Copyright: Sandra Crook

We’re gathered together today in an old farmhouse near a Civil War battlefield. Our hostess is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re here to discuss our original stories for the week as the Friday Fictioneers. The challenge for this group is for each of us to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Sandra Crook. Thanks again, Sandra.

To read the other stories from the group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for the other stories is as follows:

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


Nobody’s ever cared. I’ve tried to tell’em, but they don’t listen. It’s been so long. Why won’t they listen?

I was runnin’ across the field carryin’ my old gun, and somethin’ hit me. All I know after that is I saw my body layin’ on the ground near a big stump.

There was us boys in the gray and the boys in blue.

Some men from a nearby farmhouse buried us. They was talkin’ about a cemetary, but there’s never been one. This skirmish musta’ been forgotten. Looks like this is where we’ll stay buried. No one knows.




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To be avoided like the plague!

Great advise.

Have We Had Help?


It would be fair to say that some new writers fall into one or two of the inevitable hidden traps lurking within the world of words from time to time. Here are just a few examples.


Let’s start by talking about one aspect of your book’s characters. Never ever reveal everything there is to know about them in one go. Think about it for a moment. Isn’t it far better to gradually find out tidbits of information about your friends, family members and work colleagues? Of course it is. The same applies to your characters. So why tell your readers everything you feel they need to know about them within the first few paragraphs?

Next we come to one of my pet hates – stating the obvious. Just because most of us at some point or other have done it in real life, doesn’t make it acceptable. You don’t…

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Dying Man, 24, Leaves an Awesome Message That Everyone Should Read:

A great message to remember.

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funeral tieSoon I Will be Gone Forever, but That’s Okay as Long as Someone Reads This.

I am only 24 years old, yet I have actually already chosen my last tie. It’s the one that I will wear on my funeral (above) a few months from now. It may not match my suit, but I think it’s perfect for the occasion.

The cancer diagnosis came too late to give me at least a tenuous hope for a long life, but I realized that the most important thing about death is to ensure that you leave this world a little better than it was before you existed with your contributions . The way I’ve lived my life so far, my existence or more precisely the loss of it, will not matter because I have lived without doing anything impactful.

Before, there were so many things that occupied my mind. When I learned…

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Mad about Bipolar

Very important information.

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With a new documentary series about to start on British TV about Bipolar Condition, it has become the buzz-word on social media and although I welcome any factual, sensible insight that will help the general public overcome their fear of mental health issues, I would like to make a few observations. I would like to state at the outset that I am not an expert on Manic Depression, just on my experience of suffering it most of my life.

Fashion. Just as sports and clothing become popular from the number of celebrities using them, so illnesses get a fan-club. Strange as it may sound, it is probably comforting to some people to think that they share some aspect of the life of one of their heroes. When a well-known person is diagnosed with a condition, the name becomes familiar and people jump on it.

Self-diagnosis. Having heard…

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What do you call a tartan cat?

A great interview with Ailsa and Seumas.

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Sometimes one strikes up friendships on-line and even though you never meet each other, it is a case of “real pals”. Such a man is Seumas Gallacher who, in deference to his Weegie start and my own family’s connections with the city, I usually refer to as “Big Man”.
I have been very remiss recently and did not welcome him to the family of Crooked Cat Publishing when he joined. I’m putting that right today by inviting him over from far-flung lands to chat about this decision and show off his wares … drop the kilt-hem, Seumas, I meant your books!
Welcome, welcome, dear man, both to the scruffy kitchen and to the Cat Basket. Let me ask you some impertinent questions while you help yourself to a drink.Seumas
SG : Question away, m’Lady… it’s a pleasure as ever to be here with you.
I’m published by the…

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MARCH-ing Books to Kids

A wonderful program for getting books to children who need them.

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I believe books are one of the most special gifts we can give children. According to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), nearly two-thirds of low-income families in the U.S. DO NOT own books. The literacy initiative Picture Book Pass it On is working hard to get books into the hands of less fortunate children.

I was super excited when I discovered Picture Book Pass it On. I singed five copies of my picture book, Mama’s Purse, and headed down to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance to donate them. Then I wrote a blog post and completed the three PBPiO calls to action. What an incredible feeling to help children in my community!

I love reading. I love picture books. I love helping kids. When I learned about MARCH-ing Books to Kids, I said, “Count me in!”

Picture Book Pass it On is encouraging folks to participate in MARCH-ing…

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