A Thing of Value

 

Photo Copyright: Ted Strutz

Here we are again and this week we’re gathered around a basket of old photos. We’ve come together to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and be inspired by the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Ted Strutz. Thanks, Ted. To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link below, then on the smiling frog. Next, follow the given direction.

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Genre: Memoir

Word Count: 98 Words

A Thing of Value By P.S. Joshi

 

We had three types of photos when I was growing up.

The oldest were those in a shoebox, my mother’s family photos. Then there were my dad’s photos from his time in the U.S. Navy. Next were the newer pictures of my childhood.

When my dad’s mother died, we got really old photos. These were of grandma’s family with women in mutton leg sleeves, and my dad’s and his brother’s childhoods.

There are now my children’s photos and my daughter’s colossal wedding album. The photographers used her wedding pictures in their ads. It was a Halloween theme.

 

 

 

 

GEORGIE

 

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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:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/sunday-photo-fiction-october-30th-2016/

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.”

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THE COSTUME

 

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Photo Copyright: Douglas M. Macilroy

This is the first time I’ve been able to take advantage of a repeat picture prompt for Friday Fictioneers. I first wrote a story for this in April of 2014. I looked up the story and liked it pretty much the way it was. I just made a few minor changes and am presenting it about the way it was in the original.

The Friday Fictioneers is a group of writers hosted by the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Our challenge this week and every week is to each write an original story with no more than 100 words not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s repeat prompt was requested by Jennifer Pendergast and originally supplied by Douglas M. Macilroy. Thanks, Jennifer, and Doug.

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

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/10-june-2016/

Genre: Reality/Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE COSTUME by P.S. Joshi

Halloween is my son Bradley’s favorite holiday. This year, at the age of ten, he decided to wear a costume of his own invention.

I could hear him mumbling to himself as he searched through old junk in the attic. I finally heard him yell, “Yes!”

He came downstairs carrying his granddad’s old diving helmet. This is great,” he shouted, pulling on the helmet. “I’m going outside to show my pals.”

Then from outside I heard, “Oh.” Thud.

I looked out. Bradley was sprawled on the sidewalk, probably embarrassed but apparently unhurt.

“Better pick something else, Bradley,” I advised.

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DON’T WORRY

 

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Copyright–Madison Woods

 

Here we are again to show our creativity by writing original stories for the Friday Fictioneers weekly challenge. This challenge is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to include a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt supplied for the week. The talented author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, is the gracious hostess for this challenge.  This week she’s visiting family, so a prompt from a couple of years ago is being reused. The prompt had been supplied by the previous hostess, Madison Woods. Thanks again, Madison. Have a good trip, Rochelle. The link to Friday Fictioneers is as follows:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/29-august-2014/

Genre:  Humor Fiction

Word Count:  100 Words

DON’T WORRY By P.S. Joshi

Julia Warren slogged the whole day cleaning  for her bridge party the next afternoon.

Tommy ran in to show his mom the bag. “Look at all this candy. This is better than last Halloween. What a haul.”

“Listen Tommy,” she threatened,” don’t overdo. Remember last year.”

He looked at her in disgust. “Hey Mom, I’m ten now. Don’t you think I know better than to overeat?” He raced to his room.

Two hours later, Tom Warren found his wife scrubbing at the hall carpet. “Dare I ask?”

“Tommy didn’t make it to the bathroom,” she mumbled through tears and anger

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THE COSTUME

 

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Copyright–Douglas M. Macilroy

This is my story for Friday Fictioneers this week. This is a weekly challenge to write a story in 100 words with a beginning, middle, and end. It’s supposed to follow the picture prompt given for the week. The host for the challenge is the talented and gracious author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week the picture prompt is a photo supplied by Douglas M. Macilroy. Thanks Douglas.

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/18-april-2014/

THE COSTUME by P.S. Joshi

Halloween is my son Bradley’s favorite holiday. At the age of ten, this year he decided to wear a costume of his own invention.

I could hear him mumbling to himself as he searched through old junk in the attic. I finally heard him yell.

“Yes!”

He came downstairs carrying his granddad’s old diving helmet.

“This is great!” he shouted, pulling on the helmet. “I’m going outside right now to show my pal, Stuart!”

Suddenly, from outside I heard, “Oh no!” Thud!

I looked out. He was sprawled on the sidewalk, embarrassed but not hurt.

“Better pick something else, Bradley,” I advised.

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