Olive Juice | Flash Fiction

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoy this flash fiction story for Friday Fictioneers 1 Nov. 2019. If you’d like to play (write a 100-word tale), just click on the date and have fun. Each week you get a photo prompt and can write a tale inspired by it in any genre. The only limits are 100 words and your imagination.

The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Ronda Del Boccio

The Inspiration

I could write about anything, but it’s fun to let characters from my novel They All Died Smiling come out and play. Kassidy is the protagonist, and she has a terrible ability that has only messed up her life. By the time we meet her in the book, she’s a mid-twenties war widow. We only meet Randy in her memories on the page. But here on the web, we can meet him before his honorable but tragic death in war.

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The Story: Olive Juice

Genre: Mainstream story inspired by my paranormal/urban fantasy novel They ‘All Died Smiling featuring Kassidy, our hero of the book, and her late husband, Randy. He died before the action of the book. This tale occurs during their courtship.

Word count: 100

Randy and I dreamed of a train trip. With him leaving for war soon, we opted for the Branson Scenic Railway.

On board, he squeezed my hand. “Sorry this isn’t exactly what we planned, Kass.”

“Close enough for me.” I snuggled into him. A little thrill tickled my insides.

“I didn’t mean the train.”

“I know.” How could I help savoring every second as though it might be our last?

A guy on the platform mouthed to the woman in front of us.

“Did he say, ‘I love you’ or ‘olive juice’?” I whispered.

“Huh?”

“They look the same speech-read.”

Reading-birds

Thanks for reading nad commenting!

Cheers to your B.L.I.S.S.-FULL Life!!

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.

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Lunch Money | Flash Fiction

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Well, I suck at time, as usual. Not a news flash. Miss Tardy to the Party is getting her story posted under the wire. Not that writing 100 words takes long. Just life gets away from me. Can’t blame my lack of time sense on the time change, though that always messes me up. Thanks as always to Rochelle, who hosts Friday Fictioneers! I love this change to spin a yarn every week.

Flash Fiction

Anyway, this week’s photo let me think of a new story for Kass, our hero in the paranormal urban fantasy novel They All Died Smiling, available everywhere.

The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

The Inspiration

I like to write new stories that go with my novel. It’s a way to let people experience the characters in new ways! And maybe you’ll decide to pick up a copy.

In They All Died Smiling,  Kassidy grew up in the Ozarks but now lives in Chicago with her roommate, Julie. Jules is more the typical millennial. Kass grew up  on a farm. When I saw the food containers, I thought of how when I worked in offices and brought my homemade lunches, people drooled. If you want to see my books, go to my Amazon Author page.

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The Story: Lunch Money

By Ronda Del Boccio

Using characters Kassidy and Julie from They All Died Smiling

Genre: Mundane, but from the world of a supernatural book

Word count: 100

“Here’s your lunch.” I handed a container of homemade soup and some bread to Julie.

“Gee, thanks, Mom.”

“Keep that up and I’ll make you go back to making your own.”

Julie snorted. “I always ate out before you.”

“Wow, that’s expensive. I never had the budget for that. Not that I’d ever want to eat out that often.

“That’s because you cook. That’s partly how I got myself in debt.”

Unsure how to respond, I patted her shoulder.

“You save me a lot of money, Kass. Thanks.”

“Well, have a good one. And I’ll give you cooking lessons if you want.”

                                                                      Reading-birds

Thanks for reading! Do you bring lunch to work?

 

Lost Arts | Friday Fictioneers 25 October 2019

Flash Fiction

Welcome to another tale! I’ve been traveling without a computer and then jumping back into life as usual. WHEW! Lots going on. This is for a fun writing challenge called Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to the amazing and talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting!

Flash-Fiction_short-storyThe Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

The Inspiration

Kassidy, my heroine from my paranormal/urban fantasy novel They All Died Smiling, knows some of the lost skills young women typically lack these days, like doing shorthand, cooking, and sewing. This photo prompt inspired me to share a story between her and her roommate, Julie. It’s about a woman with a supernatural gift that has brought her nothing but heartache and betrayal that she must use to stop a diabolical murderer. You can get the book anywhere you love buying books.

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Lost Arts

“Jules, why are you stomping around?”

Cuss words jumped out of her mouth before she answered, ”I tore my dress.”

“You’re wearing a dress?”

“Ha ha. Very funny, Kass. I WAS going to wear it, but look.” She angled her right hip toward me, displaying a long tear down the seam.

“Take it off and hand it over.”

“What?”

“It’ll take me maybe 5 minutes to fix it.”

“So you do shorthand AND you sew?”

“Yup.”

“Did your Aunt Beck teach you that/”

“She sure did.”

“And you can make your own clothes too.”

“I don’t usually, but I can.”’

Reading-birds

Thanks for reading, and as always…

Cheers to your B.L.I.S.S.-FULL Life!!

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.

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A Better Pair: Friday Fictioneers Round 2

Flash Fiction

Here’s a second story for Friday Fictioneers 13 September 2019. Jump in if you wanna play too!

The Photo Prompt

For my blind/visually impaired readers, it’s a picture of a pair of reading gasses on a book.

PHOTO PROMPT © CEAyr

My Inspiration

The story relates something that really happened to me on a CTA Chicago Transit Authority, AKA public transit) bus in high school.

The Story: A Better Pair

Genre: Memoir

Word count: 100

 

With four hours of high school homework ahead of me, I started reading history on the bus on the way to work

I adored reading what I want to read, but it challenged me and caused great eyestrain. Then, as now, I had to hold what I was reading an inch from my eyes and wear an ugly, thick pair of glasses with special lenses.

“What’s wrong with your eyes?” My seat-mate poked me.

Nunya business. Not my job to satisfy your nosiness.

“You need better glasses,” she snarked.

“You paying? These cost $500.”

“Uh…”

“You need a better attitude.”

Reading-birds

Thanks for reading!

 

Trying to Make Me Sighted | Memoir | Friday Fictioneers

Flash Fiction

Thanks for stopping by! Here’s this week’s story for the Friday Fctioneers 13 September 2019 challenge. Anyone’s welcome to join in the fun! Thank you, Rochelle Wisoff for hosting.

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The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © CEAyr

My Inspiration

I may write more than one story this week, because a couple of memories came to mind. For this story, I remember being given glasses in third grade. Now, I’m legally blind with an unknown (at the time) condition since birth. I was in the “sight saving” division in a small classroom for most of my grade school years.

You’ll find out how the glasses helped me in this week’s story.

The Story: Trying to Make Me Sighted

Genre: Memoir

Word count: 100

My parents and Dr. Stillerman tried to make me sighted. All anyone could tell us was

that I had a damaged optic nerve.

I hated going to the eye doctor. Still do. My eyes roll back in my head when they shine the beam into them. And after exploratory surgery, I can’t handle anything in or near my eyes. Then I see blurs for hours, taking most of what I have.

They decided to try eyeglasses.

My teacher kept scolding me, “Put your glasses on.”

“Why? They don’t do anything but hurt my nose.”

“Because you have to.”

Bad answer.

Reading-birds

Thanks for reading!

Cheers to your B.L.I.S.S.-FULL Life!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award winning author, photographer and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Head shot of Ronda Del Boccioselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her 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.

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1955 World Book Encyclopedia in Braille

Flash Fiction

Here’s a flash fiction story that took me back to my first job out of grad school, but more about that in a moment…

Flash-Fiction_short-story

This is for the Friday Fictioneers blog challenge for 30 August 2019., hosted by the phenomenally talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields! If you’d like to play along, please jump in! Just follow the link. You’ll see Rochelle’s instructions, prompt, and her story.

The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Penny Gadd

My Inspiration – AKA Where My Mind Went

For my blind readers, the photo shows a bookcase that includes a basket, a vase, a set of encyclopedias and some other things.

I thought of the time I worked at a training center for blind people. When I walked through the place with my new boss, she showed me something I’d never seen before. I  hope you enjoy the story.

The Story: 1055 World Book Encyclopedia in Braille

Genre: Memoir

Word count: 100

“This is our Braille library,” my new boss said. Fat, square books lined one wall.

No library smells. “I’ve never seen so much Braille.” What occupies a shelf or two in print engulfs an entire wall in tactile tomes, but a thrill ran through me just the same.

“You read, right?”

“Slowly. Just learned a couple years ago.”

I pulled one down. No photos. Just brown paper with dots on one side.

I read, “World Book Encyclopedia.”

“That’s an old set.”

 “Copyright 1955. Older than me. Fine for practice.”

“Yes.”

“Let’s see…Moon: ‘One day, man will walk on the moon.’”

Reading-birds

Thanks for reading!

Cheers to your B.L.I.S.S.-FULL Life!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award winning author, photographer and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and bestHead shot of Ronda Del Boccioselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her 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.

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Caught with Her Pants Down | Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction

Hi! Thanks for stopping by and reading. This is a bit of flash fiction for Friday Fictioneers weekly blog challenge, which anyone can join! You look at the photo prompt and write whatever comes to mind. This one’s for 30 August 2019.

Flash-Fiction_short-story

The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Linda Kreger 

My Inspiration

When I looked at this picture, I thought of a story my friend told me. She was in college, and something made her fall out of her wheelchair. Her pants got caught on the chair, and she ended up bare-bottomed (except for her underwear), on the ground, completely embarrassed. She never wears loose-fitting clothes to this day.

The Story: Caught with Her Pants Down

Genre: Mainstream

Word count: 100

Sara had no idea how she ended up on the ground. One minute rolling, the next in a twisted heap with her pants caught on the wheelchair and around her ankles. She wiped bloody palms on the grass.

Unwanted tears welled. She smacked them away with the backs of her hands.

She looked around, expecting to see a guilty party fleeing. Nobody

I have to get my pants on and get going

Sara tried to hoist herself, but her acrobatic days were long gone.

Firm hands lifted her under the arms. “I’ll help you. You’ll be okay.”

Reading-birds

Thanks for reading!

Cheers to your B.L.I.S.S.-FULL Life!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award winning author, photographer and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Head shot of Ronda Del Boccioselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her 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.

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