Glacial Til

Happy New Year, Everyone! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed 2019!

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Photo prompt: C. Russell Gayer

‘Glacial Til’

‘There it is, Kel. The end of the world.’

‘That’s not the end of the world, Bozo, that’s just a glacier. There’s got to be land underneath it.’ Kelly rolled her eyes.

‘No, I’m telling you, it’s the end of the world.’ Brad insisted. ‘And every year, it comes closer. Soon, we’ll be extinct.’

‘I can’t believe that you actually believe all that bull-malarky.’ Kelly snorted and shook her head. ‘Come on, let’s gather our stones while we can. Tomorrow, they’ll be under the ice.’

wc: 85

This work of fiction is written for  Friday Fictioneer ‘s 100 word writing challenge hosted weekly by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-fields.  Come on out and join us at: Friday Fictioneer ‘s if you’re up to a good challenge, or even a really great read. These little stories are well worth your time! A Huge thank you goes to  Russell Gayer  for sharing this week’s photo prompt with us.We’d love to see you around the table.

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Little Oil Cans

My apologiesI went over word count by 7… In this case, I think you’ll see why it’s just not a cutable piece. Enjoy, and if you are curious, just hum the tune to “Ten Little Somethings” while you read.  Hehe! I guarantee, the tune will stick in your head all day long…LOL!

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C. Nick Allen

 

Little Oil Cans

Six little oil cans all in a row.

First for the rocking chair,

and now there are five.

Five little oil cans all in a row.

Second for the rocking horse,

and now there are four.

Four little oil cans all in a row.

Third for the tricycle,

and now there are three.

Three little oil cans all in a row.

Fourth for the bicycle,

and now there are two.

Two little oil cans all in a row.

Fifth for the motorcycle,

and now there is one.

One little oil can sits all alone,

ready for the rocking chair

as age takes its toll.

wc: 107

C. 2018, Mcquinn. All rights reserved.

This work of fiction is written for  Friday Fictioneer ‘s 100 word writing challenge hosted weekly by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-fields.  Come on out and join us at: Friday Fictioneer ‘s if you’re up to a good challenge, or even a really great read. These little stories are well worth your time! A Huge thank you goes to  Nick Allen for sharing this week’s photo prompt with us.We’d love to see you around the table.

New Computer headache!

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Image from Google images…

 

I finally had to do it… I bought a new laptop. It’s a purple monster! HP stream, actually.  Anyway, I bought it, went to library to get it set up, and then began the headache. The set up wouldn’t accept my gmail… no biggy, let it set up an outlook mail that will never be used… Then, I tried to open the “free” office 365…only, it’s not free…they want $69.99 a year for the privilege of using it. That sucks! Can’t afford it. Then, tried to download google chrome web browser…RED flag… you can only use this ‘edge’ thing, or buy something from the MS Store… can’t afford that, either. Tried to open my gmail through the ‘edge’… ach, look at that why dontcha, it won’t let me use my own email. Demands that I use it’s outlook account. Well, to hell with that! When you can barely manage getting the computer in the first place, you can’t afford a million bells and whistles.

I’m to the point of repacking it and returning it! Grrrr… This is why I HATE Microsoft and it’s conglomerate of insanity. So, less than an hour later…

“Hubby, you have my personal permission to destroy my operating system! And, PLEAAASSSEEE, will you put on linux, and libre office…. pretty please?” I pleaded across the table at the library.

‘Yes, Dear, whatever you want, Dear.’ He responds with a smile.

So, hopefully by late this afternoon, or in the morning, I’ll be up and running again. I don’t mind using the library’s computers, but there’s something to be said for using your own… especially when you have a tendency to forget the flashdrive you’ve plugged into said library computer which results in the loss of everything you have on it. UGH!

Okay, done ranting…. back to Nano…. by the way, my word count is now at 79K! And, I’m still writing! yeah!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 – Nano

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I got a late start to Nano this year… just couldn’t seem to find a start point. Then I made a decision not to start with a blank page, but to begin to put together all the little pieces and parts I’ve been ‘playing’ with for the last month or so, and see where that would lead me. A lot of it came out of Friday Fictioneer’s ( found at: https://rochellewisoff.com/) writes, so kudos to the lovely Rochelle and fellow authors for your inspirations and encouragements!

So, after the rough start, where has the week gone? Well, my current fresh write count (writing above and beyond my scalped pieces) is now at 36,527 words… at this rate, I’ll have my goal met by the end of the week if the muse continues. I am still a bit intimidated by my own word counts in the past. Last year’s final word count that was 185,967 words, and the year before that was 350, 986 words. I think I’ve over achieved! haha! It’s all okay in the end… My terabyte drive is slowly filling. My posterity, if they chose to publish, will no doubt make a themselves a fortune off of the writings.

Off I go, more worlds to explore – uh, destroy. I have characters who’ve lived their whole lives in war, who are now finding that living peacefully is downright hard to do. Terra Firma isn’t the same planet it was before the nukes destroyed it, after all.

Nano Launch…

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C. Charles Day Palmer, Germany 1940’s.

Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) launched at midnight Greenwich time last night (8pm local) for me. So far, what you see here is what I’ve written. Not a good start to the month I have to admit. No clue where to go, no characters really well planned… but, as I was scanning back through my pics here looking for some inspiration, I came upon this one.  Pretty much, it gives an impression on what the Aki are facing on their homeworld after the great wars. And so, by popular vote, they’ve decided that it’s time to get the H* out of dodge, so to speak. Soooo, maybe that’s where I’ll start and see where it leads. I’ll be doing Nano unofficially this year.

Terra Firma is calling me home…that, and laundry… and to finish unpacking.   Fellow Nano’s, I wish for you a ton of words and ideas in the following 30 days… may the sentences come easy, and the paragraphs filled! Good Luck! Break some lead/keyboard!

 

Too Little…

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

 

Too little to understand, I looked through the chess pieces to the fight. He, tall, and towering over her like a giant Goliath. She, small, refusing to cower in fear. Words of hate echoed off the walls. Light glinted off the barrel, blinding me to the moment when the bullet made impact. I watched her crumple, a red rose of blood blossoming across her chest. The Goliath smiled and laughed.

I vowed never to forget.

I did not.

There he is, now. So small… cowering…

wc: 85

 

Authors Note: My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the congregation of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. It is a horror that touches the soul so very deeply, even hundreds of miles away.  Thank you, Jeff Arnold for giving us such a fitting photo for this week’s prompt.

 

This work of fiction is written for  Friday Fictioneer ‘s 100 word writing challenge hosted weekly by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-fields.  Come on out and join us at: Friday Fictioneer ‘s if you’re up to a good challenge, or even a really great read. These little stories are well worth your time! A Huge thank you goes to  Jeff Arnold for sharing this week’s photo prompt with us.We’d love to see you around the table.

Castles in the Air…

Author’s Extra Note: Many have commented on the skulls. I got my inspiration many years ago when I came across a picture of this church in Poland called The Chapel of Skulls in Kaplica Czaszek, Poland. Just this morn, I came across a youtube video about it…

https://youtu.be/BDYBhd_UjbU

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jilly Funell

 

Castles in the Air…

Takarna’s gaze lingered on the plaza below. Soon, she’d join the other Aki on the ship bound for Terra Firma.

Right now, she stood contemplating the past. Within the stone of the plaza the thousands of skulls she’d been forced to boil would forever glare up at the sky. The war was over. The faces remained forever sealed within the white sidewalks. She swallowed hard as the memories filled her eyes.

‘I promise, you will never have to see it again.’ Charles voice anchored her.

‘I will never forget.’ She whispered.

‘No, you won’t.’ He agreed. ‘None of us will.’

 

Author’s note: This morning, I was listening to Celtic Thunder’s rendition of “Castles in the Air” and it served as inspiration for this write though the story went a different direction.  7 days and counting down to move. I was up  to see the progress on the new apartment, and the new tub is in! 🙂 YEAH! Meanwhile my little Tripper is getting into everything and is a little thief, stealing socks and anything else he can get his wee paws on. 🙂 ❤  McDonalds, where I’ve been posting from for the last 10+ years has changed their internet provider. The new provider does not support “Firefox”, so I’m finding new access points.

This work of fiction is written for  Friday Fictioneer ‘s 100 word writing challenge hosted weekly by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-fields.  Come on out and join us at: Friday Fictioneer ‘s if you’re up to a good challenge, or even a really great read. These little stories are well worth your time! A Huge thank you goes to  Jilly Funell for sharing this week’s photo prompt with us.We’d love to see you around the table.