STOPPING AT THE CAFE

 

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Here we are another week. This time, we’ve gathered in a virtual city cafe. Our hostess this week, and every week, for this gathering is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers, and our challenge this week, and every week is to each write an original 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 Jean L. Hays. Thanks, Jean.

Since Rochelle is still on vacation, this is a repeat picture prompt. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2016.

To read the other stories from group members, first click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/1-january-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

STOPPING AT THE CAFE By P.S. Joshi

It hasn’t changed much, this aging cafe. There are still two entrances: one from the lobby below the exit of the Chicago “L”; one from the street.

It gets arctic here so there are sheltered exits and entrances. Coming into the cozy cafe is a treat before heading out into the buffeting wind, chilling despite a thick, head-to-foot, layered wrap.

I remember this as the place we first met. It transformed my life. I’d been a self-centered student, caring little for others.

I’ve just come from your funeral my beloved husband and can’t yet go to an empty house.

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The Writer’s Journey—Staying the Course From Newbie to Master

Excellent advice

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Some of you may or may not know that I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ is unique in that there are only FOUR colored belts (blue, purple, brown, black) and new practitioners are a white belt for roughly a year an a half before they can test for blue. I just earned my blue belt last Thursday. This is no small feat, seeing as how I am the ONLY female in a dojo of males much larger and most far younger than I am.

My first fight as a blue and SERIOUSLY? I get TYLER? My first fight as a blue and SERIOUSLY? I get TYLER?

The parallels for BJJ and writing are profound though. In the beginning it really doesn’t seem all that difficult. Yeah, you just grab that leg, pull that knee, sure! Got it. Then? Once you get on the mats?

*head explodes*

The more you learn, the more you come to know how much you don’t know.

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How to Motivate more Amazon Follows

Good advice from Chris McMullen.

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HOW TO GET MORE AMAZONS FOLLOWERS

Amazon just announced a new tool designed to help authors generate many more Amazon followers.

First, let me give a little background:

  • Customers can follow their favorite authors directly at Amazon.com.
  • It seems ideal for both customers and authors, EXCEPT…
  • Unfortunately, most customers don’t think to do this.
  • Customers need to visit the author page and click the button to follow the author. Few do it, presently.
  • Amazon lets you send an email to your Amazon followers after publishing a new Kindle edition. But first, you need Amazon followers.

So just imagine how awesome it would be IF…

  • Amazon offered a tool to help authors generate more Amazon follows.
  • Through this tool, Amazon motivated customers to follow authors.
  • Many customers took advantage of this opportunity to follow authors of interest.
  • Amazon follows rose from a mere dozen to hundreds or thousands for many authors.

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A mile in their shoes

A piece that helps us remember others less fortunate.

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We didn’t have a white Christmas, the weather has been mild and exceptionally wet. The winds have been high for weeks now and the rain has barely ceased. Many areas have suffered flooding. It hits the news for a few days then is forgotten as other events prove more newsworthy. For the families affected, however, the problems do not disappear so easily.

On Boxing Day, families were evacuated across the north of England as rivers overflowed after the constant heavy rain. Buildings have been damaged and destroyed, a large hole has appeared on the motorway, homes are under water running waist deep and many who remain in their homes have no power. Almost 400 flood warnings are in place in the regions as I write, 31 of them severe, which means that the flooding brings a risk to life. Indeed, there have already been deaths caused by the appalling weather…

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The Sleigh: Annie’s Inventory Notes — Features from Atonement, TN

Just the kind of place to be at Christmas.

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Welcome back to Atonement, TN!
I hope everyone has had a wonder-filled week.  I’m delighted that you’re spending a moment from the holiday weekend here.

1940-Dec Womans Day Sleigh SnowSometimes I get a few posts prepared ahead of time (and that’s nice for me). However, that hasn’t been the case for awhile. Anyway, just as I was wondering what I could possibly do for this weekend’s post, I got a lovely holiday wish from the very talented Inese.  So I went to her beautiful photography blog looking for inspiration.  I found so many things to trigger my imagination that I couldn’t decide.

Then I remembered something about a joke Hugh had made about a sleigh ride in Atonement, and I had replied with a James Bond-like idea-joke.  Well, one of Inese’s photos had a sleigh in it… But we don’t have to worry about how Mr. Bond likes his martinis. I don’t think it will play out…

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STRIKE

Since it’s Christmas, I’ve decided to publish a story I wrote last year about this time. I didn’t reblog it as I didn’t want to erase some of the introduction I wrote at that time, so I’ve just retyped it. Enjoy, Happy Holidays, and a great New Year 2016 to all of you.

STRIKE By P.S. Joshi

All was not well at Santa’s workshop high in the town of Mountainous. Most people think the workshop and village sit right at the North Pole, but that’s a myth. For security reasons, it’s high in the mountains of Alaska and well-fortified.

The elves had done something strange, they’d gone on strike. This was a new breed of elves, different from their forefathers. They demanded more than minimum wage. They also wanted free food service, shorter hours, and longer breaks. Housing and free education for their children weren’t enough anymore.

The head elf said, “We dedicate our lives to serving Santa. It’s only fair we have our demands met.”

They used an elf gorilla tactic.  It was called,  “Waiting until December”.

Santa lost his temper for the first time in over two hundred years. It did no good. The elves stood firm.

Their lawyer said, “We’ll take it to the Supreme Court. It’ll make the TV news, and there’ll be a scandal.”

Mrs. Claus was worried. Santa was losing weight. It would spoil his public image. She hadn’t heard a “Ho, ho” in days. She convinced him to sit down at the negotiating table.

Santa finally gave in to the terms and all was settled.

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FLUFFY

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Photo Copyright: Scott L. Vannatter

Here we are another week. This time, we’ve gathered in the kitchen of a home just before Christmas. Our hostess this week, and every week, for this gathering is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We are the Friday Fictioneers, and our challenge this week, and every week is to each write an original 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 Scott L Vannatter. Thanks, Scott.

Since Rochelle is on a much-deserved vacation trip for a couple weeks, this is a repeat picture prompt. I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a great new 2016 to come.

To read the other stories from group members, first click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/25-december-2015/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

FLUFFY By P.S. Joshi

Hello, my name is Fluffy. My pets are George and Irene.

We all live happily in a lovely house on Briggston Avenue. They’ve made sure I’m comfortable and well-taken care of. I couldn’t have asked for better pets.

Once a year they put a tree in the living room. On it, they hang lovely balls. At first, I guessed it was for me to play with. However, I soon found out it was supposed to just stand there and look pretty. That’s confusing, but I want to keep them happy. Sometimes, though I take a swing at one.

Don’t tell.

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