25 October 2013

Published October 23, 2013 by rochellewisoff

WELCOME TO FRIDAY FICTIONEERS

For me this week marks a significant anniversary. One year ago, Madison Woods passed the FF baton on to me. It’s sometimes been a wild ride. I’m particularly thankful for the friends I’ve made. To read my transitional story click Ron Pruitt’s photo below. 

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***Now back to matters at hand. ***

As always, writers are encouraged to be as innovative as possible with the prompt and 100 word constraints.

Henry David Thoreau said it best.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

THE CHALLENGE:

Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

THE RULES:

  • 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.
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  • Shalom,

Rochelle

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Genre: Biographical Fiction

Word Count: 98

THE BEAT GOES ON

            “What’s the matter, Princess?”

            With his thumb Bob brushed a tear from Laura’s cheek.

            “I’m flunking kindergarten.”

            “Why?’

            “I don’t know howta skip.”

            “Can’t let that happen. Follow me.”

            Outside, in the driveway, he showed her how to hop from one foot to the other.

            Haltingly she followed his lead. Then he played a tune on his synthesizer, his recent invention, to accompany her.

            “Find your beat.” Gradually, he increased the tempo. 

            Her heart pounded with excitement. “Look at me! I’m skipping!”

            Historians remember Bob Moog as the Edison of electronic music. Laura remembers him, simply, as “Dad.”            

 

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108 comments on “25 October 2013

  • Dear Rochelle,

    I’m glad we’re sometimes up at the same time. My late nights are your early mornings. The Beat Goes On was a wonderful composition. Notes of tenderness fill your song of love. You are the maestro.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  • As always, the master of research winds another master short story from observations around her. The prompt from our son’s apartment in Chicago winds up in a wonderful story. Watch out….you may be next.

    • Dear Björn,

      Finding the human behind the history is always exciting and fun for me. My research always takes me in such unexpected directions. Glad you enjoyed. And I really enjoyed hearing your voice this week.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

    • Dear Janet,

      One of these days I’ll get Mr. Anonymous to sign up for Word Press so we’ll know who he is. It took a week once to figure out that he’d made a comment.

      I love to find the person inside the history. When research leads me there I get excited. Glad you liked.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

      • Like you I’m always curious when I receive an anonymous comment. From the words left, I try to figure out if it’s someone I know…or a stranger come to call. Very intriguing. BTW…your stories always make for a wonderful read. They’re like very short stories with very substantive messages. :)

    • Dear David,

      I’m happy to have you aboard. Just watch out for Russell. He’s such a rowdy one. I’ve got his joy buzzer in custody but haven’t managed to nab his whoopie cushion. ;)

      Glad you liked my story. It was great fun to write.

      shalom,

      Rochelle

  • Rochelle! Congratulations on your anniversary – you’re doing an amazing job! I loved this week’s photo, so many ideas to choose from. I love your story this week – very tender and beautifully told. The last line is just perfectly pitched. I imagine Bob was at least as proud of his little girl as his invention.
    Jen

    • Dear Jennifer,

      I’ve no regrets at taking the wheel of this delightful and, sometimes, challenging group’s bus. You’ve been a chief encourager and favorite author along the way.

      Of course I’m glad you liked my story. It was fun to put some discoveries into words this week.

      Many thanks,

      Rochelle

  • Wonderful! This story also causes me to reflect on the seemingly wide gulf between our public persona, developed through work, community, faith community, etc and the more private world of family.

    Regards

    Jim

    • Dear Jim,

      We all leave footprints, don’t we? I often wonder how I’ll be remembered by my children. It’s easy to become so intent on service that we forget those closest to us.

      I’m pleased that you liked my story.

      shalom,

      Rochelle

    • Dear EA,

      The current generation, whether they’re aware or not, are influenced by Bob Moog. What a legacy that I was unaware of until just recently. Thank you for your comments. Happy you liked.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

  • I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU, darling! MOOOOOOOOG!
    Growing up in the 80s, the synthesizer was the soundtrack to my childhood. This was a very sweet story, and I’m so glad for your thirst for knowledge! You always teach me new things each week!

  • Your story was touching and filled with your wonderful details. And I loved the flashback to last year’s stories too. You’ve carried the baton with confidence and skill and have added a wealth of healthy growth to the Fictioneers.

    • Dear Madison,

      I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to adopt your baby. I’ve done my best to keep him diapered, burped and satisfied. I really appreciate your help along the way. Taking on Friday Fictioneers has been a life-changing experience in more ways than one.

      It’s so nice to have you among us this week. Thanks for dropping by and making this anniversary more special than it already is.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

    • Dear Valerie,

      Your comment fills me with smiles. I’ve already learned much from you so if, in some small way, I’ve been able to return the favor I’m pleased. Thank you for coming by and taking the time to read.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

  • Happy Anniversary!!! I’ve done another stand alone. And am going to attempt to add to the vampire story once a month.

    Know anyone who wants an old piano…all they have to do is come and get it!
    I’ve actually looked on some sites and well no one wants old pianos anymore. They take up too much space. There are sites where hundreds of folks are willing to give their instruments away! No takers. But when no one plays it anymore….

  • Hi Rochelle,
    You work so much history into your stories, often slipping it in so unobtrusively. Have you seen Oliver Stone’s The Untold History of the United States? I think you’d love it. It has some startling revelations.
    Hard to believe you’ve been our leader for a year. I guess time flies when you’re having fun. When you took over, I didn’t know you, wasn’t sure how the transition would work out, but I have to say you’ve been superb and you have all the right qualities to lead this diverse group, consistency, energy, devotion, a sweet nature, but enough of a hard edge to keep things in line. I want to thank you enormously for all your efforts and I’m extremely grateful you’re there for all of us and keep this party going. Ron

    • Dear Ron,

      I will have to check that out. Sounds interesting and you never know what details might end up in a flash fiction. ;)

      Your comment left me speechless and smiling. I worried at first that Friday Fictioneers would dissolve after I took over. There have been a few challenges, but, for the most part it’s gone beyond fun. I’m good for another year, how about you?

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

  • I guess you get the sweetness baton back for the week. Maybe I’ll take it back for next week’s prompt since Winger will be going on hiatus for awhile. Speaking of prompts, where do I submit photos? I might have a couple to offer.

  • What a tender and sweet story, Rochelle. I loved it. All she needed was a little helping hand and the gift of music. I can’t believe a whole year has passed. Really?!! Oh, wow! You’ve been a wonderful leader for this group. I can’t thank you enough for your dedication and inspiration. Thank you, Thank you!

    • Dear Amy,

      Thank you. This year has gone fast and it’s been wonderful because of writers who have become friends, like you. At first I feared that when I took over (don’t really like that terminology) it would all end. I was still kind of the new kid on the block compared to the rest but I couldn’t let something I loved so much just end. So again thank you.

      shalom,

      Rochelle

  • What a great story! When I took an electronic music course in 1971, the Moog synthesizer was huge–it took up an entire wall of a large room, with additional equipment on the adjacent wall, connected with zillions of cables. Today, the whole world enjoys the technology :-)

  • Dear Trixie,
    For a minute, I thought this story was going to be about Wally Piano instead of Bob Moog. Thanks for clearing that up. I bet he was playing a polka for Laura. – Rocky

  • I love the reminder that the great names in history were also fathers, mothers, sons and daughters – real people with more going on than just their invention or discovery.

  • Is Laura really Bob Moog’s Dad? I loved your story, just the remembrance of all the new things we had to learn when we entered Kindergarten – just having to adjust to other children, to use scissors and glue, all those tasks that were so difficult for our tiny fingers and short legs….But, as an aside, also for Perry, I knew Bob Moog. He was absolutely a pure scientist, and a clever business man. He had great respect for the Theremin and its inventor, Leon Theremin.

  • Wonderful story, Rochelle. My son has a band and writes a lot of music and he is heavily influenced by Moog. Oh and learning to skip to music. What a wonderful concept!

    Congratulations on your anniversary! It must be a big job herding all of us Fictioneers each week! Thank you so much for making this possible for all of us! :D

    • Dear Linda,

      Glad you liked the story. I only just learned of Bob Moog in writing this story which is kind of surprising when you consider that all three of my sons are musicians and so is my husband. Amazing the things I learn on the research trail.

      One FF’r has dubbed me the cat herder. It’s a labor of love. Thanks for joining the kitty ranks.

      Meow and shalom,

      Rochelle

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