FFfAW: Gazebo Memories

Every day I walk to the park and sit on the bench that allows me to view the gazebo that holds so many fond memories for me.

I remember Billy, my very first boyfriend, kissing me at this gazebo on New Year's Eve that year and I swear I think my toes tingled.

My “husband to be” danced with me on this gazebo so many years ago and I thought we were dancing in heaven. We married six months after that dance.

Then there were all the picnics that my husband, children and I went on as we sat in the gazebo sharing our fried chicken and potato salad. Holding me close, we watched the children play on the park gym and laughed at silly jokes.

One day, my casket will be on this gazebo as my family tells me goodbye. There will be tears and beautiful music, a picnic lunch and family mingling with each other. But I won't be there.

I sigh heavily, and slowly walk back to my hospice bed. (173 words)

Photo credit ©Dawn M. Miller

This is my 173 word submission for the Weekly Challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by PricelessJoy. We are given a photo and approximately 100-175 words with which to write a story with. It is fun, challenging, and addicting. If you would like to participate, please click on this link: FFfAW.

To read the other participant's stories, click on the blue froggy button above.


FFfAW 5-13-2015 The Quacker Family

Buster didn't want go swimming with a buncha sissies. He wanted to go explorin'.

“Mamma, Buster isn't in line! Buster, you better get back here or you're gonna be in a load of trouble!”

“Shut up Sissy! You ain't the boss a me.” Quacked Buster.

It isn't easy being the only boy in a family of girls. He didn't wanna do girl stuff, he wanted to do boy stuff. He wanted to explore. All the girls wanted to do was swim.

“I'm not being bossy I'm helpin' mamma!” Sissy quacked to her rebellious little brother.

Buster's mamma wanted her children all in a row but Buster clearly wasn't gonna listen.

Mamma stopped waddling and quacked at Buster, “Buster, get back in line right now! You are not old enough to go out alone!”

“Ahh mamma!….Quack quack quack quack…”

“Quack, quack…Told you so! Told you so! Quack, quack, quack…” Quacked Sissy.

150 words

The photo for this week's prompt is supplied by pricelessjoy.

This is my story for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Weekly Challenge. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 150 words with which to write our story. Everyone is welcome to participate in this fun and addicting challenge. For more information, clickity click on this link: FFfAW

Also, click on the froggy button to read all the stories submitted for this challenge. You won't be disappointed.




Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

I am excited that so many people are interested in participating in the new flash fiction challenge created for aspiring writers:

“Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers”

All the details are in the new site, please click on the url above and it will take you into the new website. Please follow this site to receive instant email messages.

Flash Fiction Challenge for Aspiring Writers

There are several Flash Fiction Challenges on WordPress and I have really enjoyed being a member on them. Lately, my heart has been challenging me to consider starting a Flash Fiction Challenge for Aspiring Writers.

The Flash Fiction Challenges that I have participating in have many, what I consider, professional writers (authors of books or in the process of writing books). This made me realize that us “aspiring writers” need a flash fiction challenge of our own. (I would hope some professional writers would also join to be our mentors and help us improve our writing).

If you are interested, please read below and let me know your thoughts or your decision:

1. Each challenge will be a Photo Prompt Challenge. I will supply the photograph to be used to base our stories on.

2. I will start a new blog that would be strictly for this writing challenge and those who would like to join will only receive posts that are specific to this challenge.

3. I will need to know if you are interested in joining and if so, what is your blog url so I can send you and invitation from my new blog.

4. Would you like a weekly challenge, a bi-weekly challenge, or a monthly challenge?

5. How many words do you think should be the limit? 100 words, 200 words, or another number of words.

6. What are your thoughts about this Flash Fiction Challenge? Any suggestions or thoughts that I haven’t mentioned? Have I forgotten anything?

7. Any suggestions of names for the challenge?

So, please let me know if you would be interested in joining this challenge and/or what your thoughts are. Thanks!!

P.S. You do not even need to be an aspiring writer. If you would like to join just to have fun, that is acceptable too.

(Also, I do not want to step on the toes of any of the currently running Flash Fiction Challenges. I want to continue participating in these challenges, and others who may be reading this may want to continue participating in them too).