PHOTO PROMPT submitted by Courtney Wright. © Photographer prefers to remain anonymous.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
                                                                      ~ Marilyn Monroe

When I was a little girl, I used to clomp around in my mother’s black patent-leather high-heeled shoes and imagine I could conquer the world!

Decades later, my campfire flickers light on old, worn boots that have carried me all over the world. I rub muscle cramps from my calloused feet. That little girl conqueror in high-heels used to call them Charlie Horses.

This old woman didn’t conquer the world. I lost myself to it.

And conquered myself instead.


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.

And thanks for the photo prompt, Courtney Wright! Oh the places those boots must have seen! 🙂

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27 Responses to Conqueror

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Lovely wise words, Jan

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  2. Well done. She sounds very content and has found what she wanted for herself.

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  3. Dear Jan,

    On the other hand, she who can conquer herself has conquered the world. I loved the mental image of the little girl in her mother’s patent leather pumps. Brings back memories. Well done.



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    • Jan Vanek says:

      Thank you, Rochelle. I agree. Conquering one’s self is a greater accomplishment than conquering the world. Many who have sought to conquer the world, needed only to conquer themselves to be satisfied.


  4. granonine says:

    I remember wearing my mom’s heels and looking forward to having my own. Now? I love my sneakers best 🙂 I think maybe that’s conquering my own little corner of the world.

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Wonderful contrast between the young girl’s dreams and the older version’s reality. Nicely done Jan.

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  6. Jelli says:

    Love the weave of this story! the context of aging and wisdom is well conveyed. Really just enjoyed reading it, and reading it again.

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  7. Varad says:

    Love the character arc here, Jan. Excellent read.


  8. subroto says:

    Wonderfully done. By conquering herself she has become the wiser for it.


  9. I was hoping someone would wrote about a little girl in mother’s shoes!
    I love that you conquered your self. It is harder!


  10. pennygadd51 says:

    You tell the story skilfully, making it real with the detail. Your narrator would be an interesting person to listen to, I should imagine.


  11. Liz Young says:

    Your old woman has the right attitude.


  12. James McEwan says:

    Everyone is a winner. I loved the idea where boots give you confidence to conquer the world.


  13. Huzzuh! This is one strong chick.


  14. Dale says:

    She must have wonderful stories to tell. OF living her life on her own terms. Beautifully done, Jan.


  15. Oh the tales she much have to tell. Well done!


  16. Nan Falkner says:

    Gosh Jan! This is wonderful story – Shoes make a woman? Marilyn Monroe knew it. Mine have always been old. Good story and enjoyable!


  17. jillyfunnell says:

    Beautiful, Jan. So very well written. I “got” her straight away.


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