Bonaparte, Iowa


This is my response to this week’s What Pegman Saw flash fiction challenge. K. Rawson posts a weekly challenge based on a Google Image.  The above photo is this week’s challenge: Bonaparte, Iowa.  The story has to have 150 or fewer words.,-91.8023562,3a,75y,331.

Good Parting

This was supposed to be our romantic getaway.  He said I would love Bonaparte, Iowa.  He said we would escape the stress of the city.  We would go antiquing.   We would buy pottery from local artists, eat wholesome food.  I believed him.

Just as I had believed him when we first met at Burke’s Used Bookstore.  He looked so handsome then, hunched over a paperback copy of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.  He campaigned hard to win me.  Who could withstand such a siege of charm?

I believed him when he said he would really leave his wife this time.  But that was before he took me to Bonaparte, Iowa.  Before we stayed in the hotel room with the green paisley wallpaper and the stained roller shade in the window.   I realized in Iowa it would be good to part.

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Mondays Finish the Story, January 12 edition

The blog Mondays Finish the Story hosts a weekly flash fiction event. They provide a picture and the beginning of a story.  The challenge is to finish the story in 100-150 words.  See blog for more details.

Here is this week’s photo and first sentence:

2005-01-12 bw-beacham
2005-01-12 bw-beacham

Finish the story begins with:  “Racing down into the atmosphere, the unidentified object crashed, leaving behind one heck of a huge crater and a plume of smoke that could be seen from miles around.”

Here is my end of the story:

When he saw the object hurtling through space, Mark had instinctively dropped to the ground and curled up into a protective ball.  What seemed like hours later, he slowly raised his head and looked up at the gray haze. As he rose to his feet, he wiped off the mud that had splattered all over his hiking shorts and t-shirt.  Gingerly, he walked closer to crater, until he could see inside it.

“I can’t believe they really did it,” he thought to himself.  He had known there would be repercussions when he had backed out of the plan.  But he did not think they would actually try to kill him.



Elementary, My Dear Watson

Stream of Consciousness Saturday
Stream of Consciousness Saturday


It is Stream-of-Consciousness Saturday, a weekly prompt initiated by Linda Hill at her blog.

The topic for today’s stream-of-consciousness post is “elements,” meaning air/wind/fire/water.  However, the first thing that popped into my mind when I see the word “elementary” is the famous Sherlock Holmes saying: “Elementary, My Dear Watson.”

I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I always found the discovery Sherlock had made the opposite of elementary.   This is mostly true of other crime novels and shows.   I never have the slightest idea “whodunit” in mysteries.  Is that normal, or do most people have the killer figured out by the end of the story?

Perhaps I need to go back to elementary school to get a better handle on the mysteries of life.


Here are the rules for Stream of Consciousness Saturday.  Join in the fun!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “element.” Choose one of the four: air/water/earth/fire or use the word “element” however you wish to define it. Enjoy!

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

By the Flamingos

Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

I remember the day I waited for you by the flamingos.  We were supposed to meet in the “Pleasure Grounds” of Kowloon Park.  It was hot that day and humid.  I was so happy that day, I could barely breathe.  I could not wait to see you.  The pastel pink of the flamingos was but a pale reflection of the fuchsia toned ixora coccinea.  The Hong Kong skyline peaked out from behind the trees, as if spying on the lovers strolling around the shaded pond.  I waited for you for hours, staring at the flamingos who stood on one leg.

This post was my response to this week’s 100 Word Challenge for Grown-Ups hosted by Julia at Julia’s Place.  

The prompt was “remember.”  Check out Julia’s blog for more information on the 100 Word Challenge!

100 Word Challenge for GRownups
100 Word Challenge for GRownups


She Rose in the Dark


Click here to learn more about the 100 word challenge.

She woke up, finally.  She looked around the room and felt confused.  She saw dark walls and a single window.  The brown curtains reminded her of the braids of her favorite doll, Jessie.  The light was streaming in from outside, but she could not tell what lay beyond.  The bed she slept in was soft and covered with a single, ratty blanket.  There was no other furniture in the room.

Where was she?  Why was she so groggy?  She remembered waking in the dark in her own home right before a  hand muzzled her mouth.   After that, she remembered nothing.


These 100 words are my response to this weeks challenge from Julia’s place.  The challenge was to write 100 words, using the prompt, ….as I rose in the dark…

(I took a few liberties with the wording but kept the basic idea.)


Along the Heritage Trail

Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River

The chill in the October air served as a rebuke to the clear blue sky.  As the couple walked along the pedestrian bridge hovering above the Mississippi River, the woman squinted her eyes from the glare of the late afternoon sun.   Suddenly, the woman stopped walking and inhaled sharply.  Looking down beneath the bridge, she saw a man standing next to the ruins of a once prosperous mill.  The man looked to be in his sixties and was dressed in a gray Armani suit.  He was looking up at her.  The smile on his face chilled her to the bone.


I wrote these 100 words in response to the 100 Word Challenge for Grownups hosted by Julia’s Place.    This week’s prompt was “….the smile…”

She’s been hosting this weekly challenge for quite some time, but I just discovered it today.  Here are the rules.  Check out her blog if you are interested and give it a try!


100 Word Challenge for Grownups
100 Word Challenge for Grownups

This is a weekly challenge for those who are over 16 and enjoy challenging themselves with writing. Each week you are given a prompt. It may be a few connected words, a selection of individual words or a picture.

You have 100 words (or the number that have been set for that week) plus the prompt to write a creative piece. If you have a blog, post it on your blog then link the URL of the post (not the blog) to the link that is at the bottom of that week’s challenge. Make sure there is a link to The Head’s Office as well. You can right click the badge above andcopy the image URL into your post.

If you do not have a blog but would like to join the challenge please leave me a note in the comments and we can sort something out!

One of the great things about the 100WCGU is how people visit other blogs and read the entries. It is all about supporting our writing and giving constructive feedback and support. For some, it is the start of longer pieces of writing, even novels!!

Do join us and see what hidden talents you discover!