Family Traditions, #FlashFiction

The December 3, 2020, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes family traditions. It can be related to any holiday or situation. How does the tradition impact the story or change the character? Go where the prompt leads! Respond by December 8, 2020.

“Family Traditions”

“Grandma, hurry up or we’ll miss the first song.” Kallie impatiently tugged at Grandma’s sleeve.

“I’m coming. Don’t rush me!” Grandma chided.

The church was packed. Typical for the Christmas Eve service.

“Kallie, I saved you seats,” whispered a voice. A few titters of laughter rumbled through the back row of pews.

“Thank you, James,” Grandma murmured as she heaved her body into the seat. Kallie blushed crimson.

James grinned. He only had eyes for Kallie. “Of course. Christmas Eve wouldn’t be the same without you both.”

The trio joined the congregation as they sang, “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Remember the little things this year… be safe, mask up, and spread joy in the best way you can!

#WQWWC – “Light or Lights”

Marsha Ingrao, from Always Write, has breathed new life into my old challenge, Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge, #WQWWC. This is your opportunity to choose a quote to match the topic of the week and write something about it.

  • Poem
  • Opinion Piece
  • Short Story
  • Personal Story
  • Memoir
  • Song
  • Photo Challenge

Flex your creative muscles and tell your readers what you think about the topic of the week using your favorite quote.

Each week I will post a different topic like freedomchance, change, happinessadventure, miracle, and unity – some of the many examples of topics from the past.

Instructions

  1. Pick a quote to match the week’s topic.
  2. Write a response on your blog with a title that suits your post.
  3. Cut and paste #WQWWC logo if you want to use it.
  4. Use #WQWWC hashtag to get more views.
  5. Paste a link to your post on my weekly post in Mr. Linky.
  6. Or past a link in my comment section. I will visit your blog and comment.
  7. Visit other blogger’s who have participated and leave them an encouraging comment.

Here’s my quote:

“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.” 

― Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968

I always enjoy writing about the juxtaposition between the imagery of light and dark. I know our subject is light, but you can’t talk about the light without first experiencing the darkness. Just as night turns to day, darkness succumbs to the light.

Each of us hides our dark side from the world. This isolated part of our hidden self is where our soul-wounds abide, where our sadness lingers, and where our weaknesses hide. If we can learn to embody our shadows, we will learn to embrace the light. If we want to accept change, we need to acknowledge that there are sides of us we must explore in order to conquer our fears.

I think darkness came first, for the dark is perpetual. Pick up a rock and look underneath. You will find the darkness. However, you needed the light to acknowledge that darkness. The two concepts: light and dark need each other in order to exist.

Embrace your darkness and your light!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Embrace Your Light, #Butterfly #Cinquain

sparkle
 like the bright stars
 that twinkle in darkness,
 secure, alone in the shadows 
 Only—
 when we're brave enough to explore 
 our darkness can we find 
 our own power 
 of light.

Join me every Tuesday on wordcraftpoetry.com for the Tanka Tuesday Syllabic Poetry Challenge.

#CarrotRanchRocks – “Shooting Stars”

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Charli Mills from CarrotRanch.com has come up with a fun challenge called “Carrot Ranch Rocks. I love rocks. There is a certain energy I feel radiating from them. They have stories to tell and Charli picked up on that energy.

Here’s what she has to say:

“Here is a place where we can spin stories around the beach fire after a day of hunting rocks along the Keweenaw shores of Lake Superior. Here is where literary art meets geology.

We use rocks as prompts to write fiction stories of 99 words, no more, no less. Our writers are from a global community called Carrot Ranch, and their bylines include where they live.
If by serendipity, you have found a rock that reads #CarrotRanchRocks, you can look it up in our feed by its serial number. Your rock will have a photo, place of origin, date found, and a possible identity. Best of all, your rock will feature in its own story.
Please let us know in the comments if you have found the rock and where (general area, no personal details). Tell us if you plan to keep it, gift it, or hide it for someone else to find.
If you are a writer interested in participating, read the note Writer Guidelines and email Charli Mills at wordsforpeople@gmail.com. Be sure to read Our Story.
My first rock is MSP-09–17-07. It was found at McLain State Park in September 2017. This is a large sparkly quartz with large garnets present.
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The garnets have a bronze color!
“Shooting Stars”

At the top of the hill, Leandra gazed in awe at the stars sprinkled across the January sky. She shivered as bright streaks of light trailed behind the shooting stars. If only one of those falling stars would land nearby. She’d pick it up and put it in her pocket knowing her birthday wish had come true.

As if the heavens heard her plea, a tiny meteor hurled toward the earth landing at her feet. She switched on her flashlight seeing quartz and copper garnets sparkling in the beam. Garnets were her birthstone, now a gift from the universe.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Perserverance Keep writing! ❤

Freestyle Writing Challenge – Food For Thought

Thank you, Ali Taylor, from The Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman! For choosing me to participate in the Freestyle Writing Challenge, where I am to:

“Choose FIVE of my favourite types of food/drink (can be meals, snacks, whatever grabs you!) – And bring them to succulent life for your readers. Can be serious, funny, sensual, extended metaphor…”

 

Thick red Angus steaks marbled with just the right amount of pale white streaks of fat sit on a plate, ready to be added to the grill. They sizzle as the charcoal flames lick the underside of the beef. The heady aroma of beef cooking on a charcoal grill fills the neighborhood.

Freshly scrubbed Idaho baking potatoes are pricked to release the steam. The oven toasts their skins to a crispy brown while inside the white potato is tender and flakey. Fat yellow slabs of butter are slipped inside the hot potato skins. Steam rises from the slash in the potato. Green chives are cut and added to the top of the vegetable. Butter oozes from the sides of the potatoes.

I fill a salad bowl with dark emerald green spinach leaves. Green kale is added for texture. Red onion, hot and sweet, is chopped and added to the top of the salad. Pumpkin colored carrot sticks are added to the mixture. Ruby red tomatoes are sliced. The juice and seeds drip from my hands, as I add them to the bowl. A rich green cucumber is sliced and de-seeded. This I place on the top of the salad. Fragrant vinegar is added along with a few tablespoons of pale amber olive oil. I stir the salad to mix the vegetables, so that the flavors have time to mingle.

I retrieve a bottle of pale white Moscato wine from my refrigerator. I uncork the wine and smell the fruity aroma of this particular vintage. I let the wine sit and breathe for a bit. Then I slowly pour the wine into my glass and sip the crisp sweetness which is tart on my tongue. I inhale the fragrance and close my eyes, savoring the wine on my tongue.

The Dessert of the Gods are exquisite delicacies filled with the sweetness of sugar, honey, and just a touch of cinnamon. These succulent jewels drip with deep rich chocolate and caramel drizzle. Coconut shreds are sprinkled throughout the opulent dough creating a luscious gooey brownie.

15 minutes: 343 words (I am a slow writer… what do you do?)J

I would like to invite the following five bloggers to participate in this challenge: Melissa Barker-Simpson, Wendy Anne Darling, Mark Bialczak, Elisha Neubauer, and Terri Webster-Schrandt.

These are the rules:

1. Open an MS Word Document

2. Set a stopwatch or your mobile phone timer to 5, 10, or 15 minutes, whichever challenge you think you can beat.

3. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!!!

4. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you start writing do not stop.

5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (it’s only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules).

6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.

7. At the end of your post write down ‘No. of words = ____” so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.

8. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nomination (at least five (5) bloggers).

My new topic for you to write about is to:

“Describe your perfect fantasy world so that we all want to live there.”


Thanks for stopping by. I will see you again!

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