Friday Flash – “Prizes”

  The Cracker Jack drawer was my favorite.

The cupboards built under the stairs were as old as the house itself, and required much pulling and coaxing to surrender their treasures.  I rooted through trunks and armoires during my summer week with grandparents.  Once I discovered the bin of yesteryear’s prizes, I barely missed television or neighborhood kids.

A lick-and-stick tattoo,

a plastic party snapper,

thumbnail-size flipbooks,

miniscule magnifying glasses …

the detritus of an old woman’s love for caramel corn and a hoarder’s sense of preservation.  These remnants considerately left in an accessible bottom drawer for children to discover anew each season.

I didn’t even mind the silent dinners.

Many thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting the Friday Fictioneers group.  Each week a photo prompt is given with a request for 100-word stories.  You can read more flash pieces by visiting the site and clicking on the collections link.  As my interests include both flash fiction and creative nonfiction, my contributions vary in genre.   I trust you will find even life itself to be a good story.


“For Better or Worse” – Friday Fictioneers 100-word Story

“Look at that.  It’s not even finished, but we’re using it as an observatory already.”

“For what this house cost, it should dial Mars and deliver pizza from Pluto.”

“It’s certainly a dream house.”

“Mmmm.  Too bad Barbie and Ken couldn’t keep it together long enough to live in it.”

“I don’t regret a thing.”

“I regret everything.”

“They’re almost here.  They’re going to make us get down now.”

“I suppose you want to go first, like always.”

“No, that’s fine.  You go ahead.  I’d like a little more time up here.”

“We can always skip the ladder.  Go at the same time.”

“Well, it’s one way to stay together.”


Thanks to David Stewart for contributing the photo inspiration, and to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers on her blog.  You can read more 100-word stories based on this photo HERE.


Karen Nelson Joins Flash Fiction Chronicles Crew

If you follow something long enough, eventually it’s yours.  (Or is that stalking?)  At any rate, I’m so glad that my time spent following the fascinating articles and up-to-the-minute Market Updates at Flash Fiction Chronicles has opened new doors.

FFC’s online magazine has been helping writers understand and explore the craft of writing for more than four years.  It’s impressive host of guest interviews and articles offers advice on everything from craft to publishing tips.  With such talent in play, it’s easy to see why I’m so pleased to have been named the Technical Editor for Flash Fiction Chronicles!

I’ve already met a wonderful network of hard-working and gifted individuals.  Being in charge of editing and formatting material for the e-zine has afforded me an opportunity to use my technical skills, while getting a first look at upcoming material.  (I love a sneak peek, don’t you?)

I look forward to the months ahead, and to reading many great submissions from Flash Fiction fans and experts!

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