June 22: Flash Fiction Challenge

June 22: Flash Fiction Challenge

Sixty miles an hour, windows rolled down, paved highway humming to the spin of tires, and I’m daydreaming about prairie flowers. My hand rests on the steering wheel while I follow the truck and trailer in front of me. This must have been the view of pioneer...
May 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

May 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

White clouds scud across the blue skies of Kansas. An ocean of green grass spreads out below and I can imagine how the pioneer wagons with white tarps once mirrored the procession of cumulus clouds. In a modern car the going is smooth, but in a wagon the path was not...
February 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

February 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

In my mind, my Aunt Mary McCanles is as stoic as the women painted in pioneer portraits. Grim smile, bun puled taut, knuckles gnarled from the hard work of homesteading folded passively on her lap as she sits in her rocking chair for the camera. The romantic notion...
March 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

March 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

Walking across the Higgins Street bridge, I see a gathering of human crows in hooded dry-suits lined up along a small strip of rocks and willows.  In Missoula, Montana where the Clark Fork River runs through it, the group looks like Navy Seals on a mission. These are...
March 16: Flash Fiction Challenge

March 16: Flash Fiction Challenge

Today is a cake kind of day. Go on, grab a fork and savor a bite. Settle in for a story. Carrot Ranch is imaginary. It’s a place where literary writers gather. Like rainbow cake, we are many colors and layers. Some write novels; some short stories. Some write...
March 9: Flash Fiction Challenge

March 9: Flash Fiction Challenge

It’s dark and the dogs have to pee. With one arm wrapped around the porch post, I lean toward the dark lawn to let Grenny reach as far as he can to pee on leash. No way will I let him cavort in the darkness. He’ll bring back a monster I can’t see....
March 2: Flash Fiction Challenge

March 2: Flash Fiction Challenge

Mr. P would ask, “Have you read the Iliad?” I’d shake my head no. If I had my way, I’d have stayed lost in the Little Woods or the Prairie. Eventually I found my way from¬† Laura Ingalls to the diary of a girl who died among the Donner Party....
October 21: Flash Fiction Challenge

October 21: Flash Fiction Challenge

Some spouses want to look at mattresses. Space age foam, coils and springs, firm tops, pillow tops. Mattress makers have even cleverly devised ways to please more than one mattress occupant with dual sleep number settings. Finding a resting spot is vital. But my...
October 7: Flash Fiction Challenge

October 7: Flash Fiction Challenge

The way he bounds across the fading green grass of my lawn says he’s still a puppy. Yet, he’s well over 100 pounds with long white fur wet with morning frost. His tri-colored face looks like that of a St. Bernard. I just caught him and a chunky Dobernam...
Flash Fiction: September 30

Flash Fiction: September 30

The Wolf Ranch is getting a pig delivered tonight. While it might not seem like a significant event, dinner hinges upon it. Through a series of fortunate circumstances, the Hub and I drove 16 hours from northern Idaho to northern Nevada to pick up a truck and attend...
Coffee for WriMos: Day 20

Coffee for WriMos: Day 20

Relax. Breathe. You’ve got this! I don’t know about you, but I need a massage. I type one-handed so my right shoulder is starting to burn with marathon writing sprees. I’ve surpassed 33,000 words so I feel like I deserve something relaxing. Without...