Friday, September 28, 2012

#FridayFlash #1

"A Study In Red"

The first thing after he left, I'd shower. It was the place I could be alone, and safe. I know how to circumscribe my own space, how to create lasting lines in the sand, stave off the erasing waves, construct boundaries, and be alone and okay. We were just stuck in this cycle of breaking each other up and breaking each other in. He would sneak like a thief casing the joint, my heart. My parts. He didn't have to sneak like that, he knows where the keys are. I only gave them to him a dozen times. But he likes the stealth, and to creep.  To tiptoe softly so as not to be obvious. 
The days I was alone, I kept myself alone. There were days I couldn't take any more isolation, and days I wanted me all for myself. I am the quiet girl with the boyfriend who treats me like a yo-yo. Come here, go away. Sneak, sneak.
He always used the shower first (to take all the hot water I suppose) and he was singing that song, something cutesy and teeny-boppy that wasn't like him at all. It was jarring.
Clutching the skeet up to my chest, I sat and listened to him sing. I felt like one of those dummies they used to blow up fake towns when they were testing nuclear bombs in Nevada. Only the explosion seemed to be happening from the inside out. You know. The Hills Have Eyes.
I couldn't wait for him to leave. I wanted the isolation back, the heat of my own shower, the stream on my back, washing me and the memory of the night before away.
When he finally left, grunting a goodbye, leaving a puddle of piss in the toilet, I swore it would be the last time.
The last time until next time. 

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

#ThursThreads #1

Rules Recap:

  • The prompt is a line from the previous week's winning tale.
  • This is a Flash Fiction challenge, which means your story must be a minimum of 100 words, maximum of 250.
  • Incorporate the prompt anywhere into your story (included in your word count).
  • Post your story in the comments section of this post
  • Include your word count (or be excluded from judging)
  • Include your Twitter handle or email (so we know how to find you)
  • The challenge is open 7 AM to 7 PM Pacific Time
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, depending on how early the judge gets up. ;)
Responses to the challenge are listed at the The Weird, the Wild, and the Wicked
And, p.s., everything there is the copyright of the original owners! 

Here's mine:

Charlie took down the picture of herself and her husband breaking ground at the newspaper office, their baby, which they had conceived together. He wasn't coming back. No one ever comes back here, not unless they have something worth staying for in this one stoplight town. He wouldn't stay for her, let alone the paper he'd built from a document on a computer to a real circulation. But a year ago, he found new new love with one of his high school students and when graduation came, they both left. Everyone from the kid bagging her groceries to the ladies at the senior center had an opinion on what she should do, and what she she should feel. People sliced their eyes at her, pitying looks she hated. She didn't need their pity, she needed a way to fall out of love. Silly to feel anything at all after so long.
word count: 151
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday Tales Winner

I didn't get a chance to participate this time around, but I still would like to promote the winner. Read the entry here: #TuesdayTales 59 WINNER @davidAludwig - judged by @rrkovar #flashfiction

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

#WordlessWednesday #2

This week's theme is women and country music:

#TuesdayTales Prologue

It's #TuesdayTales and  I'm experimenting with my #blogger app on my Droid. While hiding from work in the bathroom. Which is what writing is all about, really... @Literarygrrrl @andrevr @AndreaWalpole @Emilia_Quill @Toni1777 @jocastalizzbeth @JemAtkins

#TenOnTuesday #2

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme from:
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September 25: Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished (because either you didn't like them, you just have procrastinated, etc.

1) The Mercy Thompson Series
2) The Otherworld Series by Yasmine Galenorn
3) Indigo Court by Yasmine Galenorn
4) Cheshire Red Series by Cherie Priest
5) The entire Dragonlance series, which I would love to finish in this lifetime
6) The Merry Gentry Series by Laural K. Hamilton--I just lost interest after a while.
7)Night Huntress Series Jeanette Frost
8) Otherworld/Thirteen Series by Kelly Armstrong
9) Game of Thrones. I love to read. I jsut don't know if I can rad this entire series in this lifetime.
10) Alex Craft Series by Kalayna Price.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Motivation Monday #2 Research

This whole past weekend has been about "Filling the Well" for me. I'm writing a story taking place in the mid-70's (around the time my character was a teenager and first listening to Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion"--if you were there, you know how completely powerful that was! Even now, music has its ways of getting into our souls and filling us with dreams.
So I got into my research. I was obsessed with it the way I'm obsessed with the story. Now, while I was alive in the 70's, I was just a baby. But that doesn't matter because I can immerse myself in the story, and the world my character lives in and get lost and run around. So to speak.
And this is the part where I can get really distracted. Go figure. But I've got a yellow legal pad filled with notes that will create the background for my character as she tries to make her way as a young adult poised at the end of the 20th century.
research can be invigorating, and inspiring. It certainly was for me.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #12

Q: What hyped up book do you think was worth all the talk?


Yeah--I think Hunger Games is definitely on the short list, but I think the Sookie Stackhouse series deserves a nod as well. There things I absolutely love about this series, and things that kind of annoy me--but interestingly, the things that annoy me don't stop me from reading.  That's good writing! 


On Loneliness, Pt. 2

He stops short of the entryway, and his shadow falls long over the carpet. "Come out and say how-do," I say jokingly. It was a f...