But the People Can’t Wait

The pen is mightier than the sword, but Actions must continue the conversation.

He lay the quill down beside his Manifesto, reaching to close the cap on the near-empty inkwell. Continue reading

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A priest, a rabbi and a lady snake charmer walk into a bar…

Blast from the past, or “You HAD to encourage her, didn’t you!?”

Tracy Fabre and Con Chapman, from back in the Gather days: In a comment on his Gather post today, Con said he wanted to go into the business of providing writing prompts. I “hired” him (pro bono, of course) to suggest a prompt for this week.  He said, “A priest, a rabbi and a lady snake charmer walk into a bar…”

Now run with it, folks.

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The Sun Shines on the Half-Moon Café

(Synopsis in a 9-word flash):  Waitress Helen saves the day, vanquishing slimy memory monster. 

The Task: In five differently structured  flash challenges, write and develop a 599-word story (beginning,  middle, end) of a hero’s transformation after facing a crisis, per Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Transformation.”

The Final Story: 

The usual crowd was gathered at the Half Moon Café. Faded awnings snap in the cool October night as condensation slides down the tiny restaurant’s wide front windows.

Shelly, in her booth, flips her hair back to catch a glimpse of kitchen staff, Josh. His honestly-earned farmer’s tan flashes below his white t-shirt as he lugs a tub of dishes to the kitchen. She parts her lips. He blushes and smiles. Continue reading

Nora’s Mistake

Nora crouched at the edge of Fischer’s Gorge and pulled a braid of human hair from inside her jacket. Each strand in this braid had been woven together from the remainders of uncounted childhood games, battles fought and forgiven, and secrets shared among four friends, over nearly two decades. She pressed it to her face and breathed in their memories, then began the unraveling. Continue reading