…of all the blog joints in all the webs in all the WURLD, why would yeez walk into mine?… an open invitation to Guest Blog…

Thanks, Seumas. We all know you mean every word. You continue to have a great blog. 🙂

Seumas Gallacher

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Master Bogart was marginally better placed than this ol’ Jurassic in his ability to ponder why emb’dy should ‘walk into his joint’… so, when I come again to print here with my regular ‘throw-out’ invitation to all yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land to consider Guest Posting in my wee Blog pages, p’raps it’s best I lay out what I have to extend to yeez that clearly were not available to our Humph

1. …‘Casablanca’ admittedly has its rightful place in the annals of cinematic favourites through the years since it first screened in 1942, but, it was done in black and white… my Blog offers yeez a range of colours that would do Lady Gaga proud…

2. …there would only be one ’take’… yeez won’t be expected to loll around in a smoky, smelly film studio for days on end, doing gazillions…

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Writing and Body Language

This is great, Jen, thanks for sharing.

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I find one of the most talked about topics in writing is “show don’t tell”. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I try not to I still do, and I also find myself repeating words or not describing actions well.

I stumbled on this list of body language for us to keep near us while writing.

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he lowered his head
she hung her head
he ducked
she bowed her head
he covered his eyes with a hand
she pressed her hands to her cheeks

she raised her chin
he lifted his chin

her hands squeezed into fists
his hands tightened into fists
she clenched her fists
she balled her fists
he unclenched his fists
her arms remained at her sides

he shrugged
she gave a half shrug
he lifted his shoulder in a half shrug
she gave a dismissive wave of her hand

she raised a hand in greeting
he…

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TOO MUCH, BUT STILL NOT ENOUGH

Silo in a field

Copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

We’re here again this week, gathered today in a virtual field to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for us 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 Marie Gail Stratford. Thanks Marie Gail.

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:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/15-may-2015/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

TOO MUCH BUT, STILL NOT ENOUGH by P.S. Joshi

Frank Buford had rich land on his large farm. He was also greedy.

Every year the county took up a collection for the poor. He’d give a couple dollars so he could say he gave. Everyone knew what was happening. His silos and barns were full, and his wife was busy canning every year. He sold the rest.

One year he had a bumper harvest. He called in some workmen and commissioned them to build a couple more silos and another barn.

“I’ll make extra money.” he bragged.

After harvest, he died.

Only his wife came to the small funeral.

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THE SHORE AND THE SEA

 

Water and shoreline

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:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/mondays-finish-the-story-may-11th-17th-2015/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 5+9+150=164 Words

THE SHORE AND THE SEA by P.S. Joshi

Arriving at the beach, she reflected on her life. Marian had always thought of the shore as life and the sea as eternity.

Her daughter brought her today for a beach outing, “…to get you out of the house,” she’d said.

Betty opened the immense, multicolored umbrella, placing first a blanket, then two folding chairs under it. “You can sit here, Mom, while I go for a swim,” she said.

Marian leaned back and closed her eyes. She and George brought the two kids here many weekends in the past. She couldn’t stay in the sun long now, so didn’t swim.

It had been ten years since George died. Sometimes it seemed less.

When she opened her eyes, she thought she saw him walking up the beach. He came to her and said, “Let’s go Marian.”

She took his hand as it seemed so natural.

When Betty came from the water, one look told her Marian was at peace.

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Little libraries form future minds

Something needs to be done. This is serious.

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https://www.facebook.com/HaskellFOL?fref=nf

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I see a lot of authors here on Word Press and I realized how very hard it is these days to get hard cover books published. Part of the problem is that with Kindles and other Ereaders they have gone out of favor. I doubt very much real books will disappear but it is crucial that we get young people involved in reading specially in areas that don’t have the money to support public libraries. Meet the Rieger Memorial Library, Haskell, Oklahoma.

It is interesting how I became involved with it. I as many of you might know live in the borough of Queens part of New York City. Just about as far from Haskell as you can get. I have never been there but would like to visit one day. I digress. One of the good things about Facebook is you can get to know some really good…

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MONSOON

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Copyright: Madison Woods

We’re here another week, gathered in a small virtual cafe in a foreign city. Water is the subject as this is a group from the Friday Fictioneers, and we’ll be discussing 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 us 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  some years ago by Madison Woods. Thanks again. Madison.

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:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/8-may-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Wood Count: 100 Words

MONSOON by P.S. Joshi

Ruth was a teacher, so the only time she could take a trip to India to study yoga at a famous institute, was in summer. “How fascinating,” said family and friends.

Monsoon begins sometime in June and ends in September. The exact day she stepped off the plane, it poured down as though a plug was pulled in a huge tub overhead.

The clogged street drains were still being cleared as monsoon was about two weeks ahead of the forecasted arrival. Ruth stepped from the taxi and waded into the hotel lobby, stringy, dripping hair hanging down.

“Fascinating,” she mumbled.

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