Cheers – Round 1 – NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge

Jen’s back with her great enthusiasm for the NYC Midnight competitions. If it wasn’t for her I never would have tried it. Thanks Jen and all the best.

Jen's Pen Den

Greetings, blog followers! Yes, it’s me. And, yes, I’m still alive.

As you’ve may (or may not) have noticed, I’ve been absent from the blog world the past few months (er, maybe longer). I made a New Year’s resolution to put all of my attention and free time into finishing my novel, which I almost have! By the end of summer/early fall, I should have my manuscript and query letter ready to go for literary agents (eeks!).

This past weekend, I decided to reward my good, focused behavior by participating in my 5th NYC Midnight (NYCM) Flash Fiction Challenge (FFC). To be honest, I signed up for this writing contest a couple of months ago hoping my novel would be in my betas’ hands when the challenge kicked off…Wrong! My betas returned their notes a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been revising ever since. So, it was really…

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Randall’s Ramblings from May 21, 2017

I really enjoy Randall and he’s a gent who once sent my link to his followers. He always has some interesting tidbits on his life, lets you know his progress on his latest book, and shares sites of interest to fellow writers and creatives. As soon as I go back to reading fiction I plan to check out one of Randall’s action novels. All the best to Randall and other writers out in the big wide world. Besides I was crushing on that picture of a Woodpecker. As an Aussie I thought we had all the colourful birds in the world! Thanks Randall.

Writing by Randall

The middle of the past week brought excellent weather to our area, especially for this time of year. On Wednesday, the temperature topped out at 85F/29C, followed by 82F/28C. I thought we were on to a good thing.

The warm weather brought around the first hummingbird of the season. It couldn’t find its normal feeder, which was still in the garage, so I quickly cleaned the container and placed it in the tree. We also had a visit from our first Baltimore oriole–its special swing (where we can place orange slices) is ready to go.

Of course we saw all of our regulars who braved the cold Michigan winter, but the best surprise came on Thursday, with our first sighting since moving here four years ago.

KODAK Digital Still CameraOur first red-headed woodpecker!  What a beauty. We’ve had downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpeckers and an occasional northern flicker, but this one is definitely…

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Challenge Taken

[[A challenge with the following criteria was given to me: I received this challenge from a friend. The conditions : Up to 1000 words flash fiction with the following title “ I (almost) died of boredom” in the form of a personal monologue and ending with the sentences in bold. I haven't presented them here, … Continue reading Challenge Taken

Butterfly

Zara lay, face skyward, on the damp grass. The buzz of bees and the distant hum of traffic were audible. Nearby dogs barked and windows whooshed open. It seemed all the world was on the move except her. She felt the gentlest touch upon her cheek, and another upon her arm. Her eyes swivelled in … Continue reading Butterfly

Pehlwani Potting Mix

[A weird episode paying homage to the Australian Tall Story - a true form of traditional culture down under.] Gorgeous bright tomato red orbs floated behind my eyelids. The sun-ripened ones that yield to a knife like butter and give out juicy seed-laden flavour; I dreamed of them with a longing like homesickness. They would … Continue reading Pehlwani Potting Mix

Sophie in Silk

[ When I don't set them in OZ, I set them in some place from the land of magic realism or New York. Here's how  Sophie rolls when she finds herself on a supposed-to-be three day location shoot.]   It isn’t any old  Monday  a girl from Herb’s Deli and Diner gets to dress in … Continue reading Sophie in Silk