THE BUSINESS

 

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Photo Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution for this week to Monday’s Finish the Story. It’s 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 sentence given with the picture prompt.

To read the other stories from group members, be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link. The link for all other stories this week is as follows:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/mondays-finish-the-story-september-14th-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 2+11+150=163 Words

THE BUSINESS by P.S. Joshi

From the small balcony, the witch watched the world go by. She decided to go into business.

Latisha hung out a sign by the front door. It read:

Latisha McQuinty, Witch

Potions for Every Need

She readied her various ingredients: eye of lizard, tooth of dragon, leaves of the drickle bush (very rare), etc., and cleaned out her kettle.

Her first customer was Mrs. Sockbottom. She complained of thinning hair. Latisha prepared a purple potion for her.

A week later, Mrs. Sockbottom came back. She was justifiably irate as she was covered with purple fur from head to furry feet.

Latisha had given a potion to old Mrs. Wertle for warts, and the poor lady broke out in red stripes.

Old Mr. Pintypuss took a potion to heal his gout and grew ten more toes.

But the worst was Lucy Figwort who wanted smaller teeth. She grew long, sharp fangs that scared away all eligible men.

Latisha took down her sign.

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A Poem for 9/11: Against the Evidence…

Beautiful, Mary.

A Poet in Time

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On September 11, 2001 I was far from retirement and very much still teaching in the Lower School. Sometime mid-morning, I had a short break and took a walk to the office where I heard the news that the first tower had fallen. We all know what happened next. We all remember what we were doing that morning.

Life changed then for all of us in this country. I recall the many conversations among teachers and staff about how to explain the horrendous news to the children (ours were grades 1-4), how to answer questions, how to help worried and anxious parents.

I remember the next day when we all gathered around the flag pole and watched as the flag was raised to half-staff, and some thoughful words we spoken and we shared our minute of silence and then sang the National Anthem.

I remember looking at the…

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Definitely a wood for the trees moment?

Good idea.

Have We Had Help?

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This post follows on from the other day – https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/a-message-to-the-slackers/ where one of the commenters (Ken Thackerey) questioned my thoughts on reviews being the author’s only real means of knowing how many people actually read a free copy of a book. He got me thinking further on the subject.

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Why do some books become best sellers? Is it the fact that the author promoted their book, hoping for sales, by initially giving it away once it was published? Perhaps it’s because the author publicised it on every book and social media site, not to mention their blog? Could it be because the author let it sit for a while in preorder mode, prior to publication? Maybe its the cover? Maybe its the fact that it was edited by a professional, or that a lot of money was spent having it promoted? Each one of them is standard practice, and…

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NATIVE AMERICANS IN OHIO

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Photo Copyright: Jennifer Pendergast

Here we are again this week by the shore of a lovely virtual lake. Our guide is our hostess for this gathering of the Friday Fictioneers, the gracious and talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of 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 provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Jennifer Pendergast. Thanks Jennifer.

My story is about the Native Americans in the U.S. State of Ohio.  There are many books on the Native Americans in Ohio. Anyone wanting to know more about the frontier lives of early settlers in Ohio should read the trilogy of author Conrad Richter, The Awakening Land, for which he won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. There are no doubt still many Ohioans today with Native American ancestry.

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 other stories this week is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/11-september-2015/

Genre: Nonfiction

Word Count: 100 Words

NATIVE AMERICANS IN OHIO by P.S. Joshi

Because of the vast forests, plentiful game, Lake Erie, and many other lakes and rivers, there were many Native Americans in Ohio.

Where I was born and grew up, in Akron, the native people used to portage their canoes from Lake Erie down the rivers. There were the names Portage Trail and Portage Lakes.

Besides Lake Erie, there were some rivers with native names such as the Maumee, Huron, Miami, Manangahela, Cuyahoga, etc.

As a youngster in southwestern Ohio, my dad used to dig up arrowheads for his collection.

There were also the prehistoric Mound Builders whose efforts still exist.

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A WEIGHTY PROBLEM

 

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Photo Copyright: Marcy B. Ayanian

This is my contribution for this week’s 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 100-150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. This week, both the picture and first sentence were contributed by Marcy B. Ayanian. Thanks, Marcy.

Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories by group members. The link for all other stories this week is as follows:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/mondays-finish-the-story-sept-7th-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 3+22+150=175 Words

A WEIGHTY PROBLEM by P.S. Joshi

 

As her mount shifted uneasily under her, she grasped the brim of her old felt Stetson, gazed upwards, and remembered Jean Pierre. (Marcy B. Ayanian)

There was a low growl. Margo clutched her stomach, the commentator stopped, the sound man checked his equipment, and the director yelled, “Cut.”

Margo gazed down at the director. “Larry, I’m famished.”

He winced, “Okay, Margo just a quick snack. We’re behind schedule.”

That evening, Claude Lamier called his agent. “John, how can I work with theese Margo? She is always eating. She will gain so much weight the horse will begin complaining.”

“Now Claude, just remember, Margo Digery also carries a lot of weight with the director. It’ll be a boost to your career to work with her.”

“John, I am the big star in France, and people will get to know me here also.”

“Not if Margo won’t work with you, so calm down.”

The next day on the set Margo tried to climb up, and the horse, Old Hoofer, galloped off the set.

Larry shouted, “Cut!”

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36 Plots and Mad Max

Great information.

Myths of the Mirror

My husband and I watch a lot of action and superhero movies. Did I mention that he’s 10? A suggestion that we watch something with an actual plot earns the “Really? Do I have to?” face.

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Well, I’m a good sport, so last night we watched the latest Mad Max Fury Something or Another. I shouldn’t say it doesn’t have a plot, because of course it does (spoiler alert):

Car chase
Loner Hero Captured
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Loner Hero Escapes
Loner Hero Helps Beautiful Woman Save Beautiful Women
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Car Chase 
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Bad Guys Killed

I know, you’re shocked! Who would have thought?

In the early 19th century, Georges Polti compiled a list of 36 dramatic situations after studying Greek and French literature. Shorter lists also exist, but Polti’s outline has endured to this day. I have difficulty thinking of a story that isn’t a spin on one of his…

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