Buffalos and their young

Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 3+14+150=167 Words


They followed the buffaloes and their babies along the trail heading into the woods.

Big Shaggy was the first to spot the wolves. Her calf was the smallest, having been born late in May. It was a female and would remain with her as long as both were alive. She was an experienced mother in her early 30’s. No wolf would get this calf while she had strength left. Two other adult daughters also traveled with her in this herd. They each had larger male calves.

All three adults started to herd calves into the center of the group. The other females noticed and helped. They then formed a fermidable wall in front of the helpless calves.

The wolf pack was hungry and determined. They advanced looking for a break in the wall. The baffaloes stood their ground. One of the less experienced wolves came too close. His body was tossed into the air and came to rest, lifeless. The wolves conceded defeat.

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Laughter the best medicine – The Irish View on Life.

Some hilarious Irish humor from Sally.

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I have to mention that my husband is Irish and his father is one of the finest raconteurs of jokes and stories, Irish or otherwise. My own mother’s family originated from County Cork.. in Ireland, Cork men have been the butt of many a joke as have those poor souls from Kerry. The Irish have a long and revered history but they have also endured dark times. And I have little doubt that it is there wonderful sense of humour and their ability to take the mick out of themselves that make them so universally liked.

We had been married about 17 years before we returned for several years to live in Ireland. I had visited many times of course to visit my in-laws but had never been fully immersed in the culture or the sense of fun.

I remember coming out of the Shelbourne Hotel in St.Stephen’s Green in…

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Fiction Writers Can Write Great Non-Fiction Books Too

Thanks, Jo for this great information.

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I have several non-fiction books at various stages of completion which I plan on self-publishing. These are about things that are important to me, things that I know something about, and that I want to share with others. Writing for me is first and foremost because it’s what I love to do – what I always will carry on doing even if I win the lottery. At the end of the day though, the goal for the self-publishing author is to earn enough to support yourself. So it’s good to point out that having a non-fiction book or two out can be a great way for an Indie to create another source of income, and also find new readers for your fiction who might not have come across it if they hadn’t been looking for a How to Groom a Poodle book.

The ebook market is glutted with hundreds of…

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Copyright: Roger Bultot

Here we are for another week, gathered today at a virtual park in a city neighborhood. We’re here as the Friday Fictioneers to discuss our original stories for this week.  Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for this group is 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 Roger Bultot. Thanks, Roger.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link. The link for the other stories is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

GOOD DOG by P.S. Joshi

Laura drove back home from shopping and found smoke billowing out the top of her house, firemen at work trying to put out the blaze, and her two kids, blind father, and his guide dog, Debbie, standing out front.

“What’s happened, Dad?” she asked.

He stood holding his dog’s harness. “She knew something was seriously wrong before us. The kids, I, and Debbie were downstairs.. She started nudging me and barking. I took hold of the harness, and she brought us out to safety.”

The next day the story was in the local paper, DOG SAVES THREE PEOPLE FROM FIRE.




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…Authors, ALL yeez have to do on ‘How To Be The Most Successful Author’… EVER…

Seumas, I can’t resist. I’m reblogging this on Musings On Life & Experience. 😀

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…piece of cake this writing gig… yeez just follow a few ROOLS, and hey presto, ye’re a bestseller with ginormous film contracts!… right?… wrong!… when this ol’ Jurassic was up to his laptop in scribbling the first ever Jack Calder crime thriller six years ago, little thought (read, ‘no thought’) entered my head during the scribbling of the thing as to what happens when yeez type ’the end’ on it… once the pink cloud of having actually finished the masterpiece receded marginally, then and only then did thoughts turn to becoming the WURLD’s next gazillion-copies seller, like that wee Rowling lassie… however, matching the likes of she, Lee Child, James Patterson, and Tom Clancy proved a tad more complicated than just banging the precious manuscript off to supposed drooling Agents and Publishers in London… after a while, the notion dawned— this success thing is more like solving the…

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Statue of Native American & Buffalo

Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barb supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 3+11+150=164 Words

THE OLD WEST by P.S. Joshi

The neighbors were not happy about my choice of yard art.

My wife stood staring at the statue. It was a sandstone replica of a buffalo and a Native American. It was also in the middle  of our front lawn.

“Well,” I said, gazing at it with a far-away look, “It’s a reminder of my youth.”

“Your youth?” said my wife, who was starting to lose patience. “Since when did you spend a youth around Native Americans hunting buffalo on the western plains?”

“Well, I could have.” I said. “I was born in the U.S. west.”

“Yes, sure,” she said smirking, “if you’d been born over four hundred years ago. How did you get it here?”

“You would ask that. I bribed the baggage handlers,” I said, hanging my head.

“The neighborhood committee will never stand for it. They’ll demand immediate removal. It takes up too much space, and space is severely limited. We live under a dome on the moon, Hank, and there are strict rules.”

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I feel very grateful to have been awarded the Tour Through Blogland Award by Seumas Gallacher, a star in Blogland. I don’t have much room on my little blog, but who could turn down an award from Seumas.                       


He’s not only a seccessful businessman, but has successfully published a self-help book on self-publishing, Self-publishing Steps To Successful Sales, and three thriller novels: The Violin Man’s Legacy, Vengeance Wears Black, and Savage Payback. He’s now working on a fourth thriller, Killer City.

Besides his writing, he finds time to not only write his blog, but is active on the social networks and does active marketing for his books, giving advice to other writers as well.

Seumas was born in the Docklands Govan neighborhood of Glasgow, Scotland, and often writes of it in his blog. He now makes his home in the Middle East.

His outstanding, humorous, and informative blog, which he began only in 2012, is filled not only with information for writers, but interviews and awards for authors in Blogland. Thank you, Seumas.


Rules for “A Tour Through Blogland”

1. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers.

2. Give them the rules.

3. Tell the world about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspries you to do what you do.

4. The last part of A Tour Through Blogland, if you so choose, is to write a one-time article which can be posted in the same post in which you shared about your work or at a later date. The article can be anything of your choosing.

Bloggers I Nominate

…I have the pleasure to nominate the following bloggers:

David Prosser is an excellent writer and has one of one of the best senses of humor I’ve experienced. It’s gentle, but draws you in. As Lord David Prosser, he’s written books about the British upper class and their everyday problems, and a children’s book, originally meant for his little grandson, Reuben. He also writes a blog that makes you feel as though you’re there with him every day of the week, and another describing his views on the way people should treat each other. You can find all this information at his web address:

Hugmamma, the name she goes by in her blog, is an excellent writer who writes on various subjects, often about her family members. She and her family are proud Hawaiians and she often writes of it.  She also reblogs to give exposure to other bloggers and does book reviews. You can find her blog at the web address:

Lockard Young, or Lockie, his nickname, is a western Canadian who writes on a variety of topics. His writing is thorough and excellent. He recently released his latest middle grade reader, The Legend Returns, a sequal to Ryan’s Legend. He earlier described in detail the tremendous suffering and trial he went through when he lost a leg due to infection. He then told of his ordeal in adjusting to his artificial leg. Lockie can be found at his blog address:

My Creative Process

I began blogging a couple years ago. My daughter was visiting here in India from the U.S., and she helped me set up the blog. She incouraged me to write as she’s a writer for her comedy stand-up routines in Chicago where she acts for the Second City Theatre Company.

I began by simply blogging and writing experiences I’d had in India, including poetry. I then learned about Friday Fictioneers’ Flash Fiction and started writing stories for that group, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. I now also write stories for Monday’s Finish the Story flash ficiton group hosted by Barbara W. Beacham.

As I’ve written, I’ve tried to educate myself on the many rules of writing. There are a number of helpful blogs and books to learn from.

I’ve read other blogs by writers and gotten to know them by commenting. One of them was the excellent blog of Seumas Gallacher who nominated me for this award as well as the Written Acts of Kindnesss Award.

I’ve read many other blogs including the ones I’ve chosen for this award.  Also I’ve joined some of the social networks. Besides flash fiction, I’m also working on a memoir of my childhood through high school. I think all the bloggers out there deserve an award for being creative. Thank you all.



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…A Tour Through Blogland Awards… and the nominations are…

I was very honored to be included,

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…this ol’ Jurassic is indebted to Author -Carole Parkes whose blog page tells yeez she’s interested in a range of topics, covering psychological, thriller, mystery, secrets, betrayal, adoption, romance, poetry, art… go pick ‘em out of that, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land…

…Carole nominated me for ‘A Tour Through Blogland’ award, and not unexpectedly there are some ROOLS and parameters which I will duly attempt to follow…. not the least is to leak some information on my ’sponsor’… Layyyy-deeees an’ Genn’lmen… the redoubtable Author, Carole Parkes:


…m’Lady, Carole was born in Liverpool in 1945, and has lived in her current house near Ormskirk, Lancashire for the past 39 years… she has survived marriage for 49 years and mothered three sons, all now married with their own families…

…her writing career began in 1985 when she produced several short stories, a series of children’s books and her newly-published…

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Guest Post by Jill Bennett: The Five Commandments of Marketing a Book

Good, specific information.

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From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksJill Bennett is a marketing specialist for LitFire Publishing, a company based in Atlanta, Georgia. For the past six years, she’s been working with several self-publishing authors in terms of book marketing, publicity and distribution.

She contacted me with this idea for a guest post, which I think you’ll enjoy!

The Five Commandments of Marketing a Book

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Marketing is something that should be done prior and subsequent to publishing. This article will show you how to market a book effectively in the form of these five commandments.

  1. Thou shall know thy readers

To be able to know how to market a book, one must know who the readers will be. Different types of readers read different types of books, which is why authors should not assume that everybody would want to read their book. An author must focus on who will want to buy and read…

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