Flash in the Pan (Short Fiction)

Flash in the Pan (Short Fiction) Vol. 1

PATH

Narrow brown path, flanking walls of green blades, her scent soliciting tiny insects. The sounds of happily chirping birds had stopped half a mile ago.  The route was narrowing; she wasn’t sure it where it was going anymore. Long, leafy stems kept slapping her face. An uncomfortable silence was advancing like the overgrown foliage. There was a tightening in her chest. It was time to turn around, she realized. But before she could, it stopped her in her tracks. Ten yards away, its eyes locked on her. Half as big as she was, it was a torpedo of muscle, covered in fur. She stepped back slowly. It watched her. She took another step, and then another.  As she took a fourth step back, it cocked it’s head, looking at her curiously. Without warning, the torpedo shot at her. She turned to run. A blur of green and brown was all she saw. Heavy panting and paws on the ground behind her filled her ears. Fear began to overwhelm her as she tried to flee. She could hear it getting closer. Bright light shone from around a corner, the dark path opening. The panting behind her got heavier, the animal getting closer. It would catch her if she wasn’t fast enough. But light was brightening the end of the path.

 

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(Shared Post) Love Your Hat! — My OBT

Hi readers!

I hope ya’ll have a had a lovely weekend! I wanted to share this post from the blog “My OBT” (OBT: One Beautiful Thing) https://myonebeautifulthing.com/2018/05/25/amazonian-royal-flycatcher/    about a unique bird called the Amazonian Royal Fly Catcher. This post  introduces the bird and has some neat photos and a video. So enjoy this really cool creature!  Also, check out the blog; each day, the blog creator Donna, shares one beautiful thing in the world.

via Love Your Hat! — My OBT

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15 Word Story – Perfect Man — Jessica Bakkers

Hi Readers!

As you may have figured out by now, I love short fiction! I enjoy everything from six word stories all the way up to novella’s. I stumbled upon this fabulous example of flash fiction recently and wanted to share it with ya’ll. This post and photo comes via Jessica Bakkers and her blog of the same name. So enjoy and give her blog a look!

15 Word Story – Perfect Man

He really is the perfect man. Handsome, dreamy, loving and wise. Pity he’s her man. Image source: Pixabay.com

via 15 Word Story – Perfect Man — Jessica Bakkers

Prose · Random, Fun & Quirky · Stray Thoughts

Blue Asthma

THIS IS A PIECE I WROTE A FEW YEARS AGO ABOUT AN EXPERIENCE I HAD TAKING SWIMMING LESSONS AS A CHILD 

Blue was all around me I think. I strained to adjust my eyes to what I was seeing. It was coming, but slowly. Things were just a little bit blurry and my eyes stinging. As my surroundings became clearer I became aware of other sensations. But not all at once. The sensations came one by one, each bringing with them another piece of fear. I heard muffled noises that sounded as if they were coming from above. Voices. My eyes bounced frenetically about the blue again. Then again. All I saw was blue. Waves and waves of ever changing blue. I hate this, I thought. I don’t want to be here. When my eyes finally adjusted and I realized that all that was there was the abyss I began to feel the pressure. No, weight. The weight on and inside my chest. Oh, gosh… I felt the pressure of the weight and it hurt so much, and the panic setting in just made it worse. Oh gosh. I wanted to cry, but I couldn’t. I want to go home. I wanna go home. It was just too much. Too scary, too much pain. Oh, gosh, the pain. I have to get out, I thought. So I rose, floated up, breaking the surface and instinctively gasping like a newborn baby desperate for its first gulp of precious air. This felt like the first breath. And another, and another still until I was satisfied. My eyes filled with stinging water I again surveyed the things around me and saw a blurry peach colored figure.

“You only stayed under for, like 10 seconds. You can do better than that!”

Oh, no I can’t, I thought, as the figure cleared up a little. He came near and fear again gripped me causing a familiar pain. Except this time, the pain was in my stomach. He was gonna make me hold my breath underwater again. Oh, gosh not again. Why’d mom have to sign me up for swimming lessons? I hate the pool.

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Photo 1: Pixabay/ollivves

Photo 2: Pixabay/Pexels

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My Eye Doctor

Hi readers!

I’m back. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’ve been overwhelmed these past few months with professional and personal stress, a family health crisis and a return to school and had my energy and time focused on those things and couldn’t post. So, now I finally have some time to get back to blogging. So here’s the new post, a fictional dialogue scene.

 

Person 1: Hey, I’m looking for a new eye doctor; do you like yours?
Person 2: Yeah, she’s great. I think you’d like her, too.
Person 1: Ok, cool. Can I get the number?
Person 2: Yeah. (Pulls out phone)
Person 1: What’s the name of the place?
Person 2: My Eye Doctor.
Person 1: What?
Person 2: My Eye Doctor.
Person 1: I know it’s your eye doctor, but what’s the name of the office?
Person 2: My Eye Doctor.
Person 1: I know, but what’s the name?
Person 2: My Eye Doctor.
Person 1: C’mon, that’s not it, you’re joking.
Person 2: No, really, that’s the name of the office!
Person 1: No it’s not, stop messing with me!
Person 2: I’m not. It’s My Eye Doctor.
Person 1: I know it is, but that cannot be the name of the office.
Person 2: It is!
Person 1: No way! No one names their optometry office ‘My Eye Doctor’.
Person 2: Well, they did cause that’s what it’s called.
Person 1: You’re making this up! Now would you please tell me the name of the frickin’ optometry office?
Person 2: My Eye Doctor!
Person 1: I know it’s your doctor! Gosh, how hard is this!?
Person 2: I told you the name; you just don’t believe me!
Person 1: That can’t be it! I know you’re an Abbot and Costello fan, but c’mon!
Person 2: Ok, fine. (sighs) The real name is, umm, Miller Optometry.
Person 1: Really?
Person 2: Yes.
Person 1: Ok, thank you, now I can find the number and get an appointment! (Tries to look it up on their phone) Ummm, ok, I can’t find it.
Person 2: Yeah, that’s because you’re not looking for My Eye Doctor.
Person 1: (Gives person 2 an annoyed look) Har har. Is your eye doctor as smart alecky as you?
Person 2: She’s not your eye doctor, she’s my eye doctor.
Person 1: You’re being annoying. Is there even a Miller Optometry!?
Person 2: No. You’ll need to look for My Eye Doctor.
Person 1: Stop it!

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Photos by: Me

Journaling

Creative Journaling

Hey readers! Welcome to 2018! It’s a new year and an opportunity for new experiences! It’s also a chance for you to start a new journal or try a different journaling style. A few months ago I wrote a post about journaling and how to get started. (Here’s that post: https://perfectlymixed.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/journaling-a-how-to/ )  As I mentioned in that one, I’ve been journaling for years and have experimented with all kinds of styles. Today I want to delve into a couple of those different styles.

The traditional form of journaling is to take a notebook or journal and just write down whatever you’re thinking and feeling. This usually occurs in standard paragraph/sentence form. The cool thing about journaling is that this traditional method is just the tip of the journaling iceberg! There are so many different ways of journaling and neat ways to make it even more fun! I’m talking about creative journaling, art journaling, scripture journaling, smashbooking and what I call computer journaling.

I’m going to take on just one of those today: Creative journaling. Or maybe I should say that I’m going to begin talking about it; there’s so much involved with creative journaling that it will take more than one post. Creative journaling is the umbrella term for many different kinds of untraditional and imaginative journaling styles.

Many people think that journal writing needs to be poetic and beautiful, that they must practically write a novel about their lives. This stops a lot of people from doing it. But journaling doesn’t have to be like this; it’s supposed to be fun. So don’t worry about making something perfect. Your journal is a record of you and your life, so do it the way YOU want. An easy way to start is to make lists. Instead of writing long sentences about your day, write bullet points of what your day consisted of. For example:

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These sorts of lists are great for those days when you’re short on time or the desire to be creative. One tip: make your lists using different colored pens. This adds a creative flair that’s fun and beautiful. It’s so much fun to create a page full of color and it makes it more interesting to look back on later. (These aren’t real journal entries, just fictional ones made to illustrate the examples)

This is ideal for people that don’t like writing or don’t feel like writing out long, coherent sentences but still want to record the events in their lives or their ideas, etc.

Another thing you can do is to write about your day in artistic chunks.

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This is the same fictional journal entry from the above photo done a little differently. You see I took the different events in this person’s life and made each one into a ‘chunk’. You can do this in different colors to give it lots of visual interest and even do doddles around the chunks to help separate them and make it look even more fun. You don’t need to be an amazing artist (or an artist of any kind) to do this. Just do squiggles, lines, circles, dots- whatever you like!

 

 

 

If lists or doodling aren’t your thing then I recommend trying a mixed media style of journaling. This style uses multiple types of supply (like pens and paper, or decorative items and specialty pens) is open to just about anything you can dream up. You can use scrapbook stickers, paper cutouts or stylish tapes.  If this strikes your fancy then I recommend starting with some basic journalistic craft supplies. Colored or printed papers, ribbon, washi tape, colored pens or markers. Below I’ve made some fiction examples of things you can try. P1 uses printed paper cut and glued onto a standard white page and the date done in gold stickers. P2 shows a print page with a gold sheet glued on top and a marker used to write on it. P3 shows a colored sheet with glued on stars cut from gold paper. (Try stencils if you’re not comfortable freehanding shapes). P4 shows washi tape stuck onto a standard white sheet. These ideas can easily be applied to most standard bound journals. The specialty papers can be glued onto standard paper in a journal and stickers, paper shapes and decorative tapes can also be applied directly to most pages in a bound journal or notebook. (In the photos below I’ve used specialty print paper and letter stickers found at a craft store.)

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If you’d like some more ideas to get you started then I recommend searching ‘creative journaling’ on Pinterest or Google Images. Both offer good images with neat ideas for designing your journal pages. These should help get your creative juices flowing!

So where do you get supplies for journaling? In the United States you can try the arts and craft chain Michael’s, which carries all of the things you’ll need for these sorts of journaling and other types as well. Another option is Hobby Lobby. Outside the US, check your local arts and crafts stores for these or similar products.

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(Above Supplies:  L: Washi tape * M: Paper & Stickers * R: Pigma Micron Pens  )

So when you’re ready to start, here’s a list of supplies needed for the journaling I’ve talked about today. (The supplies photographed above are the ones I used for the post and are just an example of supplies. There’s a huge variety of things available for you to use!) Creative journaling is

1) Pens

*Pigma Micron pens (various colors $10-25 At Michael’s and Hobby Lobby)

*Paper Mate Ink Joy Pens

*Pentell R.S.V.P. Ball Point Stick Pens 8 Assorted colors ($6-$7 at Target, Wal-Mart)

2)Scrapbook paper in solid colors and prints

*Individual sheets ($0.69-1.99 at Michael’s)

*Paper packs  ($20-30 at Michael’s)

3)Washi Tape

*Tube of assorted colors/prints ($10-25 at Michael’s. They also sells smaller packs of washi tape with 3-5 rolls for about $5 each)

 

 

 

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Fun Quotes

“Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.” No clue who said this

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”                                                                                                        -Albert Einstein

“Never memorize something you can look up.”Albert Einstein

“If we’re not supposed to have midnight snacks, why is there a light in the fridge?”                                                                                                           -Bill Murray

 

 

Photo: FreeImages/Michael Niemis

 

Prose · Stray Thoughts

Memory

I think of you sometimes.

Not on a certain day or time, just whenever.

Sometimes for the first time in years,

Other times only a few months after the last time.

You’ll float gently into my mind out of nowhere,

And take me back to that time, just like it was yesterday.

I remember your kindness, your gentleness, your love.

You were like pure sun light, so warm and wonderful.

I don’t remember every one of our conversations, or every joke we shared, but I do remember how you made me feel.

You were such a gift.

Your spirit was like none other,

Sometimes, I find myself missing you.

But you live on in my memory.

It is a wonderful memory…… YOU are a wonderful memory.

All the years that have passed, and your spirit still stays with me;

Your light hasn’t dimmed one bit.

All the love and kindness you gave me will never fade;

It’s kept deep in my heart, in a special place, just for you.

It is a gift I’ll carry with me.

Maybe we’ll meet again one day, and I can thank you for it all.

But if not, you’ll still be there, in my memory.

 

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“If I Let You In”

This post is by Penny and originally posted on her blog ‘Penny Wilson Writes’. It’s a lovely piece about vulnerability. I hope you enjoy it!

If I let you in, would you guard the door? If I held you tight, would you hold my heart? If I bared my soul, would you keep it’s secrets? If I held your hand, would you hold mine? If I let you in… Would you walk beside me? Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson

via If I Let You In… — Penny Wilson Writes

 

 

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Leibster Award

Hi readers! I was recently nominated for a Leibster Award here on Word Press! Thanks to The Arty Plantsman for the nod! (Check out his blog here: https://artyplantsman.wordpress.com/)

 

 

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As I understand it, the Liebster Award is for newer blogs with under 200 followers. A fellow blogger nominates you and asks you to nominate others in return. When you accept the award, you answer the questions posed to you by the person who nominated you and then make up some of your own for your nominees. So, here are the answers to the questions I got:

If you could be one fictional character for a day, and actually live their life, – who would it be and why?

*There are too many to name! I’m a Star Trek TNG fan, so being any of those characters would be fun! And I’m currently reading the “Outlander” series and being the main character Claire might be fun. I’m of Scottish descent and I love history so I think traveling back in time to Scotland and Europe- and traveling through time would be fabulous. I think it could also be interesting to be Arthur Dent, the protagonist from “The Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”. And being a Transformer from the Transformer cartoon and movie series. Oh! I almost forgot, I could be……. (And the list is never ending, lol!)

Can you play a musical instrument? If so, which? If not – which would you most like to learn or like to listen to?

*When I was younger I tried learning to play the violin. My mom was a violinist and at the time I wanted to be like her and give it a shot. I wasn’t really into it, though and quit after a few years. I decided that I wasn’t cut out to be a musician. It was around this time that I discovered writing, so playing music just didn’t appeal to me anymore. I haven’t really been interested in playing a musical instrument until recently. I kind of want to learn how to play the drums- but just for fun.

Are your friends (partners excluded) mostly of your own (biological) sex?

*My closest friends are female, like I am, but I do have several male friends, too. I love having friends of both sexes; I think it makes things more fun and interesting!

If magic could make it possible, would you be interested in changing sex for a few days to see the world from another perspective? Do you think it would be a good idea if we all did this at least once in our life?

*I don’t know. I think it could be interesting to be a guy for a little while to see how my perspective would change and to know what it’s like not to have to deal with the downsides to womanhood, lol; but I really love being a woman (I think it’s fun!), so I’m not super interested in it. I think there is a possibility that doing this could help men and women understand each other a little better.

Vampire movies/shows – do you prefer scary ones or romantic ones, and which?

*I used to watch a short lived show called “Moonlight” about vampires in the modern world. I really loved it- too bad it got canceled! I hate scary/horror genres, so it would have to be romantic, action or drama for me to watch it.

Think of something good about yourself. Talk about it if you want, but I just wanted you to feel nice. 

*Ok, thought about it. Happy thoughts are good, hehe.

Random Facts about me:

*I’m a proud ginger! I love being a redhead!

*I love mushrooms (for eating/cooking) and eat them every chance I get. I prefer fresh ones over canned. The canned version is so crappy, lol! They get all mushy in the cans, so fresh is better. I’m actually looking into starting my own little mushroom garden.

*I’m fascinated by all things naval: old and modern, pirates, ships, period weaponry,  naval history, strategy and the like. Maybe I’ll do a post on that some day.

 

Ok, now time for me to name my nominees and the instructions for them.

Here are my nominees.

1)Ira  https://ira202.wordpress.com/

2) Laura   https://rhythmic-gymnastics.info/

3)Time Traveling Hobbit   https://learningtobeinfp.wordpress.com/

4)Alyse  https://selfcaremadeeasy.wordpress.com/

5) Nancy    https://www.ordinaryvegan.net/

6) Sarah     https://infpwrites.wordpress.com/

7) Alexander  https://alxandersite.wordpress.com/

The instructions for accepting the award and passing it on are as follows.

  • Create a new blog post on your blog thanking the person that nominated you, link to their blog, and put in a graphic of the award.
  • Answer the questions that were provided, and then share some facts about yourself.
  • Create a new set of your own questions for others to answer.
  • Nominate others (around ten) and share your blog post with them so they can accept their award!

Ok, so now is the time for me to give my own questions for my nominees to answer in their post!

*What was your least favorite job and what did you learn from it/what good came from it?

*What is your favorite book/magazine/publication (that’s not your own work), and what do you love about it?

*What’s the longest amount of time you’ve gone without sleep? How did that go? 

*What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite?

*What’s the weirdest or funniest thing you ever did as a kid?