A to Z Challenge, Day 15: O Is For Optimism

I find, that of all the choices we make each day, the choice to be an optimist is the most underrated.  It's considered by some to be naive, even. But consider this:  if we didn't try, if we didn't do something that we haven't done before, then what?  We just stay the same as we are and do not grow.  That's not brave.  That's the opposite of brave.What things are you happy...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 14: N Is For Noonhour

This is my favorite Noonhour episode.  I read one of the pieces I wrote for the March FADness competition, which was a new prompt each day in the month of March.  That month I wrote 31 different flash fiction pieces along with two Flash Fiction Carnival pieces - it was a great month.  I had a ball, wrote a ton of new material, and now have a body of work from which I can create more...
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Beneath the Surface

Welcome to the Life's a Beach Blog Hop! I hope you're enjoying your time here. Today, I'm sharing something I wrote in response to a prompt about an unexpected spring. Even though it's not exactly a beach, it involves water. Check it out:“Holy cow, Monte! What the hell?” My voice carried, bouncing off the side of Monte’s house and sounding louder than it really was. “Hey! Monte!” I yelled an...
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Mai Madness: Fenton and Kilasha, Chapter 6

This is for Dawn, who is about to become a Mamma. She kept pestering me to write more of this story, so here you go, Mamma! (Have Not-the-Mamma buy you some ice cream for you!) To catch up, here's where it starts.Fenton and Kilasha, Chapter 6Kilasha trembled with exhaustion, her muscles protesting their unaccustomed position on horseback. She blinked and her vision refused to lighten. She rea...
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Mai Madness: “The Rescue” Chapter Two: Into the Woods

This story continues one I wrote for March FADness last year, called “The Rescue.”Fernando came awake to a heavy weight against his chest and stomach, as though a jack collapsed and let the car fall on him. He tried to breathe and pain seared him.“Keep him quiet,” a man’s voice snapped.“I’m trying!”It sounded like Adana, but Fernando couldn’t get his voice working to ask. He finally managed to p...
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March Madness – A Flash a Day Prompts

Summation: I did it! My March FADs are done. Please see the list below for the prompts, and click the links for the associated story. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them!The low-down: "The stories must be previously unposted, written during the month of March, and they must be under 1000 words." For more info., go here: March FADness.March 31st: Deja Vu All Over Again: It's...
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March FADness: 03/31/2008: Deja Vu – Drabble; “Dialog” (100 Words)

Dialog“Gabriel, what you doing?”“Nothing Michael. Why do you always have to pester me?”“I’m not pestering you. That should be obvious by now. You’re drunk again!”“I am not drunk, dammit! I only had three high-balls!”“Three! In what, a half hour?”“Well, you were late.”“Late! I came here right after work, for the love of Pete! How much time do you think it takes to get here from the office?”“You mak...
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March FADness: 03/30/2008: Music; Untitled (994 Words)

Kita ran toward the village, the smoke too thick, almost, to breathe through. A stitch stabbed her side, interfering further with her breathing, but she pushed herself forward. The first screams floated toward her on the billowy clouds. They sounded disconnected, unreal.“Please…” she gasped. “Please!” She didn’t know who she was speaking to. The gods themselves seemed to be absent, gone away from ...
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March FADness: 03/29/2008: Green; Untitled (387 Words)

Sage Zelyoni thumbed through the huge pile on the table. She looked up, hazel eyes intent. “These are all the same person?”“We believe so, yes,” Captain Kenning confirmed.Sage pulled one from the stack gingerly, holding it by the corner. “This one…” she mused. She set it down next to the stack.Lieutenant Bissel retrieved it, glanced once, and passed it to the Captain.“Mmm,” Kenning responded. “New...
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March FADness: 03/28/2008: MIA; “Severed” (364 Words)

Severed“Janie, you should eat something.”“Mamma, don’t call me Janie. I’m not five!”You know that sigh moms get when they’re pulling their patience from somewhere only angels live? Yeah. That’s the sigh she gave me. “Janice, you need to eat.” The serious tone of voice came out.“I’m not hungry, mamma.”“I know, baby. I know.”She smelled good, like freshly baked pie and flowers. The skin on her arms ...
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