The Interview – Friday Fictioneers

I am a bit late to this week’s gathering of the Friday Fictioneers, a community of writers who contribute a 100-word story based on a photo prompt.

Thanks to our gracious host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and to Shaktiki Sharma for this week’s cool photo.

Ahem…I went over just a tad. I had a hard time ending it….

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

Sci-Fi (106 words)

The Interview

Addison fell into the hot seat.

Across from her, Gemma sat with her feet and knees touching. She held no resume. None was requested and Addison hadn’t sent one at such short notice.

Basking in a glow of stillness, Gemma resembled a touched photograph, except for her lashes which moved like the wings of a butterfly in slow-motion flight.

Addison formed words to questions she didn’t hear. Voices echoed. Something about data analysis.

“I studied philosophy,” Addison stated.

“How is it that you know you’re here, Addison?”

Addison jolted upright. “I don’t.” But then she knew that she did. Her insides hurt, raked and combed through.


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3 Days Quotation Challenge: Day 3


I’m back for my final quote for the 3 Days Quotation Challenge. Thanks again to Charles for nominating me. You can visit him over at his blog Charles French Words Reading and Writing.

Today’s quote comes from one of my favorite writers:

The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked… that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.

— Neil Gaiman

And that’s a wrap!

I am now to nominate three bloggers to continue the 3 Days Quotation Challenge. Remember, you can put them all in one post, if you decide. Of course, you can do anything you like. The quotations you choose can be about anything you like. 

The Rules:

1.) Either once a day for three days, post a quotation, or post all 3 quotations at one time. It is your choice.

2.) Nominate and notify three other bloggers of the challenge.

3.) Thank the blogger who nominated you.

The nominees are under no obligation to complete this challenge, but it would be fun if you do. I am nominating bloggers who I think would like this challenge.

My Nominees: 

1.) Stephen Liddell and his blog Stephen Liddell: Musings on a Mad World

2.) Tom Merriman and his blog Beyond the Sphere

3.) Barbara Vitelli and her blog Book Club Mom

If you do it, great! If not, please no worries.

Thanks so much. I hope you have enjoyed my quotes about writing.

Image source: Pixabay

3 Days Quotation Challenge: Day 2

I’m back with another quotation for the 3 Days Quotation Challenge. I was nominated by Charles French to take part. Be sure to visit his blog Charles French Words Reading and Writing.

I like this quote because I truly believe a good book will find its audience. With the focus on genre and knowing your audience, I’d like to think the real focus should be the writing and the story. Call me an idealist. This quote also speaks to sharing a story because you’re compelled to do so, for no other reason than you need to write it down. It has a kind of purity that speaks to me.

Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.

—Margaret Atwood

What about you? Do you care about your audience when you’re writing your story?

Image source: Pixabay

3 Days Quotation Challenge: Day 1


Greetings! I’ve been nominated by Charles French to participate in the Quotations Challenge in which one provides three quotations over the next three days or all in one post. I choose one quote for the next three days, mostly because I can’t choose them all at once.  Thank you, Charles, for nominating me. It’s an honor!

Be sure to visit Charles over at his lively blog Charles French Words Reading and Writing.

Probably most of the quotes I select will relate to writing in some way because I find them inspirational and never tire of reading them. Hopefully, I’ll come up with something you’ve never read before. If not, I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Today’s quote:

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

Elmore Leonard


It’s simple, isn’t it? But I think it says so much. It reminds me of the ballerina who floats across the stage. It doesn’t even look like she’s dancing and it’s so effortless, but THAT….that took lots of practice!

So, it is with writing. Writing that dances off the page is hard to accomplish. When writing tries too hard, there isn’t much joy in reading it. You know that feeling you have when you’re reading a book and you forget you’re reading. It’s that, too. It’s such a powerful thing.

Write to the Death – Friday Fictioneers

Samantha whistled at her feet. Boring.

Samantha’s warm visage emboldened her to take broad steps across the street like nobody’s business. Whatever does that mean?

Why Samantha? Sabrina? Sarina? Must it start with a “s”? How about Carina?

Carina traveled, strode…no, glided effortlessly…wandered?…no…sauntered…

Oh, look.  A bill I need to pay. Hey, there’s my lotion. (Lathers copious amounts on body).

Carina careened into a car… no, a bus!…her broad steps diverted, her short journey across the street made shortercurtailed…flattened, her warm visage decidedly blue.

Poor Carina. Already dead. My character didn’t even make it across the street.


Genre: Humor (100 words)

Copyright:  Jan Wayne Fields


I’ve attempted to create a piece that is awkward and forced, in which the writer is feeling a bit of a block. I guess Carina was simply not meant to be.

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Jan Wayne Fields for the photo. If you want to try this 100-word challenge, please join in!

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I am a Superwoman Aglow with Liebster Love and Epic Awesomeness

I’m feeling love vibrations in the air…

It must be the the Liebster love granted to me by the charming Kylie from The Life of Kylie, and from the exotic Whitney at Charms of a Gypsy. Thank you, ladies. I’m honored.

Also, I’ve been bestowed the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness, courtesy of David Stewart at The Green-Walled Tower. David and I go way back in blogging time; I would surmise from day two of blogging. David is masterful at telling wondrous stories often in the sci-fi and fantasy genre. Beware, he’s fond of the dark. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You must check him out. Thank you, David.

And guess what else? You guessed it…I am a Superwoman…

I got third place in the Superwomen Super Challenge! This was a six-week challenge I entered with the Superwomen Boot Camp I joined about eight weeks ago. I love this Boot Camp because it pushes me. We do workouts I would never attempt on my own.

The Super challenge revolved around exercise and following a healthy menu. I don’t like to use the word “diet.” Participants were awarded for two separate categories for loss in body fat and in weight.

With my third-place prize, I lost three pounds and gained $140! Okay, maybe this doesn’t seem like much. I can’t buy a new car, but extra money is a bonus. And three pounds seems trivial, but hey man, I just have more muscle now. Didn’t you know strong is the new sexy?

I thought I would impart some wisdom from my experience of the challenge. I mean I did win the 3rd prize and all. Maybe you’ll find this useful.

Things I Learned in the Challenge and Want to Keep Doing

Go for the protein in the morning: Having protein first thing in the morning can shape your whole day of eating. If you’re not much of an eater in the morning, try a protein shake. Other options include: Greek yogurt, raw nuts, eggs, or a little almond butter or peanut butter on your wheat toast.

Healthy snacking is a good thing: I discovered I loved the chips and crackers…but that much of it was emotional eating. If you can try to eat mostly healthy snacks like fresh fruit, veggies with Hummus, nuts, string cheese, cottage cheese, you won’t feel depleted by the time you have a meal. The key again is a little protein throughout the day.

Introducing the Green Smoothie: The recipe is basically one cup of water, banana, frozen fruit of your choice, and 1-2 cups of spinach (put in blender in that order). Blend.

My sister asked me if you really needed a blender for this. Well, if you can mash together spinach leaves and frozen fruit, have at it. Maybe you have some magical powers. Otherwise, yes, this does require a blender. I recommend frozen fruit for icy coolness. You can try strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mango, grapes, oranges, pears…whatever you fancy. You can also use kale instead of spinach. And if you don’t frozen fruit, of course, you can use ice in a pinch.

Here it is…Ta Da!

Try the smoothie for breakfast or as a snack.
Try the smoothie for breakfast or as a snack.

Side note: The Green Smoothie will vary in color depending on what type of fruit you use. The smoothie can appear green or brown….but just don’t look it at it. It’s actually really nutritious and delicious.

Exercise and healthy eating is a win-win: Exercising made me want to eat better.  It has a kind of domino effect. On the other hand, I think it’s more difficult to eat healthy if you’re not exercising. Eating the right foods helped me get through these workouts.

Here fishy, fishy: Try to eat fish such as salmon, high in Omega-3s, a couple of days of week. I always felt more energetic after eating fish. You can also get Omega-3s from flaxseed added to your Green Smoothie or from a supplement.

Treat yourself: Reward yourself for your healthy eating with a little treat. A piece of chocolate cake or an ice cream? Whatever it may be, enjoy it guilt-free.

And, finally…

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Never leave home without your water. You never know…the zombies could be around the corner….it might come in handy for survival.

I’ve felt like I’ve had a lot more energy! Maybe even if you just take one thing away from this, you will you too. Peace out.

Contract Services – Friday Fictioneers – 12/21/12

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, brought to you by our gracious host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Our photo was provided by Scott Vannatter. My 100 words comes to you as story. Happy Holidays!

Click here for more wonderful stories from the Fictioneers. As always, your participation is welcome. Why not give it a go?

Copyright-Scott L. Vannatter

As discussed, you will delight in my daily pampering. My requirements include unrestricted access to food, treats twice daily, tuna on demand, twenty-four access to the kitty highway, one furniture tree per room, a sunny spot in the study for my dose of vitamin D, a pristine liter box, coat brushing, doors open at all times, and kindly wear a smile. Attitude is paramount.

Must I spell out everything? An exposed tummy means you rub it. Do we need an addendum? As of two seconds ago, you’re on probation. I guarantee, the man in red will hear about this.