The Road or the Mirror | Flash Fiction | Friday Fictioneers 13 Jan, 2023

Flash Fiction

Hello and welcome back to another story snack! Here is the 100-calorie-pack of writing, a 100-2ord short story. based on the Friday Fictioneers Writing Challenge for 13 January 2023. Feel free to write your own story and come play. Here’s mine.

PHOTO PROMPT (C) Fleur Lind

Genre: Narrative/memoir

The Road or the Mirror?

With all its heartache, some kicked 2022 to the curb.

Not me. I felt that way about 19, 20, and 21. My soul-crushing 22 far surpassed the them.

So, I said nothing as 22 passed into tearful memories.

And yet, I rise from last year’s ashes.

My traumatized rescue cat, Twitch, learned how to receive love.  

The untimely passing of my guide dog brought me a charming, stub-tailed yellow lab named Glamour, who makes me laugh every day. She inspired me to write my first children’s book.

And so, I focus on the road ahead instead of the rear-view mirror.

Thanks for reading!

Ronda Del Boccio

Pollinators in the Park: 100-Word Flash Fiction

Well, I’m finally playing with the 100-word Friday Fictioneers flash fiction story again! Feel free to write your own take on this prompt and come play!

The objet of the game is to write a story of exactly 100 words inspired by the photo prompt.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot and I have no idea what this is supposed to be

“Today, we’re going to Rochester Municipal Park,” said Katie, my guide dog trainer.

I shouted for joy. My new dog jumped up, stub-tail wagging at lightning speed.

Katie laughed. “I knew you’d be happy, Ronda.”

Much had changed since I went to Michigan for my first Leader Dog, including a new sundial in 2017 and my favorite, the 2022 Louise Jones mural featuring local plants and pollinators. Black-eyed susans and purple coneflowers (echinacea), popped up amidst vibrant green blades of grass while bees, moths, and butterflies cavorted around.

I love that all of Jones’s murals feature only local elements.

***

Here’s a photo from my trip to see this gorgeous mural.

Here We Go Again!

This is a story for Friday Fictioneers based on real life events.

Find the original story at this link. The photo prompt is below.

PHoto showing a space with some boxes and hooks for organizing. Photo credit, Alicia Jamtass

Genre: Memoir

Filled with dread, I cross several states to see my friend. I know what awaits and how I will feel.

I open the door to the dimly-lit disaster she calls home. It’s full of dust, clutter, and disordered piles with precious little walking space. IT’s all closing in on me, and the panic attack overtakes me.

To spare her feelings, I go into the bathroom, sob, and stuff down the panic. I yearn to go home.

Then, the arduous task of bringing order to her chaos begins…AGAIN.  I make it better, and it all goes to shit right after I leave.

Thunder’s Rustic Adventure – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction

Thanks for stopping by. I know I haven’t written anything in a long while. Life has been extra lifey lately with added caregiving responsibilities and a guide dog with a mystery illness that turned out to be cancer. My golden treasure went from diagnosis to dead in 5 weeks, but she only truly suffered for 1 day, a Sunday (and, sadly,  her 8t birthday on February 20), before I could get her to the vet and release her.

This story is exactly 100 words for Friday Fictioneers for 11 March 2022.

A smiling golden retriever guide dog, Jemma, gets petted. We see a child's hand and forearm to the left.
A smiling golden retriever guide dog, Jemma, gets petted. We see a child’s hand and forearm to the left.

I stared at my screensaver for quite a while before mustering any ideas. My ink well contained only dried-up flecks of useless nothing in it. At long last, I thought of a little shack I stayed in with my first guide dog, and a memory that I could turn into 100 words surfaced. So, here you go.

The photo writing prompt

photo of a cabin
PHOTO PROMPT © Lisa Fox – photo of a cabin

Thunder’s Rustic Adventure

I fastened Thunder’s guide harness and asked, “Ready to explore?”

She wagged her approval. The brochure probably called our cabin rustic, but I considered it neglected.

I directed her to find the path. She led me over gnarly patches of ground and around obstacles invisible to me.

Soon, we stepped onto the swaying dock. She paused.

“It’s okay, girl. Forward.” None too sure, she obliged. And we proceeded to the far railing.

A pandemonium of honks, splashes and wingbeats ensued. Evidently, a mother goose with her babies floated just beneath the corner.

Thunder took us to safety at a run.

3 colorful cartoon birds on a branch. 1 is reading from a book.
3 colorful cartoon birds on a branch. 1 is reading from a book.

Thanks for reading!

Want more stories?

This blog is full of story snacks for you to “munch” upon, and you can find my books on Amazon or wherever you get your reads.

Covers of They All Died Smiling in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, available at Amazon or your favorite fine retailer
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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.

If you’d like to write your own story for this writing prompt, please feel encouraged!

The Sights of Paris

Flash Fiction

Hello! I’m back again with another story snack, which is to say a 100-word tale.

This is for Friday Fictioneers for 7 January 2022. and you’re most welcome to write your own entry and post it on your blog (as long as you read and comment on at least some of the others!).

The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox

The Inspiration

This is based on a real trip to Paris I took when I was 12.

The Story: “The Sights of Paris”

Mom and I visited Montmartre during our day in Paris. Several artists vied for the attention—and money—of the more attractive tourists.

A curly-haired man, pencil behind his ear sauntered up, brandishing a lit cigarette. A breeze blew his long locks across his face, dislodging the pencil. I imagined “Let’s get it on” accentuating the moment.

He babbled sweet-talk to Mom in French, then ventured, “I show you all the best sights of Paris.” He struck a pose and revealed his drawing.

Mom shook her head and took us away.

“He’s not a tour guide,” I quipped.

Graphic of reading birds

Thanks for reading!

This blog is full of story snacks for you to “munch” upon, and you can find my books on Amazon or wherever you get your reads.

Covers of They All Died Smiling in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, available at Amazon or your favorite fine retailer
cover of the paranormal best-seller They All Died Smiling

Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015

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.

f you’d like to write your own story for this writing prompt, please feel encouraged!

Rubbing Dead Men

Hi! It’s been a hella life lately, so this is my first story in a while. At least my first here on the blog.

Hi! It’s been a hella life lately with loads of intensity, and I haven’t blogged stories in way too long. So here goes. This one’s for Friday Fictioneers for the week of 17 December 2021. If you’d like to write your own 100-word story, feel free! Just click the date above, then the frog to add your blog posted story.

Here’s the photo prompt.

Image by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The image is of a wine cellar. My brain went back to doing brass rubbings in London when I was 12. Mom and I saved for over a year to have a grand adventure. So, here it is.

Rubbing Dead Nobles

“We’re going to make brass rubbings of dead people?” I asked Mom.

“Yes.”

“Okay,” I’d rather people-watch outside, but sure. Let’s spend the day in a dank crypt sounds better.

This would be interesting for about an hour to any 12-year-old.

“It’ll be fun.”

Says every mom when it most certainly will NOT be anything like a good time.

While scraping brass crayons into dark paper over raised images on stone coffins, ghosts of dead who hadn’t moved on nattered at me. I had to talk to them only in my head.

I sent a hundred onward, but several stayed.

***

Thanks for reading!

This blog is full of story snacks for you to “munch” upon, and you can find my books on Amazon or wherever you get your reads.

Covers of They All Died Smiling in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, available at Amazon or your favorite fine retailer
cover of the paranormal best-seller They All Died Smiling

Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015

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.

f you’d like to write your own story for this writing prompt, please feel encouraged!

Dark Blue with Red and White Stripes – Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction

Thanks for coming for a story snack! This one’s based on a photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers for 20 august 2021.You can follow that link and click the frog to read all the stories, and if you want, you can write your own!

The photo prompt:

PHOTO PROMPT© Lisa Fox

The Inspiration

I borrowed Kassidy Spence from They All Died Smiling, my paranormal cozy novel. But this is when she was eight, long before the action of the book. Her aunt and uncle took her in at age seven, and this is something good that happened to her.

You can get your copy from your local library or wherever you love to buy books!

Covers of They All Died Smiling in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, available at Amazon or your favorite fine retailer
Covers of They All Died Smiling, available in audio, print and ebook.

The Story: Dark Blue with Red and White Striped

A knock at the door interrupted supper.

“Who could that be?” Walt asked, his eyes sparkling. “Let’s go see, Kassidy.”

They opened the door to Mrs. Spence and her son.

Randy held onto the prettiest bike Kass had ever seen, dark blue with red and white stripes and a yellow flag flying above. It sparkled in the sunshine.

Randy nudged it at her. “Angie grew up too much for it, and we thought you might like it, since you’re the only girl here.”

“For me? Thank you!”

Randy shuffled. “Sure. Wanna ride?”

Beck wiped her eye. “Finish your supper first.”

1 bird reads to 2 others as they sit on a branch

Thanks for reading!

Want more stories?

This blog is full of story snacks for you to “munch” upon, and you can find my books on Amazon or wherever you get your reads.

Covers of They All Died Smiling in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, available at Amazon or your favorite fine retailer
cover of the paranormal best-seller They All Died Smiling

Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015

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.

f you’d like to write your own story for this writing prompt, please feel encouraged!

Flash Fiction: Let the Torture Begin!

Flash Fiction

Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been crazy busy lately, with a lot of things chowing my time and energy,, including a sick dog with a mystery bowel illness. So, I apologize for taking a few weeks off. Life’s just as nuts, but I needed a writing/reading break.

This story is for Friday Fictioneers for 30 July 2021. If you’d like to try writing your own story, please feel free! All you have to do is write a 100-word tale, publish it, connect to the frog, and READ/comment on the work of others.

Photo Writing Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT© Roger Bultot

Photo Description for the blind/visually impaired amongst you: I have no idea what this is, but the pic reminds me of going to the eye doctor. There’s a framish thingy up top, a rectangular thingy in the foreground, and I think some furniture off to the right background.

The Inspiration

Going to the eye doctor is sheer torture for me. This is just the beginning…

The Story: Let the Torture Begin!

Drops in my eyes pain me and blur my vision.

The dreaded doctor rolls up in front of me with his pointer. Moments later, the sun shines directly into my eyeball. He gets mad when my misbehaving orb rolls up into my head in protest.

It’s not as if I’m activating my bell reflex on purpose.

I struggle to keep my poor, abused eyes open at all. They water.

And the party has only begun. The next machine moving toward me looks like Mickey Mouse ears but is much less fun. I white-knuckle grip the base, bracing myself for pain.

1bespectacled bird on a branch reading to 2 others

Thanks for reading!

Want more stories?

This blog is full of story snacks for you to “munch” upon, and you can find my books on Amazon or wherever you get your reads.

Covers of They All Died Smiling in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, available at Amazon or your favorite fine retailer
cover of the paranormal best-seller They All Died Smiling

Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015

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.

f you’d like to write your own story for this writing prompt, please feel encouraged!

Urgent Care – Flash Fiction Story Snack

Thanks for stopping by for another “story snack.” Enjoy precisely 100 words of story based on a photo writing prompt for Friday Fictioneers for 4 June 2021

If you’d like to play, just follow the instructions on the host’s original post

The Photo Writing Prompt

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PHOTO PROMPT © Liz Young

Description for my blind/visually impaired readers: A car has crashed through a stone embankment.

The Inspiration

This one’s not fiction, folks. It’s the first place my mind went when I saw the prompt, and being highly relevant and personal, I disregarded my usual guidance and wrote that story rather than brainstorming a couple of other options first.

The Story: Urgent Care

He took Mom to urgent care at 9 PM. I cleaned blood out of the carpet, did the red-stained laundry, then walked home to wait.

Hours rolled by.

No call or even a text.

At midnight I texted him: Update?

Nothing.

Every half-hour I went back. Porch light still on. Nobody home.

Had he in his anger driven over an embankment or wrapped the car around a tree?

2:30, I had to sleep. They could call or text

I went back at seven. He, at least, was home. Too early to knock.

At ten, I entered. I hugged Mom tightly.

1 bird reading to 2 others. All perch on a branch.

Thanks for reading!

Want more stories?

This blog is full of story snacks for you to “munch” upon, and you can find my books on Amazon or wherever you get your reads.

Covers of They All Died Smiling in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, available at Amazon or your favorite fine retailer
cover of the paranormal best-seller They All Died Smiling

Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015

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.

If you’d like to write your own story for this writing prompt, please feel encouraged!

Herd the Trees – Flash Fiction for Friday Fictioneers

Thanks for stopping by! Here’s a story snack for you. It’s based on a photo writing prompt for Friday Fictioneers 26 May 2021. If you’d like to write your own story, please come join in the fun. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting and to Bob Rost for the photo.

The Photo

PHOTO PROMPT © Miles Rost

Description, for my blind/visually impaired readers:  Well, all I can tell you is there’s greenery on the right, cement on the left, and something that reminds me a bit of a unicorn horn in some sort of track in the middle. I gather from reading others’ stories that there’s a but and a barbed-wire fence. I guess that’s the thing that looks a bit swirly in the middle.

The Inspiration

I couldn’t figure out anything but the greenery in the photo, and this brought to mind a conversation my bestie and I have all the time when she visits me.

The Story: Herd the Trees.

“The trees are too close to the road,” Seana whined. “Someone needs to herd them back.” She navigated around an Ozarks hilly curve.

I laughed. “You’re such a desert rat. You hate all the green, but I love it.”

“I love it over there, in the distance, not hovering over MY road.”

Though we had been besties for decades, we enjoyed wildly different climates. I lived in near-desert areas for twenty years. I got tired of the prickly plants and missed my coniferous trees with their lushness.

“Too bad we don’t like living in each other’s preferred environments,” I mused.

Reading Birds graphic

Thanks for reading!

Want more stories?

This blog is full of story snacks for you to “munch” upon, and you can find my books on Amazon or wherever you get your reads.

Covers of They All Died Smiling in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, available at Amazon or your favorite fine retailer
cover of the paranormal best-seller They All Died Smiling

If you want to write your own story, please click the Friday Fictioneers link above.

Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio

100p_ronda-del-boccio_head-shot-dec-2015

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.