Monthly Archives: September 2015

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 3.17

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 3, Week 17.

This is a flash fiction challenge. The prompt is a song. You are not required to write about or even mention the song. It’s there only to get the ideas moving around in your brain pan. If you want to write about the song (or the video- it’s all good here) go for it but don’t feel like you have to.

The rules;
500 words, but it’s a slushy 500, meaning you can go up to 700 or as low as 300.
Post your entry right in the comments section of this post.

MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR TWITTER HANDLE NEXT TO YOUR WORD COUNT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST. IF YOU’RE NOT ON TWITTER GIVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR SOME OTHER WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU.

The challenge starts whenever I post this on Tuesday and ends at MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday. You read that right. Pacific Time.

This week’s song prompt is a great duet by Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson (of B-52s fame).

The tune is… “Candy”. Here’s the link; https://youtu.be/6atx_vtjypE

This week’s Judge is… it’s still me. We’ve had some very low-entry weeks of late so I’ll be judging until we start to attract more entries.

The challenge is now open and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday October 2nd.

Now… Go write!!!

Snippet Sunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – September 27, 2015

Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.

From the group guidelines; “Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”

We’re picking up pretty much where we left off last week– Jake and Sheriff Jones are having a discussion outside of Marisa’s abandoned house…

We didn’t have much to say to each other until we reached the cars. His cruiser looked standard-issue, which meant he probably had to take his hat off to fit inside.

“How much is Jed paying you to find his wife for him, Jake?” he asked. He didn’t bother to try to hide the contempt when he used Jed’s name.

“I told you, Sheriff,” I said, leaning against the side of my Olds. “I’m not doing it for him.”

“Right,” he said, “you’re just looking for a friend,” He smirked at me. “I heard you’d made, uh, friends with Marisa Reubens.”

“Jed’s her ex-husband the way I hear it.”

“Ex-nothing,” he replied. “Those two run hot and cold on each other so I’d watch my ass if I were you.” He hit me with the cop glare. “And you didn’t answer my question.”

“I haven’t taken a cent of Jed’s money, Sheriff.”

“Yet.

“That’s between him and me.”

“And me, Mr. Tunner.”

“We’re back to Mr. Tunner?”

“You’re obligated to check in with local law enforcement when you’re working in their jurisdiction.”

“I know, Sheriff,” I said. “And the minute I’m getting paid for my time I’ll come right in to see you.”

He put a hand on my shoulder.

“I’m not a difficult man to get along with,” he said. “All I ask is honesty and a little respect.”

“You’re getting both from me.”

He gave me the stink-eye, but his jaw wasn’t clenched and his body language didn’t involve crossed arms or reaching for his handcuffs.

“I think we’ve reached the point where you either arrest me or send me on my way,” I said.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my stuff and thanks for any feedback you feel inclined to leave.

Here’s a link to the Snippet Sunday group on Facebook so you can find links to check out other Snippet Sunday writers…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SnippetSunday/

No MWBB this week…

Taking the week off… Sorry to disappoint the one or two people still with us.

We’ll be back next week. Maybe.

JT

Snippet Sunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – September 20, 2015

Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.

From the group guidelines; “Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”

We’re picking up pretty much where we left off last week– Jake has encountered the law after leaving Marisa’s empty house. The sheriff speaks first…

“Got a call from one of the neighbors about a suspicious individual skulking about near the house.”

I scanned the cul-de-sac. A single light in the front room of the house across the street showed through the blinds in the window.

“You told my deputy you weren’t on the job,” he said.

“I’m still not, Sheriff. Not yet.”

He folded his arms in front of his chest.

“Care to tell me what you are doing out here then?”

A bit of night wind came through, sending the few leaves that had fallen early skittering across the blacktop.

“I’m looking for a friend.”

“You’re not going to find her in there, Mr. Tunner. I could’ve told you that and saved you a bunch of time and bother.”

“You should take a look in there, Sheriff. Front room’s the most interesting.”

“What could possibly be of interest in an empty house? No one’s lived here in months.”

“When was the last time you were in that house?” I asked him.

He eyeballed me as if the depth of my trustworthiness would be revealed if he stared hard enough.

“Too long ago, apparently.”

Thanks for stopping by to check out my work and thanks for any feedback you feel inclined to leave.

Please take the time to visit other Snippet Sunday writers. Here’s a link to the group;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SnippetSunday/

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 3.16

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 3, Week 16.

Week 15 was yet another null week, with only three entries. Thank you to those of you who actually took the time to write for us…

Now, this week…

This is a flash fiction challenge. The prompt is a song. You are not required to write about or even mention the song. It’s there only to get the ideas moving around in your brain pan. If you want to write about the song (or the video- it’s all good here) go for it but don’t feel like you have to.

The rules;
500 words, but it’s a slushy 500, meaning you can go up to 700 or as low as 300.
Post your entry right in the comments section of this post.

MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR TWITTER HANDLE NEXT TO YOUR WORD COUNT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST. IF YOU’RE NOT ON TWITTER GIVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR SOME OTHER WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU.

The challenge starts whenever I post this on Tuesday and ends at MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday. You read that right. Pacific Time.

This week’s song prompt brings us to the melancholy world of singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston.

The tune is, “Bad Reputation”. Here’s the link; https://youtu.be/OVqBYkrlsmw

I’m still doing the judging since the MWBB continues to be unpopular on the flash fiction circuit.

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday September 18th.

Now… Go write!!! Please?!?

Snippet Sunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – September 13, 2015

Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.

From the group guidelines; “Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”

We’re picking up pretty much where we left off last week– Jake has encountered the law after leaving Marisa’s empty house…

The large man approached me with the flashlight still pointed at my chest. He offered me his other hand.

“Sheriff Orion P. Jones,” he said as we shook.

I could’ve fit both of my hands in the one of his. His skin felt rough and calloused to the touch. I appreciated his not needing to prove the obvious by turning my hand into a diamond.

He stood a full head taller than me, without counting the hat. His official smile held traces of genuine good nature in it. It still couldn’t hide the slight look of irritation very tall people often wear after a lifetime of stooping through doorways and being asked to get things off the top shelf. His dark brown skin looked even darker in the poor light.

“Jake Tunner,” I replied.

“Private Investigator. I know all about you.”

That didn’t give me much to work with so I waited for him to continue.

“By the way,” he said, “you sneak around like most people bang pots and pans in the kitchen. What the hell kind of private eye are you?”

“A clumsy one.”

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for any feedback you feel inclined to leave.

You should also check out other Snippet Sunday writers. Here’s a link to the Facebook group;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SnippetSunday/

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 3.14 WINNERS

I had a feeling I’d forgotten something…

We had six entries in Week 3.14. Six! That’s like six hundred by our standards.

Picking two Winners was a hard job, but pick I did;

Runner-Up – Ruth Long!  I loved the feel of this short, sweet, punchy piece…

Winner – Pattyann McCarthy – You had me at, “Flo-looking waitress.” Kiss my grits!

Mazel tov, Pattyann.

Here’s a Winner’s Badge for you;

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Thanks to all of our writers and readers…

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 3.15

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 3, Week 15.

This is a flash fiction challenge. The prompt is a song. You are not required to write about or even mention the song. It’s there only to get the ideas moving around in your brain pan. If you want to write about the song (or the video- it’s all good here) go for it but don’t feel like you have to.

The rules;
500 words, but it’s a slushy 500, meaning you can go up to 700 or as low as 300.
Post your entry right in the comments section of this post.

MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR TWITTER HANDLE NEXT TO YOUR WORD COUNT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST. IF YOU’RE NOT ON TWITTER GIVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR SOME OTHER WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU!.

The challenge starts whenever I post this on Tuesday and ends at MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday. You read that right. Pacific Time.

***LABOR DAY DELAY ANNOUNCEMENT***

Because I forgot to post this last night, this week’s challenge will run through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Saturday instead!

We’re going to pick it up a little with this week’s song prompt.

It’s back to the ’80s with… The Cult!

The tune is, “She Sells Sanctuary”. Here’s the link; https://youtu.be/8I8mWG6HlmU

This week’s Judge is… it’s still me. We got six entries last week, so we’re getting there…

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and for this week only runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Saturday September 12th.

Now… Go write!!!!

Snippet Sunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – September 6, 2015

Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.

From the group guidelines; “Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”

We’re going to skip ahead just a bit– Jake makes his exit from Marisa’s house after he finds whatever it is he finds in there (I can’t give away everything now!! 😉 and makes a new friend. Kind of.

Bright light hit me square in the face as I hit the driveway.

I stopped and pointed my own flashlight where I imagined someone’s eyes should be.

“You’re gonna want to move that light out of my eyes, sir.”

The voice was deep and carried a drill-sergeant’s toughness in it.

I squinted hard and was able to make out a large shape to go with that large voice.

“Likewise,” I said.

“You first,” he said. “Then I’ll consider lowering mine.”

I knew he had a light in one hand. I couldn’t see the other.

“We don’t have all night, Mr. Tunner.”

“You from the sheriff’s office?” I asked.

“I am the sheriff’s office,” he replied. “Drop the light. Now.”

I held my free hand out away from my body and let the hand holding the flashlight fall to my waist.

“I’d feel better about this if I saw a badge,” I said.

“That can be arranged.” He changed the angle of his flashlight so it covered my torso rather than my face. “First things first. Are you armed, Mr. Tunner?”

I blinked until I could see.

His badge was pinned to the front of his button-down shirt, right where it belonged.

“I am,” I said. “I have a permit.”

“In Maryland?”

I made no reply. Didn’t need to.

“We’ll get to that in a bit,” he said. “For now, keep your hands where I can see them and we’ll have no problems in that area.”

Thanks for stopping by to check out my work. If you’re a fellow Snippet Sunday writer please stop by the others’ blogs to read their stuff too!!!

Here’s a link to the Facebook group; https://www.facebook.com/groups/SnippetSunday/

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 3.13 WINNERS

We got four!!! Four entries!!! It’s almost like people think we’re still relevant!!!

In celebration, I’ve decided that all four entrants are WINNERS!!!

All four stories are great and worthy of the honor.

Here’s a great big Winner’s Badge for everyone!

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