Take Seven : 25th September

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https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/09/25/take-seven-25th-september/

anniversary, blogging, bracket, cascade, dog, earthy, fresh, futile, leap, lock, mad, money, pale, party, peal, portion, pressure, slipper, tall, ticket, torch.

Blogging Life

Once upon a time there was a dog named Bracket. He was a tall dog with a pale coat, almost like an earthy tone. One day Bracket was blogging and feeling a lot of pressure to make money. He knew he had the right ticket with “click ads” but they took over such a large portion of his blog, he decided to torch the idea as it was making him mad.  

It wasn’t until Bracket realized it was his blogging anniversary that he decided to take a fresh look at what he was doing. Was he somehow locked into something? He learned a lot this one day as he took a futile leap to look honestly at his work. He realized the cascade of followers at the beginning was a sort of peal in response to his originality. Now, like an old pair of slippers, followers were putting him aside, no longer needing him.  

In the end, Bracket realized the party was over, he was not willing to keep pushing forward.  

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Tale Weaver – #294 – Epic Fail – 24th September

This week consider the notion of an epic fail.

It can be a very subjective view, like a dinner that went wrong, a holiday that went pear shaped, anything that started off with the best of intentions and through various means failed to meet expectations.

For Michael: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/09/24/tale-weaver-294-epic-fail-24th-september/

Making Copies: Epic Fail…Back to work

Jillian grabbed her coat and gloves as she was heading out the front door. She had already put her briefcase and lunch in the car, got the car warmed up, and figured she was ready to go. Her article was going to hit the streets this week and she felt certain that this would be the breakthrough of her career. That was until her phone rang…. 

Hello? 

Jillian? 

Yes? 

This is Officer Bently from the Castlebury Police Department. Do you have any idea why I am calling? 

No, none at all. Is everything okay? 

Well, I hate to be the one who has to tell you this but your workplace, Staggler and Staggler, is gone. 

What do you mean my job is gone? 

Early this morning, about 2 am, the building exploded into a ball of flames. There is nothing left of the building. Luckily, no one was there at the time. Do you have any idea who would want to destroy this successful business?  

I don’t know what to say. I mean, who would want to do this sort of thing? Oh my God, what if I had left to go to work on time today? That could’ve been me.  

Well we think a fire may have started in the copy center. 

The copy center? Why the copy center? 

There was ink on all the debris. 

Oh, wow. I haven’t used the copy center in quite a while… (Crap, I set the machine to make 1000 copies of my article. It must have been too much and got the machine over heated. Now what will I do? That was my only copy! Back to being just the secretary) 

Thank you for your help and Jillian, if you  can think of any reason for the copy center to have started this fire could you please contact my precinct immediately. 

Sure, no problem.

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Simply 6 Minutes: Welcome to the challenge: 09/15/2020

Today’s Prompt:


*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes. (Most of the time I barely get 200 words!)
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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Jack, what the hell are we going to do with that thing?

Listen Larry, I told you to just stand there and look busy while I get this thing out of here.

Jack and Larry were busy with the tank of clones. No one knew what the Boss had been working on but he said they were ready. Jack and Larry had flipped a coin to see who would actually reach into the water and pull it out. Neither of them knew if this thing would bite or be poisonous. The only thing they could think of was either the pet alligator Boss always wanted or the Man-of-War jellyfish he was trying to make more deadly than nuclear weapons. Jack was really hoping for the alligator, even though it meant possibly losing a finger in the process.

Jack, have you got a hold of it yet?

Larry, will you give me a sec? I mean if you want to reach in and fish around for whatever is lurking under this mucky water go right ahead but if I’m the one that has to do it I’m only making little ripples until it comes to the surface.

Boss wouldn’t have had you reach in if it was the Man-of-war.

Well, he may have had you reach in but I’m the dumby who did the coin toss and lost!

Thanks a lot. So much for thinking we were friends.

Jack and Larry continued to wait but whatever it was below

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Simply 6 Minutes

Welcome to the challenge: A day late…The Labor Day Holiday got me all messed up!

Today’s Prompt:

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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Here is my contribution:

Marcia stood outside the ice cream shop. She didn’t know if she wanted a sundae or a cone. Then once that was decided, then it was picking a flavor! There were so many choices. Next came toppings. She knew that decision would have to depend on whether she picked a sundae or a cone. She just saw a family get out of their car, walk up to the window and order! How can anyone do this that fast? 

Brian stood next to Marcia contemplating the flavor of ice cream he wanted. He knew he wanted a cup because those damn cones lose their ends and he always ends up with ice cream all over his shirt. Next he would have to decide on toppings. He would wait until Marcia decided though since they would be sitting right next to each other during the show and he didn’t want something that would clash with the smell of hers. 

Debbie couldn’t believe the line! How could it take people so long to figure out what they want? Most of these people probably sit and contemplate and then order the same damn thing every single time. I mean who goes out for ice cream and doesn’t order their favorite flavor. Debbie knew everyone there probably had more than one favorite but it was still pretty easy to pick.  

Jenna sat behind the window (230 Words)

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Do What you Do: 100 Word Wednesday

Image by Bikurgurl

What 100 words would you give this image?

From: https://bikurgurl.com/2020/09/02/100-word-wednesday-164/

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“Milly, what the heck are you doing?”  

“I’m taking pictures, why?” 

“Well I could hear you milling around in that room but couldn’t imagine what you’re doing since there isn’t anything in there but a few plants and a really uncomfortable bench to sit on.” 

“Deb, I’m just doing what I do, you should know that! I thought you knew me.” 

“Milly, I was simply asking. You go do what you do, and I will talk to you later. I won’t disturb you again.” 

“Deb don’t get mad. I’m just busy and it sounds like you think I do nothing!” 

Simply 6 Minutes: Welcome to the challenge: 09/01/2020

Today’s Prompt:

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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My Contribution:

How did I even get in here? Last thing I knew I was headed over to that tree and look at me now, locked in a zoo. This zoo looks like some of the others I have passed. I once overheard someone saying that there were a lot of animals to see in the zoo. Why am I here by myself? Wait, unless there is someone behind me. Should I look? I don’t know if I want to turn around and see what is waiting for me. If I stay here long enough maybe I will blend in and nothing will see me. Why did I head this way? What was I thinking? Who is that over there looking at me? Shhh… He sort of looks like me….Hmmm, his cage is a lot smaller. Why is he copying me? Maybe he’s some loony bird. Let me try to be friendly….

Okay, here goes…(waving)…Wow, he’s waving back. Maybe he isn’t so bad afterall. Let me tell him to come over…..(waving to come over)….Oh, he wants me to go into his cage. No, I’d better not. (Shaking head no)….Why is he saying no, I didn’t ask him anything? Okay, I’m just going to ignore…..

(202 Words)

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: 2020: WEEK #35

For Robert Shipp: https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2020/08/26/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2020-week-35/

yellow boat

Boat Trip

Taking a trip in the big yellow boat 

Finding a vessel that will stay afloat 

No sharks around 

No evidence found 

Make sure you leave me a note. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

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Sunset Cruise

Marcus looked at the boat. This is not what he had in mind when he booked a sunset cruise for him and Veva. He was completely confused. How would he and Veva fit in that boat with a… a captain? Is that even what you call someone who rows a rowboat? Did that boat even have a motor? He was starting to feel a pit in his stomach. Maybe this was only the boat that took them to the sailboat. Marcus chuckled to himself, feeling foolish for jumping to such a silly conclusion.  

Veva arrived at the marina on time. Marcus had told her he had a surprise and that she should get to the marina by six. Walking from the car, Veva saw Marcus talking to an old man. They were pointing at a yellow rowboat. Was Marcus going to row her out onto the open ocean. What had he planned? How was she going to get out of this? 

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Three Things Challenge #338

Written for Di at pensitivity101: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/08/25/three-things-challenge-338/

Your three things today are:

SILLY
GAME
BACKFIRE

That Cat is Back!

And so the cat came back again  
 
To tempt the boy and girl.  
 
He wanted just a silly game  
 
not for a problem to unfurl.  
 
He told them both to grab the fish  
 
Inside his tiny bowl  
 
The fish he yelled he was just fine  
 
And then his eyes did roll  
 
He knew what was in store for him  
 
He’d been here once before  
 
The last time that the game ensued  
 
It backfired more and more.  
 
The kids they took the poor old fish  
 
And put him in the sink  
 
The cat he was a crazy thing  
 
And took the bowl to drink  
 
He wanted to just taste the fish  
 
But not let the kids find out  
 
Luckily the kids were faster  
 
They saved the fish no doubt.  
 
And so the cat he left again  
 
And took his mess and game  
 
The children often look for him  
 
Of course they know his name. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry