#FF: Rock bottom

???????????????????????????????100-word Flash Fiction. #FridayFictioneers 

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


Daniel sat at the mouth of the river watching the tide push debris upstream. Pounding rain drenched him to the skin. Dull  gray clouds echoed his mood.

The crisscross of logs and branches reflected how his brain felt lately. A jumble of twisted thoughts. The plastic jugs and other bits of garbage were all the stray thoughts that popped up at the most inopportune moments and places.

Twelve years of agonizing loneliness thrust themselves upon him.

Indecision and torment washed over him like ocean waves.

If he could only muster the courage to cross the bridge.

It was now or never.

***


 

FavoriteFridayFeedback2Favorite Friday Feedback (F3) from last week’s #FF story goes to Doug at http://ironwoodwind.wordpress.com/. He said, “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.” I found the quote below and it’s true for writers as well as artists. Writers frequently get writer’s block, painters get painters’s block. The blank page is a blank canvas. The trick is to meet the challenge head on and move on. Work on more than one masterpiece at a time!

Art is challenging and frustrating but I don’t linger in it. I work on five paintings at a time so if I’m frustrated I put one down and begin another. —Robert Bateman

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22 thoughts on “#FF: Rock bottom”

  1. Dear Caerlynn,

    Using crossing the bridge as a metaphor for crises or turning points in life is a good move. Crossing the Rubicon did not enter the vernacular for no reason. Bridges speak to our subconscious and we answer as we may. Great story this week and a good quote after the conclusion. i often have several stories percolating so that there is never writer’s block…or at least never an excuse for it.

    Aloha,

    Doug

    P.S. I’m happy that you liked my comment on your previous story. Nice to be mentioned in that light.

    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle. Glad you stopped by for a read. It’s interesting how some photo just trigger something and others we struggle with. Thanks for keeping us on our toes each week.

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