Sammi Cox’ A Month of Mini Writing Challenges Day 23

a-month-of-mini-writing-challengesSammi Cox is running a writing challenge over on her blog sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/: A Month of Mini Writing Challenges.

She provides a prompt for every day in September; participants can interpret the prompt any way they like. All the prompts are posted. Go take a look and join in. Everyone is welcome.

I’m hopelessly behind with reading and commenting, I’m sorry. I’ll get to it this weekend, I hope.

Today’s prompt gives you gutter rhymes.

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Sammi Cox’ A Month of Mini Writing Challenges Day 17 to 22

a-month-of-mini-writing-challengesSammi Cox is running a writing challenge over on her blog sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/: A Month of Mini Writing Challenges.

She provides a prompt for every day in September; participants can interpret the prompt any way they like. All the prompts are posted. Go take a look and join in. Everyone is welcome.

I’m hopelessly behind with reading and commenting, I’m sorry. I’ll get to it this weekend, I hope.

Here come my answers to the prompts for days seventeen to twenty-two.

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Pied Piper – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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Image © Roger Bultot. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Roger Bultot’s permission.

Pied Piper

When the feared ‘Big One’ finally hit Southern California, a huge chasm north of LA was discovered.

Geologists were the first to notice: the chasm glowed at night.

“Maybe it’s bioluminescence,” they wondered.

More scientists came, reporters, and tourists. They gathered and stared at the lights, waiting.

A week later, millions of glowing worms emerged. The crowd stood transfixed. The creatures swayed, and the people followed them around like rats following the Pied Piper. One by one the people stepped into the chasm.

“Enough food for the next 1000 years,” the worms sang. The lights went out. The chasm closed.

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New Project – Mapping Change

I haven’t posted much about the Zooniverse lately because I was/am immersed in writing, but it’s only on the backburner for now, not forgotten. If you like science, like to help and have a little time on your hands, check it out. Every assessment and classification helps, and the Zooniverse has projects for everyone, from counting animals in the Serengeti to counting craters on the moon to looking through old records in archives. Check it out, it’s fascinating.

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We have a really cool new project and we need your help!

Mapping Change invites you to help us understand and respond to the changes that plants, animals, fungi and other living things are experiencing as humans alter the world’s habitats and climate. 

Poised on the edge of a major transition from grasslands to boreal forests, the upper midwest of North America is a great place to document these impacts. Detailed knowledge of where species are now, and have been in the past, is needed to forecast where species may end up in the future. Predictions like these will help us understand the effects of change on biodiversity, as well as providing critical guidance for conservation efforts in response to climate change and other factors.

Help us map the current and future distributions of these creatures by transcribing labels at www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/mapping-change.

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Sammi Cox’ A Month of Mini Writing Challenges Day 13 to 16

a-month-of-mini-writing-challengesSammi Cox is running a writing challenge over on her blog sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/: A Month of Mini Writing Challenges.

She provides a prompt for every day in September; participants can interpret the prompt any way they like. All the prompts are posted. Go take a look and join in. Everyone is welcome.

Here come my answers to the prompts for days thirteen to sixteen.

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Round Round – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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Image © Shaktiki Sharma. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Shaktiki Sharma’s permission.

Round Round

I’ve been put through the mill so many times I‘ve lost count. That’s why I signed the contract. Now I’m on the dancefloor watching the crowd. Girls who look like copies of the same mold gyrate their hips against clients with empty eyes. This is promising rich booty.

“Hey, wanna grind?”

“Sure.”

The client grabs my hips and I feel electric jolts soar through me. I know what that means and turn around.

“Cy-bo-dyne?”

“Yup.”

“And the others?”

“ciBorg mostly.”

I sigh. Finding human clients gets harder and harder. Life as a robo-contractor isn’t as profitable as I thought. Damn.

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Book Review: From Silt and Ashes by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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Here’s the second part of my book review excursion. After I learned how important reviews are for authors, I decided to get over myself and write more of them. Original or not, every review counts, right?

I find myself in agreement with most other reviewers of Rochelle’s books. They are page-turners, full of action, with great characters, drama and feeling.

The sequel to ‘Please Say Kaddish For Me’ is no exception.

It’s ‘From Silt and Ashes’ by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Very brief summary: The story still follows the fate of several Jewish families, but some of them have now moved to the United States. Meanwhile the terror in Czarist Russia continues and affects friends and families that stayed behind. Read more on the Amazon site or visit Rochelle’s author page.

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Sammi Cox’ A Month of Mini Writing Challenges Day 8 to 12

a-month-of-mini-writing-challengesSammi Cox is running a writing challenge over on her blog sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/: A Month of Mini Writing Challenges.

She provides a prompt for every day in September; participants can interpret the prompt any way they like. All the prompts are posted. Go take a look and join in. Everyone is welcome.

Here come my answers to the prompts for days eight to twelve.

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Sammi Cox’ A Month of Mini Writing Challenges Day 4 to 7

a-month-of-mini-writing-challengesSammi Cox started a new writing challenge over on her blog sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/: A Month of Mini Writing Challenges.

She provides a prompt for every day in September; participants can interpret the prompt any way they like. The first seven prompts are already posted. Go take a look and join in. Everyone is welcome.

Here come my answers to the prompts for day four to seven.

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The Servant – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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Image © Sandra Crook. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Sandra Crook’s permission.

The Servant

For a moment I thought I saw grandma’s old sewing machine. Then I realized it was ‘him.’ My eyes aren’t what they used to be.

“Let’s wash your hair today, shall we?” he said.

I nodded. His U-shaped body lifted me up, and his multi-tool arm helped me lean my head back comfortably for the procedure.

“Shall I read to you later?” he asked as he blew my hair dry.

“Yes.”

I’ve no idea how old folks managed in the old days. How humiliating to have your arse wiped by strangers. He leaves my dignity intact. He can cook, too.

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