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!
179 thoughts on “Post #500 – fridayfictioneers via rochelle – 2/8”
Great take on the prompt, and how fitting an inspiration for a monumental milestone like a 500th post (I was just marveling at my 100th today; it is energizing, isn’t it?). Keep up the great work!
thanks very much. it really wasn’t MY take. that credit goes to Tom. I just added some paint.
Congratulations on your success at this blog. I’ve enjoyed much of your writing, and am really happy at your success.
thanks very much. those things aren’t said very often, and i need to take those thoughts and see what else i can do to keep them coming. thanks again.
and i need to do a better job returning the favor to those who regularly read what i write.
I don’t agree with that. We should read what interests us. It’s not really a favor to read someone’s writing if it doesn’t really pull you in. Reading is a selfish act. You do it for yourself… to learn, to be amused… to be stimulated… it’s all a matter of taste.
of course you’re not wrong, but it’s my way of dealing with a type of guilt. many people very kindly give their time and energy to reading and commenting on my work, but i don’t give back even 25% of that. at the same time, there are no rules about that. and it could be argued that the time and effort i put into writing is my work, and reading is the readers work, and i’m providing a form of entertainment for someone.
now that i’ve rationalized it that way, i thank you for leading me to that conclusion and helping ease my guilt about it.
Second apology for calling you Brian on Tom’s site (Brain/Brian/Rich–some days you can’t win).. Congratulations on 500–that’s a real accomplishment and it was interesting reading the posts. (I hate to say this on #500, but you need an apostrophe in lover’s.) Looking forward to your next 500.
oops and thanks and no worries on “brian”
Congratulations on both your part of the story and your 500th post!
thanks miss. happy – friday?
The idea that its Friday is just a fiction…or neer fiction. 🙂
good way to rationalize it. i was going to hold mine until friday, but then tom posted his, which we collaborated on, so i thought i would just post mine next to him.
Makes sense but I see that my iPad got me, putting “it’s” instead of “it’s”. I keep forgetting they chaned the way the apostrophe works.
I will let it go this time, but you have been warned.
Thank you for showing mercy, kind sir!!
not very smart of me to “warn” someone who can slay, disembowel, eat, and wear a deer.
Now you’ve got the idea!!
That should get everyone wondering what in the world is going on!! 🙂
keeps them on edge
Great story. Congratulations on 500 posts! And your picture, it’s beautiful
thanks miss. was catching a plane and luckily had a moment to take that.
Congratulations on your 500th post. May there be many, many more to come 🙂
thanks very much, and to you as well.
Tom wrote a good story but you wrote a woeful editorial. Congrats on the 500. I feel enriched that I have come to “know” you just a little bit and look forward to sharing more.
for you to feel like you “know” me means two things. you are a careful reader, and i am putting a great deal of myself into my writing. so thanks for both.
Btw..that was supposed to be wonderful not woeful.
Is it weird that I recognised that this story wasn’t your style? But I’m glad that you’ve made a team effort of it. And congratulations on your 500th post. I’m still a long way off my 50th post. I keep saying I should write more but still seem to find ways of distracting myself from doing so.
no, it’s not weird at all. it means you’re a careful reader and that i have a distinct voice when i write. both good things.
I have to say this may be your best story ever! LOL…I changed lover to partner on my story…I tried sending you a message. You made my first draft into a solid story and I am glad we were able to work together on your 500th story…I had no idea this was number 500! I am honored. Thanks again Rich…..ohh and by the way (For the readers cause you know rich) it was my girlfriend who who hated it…wasn’t PC enough for her. Sometimes you have to go with your gut and ignore what others think of your work even if they are the closest person to you…
i didn’t mention the 500 thing because i thought you might possibly try to talk me out of it.
as for your girlfriend and being PC, sometimes that makes a good story, when people do things they should not do. half of my life has been like that, and it’s only half over, so i have a lot more messing up to do ahead of me.
glad to have you part of 500 because there were several things that all connected along with it, like i explained at the end there.
I think if you were able to explain about “500” to me the way you did in this post I would have felt like I do now, honored. I am glad it all came together and you were able to do something different. Rather cool it presented itself in the way it did!
I’m glad you feel good about it. Also, add first I was not going to post that until either tomorrow or Friday. If I had waited, then another post would have been 500. But then I saw yours was up, and I figured it was just logical to put mine next.
My process for doing the 100 word story is basically, I look at the picture when I get the chance, a few minutes later I write the story, adjusting as I go, keeping 100 words in mind and then I post. I do not put the time and effort others do and often leave it raw and sort of unfinished. Between concept, writing and you rewriting it I think it was a total of 30 maybe 40 minutes. I post early and could have waited this week if you asked but I felt it was good enough. Perhaps we could have tweaked a few things but overall I am happy with it. It has a bit of me in it and a bit of you…didn’t mean to rush you but I am happy it’s up and it gives more time for WIP.
no rush. i made that decision. didn’t have to but i went for it because of the combined elements that seemed right for 500. collaboration, writing, my picture for the prompt, all that worked.
You don’t know me but congrats anyway…. you should be commended for sticking with it this long… 🙂
” For the first time in his life, it was okay to scream like a schoolgirll” Caught me off guard and made me giggle. 🙂
I can’t take credit for that brilliant line. I did it the word okay to that line, but that’s it.
don’t know you. or – don’t know you yet.
I thought this story was great. At first I thought predictable, expecting the plane to have problems, but how it was tied in with his true self being finally acceptable was brilliant. In the end, he is the norm and fits right in. Bittersweet indeed. Great work.
Thanks very much for those kind words. And thanks for reading.
Congrats on 500! So neat that you and Tom worked together. It must be the week of collaboration!
Yeah, collaboration, that’s what I hear. Thanks very much for reading.
The stars aligned and out popped #500! Congratulations, Rich.
I read Tom’s story first. Your story sure sounds the same! What a cool thing for you guys to do. I enjoyed reading the original, and then with your ‘tweaks’… I’ll know where to come to get tweaked. I haven’t checked the word count yet. Good one!
p.s. I know what you mean about the friends thing here…
no problem. i’d be happy to “tweak.” thanks for reading.
great little story and nice collaboration. I like the subtlety of partner and admit his true feelings. I absolutely love the last line, and I like your 500th post. Good stuff, all the way around.
thanks very much, and thanks for reading.
congrats on 500.
thanks very much.
congrats and it’s a great collaboration.. awesome story, really. that last line made me smile ^^
i can’t take credit for that last line. that was tom’s. i wish i had written it though!
an awesome story still ^^ well executed
thanks. i should start reading soon. last week’s list got so big i didn’t even get to half, and i wasn’t happy about that.
me neither.. i was only able to make time to visit those who visited my page as well… but i’m so glad the community’s growing ^^
Excellent collaboration on this weeks story! Worked out extremely well for both of you (great minds and all that). Congratulations on your 500th Rich. You see, it’s people like you who have made the blogging arena, platform, medium (call it what you will) so – well – human and wonderfully interactive, so that the “word” becomes more than just a word. It has the power to emote, generate feelings that helps those who blog or read feel a connection with others. So strong it’s almost better than an initial meeting with a stranger (where everyone’s guard is up) Yes, a wonderful thing. Thank you so very much for all that you are and all that you write. You make a positive difference!
i need to print this up, frame it, maybe hang it in the window. i hope that everyone who picks up a pen or sits at a keyboard eventually has someone say these same things to them. and thanks for spending time reading here. i know there’s lots of other places you could be reading and things you could be doing, so i’m lucky that you’d choose to spend your time here. thanks very much.
You’re welcome. Sincerely meant and you are fun and very interesting to read. Not lucky, just deserving. My pleasure to remind you!
Your pleasure is my pleasure.
That was an awesome collaboration which brought out an amazing story. And well told. Congrats on your 500th post, that’s quite a milestone. Wish you many more in the future.
thanks very much, and here’s to wishing you many more as well. as for the story, it was really tom’s work and i added a few brush strokes. i loved it as much as you did.
Congratulations Rich. 500 posts is quite an achievement. And the collaboration on the story seems very fitting, since what you feel you get most from you blog is that the help we all give each other and receive on our stories. Here’s to 500 more…
yup. that’s why it made sense to me that this one should be 500. thanks for reading and enjoying, and giving and receiving, and thanks for reading.
As I told Tom, I love this story and the contributions you both made to it. It’s hearth warming with a bucket of ice at the end.
I also agree with what you said, on making friends here that you wouldn’t meet otherwise, the cammaraderie over here is really inspiring me to try harder at my writing!
Congrats on the 500th post.
thanks very much for the kind words, and thanks for reading. i’m sure there are others who are beyond 500 and also those who will eventually get there. thanks again.
Hi Rich, great take to the both of you. I agree, with you that the fellowship here is strong. Meeting others here has been a blessing for me too. We are all one big family. Alongside from that it amazes me how we all can look at the same picture, and have different stories. We are all so gifted in our own special way.
I join you all in heart as you meet some of your blogging friends.
Beautiful picture you captured.
thanks very much for all those kind words. as for the picture, i just wish i had angled a little to get my reflection out. i was in a hurry and didn’t think. thanks very much for reading too.
My pleasure. I think you did awesome. Would make a great wall décor if it was framed. You seem to capture your name, because the colors are so rich!
you’re just full of kind words, aren’t you!
yes, but they are sincere. Besides I love sunset/sunrise photos, and nature photos a lot! Photography, is not easy as I thought. I’m still working on it.
what i’ve learned is to keep a camera in my car when possible, or just take it with me every time i drive somewhere. i drive a lot near the ocean and sometimes get lucky to capture good thing.
Oh! Congrats on the big 500. Looking to read more.
God bless you, and all who stop by here.
right back at you.
I’ll chime in with my own Mazel Tov on your 500th post. Kudos on your collaboration with Tom. A good editor doesn’t change the author’s voice and knows when and what to tweak. I’d say you did just that.
Roger, over and out.
over roger, copy that. i wasn’t sure if i changed the voice at all as i jumped all over it too quickly, but i do know i tried to not do too much. thanks for reading.
read it in Tom’s blog and yours. very well done..and congrats on your 500th post.
thanks for reading and enjoying.
First, congratulations on 500. I so enjoy reading you. Next, great story!
thanks very much for reading and enjoying. i can’t take credit for the story except for some nice decorations i added to tom’s story. but i’m glad you stopped by.
Very effective collaboration, and congratulations on 500.
thanks and thanks and thanks for reading.
Glad he went out happy. Or so it seems. Has to be the most entertaining story about a plane crash I’ve ever read!
thanks very much, and he did go out semi-happy. i think.
I love this post and the effort of collaboration on it ( two other folks did too)…BTW, i only wish it ended on a lighter note.
Congratulations on your #500th post and your sure commitment to this blog! Well done sir!!!
Other collaborations were an interesting coincidence. Thanks for reading and enjoying.
By the time I read through the comments, I had to go back and read the story again. I love the title, poodle’s name, and the school-girl scream. I suppose he wet his pants too, but that would have put it over the word limit.
Congrats on 500 too. I’m only on eighty something, but hope to hit 500 but the end of the decade. 🙂
It was mainly Tom’s work. I just added some paint. But thanks for reading and enjoying.
Congratulations on your 500th. I like blogging for the same reasons. Last November I took the train up to London to an art exhibition in which I’d entered some work. It had toured The States and Canada first. It was the first time I’ve met people I’d previously known only ‘virtually’. I was quite nervous, but a group of us got very loud and had to be asked to leave at closing time!
Your collaboration (the story) works very well. Not easy to do. The ghastly humour appeals.
I spent most of my weekend reading other people’s stories last Friday. I wanted to get to know everybody. But I won’t be able to do that again and have decided to read a quarter of the stories every week, starting from the top quarter one week and moving to the second quarter the following week.
P S When I hit my 100th post I wanted to write something ‘deep and significant’ and froze. I got writer’s block!
i must admit that i can’t always get to them all. only a couple months ago the total was around 40, but it has more than doubled quickly. yeesh. the more the merrier, but the more mean more time time time needed.
as for writer’s block, feel free to search a post i wrote called “what to write about.” it might help.
and thanks for reading.
I’ll check your post out. Thanks.
P S. For the first time in his life, it was okay to SCREAM LIKE A SCHOOLGIRL. Ooh! Bit close to the bone that one!
i didn’t write that like, but i did add the part about it finally being okay.
I take my words back as actually, there’s a park quite close by and in the school vacation last summer, a group of teenagers congregated several times a week. And there’s this girl who screamed and screamed and screamed.
that little bitch!
I just got the lovely literary reference in your collaboration. I knew the name Francis Macomber was vaguely familiar. Well done. That truly is a rich story (no pub intended). Don’t be surprised. Not being American I’ve not read American literature extensively.
i didn’t select the title exactly. tom mentioned the title being an influence on what he wrote, and i told him to stick with the same title and see if anyone recognized it. so far that’s two people.
I’m impressed with myself. Oh and when I read about the screaming schoolgirl, I have to admit that I thought of the ‘s’ word and the ‘ecs’ word. Sometimes brings out the falsetto.:)
“s” “ecs” ? you mean sex?
Sorry, I missed this comment. No, actually. I meant ‘sex’ and ‘ecstasy’! I wasn’t being coy. You can’t always be sure of the age of people in online groups.
True, you can’t always be sure, so I write for the middle of the road or in what would feel like my own natural voice or register.
Since I then went on to write ‘sex’ in my next story, not very logical as Spock would have said.
why would anyone read into this story that you are ‘coming out’? Silly man. (I say that with friendship) congrats on reaching 500! May there be another 500 in your future. You and Tom made a great story.
thanks, thanks, but tom made the story. i just added a little paint. another 500? took me about 6 years to get to 500. however, for the first three years i only posted about once a month, maybe twice a month. now it’s more like 6 or 7 a week.
so you could easily do another 500 then. no problem.
in about a year and a half, yup. easily.
oh, the coming out comment, i put that there because the story was about coming out, and i worked with a partner on this one, and the 500 thing, and the speech about meeting new people and all that. oh well. call me paranoid.
with all that is going on in your life, I can understand paranoid. But I watch you flirt with the young ladies too much to think you were ‘coming out’ 😉
yeah, but there are lots of guys who overdo the flirting in order to cover up something else. however, i prefer to be uncovered as much as possible. 😉
I’m sure you do rich, I”m sure you do 😉
This is a well formed story, taking something pleasant or even such an accomplishment as overcoming the social and family resistance to come out, to then be snuffed. These are elements in the formula of creating a horror, whatever it is.
I might have used ‘pansy’ or for a greater smack ‘pansy-ass’, but thats just me.
Oh, and I can’t seem to work Tom’s website with my outdated phone…
that significant word choice was tom’s, regarding pansy. he originally had “scream like a girl,” and then added the school girl part. i added a little, but a great balance was his stemming from his idea. either way, thanks for reading.
500 posts is quite an accomplishment. i am certainly a babe to WordPress, just posting my 100th last night. I am glad to see others who stay around, that means the experience is enough to keep you engaged. I certainly enjoy the interaction with other bloggers and find this to be the best place for that. Good for you and Tom for your collaboration. I hope to get to try that with another some day.
thanks for those kind words. yes, it’s worth sticking with and can be very rewarding. and thanks for reading.
Congrats on no. 500, and I enjoyed the collaborative story. Sometimes, two people might work separately and each produce something that’s average. But the two working together (whether intentionally or not) sometimes come up with a piece that’s greater than the sum of the two parts. I think you and Tom might have done that here.
thanks very much. i’m glad you liked it, but tom gets the lion’s share of the credit. i might have added 10 of the 100 words, but i followed his lead.
Wonderful, well crafted story, thoroughly enjoyed reading it, you and Tom should take a bow.
bow taken. thanks very much for reading.
500! Wow. Congratulations! The first thing I noticed was the style change. I loved the story – screamed like a schoolgirl. I have known a few of those in my time. Love them all. I’ve only just started making the rounds this week and already I’m seeing collaborations abound. Is it a theme this time? 😉 I need to pop over to Tom’s now. Loved the work as always. Now party down and enjoy the milestone!
partying down, will do, thanks. and thanks for reading. was not a collaboration theme, but it just kinda happened i guess.
Not sure whose site I’m on now. But congrats on the 500 posts. And I loved the story, even though I read it on the previous blog. A little confused here, but that’s nothing new.
you didn’t read the notes at the end. shame on you.
A captivating story, Rich. You guys should actually consider the possibility of a novel together.
Loved your postscript, and laughed out loud at your last line.
that was tom’s last line, not mine. but thanks very much.
I meant the last line of your post-script on the 500th post.
thought so, wasn’t sure. oh well. thanks again.
I definitely didn’t laugh at the last line of the story. It was very powerful.
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You know Rich…I forgot to say congratulations on your 500th post..Man do I feel like an ass! Congratulations! I think what Penny said was perfect. You have been a great help to many writers and and your good nature shines through on your blog. Thanks for the encouragement. I owe you a beer! Keep up the great work!
you already said something, i’m pretty sure, but i’ll take it all over again. and i’ll take the beer too. no problem. red wine tonight while watching golf highlights from pebble beach.
I am all over the Island today….heading back out west in a few minutes…In about an hour and a half I’ll have a cold one in my hand. tried a nice Oatmeal Stout last night from a nano brewery out of Port Jeff..9.2% Pretty smooth and just a hint of alcohol for a beer over 8%.
love stout. guinness. black and tan. all those.
Lol, I didn’t think it was a “coming out” story, but I figured someone would!!!
Congrats on the 500!
500th post, does WordPress keep track of that for you? 😉
Flight 505 on your 500th post. Fate indeed.
actually i did the “505” because it looks like SOS, the distress signal in morse code.
wordpress used to congratulate you on 100, 200, but it doesn’t seem to have continued.
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I can just imagine what would happen if anyone even remotely suggested coming out Rich …. It’s great to see the collaboration all round here, you presenting the other side of Ms Rochelle’s story and I’m going to go and see Tom’s too. Well done, loved it. A master craftsman at his work once again Rich 🙂
“master craftsman” i need to copy and paste these wonderful things and keep them somewhere, in frames around the house maybe. thanks very much for the kind words.
You’re welcome Rich, you do indeed demonstrate what it means to be good at what you do 🙂
right back atcha miss.
Very interesting collaboration – I really enjoyed this story and, on Tom’s site, seeing the draft version. It must be the week of collaborations what with Doug and Rochelle’s amazing duet. This has to be my favourite Friday Fictioneers yet.
And congrats on 500 posts – do you get a prize for that?
(Oh, and I probably ought to apologize for mine this week. Again. 🙂 )
apologize for what?
Oh, nothing (digs hands into pockets and whistles nonchalantly)
aw shucks. let’s go fishin’ down the crick.
I love that picture ~
thanks very much.
Hi Rich (and Tom!) – Fascinating how you worked together, collaberation is obviously in this week, with Rochelle and Doug working together too. I wish you’d posted versions on this one – collabs are a particularly interesting time to see edits. great story, totally clear meaning without hammering it home.
And congrats on 500 posts. I’m approaching 200 so you’re a long way ahead!
I am a long way ahead in posts and in years. So I have an unfair but natural advantage. My collaboration with Tom was an accident, But it worked out very well. Thanks for reading and thanks for the congrats.
Congrats on your 500th post. Hopefully if you fly to visit any other FFers, it’ll turn out better than in your story 8^}
Wasn’t really my story but I thank you very much for reading.
Congrats. I will read most anything in front of me, but I confess I selfishly use my free time to read what I enjoy first. You are one that I choose to read first. Keep writing and I hope you hit 500 more!
that’s a great comment for me to find first thing on a cold saturday morning. thanks very much for reading.
Congratulations on 500…here’s to many more.
thanks very much, and here’s to many more for you as well. thanks for reading.
I usually work my way upstream through the stories each week and have finally arrived at yours, much to my delight. I’ve read the story and all comments and then went to Tom’s page and did the same.
The use of Hemingway’s title and his name for the mini-poodle was inspired, as was the entire story. Reading both versions gives the reader a good feel for the process involved in fine tuning a story for review by the keen eyes of the FF gang. Your ‘paint’ job put just the right gloss on Tom’s story and I applaud the results.
(Is your little faux dog named Ernest?)
Congratulation on 500 posts. Better still, congratulation on being a writer who produces writing that educates, entertains, amuses and enlightens. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. i love to read your work and I’m glad to be riding this bus with you.
Looking forward to many more posts from you.
my dog has a less interesting and more embarrassing name than ernest. i didn’t name her “sweet pea.” i happened upon her already named.
when tom showed me his story, he told me it was based on that short story of francis macomber. i thought he said that he wanted to name this story with that same title, and i said “great idea to use that title.” then he corrected me, and i said “use it anyway. someone will know what it’s from.” and i specifically told him that you would know, and i’m glad i was right. the mini-poodle was one touch i added as originally he just had “dog.” when i asked him for a breed, he went poodle.
thanks for the congrats and thanks for reading. knowing that readers like you are out there is a good push to keep writing and to keep improving when i can. thanks very much.
Rich, nice story. That’s a great idea, to do it as a collaboration. Congratulations on 500 posts. I look forward to reading the next 500 too. 🙂
i wish i could take credit for the story, but i really can’t. it was all tom, and i just added some paint and small details. but thanks very much for reading.
Well done on reaching 500! The collaberation worked well and produced a excellent little story. I particularly liked the reveal being left until the very last word.
i learned that from roger ebert and woody allen, try all you can to make the last word the payoff. thanks for reading and enjoying.
Congratulations on #500 and on your collaborative work. It was an enjoyable read. I also want to thank you for the photo inspiration this week. It evoked many ideas for me.
for the photo, i just happened to be in the right place at the right time. i just wish i had taken the time to get my reflection out of the glass. thanks for the congrats.
Congratulations on 500.
I have a huge favor. I’ve read a post on grammar. If I make a huge mistake – not just an error of fingers on the key pad, but something I really don’t know, please let me know. I like to learn and improve.
As I said to Tom, I thought the original concept was great and that the editing tightened it nicely. Well done to both.
Much appreciated. Thanks.
Rich, Congratulations on your 500th post! Wow, what dedication you have. I’m way behind you. And this post is so poignant. That’s cool you shared this story with Tom, and that it happened quite by accident. I guess it was destiny!!! I enjoyed this story. A lot of writing is collaborative in the end. Say, script writing, for example. I think it’s good to experience writing with someone. We can learn a lot this way. Well done!
Not for one second, did I think this was a coming out…
Thanks, miss, but the main credit goes to tom. He approached me so I must bow to him. The 500, however, was all me, except the actual 500th. Either way, thanks for reading and enjoying.
yay for being around a while. Hope you are here for a lot longer too
And you as well. Thanks miss. And extra thanks too. 😉
Congratulations on the 500!
Well done on the story!
thanks very much
…i say it was a joy reading all of #500. congratulations. 🙂
thanks very much for reading.
you’re welcome. ❤
Congratulations on all your successes. I really enjoyed reading this collaboration piece. 😀
thanks very much. i greatly appreciate that.