Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

NOTE:  I’m back after taking a week’s vacation. Actually, I had a root canal with an abscess and the infection was no fun. The tooth had to be removed so I decided to take the time off while I healed. Pulling myself up 43 steps in our building with no lift was worse than the infection.

On a happier note, I recently was notified I’d won 2nd Place in a short story contest in an international publication, the free online CQ Magazine. On pages 55 and 56 the prize winners are announced. It’s a good magazine with interesting stories, articles, and artwork. My story and the other stories from the contest will be printed in the February 2017 edition. If anyone wants to see the magazine and list of winners, just look on Google Search for CQ Magazine and the article “Look at what’s inside CQ Magazine Articles on Calgary’s years…”. Click on the cover of the magazine shown, and wait until a smaller version is shown. Clicking on that will bring up the November issue of the magazine. You can adjust the size. On the right side is an arrow to open the issue. You can go to pages 55 and 56 to see the contest winners listed.

This week’s story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–October 30th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is a follows:

Genre: Humor Fantasy

Word Count: 200 Words

GEORGIE by P.S. Joshi

Georgie was only famous once a year. He was a Halloween decoration.

He’d always wished he could have been scarier but was friendly-looking. He looked with envy on the decorations that made the children scream.

He could have been scary if he’d been made to, for instance, frown and show pointy teeth.

Every year he was dug out of the basement and stuck in the yard. Every year children laughed.

He did enjoy seeing the many different costumes. Some were even similar in looks to him.

Some of the children asked if he had a name. They were told it was Georgie. For crying out loud that had been the name of the deceased family dog. They could have named him Phillipe. That was much better than Georgie. He got that name because the family 3-year old liked it. He seemed to miss the dog. So, Georgie, it was.

This Halloween was made better by a tiny child who walked up to him and said, “Hello, Georgie. How’s it going? You’re looking good. I like your smile. You make me feel happy. I’m usually afraid of the dark, but when I look at you I’m okay with it. Happy Halloween.”




Written Act of Kindness Award



32 thoughts on “GEORGIE

    • Thanks, Diana, for the good wishes. I’m feeling much better now. I’ve read root canal problems are not uncommon. I now have a different dentist. I was surprised and really happy about the short story win. If I remember correctly, you’ve won some yourself. 🙂 — Suzanne

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Pingback: GEORGIE | Matthews' Blog

  2. I have recently had a root canal and a tooth removed due to an abscess, so I know where you are coming from with that. I am glad you are feeling better now.

    Congratulations on the second place. That is awesome news.

    I do like the story. A cute toy offering comfort to a little child. Nice.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dear Suzanne,

    I literally feel your dental pain. I’m in the process of a having a dental implant done. A year ago August I had to have oral surgery and this summer had a root canal. The implant is replacing a tooth that broke and then broke again. Nothing to do but pull it. So my heart indeed goes out to you.

    Congratulations on your story.

    I guess Georgie realizes now that being scary is highly overrated. Better to be a comfort. Cute story.



    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks, Rochelle, for your sympathy. Eventually, I’m going to have to have an implant also. I’ve changed dentists. That wasn’t the only unsatisfactory thing to happen with that one. Fortunately, my lower lip hides the space the tooth was in. Thanks, also, for your congratulations on my story. I was happily surprised as it was my second try with that magazine. I’m also pleased you liked my little Halloween story. 🙂 — Suzanne

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Thanks, Dahlia, for your congratulaitons. I appreciate it. I’m also happy you liked my little Halloween story. My tooth is gone but i’ve healed well and my lower lip covers the space. I’ll next have to get an implant but that can wait a while. Thanks for your good wishes. 🙂 — Suzanne


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.