2 Minutes…. Go! Friday Jan 30, 2015

Hey guys, guess what time it is….  Yep you guessed it.  It’s time for Unemployed Imagination’s 2 Minute Free Write.   So loosen up those fingers, set the timer, and Let’s GO!!

Celine didn’t realize there was anyone behind her until she felt the hands covering her eyes.  Her new friend hadn’t given any indication that she had noticed anything either. But then they had both been involved in their conversation.   Celine nearly topped over the chair as she turned around.  When she saw who it was, she had a few choice words as she pummeled his arms with her small fists.

“Hey”  Robert said laughing, “Is that anyway to greet an old friend”

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#WWBH Blog Hop Kick Off – Jan 28, 2015

Here is this weeks Blog Hop Courtesy of Leanne. Can’t wait to see how you incorporate the 2 photos. Ready? Go!!
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Hello, friends! Three weeks down, one to go! Can you believe we’re rounding out January already? How are those New Year resolutions coming along? Well, if you resolved to write more or to explore your creative side, you’re invited to participate in our weekly Writer Wednesday Blog Hop. Check it out!

Here are the awesome story entries from last week’s prompt:

Tea and Other Things by Veronica Fitzhugh (Welcome to the blog hop Veronica!)

Back Home by Debb Stanton

The Airplane Ride by Scott Taylor

New Plan by Leanne Sype

Changes by Sally Stackhouse

They’re Coming by HJ Musk

Here is the short version of the how the blog hop works. For the complete instructions click here:

  • We ask that you try to keep your story to approximately 500 words, give or take.
  • Please remember that the photos used are the property of the hostess for that week (unless otherwise stated). Please do not share these photos as your own (ie: give proper credit when using as a part of your hop and please do not use anywhere else on your blog). And please refrain from adding other photos to your blog story.
  • Link your story through the blue frog at bottom of the prompt by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your whole blog, please). If you are unable or need help, contact your hop hostess via the comments:Leanne, Heather, or Tena
  • Most important of all – Have Fun! Take your writing seriously, but let those creative juices flow! Don’t fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over the blog hop, instead let this be an exercise in letting the imagination run wild while staying within the discipline of flash-fiction—short and compelling!

Last but not least, here are your prompt photos for this week. Remember to work both photos into your story:

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#WWBH Blog Hop Kick Off – Jan 14, 2015

{Wow did I ever drop the ball on this. Well, better late than never (isn’t that how the saying goes?). Without further ado, here’s Heather with this weeks Hop Kick-off}

Hi folks! 
How is your week going so far? Mine has been a bit up and down. We’ve had a lot of bugs in the house over the weekend, so I feel like I’ve been thrown off with my daily to-do lists. I’ve spent the last couple of days playing catchup, but I think I’m getting there. I haven’t missed a deadline just yet.

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams,

The Salmon of Doubt
Unlike Mr Adams, I’d prefer not to let the deadlines whoosh by me, I’ve spent far too much time letting that happen already. I want to be making progress at last!
Speaking of deadlines, we have a nice selection of stories from last weeks writing prompt, so get your flash fiction fill with these offerings:
So Thirsty  by Leanne Sype
The Old Salt Mine by Scott Taylor
Salt Lessons by Debb Stanton
The Decision by Sally 
Determined to Finish  by Tena Carr

Unwelcome Guest by Heather Musk

If these tales have whetted your appetite and enticed you to write your own story, then we’d love to read it and share it with everyone. We only have a few guidelines in place to keep it fair for everyone, which you can read in full here.
All you need to do is write a ~500 word piece of flash fiction based on the picture prompt and five random words that I’ll reveal in a moment.
Link up by next Tuesday to the froggy at the bottom, and then wait until Wednesday to read what everyone else came up with and to see what new prompts are in store.
If you are new to the WWBH, please do check out the full rules and guidelines first, we’d hate to have to omit a story for something minor.
OK, so now to the fun part, the new prompts for next week. Are you ready?

Determined to Finish (My WWBH Story)

Here is my story based on the two photos in the story.  I did got a little bit over the 500 limit but only by a little bit  so hopefully none of the other hop ladies are counting 😉
2015/01/img_3902.jpgMonica hoisted her pack further up on her shoulders.  Sweat dripped from her brow the saltiness of it stinging her eyes, nearly blinding her.  Her legs were cramping something fierce, her stomache felt like it was on fire, and her head was starting to pound.  But she refused to give up.

Monica took a long drink from her water bottle. She was determined to finish the 5 mile hike that she had set out on.  Was determined not to give up.

Monica had spent the entire spring working to prepare herself for this hike.  She had started out with short 1/4 & 1/2 mile  walks, working her way up to 1 & 2 mile walks and eventually 3 & 4 mile walks.  Finally, she was ready for the 5 mile hike…  Or so she had thought.  Now she was beginning to have doubts.  a 4 mile walk didn’t at all compare to a 5 mile hike through rough terrain.  Most of the hike, so far, had been steadily uphill.  she supposed the good news was that at some point they would make their way back to the starting point and would be heading downhill the point.

Her mind wandering, Monica didn’t see the small, out of place, boulder till she tripped right over it and went  head-long  into the guy in front of her.  Luckily Monica was a lightweight in size, her petite stature barely moving him.   The guy recovered quickly, but Monica wasn’t so lucky and went sprawling to the ground.

“Hey, you okay miss?”  the guy asked.

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“Yeah,”  Monica replied, “I’ll be fine.”  But as she tried to push herself upright she began teetering & wavering,  The guy she had bumped into helped  her upright and led her a few steps further to where a huge boulder sat on the side of the path.  After helping her to sit down, he asked just a few questions about how she was feeling and what kind of symptoms she was having.  He then reached into his own pack.  Monica was surprised to find him pulling out a small bag of salt.  Not the normal everyday salt like you might find on most kitchen tables or restaurants, but “Real” Salt.

Salt, of course.  She should have thought to bring some salt along herself.  Monica recalled her grandmother’s “old-wives” table type remedy for dealing with symptoms of dehydration.

The gentleman asked if she had a back-up water bottle.  Monica handed the bottle over and watched as he put a good size portion of salt in then gave it several good shakes to mix the salt in.

“Here, drink this.”

Monica started to take a big long gulp, but the gentlemen helping her stopped her.  “Whoa, slow down there.” He instructed.  “Slow sips.  You’ll make yourself sick otherwise.”

After a short a while, Monica began feeling better.  “Thank You”  she said with a smile.

“Not a problem.  You feeling a bit better now?”

“Yes.  Much.”  Monica answered.

“Wonderful.”  the guy replied,  “My name’s Brian, by the way.”

“Monica.”

“Nice to meet you, Monica.”  Brian replied, taking her hand in a firm yet gentle grip.  “So,”  he continued, “Think you feel up to continuing the hike?”

“Sure do.”  Monica replied with renewed energy.

Click on the little froggy below to read more entries from this weeks WWBH Hop

 

 

#WWBH Blog Hop Kick Off – Jan 14, 2015


WriterWednesdayButtonWelcome everyone to another week of WWBH.   Here are the lovely entries from last week:

Jeremy’s Imagination by Debb Stanton

Father and Son on a Walk by Scott Taylor

Peggy Piper’s Lucky Day by Leanne Sype

A Case of Bad Luck by Tena Carr

Find a Penny, Pick Me Up by HJ musk

So, on to this week.  First a quick review of the rules (for a more detailed look please visit the main WWBH page

This week I will be doing the “2 Picture” style prompt.  Your story must include and, somehow, tie together the 2 photos (which I will give you below).

  • We ask that you try to keep your story to approximately 500 words, give or take.
  • Please remember that the photos used are the property of the hostess for that week (unless otherwise stated).  Please do not share these photos as your own (ie:  Give Proper Credit when using as a part of your hop and please do not use anywhere else on your blog).  And please refrain from adding other photos to your blog story.
  • While not strictly mandatory, we do ask that you reference the blog hop (a link back to here or to the WWBH page for 2015 – https://tainiwrites.wordpress.com/writer-wednesday-blog-hop-2/2015-writer-wednesday-blog-hop/ – would be nice) so that others might join in.
  • Link your story through the blue frog at bottom of the prompt by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your whole blog, please). If you are unable or need help, contact your hop hostess via the comments: Leanne, Heather, or Tena
  • Most important of all – Have Fun! Take your writing seriously, but let those creative juices flow! Don’t fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over the blog hop, instead let this be an exercise in letting the imagination run wild while staying within the discipline of flash-fiction—short and compelling!

So here are your 2 photos for this week:
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Have fun with this.  We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

A Case of Bad Luck (My WWBH Story)

I’ll be kicking of another WWBH Blog Hop in just a little while so stay tuned and join in the fun.  First, however here’s my little 500 (give or take) story from last week’s hop, inspire by this picture and the 5 words below

PennyontheGround

bottle

ostrich

schedule

binder

spoon

“See a penny pick it up all day long you’ll have good luck”  Wasn’t that how the old saying went?  But Jenny didn’t believe in luck.  If she were to believe in luck at all, she’d most likely believe in bad luck than good.  Like today when she was running behind schedule, as usual.  Her school binder was clutched tightly under her arm so she wouldn’t drop it.  There hadn’t even been time to stuff the thickly stuffed item into her backpack.  It would have been one thing to be running late because of another class.  At least then she would have the excuse of a teacher making her late.  But no, this was her own fault plain and simple.   She had been eating a yogurt for a mid morning snack (breakfast had been hours ago and only consisted of a bagel and cream cheese that she had quickly put together before running out the door that morning) when she suddenly realized the time.  The spoon, she had been using, accidentally went flying through the air in her rush to  get up from where she had been sitting.  Watching in dismay as her spoon struck one of the passing security guards, Jenny muttered a quick apology before running out of the cafeteria, worried that she would be late to class.

Her luck didn’t seem any better later than afternoon as she rushed to another class.  At least this time it had been due to class running over.  As she hurried through the rain, her head ducked down, to get to her next class she suddenly felt a solid un-moveable force preventing her from further movement.  A loud grunt filled the air making her look up, then quickly down with dismay.  “Great”, she muttered sarcastically.  Her luck just got better and better all the time.  Standing in front of her was the same exact security guard that her spoon had struck earlier.   He had, apparently, changed out of his uniform shirt and was wearing a white t-shirt with a bold colored ostrich on it and some sort of wording she couldn’t quite make out.  Her dismay increased as she realized that the contents of the  bottle he held in his hand had spilled over the front of his shirt.

“I’m sorry,” Jenny muttered towards the ground.  God she was such a klutz.

“Hey, don’t worry about it.  At least it was just water this time.”

{To check out other stories  for this last week’s hop click on the froggy below, or head to our 2014 and 2015 WWBH pages for past stories}

 

A Tap On the Shoulder (2 minutes… Go!)

Whoot Whoot —  The 2 minute free write for this week is finally up.  Just one problem…  I have absolutely no idea how to start off.  My mind has turned into a jumbled mess of  possible ideas.  If were just start typing all I’d have is a mess of unrelated words – like this:

Why How This That Why How Do You Creep That Well Be Fie Fierce Fresh Check Nope Hell Said Me Roll With The That She Work Smile Breath Out Side Rather Meek Mend Mell My Word This That Hey

Ok – Now that you’ve seen what a mess my mind is, let’s see if I can’t gather my mind together and try to write a cohesive 2 minute piece:

Timer On….

Monica felt a light tap on her shoulder, but when she turned her head to that side there was no-one there.  

“That’s weird.” She thought as she turned back to the book she was studying.

A moment later she felt another tap, this time on the opposite shoulder.  Automatically turning her head to that side she still saw no-one…

“What the hell!”  She exclaimed as she felt yet another tap on the first shoulder.  This time she saw Brian standing there.  A mischievous twinkle in his eyes

Hope you enjoyed my little 2 minute free write piece…. How about giving it a try yourself.

Watching Him Fly Away (Mondays Finish the Story)

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for JD Mader’s 2 minute-free write challenge (which apparently isn’t up yet).  But first  it’s time for Monday’s Finish the Story (before I end up any later than I already am).

Here’s our photo and start off phrase for this week:

2015-01-05 - BW Beacham   “Silently as the people watched, the black hawk helicopter lifted into the air.”

{I did take a bit of “creative licensing” and added another comma into the beginning sentence} 

Silently, as the people watched, the blackhawk helicopter lifted into the air.  Despite the relatively large crowd of people Brittany felt more alone that she had ever remembered feeling before.  She shouldn’t have come.  Greg had begged her not to saying that he didn’t want her last memory of their time together to be watching him leave.  He couldn’t tell her anything about the mission he would soon be embarking on, it was top secret, but he could tell her it was dangerous.  He had know way of knowing what would happen or if he would be returning home.  Brittany wiped a tear from her eye as the helicopter flew off into the horizon and out of sight.  Squaring her shoulders, Brittany then turned and headed back to her car…

{Several months later}.  It seemed the same group of people that had been around to watch the departure had returned for their return.  But Greg was only interested in seeing one person there.  There was only one who’s face he wanted to see.   Finding it, his gaze locked on Brittany and in a flash she there in his arms. Despite the crowd of people, Greg bent his lips to hers and kissed her right then and there.

Why not check out some of the other stories written for this challenge – Click on the froggy below:

#WWBH Blog Hop Kick Off – Jan 07, 2014

Ohhhh, gosh, I feel like a terrible Hop Host. I should have put this up hours ago.

Welcome, everyone, to a brand new WWBH year. We look forward, as always, to reading your creative stories.

If you ever need to have a refresher of the rules they are listed on my main WWBH page. There is also a page for WWBH 2015 and WWBH 2014 to look at submissions to past WWBH hops. The page for 2015 will, also include clickable links so you can go back and look at previous hops as the year progresses (I have decided not to go back and do clickable links for hops in 2014 – but you can still read the stories submitted).

With that said, here is Leanne to help us kick-off the new year to an awesome start.

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Welcome to the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop 2015! We’ve spent the last few weeks celebrating the creative authors and stories that came through last year’s prompts, and we’re inviting you to join us again or for the first time to a fresh new year of prompts and stories.

Writer Wednesday Blog Hop (WWBH) is a weekly writing prompt created to inspire you to:

~ flex your creative muscles.
~ practice the discipline of writing compelling material within specific perimeters.
~ join a community of writers for the sake of encouragement, support, and audience growth.

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.” ~Brene Brown

Your blog hop hostesses (a.k.a. the people bringing you the prompts each week) are: Tena Carr, Heather Musk, and Leanne Sype. We have a lot of fun getting to know each other and new authors as they drop in through out the year! You don’t have to qualify to join our community or even wait until a certain time. Simply check here every Wednesday for the new prompt and if your muse gets excited, channel that energy into creating a story and submit it. You’re always invited! And bring a friend!

We post all the entries (as per the instructions below) for each prompt every Wednesday with the link to your blog so readers can easily hop on over to get to know you, your work, and your audience.

Before we get to our first prompt of the year, how does one “do” the blog hop? (Bear with us as we post the long version):

1) You will see one of two prompts each week–either one photo with five mandatory words OR two photos to be incorporated together. Use the photo(s) and prompt to write a 500-word story; all elements of the prompt must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) When 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); however, creating a new, unrelated, word is not okay… because it simply isn’t part of the prompt.

3) We ask that you keep your story to approximately 500 words (give or take). We aren’t counting but, please, no 1000-word entries.

4) PHOTOS: Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop and to avoid confusion:

~ Please Do Not share photos and/or prompt words as your own.

~ Please include the photo(s) and reference the blog hop in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected.

~ Please do not include extra photos into your story… Thank you so much for understanding! Let us know if you have questions on this. 🙂

5) Link your story through the blue frog at bottom of the prompt by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your whole blog, please). If you are unable or need help, contact your hop hostess via the comments: Leanne, Heather, or Tena. We do reserve the right to not publish your entry if your submission does not adhere to these instructions… not because we are mean, but because we want to keep this prompt fair for all participants. 🙂

6) Have Fun! Take your writing seriously, but let those creative juices flow! Don’t fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over the blog hop, instead let this be an exercise in letting the imagination run wild while staying within the discipline of flash-fiction—short and compelling!

Here is your first prompt for 2015:

PennyontheGround

Mandatory (and randomly generated) words to include in your story:

bottle

ostrich

schedule

binder

spoon