Archive for October, 2012


Posted on October 31, 2012 3:53 pm under Three Word Wednesday
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My father died on Halloween, as the sky turned from dusk to dark. The lights inside continued to glow, illuminating his sallow countenance and catching the barely perceptible rise and fall of a chest drawing its last morphine-glazed breaths.

If this were a ghost tale, I would linger on the symbolism of the day. I would illustrate my story with dark forms created by wind that swirled leaves around barren trees. I would recall ominous shadows outside the window, unexplained creaks in the walls or flickers of light drifting into the sky. These would be false. Read more »

Time Warp

Posted on October 28, 2012 1:10 pm under Microfiction
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Time traveler, R2D2, easily blended with 1980’s culture, but gifts from the natives caused a sticky situation in his innards. (125)

“Look, Bella, Edward’s brought some trick-or-treaters.”

“Have them wait in the library, while I find the blood substitute.” (122)

His siblings suffered from too much book learnin’, but Wesley’s cannon volley skills secured his future as the next Dread Pirate Roberts. (137)


I was going to feature a clip from The Princess Bride that included Dread Pirate Robert’s well known line:

Good night, Wesley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.

When I came across this parody, however, I couldn’t resist using it instead.

Succinctly Yours offers a weekly photo and word as inspiration for your microfiction. How low can you go? Choose the 140 character or 140 word option.

This week’s word was volley.

Succinctly Yours Week 84

Posted on October 27, 2012 1:40 pm under Succinctly Yours
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How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words.Click For Details

Photo for Monday, Oct 29th

Word of the Week:volley

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Thanks to Pat and Jerry for this week’s photo.

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Background Check

Posted on October 27, 2012 11:46 am under General
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I find it surprising, but I seem to have lost my taste for music. Not all music, but I certainly don’t listen to it with the intensity that I did ten years ago. I don’t remember when I started to love music, but I do remember my intense desire to play the piano. Piano fostered my love of classical music and The Beatles were the first to lure me to rock. Jazz and blues were added in midlife. Read more »

Keeping Warm

Posted on October 26, 2012 11:35 am under General
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The weatherman is predicting a fairly sharp drop in temperature over the next few days. I’m not looking forward to that, but it is hard to complain. November is just around the corner and we have had a beautiful autumn season. We are still opening the French doors for most of the daylight hours. While the leaves have thinned a bit, the view is glorious. The remaining green leaves provide a lovely contrast to sprays of orange, red and gold and the ground is covered in a mass of russet beauty.
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