The Role I Want | Flash Fiction

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Thanks for stopping by for a story! This is a second go at this week’s Friday Fictioneers flash fiction writing prompt for 28 February 2020. I love being in and going to plays, and another inspiration for a good share came to me.

Flash Fiction

The Photo Prompt

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

For my visually impaired guests, this photo shows a stage production with a number of performers.

The Inspiration

My love of theater inspired me. When in the seats, I imagine what role I would want to play. My parents were performers, and I put in my licks quite a bit in my younger days as well. I even scored a role in a community theater production of Once Upon a Mattress in the 90s. Although I’m not in plays at the moment, I perform in different ways.

The Story: The Role I want

Genre: Memoir

Word Count: 100 Words

As a girl, whenever I went to the theater, I imagined what part I wanted. I still do this.

Stopping myself singing along, I saw the Broadway touring company of Les Miserable in the ‘80s. I wanted to play Eponine who was so much more interesting than Cosette. Not the lead, she wasn’t automatically expected to be thin. Plus, I had the pipes, acting and dancing ability for it.

Watching the 2012 movie with my friend, I realized the only significant age-appropriate female role left for me was the innkeeper’s wife, Mrs. Thenardier.

That’s okay. I like her part too.

Reading-birds

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Ronda Del Boccio

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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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Fat People Only Get Character Parts | Flash Memoir

Thanks for coming back for another story! This flash fiction is a 100-word memoir of my high school years based on this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt. Want to play along? Click this week’s thread and follow instructions on the post.

This one brought me to a dark place.

This story is NOT fiction, but since our host, Rochelle Wisoff, sometimes has memoirs, I figure so can I. Besides, the conversation might not have gone down precisely like this. We had many similar moments, my mom and I.

The Photo

The Inspiration

Mom used to be what is known in the theater as a “triple threat,” meaning that she could dance, sing, and act. She always said fat people only got character parts. Only thin people got the lead.

Did you ever hear of the Cambridge Diet? It was all the rage in the early 80s.  Mom put me on that. I lost some weight on it for a while and probably earned my permanently messed-up metabolism from that and mom’s other efforts to turn me into a skinny person. She had me on Weight Watchers in grade school, too.

The Story: Fat People Only Get Character Parts

“They think that tastes like chocolate?”

“I don’t care what it tastes like.” Glaring at me, Mom slammed the canister of Cambridge Diet powder she had bought me onto the table. She smacked an old pickle jar into my hand.

“I don’t think I can do this.”

“Fat people only get character parts. Never the lead.”

I couldn’t breathe.

“Just do it.”

Chin quivering with the effort to keep from crying, I went to my room and opened the floodgates.

I took my “lunch” into the bathroom to consume it in a bathroom stall while tears streamed down my face.

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

Ronda Del Boccio

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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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Birthday Betrayal Weekend Writing Prompt

The word for this week’s writing prompt brought me to an abysmal experience. If you would like to write your own story, please feel encouraged to play. You will add the LINK to your blog post with the story to the COMMENTS section of the prompt post on Sammi Scribbles.

Birthday Betrayal

by Ronda Del Boccio

93 words

The Universe delivered everything he asked for in me: a companion with a working brain. Someone who cares about personal development. Someone dedicated to being a light in a dark world. Someone who supports his goals and dreams. Someone who throws her whole self into living.

I connected him with priceless contacts, funding for his nonprofit, a free motorhome, a year of food and treats for his service dogs in training, and more.

With no explanation, he cut off all contact and threw it all away in a single day.
An abysmal birthday.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll share a comment.

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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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Soul Sucker | Flash Fiction for Sammi Cox Weekend Writing Prompt 139: Devour

Flash Fiction

The first thing that came to mind for Sammi Cox’ Weekend Writing Prompt 139 “Devour” is the booze that devours people’s lives. Sadly, someone I care about a lot has chosen this soul-sucking path.

Flash Fiction

The Story: The Soul-Sucker

By Ronda Del Boccio

Word count: 108

Genre:  Reality (not me bt someone I love)

Georgia separates her vodka bottle from the rest of the groceries and tucks it behind the driver’s seat.

With her husband at home, she abandons her stash. Tomorrow morning, he goes to his class. Then, she will grab her two canes and shamble the one-hundred-foot journey to the garage to retrieve her crave. I have enough for today.

She knows about the dozen surveillance cameras watching both around and inside her home, but they don’t cross her mind.

Nobody sees me. Nobody knows.

She carries her glass of ice into the bedroom and adds the booze. While watching crime show reruns, she devours her drink and drowns her sorrows.

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

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 my way to work

I adored reading what I wanted 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!

Cheers to your B.L.I.S.S.-FULL life!,

Ronda

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