Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Week of 11-08 through 11-14-2016

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Iain Kelly. Thank you Iain!


Another Day

The moment was extremely tense.

Hours and hours of practice became my weekly schedule.  After all, the tournament was the most popular event of the year.  It would last for several days.

However, the moment had come for me to prove how great a player I had become, yet, I could not do my best that day, even though I knew many people were counting on me.

Then, just as I was about to make another  move, a beautiful white dove flew over the board and snatched up the timer.

People were running in all directions with  hopes of catching the bird and it’s treasured timer.

I laughed in relief, and knew I had been given another day to prove myself.

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved



Every Wednesday all across the internet bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it. Here is mine.

Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved




DAY # 14 …If you could go anywhere in the world.

I would go to Tokyo, Japan with my husband to visit our son who recently moved there.  The hope, is to go within the next three years.

cherry-blossom-1318258__180                         Japan, garden, bridge

I want to take the Bullet Train to see Mt.  Fuji and Lake Ashi.

mt-fuji-732547__180  Mt. Fuji

I would go to the Ginza Shopping District, the Meiji Shrine, Asakura Temple and take the Tokyo Bay Cruise.

Other interest are Nikko National Park, Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum, and go on the Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour.

rickshaws in Toyko, Japan

Of course, during these outings, experience the culture and food.

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thisegg bowl of rice japanese food japanese sponge cake

….but, not this….squid-262755__180   sushi

 I do not care to have my food “eyeballing” me! 

I plan to take numerous photos and it would be great to take the Photo Tour of Architecture and Streets.

JAPAN artichitecture in Japan tokyo streets

tokyo-290980__180   zen meditation

The one thing that does not interest me is the Tour of Sumo Morning Practice.    sumo



DAY #13 ….Water, Water, Everywhere!

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.”
Kahlil Gibran



DAY #12 ….a favorite childhood  toy.

My favorite was a Tiny Tears doll.

I can recall watching my friend sitting on a glider each day while she used a little comb to comb her Tiny Tears doll’s hair, curl by curl.

I had asked for a Tiny Tears doll for Christmas and I received my wish after much pleading.  However, I did not know they not only came with curly hair,  but some had painted hair.

Much to my disappointment, I received the kind with painted hair.  My only consolation was the doll had beautiful blue eyes which blinked, drank a bottle and wet.

Now, sixty-five years later, I still have my Tiny Tears doll.  She has aged. The pipe to her mouth has come unglued so she can no longer drink a bottle and wet, and her eyes still blink, however, they are no longer a beautiful blue.

Her other ailment is her arms and legs that have dried out and cracked.  She is also missing a forefinger.

I played nurse and put tape on her arms and legs, then dressed her in a new outfit.

doll 2                                doll                       Tiny Tears doll



DAY# 11…Worst Food Ever







AND…the worst of the worst is—


    puppet-1229896__180      …’s so bad I couldn’t even find a photo of it!

All photos are courtesy of Pixabay.                        



Day #10…..Cityscape

Photo is courtesy of Pixaby




Toyko Skyline

Our son  recently moved to Japan, about an hour from Tokyo. He will be living there between three and five years and we would love to visit during this time.

He was stationed there for three years when he was in the army (we never were able to visit during that time)  and he loved it, made a lot of friends, and thought seriously about living there when he got out of the army.  Now, many, many years later he is once again living there, but working as a civilian in a civil service job. He is also working on the same military base  with a few of the people he use to work with.

You never know where the journey your life will take you.


The 30 Day Art Challenge

Photos courtesy of Pixabay

Day #7 ….What is your superpower?



My superpower is organization.  When things in my life are organized I feel like I have more space and control.

Bad habits are hard to break and it takes the desire and determination to break a bad one.  stick-309861__180

It takes a week to start a habit….so Let It Be A Good One!

Make any necessary changes that will benefit your schedule and make things easier to accomplish.

These are some of the things I do:

Use a calendar ( I put it on my phone as well) with big blocks of space to write down my scheduled appointments, events, and special days.  Each night check to see if there is something scheduled for the next day. calendar-159098__180

Don’t depend on my memory to keep track of everything.  Make a list of things I want to take care of and if it is a long list,  do a little at a time.


Try not to procrastinate.  Take care of the task I like the least and do it first.

Try to keep my priorities in order and do not delay in making decisions.

Use labels on containers and files. Make a list of items in each container and put it in a file to refer to. box-41657__180  cabinet-1293245__180

If there are items I have not used for a long time and probably won’t use, I will get rid of it.  I have no problem letting go of things.packing-40916__180

Women tend to have a lot of shoes and I’m no exception.  I keep my shoes in shoe boxes, except the ones I wear most of the time.  I take a photo of the shoes and tape it on the box. Then, I know what color, style and heel the shoe has. stock-vector-set-with-different-types-of-women-s-woman-s-shoes-ballets-sneakers-boots-flats-collection-380881363

I have art supplies in certain drawers or containers.  When I use them and finish my project, I put them back before starting another project.

When we retired and downsized, I had to really get organized because space is limited where we live and everything has it’s place.

I’ve spent a great deal of time deciding what works best in our kitchen.  kitchen-948363__180I have rearranged things many  times in an effort to make it more efficient to prepare meals and put things away.

I love to have things organized  so I won’t have to go on a hunting expedition to find what I’m looking for, and that makes me happy! advert-84406__180

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved




Day # 6   ….. What do you miss?

When a gas station attendant pumped the gasoline for your vehicle, cleaned the windshield, checked the oil level, and the air in the tires.

When a fast food restaurant was fast!

When grocery stores used paper bags to pack your groceries.

When there were radio programs you could listen to and use your imagination of what the people looked like and the places they were at.

Different phases of life when our children were growing up.

The ones in our family and friends that have passed away.

People not always blaming everything on race.

People not burning our countries flag.

Not having someone trying to have God taken out and off of everything.

Being able to express ourselves without being accused of not being politically correct.

Not having the threat of Nuclear weapons being used again.

Not wondering if one day a terrorist will strike in the public place we are at.

Short check-in lines at the airports.

Not having to take off my shoes and walk through a scanner.

Not being able to take food and drinks on the plane.

Not having to carry just trial size containers in my suitcases.

Not having to be careful about everything I say, so the airport officials won’t have cause to suspect me of being a terrorists.

The days when people visited and talked to each other more, and less time spent using their lap-top, I-pad, and I-phones.

When health insurance was less expensive, less complicated and you could decide what type of policy you wanted to buy.

The things listed above is just a sample things I miss.