She did what?: a fictional, short story

May 30, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a beaver slap

Paula saw it before she felt it but wasn’t able to move aside fast enough to avoid the THWAP! How on earth had it gotten this bad? She had heard about “cat fights” and the occasional “bitch slap” but the “beaver slap”? It was incredibly degrading and she felt immediate shame, along with the burning sensation that seemed to pulse from the back of her thighs. In all the years her and Emily had lived together as a couple, never had they resorted to violence until now. Paula had a feeling that this was changing things for the worse.

Sam’s Surprise!: Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!


Pulling up to the house in the family automobile, Sam could see that there was a package on her doorstep; a sort of box-shaped, brightly colored bundle with tiny holes along the sides and top. Sam didn’t remember ordering anything and usually, all her orders came from Amazon in the typical brown box with the Amazon Prime logo. Putting the car in park and then turning off the ignition, Sam clambered out of the car, carrying her purse, water bottle, and shopping bag, to walk quietly up to this unidentifiable item. Suddenly, the box moved and there was a rustle from inside, followed by a long mewing. Was there a kitten in the box, Sam wondered to herself? Obviously, this was the surprise her sister said she was going to leave one day, as soon as the weather was ready to cooperate.

All About Bloggers: A poem

WWP 314 Clockwork

If clocks tell time
And bells ring too
Both will alert
Something to you
But clocks have gears
And shiny cogs
Here we have words
And wordy blogs
The writers here
Have so much to say
It varies though, 
A writer’s way
If clockwork works
And words work too
We all know what
We have to do
We have to find
The words we need
To show we know
That words can bleed
Feelings come in
Words out loud
To draw them in
To call the crowd
So keep your pen
Working away
And I’ll read it
Another day

©2023 CBialczak

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Simply 6 minutes- The Child Grinned

A dark, scary tale sort of like Chucky’s little sister!


  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…

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Simply 6 Minutes — A Girls’ Night Out

You can’t get mad at a face like that!

This, That, and the Other

“Mommy, come see,” Alice grabbed her mother’s hand and started pulling Clara to her bedroom. Once they got there and Clara saw her youngest daughter, Adele, sitting at Clara’s makeup desk, looking up at her mother with her wide, doe eyes, Clara yelled out, “Alice, what have you done?

Alice got a hurt look on her face and tears started to well up in her eyes. “Mommy, I’m sorry,” she said. “You know how you sit at your makeup table and put on your lipstick when you go out for a night on the town. Well, I overheard you talking to Mrs. Winston from across the street earlier and you told her you were going on a girls’ night out tonight. I thought that meant you were going to take your two girls, me and Adele, out for a night on the town. So I found your lipstick and put…

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Book Review: Find Her Alive

Five out of Five Stars!

Find Her Alive is not your typical female detective story. I was surprised reading Diane Saxon’s book by the depth of her story, not the number of storylines. 

Fliss is Jenna’s little sister and now that their mom is gone they live together, but Fliss is a magnet for chaos and Jenna is a busy detective. When Jenna goes to the scene of an accident, she learns that this accident may be more of a crime scene and it may involve her little sister! Now, taken off the case as lead detective, Jenna tries to juggle being a detective with other cases to work on while trying to stay abreast of the search for Fliss. 

Fliss isn’t dead but maybe that would have been better. She is held captive and her dog is dead. Her sister will never be able to find her, she knows for sure. There are no windows and no one will hear her scream so the time comes to plan an escape. But how do you escape when you are broken and battered?

As the reader continues through the story the surprise of finding that the story doesn’t end with the victim being found and the criminal in handcuffs, it goes deeper to reveal how close family members are and their need to stay together. I give this story five stars for its easy reading, excellent plot, and believable characters. 

One-Liner Wednesday — Okay, Four-Liner Wednesday

Perfectly said!

This, That, and the Other

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Groucho Marx, American comedian, actor, writer, singer, stage, film, radio, and television star

I saw this quote from Groucho Marx and it’s not like his typical witty one-line quips. And even tough it’s not a one-liner, I think it’s a wise and worthy piece of advice.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Photo by Weegee (Arthur Fellig)/ International Center of Photography/ Getty Images.

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W3 Prompt #57: Wea’ve Written Week! Paris

Hosted by David

Melissa is the PoW

Melissa’s prompt guidelines

  • Choose one of the two paintings below and construct a poem of any form, using the artwork as inspiration and incorporating the colors shown.
Over the town
by Marc Chagall
The Big Wheel
by Marc Chagall

The sight from the tower is covered in hues
The silver and sparkle accented in blues
The ride on the wheel is remarkably fine
Next thing I need is a big glass of wine

©2023 CBialczak