SPIDER!–Big One–flash fiction story

SPIDER!–Big One–flash fiction story

My idea of flash fiction is a story under 300 words. Here goes:   Marta is cleaning her kitchen when she discovers a spider. She hates spiders, especially big ones. This one is BIG-BIG. It has spun a web across the back half of a lower cupboard where she keeps the pans she seldom uses–tube pan, mini-cupcake pan, etc. etc. Seeing the spider startles her enough she nearly spills her bucket of water. She’s engaged in a serious...

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We Have Just Been Hit By Lightening

We Have Just Been Hit By Lightening

It happened so fast. I was on a commercial flight approaching Portland, Oregon when I heard a pop and all the lights in the plane went out. Before I could do more than wonder what happened, the pilot came on and announced that we’d been hit by lightening. He assured us that everything was fine. However, we’d been cleared for an immediate landing. That meant we were on the ground ahead of schedule which made me happy. I hurried home...

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Found–Diamond Ring

Found–Diamond Ring

I’ve challenged myself to write a series of short-short stories of less than 300 words each. Here’s FOUND–DIAMOND RING. Enjoy. Karin found a diamond ring in the dirt along the path where she hiked most mornings with her dog. It was a spot where engaged couples come to have their picture taken in front of Boulder, Colorado’s famous mountain backdrop. Karin would never have engagement pictures taken here. Too...

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Oola and the Hose Monster

Oola and the Hose Monster

Our dog really liked drinking from the hose, but she hated having it splash her in the face. So she worked and worked until she got it just right–the water flowing full force straight down her throat, no splash. Watching her arrive at that exact position was like watching her wrestle with some kind of splash monster until she’d won. And every time I watched her do it, I held my breath until she’d conquered  the Hose Monster...

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Winner, Winner . . .Or More Like Second Place

Winner, Winner . . .Or More Like Second Place

I think short stories are harder to write than novels. Every word needs to count. You have to create a single strong impact. The short story has to be more about character than plot etc. etc. etc. Humor helps. And snakes. Yes, snake will catch the reader’s attention. I’m leading up to the fact that one of my short stories (you can read it under Fun Stuff on this website) won Second Place in the Laura Awards Contest sponsored by Women...

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Peeing, Pissing, Urinating or Laughing–Which Story?

Peeing, Pissing, Urinating or Laughing–Which Story?

We have a new puppy who is peeing, pissing, and urinating on the living room rug, which can get old before the dog does, so I’m kinda sorta glad I could still laugh when I saw Richard Jackson’s sculpture adorning the Orange County Museum. Puppies will be puppies. Ours is a Great Dane. Jackson’s is a Labrador. Plenty of labradors walk their owners by my house and stop at the corner of my neighbor’s fence. When we first...

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