Rodeo #4: TUFF Beans

Rodeo #4: TUFF Beans

With Pepe Le Gume on the prowl at Carrot Ranch, I might regret prompting anything with beans. But beans hold a special place in my heart. I grew up on pinto beans, cowboy beans. A special treat was refried beans. I never had navy bean soup or chili beans or baked...
Three-Act Story Challengers

Three-Act Story Challengers

A writer uses many craft elements to tell about something that happens to someone somewhere. When told in three acts, a story has a beginning, middle, and end (BME). Rodeo #3 is all about the mechanics behind storytelling in 99 words. The contest has now ended, but...
Bonus Rodeo: Old Time Radio Winners

Bonus Rodeo: Old Time Radio Winners

When I was a kid, riding in the rodeo and saddle horse show, our county had a unique event — wild cow milking. If you asked a cowboy if he’d rather ride a bull or milk a wild cow, he’d pick the bull any day. Thinking about these contests of skill, I...
Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #2

Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #2

Little and Laugh By Geoff Le Pard My father was a man of many aphorisms, epithets, old saws and clich├ęs. A know-all, really. But one quote he shared with us that not only stuck but resonated was from an American poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox Laugh and the world laughs...
Weekly Prompts Resume November 2

Weekly Prompts Resume November 2

The Flash Fiction Rodeo begins next week! When I was old enough to know the rodeo season, I’d start to get excited by the flurry of activity. Working buckaroos had to get their chores done, their best western shirts pressed, and their show tack ready. I learned...