Thanks, Dad! – Flash Fiction

“Hey, did you see that show last night?”

“Which one?”

“Well, it was the only one worth watchin’. So classy. So luxurious. So loaded wi—”

“Dad!”

“Yeah!”

“Do you know where the peanut butter is?”

Bill’s eyes narrowed in deep thought. “Yeah, I think it’s in the garage on the John Deere.”

“Again?”

“Hey, don’t judge me.”

“Thanks, Dad!”

“That’s more like it.”

“So what was this show? I thought you only watched ESPN and Fox?”

“Yeah. But, they don’t show stuff like this one. Let me tell you, you get to go inside thei—”

“Dad!”

“Yeah!”

“Do you know where the jelly is?”

“Which one?”

“The strawberry, duh. Is there any other kind that matters?”

“Don’t get smart with me, girl. And I think it’s in the bedroom.”

“Again.”

“What did I ju—”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“Man, kids these days. No good snots.”

“So, what did you get to see?”

“Huh? See? Where?”

“The show.”

“Oh, in the bedroom and the shower.”

“What kind of show was this. Please tell me it was a home improvement show?”

“Nah, those guys have nothing on this—”

‘”Dad!”

“In the camper!”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“Uh, did you guys just get back from a trip?”

“Yeah, how’d you know?”

“Well, you left the bread in the camper.”

“Bread? What bread?”

“For your daughter’s sandwich.”

“What sandwich?”

“What the? The peanut butter and jelly sandwich she’s making.”

Once again, Bill’s eyes narrowed in deep thought. And deeper. And still deeper. So deep this time, he came out speaking English with a funny accent.

He said, slapping his knee. “You don’t put strawberry jelly on a peanut butter sandwich, you dumb hick. You use mayonnaise.”

At this point, I shook my head, concerned the grinding gears inside might begin to seize from frustration.

“I gotcha. You’ll never believe it. It was hosted by Je—”

“Thanks, Dad. I found it.”

“I’m glad, princess. You believe what this hick thought you were doing. He thought you were making a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich.”

“Mister, everyone knows you put mayonnaise on them.”


This is an attempt to use some of what our guest writer today, from Reedsy, Desiree Villena wrote in her article 5 Unexpected Ways to Ineject Humor Into Your Writing.


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Go with the flow. #WQWWC

He hasn’t taken his eyes off me since I sat down. Even when he takes a drink his eyes stay on me over the rim of his glass. His Adam’s apple bobs above the open collar.

I try not to watch him. But his lips wet with the moist drink . . . and his pink tongue flicks out to lick a drop off his bottom lip.

His fingers dwarf the glass but hold it so gently.

I find myself linking my lips and taking my bottom lip in my teeth. His right eyebrow rises as he watches. His friends must wonder what he’s doing. He hasn’t said a word to them since I sat down.

“Smile at him, Linda,” Rebecca said.

“What?”

She laughs. “Girl, smile at him so he knows he can come over or send a drink or something.”

I look at her. Amusement is in her eyes, wicked amusement. “Who are you talking about?”

“Mister Can’t-Take-His-Eyes-Off-You over there.”
I wave my hand at her. “No one sees me like that.”

“Linda, in that dress, looking like that, you need to get a clue. You’ve worked hard to be fit like that. And I know him from work. I’ve never seen him look at anyone before. He’s always been all business at work and only talks to his friends when he’s here. He must think you’re special.”

“You think so?”

“I’m saying it ain’t I?”

Rebecca isn’t the kind to lie to me.

“Well . . .”

“Oh ye of little faith,” she said.

“Old habits.

“Remember that Psych class we took, and we had to learn all those quotes?”
“Yeah.”

“One stuck with me; As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.’ It was by a Professor of Psychiatry, Emmanuel Teney.”

“So you are saying, I should just go with the flow?”
Her eyes flick over my shoulder and then back to me. “Girl, I think I should be going with the flow right now. Good luck.” With that, she takes her purse and leaves the table.

“Hello.”

I look up to see the man has moved from his table to mine.

“Hi.”

“Would you mind if we left this place and got a coffee, maybe somewhere a little quieter? Maybe you know a place you like to go to. I mean, I hope Rebecca said I was okay.”

I look past him and see Rebecca not far away, nodding and waving me to leave.

“She gave you an okay. And I know a place, not far from here. It’s a book store that’s also a coffee shop.”

He smiles and I catch my breath. “I know the place. I go there every day at lunch, just to deflate from the work day, otherwise I wouldn’t make it to the end.”

“Then let’s go.”

He pulls my chair out as I stand. Then he holds out his arm and escorts me across the room. I look back and Rebecca is standing there with her hands together in front of her and grinning. She holds up her phone and mouths ‘Call Me’.

I wink.


The theme for this weeks Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge, that I co-host with Colleen Chesebro of Silverthreading,com is Faith. Click HERE to see more entries based on the theme.


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FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES Prompt Challenge #26-A First Time.

Below are the entries for last weeks prompt-A Guest Appearance.

Just Friends – Part 15 by Ritu

The Chairman by Josh Perrett

Fresh Meat by Joelle

Daniel on the Verge by Dermott Hayes

Killer Date Night by Joe Owens

Stress On Life by KiwiNana (yes I know her name but I like KiwiNana)

A Fair Affair – Chapter 13 by Neel

 

Useful links:
Grammarly.com
Click HERE for STRIPPING for FICTION or HOW TO WRITE FLASH FICTION.
Click HERE for Dialogue Tags, Action Beats, and the Dialogue Comma.
Click HERE for What’s a GL and PSS got to do with writing.

Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Challenge

If you’ve been here before click Skip To Prompt.

Refresh yourself on the Content Guidelines

FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES

With decades of writing behind me and daily learning of how to be a better writer, and by daily, I do mean constant, I wanted to give a way for current friends and future finders of this blog a way to push themselves to improve as well.

Through this challenge my hopes are you will:

  1. Find your voice
  2. Step out of comfort zones to discover a genre where your talent truly lies
  3. Perhaps make connections that will help you become a better writer

DEADLINE IS:

23:59 EST (New York Time) Wednesday. I will then have Thursday to complete reading the entries and compiling the links and such. I do read all entries. You can ask any of my Haiku Challenge family/community members.

I DO ASK THAT YOU:

  • Keep it PG as all ages do follow the blog and may click through and read the entries. (Continue for exceptions.)
  • If you do write a piece of fiction that goes past the PG level, copy the link into the comments of this post and make a note of it being such and give the reasons you think it is, such as violence (See below for clarification.), sexual content, language/profanity.
  • No violence toward children by adults or predatory aspects toward children. I know you may have two kids have a fight. I get that, but I don’t want gratuitous violence such as glorifying bullying. Also I can see you having a kid kicking some bad guy in the face for some reason. I get it.
  • No sexual assault against anyone.

WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR WORK OF FICTION: (The below guidelines are less than they appear, I’m just thorough.)

Copy and paste your URL in the comments of the challenge post, or do a ping back to this post. This does not mean you must share a link today, Friday, just because the challenge says Friday in it. It means you must return to this post or ping back to this post.

A ping back is copying and pasting the URL of the challenge post into your post. That lets people know about the challenge, sort of, and is one way to let me know you’ve entered. Just make certain to visit back here to see your ping back is showing. Confused? Click HERE to see how to do a ping back.

If your blog is with WordPress, TAG your post as Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes. This way people may find your work in the WP Reader.

IMPORTANT! For those wishing to participate in the possible FREE eBook Project for Fiction, click HERE for the Challenge Page with information at the bottom along with a form of agreement to fill out.

Click HERE for STRIPPING for FICTION or HOW TO WRITE FLASH FICTION.

Prompt for Challenge

FIRST OF ALL: Please remember, this is NOT a race. Take your time. Friday is only a part of the title, not a deadline. SECONDLY, if the story is flowing, don’t let the word count stop you; keep writing. THIRDLY, if you are an ACTIVE challenge participant and you just aren’t feeling the prompt, write something and ping back or paste your link. I’ll still include it in the #Links post the following Friday.

  • Word Count is off! Let’s focus on the theme of the thing. Not many actually stick to the word count anyway. (SUGGESTED-No more than 500 if you want to try that.)
  • Using the prompt of A First Time, WRITE. There are all kinds of first times, so get your minds out of the gutters. Channel that first experience doing something and put it into your characters. It could even be a first experience between two people. Next week I’m going to change it up a bit. Good luck. (REQUIRED)

For proofreading of your work you might check out Grammarly.com. They have a free option to download for Word or that will even work right here in the WordPress Post Editor. It also works in the comments of sites. An additional feature is you can turn Grammarly off and own for each site you visit.


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FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES Prompt Challenge #25-A guest appearance.

Click HERE for last weeks Entries for the Prompt-A Concert.

Useful links:
Grammarly.com
Click HERE for STRIPPING for FICTION or HOW TO WRITE FLASH FICTION.
Click HERE for Dialogue Tags, Action Beats, and the Dialogue Comma.
Click HERE for What’s a GL and PSS got to do with writing.

Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Challenge

IF YOU WOULD LIKE COMMENTS ON YOUR WRITING, PLEASE NOTE AT THE END OF YOUR ENTRY THE AREAS YOU WISH FOR THE READER TO COMMENT ON, OR IF YOU WISH FOR AN OVERALL OPINION.

If you’ve been here before click Skip To Prompt.

Refresh yourself on the Content Guidelines

FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES

With decades of writing behind me and daily learning of how to be a better writer, and by daily, I do mean constant, I wanted to give a way for current friends and future finders of this blog a way to push themselves to improve as well.

Through this challenge my hopes are you will:

  1. Find your voice
  2. Step out of comfort zones to discover a genre where your talent truly lies
  3. Perhaps make connections that will help you become a better writer

DEADLINE IS:

23:59 EST (New York Time) Wednesday. I will then have Thursday to complete reading the entries and compiling the links and such. I do read all entries. You can ask any of my Haiku Challenge family/community members.

I DO ASK THAT YOU:

  • Keep it PG as all ages do follow the blog and may click through and read the entries. (Continue for exceptions.)
  • If you do write a piece of fiction that goes past the PG level, copy the link into the comments of this post and make a note of it being such and give the reasons you think it is, such as violence (See below for clarification.), sexual content, language/profanity.
  • No violence toward children by adults or predatory aspects toward children. I know you may have two kids have a fight. I get that, but I don’t want gratuitous violence such as glorifying bullying. Also I can see you having a kid kicking some bad guy in the face for some reason. I get it.
  • No sexual assault against anyone.

WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR WORK OF FICTION: (The below guidelines are less than they appear, I’m just thorough.)

Copy and paste your URL in the comments of the challenge post, or do a ping back to this post. This does not mean you must share a link today, Friday, just because the challenge says Friday in it. It means you must return to this post or ping back to this post.

A ping back is copying and pasting the URL of the challenge post into your post. That lets people know about the challenge, sort of, and is one way to let me know you’ve entered. Just make certain to visit back here to see your ping back is showing. Confused? Click HERE to see how to do a ping back.

If your blog is with WordPress, TAG your post as Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes. This way people may find your work in the WP Reader.

IMPORTANT! For those wishing to participate in the possible FREE eBook Project for Fiction, click HERE for the Challenge Page with information at the bottom along with a form of agreement to fill out.

Click HERE for STRIPPING for FICTION or HOW TO WRITE FLASH FICTION.

Prompt for Challenge

FIRST OF ALL: Please remember, this is NOT a race. Take your time. Friday is only a part of the title, not a deadline. SECONDLY, if the story is flowing, don’t let the word count stop you; keep writing. THIRDLY, if you are an ACTIVE challenge participant and you just aren’t feeling the prompt, write something and ping back or paste your link. I’ll still include it in the #Links post the following Friday.

  • Word Count is off! Let’s focus on the theme of the thing. Not many actually stick to the word count anyway. (SUGGESTED-No more than 500 if you want to try that.)
  • Using the prompt of A Guest Appearance, WRITE. Who might show up at your house? Or is there a show you are watching and a celebrity appears on screen? Maybe you are someplace and someone comes on stage that makes no sense. What do you do? How does it make you feel? (REQUIRED)
  • Special note: There hasn’t been a lot of participation lately, and I know that’s because of my lack of involvement, but I had plans for this that were bigger than my health has been able to handle. I’ll keep putting the prompts out for as long as someone writes. When all interests dies, if it happens, then . . .

For proofreading of your work you might check out Grammarly.com. They have a free option to download for Word or that will even work right here in the WordPress Post Editor. It also works in the comments of sites. An additional feature is you can turn Grammarly off and own for each site you visit.


I LOVED it! It was a perfect segue from nonfiction to fiction.” – Review

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The Fantasy.

Moonlight, white silk sheets, and dark raven hair dominate my sight. She had given me a key. Maybe she’d forgotten . . . or maybe not. Once through the door I inhaled deeply and took in her expensive scent.

I fought to keep my eyes from closing, from losing sight of her curves under the silk. Mmmm, perhaps she was expecting me.

Sitting on the edge of the bed, I observed her lines, her breathing. Her fingers gripped the pillow. I leaned in to her neck . . . her reactions were faster.

Lips found mine.

Hands pulled me to her.

She kissed me deep, her hand in my hair . . . while the other was searching.

“Glenn?”

“Wha?” I woke, looking up into dark eyes.

“You were gasping for breath, are you okay?”

“I was lost in a dream, a fantasy.” I smiled.

“Well, everyone needs a fantasy.”

I laughed. “Yeah.

She leaned over me her face close to mine.

“And you know what I always say.”

“Which one?” I asked.

“My single-minded aim is to give existence to fantasy.”


This is my contribution to the Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. Hosted this week by my co-host, Colleen Chesebro on SilverThreading.com. The theme is Fantasy. Click here  to see other entries and to enter yourself if you like.


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#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Mystery!

SHOW US YOUR CREATIVITY!

NOW it’s your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Each week we will include a theme  for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

In fact, Ronovan and I will alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing. Make sure and join us. You never know what we will come up with!

To see all the Entries from last week click HERE for the links in the comments of last weeks Challenge Post.

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you. We thought it would be fun to split the brain power needed each week. All of you get hosts that are reasonably fresh and fun to play with each week, so join in!

#WQWWC Mystery

This week’s theme is “mystery,” or any variation of the word: mystery, mysterious, etc.

So what do you do?

Click for the original post on SilverThreading.com

The Magic in Egg Sandwiches.

“It is spring, why is it so cold?” Cora asked.

I pressed against her back and slipped my arms around her shoulders, inhaling all the scents mingling together that were her. “Cora darling, it’s the first week of spring, as in closer to winter than summer. So,” I put my hands on her shoulders and turned her around, “I’m taking advantage of every chilly moment I can.” I kissed her gently. She had lips meant for that. Gentleness, not the macho movie kisses that bruised, although, there were moments for that as well. My eyes flared at the thought of last night.

Her nails softly scratched my shirt, sending electricity through my chest and beyond. “Mhmm. Do I look like I am complaining?” Her eyes almost closed and lips turned up at the corners, she knew I loved that look. I had started something and she meant for me to follow through to the finish.

I laughed and felt the vibrations in my chest. Her fingers increased their pressure. “No, and you would complain if you didn’t like it.”

“You got that right, bub.” Her emphatic nod of the head made her silky hair shimmer and slide across her cheeks. “And you are not complaining either.”

“Never,” I said.

“Even if you hated what I was doing?”

I brushed hair away from her face with my fingers. “Even then . . . maybe . . . well not really.” I smiled.

“Maybe I’m a witch, a wizard, and have you under a spell.” Her hands slid down and around my waist.

“In a way, I guess you are. There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.” I squeezed her to me.

“Yep.” She leaned her head and shoulders back. “Well, honesty with respect thrown in. Like, if you made fun of my fondness for egg sandwiches I might not be so forgiving.”

I nodded. “I would never do that. I like them too. Besides, real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others, and that includes an obsession with egg sandwiches.”

“Good.” She rested her cheek against my chest.

“Speaking of egg sandwiches…” My hands began to drift.

“What about them?”

“I’m hungry.”

“Glenn, we just ate.”

“I didn’t say anything about food.”

Cora squealed as my hands stopped drifting.

~~~

Frank Ocean Magic QuoteWayne Dyer Relationship QuoteThis is the second time Cora and Glenn have showed up here on RW. Check out The Fortunate One, where Glenn meets Cora’s family for the first time . . .  and her ex-husband.

Colleen chose Magic for this weeks theme for her week of hosting our Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge.


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The Fortunate One.

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.”
Oscar Wilde
Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet.
October 16, 1854-November 30, 1900

When I arrived, a dream came true. Sunlight danced in her hair, made her skin glow, and all the world combined to make my heart beat faster.

We talked over each other in the excitement of our uniting. There were no angry glances or raised voices attempting to rise over the other. Our tones relayed the truth, words did not matter, we were ecstatic. It was euphoria; at least it was for me. Light headed, walking on a cushion of air, unable to stop smiling, you name all those cliché possibilities, and they were true. Why do you think they are so cliché? It is because they are real.

Was it love at first sight? No, but it was love at first shared thought. Now, there we were, at her doorstep, Christmas Day.

“It will be fine. I promise. They don’t like any man at first.”

I smiled. “You’ve told me that or something like that, a hundred times. I think your first choice has tainted their opinions. That or they just don’t trust your judgement.”

“Okay, perhaps. Just do not worry.” She placed her hand on my chest, leaned in, and smiled up at me.

I raised my brows in mock shock at her affections. “Nope, no kisses. You know they are watching through curtains and blinds all over the house.”

“I know. They will get over it. Now kiss me or I will pout.” She stuck her lower lip out, a fail of a pout that never worked, but I loved her attempts. She knew it. She knew I wouldn’t resist that bottom lip.

Moments of electric sensations sparking through the body later, and she opened door. That’s just the frame of mind I wanted to be in when meeting her family for the first time.

I could only shake my head at that point and avoid looking down to watch her walk in. I was being as gentlemanly as I could, but I was still a red-blooded American male in love with a beautiful mind and beautiful body.

“Glenn, these are my parents.”

“Mister Allen. Mrs. Allen.” I shook both hands. “Ma’am, this is for you.”

Cora’s mother looked surprised. “Me?” Her surprise did not stop her from taking the small gift I slipped from my pocket. Cora gave me an odd look as I shook hands with her brother, who made certain I knew he would kill me if I hurt his sister. I hoped I squeezed back hard enough to make a good impression.

“Oh dear,” Mrs. Allen said. She held one hand to her chest. “It is beautiful.”

I smiled at the joy and surprise on her face. “I thought you might put a photo of each child and grandchild in the frames. There are enough for all of them. Of course, they would need tiny photos for a bracelet.”

“Buying your way in are you?” A loud voice rose broke the moment.

I thought Cora’s head would snap off she turned it so fast.

“Gary, what are you doing here?”

“How nice, I think I can visit my children on Christmas Day.”

You guessed it, Cora’s ex-husband.

“You know that’s not what I meant.”

“Whatever, Cor. So this is the guy, is it?”

“Hello. I’m Glenn Taylor.” I extended my hand to be friendly.

“I know who you are.” He took my hand and made a feeble attempt that would have made Cora’s brother laugh.

He broke away and glared. I had never experienced a glare before. It was kind of funny and I had to smile. I don’t think he liked that. “You bring one of us a present, you must bring them for all, or you appear rude,” he said a bit too loudly.

“Sorry, they wouldn’t let me bring the coal on the plane.”

Laughs were muffled and some not. Their daughter’s giggle came out before she could bring her hand up to hold it in.

Gary’s eyes grew uglier. “Funny boy are you?”

“Only when they laugh, otherwise it’s just awkward pauses.”

“Think you’re a big man because you’re with her now, don’t you?”

I glanced down at Cora. The anger was barely contained. She was ready to unload on him at any moment. I looked back to Gary. “Actually, yes I do. I know how lucky I am.”

He laughed, and it wasn’t a pleasant sound. “I got lucky with her first.”

I pulled Cora to me a little tighter as I felt her move. “You were luckier than you could imagine. You are also a bigger idiot than any man could ever possibly try to be.”

“You son—“

“Don’t.” John, Cora’s brother, stepped in front of Gary.

“You gave this up. You messed a good thing up. You never would admit what she was, how important she was, or even that she existed as a unique individual that you needed in order to be whom you became.”

Cora looked up at me. I smiled and felt her ease beneath my touch.

I looked back at Gary. “Yes, you were lucky first. The important thing is that I’m fortunate last, and will be for the rest of my life.”

Oscar Wilde Romance Quote~~~

Thanks for reading!

This is part of the all new Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge co-hosted by Colleen Chesebro of SilverThreading.com and ME, Ronovan. Click HERE for more links to those entering and to see how easy it is yourself. It’s not only writing a short story. That was just my choice this week. A quote, poetry, haiku, story, and more!


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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #14 Entries: THE #LINKS

I wasn’t going to do MUST READs this week, I mean most are must reads already. Then I read one that I could not ignore or pass by. Timely and for a writer this one hits home. Make sure not to skip it. We had everything from humor to death, and drama to suspense. Two new members joining in, and good storytellers at that.

A Must Read designation does NOT mean an entry is necessarily better than the other entries. It means that entry clicked with me in some way in that moment I read it.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for the reading Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5. Passive Sentence percentage is included as Active Sentences are considered the preferred form of writing by most editors and publishers. Active moves the story along. Passive is not always bad. Sometimes a story works that way, perhaps through the language of a person or the type of story. Even then, keep the percentage low.

The Writers with The Links

The Prompt for the Challenge was:

You’ve just been handed a message that makes you drop to the floor, trembling uncontrollably.

  • No more than a Word Count of 600. (SUGGESTED)
  • Using the above scenario, create a scene of what the note is about, and why it makes you react the way you do. (REQUIRED)
  • No external dialogue for this scene. (SUGGESTED)


NEW MEMBERS!

Coffins
Damean Mathews (Writing Is Life)
A family saga in few words. 686 words, 6.4 GL, and 5% passive sentence structure.
“My name is Damean Mathews. I an author with an immense love of the written word. This blog is here to help aspiring authors in their craft. I plan on giving as many tips as possible, sharing my own examples and experiences, and posting some of my work in order to get feedback and help give examples of various stages of work, etc. I am five times published in the Clinch Mountain Review and Jimson Weed, and due to my work in the Jimson Weed I served as Managing Editor for two and a half years, one of which was also spent as Head News Writer for the Highland Cavalier…[Click for more interesting information].” @MathewsMarvels

Messaged Received
Bré Sanchez (Writings of a Single Girl)
Not sure if this is part of an ongoing or not, but it has a lot of potential. Hooked in 345 words. 1.9 GL (Seems like higher.), 0% passive sentence structure.
“Single girl in her 20’s(ish), living in Dublin, sharing her thoughts and experiences.” @singleGRLbrain
 


Tonight You Die
TJ Paris (La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin)
To let the cat out of the bag or knot? Knot. Go and check it. You know TJ comes through with entertainment each week. 178 words, 5.1 GL, and 5% passive sentence structure. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Just Friends (Part 4 or Jelly Legs)
Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…)
In the throws of guilt, embarrassment, and general day after insanity, Lara receives a message from the last person she expected. 696 words, 6.9 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @PhantomGiggler

Just a Little Slip
Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
A surprise awaits from a captured soldier and a family reunion. 811 words, 4.4 GL, and 4% passive sentence structure. @TeresaSmeigh

The Note – A Case for Sarah Bradley
KL Kaley (new2writing)
A police officer is up for a promotion when she receives an envelope with something inside that sends her reeling. 637 words, 4.3 GL, and 1% passive sentence structure.

Harper Lee is Dead…
MUST READ Bill Engleson (Writings)
A powerful inner turmoil and realization or disturbance. Depending on the reader, this story may bring about different feelings. 592 words, 4.2 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @billmelaterplea

A Child Remembers
Neel Panicker (NeelWritesBlog)
Trigger Warnings in this one for anyone with adult to child situation history. The story does get across the damage something like this does to a child mentally and emotionally. 654 words, 7.8 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @PanickerNeel

News
Jane Dougherty (Jane Dougherty Writes)
Another side of a story, one we sometimes don’t consider in our own actions. 406 words, 4.8 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @MJDougherty33

The Letter
Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
Great story. Kat gives just enough and you can decide the meaning at the end. I think she writes that last part so well you must know the answer, but maybe I’m wrong. Kat can write! 422 words, 3.1 GL, and 4% passive sentence structure. @kat_myrman

Sentence
Athling (A Writer’s Life)
What do you do, what do you think when that times comes? 287 words, 3.7 GL, and 3% passive sentence structure.



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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #13 Entries: THE #LINKS

A LOT of great stories this week. The ones I have MUST READ beside are the ones I clicked with instantly. There are maybe three others I am itching to add a MUST READ tag to, but with some it is a habit so I thought I would spread it around this week.

A Must Read designation does NOT mean an entry is necessarily better than the other entries. It means that entry clicked with me in some way in that moment I read it.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for the reading Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5. Passive Sentence percentage is included as Active Sentences are considered the preferred form of writing by most editors and publishers. Active moves the story along. Passive is not always bad. Sometimes a story works that way, perhaps through the language of a person or the type of story. Even then, keep the percentage low.

The Writers with The Links

The Prompt for the Challenge was:

  • Word Count of 500. (SUGGESTED)
  • Take your favorite quote from a movie and use it as inspiration for your entry this week. If you want more direction, make it the last sentence in your piece. (REQUIRED)


NEW MEMBER!
Puzzle of the Stars
Inkbiotic
An inspired and well plotted piece. Linking the hobby/obsession to the later part is awesome. 625 words, 3.6 GL (but you feel like it is higher), 0% passive sentence structure.


Rick’s
Jane Dougherty (Jane Dougherty Writes)
Looking the title, then reading the story, I’m not certain if the name is where they are dining or the ‘afters’, but I think that may be the point. 690 words, 4.5 GL, and 1% passive sentence structure. @MJDougherty33

Just Friends (Part 3)
Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…)
Ritu has created a monster. Check out the comments on the story to see how she’s doing. 589 words, 3.7 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @PhantomGiggler

The Cave – Not So Safe After All
Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
Good pacing with this weeks edition to Teresa’s series. 532 words, 4.0 GL, and 5% passive sentence structure. @TeresaSmeigh

Ronald Rump-A Minor Roast
Must Read Bill Engleson (Writings)
Talk about some nice political satire … um … I think it was satire. Hmm, maybe it wasn’t all that much satire at all. 592 words, 4.2 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @billmelaterplea

The Devil’s Wife: Valentine’s Day on Earth
Geetha (Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog)
A sweet story. Sometimes that’s a good enough description but it’s difficult to feel three little words can be enough sometimes. 581 words, 8.6 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @geethap2007

Hospital White
Must Read Clarence Holm (PrairieChat)
A powerful story of last moments, reunions, and new beginning? 614 words, 6.5 GL, and 2% passive sentence structure.

Called Home
Natalia Erehnah (Weaving Gold)
Okay, we have one of those you kind of wonder what’s happening. I mean that in a good way. 507 words, 5.5 GL, and 4% passive sentence structure.
@WeavingGold

The Sacrifice
Must Read Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author Blog)
Melissa is afraid she hasn’t done her quote justice. I’m not worried about the quote. The story is great. A nice range of emotion to capture the manic feeling in one of the characters. I thought the imbalance of the feelings was done nicely to give the reader the sense of imbalance as well. 633 words, 5.7 GL, and 1% passive sentence structure. @MBarkerSimpson

Nobody
Annette (Annette’s Place)
A good story to check out. A lot going on here in a short span of time, but someone it’s pulled off and doesn’t feel rushed. Very nice. 441 words, 5.1 GL, and 3% passive sentence structure.

The Interview
Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
Kat speaks the truth for a lot of people over the past several years now. 717 words, 4.2 GL, and 5% passive sentence structure. @kat_myrman

Unattended
TJ Paris (La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin)
The scary thing I must confess today is … this story makes complete sense to me. 482 words, 11.7 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Ride or Die
Shida (876LoveR)
One wild ride later . . . 334 words, 3.9 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @Rebel_Shida

She was and is
Florence T (Meanings and Musings)
A story I think is probably true for too many of the good ones and opposite for the ones that the qualities don’t apply to. 392 words, 6.3 GL, and 4% passive sentence structure. @FTThum

Return of the Warrior
Must Read Michelle LuNato (Chasing Life and Finding Dreams)
The third part in a series, but a stand alone as well. Actually this is a good place to jump if you haven’t already. The uncle ended up looking different than I thought for some reason. 685 words, 3.6 GL, and 1% passive sentence structure. @MichelleLunato



Ronovan Hester is an author, whose debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling is available now on Kindle and in Paperback is ready to ship now. Click HERE to choose. . He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #12 Entries: THE #LINKS

Thank you to those who do participate and appreciate those of us who put the effort in each week to come up with prompts, read them all, comment, collect links, and post them to share with our readers and friends.

A Must Read designation does NOT mean an entry is necessarily better than the other entries. It means that entry clicked with me in some way in that moment I read it.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for the reading Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5. Passive Sentence percentage is included as Active Sentences are considered the preferred form of writing by most editors and publishers. Active moves the story along. Passive is not always bad. Sometimes a story works that way, perhaps through the language of a person or the type of story. Even then, keep the percentage low.

The Writers with The Links

The Prompt for the Challenge was:

February 5th is National Wear Red Day, or Shower With a Friend Day. There are much more serious International Days the 5th is set aside for, but the challenge at this point in its growth is not a place to explore those quite yet. Although I’m not stopping anyone. If you know of another National/International Day you want to write about this week, go for it.

  • Word Count of 500. (SUGGESTED)
  • Some great stories were written last week. Continue those stories this week! (SUGGESTED)

OR

  • If you are not writing a series then It’s National ? Day and you are in charge of the party. Create your own National/International Day and spread the news. (REQUIRED if not in the middle of writing a series OR doing the above Suggested Prompt.) You can always mention a national day in a series.


NEW MEMBER!

A Day at the Beach
ATHLING2001 (A Writer’s Life)
I good story of what reality can be. 303 words, 3.0 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure.


Down in the Dumps Day
Bill Engleson (Writings)
Not sure how many times you can say a man is a storyteller. This one hits on what many go through and dwell on. 496 words, 5.1 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @billmelaterplea

Wunnerful, Wunnerful
Must Read Clarence Holm (PrairieChat)
Clarence and his brother depart from the homestead in fine fashion … or do they? 1306 words, 7.5 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure.

Just Friends (Cont.)
Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…)
Ritu is the reason for the continue the story from last week part of the prompt. I wanted to see how she would handle the situation. Now I still want to know what would happen next. 538 words, 4.4 GL, and 2% passive sentence structure. @PhantomGiggler

The Cave Safe Zone
by Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
The ladies are caught in the act. What will they do now? 533 words, 4.4 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @TeresaSmeigh

Swan Song – Part Two
Must Read w/Last Weeks Part One or stand alone. by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
A nice flip-side to the story last week. Makes for a well rounded story and a complete short story. 495 words, 3.8 GL, and 1% passive sentence structure. @kat_myrman

National Oyster Day
TJ Paris (La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin)
If we’ve learned anything about TJ by this time is … we never know what to expect. The N.O.D. is no exception. Watch out, you know what’ll happen. 204 words, 8.1 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Hey! I too need my day.
Neel Anil Panicker (NeelWritesBlog)
Where have all the flowers gone … um, no, that has nothing to do with the story. Neel is a randomite. Not sure what a randomite is? Read on and you will. 497 words, 9.7 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure.  

Such pretty dolls.
Ruby Manchanda (Whispering Thoughts)
I wasn’t expecting that. What a cool take on the prompt. 499 words, 4.6 GL, and 2% passive sentence structure.

Family Tradition
Annette (Annette’s Place)
Um, what an delicious selection we have here. A real winner. 468 words, 4.1 GL, and 4% passive sentence structure.

Highway of Fear
Michelle LuNato (Chasing Life and Finding Dreams)
A well done story that will hit home with a lot of readers on different levels. 589 words, 3.5 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @MichelleLunato

Dancing with Shadows
Kim Russell (Writing in North Northfolk)
I went hunting for this one, which I don’t do often. Knowing Kim takes part in the challenge often, I took the chance and what an eerie piece. She pulls you in and then … 250 words, 7.4 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @kim88110



Ronovan Hester is an author, whose debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling is available now for pre-order on Kindle or the Paperback is ready to ship now. Click HERE to choose. . He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #11 Entries: THE LINKS

Talk about a great prompt idea. This one, or something like it, may show up again. Wow. Some great entries. If you’ve never read the entries of these Fiction Reviews before, start with this one. They are short, and very good.

A Must Read designation does NOT mean an entry is necessarily better than the other entries. It means that entry clicked with me in some way in that moment I read it.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for the reading Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5. Passive Sentence percentage is included as Active Sentences are considered the preferred form of writing by most editors and publishers. Active moves the story along. Passive is not always bad. Sometimes a story works that way, perhaps through the language of a person or the type of story. Even then, keep the percentage low.

The Writers with The Links

The Prompt for the Challenge was:

January 22, which is Friday’s date, is Celebration of Life Day.

  • Take a moment in your life of which you would celebrate and use that as inspiration for a no more than 750 word story, but don’t let that stop you if you are enjoying yourself and the story is going well. (SUGGESTED)
  • If you are not doing a series, write the story as if the characters were animals living in the roles of humans. An example would be the policemen might be German Shepherds and other Police type dogs. (REQUIRED if not in the middle of writing a series.) OR
  • Use the same experience for a story in one of the following Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller. (Required if not using the above.)


NEW MEMBER!
Bella’s Reward
Annette (Annette’s Place)
A new member and a first time ever fiction writer. A great start with Tiny Dance from Elton John as her song choice. I can see Elton in the story. 270 words, 4.0 GL, and 3% passive sentence structure.
Hello! I am new to blogging and I have fallen in LOVE with it! I am 47 years young and have 3 grown son’s I adore. I am a fairly new grandma also of two kids. I simply believe they hung the moon! I was in… [read the rest of the story].”

 


A Must Read.Golden Earrings
TJ Paris (La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin)
TJ is insane. Certifiable. There is no doubt. No one can convince me otherwise. And it’s not because he chose Peggy Lee’s Golden Earrings. 293 words, 12.1 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Ludwig’s Friday Morning
Kim Russell (Writing in North Northfolk)
What a nice story. It sent me to the search engines to read about one of the characters. 358 words, 4.3 GL, and 10% passive sentence structure. @kim88110

Fear no Tear
Neel Anil Panicker (NeelWritesBlog)
An emotional charged piece. I think a lot of men go through something like this. Perhaps not the end result but the events through the story. 897 words, 6.1 GL, and 1% passive sentence structure.  

A Must Read. The Perfect Illusion-Part 4
Nandini Bharadwaj (Pages That Rustle)
I’m not certain I’ve ever had an error free entry before. Whoa. I recommend you listen to the song used for this one, even if you aren’t a fan. I did. Excellent. 292 words, 4.0 GL, and 3% passive sentence structure.

GateKeeper
1000hoursleft (Work in Progress)
You’ll never guess what this one is about from the title, and it may even take you several lines in to figure it out. 283 words, 8.7 GL, and 7% passive sentence structure.

Teenage Lobotomy
by Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
I haven’t even read it yet and I’m already scared by the title. Okay, it turned out better than the title led me to expect. There are no zombies in the story! 281 words, 2.1 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @TeresaSmeigh

Swan Song
by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
Different. Wonder if she’s ever seen Hudson Hawk? 294 words, 3.6 GL, and 2% passive sentence structure. @kat_myrman

Within the Sounds of Silence
Clarence Holm (PrairieChat)
Dude gone dark on me. Well done. 288 words, 5.2 GL, and 4% passive sentence structure.

Just Friends?
A Must Read Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…)
Well this is well done. Ritu keeps bringing the goods each week. 311 words, 3.7 GL, and 3% passive sentence structure. @PhantomGiggler

The Moon’s Death
Geetha Balvannanathan (Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog)
Another take on celestial beings. Such a creative take on the prompt. It amazes me where a suggestion can take a person. 366 words, 6.8 GL, and 10% passive sentence structure. @geethap2007

When the thorn bush turns white.
A Must Read Ruby Manchanda (Whispering Thoughts)
This short story could be about a young man in many parts of the world … during so many different eras. I enjoyed the simple quaintness of this, if that’s the correct way of saying it. Something peaceful about it in a strange way. Strange because in a way it shouldn’t be peaceful. 239 words, 5.2 GL, and 5% passive sentence structure.

I don’t hurt any more.
Janni Styles (JanniStyles1)
Probably a story familiar to some in a life they know. A shame really, but true. You can call me Sheila if you like. I’ve been there. 300 words, 2.8 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @jannistyles1

A Chance to Heaven
Wes Hollifield (NearlyWes)
That was unexpected. An interesting ride to an interesting ending? 221 words, 5.7 GL, and 11% passive sentence structure. @Nearly_Wes

Another and here we are again.
A Must Read Florence Thum (Meanings and Musings)
Very nice. Not sure what else to say. 342 words, 3.3 GL, and 2% passive sentence structure. @FTTHum

Always Searching for Something
A Must Read Natalia Erehnah (Weaving Gold)
A very strong entry and part of a novel in progress. Great suspense and sense of urgency. 170 words, 4.3 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. Not a single grammar or spelling error of any sort, even stylistically acceptable errors. Impressive. @weavinggold

De Composition
A Must Read Bill Engleson (Writings)
Okay, this guy is a serious writer. But I knew that already. The way he links together the lyric and that ending … nice. 248 words, 7.0 GL, and 6% passive sentence structure. @billmelaterplea

Broken Heart Drive
A Must Read Michelle LuNato (Chasing Life and Finding Dreams)
If this woman doesn’t write a Contemporary Romance, it’s a waste. 455 words, 2.4 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure. @MichelleLunato



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out Valentine’s Day of 2016. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #10 Entries: THE LINKS

A Must Read designation does NOT mean an entry is necessarily better than the other entries. It means that entry clicked with me in some way in that moment I read it.

This week has some awesome entries. Very imaginative and creative. Some are stepping out into new areas, just as the challenge was intended to do.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for the reading Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5.

Passive Sentence percentage is included as Active Sentences are considered the preferred form of writing by most editors and publishers. Active moves the story along. Passive is not always bad. Sometimes a story works that way, perhaps through the language of a person or the type of story. Even then, keep the percentage low.

The Writers with The Links

The Prompt for the Challenge was:

January 22, which is Friday’s date, is Celebration of Life Day.

  • Take a moment in your life of which you would celebrate and use that as inspiration for a no more than 750 word story, but don’t let that stop you if you are enjoying yourself and the story is going well. (SUGGESTED)
  • If you are not doing a series, write the story as if the characters were animals living in the roles of humans. An example would be the policemen might be German Shepherds and other Police type dogs. (REQUIRED if not in the middle of writing a series.) OR
  • Use the same experience for a story in one of the following Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller. (Required if not using the above.)

 


Celebration
Kim Russell (Writing in North Northfolk)
This could be an occurrence in many other countries, and I imagine some women would prefer it that way. 762 words, 5.2 GL, and 2% passive sentence structure. @kim88110

The Perfect Illusion-Part 3
Nandini Bharadwaj (Pages That Rustle)
Nandini gives us a fresh look at Vivian in this third part in her series. I’m glad she’s decided to continue on with the story. 748 words, 5.8 GL, and 10% passive sentence structure.

A Special Day to Celebrate
Clarence Holm (PrairieChat) Must Read
This week clearance gives a wonderful story based on true events in the style of using animals instead of people. The cool thing about this story is that you can actually visually see what’s going on in the story and there is some humor to it and the message as well. 422 words, 3.8 GL, and 0% passive sentence structure.

Surprise Birth
by Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…) Must Read
Somehow think our Ritu would know the viewpoints of the can’t in situation like this. Her imagination just keeps showing no limits. 760 words, 4.4 GL, and 5% passive sentence structure. @PhantomGiggler

Goober Picatsso
Bill Engleson (Writings) Must Read
This week Bill brings a great story humor, satire, you name it it’s in here is. A great take on how some people view themselves some of you may like it so you may not but it’s all good, right?. 748 words, 5.7 GL, and 3% passive sentence structure.

Surprise
by Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life) THIS ENTRY HAS BEEN DELETED FROM THE MAIN BLOG.
Teresa pulled in the animal with the thriller with the Boab tree in a very um, uh, smashing way. 865 words, 3.8 GL, and 6% passive sentence structure. @TeresaSmeigh

Milestones
by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
Kat reveals her 50th birthday adventure . . . with a typo. 671 words, 5.3 GL, and 3% passive sentence structure. @kat_myrman

Cycle of Life
Florence Thum (Meanings and Musings)
Florence steps outside her genre comfort zone this week with a Fantasy piece. She says she started in one direction but ended up someplace else. 795 words, 5.5 GL, and 12% passive sentence structure. @FTTHum

The King’s Dance
Michelle ‘Nato’ Lunato (Chasing Life and Finding Dreams)
Does Nato get her man in the end? Does she dance with the King? 637 words, 4.3 GL, and 5% passive sentence structure. @MichelleLunato

Life is Round the Corner
Neel Anil Panicker (NeelWritesBlog)
I imagine this is a very widespread case across different places and circumstances. 834 words, 4.6 GL, and 1% passive sentence structure.  



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out Valentine’s Day of 2016. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #9 Entries: THE LINKS

21 Entries this week and 21 unique entries at that. We have everything from Contemporary to Science-Fiction, and Middle Grade to Adult. I noted two as Must Reads based on either uniqueness or impact of story. All the stories were good and worth reading twice. I say that because I do read each one at least twice. I wouldn’t if the story was bad.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for the reading Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5.

Passive Sentence percentage is included as Active Sentences are considered the preferred form of writing by most editors and publishers. Active moves the story along. Passive is not always bad. Sometimes a story works that way, perhaps through the language of a person or the type of story. Even then, keep the percentage low.

The Writers with The Links

The Prompt for the Challenge was:

Ticks and tocks of essential time, sink the spirits lower than wine.

  1. Include the above sentence somewhere in your work of fiction. (Required.)
  2. Keep your word count at no more than 500 words this week. (Suggested.) Do NOT let your story suffer because of the word count limit. Remember, it is a suggested part of the prompt.

Tick Tock
Jane Dougherty (Jane Dougherty Writes)
Jane gives us a wonderful piece of fiction, capturing the feelings of the one remaining after all the years gone by. 298 Words, 4.5 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences. @MJDougherty33

Melancholy Through a Looking Glass-Part 2
Nandini Bharadwaj (Pages That Rustle)
I’m still wondering what is going on with this 14-year-old girl in the story. So many possibilities and that is part of the attraction of this piece. 37 Words, 6.1 GL, and 13% Passive Sentences.

Eternity
Wes Hollifield (NearlyWes)
Wes goes philosophical melancholy a bit with us in this story of a person wondering out to cope with a situation. 231 Words, 5.6 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences. @Nearly_Wes

Waiting
by Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…)
Having worked in a place mentioned in the story, I know exactly the feeling being given to us here. A little more agony would have been a true story rather than fiction. A good Contemporary story. 358 Words, 6.o GL, and 14% Passive Sentences. @PhantomGiggler

The Lesson
by Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
Last week a baby was kidnapped, and this week they prepare to get it back. 485 Words, 4.6 GL, and 7% Passive Sentences. @TeresaSmeigh

Old School Gumshoe
by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
AI love the way Kat used the prompt sentence this week. An excellent crime/detective short. Would be nice to see something come of it. 498 Words, 4.5 GL, and 4% Passive Sentences. @kat_myrman

Waiting
Kim Russell (Writing in North Northfolk)
A poem of life, time, existence, and whatever else you as the reader come up with. 76 Words. @kim88110

As Time flies still.
Geetha Balvannanathan (Geetha Balvannanthan’s Blog)
Wondering where she came up with this one. Very interesting story. Might make a good starting point to something more. 396 Words, 6.1 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences. @geethap2007

The Collective
Clarence Holm (PrairieChat)
A Sci-Fi piece of sorts, with temporal tendencies abounding, but never escaping. 452 Words, 5.1 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences.

Haste Makes Waste A MUST READ
TJ Paris (La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin)
When reading this, you’ll get the feel of a classic type of read with humor and word usage to challenge the mind and tongue. Incredibly original. 515 Words, 11.2 GL, and 15% Passive Sentences. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Time Takes Us All
Lady Joyful (The Joyful Soul Creates)
Very good inner look at a child’s point of view of loss. 506 Words, 3.2 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences.

In The Attic
Solveig Werner (Solveig Werner~eclectic, multilingual…)
Some science fiction I think. I won’t say much more about that. We get to visit with two children in an attic, a creepy attic, in their grandparents home. You know that’s creepy for real. 965 Words, 4.5 GL, and 1% Passive Sentences.

Some Wounds Even Time Don’t Heal
Neel Anil Panicker (AnilPanickerWrites)
A story found in the comments of the challenge, and by clicking the link above you will end up there. The story is one that is all too true in the world today. I’m not sure how people do things like this, but they do. 758 Words, 7.7 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences.

Superbia’s Story – The Fruits of Labour
KL Caley (new2writing)
With this offering a young man learns a very important lesson. 717 Words, 5.5 GL, and 3% Passive Sentences.

Barry Balloon Lungs Baker
Bill Engleson (Bill Engleson Writings)
Not sure if I was surprised by the ending or not. It could have gone so many ways. Bill left enough up to the reader’s interpretation to get them comfortable in their own thoughts and then gave the truth of it all. 496 Words, 4.5 GL, and 3% Passive Sentences.

Remembering the Ancient Past
Natalia Erehnah (Weaving Gold)
A different take on the prompt. Using one of her characters to make an entry in her Super-Secret Diary from her work Spinning Stardust. 265 Words, 7.2 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences. @weavinggold

Shared Pain
Michelle ‘Nato’ Lunato (Chasing Life and Finding Dreams)
Nato takes a turn from Romance to, well, I suppose if you look at this a certain way there is Romance in it. The romantic heart. 582 Words, 2.8 GL, and 1% Passive Sentences. @MichelleLunato

Time Lost
Florence Thum (Meanings and Musings)
A regretted moment, or a lost past? And the ending? You decide. 317 Words, 4.3 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences. @FTTHum

Ticks and Tocks
R. Todd (A Flash of Fiction)
Another unique take on the prompt. I didn’t see what was happening until almost the very end. 566 Words, 3.3 GL, and 1% Passive Sentences. @psibrone

Feverish-Part Three
by Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author Blog)
Mel ends her three part story with Maddison doing everything she can to help find the cure. 1103 Words, 4.9 GL, and 0% Passive Sentences.

Trash A MUST READ
anghulinghugotero (anghulinghugotero)
I don’t believe in coincidence. Here is a story of fiction based on true places and people, if not the actual people of the story, but those living in the same conditions. This story is in the Philippines. What is strange is how this story mirrors a book I reviewed for my LitWorldInterviews.Com site. In that book is a city and a people living in the exact same conditions as the people in this story, but in Guatemala instead. No coincidences. Two stories coming for some reason. I also interviewed the author of the book and you can read the interview HERE. I don’t normally link to other people’s work in a review but this story hit pretty deep. 1658 Words, 6.8 5.4 GL, and 11% Passive Sentences.



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out Valentine’s Day of 2016. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #8 Entries: THE LINKS

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for the reading Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5.

The Writers with The Links

The Prompt for the Challenge was this famous Boab tree in Western Australia. The various takes on the prompt were surprising and there are some great ones in there. Some are begging for a series to continue the stories and I so hope the authors do decide to pick up the stories with the next prompt.

Boab tree
The Tree of Life
Kim Russell (Writing in Northfolk)
A story of a girl, her mother, and a twist of an ending. 249 Words and GL of 1.5 @kim88110

Recovery From Birth
by Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
This week Teresa has more excitement going on and drama as well. 880 Words and GL of 2.9. @TeresaSmeigh

Talitha Emerging
Natalia Erehnah (Weaving Gold)
Natalia used the prompt to write a passage for her work in progress, Spinning Stardust. I’d say it worked out quiet well. 230 words and GL of 6.3. @weavinggold

Curled Within
Lady Joyful (The Joyful Soul Creates)
The first installment of a possible series. A great start. Make sure to comment on what you think. I believe she gave just enough, and actually plenty in the 200 words limit she set for herself. 200 Words and GL of 3.3.

The Wish Eating Tree
by Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…)
Hmm, well that was an interesting read. Ritu has one serious imagination. 1848 Words, 4.4 GL. @PhantomGiggler

Melancholy Through a Looking Glass
Nandini Bharadwaj (Pages That Rustle)
Very nice first time entry. I very much want to see where this one might lead. Hoping there is a part two with the next prompt. 641 Words and 5.8 GL.

Larrkardiy
TJ Paris (La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin)
Good story of fiction based on traditional history of the particular tree used in the prompt. I knew when I saw TJ pop up and knowing the tree is located in Western Australia, I figured I might get a good retelling of facts. He also shares some history, myths, and facts following the story itself. 608 Words and 6.0 GL. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

A Night Shift Dreamtime Story
by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
Another great story. And another one that needs to keep going. Don’t believe me? Check the comments out. 664 Words. 5.3 GL.

Feverish-Part Two
by Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author Blog)
Melissa, or Mel, has jumped into this series of challenges. A two parter has turned into three. Check out the action, mystery, and fantasy now. 1036 words and a 4.0 GL.

Of Finding Oneself
Solveig Werner (Solveig Werner~eclectic, multilingual…)
Oh, what a wishful story this one is. One I believe we all would like to live. Another excellent first entry to the challenge community we’re growing here. (You all need to go check out her awesome glasses.) 548 Words and 5.5 GL.

Under the baobab tree.
Geetha Balvannanathan (Geetha Balvannanthan’s Blog)
An interesting story. I see a good social commentary on a time gone by, and in some parts of the world, still exists. 382 Words and 5.4 GL. @geethap2007

Promises
anghulinghugotero (anghulinghugotero)
A myth, folklore, fantasy, and a feel of scifi all rolled into one. At least it all seems that way to me. A great story. 1885 Words and 5.4 GL.



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out Valentine’s Day of 2016. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #7 Entries: THE LINKS

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for the reading Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5.

The Writers with The Links

The Newborn
by Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
Tessa makes a mad dash to the hospital with a newborn a lot less stressful in a lot of stressful ways. Humor was the goal this week and she accomplished that, even though it wasn’t where she originally intended to go with the 7th installment of her series. 281 words. GL of 5.6.

How not to start the New Year
by KL Caley (New2Writing)
A great start for our new to the challenge member. I have a bad feeling this was based on fact rather than fiction. Isn’t that where the best humor comes from? At least she can laugh about it, or maybe this was a cathartic endeavor. 283 words and 7.3 GL.

Purple Haze
by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
Hooch for the pooch brings about an intoxicating smooch. Kat pulls out all the stops in her Humor piece this week. 255 words. 6.8 GL.

Caring For Your Schnauzer by Ima Le’Amature
by Meredith Haynes (Meredith’s Musings)
This week Meredith shares a chapter from a book that’s helped her with Nick all this time. Um, sort of. Chuckles and squeaker toys abound. You know that combination can’t be good … for the owner, not the Schnauzer. 487 words and 5.3 GL.

Stag Don’t
by Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…)
Where does her mind go for these things. The next prompt might be for her to explain what happened in this one. 142 words, 3.2 GL.

Feverish-Part One
by Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author Blog)
Talk about Cats and Dogs. Melissa gives us a sci-fi/fantasy type trip here. And it’s only part one. 1003 words and a 4.6 GL.

Cat’s Rule
by R. Todd (A Flash of Fiction)
Seeing inside the minds of Cats and Dogs. This is evil. And I somehow think it just may be true. 338 words and a 2.8 GL.

The Right and the Wrong Umbrella
by Alka Girdhar (Magnanimous Word)
Alka thought there wasn’t much humor here, but she was only being modest. Her style gives a subtle touch to humor and you begin to chuckle because you see what’s coming before she tells you. Very nice. 324 words at a GL of 4.8.

Fluffy, the Matchmaking Cat
by Michelle ‘Nato’ Lunato (Chasing Life and Finding Dreams)
Seduction, romance, humor, and a cat toy? I enjoyed this one a lot. She’s got some promise. 845 words. GL of 2.4.



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out Valentine’s Day of 2016. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #5 Entries: THE LINKS

First time visiting? Click HERE for the details of the Challenge and the Free eBook Project.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

GL below stands for Grade Level. Harry Potter is a GL of around 5. Tolkien is around GL 6.5.

The Writers with The Links
Digging to China
by Clarence Holm (PrairieChat)
Clarence tells a tale of something we probably all thought of when we were kids. 307 words and a 2.9 GL, this is right on track for being in the perspective of a child.

Not now but soon
by Willow (willowdot21)
A tragic story that is all too real. With emotions and dialogue that is spot on for the story, Willow’s first attempt at flash fiction is more than a success. 410 words and a 4.5 GL make this just the right level for the target audience.

A Beautiful Life
by Geetha Prodhom (Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog)
A wonderful nonsensical sort of tale about Spinach and a lonely young lady. I wonder if the spinach has anything to do with the lonely part? Although I love spinach, as does my son. 756 words at a GL of 6.4.

Love Me Tender
by Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
A fast pace hospital room scene. Judy has to protect her husband and her mother from revenge minded gang members. 589 words. GL of 2.7.

It will rain
by Geetha Prodhom (Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog)
You know, sometimes a story … well you can read this one and probably know where I was going. 209 words. GL of 4.3.

Candle in the Wind
by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding…)
A story of friendship and hard decisions. If I said much more I would reveal too much. 393 words. 2.8 GL.

The hanging tree
by Sarina (Shining Seeds)
A story about school kids and dealing with a common aspect of life these days. 1409 words. 2.2 GL.

The End or a New Beginning
by Meredith Haynes (Meredith’s Musings)
A couple+A party+Late Again=What? Meredith’s first trip into the challenge. 441 words and 3.2 GL. You would swear from the amount of emotion and storytelling there would be a larger word count.

Strong Enough
by Florence Thum (Meanings and Musings)
Florence chose a poem that is a story at the same time.

Don’t Let Go
by Ritu (But I Smile Anyway…)
We have a story of an event that will haunt a person forever. Good imagery and pace. 287 words, 4.4 GL.

Christmas Stockings
by Greg Wolford (Potholes in the Road of Life)
An interesting story. Know Greg as I do I can see one possible reason for a story like this. It’s still a tough story to put out there. But I think it is a needed one. I believe parents should read them one for sure. 1441 words and 4.7 GL. I think this one read quicker than the word count might imply.



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out Valentine’s Day of 2016. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #4 Entries: THE LINKS

First time visiting? Click HERE for the details of the Challenge and the Free eBook Project.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

The Writers with The Links

The Escalator
by Clarence Holm (PrairieChat)
Clarence takes a trip back in time to a day out with his mother. From the comments left as of this review, he captured exactly the right feel. Memories abound for the readers.

Ice Cream Tummy Aches
by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding)
This one gives attention to an all too common part of society. Memories will come flooding in for some, while others reading need comprehend and apply what they discover here.

It’s Not Happening
by Ritu Bhathal (But I Smile Anyway)
Much like Kat in the previous entry, Ritu takes a similar subject and approaches it from a different angle. This one is also very common and parents need to read this and understand it. Children all over the world react this way every day and carry these traits into adulthood.

Judy and John: Part 4-The Hospital Under Siege
by Teresa Smeigh (Writing is my Life)
Tessa continues her series with our couple in more uncomfortable moments than the title suggests.

Betrayal
by Carol Campbell (WritersDream9)
Carol goes extreme with keeping her piece under 100 words. A story of the inner turmoil of a woman betrayed represented by the world around her. A very nice story idea.

Buried
by Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author Blog)
What has this woman gotten herself into? Will you figure it out before times up?

Crocodiles
by Jane Dougherty (Jane Dougherty Writes)
Corcodiles, stags, and magpies all in a row. What brings the smile to a little boy’s face?

Double Standards
by Janni Styles (JanniStyles1)
You know, I witness this type of thing in my own home. I observe and have begun to point out the times it does happen.

Button Holed
by Melinda Kucsera
A scene from the world Melinda’s created. Also part of an advent series she is doing. I think you’ll want to read the other parts after this one.



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December of 2015. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Stripping for Fiction.

If you’ve never written Flash Fiction you’re missing out on one of the best tools to achieve what Literary Agents, Editors, and Publishers are looking for, the art of Show Don’t Tell.

How to Write Flash Fiction

A major mistake when writing is to look at word count. We want to write a novel, or at least a novella, but that is where we fall prey to bad writing. I advise you to either turn off the word count on your writing program, or put something over it so you can’t see it. I have mine turned off.

Let the story tell the story until it’s finished. That’s your first draft.

After the first draft is when you begin to cut the fat out and get to the healthy parts of your story. For Flash Fiction, this means your story becomes shorter, tighter. That could mean the same thing for novel length writing as well. There is nothing wrong with writing every single thought you have, every scene you have in your mind during your first draft. You don’t know what might be the best for your final draft.

To write Flash Fiction:

  • Write a scene as you normally would
  • Then strip it down to under 600 words or 300 words, whatever the prompt or your goal is.
  • If you can do this and still convey everything the reader needs to know and feel you have accomplished your mission and saved your Agent/Editor and yourself a lot of work later on.

How do you strip a scene down?

  • Get rid of unneeded adverbs.
    • Adverbs are okay sometimes. However, most of the time they can be done away with.  “The boy casually strolled along the path.” Casually could be okay to use, or you might look at the word strolled and realize it implies a slow pace, a casual pace of walking. Another example might be “The girl abruptly stopped in the street.” The idea is the girl stopped in the street.
    • Very and really are two overused adverbs.
  • Write in an active voice, not passive.
    • An example of an active sentence-The boy shot the ball.
    • The same sentence in passive is-The ball was shot by the boy.
    • Notice you have the noun directing the action instead of the result directing. With the active voice, there are two less words than the passive voice.
    • You can set up your Word program in Microsoft to check for passive voice. To see how, click HERE for
  • Remove unnecessary dialogue tags.
    • If you have a conversation between two people and you have established early on who the people are, you don’t need he said or she said constantly. Keep in mind not to insert the name of the people in conversation early on to establish genders and the like. If you have a long dialogue exchange, I would insert a name in the dialogue or an action including the person’s name to reinforce the order of speakers.
  • Write language not English.
    • When you write conversations, write how people talk. You don’t need to have every person speak properly and according to your spellcheck and grammar check. We don’t all speak that way every moment of our lives, especially with friends.

We think more is better but in reality, it’s what you say and how you say it rather than how much you say that matters. Choose your words wisely. Close your eyes and just begin to type what you see of the scene and then come back and work it.



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December of 2015. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt #3 Entries: THE LINKS

Update! The Free eBook Project will be through Smashwords and/or Amazon. This is an update to include Smashwords. The reason being, Amazon, as far as I can tell at the moment, only offers FREE eBooks all the time as a price match option. Smashwords offers it all the time and a great many ways to download and read, including Kindle. Click HERE for the details.

As we continue with these challenges I’ll find a balance between blurbs and my insanity at reviewing and hopefully bring some entertainment to the table.

The order appearing is the order in which the entry was received.

The Writers with The Links
Fear of Flying
by Kat Myrman (like mercury colliding)
The title gives you a bit of an idea as to the story. Kat shows her writing experience here very well. No passive writing and she keeps the reader engaged. Also, there are no unneeded extras to take away from the story and feeling. Very nice. A MUST READ!

Mile High Club
by Ritu (But I Smile Anyway)
With a title like that, do you need to ask? Yes you do. Go check it out. Ritu and her imagination shining through.

Judy and John-The Flight: Part 3
by Terese Dean Smeigh (Writing is my Life.)
Part Three of the story has an interesting turn of events. I doubt anyone saw this coming.

A safe place
by Jane Dougherty (Jane Dougherty Writes)
An interesting bit of fantasy, of sorts, this week from our author, Jane. Going in a direction few would think, and some may even wonder now what direction that is. I find the leaving of a certain element in the unknown for the individual to discern allows one to learn how one thinks about life and situations.

Number 26
by Clarence Holm (PrairieChat)
Clarence publishes his first ever, shared piece of fiction. A first person account of a situation, the story pulls the reader in through emotional as well as physical detail. I know the disturbing aspects of writing a work like this on the author. Perhaps that’s why I go there so few times these days. A MUST READ!

Chicken
by Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author Blog)
Melissa brings some action with a touch of comedy with her first entry in the Friday Fiction challenge. You can tell there is experience behind the writing of this fast-paced ride. Her fans are loving her return to sharing her short fiction.

Takeoff
by Melinda Kucsera (in medias res)
Melinda manages to incorporate the prompt into her story world nicely. The descriptions of environment are well done and one is almost able to see it all.

Cupid’s Arrow~Take Two
by Michelle Lunato (Chasing Life and Finding Dreams)
Nato’s first entry into the challenge and she gives us a story about first loves reuniting. We see realistic thoughts surrounding the situation, not a fairy tale story.

Take Off
by ShidaTahirah (876LoveR)
Shida flips the point of view this week. Normally we see the feminine side of things, now the masculine comes through. A contemporary and realistic story with a surprise ending.

Memento
by Florence T (Meanings and Musings)
Florence gives a family moment that may be all to real these days. There is almost the taking of a headline and peeking behind it to what happens where the cameras and the reporters don’t reach and don’t seem to care.



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December of 2015. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, a new Friday Fiction Writing Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com. For my own take on the prompt, and my last entry in the Friday Fiction challenges, visit my new site dedicated to fiction writing, WritingsByRonovan and the story UPSIDE DOWN: Part Two-The Flyby.

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