flowers-with-ice-janet-webb-2100-word Flash Fiction. #FridayFictioneers 

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

It was a dark and stormy night. No, really. It was a dark and stormy night. And freezing cold. Alice stared out the window at the driving sleet. The ceder branches bowed gallantly under the weight of the ice as if to mock her. She was nobody, a failure. She would never be a great author. All the tragedies of her life dragged at her soul, yet the page remained blank.

Another sip of wine. She straightened her shoulders and stubbornly typed what everyone told her not to write.

It was a dark and stormy night.

Well, dammit, it was!

FavoriteFridayFeedback2Favorite Friday Feedback (F3) from last week’s #FF story goes to everyone! Yes, it happened. I couldn’t choose just one favorite. Everyone’s comments shared the same theme last week, that books are indeed our friends. They help us through the good times and the bad. They make us cry; they make us laugh. They teach us lessons, or they simply provide escape when we need it. Where would we be without books? My sincere thanks to all my #FF friends who dropped in, read, liked, and commented.

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. —Charles W. Eliot

The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision. As long as we have books, we are not alone. —Laura Bush



21 thoughts on “#FF: Frozen memoir

  1. I like how you capture the quandary we authors face when choosing whether or not to break the rules. So often a strict adherence to them in a first draft simply stifles creativity. Your heroine and her editor can sort it out later–once she’s gotten that story on paper.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  2. Dear Caerlynn,

    Your story made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear and what a pretty purse. I loved how you perfectly distilled the challenge facing all writers at the outset of any piece of writing. How to begin? Your story was funny and true and I think it ought to be recognized for what it is, sheer, stubborn genius.



  3. I’m sure that ‘all the tragedies of her life that dragged at her soul’ will stand her in good stead for writing ideas once she’s through the block. I can identify with the tension between wanting to tell it like it is, and needing to transform that reality into good story material. Difficult task. Great story.

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