2 minutes… Go…

Response to Unemployed Imagination: 2 Minutes. Go!
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Alone he stands staring at the tombstone of old pals.

“why them?” he cries into the dark silent night, as he hurls a rock in anger. “why them and not me? What did they ever do?”

His only answer is silence.

(I think that actually took slightly more than 2 minutes)

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Writer Wednesday Blog Hop Kick-Off (October 29, 2014)

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
~Lauren DeStefano, Wither

I can’t say fall is my favorite season because I associate it with rain and drear, but I have to say, the above quote gives me a bit of a pleasant perspective. Something to ponder, yes?

Another point to ponder… today’s Writer Wednesday Blog Hop Photo Reveal! I am diggin’ all the stories that have come in these past several weeks. The creativity from our community is so inspiring!

Before we get to the new prompt, here are the stories that birthed from last week’s photos. Be sure to read through them and leave some comment love for the authors!

Cross-Wires by Janni Styles (this entry inadvertently was left out of the blog hop from the week before. Our apologies to the author who had turned it in on time)

Belly Ache by Leanne Sype

Truth or Consequences by Debb Stanton

The Dream by Sally Stackhouse

Time Together by Taini Writes

Here is how the Blog Hop works so it’s fair for everyone:

  • Use the photo(s) and prompt provided to write a
    500-word story; all elements of the prompt must be a feature in the
    brief story you create. We aren’t counting, but for the fairness of the
    readers please, no 1000+ word entries.
  • If it is a two-photo prompt, the two photos must be visible in your story. If it’s the 1 photo/5 words prompt,the photo and 5 words MUST be clearly referenced in your story. Variations on a word are allowed within reason (for example: adding s, ed, ing to the word to be grammatically correct); but creating a new, unrelated, word is not. (To see an example of a “1 photo/5 word” story see Faith, Hope, Love, and Pink by one of our hostesses, Debb Stanton.)
  • Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Please Do Not share photos and/or prompt words as your own.
  • In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, we ask that you please reference the blog hop (not one of the hostesses) in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected.
  • Link your story through the blue froggy
    at the bottom by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your
    whole blog, please).

And now for your prompt!

Train

Mandatory words

whistle

inn

bully

headline

law

“Time Together” My #WWBH Story for October 22, 2014

 

October 22, 2014

Betty laughed as she fed a spoonful of chocolate chip M&M vanilla caramel ice cream to her boyfriend as they viewed the city lights from the vantage point of  the patio of their hotel room.  Roger accepted the spoonful with a smile then playfully returned the favor with an offered spoonful of his own.

Betty had been looking forward to this vacation with her boyfriend and fiance Roger Corter for over a month.  Both worked long hours; Roger working two jobs – one full-time and one part-time,  Betty also working a part-time job on top of a full-time load of classes at the local college.   Time together was precious and vacations together even more so.

Roger and Betty had known each other most all their lives and had  been dating off and on since Junior High.  They were planning to marry in a few months time.

They had arrived in the small town of Truth and Consequences earlier that evening after a several hour drive.  The drive itself was uneventful.  Gorgeous, but uneventful.  After checking in to their hotel, Betty and Roger had decided to check out the city’s sites.  Tomorrow they would check out one of the city’s hot springs spa.  For now they enjoyed a quiet evening together in their hotel room playfully feeding each other bites of ice cream.

As Roger fed Betty a bite of ice cream he accidentally, or purposely, got some on the tip of her nose.  Betty retaliated with another, well-placed, swipe of ice cream on Roger’s nose.  With a laugh Roger playfully licked the spot ice cream on Betty’s nose, his lips landing on hers in a gentle kiss.  A few moments later, Roger pulled Betty over on to his lap.

“I didn’t think we would ever be able schedule a vacation together” Roger said said as he wrapped his arms around  Betty’s waist.

“Nor did I”  Betty replied, snuggling against Roger chest with a contented sigh.

Roger brushed his lips lovingly against the top of Betty’s head.  He couldn’t wait till the day when they would start their new lives together as husband and wife.  He felt as if he had been looking forward to that day nearly his entire life.

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The above story was inspired on the below photos provided by our WWBH co-host Debb Stanton (Stanton Sunshine)

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#WWBH Wednesday Writer Blog Hop – October 22, 2014

Note:  I inadvertently published “immediately” rather than “scheduling” for tomorrow.  Rather than going in and changing the scheduling which I fear would mess things up with this post, I will leave the publishing alone.  Keep in mind that the “official” kick-off for the WWBH is (of course) Wednesday.  I do hope you’ll join us.

Here we are at Wednesday and another chance to exercise those creative muscles of the brain.  Our host this week is Debb from Stanton Sunshine.  Why not head on over and check her out… And then return back here for our weekly Blog Hop

October 22, 2014 October 22, 2014

Hello all! It’s already my (Debb’s) turn to host the blog hop again…where does the time go? In my immediate neck of the woods, even the bottom leaves of the oaks and maples have turned into their beautiful, gorgeous colors. It’s sad, though, because with the heavy winds lately, half of the leaves have already fell onto the ground. October is my favorite month of the year, but it is hastily moving on. So what am I doing? I am going to lighten up a little and see if I can choose two photos to make this a really fun blog hop. It’s fun for me to look for two very unrelated photos that would yield the most curious stories. 🙂
Let’s take a look at last week’s stories. Settle back, relax…and be truly amazed at the abilities of the writers.
Playing Emergency by Karen Knapp
Waking Up to a Mess by Tena Carr
Would you like to add to the fun and submit your own story for next week’s hop? Everyone is welcome! Here are the rules:
  • Use the photo(s) and prompt provided to write a
    500-word story; all elements of the prompt must be a feature in the
    brief story you create. We aren’t counting, but for the fairness of the
    readers please, no 1000+ word entries.
  • The two photos must be visible in your unless the blog hostess has determined that it will be a
    1 photo/5 words theme. If this is the case, the photo and 5 words MUST be
    clearly referenced in your story. Variations on a word are allowed
    within reason (for example: adding s, ed, ing to the word to be
    grammatically correct); but creating a new, unrelated, word is not. (To see an example of a “1 photo/5 word” story see Faith, Hope, Love, and Pink by one of our hostesses, Debb Stanton.)
  • Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Please Do Not share photos and/or prompt words as your own.
  • In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, we ask that you please reference the blog hop (not one of the hostesses) in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected.
  • Link your story through the blue froggy
    at the bottom by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your
    whole blog, please).
If you have any questions or need any help don’t hesitate to contact one of the hop hosts: Leanne, Debb, Tena or Heather.
And now, the moment I have been waiting for. I get to choose the prompts! I welcome your comments on what I chose:
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Waking Up To a Mess (My #WWBH story) – October 15, 2014

Happy Wednesday, folks 🙂 Ready for another Writer Wednesday Blog Hop? Well come on aboard. Heather, take it away….
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Photo Credit HJ Musk

Gang, sunrise, breakfast, tablet, plug

It had started out as a beautiful morning.  The kind that makes you want to play hooky and spend the day relaxing or perhaps going on a family outing or picnic.   Marina had woken up to the gorgeous sunrise, thinking it would be nice if they could do just that, take the kids  and go up to the mountains for a family picnic, but she knew that was an impossibility for that day.   She knew her husband had a meeting at the office that day and Marina, herself, had a deadline to meet on a book she was writing.  Leaning over she had given her, just waking, husband a quick kiss before heading down stairs to make breakfast and get ready for the day.

The scene that greeted her downstairs was one of disarray.  It looked as if a gang of hoodlums had ransacked the living area,  a gang of pint-sized little hoodlums Marina thought as she looked at the array of toys all over the floor, mostly belonging to her younger three children.  Marina shook her head as as she leaned over to plug the phone back in and replaced the headset, that had somehow gotten knocked off its cradle.  In truth,  the mess had been leftover from the evening before.  Normally, Marina would have straighten up before heading to bed, but she had been overly exhausted. Knowing that it would be fruitless to get the kids to help with the clean up of toys  and not wanting to take up that fight, she decided she’d deal with it in the next day

Needing to get breakfast started and start getting her older kids up an ready for school so their dad could drive them on his way to work, Marina picked up a few of the larger items  to get them out of the way figuring she’d deal with the rest of the mess a little later in the day.   A couple hours later, Marina’s husband and their older two kids were off to work and school respectively.  The breakfast had been cleaned up and the living area miraculously cleaned.  To her surprise the older kids and her husband had all stepped in to make the job quicker, even the younger ones had managed to help, somewhat.  Now she sat at her makeshift desk in the living area watching the younger kids playing, quietly for now, with their toys as she worked on her tablet to complete her latest book.

#WritingChallenge: 2 Minutes…. Go – His Child

Here’s my 2 minute free write put out by Unemployed Imagination.  I’m a little late, but it’s still Friday

He held the sleeping child in his arms for the first time.  A child he had never seen before that day.  One that he should have been, by rights, present for it’s birth.  His child.  And yet he had missed that important  day in the child’s life.

#WWBH – Kick Off: October 15, 2014

Happy Wednesday, folks 🙂 Ready for another Writer Wednesday Blog Hop? Well come on aboard. Heather, take it away….
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Hello folks, and welcome to your mid-week dose of writing inspiration.


I don’t want to upset anyone, but it’s only ten weeks until Christmas now. Can you believe that?! Already! That means there’s only eleven weeks left to get those New Years resolutions sorted out, and I know how we all love to have a good list of those to work on when January comes around 😉


If one of your resolutions is going to be writing orientated, then why not make the Writers Wednesday blog hop part of your new weekly routine. Or bi-weekly, or even monthly, we don’t mind. Whatever you can fit in is fine by us, we all understand how busy and demanding the rest of our lives can be.



http://readingwritingeverything-heather.blogspot.co.uk/p/writer-wednesday-blog-hop.html 


As a refresher, here is a little of what the blog hop is all about:

  • Use the photo(s) and prompt provided to write a
    500-word story; all elements of the prompt must be a feature in the
    brief story you create. We aren’t counting, but for the fairness of the
    readers please, no 1000+ word entries.
  • The photo(s) must be visible in your
    blog post and where 1 photo/5 words is the theme, the 5 words MUST be
    clearly referenced in your story. Variations on a word are allowed
    within reason (for example: adding s, ed, ing to the word to be
    grammatically correct); but creating a new, unrelated, word is not. (To see an example of a “1 photo/5 word” story see Faith, Hope, Love, and Pink by one of our hostesses, Debb Stanton.)
  • Photos are the property of the hostess
    for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Please Do Not share photos
    and/or prompt words as your own.
  • In order to honor the community-purpose
    of the blog hop, we ask that you please reference the blog hop in your
    post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be
    connected.
  • Link your story through the blue froggy
    at bottom by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your
    whole blog, please).
If you have any questions or need any help don’t hesitate to contact one of the hop hosts: Leanne, Debb, Tena or Heather.



And now those pesky rules are out of the way, to the fun part and the stories based on last weeks prompts!
Please head over and have a read, you won’t be disappointed, and some commenting love is always appreciated 🙂


Oh, the Wonders! by Debb Stanton

The Adventure by Sally Stackhouse

A Weekend Together by Tena Carr

For the prompt this week I’m going for one picture and five random words:





Gang, sunrise, breakfast, tablet, plug

Please make sure all of these components feature somewhere in your story, and don’t forget to link up with the linky frog.

Have fun!!!

I wouldn’t feed this to my puppy (Flash Prompt response)

The short story below is written in response to Writer’s Carnival Flash Prompt: Scene Stealer, incuding fly soup  and a little girl with pig-tails, and a puppy.

Molly, a cute little redhead with pig-tails, sat at the table of the family style restaurant.  She dangled her spoon in her soup, her nose wrinkling.

“Sweetheart, What’s the matter?”  Her mother asked, “Why aren’t you eating your soup?”

“Mom it looks like their’s some sort of bug, a fly, floating around in there”  Molly said as she continued to stir her spoon through he soup.

Molly’s mom looked over at Molly’s soup.  Sure enough there was, what looked like, a dead fly floating in the young girl’s soup.  “Excuse me,” Molly’s other said, summoning the young looking waitress over.

“Yes, Can I help you?”  The waitress asked.

“There’s a fly in my soup,” Molly exclaimed before her mother could speak,  “I wouldn’t even feed this to my puppy at home.”

“Molly!!”  Her Mom admonished sternly.

“I’m sorry about that,”  Molly’s mother said to the now stressed looking young waitress.  “As you can see,” she continued, pointing, “there is in fact a fly in my daughter’s soup.”

The waitress looked over at the soup.  “I am so sorry about this,  I’ll get a replacement straight away, Ma’am.”

A Weekend Together: My WWBH Story October 08, 2014

Note: The story below includes scenes that, while not graphic, are sexual in nature  and may not be suitable to all audiences

 

Marcelle looked through a variety of packs available at the sporting goods store.  She was looking forward to the upcoming camping trip with her boyfriend, Brett.

Marcelle and Brett had gone on a number of camping trips together, since they had started dating several months earlier, but this would be their first together unchaperoned.  Brett had always been very respectful  of Marcelle.  Never pushing her beyond her comfort level, never asking for more than what she was comfortable with intimacy-wise.  It was for these reasons that Marcelle was comfortable with going with Brett on this camping trip that they had been planning for the last couple weeks.

After continuing to look through the packs for a few minutes longer, Marcelle decided on a camo-desinged one that included a couple smaller, “bonus” bags.  There was another pink-camo bag next to it, but Marcelle preferred the regular camo;  And, the small bags would most likely come in quite handy in some way.

Next Marcelle decided to stop off at the local drug store.  She picked up a couple odds and end items she needed for the camping trip and fora around the house.  Just before checking out, she decided to grab a small package of condoms.  It wasn’t that Marcelle necessarily expecting there to be such intimacy taking place this weekend, but she thought it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared – Just In Case.

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That evening,  they sat by the campfire enjoying the firelight.  Earlier, Brett had pulled Marcelle playfully down on his lap.  Now she sat there learning back, her head resting against his chest.  Brett wrapped his arms about her provided a layer of extra warmth as the fire started to die down to mere embers.

“Guess we should probably call it a night.”  Brett said as he  carefully set Marcelle on her feet and then stood up himself.  He carefully made sure that the fire was completely extinguished  and that there were no live embers.  That done, Brett and Marcelle headed to the tent they had set up earlier.

Inside the tent, Brett leaned over to give Marcelle a kiss.  He had only meant to keep it brief, brief and light.  Instead the kiss quickly became quite heated.  He found himself extremely thankfully that he had thought to come totally PREPARED for this camping trip – including preparation for any intimacy that might possibly take place.  He had figured he’d let Marcelle call the shots and that he’d take her lead, but he had thought it best to be prepared.

The kiss continued to become more heated.

“Time-Out”  Brett finally called when he could take no more.  He reached over into a small toiletry bag that was close by.  As Brett did this, Marcelle turned to her own toiletry bag to retrieve something.

They both turned back towards each other at the same time, each holding a condom packet in their hand.

“I, ummm,” Marcelle stammered blushing nervously….  “I thought I should be prepared.” They both say at almost the same moment.

506 Words

The above story was inspired by the two pictures below.

IMG_2294 Photo Credit: Tena Carr

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Photo Credit: Tena Carr

A Short Story – #FreeWrite Day at the Daily Post

Today the folks at WordPress – Daily Post are having a “Free Write” day.  The rules stating to write for 10 minutes on whatever the blogger/writer so chooses.

I just need to think about how to proceed and then we’ll get started….

Monica pedaled quickly through the intersection as the traffic light changed from green to yellow, letting out a heavy breath of relief  as she made it through just as the cross traffic light changed to green.  She became aware of flashing lights behind her, followed by the yelp yelp of a siren.  Slowing slightly, Monica thought that the sirens would pass.  Instead they seemed to slow with her.   Moments later a uniformed officer wearing sunglasses and a helmet appeared behind her.  Monica struggled to recall (for certain) the nature of the light as she had passed underneath…  It had only just turned yellow as she passed under – hadn’t it?!?

“I I I…  I’m sure the light was green when I went through”  Monica stammered nervously.

“Relax.”  The officer exclaimed his lips turning upwards into a smile.

“Relax?” Monica thought to herself

“Don’t worry, you’re not in any trouble.”  the officer continued.

“Ohhh, then why did you pull me over?”  Monica was curious to know.

“I figured it was as good a way as any to stop you and say “Hi” the officer said as he removed his helmet.

Recognizing the young officer that she had met…  (at this point time ran out)

Note that the above short story is entirely fictional and, in no way, represents actions that would be taken by any LEO.