Every Wednesday Roger Wisoff-Fields posts a picture prompt challenging writers to create a 100-word story, poem, or whatever works for you. After posting your work on your blog, go back to her site and add your link on her Friday Fictioneers post. Place. Page.
Please read the notes after the story. It’s important.
Well, to me, because it’s my 500th post.
Philadelphia Airport – en route Mexico – 11/8/12
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
His mini poodle Ernest was tucked neatly under the seat in his carry-on cage as Flight 505 raced down the runway. The idea of returning to his lover’s strong arms lightened his heart as the plane floated to the clouds. After finally finding the courage to admit his true feelings, he proudly told everyone and enjoyed his emotional freedom. He couldn’t have been happier. His skin sparkled in the window’s reflection as he looked out at the wing, only to see the engine rip away.
For the first time in his life, it was okay to scream like a schoolgirl.
This week’s post came about a little differently, but let me first explain that this is my 500th post. For a few weeks I thought about doing something special or interesting for #500. Thought about congratulating myself in some way, maybe asking people to contribute something, but that seemed too much like pointing a finger at myself and waving a flag with my own name on it. And then something else happened instead.
This morning Tom Poet sent me his story to get my opinion because someone else did not like it very much. I immediately did what I can’t help doing – started “tweaking.” First, one grammar adjustment, then one or two adjectives, then one or two hints at the ending. For example, I added Flight 505 because the 505 looked like the SOS distress call. But my psychic side knew what was going to happen next – Tom felt like I had changed too much, that it was no longer “his” story. He suggested giving me credit as a co-author, but really he did the hard work, and I swept up the sawdust from the shop floor. Then I suggested we both post the same story and acknowledge the collaboration, and luckily he was cool with that. I say “luckily” because occasionally I read someone’s story and leave a comment that says, “I wish I had written that.” This was one of those stories.
But I need to get to the 500 part without wasting more of your time.
I thought about what I really enjoy doing on/with this blog. I really enjoy writing these stories each week. I really enjoy making comments and suggestions on other’s work. And I really enjoy that there are friends to be made here who I could not possibly meet any other way. With too many to mention without causing someone to feel they were left out, I’ve been fortunate to have coffee with a couple of you and might soon get on a plane or behind the wheel to meet up with a few more of you. So it made perfect sense that this would be my 500th post because it is a combination of everything that I enjoy here. Writing with a purpose, making suggestions, and connecting with people. Also, it’s a little extra cool that Rochelle used one of my pictures this week. Too many stars aligned for me not to take advantage of it.
My thanks to Tom for allowing me to join in with his story. Also, if anyone tries to read into this and think it’s some kind of a “coming out” statement, you are very wrong!