Sunday Photo Fiction 03-01-2015

I pulled into Days Inn Motel and Restaurant in Wind Fall, Idaho about 6:00 pm that evening and I was grateful for the break. It had snowed the entire day and my nerves were a bit frazzled from driving on snowy and icy roads. But I was hell bent on getting to my sister’s house as soon as I could. Her baby was due anytime and I didn’t want to miss it’s birth.

After checking into the motel, I went to my room and freshened up, then left to go for a bite to eat in the motel restaurant. On my way to the restaurant, my sister called and told me she had gone into labor and was heading to the hospital.

“Don’t have the baby until after I get there.” I warned her, upset that I might miss the birth after all.

My restless sleep was broken when my phone rang about 4:00 am. It was Tommy excidedly telling me the baby had just been born and it was a beautiful little girl.

As I was pulling out of the lot I noticed the sign, “Share an Idea.” Then I remembered the baby’s name, “Shara Anna Deal.” How about that.

201 words

Photo Credit: Joe Owens

Sunday Photo Fiction is fun and addicting and open to all that want to try their hand at writing the genre of Flash Fiction.

We are provided a prompt photo from our kind host, Joe Owens, and challenged to write a story of 200 words or less, based on the photo.

If you would like to join us or just want more information, click on this link:

Sunday Photo Fiction













My Ideal Saturday

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Me Time.”

What would be my ideal Saturday morning? At the moment, I am sitting and watching it snow on top of the three inches we got last night. I have been going through my emails and wondering why there aren’t as many as there usually is. It’s cold and I have upped the heat in my home about 4 degrees higher than I normally keep it. But, to answer the question, what would be my ideal Saturday morning? This is it.

Doing what I want to do and feeling no pressure to do anything else.

I’m trying to figure things out with my technology addled mind. There is so much to know! I need to do something soon as my iPad has been acting up on me lately. I need to get a new computer but they are so expensive!

I feel fortunate that I don’t have to go out and brave the cold and snowy/icy streets. I also feel fortunate that I am warm and safe inside my home.

This Saturday, I am doing exactly what I want to be doing and being grateful that I am. And, being grateful for so much more.


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”

In order for me to get this picture I had to be very patient.  For one or two days I would stand by my hummingbird feeders, being very still.  The hummingbirds became use to me and would start feeding even though I was standing close by.  The next day, I would stand by the feeders holding my camera up to me eye without taking a  photo.  Again, they became use to me being close with a funny looking thing stuck on my face.  On the third day, I snapped a picture and this was my reward.


Tennis, Tennis, Tennis! FFfAW 2-25-2015

Mother, all he can talk about or think about is tennis. Tennis, tennis, tennis! It certainly hasn’t made it easier living with a tennis court in our backyard.”

“Well dear, you knew he was a professional tennis player when you married him. You really don’t have room to complain.”

“But mamma, I’m suppose to the be the most important thing in his life.”

“What makes you think you aren’t?”

“I cooked a lovely Lasagne dinner tonight, his favorite. I even have candles, a bottle of wine and a chocolate turtle pecan cake I baked.

“Lovely sweetie, I am sure he loved it.”

“Mamma, he stayed at the tennis court with his coach and I have no idea when he will get home.”

Just then the door opened and Samuel came walking in with a dozen long-stemmed red roses and wrapped gift.

“Happy Anniversary darling. Did you think I would forget?” (150 words).

Image Credit: Dawn M. Miller – Thank you for lending us this photo

This is write and play time for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer’s. Each week we are given a photo prompt and challenged to write a story based on the photo in 100 – 150 (+- 25) words or less. It is fun and addictive. If you would like to join our playful group, click on the link below for further information:

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers



LINK-UP BUTTON (You may also link up from this button or click on it to read the other stories).



Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Week of 2-25-2015

Welcome to the second challenge for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers! This challenge is to help us improve our writing, but first and foremost, it is to have fun.

We had 25 wonderful stories linked to the challenge last week. You did a fantastic job writing your stories and coming up with many interesting twists to the prompt.



Thank you Dawn for loaning us this photo for our prompt.

Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers:

1. Each Wednesday a prompt photo will be provided for you as a base to your story. Please attach this photo to your story when you post/publish them.

2. If the photo prompt has not been credited to the photographer on the photo, please credit them on your story.

3. This challenge will run Wednesday to Wednesday. (Linking times are Tuesday to Tuesday). Time line will be at the bottom of this post.

4. Each story’s word limit will be 100 – 150 words (give or take 25 words). Please try to stay within this limit. Please make a note of the number of words used on your story.

5.* Please TAG your posts with “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.” This step is important in order for other bloggers to be able to find our stories in the Reader.

6. Let’s try to support each other by reading each others’ stories, commenting, and providing positive feedback and constructive suggestions and comments when possible.

7. Add your story’s link to the InLinkz using the blue froggy button located on this post.

(1) Once you have written and published your story to your blog, tap on the blue froggy button, located near the bottom of this post. (This is the easiest way to link and this option is free). Directions:

(1a) Click on the blue Froggy button.

(1b) On first page is a blue “Link-Up” button. Click on that.

(1c) First box is for your story’s post url.

(1d) Second box is for the name of your blog and post (up to 50 characters).

(1e) Third box is for your WordPress email address (only I will see that).

(1f) Click “Done” on the bottom of that screen.

(1g) Click on the button that says, “Take me back to the Link Up”. You should now be on the page of the grid and see your post on this grid.

InLinkz Options: (There are two more options to link your story with InLinkz, these are the other two options:

(2) You can sign up for InLinkz and be able to have the froggy button on your post as well. Having a blue button on your post allows more people the opportunity to read all the stories. (This option is also free).

(3) You can ‘extend’ your membership with InLinkz and it will allow you to have a grid of the stories on your post. (This will cost $10.99 for six months). This option is not necessary unless you want the grid of the posts on your post for others to read.


The InLinkz link-up will be open for linking on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm NYC time. (This will be 8:00 pm London time)

The linking ability will close on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at 6:00 pm NYC time. (This will be 11:00 pm London time).

Please try to link-up your story as soon as possible.

Go Forth Creative Minds and Write (and HAVE FUN!)



Link will open 3:00 pm NYC time 2/24/2015 (London time 8:00 pm)

Link will close 6:00 pm NYC time 3/03/2015 (London time 11:00 pm)




Monday’s Finish the Story 2-23-2015

The old typewriter had a mind of it’s own, that is, until I was assigned to the stinker in 6th period typing class.

Typing along with the music with perfect rhythm in clickety clack beat was easy. But when checking for mistakes all I saw was a lot of gobblety gook and not one sensible word.

At first I thought I was placing my fingers on the wrong keys, but after careful observation, I confirmed that wasn’t the case at all. It was the damn junkie typewriter. It was stubborn and had a mind of its own.

After several days of its disrespect, I couldn’t take the damn thing anymore and took my fist and smashed it down on top of the keys. The keys all balled up. I thought I might have heard a little, “Owie Ouch”.

“There! Take that you piece of junkie metal!”

No more problems. I just had to let it know who’s boss. (150 words).

Image Credit: Barbara Beecham

Barbara Beacham is the gracious host of the challenge, Monday’s Finish the Story. She provides us with a photo to use as our writing prompt along with the first sentence to be used in the story.

It’s fun and addictive and if you would like to participate, please check out her blog:

Monday’s Finish the Story


One Four Challenge Week 4

This week is week 4 of Robyn G’s, with,Captivate Me, One Four Challenge.  Below are my edits for the month.  This week, the edits I performed on my photo are:

1.  I put the photo through Aviary and toned down the saturation from last week.

2.  In Aviary, I gave it High Definition.

3.  Next, I cropped the  image.

4.  I toned down some Contrast

5. Then I put it in the editor, IColorama and gave it the Effect/Flow. Which gave it a bit of blurry effect.

Which image is your favorite?

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