three_chairs100-word Flash Fiction. #FridayFictioneers 

A story inspired by this photo provided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Note: Yes, I noticed the reflection of the photographer in the window and that sparked my first sentence. The remainder flowed from there. Enjoy!

“No matter where I go in this city, someone is lurking behind a bush trying to take my picture. Fame sure isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I wish I’d never written that book.”

“You turned the whole world on it’s ear. You made them sit up and listen.”

“Sure, but Paparazzi? Media mockery? Fans? That’s not what I wanted.”

“But you made them open their minds, think logically and freely.”

“Job done. God or no God, I’m moving back to the mountains where I can hear the universe speak to me, and I can paint and photograph nature.”



Favorite Friday Feedback (F3) from last week’s #FF story goes to Patrick at He said “Good luck to her. The past is past, the future her oyster. Great show, not tell.” The last words “Great show, not tell” really meant a lot to me. It’s something I struggle with in my writing. I think my background as a technical writer/editor may have stolen some of the playfulness, imagination, and colorful language from my writing. I work constantly to restore it.

The imagination is a powerful tool. An artist [or writer] can use it to show others the world as he sees it and to bring others into his dream of what the world could be. —David R. Becker


12 thoughts on “Free the spirit

    1. I’m with you. Not the life I’d want. Publish a book? Sure! Make a few bucks? Yep! Be famous? Nope! 🙂 I’ll take the quiet solitude of my “lake life” any day.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      1. Ditto on all that. I don’t live on a lake, I live in the trees. My writing space is three stories off the ground so I feel as if I’m in a tree house. Ah, peace and quiet.

  1. Great take. You know I didn’t see the reflection in the window. Maybe my computer screen is dirty. Fame is not all is cracked up to be. I’d want to flee to the mountains, too.

  2. Your concerns about not having playfulness or imagination in your writing are certainly not borne out in this piece. I think the universe must be speaking to you.

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