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.

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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!

Flash Fiction
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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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.

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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Blind Non-Driver Harrassed for Inability to Attend Drive-by Party | Low Vision Living!Podcast

Welcome back to another episode of Low Vision Living! In this week’s episode, I talk about a truly disheartening situation I faced recently.

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I’m a mostly blind (aka low vision) non-driver living rural with no buses. During the pandemic, my friend hosted a drive-by birthday party for her husband. Find out what happened when I told her, “I hope you have a great time. I most likely won’t be able to make it.”

Suffice to say that I had to say NO numerous times to her about this party and her subsequent drive-by celebration.

Perhaps I’m a bad friend? I’m certainly being treated that way. I hope nothing like this ever happens to you, but I suppose certain situations reveal the depth of someone’s friendship.

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Low Vision Hacks for Measuring Ingredients: Low Vision LIVING! Podcast

If you’re a low vision or blind person who struggles with measuring ingredients for cooking, you’ll want to tune in to this week’s episode of Low Vision Living!

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The big overall message is to pour out over a bowl or cup, never over the food you’re in the process of preparing, and never a naked counter.

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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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Low Vision Hijinx S2E2: Travel Insider Tips 1: Getting Help

Welcome back to Low Vision Hijinx!

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I recently took a trip that had a LOT of hardships. Some weather/”stuff happens” related, and some human idiocy…er…error.

I picked up an incredible tip when traveling. Something I learned through the school of life that I pass along to you…

I now have the disability services number for American Airlines saved as a Google contact in my phone. I had to call them for both legs of my trip. Ended up getting 2100 award miles because of what a tough time I had. Learn more in this week’s episode:

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Low Vision Hijinx S2E1: ADA & the Types of Assistance Dogs

OK, since I’ve been AWOL for so long, I decided to call this Season 2 of Low Vision Hijinx, which you can hear wherever you get your podcasts!

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This episode is about how the law distinguishes the various types of assistance dogs.

Service Dogs assist a person with a disability in at least 1 function, such as guiding, hearing, balance, retrieving, or pulling a wheelchair. They have access everywhere except in sterile environments, such as operating theaters, clean rooms, and restaurant kitchens.

Therapy/Comfort Dogs provide comfort in arenas sch as hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. They do not enjoy the full access of service dogs.

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) only have access inside of residences, such as apartments, even where no pets are allowed. They can’t go into stores or other public places that do not allow dogs.

Here is the link to information about the law.

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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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013 Leaving for Leader Dogs! Low Vision Hijinx Piodcast

I’m off to get my new guide dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind in just a few days! I don’t know the gender or breed yet, so I’ll discover that when I’m there.

 I’ve been having fun buying a ball and reflective vest for my new dog.

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