassidy Spence, the Reluctant Demon Hunter, goes on what is supposed to be another interview for the paper, but supernatural powers have other ideas. You can buy the paranormal/urban fantasy novel They All Died Smiling everywhere online, offline- or at your local library in print, ebook or audio. Just ask for it by name.

Genre: Paranormal

Word count: 100

The Story: Sanctuary Secret

My footsteps echoed. First visit to a nun house, but my signs warned of demon trouble.

“I’ve been waiting for you.” A plain-clothes nun approached on cat feet.

My heart thudded. “I’m Kassidy Spence from the Trib. Are you Sister Francesca?” I looked at my watch, relieved to be ten minutes early.

“Yes. I didn’t say you were late.”

My palms stung so hard I thought they’d burst into flame. How to handle this?  I pulled out my smartpen and notebook for the interview.

The nun shook her head. “Follow me. God always puts us where we need to be.”

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Freedom on the Rocks

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Welcome, and thank you for visiting! This is a flash fiction story for Friday Fictioneers, a weekly writing challenge based on a photo writing prompt.

Flash Fiction

Wanna play? You’re most welcome to join in the fun! Get the prompt and participation instructions here.

The Photo Writing Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

The Inspiration:

The photo reminded me of a scene from the prologue of They All Died Smiling My publisher wouldn’t print it, so the only way to read it is either the redacted version of this scene here (to accommodate the 100-word limit) or by subscribing to receive free stories. You’ll get the whole prologue and some other goodies when you do that. You can se the form below or click InnerGuidanceOnDemand.com/read.

The Story: “Freedom on the Mountain” from the forbidden chapter of They All Died Smiling:

Genre: Paranormal

Word count: 100

The spectacular view of pink and golden rays of sunlight streaming through a hole in dark grey clouds lit her way like the Star of Bethlehem.

Alison cried, “Thank you, Jesus; I’m free!” as she leapt over the edge.

She hurtled toward the rocky ground. The whoosh of air tugged at her hair and eyelashes. She shouted and laughed her way down the nine-hundred-foot drop.

Her bones shattered before the echo of her triumphant shouts faded into memory. Like a sacrificial offering, her lifeblood dripped down the rocks and into the stream, tinting it crimson, diluting her essence.

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Hawk Spirals

Flash Fiction

I hope you enjoy this flash fiction story For Friday Fictioneers4 January 2019

PHOTO PROMPT © Russell Gayer

The Story: Hawk Spirals

Word count: 100

Genre:  Mystical

Big sky welcomes me, inviting me to play. Thermals call to me.  I take wing and sing.

Glorious sun warms cold mountain stone. I rise to catch and ride those glorious thermals. They carry me on steady wings. I sing my joy into the morning.

My mate soars over the ridge. Sun’s radiance amplifies her beauty. Wind ruffles her feathers. She catches my eye, dives.

I chase. I nearly grasp her. She banks and bursts upward. I climb to meet her. We enjoy this game often.

We spiral closer and closer together until our paths unite. We sing our love.

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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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We Are Heard

Flash Fiction

Here’s another Flash Fiction tale inspired by a photo prompt, with my thanks.

Flash Fiction

We Are Heard

By Ronda Del Boccio

For Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge #1

Genre: Mystical

Word count: 185

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I play my flute to bring healing and light into the world. Breeze carries my uplifting tune through the forest, then away. I give thanks for the melody that comes to my heart and plays through me. It is not my tune, but Nature’s.

Crow caws a cacophonous cry, adding his voice to the prayer. Other birds join, cardinals and finches melding their melodious notes. Trees rustle with us. And does the brook bubble just a little louder? Or perhaps, more intentionally. I feel her spirit enhance our prayer.

I feel the power of our intent, amplified as more join the Call. The energy spreads and spreads past the forest, towns, cities, lakes, rivers…I send the collective love and gratitude across the oceans, all over the world.

Animals come. I hear their footsteps. Squirrels scamper into the tree beside me. Deer encircle me. A goat from the nearby farm stares. He bleats along with the song.

We raise the energy higher, further, wider, and with a final joyous trill, I complete the melody. Its echoes ring, fading slowly.

“Thank you, Great Divine. We are heard.”

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Paper Roses

Flash Fiction

Here’s a super-short story, 100 words, to be precise. It’s from a fun blog challenge called Friday Fictioneers.

The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for 22 February 2019

The Inspiration

When you write a novel, the characters really come to life. They each have habits, hobbies, interests, and so forth. Aunt Beck doesn’t appear in my paranormal/urban fantasy novel They All Died Smiling, but she raised Kassidy, the protagonist, and is mentioned.

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The Story: Paper Roses

I set the groceries on the counter. Aunt Beck at the craft-covered table. Pens, paper, tape runner, glue, and more covered every inch. “Good thing we’re not eating in here.”

“Kass, run this through the cutter,” she said, not looking up.

“Uh, wanna let me put away the food first?”

“Not really.” Her smile crinkled her eyes. “Need to finish these for the table decorations.”

I picked up a page of roses. “Let me save you hours.”

“How?”

“I’ll copy this on the printer so you don’t have to hand-color.”

She smacked her forehead. “Why didn’t I think of that?”

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Dolphin Ally

Flash Fiction

Welcome to another one of my Magical Stories. The photo writing prompt for Friday Fictioneers 25 April 2019 inspired this one. This flash fiction story is 100 words.

If you want to come play, please feel free to join us!

The Photo Inspiration

This is an excerpt from a mystical tale about a young Dolphin Ally concerned with the human he is destined to guide. It’s from my story  “Into the Bubble.”

The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

The Story: Dolphin Ally

by Ronda Del Boccio

Genre: Mystical/Metaphysical

Word count: 100

“I can’t reach my ward.”

Sunny pokes my belly with her nose, pushing me out of my repetitive path. I do my best to give her my attention.

“You have a human to guide?” Her mouth drops open.

“Yes.”

“Since when?”

“Just recently.”

She twirls. “Really? What do you know about your One?”

“She’s not quite a woman but not a child either.”

“Like us.”

“Yes, and she needs my help.”

“Does she call to you asking for guidance?”

“Well, not exactly.”

Sunny presses her nose into mine. “Then why worry? She will call when she’s ready, won’t she?”

“She grieves.”

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The Bones of My Vision

Flash Fiction

How about a little story break? This one’s only 100 words. Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog challenge in which you write a 100-word or less story based on a photo prompt.

Here is this week’s PHOTO PROMPT © J.S. Brand

And here is my story.

The Bones of My Vision

92 words

I sat in my circle of salty tears, seeking a vision on a moon-dark night.

“What’s next?”

I paced the circle for warmth and wisdom.

“Yup, I’ve been going in circles. I ’m done.”

I leaned against the tree.  Lumps poked me.  My frigid fingers explored. Thick shafts with knobs and a dome with holes.

Bones?

No. Skill, not sick preservation. Stone, not bone.

Yet, bones that shape and structure.

I smiled. “Back to the roots of who I am. Thank you.”

I discharged my circle as first light broke the night.

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