Friday Fictioneer – 2 AUGUST 2019

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

Flight of the Seaplane

When the seaplane took off, his fist clenched.

“Chris, nothing’s going to happen.”

“I know,” Chris replied. “I can’t help it.”

His fiancee held his hands. He felt heat from her hands. And the smoothness of her skin. And the rattling of the seaplane.

“Ouch.”

“Sorry.”

“It’s scary, I know. But it will be fine.”

“What if they hate me?”

“Chris, they’re going to like you. There’s probably a good reason why they gave you up for adoption! If they’re willing to see you, that means something, doesn’t it?”

He returned her smile.

Maybe it was all in his mind.

(100 words)


There is so much I want to say in this story and so much I want to expand on. But alas, the word limit forced me to revise and edit the story to the bare minimum. I still hope the double play of the fear, fear of flying and fear of meeting parents, comes through in this story.

Some day, if I’m up to it, I might expand this story and flesh it out. But for now, this will do.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Prompt: Friday Fictioneer – 2 AUGUST 2019

I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #30

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revealing

your lips caress mine
planting roots deep into me
lips of true nature


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

PLEASE follow them! I’d hate to not see your piece(s) represented in the recap the following week! Confused? Any questions – email me at sushibocks@gmail.com   

For more detailed information, read about this challenge here.

  • Create a standard three line, 5/7/5 syllable count haiku/senryu
  • Deadline to submit for this week’s challenge will be 11:59pm 8/3/19
  • Up to 3 pieces permitted
  • Link your piece to this “IWH Haiku/Senryu Challenge” on your post
  • Always give photo credit if there is one
  • Complete entry form below

Prompt: I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #30

Twittering Tales # 147 – 30 July 2019

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Photo by enriquelopezgarre at Pixabay.com

Group Think

The long weekend holidays were here so they took half day off from work. They thought they set off early enough to beat the holiday crowd.

They thought wrong.

The beach was packed when they reached.

Everyone else had the same idea too.

Humankind was not any different from sardines.

(280 characters)


A long weekend holiday is coming up soon in my country. There is a very good reason why I always stay at home and hibernate instead of going out. The thought of the crowds scares me.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

Prompt: Twittering Tales # 147 – 30 July 2019

“FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION” Challenge! REVIVAL!

Photo Credits: Tien | ArtScience Museum (Singapore, 2019)

Reviving Break

“You do know what he means, right? How can you remain so calm?” he raged.

We were standing at the pond outside the Museum, after a long shift. His anger matched the relentless heat of the sun. Meanwhile, tourists milled around, as they always did, considering if the exhibitions worth their money. The Museum had placed a price to art and its customers were judging if the price was right.

Oh, the irony.

“Well, say something!”

I blinked. I had long tuned out his rant and was spacing out during our smoking break.

“What’s there to say?” I answered with a question.

“Oh come on, that was completely unfair and dirty handed!” he declared fervently.

“Do you know that lotus flowers are considered pure because they are born from the muddy waters? Despite the surrounding ugliness, a lotus flower still blooms to its most beautiful, opening its petals one by one in the day. After three days, the lotus flower dies. Then, another lotus flower will bloom and this lasts throughout the summer, when the sun is harsh,” I replied. “So what if it is unfair? It will be over eventually. What he says will not dirty me unless I sink to his level.”

“How can you be so Zen?” he shook his head. “Aren’t you at least angry?”

“Oh, I was. But that’s what the break is for. To clear my head for a long journey,” I smiled. “Thanks for complaining on my behalf though, fellow lotus. Or would you prefer I call you ‘Po’ from ‘Kung Fu Panda’? Too Teletubbies?”

He could not help himself but laughed as we walked back into the Museum.

(276 words)


I’m always fascinated about lotus flowers ever since I learnt the story of wisdom in Buddhism. And the saying, “A break is necessary for a long journey” is from a Mandarin adage, which I shamelessly plagiarised. Hey, it’s my heritage! 🙂

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Every Thursday, I will pick up a “prompt word” to be acted upon by y’all. You are free to go wild with your imagination and interpret the “prompt” in any way that you like – photo, prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, quotes, articles or drawing/painting – whatever works for you!
In short, it’s all about you being the BOSS and choosing the best way possible to express and depict your understanding of the prompt and go berserk!

TOPIC FOR TODAY : REVIVAL/REVIVE

RULES

1 Do not forget to tag/create a “ping-back!” If ping-backs are not your thing, feel free to simply leave a link to your piece in the comment section below so that everyone can enjoy your entry.
2 You are free to decipher the prompt as per your cognition. No rules, no boundaries!
3 Since we are aiming at catalyzing fun, you get a weeks time to participate. No rush!
4 Be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will be amazed at their brilliant creativity!

Prompt: “FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION” Challenge! REVIVAL!

Weekend Writing Prompt #116 – Amateur

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Image by giovannacco from Pixabay

The Art of War

“No, I’m not using mobile phone!” the student protested when his teacher asked for his phone.

“Take out all your books from the drawer.”

“See? Nothing!” he replied triumphantly.

From a thick reference book, his teacher pulled out the phone. “And your watch too.”

The student grudgingly surrendered his gadgets.

“Amateur.”

(51 words)


Oh, the games I play with my students. I swear they think I’m an idiot, not realising that sometimes, I just don’t say anything to their using of mobile phones.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

Prompt: Weekend Writing Prompt #116 – Amateur

Three Line Tales, Week 182

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photo by Rikki Austin via Unsplash

Queen of Spades

Perceptive intelligence lurks in her eyes but she has no desires to pass practical judgement.

Take all the pictures you want, she seemed to say, but I’ll not change myself, nor yourself, for you.

Fools will never understand what that closed mouth smile means.


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 182

July 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Lost and Found

For one day, he wished he could hear that familiar voice again.

The voice he knew so well, the deep baritone which aged into higher pitch over the years. By the time he married, his father’s voice had thinned out.

Death robbed him of his father’s voice; fire robbed him a second time as it swallowed everything.

He stood in front of what was left behind, himself and his wife included.

“Oh boy, what happened?” that laughing voice sounded out.

He thought he was seven again; his wife had saved the audio recording of his father’s voice.

He cried.

(99 words)


Sometimes, the simplest things in life are capable of making you cry.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

July 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the phrase “for one day.” The words single out a special occurrence. What is the emotion and vibe, where does it take place and why? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by July 30, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

Prompt: July 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

100 Word Wednesday: Week 130

Image by Bikurgurl

Crabby Fate

They were disoriented.

First, they were walking sideways from one end to the other on the beach, terrorizing everyone. Next minute, they were on their backs with their scrawny stick-like legs kicking helplessly in the air. How on ocean did that happen?

Beach.

They could not even right themselves. Sky became ground and ground became air.

Meanwhile, their own bodies were looking down at them. Poseidon had given his crustacean children a choice – to adapt to their new two-legged unprotected bodies or to return to their previous crabby lives?

(90 words)


I enjoy writing and perpetrating the absurdity of this story. Sort of like Freaky Friday, except you don’t get Jamie Lee Curtis, only crabs. If you get what I mean. LOL

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

How to participate? A few guidelines as we begin….

  1. Simply check my feed, or search the reader, for the 100WW or tag #100WW, post each Wednesday. I’ll also be posting on my InstagramTwitter, and Facebook Feeds.
  2. Write your submission on your blog, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook Feed and ping back to the weekly blog post. Feel free to use the image provided or your own. Please do credit the artist whose image we use — Links provided.
  3. I have not enabled automatic pingbacks due to a plethora of spam messages attempting to link up. Do feel free to also continue posting your links and I will enable your pingbacks as I check my blog. Thank you for understanding!!
  4. I’ll provide a Weekly Summary, or Windup, of posts on or by Tuesday; take the opportunity to read and comment on your fellow bloggers posts {keeping in mind to give each other grace and space}. I try to read them all and post your submission in the Weekly Windup.
  5. Have fun! I enjoy reading your challenge submissions!

Prompt: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 130

Scintillating Saturday Share #16

Wooden sculpture: Tribal Medical Campus/Anchorage, Alaska

rich history
cultured
into enduring nature


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Every Saturday, I will share a photo that touches my heart, makes me happy, or lifts my spirits in some way. The purpose? To send love, light, peace, and kindness out into the ether. Scintillating Saturdays: one definition of the word scintillating is as follows: witty; brilliantly clever.”

Now, it’s your turn. This’ll be our “Scintillating Saturday Share #16.” You can respond to this post, reblog and respond, or create a standalone post of your own, but please ping or tag this post so that I’ll know to read and respond to yours.

Using up to 7 words, tell me what this photo sparks in you.

Care to get creative with me for this scintillating Saturday share?

Prompt: Scintillating Saturday Share #16