Eye Wonder

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

“It’s an eye,” he said, looking up.

I snickered. “What? No way.”

Somber and serious, he nodded. “Yep. It’s watching us. Always has been.”

“Whose eye is it then?” Wait. Was I actually considering his preposterous claim?

“Theirs. They’re watching us.”

“Why would they be watching us?” I kicked myself for asking. Stop it! There is no eye and there is no they.

“To know the best time to invade.”

“That’s ridiculous. Prove it.”

He stared at me, as if I was the one being absurd. “There is no proof of anything. But it could very well be an eye.”

100 Words

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt. Thanks to Roger Bultot for this week’s “eye-popping” photo prompt. 🙂

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Writers Write!

Linda Apple of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen gives some inspiring advice for those of us who may be “talkers” instead of writers.

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“If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire must be not to write.” ~ Hugh Prather

Are you a writer? Or, are you someone who only talks writing? Another question, do you attend conferences only to rub shoulders with writers and talk the game? Or, are you there to learn and network?

It’s so easy to talk the talk without walking the walk, or should I say writing the page? Over the years I’ve known writers who, after being rejected, picked up their pencils and went home. They were done. Finished. I know others who simply cannot take constructive criticism from honest critique. One of my friends had a bright future ahead of her with one of the big five publishing houses. But she argued with an agent representing the house about a change he wanted before accepting her manuscript. The result? She was…

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PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Put away your phone
Listen to seashells instead


I’ve been away busy remiss the last few weeks, but figured I could shake seventeen syllables out of my muse, especially after my visit to the seashore last weekend!

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Other Friday Fictioneers from around the world have written imaginative, poignant, beautiful, creative pieces in 100 words or less. Click on the blue frog to read more!

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I Believe Christine Blasey Ford, But…

…that’s not the (only) reason I think Brett Kavanaugh should not be our next Supreme Court Justice.

I believe her. Not only because I found her credible, but why would anyone in her position risk EVERYTHING to bring the attempted rape by Kavanaugh to light?

How it came to light has been the Republicans’ greatest defense. But how it was leaked and the timing of the leak have nothing to do with whether or not it happened.

And I believe her.

Over and over again, Kavanaugh refused to agree to an FBI investigation.

I often wonder, “What would I do?”

If truly innocent of an accusation, I would adamantly insist that the claim be fully investigated.

Yet, over and over again, Kavanaugh refused.

Even if we can’t get beyond the “he said, she said,” even if we can’t get past the partisanship and even if we’ll never really know the truth, it was Kavanaugh’s BEHAVIOR during yesterday’s hearing that cemented my decision.

Most of all, highly-partisan.

I spent many years in Human Resources, and have interviewed dozens of people for job openings. If this process was truly a “job interview,” Kavanaugh failed miserably.

I learned, sometimes the hard way, that qualifications are not the only factor to consider in whether or not to hire a candidate. Attitude was every bit as important.

I agree this process was highly-partisan. I’ll even agree it’s POSSIBLE there was political gamesmanship going on.

But Kavanaugh is INTERVIEWING for a position that requires fair and unbiased thinking. Yesterday, Kavanaugh exhibited quite the opposite, on a day when he must have known he needed to demonstrate his best outward appearance, regardless of what he was feeling internally.

In my opinion, he failed.

Even before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations came to light, I had concerns about Kavanaugh’s integrity. Strike One.

I believe her. Strike Two.

Kavanaugh showed his true colors in yesterday’s angry, partisan, entitled, spoiled brat response to her allegations. Strike Three.

His confirmation will lessen the Supreme Court.


(Note: I’m vacationing in San Diego without my laptop. I felt so strongly about this issue I typed it on my iPhone. This is my inaugural iPhone post. So please excuse any typos. 😊)

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Sense of Place

In this post, Linda Apple offers some great ideas to create a sense of place.

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Description begins in the writer’s imagination but should finish in the readers.  Stephen King

Sense of place…connection…that is the goal in both fiction and nonfiction. Skillful writers placing their readers in the bodies and minds of their characters, giving just enough tantalizing description to prompt the reader to engage his or her memory and finish the picture. The challenge, however, is to spark readers’ imaginations in new ways and avoid the heavy telling line of adjectives. So how do we do this? Below are four suggestions that have worked for me.

Refresh your senses. Take the job of describing away from your eyes. Go somewhere you can be alone. I like to refresh in the outdoors, but you can do this anywhere. Close your eyes and be silent. Listen, breathe, feel, taste, think. Don’t hurry this. Just relax and let the words come. It takes time but is so…

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