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Welcome back Alastair Forbes, and thank you to Joe Owens for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! This flash fiction challenge asks that the writer create a story that uses the subject of the photo prompt to create a story using about 200 words. Here is the photo and my story entitled “The Effigy.”

The Effigy - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Effigy – Photo by Alastair Forbes

“That tickles!” exclaimed Otis.

“Hold still,” replied Mortimer. “I have a few more strips to go.”

“My nose itches.”

“Hang on there, buddy. I am almost done.”

Sitting patiently he did his best not to move. “Are you done yet?” asked the impatient Otis.

“It is just about set, so hang on.”

The timer bell rang. Mortimer approached Otis. Grabbing the edges of the plaster cast, he gently pulled it off his friends face. This was just in time too because just then Otis sneezed!

“Did we do well?” he asked.

“Perfect!” said the smiling Mortimer. “We have one more step and then we are done for now.”

Grabbing a mixing bowl, he added alginate and a bit of water, and then stirred. When it was ready, he grabbed a tray and using a putty knife, he smeared the alginate into the arch.

“OK, now, open wide Otis.” He pushed up the arch onto his friend’s upper jaw. “Bite down.”

With the top jaw done, Mortimer set out to the bottom jaw. Soon they were finished.

Mortimer would soon become a premier sculptor. At his first showing, he received a number of accolades for his realistic dragon effigy named Otis.

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Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thank you Al for the amazing photo that inspired this story! And to you too dear reader for taking the time to stop by! Be well and have an splendid Sunday!

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Brie over at WordPress has chosen the topic “early bird” for this week’s photo challenge. She is asking for early morning photos. One of the things that I like about early morning photos is the intensity of the colors. Sunrises can be amazing with an array of color, and so can objects photographed in the morning light. So, now, let me take you on a trek through my early bird photos!

Here is one of the many spectacular sunrises that I get to enjoy in the mornings while having a cup of coffee…

It begins

It begins

On a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico, I watch from the deck as the sun lifts up on the horizon!

Sunrise over Mexico

Sunrise over Mexico

From the Sierra Foothills, down to Mexico, we now head out to the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is a sunrise over the San Mateo bridge!

Sunrise on the bay

Sunrise on the bay

Heading now to Alaska, here is an early morning photo of the majestic Mt. MkKinley, or Denali as the locals call it.

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

One last shot. This one is back at my house again. As the sun rises, clouds in the sky create shadows that offer up a very “God-Like” photo!

Casting shadows

Casting shadows

Well, that is it for my early morning shots! Thanks for coming along to see these amazing places, and remember, be well! ^..^

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Thursday is the day that I devote to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Writers are challenged to create a complete story using no more than 100 words that go along with the photo prompt provided. Here is the photo and my story, entitled “3-Alarm Fire on Elm Street.”

Fire! - Photo by Roger Bultot

Fire! – Photo by Roger Bultot

A three-alarm fire broke out at 656 Elm Avenue this morning. Fire fighters responded to the call. The fire began on the second floor in the back of the building. Residents of the multi-family home got out safely.

One resident said that he heard what sounded like an explosion, which woke him up. He smelled the smoke, and was able to get his elderly mother, the dog and the cat out before the floor became engulfed in flames.

In the meantime, a local beat cop cited the fire engine for illegally parking on the street during street sweeping hours.

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Thank you Rochelle for hosting this flash fiction challenge, and to you as well Roger for the photo that inspired my story!

To you, dear reader, thank you for taking the time to stop by today. I hope that you have a terrific Thursday! Be well… ^..^

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It is Monday which is the day that I devote to the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge. The rules for this challenge are to write a story that goes with the photo and that one uses the opening line provided. The word limit is between 100-150 not including the opening line, which is in bold italicized letters. Here is the photo and my story!

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“The neighbors were not happy about my choice of yard art, so much so that I actually received a complaint letter from the Homeowners Association.

The letter read, “It has come to our attention that you have recently installed extremely large art pieces in your yard. Our CC&R’s, if you read them, indicate that there is a height limitation of six feet on all garden art on properties within the association. We demand that you remove these pieces at once. Have a nice day…” The letter was signed by the Board President.

Frankly, their letter upset me! Honestly, I feel they are picking on me yet again. This is not the first time they have sent me a letter. I received another one when I put up the huge shed out back. I got yet another over the old rusty farm pieces.

What I don’t understand is why they never said a word to my neighbors about their six-foot phallus and testes!

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Mondays Finish the Story

I hope that you enjoyed my story! If you like to write, you can join in on this challenge by clicking HERE!

Thanks for taking the time to drop on by! I hope that you have a magnificent Monday and be well…. ^..^

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I knew that they were watching me. It was that gut feeling. You know the one that I mean. I always ask myself, “Self? Are you listening? Who wants to argue my gut?” Usually, that feeling is right. Something is not write.

It was no different today. Try as I might to reach Joe Owens, the now host, who seems to have disappeared, of Sunday Photo Fiction, my attempts failed. They were watching, and the proverbial “they” had blocked the photo for this week’s flash fiction challenge!

Not wanting to be thwarted from my weekly writing event, I contacted all the commenters of the challenge. I had to let them all know that they were not alone! I had to let them know that there was that secret government agency that had hijacked Joe!

I contacted Agent Al Forbes, of the A.W.O.L., Association of Writers Oversight League, because what else could I do? My Sunday was all out of whack! How can I write a story for a flash fiction challenge, when there is NO PHOTO? Arrgghhhhh….

Being sympathetic to my plight and that of many others, I decided that I would not stand for the Sunday Photo Fiction photo being censored!

To each and every one of you who write for this challenge: Let’s protest against the censorship that has taken our joy of Sunday away! Joe is missing in action, and even so, let us write about those who have censored the weekly photo by Hannah Duncan!

Be there, or be square, or, just write! Let nothing stand in the way of our enjoyment of writing for the Sunday Photo Fiction!

I have done my job…now you do yours!

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The ever lovely Krista over at WordPress has chosen the subject “afloat” for this week’s photo challenge. The word afloat is defined as: Floating in water, or not sinking. So the series of my photos in this week’s WP photo challenge post, will show you what floats my boat! Ready? :)

A lovely water lily…

Water lily

Water lily

The beautiful Canadian Geese…

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese

A large sailboat looks tiny as it floats on the waters in Emerald Bay…

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Sighting an iceberg and knowing that it will not be able to harm the ship that I am floating on…

Blue and floating

Blue and floating

The amazing color of crepe myrtle leaves floating in water…

Crepe Myrtle leaves floating in the bird bath

Crepe Myrtle leaves floating in the bird bath

A lovely water plant that floats on a lake nearby…

Floating islands

Floating islands

What floats your boat? I would love to hear what you have to say! Have one heck of an amazing weekend, and remember: Be well! ^..^

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Thursday is the day that I devote to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Writers are challenged to create a complete story using no more than 100 words that go along with the photo prompt provided. Here is the photo and my story, entitled “Hitched.”

Hitched - Photo by Jennifer Pendergast

Hitched – Photo by Jennifer Pendergast

Her mother pestered her for years calling her an old maid. Of the men she dated, the first question her mom asked was what kind of car they drove. Money, possessions and appearances meant everything to her Mom.

She said to her Mom, “Here are my options. Date a man who drives: A Porsche and lives in it; a Camry, lives in a lavish house, and is broke; a 1963 VW Bug, lives in a studio apartment, and is financially sound. You can’t judge a book by its cover Mom. When I get hitched Mom, it will be for love.”

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Thank you Rochelle for hosting this challenge! Thanks to you too dear readers for stopping by today! Be well…
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