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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41 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.

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  8. subroto says:

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  11. Liz Young says:

    Your old woman has the right attitude.

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  12. James McEwan says:

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

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  13. Huzzuh! This is one strong chick.

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  14. Dale says:

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

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

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  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!

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  17. jillyfunnell says:

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

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