One Photo, Ten Stories, 100 Words Each

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Wanted to follow yesterday’s somber post with some imaginative stories from last week’s Friday Fictioneers challenge (my own interpretation of the prompt is here):

  1. A broken appliance on your property can be annoying, but a different source of irritation is the subject for Brenda’s Thoughts
  2. Penny Gadd explores the apocalyptic potential of the prompt
  3. Really liked the ending provided by Jo Hawk
  4. Keith Hillman provides a metaphoric take on the photo
  5. The image seems ideal for humor, and Trent P. McDonald delivers an entertaining riff
  6. Phyllis Moore comes up with a unique use for the abandoned appliance
  7. If I keep reading the story by Nelkumi while looking at the photo prompt, my imagination might eventually get unstuck
  8. I’m not a big fan of puns, but Anthony North‘s play on words is fun
  9. The term “nuke the fridge” is the inspiration for David Stewart‘s story
  10. In Varad‘s tale, the door opens to a horrible surprise


All This from a Picture of a Typewriter

I enjoy Friday Fictioneers enough to give the occasional shout-out to entries that impressed me:

  1. This contest doesn’t feature a lot of historical fiction, but thanks to event coordinator Rochelle Wisoff-Fields I learned an interesting fact today
  2. Poetry is similarly not common during FF, but Andrea LeDew offers a memorable word
  3. Sandra Cook crafts a scene that’s atmospheric and suspenseful
  4. The experience of using a manual typewriter is captured by Susan A Eames
  5. The best entries make you want to read more, and Lynn Love does the job
  6. Miranda Lewis uses the prompt to give advice to writers looking back on the age when these devices were in common use
  7. The antique machine leads to a mystical yet realistic experience courtesy of msjadeli
  8. Learning how to use these old machines could be stressful, an experience oneta hayes expresses well
  9. Some of the most powerful images from this week’s challenge came from Redcat‘s offering
  10. A clever story from nelkumi contains only sounds

Half-way through compiling this list, I noticed all my selections were from female bloggers. I decided to stay with that theme until the end. You’ll get your turn next time, gents!

Ten Terrific Takes

Here’s some other stories based on last week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt (my own is here), selected at random but listed her presented in alphabetical order of author name:

  1. Appearances are truly deceptive in Anita Sabat‘s world
  1. Cathryn likes psychological thrillers, and her take on the prompt shows this interest
  1. Dale explores the social tensions lying under the surface of the image
  1. The protagonist in Iain Kelly‘s tale reads the headlines and makes a decision
  1. An eclectic eatery is the scene for the story by James McEwan
  1. The photo inspired msjadeli to write about a real place that is meaningful to her
  1. Neil MacDonald ends his sci-fi take with a comic twist
  1. Russell Gayer‘s narrator has an unusual approach to vacationing
  1. The end of a long journey is the start of Russell Mercer‘s tale
  1. trishsplace offers a word of hope on the Australian brush fires

Three Poems About Love

I’ve had a pretty uneventful love life, a fact of which I am neither proud nor ashamed. It is what it was, and will continue being as it has been. Perhaps the simplicity of my experience is why I’m drawn to poetry about this vital part of human existence.

  • The timing might be coincidental, but Henna Johansdotter‘s tale of her spare-part lover seems appropriate for the holiday two days from now
    • Sarah Doughty visits the familiar theme of unrequited love in a way that seems fresh and original
    • The title of Utsav Ray’s poem is appropriate play of words to his gut-punch of a poem

    About Those Circular Lights

    PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

    A handful of notable entries, chosen entirely at random, to last week’s photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers:

    • Tannille offers a dystopian explanation for those hovering halos
    • C.E. Ayr writes a poem, a rarity in this contest, and includes an audio that must be checked out
    • This image was a prime candidate for sci-fi, and Iain Kelly does it with some humor
    • It’s also easy to find a religious message in the photo, and both nonnaci and T. Delaplain explore the darker side of this theme
    • It’s difficult to include a surprise ending in a 100-word tale, but Draliman does the job
    • Dale provides an interesting metaphysical twist

    An Engaging Series

    On her blog, Andra Watkins is posting a dark tale about a reluctant mother. The central character is equally fascinating and appalling, and I appreciate any writer who can pull off that trick. Andra is releasing the story as a serial, and today is latest installment, with the next promised for this coming Monday. I’m suddenly inspired to start my own series… we’ll see what comes of that notion.

    Ten Stories

    For some reason I forgot to post my story to the Friday Fictioneer’s contest page. Here’s ten people who weren’t so absent-minded:

    1. Tannille takes us to the Twilight Zone in The Vanishing Tale
    2. In The Signpost, Keith Hillman takes his characters beyond the playground
    3. A tense situation becomes deadly in Trent McDonald’s The Park
    4. Speedway Randy’s Peculiar features some wonderful metaphors
    5. Love is found and then lost in Mid-court by Maria-Christina Doulami
    6. I had no idea what those things were in the background of the photo, but Na’ama Yehuda came up with a creative interpretation in The Memo
    7. The Ministry of Shrawley Walks has some fun with the prompt in Dial-a-Troll
    8. Frightened by Nova evokes the ominous air of the photo
    9. There are no people in the photo, and in Shots Fired Girl in Niagara explains why
    10. This contest doesn’t often inspire historical fiction, but Magarisa pulls it off in If Need Be


    Animal Instincts

    Two weeks ago, I should have posted about my upcoming vacation. I intended to post while I was away, but yeah, that didn’t work out. As a way of announcing my return, I’m sharing Arpita’s observation on how animals have adapted to life in the bustling city of Bangalore. As humans have become more adept at tasks, we’ve lost touch with our instincts, which means that when navigating our way across a heavily-trafficked street, we may be better off following a dog’s lead.