WELCOME TO FRIDAY FICTIONEERS WHERE EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
We are a growing community of blogging writers who come together each week from all parts of the globe to share individual flash fictions from a single photo prompt. The prompt goes up early Wednesday morning CST to give each writer time to compose a story by Friday. Some use the photo as a mere inspiration while others use it as an illustration. Use your imagination and think outside the box.
WARNING! This is an addiction for which there is no 12 step recovery program.
Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count.)
Make every word count.
- Copy your URL to the Linkz collection. You’ll find the tab following the photo prompt. It’s the little white box to the left with the blue froggy guy. Click on it and follow directions. This is the best way to get the most reads and comments.
- MAKE SURE YOUR LINK IS SPECIFIC TO YOUR FLASH FICTION.
If your link is to an advertisement or any type of platform, be it religious or political, it will be deleted.
Should you find that you’ve made an error you can delete by clicking the little red ‘x’ that should appear under your icon. Then re-enter your URL. (If there’s no red x email me at Runtshell@aol.com. I can delete the wrong link for you).
If your blog requires multiple steps for visitors to leave comments, see if you can simplify it. Please, for the sake or our writerly nerves, disable CAPTCHA –that wavy line of unreadable letters and numbers. This mainly applies to Blogspot. It’s frustrating to have to leave a DNA sample, your blood type and your shoe size just to make a comment. (So I exaggerate. But hopefully you get the picture).
- Make note in your blog if you’d prefer not to have constructive criticism.
EXERCISE DISCRETION AT ALL TIMES WHEN COMMENTING ON A STORY! BE RESPECTFUL. THIS IS NOT THE TIME OR PLACE PLACE TO PROMOTE POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS VIEWS. IF YOU HAVE SEVERE OR HOSTILE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION WITH ANOTHER PERSON PLEASE TAKE IT TO EMAIL OR ANOTHER METHOD OF PRIVATE MESSAGING.
Thanks to Roger Cohen for the photo and a bit of education.
Genre: Historical Fiction
“These are days when many are discouraged. In the 93 years of my life, depressions have come and gone. Prosperity has always returned and will again.”- John D. Rockefeller
October 29, 1929 was known as Black Tuesday. It was the day the stock market crashed and ushered in the 10 years known as the Great Depression.
Click here for the music that served as inspiration for this story.
On Black Tuesday Pop lost his Wall Street job.
Destitute, he sold everything except Mom’s prized vase and his bass violin.
One afternoon, drawn by phonograph music, I wandered into his room. Hunched over, he held a gun to his temple.
“No Pop!” I knocked it from his grasp.
It discharged. The bullet ricocheted off the wall, just missed my forehead and shattered Mom’s vase.
“My God!” He crushed me against his chest.
From 1931 to 1962 Pop toured the Borscht Belt with a swing band. His zest for life was contagious.
Incidentally, Mom never mentioned her vase.
To read about the Borscht Belt click here.