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Current trends (Friday Fictioneers)

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Image by Ted Strutz at http://tedstrutz.com/

His first day of high school everyone laughed.

‘See what he’s wearing?’

‘Around his waist… what a weirdo.’

‘OMG.’

He ignored them. Acted like he didn’t care.

It only took a few weeks.

By the end of first term everyone wore cords instead of belts. Jim’s Hardware put in a special order from China just to meet the demand.

The first morning of second term he stared at the extension cord hanging over the back of his bedroom chair.

From his wardrobe he pulled a dusty old belt and threaded it through the loops of his jeans.

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Have you read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes? It’s the latest book I read as part of my 100 book challenge. Read my review here.

Check out the 100 book challenge list, and my other reviews, here.

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/23-january-2015

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Tiring work (Friday Fictioneers)

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Image by Claire Fuller at http://clairefuller.co.uk/

“It’s spelled ‘tire’ with an ‘i’, you idiot,” my boss says.

“I prefer tyre,” I say softly. “Helps me tell the difference between tyre as in ‘car tyre’ and tire as in ‘I’m tired of this job’. We don’t always have that luxury.”

“What?”

I say casually, “For example, ‘ass’?”

“What do you mean, ‘ass’?”

“It’s spelled the same for a donkey or a rear end. And that can be confusing.”

His face turns red and he storms back into his office.

I guess it doesn’t really matter. Either way, my boss is still an ass.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/21-november-2014

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Vows (Friday Fictioneers)

Mr Binks challenged me to a #replyfiction this week so here it is. To read Binks’ story called Promises, click here. Over to you next week Binks!

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Image by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/

She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.

That much was true.

Why do you keep saying that?

Sorry, keep going.

I walked into the bar, feeling pretty good about myself. I’d just won a promotion and bought a new car. She promised me everything. Said we belonged together.

And you believed her?

She was very convincing. Very good at what she did. I proposed that very night.

And this was…?

…30 years ago today.

And now you’re working as a waiter in a cocktail bar?

I told you… she was very good at what she did.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/14-november-2014 

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Our place (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by Jean L. Hays

Image by Jean L. Hays

‘Can you see the car, George?’

George bounces on the spot and points. ‘Car!’

We’re sitting side by side on the front step. Traffic rumbles past just metres away. Not the best place to bring up children. But you do the best with what you’ve got.

‘Look, George! It’s a truck. Can you say truck?’

‘Quack, quack.’

‘No, not a…’

‘Quack, quack.’

‘Well, close enough.’

My son looks at me with big blue eyes and smiles. I bundle him up in my arms and carry him inside.

Not the best place to bring up children.

But this is our place.

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Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island was my 5th book in my 100 book challenge and I’ve written a short review here. For someone who never used to read much (I hear you gasp – a writer who doesn’t like reading!?) I’m actually really enjoying working my way through the list. Check out the 100 book challenge list, and my other reviews, here.

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/7-november-2014/ 

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Extinction (Friday Fictioneers)

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Image by The Reclining Gentleman at http://thereclininggentleman.wordpress.com

‘2040,’ he reads aloud, ‘last living bird, the common sparrow, dies from avian influenza.’

He moves along to the next panel and taps the touchscreen.

‘2078: the last female crocodile in captivity, and last reptile known, dies of old age.’

He shakes his head in disbelief.

‘2123: rising water temperatures lead to the death of all oceanic fish and mammals.’

He takes a deep breath before moving to the next screen.

‘2236: last mammal on earth, male human living in southern China, dies age 98.’

He taps his antennae together thoughtfully.

And with a flutter of wings he is gone.

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I felt a little sci-fi this week since my short story ‘Meet the Martians’ was recently published in the StringyBark Future Times Short Story anthology (hard copy and ebook). It’s an exciting moment to see my name in print, especially in a genre I’ve never attempted before. But bring it on! There’s something rather exhilarating about predicting the future, especially a future that’s been taken over by insects…

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/24-october-2014/

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The reminder (Friday Fictioneers)

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Image by Marie Gail Stratford at http://mariegailstratford.wordpress.com/

‘It’s stunning.’

‘Gorgeous!’

‘How did you collect all those bottles?’

Visitors to the house always comment on my bottle wall. After my father died I couldn’t bring myself to throw his bottles out, so I made them into an art piece. A reminder.

‘I wish my parents left me something worthwhile,’ they say.

Visitors don’t know the story behind the bottles. Every bottle has a meaning. Every bottle ended in an argument. A broken promise. A broken glass.

Or worse.

‘You’re lucky your father left you this wonderful legacy!’

Yes, in a way. I’m lucky my father left.

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I’m feeling a bit dark after just finishing Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory as part of my 100 book challenge (read my review here). I’ll try for a more cheery piece next week, I promise!

Read my reviews of books as I make my way through the 100 book challenge here.

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/26-september-2014/

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The way you squint your eyes (Friday Fictioneers)

Everyone says I look like her. You have your mother’s hair. I get sick of hearing it. Sure, there are photos. But they’re not the same. It’s the faces you pull. The face I only ever get to see in a mirror. The face that looks like the face I’ll never get to see. It’s the way your lips twitch. It’s the way you squint your eyes. It’s the way you play with your chin when you’re upset.

There’s only one person who deserves to tell me we’re alike. But she died when my memories were just beginning to form.

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Speaking of mirrors – check out the eBook on Amazon called ‘Mirrors: The Writing Workshop Anthology’ (you’ll see some familiar Friday Fictioneers authors in there)

In July this year I began my 100 book challenge, where I plan to read 100 classics in my lifetime.

See my recent reviews of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Brave New World and let me know what you think!

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/12-september-2014/

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Desire by the fire (Friday Fictioneers)

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PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Three of us are huddled by the campfire, nothing but our faces lit on this starless night.

Georgina’s between us and she’s laughing at Brad’s jokes. Jealously creeps up my spine.

But then a hand reaches across and holds mine. Instantly I relax. Georgina has chosen me!

‘I’m heading to bed,’ she says.

An invitation?

Her eyes will answer the question on my mind.

I turn to look at her and discover I’m looking deep into the eyes of Brad.

Georgina has already left.

Then whose hand…?

Brad’s own face turns from longing… to disgust.

And we never mention it again.

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In July this year I began my 100 book challenge, where I plan to read 100 classics before I die.

See my recent reviews of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Brave New World and let me know what you think!

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/5-september-2014/

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Two short men (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by Marie Gail Stratford at http://mariegailstratford.wordpress.com/

Image by Marie Gail Stratford at http://mariegailstratford.wordpress.com/

The office was too small. They’d just employed a bunch of temps and crammed them into the corner by the window.

‘Check this out!’ shouted Jeremy, pointing outside. Everyone but Julia rushed to the window. She just rolled her eyes.

She never liked short men. Jeremy and his brother were only 6 inches tall. She had a good two inches over both of them.

But when Jeremy and Simon began clambering over the temps, Julia stretched her slender wooden body across the room to have a look.

‘Is that it? A bearded man? And he’s not even using a proper computer!’

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Today’s Friday Fictioneers is a #replyfiction to Mr Binks’ The Bearded Giant. To understand my piece, you might like to go there first.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/25-july-2014/

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Grandpa’s office (Friday Fictioneers)

 

Image by Adam Ickes at http://adamickes.wordpress.com/

Image by Adam Ickes at http://adamickes.wordpress.com/

Boxes, folders, papers and…

‘Check this out! It’s a pronghorn sheep!’

‘That’s not a pronghorn you idiot, it’s a longhorn.’

‘You two have no idea. It’s a stronghorn. I read about them in at school.’

Triplets are supposed to be close. Finish each other’s sentences. Read minds!

But all they ever did was fight.

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