Monthly Archives: April 2022

Wednesday Words #383 (4/27/2022)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

pain
a guard dog
a letter

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Disaster Day

If there was ever a day that needed a do-over, it’s today.

First our bus broke down on the way back from the school. Driver thinks the serpentine belt broke because he had no power steering and almost no brakes while going down a steep winding hill. He managed to get us safely stopped and off the road, and another bus picked us up and brought us back to the garage. We’re using an “extra” bus and as of the way back from the school this afternoon our regular one was still sitting where we left it.

Also this afternoon the driver took a sharp curve too fast (as usual) and centrifugal force threw me out of my seat and onto the floor between the rows of seats. To say I’m in pain is an understatement. My left flank hurts so bad… especially if I cough, take a deep breath, or move. Driving is not fun right now.

Neither is typing which is why nothing is getting written tonight.

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Sunday Snippet, April 24, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

“Don’t worry. I’ll be careful not to embarrass you in front of your business friends,” she replied as she opened the door at the top of the stairs and started through it.

Her father grabbed her arm and turned her to face him. “It’s more than just embarrassing me by mentioning it. Some have long memories and might recall some the events around the destruction of the Shenarians, and my part in it, and may piece together some things that are better not associated.”

“Such as?”

“Such as things you’re better off not knowing.” He sighed. “Trust me, Ciana. It’s for your own good even more so than mine.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-23-2022

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

This snippet picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets.

“One more thing,” Linda said. “Then I think you’ll be ready for hair and nails and make up.”

Before Sam could protest Linda left the dressing room area, leaving her alone with Celia. 

“Hair and nails and make up? All I wanted was something to wear.”

“Seriously, Sam, you can’t go to a club without nails and make up. You’ll look naked. And your hair…” Celia shook her head.

“There’s nothing wrong with her hair,” Linda said, returning with a black “newsie” cap with silver studs. “And this is going to look perfect on it.” She perched the cap on Sam’s head and nodded. “Just the right finishing touch. Now, about the rest… She definitely has to have something done with those nails – they’re basically non-existent. But make up? Something light and natural. Or at least not too dark. Where are you planning to take her?”

 

 

 

 

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Days Off

A few months ago I changed my work schedule to only four days a week, with Wednesdays off. I thought this would give me more time for writing and associated tasks, as well as being better for my mental, emotional, and physical health.

I was right on the health issues thing, but the more time for writing and what not? Not so much. But maybe once I get the unexpected health issues resolved so that I’m not going to a doctor’s appointment every week things will be better on that front.

But I’m still managing to write my 100 words, and a poem. (I’ll be so happy when this month is over!) I’d love to do more, but I’m so drained by the end of the work day that I can barely function.

(And on non work days I’m taking a medicine that is really doing a number on me, but I’m going to be cutting the dosage in half and hopefully I can come off of it soon, as it doesn’t seem to be as effective as it was at first.)

Meanwhile, it’s the weekend, so it’s going to rain. My plans are laundry, writing, blog hopping, and maybe doing some work in my work area.

Here’s hoping that your weekend plans are more fun than mine.

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Wednesday Words #382 (4/20/2022)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

a massage
sore feet
a fall

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Another Rainy Monday

I know it’s kind of trite, but today’s weather really does match my mood. Or maybe my mood matches today’s weather?

No, definitely the first option. Six glorious days of (mostly) being home, and tomorrow it’s back to work. Gloomy, rainy, snowy, cold weather definitely matches my mood.

Not even chocolate holds the cure for the back to work blues.

Writing-wise, I did miss one day of the 100 words a day goal because I wasn’t feeling well, but I wrote 200 the next day and have been back on track since, although my focus has currently shifted from Song and Shadow to Wild Worker. I’m sure it will shift back soon enough, but meanwhile I really need an outline for Wild Worker since it has to mesh with an already started second book in the… trilogy? series? And having just looked at the other book (to try to figure out what season it is) I’m thinking there’s going to be a lot of fixing needed.

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Sunday Snippet, April 17, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

She frowned. “Isn’t there a cult that says the same thing about women?”

“Yes, there is,” her father replied with some annoyance. “But they at least feel that women have a place.”

Ciana snorted. “Yeah. At home, cooking, cleaning, and raising their children. Isn’t there a happy medium somewhere?”

“I didn’t say I agreed with them, just acknowledged that they existed.” He sighed as he opened the back door to the shop and motioned for her to enter and go up the stairs to their home. “Just promise me that you won’t talk about the Cult of Shenaria, not even in passing, not even in jest, and especially not at The Lucky Hammer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-16-2022

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

This snippet picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets.

“Not too horrible,” Sam decided, was definitely a matter of opinion. Still, she had to admit that the final choice – made by Linda over some objections from Celia – at least suited her personality.

“What do you think?” Linda asked as Sam studied her reflection. Black work-type boots with silver buckles, black leggings with holes, a black leather mini skirt that looked like something a gladiator would have worn, a white t shirt with black sequins around the collar, and a black leather jacket.

“Well, it’s not something I’d wear often, but it’s better than the frou-frou miniskirts that Celia tried to put me in.”

Linda laughed. “You and your sister are two entirely different people. I could see that the minute you walked in.

 

 

 

 

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Not a Real Blog Post

This isn’t really a blog post because I have nothing to write about. At least, nothing that isn’t a major downer.

I’ve kept up with NaPoWriMo and my 100 words a day, but that’s been about it. Maybe Monday will be better.

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