FFfAW 4/1/2015 * Close Call *

The bull riders anxiously draw their numbers for the bucking bull they will ride in this year's Annual Spring Rodeo. Richard Lackey draws number #13, belonging to, “Hell with Horns,” a muscular bull with long wicked horns. The other riders are full-blown relieved they didn't draw Hell.

Richard, an expert bull-rider, knows this bull is something to be reckoned with. He says a quick prayer, hops on top of 'Hell' just as the gate flies open. 'Hell' kicks, bucks, and snorts, fuming with rage. Fifteen seconds later, 'Hell' is free of Richard and aims his horns right at his middle.

At that very instant, a clown, sporting bright red hair and a flashing red nose, runs into the arena, catching 'Hell's' attention. 'Hell' becomes confused. He stomps his hoof and snorts, giving Richard precious time to escape.

The enraged bull charges the clown, almost clipping him, just as the clown jumps over the railing to safety. The crowd claps and whistles.

Using his trembling hand, the clown wipes the dusty sweat off his brows.

174 words

© PricelessJoy/pal/2015

Photo Credit: pixabay.com ('free to use' photographs)
This story is my submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Weekly Writing Challenge. We are challenged to write a story using 100-175 words based on the photo that we are given. I hope you enjoy my story.

Where I live, the rodeos use clowns as a means to distract the bulls away from the riders when the bull riders are bucked off the bull. It is a highly dangerous job and the clowns generally do a fantastic job protecting the cowboys from the raging bulls.

Everyone is invited to participate in this weekly challenge. If you would like more information, please click on this link: FFfAW

Use the above link button to either enter the link to your story or to read other participant's stories. (Please take the time to read the other participant's stories).


Ryan Lance Writing Prompt 03-09-2015

A Raise to Dread

Randall got a raise today. He would like to be happy about it but isn’t.

Randall and his ex-wife have been fighting for weeks over her alimony payments. She wants more money, it’s always about more money. He tries to get across to her that he doesn’t have it to give her.

They were both smitten with each other when they were in seniors in high school. She was the first girl he had ever dated. Randall was aware that many of the other boys in his class wanted to date her but she was dating him, exclusively, and he was proud. So very proud.

His mother warned him time after time, “Watch out for those pretty ones, son. They’ll get you in the end.”

Randall didn’t believe her for a minute. Not Elaina, she was beautiful and sweet and everything he wanted in a girl. Six months after their high school graduation, they were married.

That was five years ago, and now they are divorced. Maybe it was because Randall couldn’t make enough money to keep her happy. Or maybe she just stopped loving him. Didn’t really matter to him anymore. You don’t count chickens that don’t hatch.

Whenever he even thinks about her his head starts pounding, like a hammer that’s timed with the second hand of the clock.

Finally, with trembling hands, he picks up the phone and dials her number to give her the news she craves and he dreads.


Ryan Lance’s Writing Prompt:

Write a scene about an increase in pay that someone is not looking forward to.



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).


Writing 101 – Free Flow

This is a beautiful sunny day in September in the southwest region of North America. The temperature lowers to about 48oF during the night and then warms to about 75oF during the day. My beautiful plants, vines, and the tree's leaves are turning yellow and one by one they are floating to the ground.

The hummingbirds have departed for their winter vacation in the Southern Hemisphere. Before they left, several came over to the window where I was sitting and watched me for a while, then flew away. I think they were thanking me for the feeders and to say goodbye. Hopefully, I will see them again next summer.

I believe that everyone should do something kind for others as often as possible, and hopefully that is often. On Mondays, my friend brings me 3 loads of her laundry and I wash and fold them for her. It helps her as she is so very busy with her husband and five children, and, just as important, it makes me feel good.

I am hoping to learn a lot about writing in Writing 101. Please feel free to comment and make suggestions.

The url to my post is https://pricelessjoy.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/writing-101-free-flow/