Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for October 1st

 Two Shoes Tuesday is just a few days away!  There are TWO word prompts each week... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to use them both. You do not have to include the word in your post, but please use it as your theme.  You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like.

Since the intention is for this to be a CREATIVE WRITING effort, your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

I post an announcement with the writing prompts for the coming week on Saturday mornings, this gives you a little time to think about what you'd like to write and get it done! The upcoming prompt will also be posted on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab at the top of my blog for easy reference. 

The official Two Shoes Tuesday post with the link list will appear shortly after 12 AM Central Time on Tuesday mornings.  You are free to add your link anytime through the following Friday night, it does not have to be done on Tuesday.  I'm looking forward to reading what you share!

Your choice of word prompts for Tuesday, October 1st are: 
 peace or  play
I hope you'll join us!

Feline Friday - September 27th

I love this - pure feline energy and spirit!
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I'm linking up with Steve at Burnt Food Dude for Feline Friday

Close

Seventeen years ago they stood side by side, Roy and his mother, as they buried JW,  father and husband, at an age far too young.  Roy was an only child, and it had always been just the three of them, so very close. The loss hit him hard. This past Monday morning, Roy succumbed to cancer at the age of 53.  His beloved mother, devastated as she watched her son suffer, had been hospitalized for the past few days with congestive heart failure; and just eight hours before him, she slipped quietly into the spirit world.  I know she must have lingered there waiting for him, and they departed for heaven together.
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In memory of my dear friend Roy and his mother Jeanette.
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This post was written for Six Sentence Stories
where the prompt this week is close.
 

Six Sentence Stories #7 - Close

Welcome to Six Sentence Stories...  a place for storytellers who enjoy the challenge of keeping it short and sweet!

I've been talking with a friend about how much we enjoy writing flash fiction - micro-fiction - call it what you want... short stories that tell a tale in just a few sentences.  There are a few blog hops like this, but I want a place that includes a sense of community, interaction, and encouragement - where everyone will feel welcome to join in and develop their storytelling skills. I'm also wanting to get away from stories written for purely for shock effect or sexually explicit content.  That being said, I've created a weekly writing prompt that will motivate me to work on some flash fiction, and I'd be delighted to have you join me.  Even if you've never done it before, give it a try! :-)

Early each Thursday morning I'll put up a new Six Sentence Stories post with a theme for the week, and then you'll have a week to write a six sentence story to share.  The rules to this writing prompt are simple... 1) Your post must be in story form, either fiction or non-fiction.  2) It must relate to the theme, though you don't have to use the prompt word in your story.  3) It must be a new original piece, not something borrowed or from your archives.  4) It must be exactly six sentences long, using standard sentence structure. In other words, stringing one sentence on forever and ever is probably not in best form.  5) The link you add must go directly to your 6SS post.  6) Somewhere on your post you must provide a link to Six Sentence Stories.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your story will be fine.  Posts that fail to adhere to these rules will be deleted from the link list out of fairness to those that do.

If you like, you can also grab the Inlinkz code below and paste it to the bottom of the html for your post, which will add the list of links to your post. This helps to increase awareness of Six Sentence Stories, and makes it easy for you to check the other linked up posts!

If you're curious to know next week's prompt ahead of time, it will usually be posted on the 6SS tab at the top of my blog by Monday.

Please take time to visit as many of the other Six Sentence Stories participants as possible by the end of the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Our 6SS theme - for the Week of Sept. 26th - Oct. 2nd is: "close"

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Tears of Joy


I am late to the Two Shoes Tuesday party today, but it's not officially midnight yet, so I guess it still counts.  I have a great excuse though, you see I've been a bit distracted and have actually, for once, put the laptop away and just enjoyed the day... the last few days in fact, and more to come. 
 
We left home last Friday after work and headed down the highway, Nashville bound, with my daughter's sweet kitty Chloe riding with us, returning her to her mommy - my daughter.  We've been keeping her for the last three years for her, and finally she now has a home of her own and can have her beloved kitty again.  Chloe was a great rider, and it was a happy reunion, she has settled right in to her new surroundings and will love the big house to explore, being back with her two feline sisters, and a beautiful yard to play in.  We will miss her, but we were glad to return her to the mommy.
 
Spent Sunday evening with my son, last evening with my daughter, and the entire day and evening together with both of them.  We had an amazing time!  Tears of laughter, tears of joy, wonderful memories made together.  I am incredibly proud of my kids, and the amazing, caring adults they've grown  up to be.  I can't tell you how much good it did my heart to spend time together as a family!
 
I'll be around to read and comment on everyone's posts tomorrow as we head down the road for Missouri, I just wanted to check in and let you know where I am and why I am missing in action from my blog this week.  As I've said many times, life trumps blogging, and it should!  A tired, happy mommy headed to bed here, smiling, content,  heading to bed, my amazing husband by my side. I am blessed beyond words in ways beyond counting, and I am grateful, so very grateful for this time shared!
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This post was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt choices this week are distraction and tears...
Come and join us there!

Two Shoes Tuesday #46 - Distraction or Tears

Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word in your post, but please use it as your theme. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through Saturday night. 

If you like, grab the InLinkz code below and add it to the html at the bottom of your post to share the link list on your blog, and to make it easy for you to visit other participants. Also, please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

The September 24th writing prompts to choose from are Distraction and Tears.

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A Very Special Awww...Monday - Sept 23rd

 Five years ago today I married the man of my dreams!
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I'm linking up with Sandee's Awww...Mondays

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for September 24th

 Two Shoes Tuesday is just a few days away!  There are TWO word prompts each week... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to use them both. You do not have to include the word in your post, but please use it as your theme.  You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like.

Since the intention is for this to be a CREATIVE WRITING effort, your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

I post an announcement with the writing prompts for the coming week on Saturday mornings, this gives you a little time to think about what you'd like to write and get it done! The upcoming prompt will also be posted on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab at the top of my blog for easy reference. 

The official Two Shoes Tuesday post with the link list will appear shortly after 12 AM Central Time on Tuesday mornings.  You are free to add your link anytime through the following Friday night, it does not have to be done on Tuesday.  I'm looking forward to reading what you share!

Your choice of word prompts for Tuesday, September 24th are: 
 distraction or  tears
I hope you'll join us!

It Wasn't Easy

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Randall had come home to visit his granddad who had been moved to the nursing home after a tumble down the steps at the farm had left him with a broken hip. Randall stopped by the farm on his way into town, a place that held so many wonderful childhood memories of summers spent with his grandparents. Looking across the field he spotted the old cross he had helped his granddad erect using rough cut beams from the barn. When he'd asked why they were putting up a cross, his granddad had said, "Well you see, Randall, all the years your grandma and I spent raising kids and running this farm... it hasn't been easy, but God's always been there to see us through. I want to remind folks who drive by that God gave us the very best gift of all. This cross here, this is to show Him how much I love his Son."
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This post was written for Six Sentence Stories
where the prompt this week is rough...
Join us and give it a try!

Six Sentence Stories #6 - Rough

Welcome to Six Sentence Stories...  a place for storytellers who enjoy the challenge of keeping it short and sweet!

I've been talking with a friend about how much we enjoy writing flash fiction - micro-fiction - call it what you want... short stories that tell a tale in just a few sentences.  There are a few blog hops like this, but I want a place that includes a sense of community, interaction, and encouragement - where everyone will feel welcome to join in and develop their storytelling skills. I'm also wanting to get away from stories written for purely for shock effect or sexually explicit content.  That being said, I've created a weekly writing prompt that will motivate me to work on some flash fiction, and I'd be delighted to have you join me.  Even if you've never done it before, give it a try! :-)

Early each Thursday morning I'll put up a new Six Sentence Stories post with a theme for the week, and then you'll have a week to write a six sentence story to share.  The rules to this writing prompt are simple... 1) Your post must be in story form, either fiction or non-fiction.  2) It must relate to the theme, though you don't have to use the prompt word in your story.  3) It must be a new original piece, not something borrowed or from your archives.  4) It must be exactly six sentences long, using standard sentence structure. In other words, stringing one sentence on forever and ever is probably not in best form.  5) The link you add must go directly to your 6SS post.  6) Somewhere on your post you must provide a link to Six Sentence Stories.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your story will be fine.  Posts that fail to adhere to these rules will be deleted from the link list out of fairness to those that do.

If you like, you can also grab the Inlinkz code below and paste it to the bottom of the html for your post, which will add the list of links to your post. This helps to increase awareness of Six Sentence Stories, and makes it easy for you to check the other linked up posts!

If you're curious to know next week's prompt ahead of time, it will usually be posted on the 6SS tab at the top of my blog by Monday.

Please take time to visit as many of the other Six Sentence Stories participants as possible by the end of the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Our 6SS theme - for the Week of Sept. 19th - 25th is: "rough"

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Changing Ways

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Winona had spent most of her growing up years dreaming of getting away from the rez, from the poverty, from the drugs and alcohol, from the violence, and from and the despair. She'd watched friends and family members succumb to all of them, she'd attended the funerals of two classmates who committed suicide. She didn't want to follow that path, she wanted something different for her life, something more. So Winona studied hard, got good grades, and graduated at the top of her class. She applied to major universities across the country rather than the small college an hour down the road where many of her classmates were headed, the ones who hadn't already dropped out of school.

Winona was thrilled to be one of three in her class who were chosen as Gates Millennium Scholars, which came with a full-ride scholarship to the school of her choice.  She was accepted to the prestigious Harvard School of Medicine, and her excitement grew as the summer following graduation passed and she prepared to head East.  What was it going to  be like she wondered, to begin a brand new chapter of her life in a place far from home, far away from everything she wanted to leave behind.

Winona arrived in Boston, her worldly possessions filling only three suitcases, and was met by a representative from student affairs who guided her to the shuttle that would take them to her new home in an old building with more floors than Winona had ever seen before. As they drove through the streets of Boston Winona was amazed and a little overwhelmed at the great expanse of buildings,  the busy traffic, and the crowded sidewalks. She quickly realized how sheltered her life had been on the small reservation in South Dakota.  She had only once been as far as Denver, and then only for a weekend in the company of her classmates on their senior trip. How was she going to find her way, make her home in this strange place where the locals talked with an accent she'd never heard before?

Winona settled into dorm room, went to the cafeteria with a few other Freshman from her floor, and visited a little.  It seemed that all of them were familiar with big city ways, and she felt that she stuck out like a sore thumb. She might as well have been wearing her braids and beaded regalia, they way they looked at her with a mixture of amusement and dismay.  Suddenly the girl who wanted to trade her rez life for the big world outside its confines felt very small and very much alone. She went to bed early that night and soon her pillow was damp with tears.  She hadn't even been there for twenty-four hours and already she was desperately homesick and wanted to go home; she wanted to run out the door and hop on the first bus headed west. How was she ever going to handle this, she wondered.

As Winona slept, her Grandmother came to her in a dream, "Takoja (granddaughter)" the old woman said, "I have watched you grow from the time you left the stars to walk upon the earth.  I have listened to your heart and know that you long to have a life that is peaceful and good.  But you have forgotten that you cannot separate your path from what you are, you will always be Lakota.   Fortitude, courage, integrity, honesty, humility, and generosity - these are the virtues that have been passed down from your grandfathers and your grandmothers. You have the courage and the strength within you to find your own way to walk the "red road" (the sacred path), even here in this place so different from all that you have known.  But you must also remember that it is not our way to think only of ourselves and what we can obtain for our lives; you will always be a part of your tiospaye (clan), and you must seek to use what you learn here to better not only your life but the lives of those at home."  This being said, Winona's grandmother bent down and gently caressed the head of Winona as she lay sleeping, and whispered a prayer  in Lakota, words familiar to her granddaughter's heart.

When Winona awoke the next morning, she remembered her Grandmother's visit as clearly as if it had happened in the light of day. She had never met her grandmother in her lifetime, the old woman had passed over to the spirit world years before her birth, and yet in her heart she knew her and knew the words that she had spoken were true.  Winona got up to begin the day with a new sense of purpose and determination.  Yes, she would be courageous, she would complete her studies here at Harvard, and she knew just what she was going to do after that. Rather than becoming a doctor with a fancy practice in the big city as she had originally planned, she would one day return to the reservation, to the people that she loved, to start a clinic there for the children, and the mothers, and the grandmothers like her own.  She knew that in seeking to help her people, she would have the best life of all. We cannot run from who we are, we can only seek to bring positive changes to our lives and the lives of others.
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This post was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt choices this week are change and season...
Come and join us there!

Two Shoes Tuesday #45 - Change or Season

Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word in your post, but please use it as your theme. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through Saturday night. 

If you like, grab the InLinkz code below and add it to the html at the bottom of your post to share the link list on your blog, and to make it easy for you to visit other participants. Also, please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

The September 17th writing prompts to choose from are Change and Season.

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Awww...Mondays - September 16th

This one is for my grandmother
who used to hand feed peanuts to the squirrel on her front step,
and for my daughter who lovingly feeds the squirrels in her yard every day.
 
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I'm linking up with Sandee's Awww...Mondays

Thankful Thoughts - September 14th


I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for today..."
 
1)  I'm thankful that I am a morning person. Although I rise to the alarm clock less willingly these days, once I'm up and going, I am happy and my mind is re-energized, ready for whatever comes. I do not understand people who wake up grumpy, and stumble through the morning glowering as if they are mad at the whole world. For me, every day is a fresh start, a new page to write on. Whatever happened yesterday is in the past and I begin again.  I am crazy hopeful that way! :-)
 
2) I am thankful that my coworkers and I volunteered to work last Saturday from 9-1, so that we could do a bit of catching up on the backlog of paperwork without the constant interruption of ringing phones and people showing up for appointments.  I am thankful that my supervisor approved it, even coming in himself as a show of support and ordering us pizza for lunch. It is amazing how much can be accomplished when there is no distraction. While it is not my favorite way to spend a Saturday, and it meant I wouldn't have time for a TTOT post, it was good to know that Monday morning was going to feel a lot more doable because we were on top of the game. So often when we give a little extra of ourselves we end  up with blessings in return.
 
3) I am thankful that the surgeon who will removing my gallbladder is friendly and well-respected,  and will most certainly get the job done right this time! He surmises that my appendix was removed last time based on the location of the scar. I am thankful that he feels it's safe to wait until I return from vacation, since I've managed to live with it for this long.  I didn't want to take any chances with infection or such, and then miss our long-planned vacation to see our kids! Out-patient surgery is now scheduled for Friday, October 4th and I will be even more thankful when it is over and done! 
 
4) I am thankful that Chloe, our "grandcat" that we've been keeping for my daughter for the last three years, will be going home to her mama next week, as she joins us on our road trip to Nashville.  My daughter finally has a home of her own again, a big house with a back yard full of green grass and trees, and Chloe will be so happy to roam freely through that cat door again with her two sisters that we hope she will remember.  We love her dearly and will miss her, but her mama has missed her all along, and I remember well what it was like when Stormy was finally returned to me, it was like life coming full circle.  I am grateful that God made it possible for us to care for Chloe in the interim.
 
5) I was very thankful to discover after a trip to the vet this morning that Chloe already has a microchip which was likely implanted by the shelter in San Antonio where my daughter originally adopted her. This saved us the expense of having one put in, and gives Chloe "magic" access to the cat door at my daughter's house which is programmed so that not all critters can follow them in. It also means that if she is ever lost and someone finds her, she can be traced back to my daughter.
 
6) I am thankful for one of the basic blessings so many of us take for granted every day... food, good food and plenty of it, as much as I want or need. When was the last time you went to bed hungry, or looked into a child's eyes and knew they needed more?  Take a moment to think of how many are living homeless or in third-world conditions and don't have the luxury of a debit card and a grocery store. We are truly blessed by the bounty in our lives, let's never forget that, or forget to share!
 
7) I am thankful for privacy, how I love it!  I am thankful for having time and a peaceful  place to collect my thoughts and write. Every time I sit down  to blog or email, I think about how blessed I am to be able to do this, to have the ability to string words together, and to share them all across the world!
 
8) I am thankful for the ever-growing response to Two Shoes Tuesday, my weekly creative writing prompt. It is truly fun to see how different people can take the same word or theme and use it in their own way to write something wonderful.  I urge you to put your thinking cap on and come join us!
 
9) I am most thankful of all this week that a family member who lost her way and drifted into a lifestyle that was unhealthy, unholy, abusive and dangerous finally came home.  She'd been living in very bad relationship for over two years, and the situation was escalating.  Things finally reached a  point of do or die, and she at last realized that it wasn't the life she wanted. Although it will take time for her to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually, she is incredibly blessed to have made home alive; it could have ended far more tragically. We are grateful to God, thankful beyond words. 
 
10) The above situation has weighed heavily on my heart because her story is not that different from my own. What I have learned through my own experiences is that the wrong choices can bring us to the right places. Sometimes we are so willful or so lost and confused, that we make all the wrong choices for our lives and can find ourselves in some very dark places. Sometimes we have to be broken down in order to be made whole again. I am thankful that God helped me find my way out of the nightmare that was my life up until six years ago, and led me to the life and love I have now.  I am eternally grateful.  I am a poster child for God's unfailing love!
 
Have a wonderful week coming up, my friends, don't forget to count your blessings, and don't forget to share them with others! Your small gesture of kindness and caring can make all the difference.  Who will be thankful to have you in their life today?
 
 
~Share your blessings with us at Ten Things of Thankful~
 
If you enjoy writing... join us at Two Shoes Tuesday and Six Sentence Stories this week!

Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Sept. 17th

 Two Shoes Tuesday is just a few days away!  There are TWO word prompts each week... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to use them both. You do not have to include the word in your post, but please use it as your theme.  You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like.

Since the intention is for this to be a CREATIVE WRITING effort, your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

I post an announcement with the writing prompts for the coming week on Saturday mornings, this gives you a little time to think about what you'd like to write and get it done! The upcoming prompt will also be posted on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab at the top of my blog for easy reference. 

The official Two Shoes Tuesday post with the link list will appear shortly after 12 AM Central Time on Tuesday mornings.  You are free to add your link anytime through the following Friday night, it does not have to be done on Tuesday.  I'm looking forward to reading what you share!

Your choice of word prompts for Tuesday, September 17th are: 
 change or  season
I hope you'll join us!

Feline Friday - Sept. 13th

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Lucky Kitty... I wish my boss would send me home!
 
~For me, both black cats and the number 13 have always been lucky~ 

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I'm linking up with Steve at Burnt Food Dude for Feline Friday

The Escape Key

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Santos sat at her desk at the call center, feeling like the walls of her tiny cubicle were closing in. She'd been dealing with customer complaints eight hours a day for the last five years, and she was way beyond weary of it. Once again her impossible-to-please supervisor stood behind her glowering, waiting for her to slip up or fail to satisfy an unhappy customer, so that he could berate her and tell her what a lousy customer service rep she was.
 
The next caller was a woman who was angry because the Super Power Energy Drink she had purchased from their website had failed to provide enough energy for her to win a 20-hour dance marathon. Something inside of Santos snapped; she told the customer to "get over it" and yanked off the headset of her phone. Extending her index finger over the keyboard, she made a silent wish and pressed down firmly on the escape key, and in a whoosh of air she found herself sitting on the beach of a beautiful tropical island with an ice-cold umbrella drink in her hand.
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This post was written for Six Sentence Stories
where the prompt this week is key...
Join us and give it a try!

Six Sentence Stories #5 - Key

Welcome to Six Sentence Stories...  a place for storytellers who enjoy the challenge of keeping it short and sweet!

I've been talking with a friend about how much we enjoy writing flash fiction - micro-fiction - call it what you want... short stories that tell a tale in just a few sentences.  There are a few blog hops like this, but I want a place that includes a sense of community, interaction, and encouragement - where everyone will feel welcome to join in and develop their storytelling skills. I'm also wanting to get away from stories written for purely for shock effect or sexually explicit content.  That being said, I've created a weekly writing prompt that will motivate me to work on some flash fiction, and I'd be delighted to have you join me.  Even if you've never done it before, give it a try! :-)

Early each Thursday morning I'll put up a new Six Sentence Stories post with a theme for the week, and then you'll have a week to write a six sentence story to share.  The rules to this writing prompt are simple... 1) Your post must be in story form, either fiction or non-fiction.  2) It must relate to the theme, though you don't have to use the prompt word in your story.  3) It must be a new original piece, not something borrowed or from your archives.  4) It must be exactly six sentences long, using standard sentence structure. In other words, stringing one sentence on forever and ever is probably not in best form.  5) The link you add must go directly to your 6SS post.  6) Somewhere on your post you must provide a link to Six Sentence Stories.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your story will be fine.  Posts that fail to adhere to these rules will be deleted from the link list out of fairness to those that do.

If you like, you can also grab the Inlinkz code below and paste it to the bottom of the html for your post, which will add the list of links to your post. This helps to increase awareness of Six Sentence Stories, and makes it easy for you to check the other linked up posts!

If you're curious to know next week's prompt ahead of time, it will usually be posted on the 6SS tab at the top of my blog by Monday.

Please take time to visit as many of the other Six Sentence Stories participants as possible by the end of the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Our 6SS theme - for the Week of Sept. 12th - 18th is: "key"

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Whiteout

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Jed stood staring out the window of the small cabin he shared with his wife Ida at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado.  He wrung his hands in despair, knowing that the blizzard outside was nearing whiteout conditions and there was no way the doctor was going to make it on time, even if he was brave enough, or maybe foolhardy enough, to attempt travel in such dangerous weather. 
 
Jed knew without a doubt that his old pickup truck with worn tires and a barely working heater was no match for roads in this condition, and to try to get Ida to the hospital in town while she was in labor would be foolhardy indeed. He couldn't risk her life or the life of their child. So, praying with all his might, Jed rolled up his sleeves, and did what he could to comfort Ida and assist her in bringing their baby into the world. 
 
By evening the snow was deep and still falling as baby Michael arrived safely his father's outstretched hands, squalling as loudly as the wind outside. Just then the muffled sound of a snowplow could be heard rumbling it's way up their narrow road, followed by a  knock at the door, and the very welcome face of  Dr. Brown. 
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This post was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt choices this week are white and lies...
Come and join us there!

Two Shoes Tuesday #44 - White or Lies

Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word in your post, but please use it as your theme. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through Saturday night. 

If you like, grab the InLinkz code below and add it to the html at the bottom of your post to share the link list on your blog, and to make it easy for you to visit other participants. Also, please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

The September 10th writing prompts to choose from are White and Lies

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Two Shoes Tuesday Prompts for Sept. 10th

 Two Shoes Tuesday is just a few days away!  There are TWO word prompts each week... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to use them both. You do not have to include the word in your post, but please use it as your theme.  You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like.

Since the intention is for this to be a CREATIVE WRITING effort, your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

I post an announcement with the writing prompts for the coming week on Saturday mornings, this gives you a little time to think about what you'd like to write and get it done! The upcoming prompt will also be posted on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab at the top of my blog for easy reference. 

The official Two Shoes Tuesday post with the link list will appear shortly after 12 AM Central Time on Tuesday mornings.  You are free to add your link anytime through the following Friday night, it does not have to be done on Tuesday.  I'm looking forward to reading what you share!

Your choice of word prompts for Tuesday, September 10th are: 
 white or  lies
I hope you'll join us!

Feline Friday - Sept. 6th

What a lucky little one to have a friend like this!
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I'm linking up with Steve at Burnt Food Dude for Feline Friday

Power Squared

Cedric was in his element as he stood on stage before the spellbound audience bending spoons and levitating chairs.  He had practiced the art of telekinesis for many years, and his ability to move and reshape objects at his will was known far and wide. 
 
Still, there were always doubters,  and this particular night was no different. An obviously inebriated heckler in the back kept tossing out insults and jeers.
 
"You, sir, come up here!" Cedric commanded, pointing directly at the offending audience member. As the heckler attempted a hasty retreat toward the exit, he suddenly found himself raised off his feet and sent flying out the door as if an invisible hand had flung him by the seat of his pants.
 
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This post was written for Six Sentence Stories
where the prompt this week is power...
Join us and give it a try!

Six Sentence Stories #4 - Power

Welcome to Six Sentence Stories...  a place for storytellers who enjoy the challenge of keeping it short and sweet!

I've been talking with a friend about how much we enjoy writing flash fiction - micro-fiction - call it what you want... short stories that tell a tale in just a few sentences.  There are a few blog hops like this, but I want a place that includes a sense of community, interaction, and encouragement - where everyone will feel welcome to join in and develop their storytelling skills. I'm also wanting to get away from stories written for purely for shock effect or sexually explicit content.  That being said, I've created a weekly writing prompt that will motivate me to work on some flash fiction, and I'd be delighted to have you join me.  Even if you've never done it before, give it a try! :-)

Early each Thursday morning I'll put up a new Six Sentence Stories post with a theme for the week, and then you'll have a week to write a six sentence story to share.  The rules to this writing prompt are simple... 1) Your post must be in story form, either fiction or non-fiction.  2) It must relate to the theme, though you don't have to use the prompt word in your story.  3) It must be a new original piece, not something borrowed or from your archives.  4) It must be exactly six sentences long, using standard sentence structure. In other words, stringing one sentence on forever and ever is probably not in best form.  5) The link you add must go directly to your 6SS post.  6) Somewhere on your post you must provide a link to Six Sentence Stories.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your story will be fine.  Posts that fail to adhere to these rules will be deleted from the link list out of fairness to those that do.

If you like, you can also grab the Inlinkz code below and paste it to the bottom of the html for your post, which will add the list of links to your post. This helps to increase awareness of Six Sentence Stories, and makes it easy for you to check the other linked up posts!

If you're curious to know next week's prompt ahead of time, it will usually be posted on the 6SS tab at the top of my blog by Monday.

Please take time to visit as many of the other Six Sentence Stories participants as possible by the end of the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Our 6SS theme - for the Week of Sept. 5th - 11th is: "power"
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A Side Note About This Sketch - Updated

For my previous post "Wild Child" I used the above piece of artwork as an illustration.  I wanted to tell you a little bit more about this sketch. It is named "Trust" and was done by Don LaForte, a Canadian artist who is no longer living. 

In the early 1970's I was married and attending college in a small city in the Midwest. I was also pregnant with  my daughter.  At the edge of town there was a sporting goods store similar to Cabela's, and one day while we were shopping there I  found the above poster, costing around twenty dollars.  I fell instantly in love with it.  I saw in this wild little girl a reflection of the inner spirit that I hid so well to the world, and I was certain that she was holding tightly to the hand of God.  I bought the poster, had it matted and framed and hung it on my wall.

Fast forward two years, my then husband decided to disenroll from divinity school in Denver mid-term, and join the Army. He did this without discussing it, and informed me after he had enlisted. In short order he went off to basic training and my daughter and I returned to South Dakota to stay with my parents until he completed training and received a permanent assignment.  We joined him for AIT in Indianapolis for a few months during winter, and then he was sent to Germany, once again leaving us behind to wait. 

In the Spring he was able to secure housing for us, an apartment in a small town about twenty minutes from the American/German military post in Ulm.  Once orders for us to join him were processed, the Army contracted with movers to come and pack and crate our household belongings for shipment overseas.  Precious items included among our things were a rocking chair that had been handmade for our daughter, and the above poster in it's frame.  We knew that we would be there for two years, so of course we wanted our personal items with us, we had no thought that they might be lost.

However, something went wrong with the shipment, and it was lost before it ever reached us.  After making do with loaner items, borrowed furniture, etc., we were told to file a claim for the lost goods. We were reimbursed pennies to the dollar and were only able to purchase necessities, like kitchen ware, and a few furnishings.  I mourned the loss of the more precious items.

Several months after that, the shipment was finally located in a military warehouse in Frankfort, and we were told that we could buy it back, since they had already compensated us for it's loss, but... and this is the big BUT... they would only sell us the entire lot, and would not allow us to buy individual pieces from the shipment.  WTH?  Needless to say, we were living on a PFC's salary, and had no reserve funds to buy it all back, so our things were eventually auctioned off somewhere, and we never saw them again.  For most of it, my thought was "it's just stuff, it's replaceable", but there was no way to replace the little rocking chair with my daughter's name on it, nor the sketch that was no longer available for sale.  (This was long before the days of Amazon and eBay, no way to track another down.) 

Since then, I have searched for another copy of the sketch many times, to no avail.  Then, this weekend, as I prepared to write the "Wild Child" story, it came quickly to mind as the perfect illustration for this story, surely this little girl would represent Zina well.  Searching Google Images for "Don LaForte artist" lo and behold, up came this image that was posted in Collectors Weekly about a year ago. I was both stunned and delighted.  It was the first time I had seen the print since I lost my copy thirty five years ago! I cried.  I am so in love with this little girl, she captured my spirit way back then, and she holds it now.

I am going to try to find a way to contact to the person who bought this print to see if there is any possibility that she might consider selling it.  Please keep your fingers crossed for me, that maybe, just maybe, she will!

UPDATE:  I received an email from Collectors Weekly informing me that they are unable to forward my message to the collector that owns this print, citing their confidentiality guidelines.  They also deleted my comment on her post in which I requested that she contact me.  Another dead end. :-(

Wild Child

Trust by Don LaForte
Zina was a wild child, called that even by her grandfather in his native tongue. It was not that she misbehaved or was ill-mannered, but rather that she was not confined by traditional ways of doing things or conventional thought.
 
From the time she first learned to speak Zina often said things that would astound her parents and the elders, displaying a wisdom that seemed far deeper than their own.  It was not unusual to find her sitting off somewhere by herself talking to something or someone that no one else could see.
 
"Who were you speaking to?" Asked her mother.  "Grandfather Wind" she would answer as the breeze rustled leaves in the tree above her, or "Brother Deer" as a young fawn stood in the clearing not far away, looking straight in her direction.  It was widely accepted that she was a sacred child and had a language of her own.
 
One night her father awoke in the shining moonlight to find his young daughter missing from her pallet next to theirs on the hard packed earth.  Moving quietly out of the lodge so as not to wake his sleeping wife and cause her worry, he quickly scanned the surrounding area and saw Zina standing on a small knoll a short distance from the camp.  A pack of coyotes were gathered in a circle around her, sitting on their haunches, making not a single sound. 
 
As he crept closer he could hear Zina singing a hauntingly beautiful song, a chant in words that were unknown to him; and yet, like the coyotes, he was mesmerized by the sound.  He sat down beneath a tree to observe her. When Zina finished she knelt down in the soft grass, tipped her head back, and raised her voice in a howl that sounded exactly like those circled around her. Then she laid down in the soft grass and curled up on her side. Silently the coyotes moved in closer, turning outward to protect her as she drifted off to sleep.
 
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This post was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt choices this week are creature and wild...
Come and join us there!

Two Shoes Tuesday #43 - Creature or Wild

Welcome to Two Shoes Tuesday...  a place for those who love to write!

There are two word prompts to choose from... you can use whichever one inspires you. You are not required to include them both. You do not have to include the prompt word in your post, but please use it as your theme. You are welcome to write a post for each prompt word, if you like. Posts unrelated to either word prompt will be deleted from the link list.

Your contribution must be in the form of an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or non-fiction), and it must be a new piece - not something drawn from your other writings or archives.

Your link must go directly to your post for Two Shoes Tuesday, and somewhere in the post you must provide a link to Two Shoes Tuesday.  It doesn't need to be big or fancy, just a text or logo link at the end of your post will be fine. You can add a link anytime through Saturday night. 

If you like, grab the InLinkz code below and add it to the html at the bottom of your post to share the link list on your blog, and to make it easy for you to visit other participants. Also, please take some time to visit as many of the other TST participants as possible during the week, we all love feedback on our efforts!  Feel free to email me at jts.2000@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

The September 3rd writing prompts to choose from are Creature and Wild
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Awww...Mondays - Sept. 2nd

A ticklish situation... a guaranteed smile!
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I'm linking up with Sandee's Awww...Mondays