Welding #Six Sentence Story

I swear, I did not see this one coming. I mean I knew that the Six Sentence Story prompt word from GirlieOntheEdge this week is “flash”. In fact I wrote a six sentence story for that prompt a couple days ago. This is not it. 

Welding            by D. Avery

Ernest leaned against the open door of the garage watching Marge work the welding rods, sparks leaping around her, until finally she flipped up the shield of her welders mask to look critically at her work.

“Marge, I didn’t know you were an artist.”

“I’m not, Ernest, but it’s Wednesday, what else is there to do? In addition to her course work, Ilene’s joined a writing group to do more of that flash fiction stuff, Lloyd’s disappeared into one of his poetry writing streaks, and Kris has Nard off doing ‘pints and paints’, and all this on what used to be our poker night, so the hell with them, I’m a goddamn sculptor.”

Marge abruptly slammed her face shield down and went back to welding so Ernest took up art too, hammering and grinding a bit of discarded brake line until it was smooth and shaped to his satisfaction. He then pulled Marge’s gauntleted leather glove off before slipping the ring onto her finger, hopefully, expectantly, looking into her eyes that now glistened underneath the awning of her upturned shield, taking a blow to the forehead as she tried to kiss him with her welders mask still on.

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The link up for Six Sentence Stories is Thursday, which often means Wednesday. Join in to read and write. It’s just six sentences.

For Ernest and Marge click CLICK.

Here’s the six I was going to post; it’s from a whole other story:

Risings                                                        by D. Avery

Dan watched the western sun flow like lava over buildings and treetops, its lingering orange-red embers backlighting the view from his third story fire escape. With the darkening sky came cooler air, but Dan remained for the encore without going in for a jacket. He watched as the moon rose, the golden crescent a benediction. How many of these settings and risings had he missed, he wondered, taken for granted? Inspiration flashed like the stars overhead. Tomorrow he would watch the sun rise; then he would quit his job and take up living.

Seashore Weekend Writing Prompt#96

wk-96-seashore.jpg The thing about Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing prompt is that you never know what the word count will be. (Be sure to come by for my How D’Ya Do? blogger interview series May 3rd to find out more about Sammi) This week the challenge is to use the word “seashore” in exactly 59 words. I did and because the word count was so low I also modified this entry so that it would fit the twitter based challenge. If youhave a story in 269 characters or less and use the  hashtag it may be chosen for publication in their annual anthology. I encourage you to try this fun twitter flash challenge in addition to your usual favorites. I have found that toggling back and forth between one challenge and another makes for better revisions of both. In working my original 59 word response down to the requirements of the twitter flash, I feel that I improved both pieces by attending more to word choice and focus. Here then are my 59 words. 

 

Go beyond the shops, now closed for the season. Go alone, when it is gray with fog. Go when the waves rake the coarse sand at water’s edge, before curling and hurling it back, the stinging wind kiting salt spray gusting aloft. Go when the gull is silent, hunched and waiting. Wait with that lone bird at the seashore.

Think Twice About Mice

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suspect many find them appealing, cute and charming. Mice have certainly been appealing characters in many children’s books. Remember Ben and Me, by Robert Lawson? There is Elizabeth Spires’ mouse’s eye view of Emily Dickinson, The Mouse of Amherst. Beverly Cleary’s classic The Mouse and the Motorcycle is still read. There’s also Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux; Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, by Robert C. O’Brien; Tucker Mouse in George Selden’s Cricket in Times Square… mice obviously have literary appeal. One of my all time favorite books is Abel’s Island. Its author, William Steig often used mice as characters in his books and drawings. I know there are many more. Where can we find your favorite mouse characters?

I only think of this because of Charli’s prompt this week, March 7, 2019: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a mouse. It can be real, imagined, electronic or whiskered. Go where the prompt leads! Go to Carrot Ranch to write or read. Come back here on Friday April 5th for the How D’Ya Do Buckaroo interview. 

Peace Offering

It had to be done. I won’t have them on my countertops.

In the hardware section she reached for the wooden Victors. Can’t improve on those. Very effective, though she didn’t like setting them, flinched if they snapped, worried about her fingers. At least it’s just my fingers…

She moved on to the toy section. There, little doll dishes, perfect. She took her purchase home to do what had to be done.

She cleaned her counters. The doll dishes, filled with tasty morsels, she set on the floor. We can share the food. But please stay off the counters.

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Six Sentences, 269 Characters

It’s Six Sentence Story time once again. The prompt word this week is “novel”. Go to GirlieOntheEdge to read six sentence stories or to share one of yours. You’ll note that this week’s entry is quite short compared to my usual stretched and strained sentences. I don’t have a story in mind, yet- I may be back with something, I never know. But, such as it is, I am also going to submit this 208 character flash to at Twitter. If you have a story in 269 characters or less and use the  hashtag it may be chosen for publication in their annual anthology. Go for it, y’all. (yep, I’m in the 2018 Anthology- twice) 

And, here’s big breaking good news: our Six Sentence hostess with the mostest, Denise, is going to be interviewed here on April 19th. That’s a fine How D’Ya Do

Anyway, here’s six sentences in 208 characters:

Discovery

“What’s new?”

“Thinking of writing a novel set in a small town with a storied past.”

“A novel idea! Do tell.”

“Actually I have no original ideas; just the same old stories, retold. Recovered stories.”

 

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Mad About Metaphor- Cotton Candy Words

I thought it’d be fun to try the Saturday Mix- Mad About Metaphor challenge from Sara at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. The prompt is “cotton candy words” in poem or prose. I went short and over the sweet. 

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It was all a carnival of lies. Cotton candy words, spun sugar in unnatural hues, had become a melting, sticky mess. The sweet had become nauseating. What had she been thinking? When would she learn? She wanted off this roller coaster. She’d been too long at the fair.

Back Up Up Up

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Meanwhile, back up in the upper U.P. …             We joke about being without our devices but imagine if your phone and your computer crashed and burned at the same time. Now imagine that they do this in the midst of a mammoth blizzard. Immobilized and isolated, Charli Mills has somehow kept the Ranch going and is digging out. Find out more at Carrot Ranch. This week after a post about the vital practice of backing up your files on your computer, Charli is back with the February 28, 2019, prompt: “In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the term backup. You can back up or have a backup, just go where the prompt leads!” I have three; if you don’t like one there’s backup, keep reading, maybe there’s something for you. If you’ve enjoyed Marlie, the girl with the Destiny Doll, she’s back. I recycled a story from last week’s “intermittent challenge” about being buried in the snow. And something new just for fun. Go to Carrot Ranch for more fine fun flash.

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Traditional Does Not Equate With Destiny

“Honey! I could use some backup.”

Marlie’s dad came out of his office. “Yes?”

“Our first grader has figured out that she no longer needs to attend school.”

“I can read and my teacher says if you can read you can learn anything. But we don’t have time at school.”

“What about math?”

“We keep doing the same things over and over. I’ll do math here by baking and using your tools to fix things.”

“You did tell her that was real math.”

“Let’s let her try it. I work from home, she can work from home.”

“Some backup.”

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 Fire in the Hole

Dusted by the unremitting snowflakes, the explorers carefully made their way across the glacier.

“They say each snowflake is unique. No two alike.”

“Are they still saying that? That makes this landscape even more diabolical, a conspiracy of snowflakes of astronomical proportions.”

They stopped to take a GPS reading. “Here we are. Standing over downtown. Welcome to Houghton, Michigan.”

“Back up! A crevice.”

They took another reading by the crevasse and checked their notes.

“Down in there, that’s where the CFC used to be. Is.”

“Listen! Hear that?”

“Yes. This means…”

“The Continental Firehouse Company is open! Let’s go!”

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Best Laid Plans

“Mom, Dad. Sit down, I have something to tell you.”

They sat, exchanging wry smiles. They weren’t naïve.

“I have struggled with this but really have no choice.” Their child fell silent, swallowed nervously. They held hands under the table. “You need to know that I am…”

“You can tell us, Dear. It’ll be okay.”

“I- I’m a writer.”

Now it was they that blew out their breath. This they hadn’t expected. Perhaps they were naïve.

“But what about money?”

“I’ll write a book.”

Damn. A partner might have meant income, security.

“Tell us you have a backup plan.”

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Freya Pickard, How D’ya Do?

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Welcome to the first ever interview in the new How D’Ya Do blogger interview series!

 

I am pleased to introduce Freya Pickard to you as my first interviewee in what I hope is a continuing series, to be posted the first and third Friday of every month. My intent is to feature bloggers who regularly host prompts and challenges for the rest of us prompt challenged writers. I have plenty of people in mind for this but if you are interested and maybe have a particular time that you would like to be featured, feel free to contact me. Expect the questions to be similar but not exactly like Freya’s as I would tailor them according to what I already know or what I would like to know.

Without further ado, Freya Pickard, how d’ya do?

I am Freya Pickard and I blog at https://purehaiku.wordpress.com and at https://dragonscaleclippings.wordpress.com

You can also find me at: –

https://www.facebook.com/FreyaPickardAuthor

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQEB3_wlAGM0_FY9w5NTrmQ

https://twitter.com/FreyasClippings

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/freya-pickard-1b775b106

https://www.patreon.com/posts/as-thank-you-to-22747580

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/freyapickard/

Describe your prompt. How do you determine the theme? 

Twice a year I open my blog at Pure Haiku to submissions of classical haiku on a specific theme. I choose the theme that seems most significant to me at the time! Sometimes I’ll find myself writing haiku on a particular theme and realise that it has lots of potential. Other times the idea will just pop into my head and I’ll think – that’s an interesting word to explore …

What is the schedule for your prompt?

At the moment I open Pure Haiku in January for publication of haiku in March – April and also in September for publication in October-December. Each submission window lasts just under 3 weeks and is announced on the blog. After the closing date I read through all the haiku and choose the best for publication. I aim to get back to everyone with a reply before the haiku start being published. (I can only offer free exposure for the writers of the selected haiku!)

How long have you been hosting this prompt?

I created Pure Haiku in 2011 with the aim of promoting classical haiku and it slowly evolved into what it is today. I’ve recently created a video to promote the site – https://youtu.be/oVyWYIU3lww

What do you enjoy most about inviting others to take part in your prompt?

I love getting people to write classical haiku. I love getting people interested and excited about the theme I’ve proposed. And I absolutely love reading all the submissions at the end of the submission period – it is so inspiring and thought provoking!

What is most challenging about hosting this prompt?

Finding enough quality time to sit down at leisure with all the haiku in order to decide which are the best haiku to include on my site. Sometimes I can’t decide between haiku which can be frustrating!

When/ how did you first become interested in haiku? 

I learnt how to write classical haiku in the English language when I was doing my English Degree at college. One of the lecturers who took part of the creative writing module was very encouraging about my haiku and they’re  something I’ve always written, on and off since my early twenties.

What is it about this poetic form that appeals to you?

I love the brevity and the idea of depicting an entire picture/scene in just 17 syllables. It’s a real challenge and difficult to do, especially to make it read easily and conform to the way I prefer haiku to be written! But it’s a way of honing my craft, of getting me to describe something in only a few words instead of rambling on for ages about it.

Do you have a haiku pet peeve?

I get annoyed when people tell me something through a haiku instead of showing it – it takes all the magic away from the form.

What is something you have learned from hosting this prompt?

However many times I ask for certain things such as no images, only 5 haiku per submission etc etc you’re always going to get those who DON’T read the guidelines!

Describe or list any publications of yours, haiku or otherwise.

I have had haiku published in a number of magazines in the past. More recently though I’ve been publishing my own work, including haiku and have just published my 11th book! You can find a haiku at the beginning of every chapter in Vintrig’s Kingdom and Vintrig’s Throne. I have also published 2 e-books of poetry, Insides and My Mythology in which haiku are prevalent. And if you don’t like reading poetry in e-books, both these volumes can be found in my paperback collection, This Is Me.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1540388204/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490085391&sr=8-2&keywords=freya+pickard

https://www.amazon.com/Vintrigs-Throne-Isu-Magan-Book-ebook/dp/B077CGJYQQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510658077&sr=8-1&keywords=freya+pickard

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Insides-Dragonscale-Delvings-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01M2UQAWJ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1476688930&sr=8-2&keywords=freya+pickard

https://www.amazon.com/My-Mythology-Dragonscale-Delvings-Book-ebook/dp/B07NGQQ3DJ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549884842&sr=8-2&keywords=freya+pickard

https://www.amazon.com/This-Me-Dragonscale-Delvings-3/dp/1543262023/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1526203670&sr=8-6&keywords=freya+pickard

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Freya begins posting the selected haiku for her most recent theme, “Emergence”, on Monday, March 4th through April.