Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Week of 2-25-2015

Welcome to the second challenge for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers! This challenge is to help us improve our writing, but first and foremost, it is to have fun.

We had 25 wonderful stories linked to the challenge last week. You did a fantastic job writing your stories and coming up with many interesting twists to the prompt.



Thank you Dawn for loaning us this photo for our prompt.

Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers:

1. Each Wednesday a prompt photo will be provided for you as a base to your story. Please attach this photo to your story when you post/publish them.

2. If the photo prompt has not been credited to the photographer on the photo, please credit them on your story.

3. This challenge will run Wednesday to Wednesday. (Linking times are Tuesday to Tuesday). Time line will be at the bottom of this post.

4. Each story’s word limit will be 100 – 150 words (give or take 25 words). Please try to stay within this limit. Please make a note of the number of words used on your story.

5.* Please TAG your posts with “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.” This step is important in order for other bloggers to be able to find our stories in the Reader.

6. Let’s try to support each other by reading each others’ stories, commenting, and providing positive feedback and constructive suggestions and comments when possible.

7. Add your story’s link to the InLinkz using the blue froggy button located on this post.

(1) Once you have written and published your story to your blog, tap on the blue froggy button, located near the bottom of this post. (This is the easiest way to link and this option is free). Directions:

(1a) Click on the blue Froggy button.

(1b) On first page is a blue “Link-Up” button. Click on that.

(1c) First box is for your story’s post url.

(1d) Second box is for the name of your blog and post (up to 50 characters).

(1e) Third box is for your WordPress email address (only I will see that).

(1f) Click “Done” on the bottom of that screen.

(1g) Click on the button that says, “Take me back to the Link Up”. You should now be on the page of the grid and see your post on this grid.

InLinkz Options: (There are two more options to link your story with InLinkz, these are the other two options:

(2) You can sign up for InLinkz and be able to have the froggy button on your post as well. Having a blue button on your post allows more people the opportunity to read all the stories. (This option is also free).

(3) You can ‘extend’ your membership with InLinkz and it will allow you to have a grid of the stories on your post. (This will cost $10.99 for six months). This option is not necessary unless you want the grid of the posts on your post for others to read.


The InLinkz link-up will be open for linking on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm NYC time. (This will be 8:00 pm London time)

The linking ability will close on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at 6:00 pm NYC time. (This will be 11:00 pm London time).

Please try to link-up your story as soon as possible.

Go Forth Creative Minds and Write (and HAVE FUN!)



Link will open 3:00 pm NYC time 2/24/2015 (London time 8:00 pm)

Link will close 6:00 pm NYC time 3/03/2015 (London time 11:00 pm)







Roundup of Stars!

Day 23 of zerotohero challenge asks us to do a “roundup” of some of our favorite blogs. I think I have already been doing that lately, but I am eagerly ready to share some links to posts that that I have enjoyed reading. Hopefully, you will check them out and you will like them as much as I do.

Now, who doesn't love a “good ol' boy” redneck? I certainly do! After all, the word reckneck makes me think of a tough ol' guy that is harsh, determined, narrow minded, and satirically funny. In fact, the title of this post gave me the creeps, causing me to enter very cautiously into his post's dark chamber door. (Seriously, who wants to read a story about DEATH, for heaven's sake?!)

(Redneck) Death Notice from Imagine. How funny can you make a story about running from the “Grim Reaper,” while shopping in Walmart? You will find out when you read this beloved writer's story. Please, check it out!

Just in case I messed up on the link: http://wp.me/p1sIAL-Er

Next, I would like to introduce to you (just in case you haven't already been), the wonderful writing of Vic Briggs. I picked this post in particular because I really liked it! Cliche's/Avoid Them Like the Plague! We all know that cliche's are overused expressions, which frankly, many of us are fond of (me, included).

Just in case I messed up on the link: http://shardsofsilence.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/cliches-avoid-them-like-the-plague/

By the way, if you are a “Hogwartsians” you can send her a message by owl.

Some writers know how to make this world a better place simply by the way they wonderfully craft their words. I think Lisa is one of those. I chose this post, because it is one of the MANY posts she writes that I have loved.

For Not Everyone, is from the blog, “Hey Sparky! What Time Is It? Through her words, she weaves the truth of God's love for us and through His love He shines His precious grace upon us.

In case I messed up on the link, http://heysparky.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/for-not-everyone/

If you haven't heard of the “Culture Monk”, check out his coffee cup wisdom of life in, Sometimes It's Not About What We Want…Really? Kenneth is on a one year journey to coffee houses throughout the world to share pictures, facts, and most of all, his wisdom with his readers. His insights and wise words are brilliant. In case I messed up on the link:

Next, I would like to introduce you to an excellent artist, writer, and photographer. Help! I Need a Caption is by the Forester Artist, who comes across a very strange sight in the middle of the woods.

His blog is filled with his awesome art, beautiful photographs and wonderful writing. Please check it out! In case I messed up on the link:


Do you ever feel like you just want to complain and need someone to complain to? Well here is your answer! Introducing, “The Struggle Bus from the blog, Bens Bitter Blog. He has a wonderful way of making bitter better! Please, check it out! In case I messed up on the link:


A blog that puts into words into how we feel about ourselves when we look in the mirror, “The Mirror is Not My Friend from the blog, Tales of a Slightly Stressed Mother. She examines how she finds all of her blemishes and unperfect self when she looks in the mirror. Who doesn't have insecurities about their looks? (I certainly do!)

In case I messed up on the link: http://srollinson7.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/the-mirror-is-not-my-friend/

Last, I would like to introduce, Feel Alive, Say Yes from the blog. This young writer is making an excellent path in his beginning journey of his blog, Werrrds. Please check it out! In case I messed up on the link:



I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I do. I wish you much success in your blogging journey!


The United States “Southwest”

Because WordPress Blog writers' are from all over the world, I thought it would be nice to show pictures of my part of the world and hope others will do the same.

My part of the world happens to be the United States Southwest – Four Corners Area (where four states meet) Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Utah. The Four Corners is close to mountains, lakes, rivers, desert, cliffs, beautiful rock formations and Indian Ruins.



(This picture was taken close to Durango, Colorado).







( This is a walking trail near Durango, Colorado).




(This picture is taken near Red Rock, Arizona)








(This picture is taken outside Moab, Utah)













(The “Bisti” near Shiprock, New Mexico)










(“Shiprock” outside of Shiprock, New Mexico).







(Kokopelli's Bed & Breakfast, Aztec, New Mexico)





The Four Corners, United States, has many beautiful and interesting areas. Camping, hunting, fishing, snow skiing, water skiing, boating, hiking, dirt biking, four-wheeling, and many Indian Ruins to explore. However, the one thing we do not have near us, are oceans and beaches.

My good friend went camping with her family near a stream. Her young son dug up something that was partially buried that looked like a funny looking rock. It turned out to be a perfect (unbroken) ancient Indian clay pot. They called the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) to report it and were told it wasn't found on their land. They were told to call the land owner. They called the land owner and were told they could keep it. (Great treasure for a young boy to find!)




These pictures are from Pinterest. (Thank you Pinterest for sharing your photos with me and many others).