Thursday, November 29, 2012

FSF Challenge - Joy

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "Joy."

Looks like it won't be a "horror" week - even I have trouble doing a dark story about "joy."

But I might try...

Nonetheless, we do have a multiple feature post ( 3 - count 'em - 3 ) this time around! All these ideas have been done in some fashion by others, but it was still a fun challenge.

The Flight

"Airplane In The Sky" by coward_lion -

They rode to the airport together as soon as they heard that Flight 718 had crashed during takeoff and there were believed to be no survivors. All they could think of is how they'd repeatedly hammered into their indolent daughter how important it was to take the trip, to do the interview, to make that extra effort to be there on time. The woman, hands trembling, pulled out her cell phone to call her daughter's number one last time, a call made for no other reason than hear her child's voice on the answering machine. But there was no message, only the mumbling of a sleepy young woman pleading, "Oh, God, Mom, I know you're going to kill me! I forgot to set the alarm!"

Image "Airplane In The Sky" courtesy of coward_lion /

The Last Date

"Woman Reading Sms In Cell Phone" by Jomphong -

She wasn't sure why he had asked to meet her here, at this place, on this street, a street along which she had walked a hundred times, a street with nothing of singular significance or interest. She had noticed how preoccupied Derek had been the last few weeks, and all she could think of was he wanted to break up. Still, there they were, face to face, he as visibly uncomfortable as one could be, her feeling as if everything inside her had been ripped out.

"I guess this wasn't such a great idea," Derek said nervously, looking everywhere but in Jessica's eyes, "and you're probably going to think I'm a real jerk for doing this here. But," he added, stuttering slightly, "it's the spot where I saw you for the very first time, and it's the only place I could think of to ask you marry me."

Image "Woman Reading Sms In Cell Phone" courtesy of Jomphong /

The Dress

"Ball Gown" courtesy of Rosen Georgiev -

"You talk to your daughter while I find out what idiot keeps banging at the door," he said, a stern look on his face.

"Look, Mom, I've spent all this money on a dress I'll never wear because I'm not going to the prom because no one has asked me or even thought about asking me and I'm going to look like a loser to everyone in the school."

"Cathy, honey, maybe you could ask your friends if they know anyone that might be interested - or you could just go by yourself and meet the other kids there." 

"You know, Mom, I'd like to have at least one date, one real date in high school where I might even get kissed or something like a normal girl has by my age, and - and why does Dad have to be standing here listening to this? 

"Because, Cathy, I thought you might like to know that the idiot at the door is a boy that would like to talk with you."

Image "Ball Gown" courtesy of Rosen Georgiev /

© 2012 K. R. Smith   All rights reserved

Friday, November 23, 2012

FSF Challenge - Feast

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "Feast."

So finish up your pumpkin pie - it's time to get back to a little horror...

Reveille Noir

Image "Zombies Walking" courtesy of Victor Habbick /

The old priests had told of a day when the "trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable." It would be a time of hope and renewal, a time to enter immortality, a time of change. There had never been a thought given to the one raising the call, never a question of their purpose. After all, this was the Feast of Trumpets, or so they thought. But when the dark one sounds his horn, only the evil are raised.

Image "Zombies Walking" courtesy of Victor Habbick /

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Friday, November 16, 2012

FSF Challenge - Business

It's time again for another Five Sentence Fiction challenge, but before I start, I'd like to thank everyone who read my previous entries and especially those who left a comment. I also want to let those who do comment know that if they has any questions about why I wrote something the way I did, or why I did / didn't put a comma in a certain place, or why I chose a word when they think another might be better, please ask. I can learn a lot from that. Also, if they would have written the story differently, I'd be interested in hearing that, too.

And, as a warning, I do tend toward horror / speculative fiction, so my writing is often on the dark side. But not always! And not for this particular post.

On the technical end of things, I'm shortening my blog titles so they fit a bit better in the Blogger gadget displaying the entries on the right of the page. Whenever I put "Writing Challenge - Five Sentence Fiction - (prompt), the prompt was often cut short.

Anyway, I shall continue...

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "Business."

The Retiree

Image "Green Field" courtesy of suphakit73 at

Arthur had spent the last forty years building his business, working long hours, and putting away a few dollars when he could for retirement. Now that day had come and he was looking forward to the peace and quiet of the small home he'd moved into to save money. On that first morning, once the breakfast dishes were all cleaned and put away, he opened the curtains in his living room, made his way to the overstuffed easy chair facing the window, and watched the clouds drift in the wind above the fields outside his house, the waves in the grass as that same breeze ran along the ground, and the occasional bird darting about in search of food, all of which left a curious, uneasy feeling in his bones. Contemplating his situation in an attempt to understand these unsettling notions, Arthur came to the conclusion that what he needed most was something to do. Perhaps he could open a shop, however small, where he could build or sell things, if for no other reason than to occupy his time.

Image "Green Field" courtesy of suphakit73 at

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Monday, November 12, 2012

Elly's Posts On W.U Hstry

Even though Elly hasn't had much time to work on her fantasy writing due to her schoolwork, she has been blogging at the W.U Hstry History Student's Blog. Here are links to two new posts:

A Very Brief Glance at Hair Combs in History

Pre-dynastic period comb - from W. U Hstry Blog
Pre-dynastic period comb
from W. U Hstry Blog

The Fall of the Aztec Empire

Cortez - from W. U Hstry Blog
from W. U Hstry Blog

Just to let you know she really has been busy:

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Thursday, November 8, 2012

FSF Challenge - Character

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "character." I went in a different direction from my last posts - don't want to get into a rut!

Bernie's Place

Image "Bad Times" by Maggie Smith /

Everyone always said he was such a character, never that he had character, but maybe that was the best way to be when you live on the streets. That's how he was able to hustle up enough money to get a little food, get a new not-too-used piece of clothing now and then, or just get by.

"But I tell you," he said to the mutt that frequented the block around the subway entrance he called home, "sometimes it hurts a little bit, you know, being that's all they see."

The small dog cocked its head sideways as if contemplating the words while Bernie squatted down against the cold, dirty wall and reached into a bag for the lunch he'd bought with a five-spot he'd found in the gutter.

"Here ya go," he said, offering his understanding friend a bit of the sandwich he'd pulled off before taking a bite.

Image "Bad Times" courtesy of Maggie Smith /

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Reviews: Soul Stalker and Night of the Purple Moon

I've recently posted a couple of short book reviews out on Goodreads. Links to them are below.

Soul Stalker
    by Laura Kreitzer

Recommended for: Fantasy romance readers
Read from August 29 to September 13, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Soul Stalker
(Timeless #2)Soul Stalker by Laura Kreitzer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Night of the Purple Moon 
    by Scott Cramer

Recommended for: YA
Read in November, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Night of the Purple MoonNight of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

© 2012 K. R. Smith

Sunday, November 4, 2012

This Is Only A Test…

I’m trying to see how Microsoft Live Writer (part Windows Essentials) does for posting to Blogger. I’m using the Windows XP version for this test – I may see if a newer version for Windows 7 is available later.
 Image of tools from

I’ve been having some “issues” with their editing tools lately and I want to see if this is an option.

So far, it seems this version only allows for posting blog entries, but not pages…

I also have to do some things manually (like my horizontal rows) whereas Blogger does them automatically once they are set up.

There are some picture editing tools in Live Writer, but I have GIMP and Corel PhotoPaint already, so that’s not a big plus for me (might be useful for others!). There doesn’t seem to be a way to get a picture I’ve already posted to a Picasa library. Not so good.

© 2012 K. R. Smith

FSF Challenge - Candidate

This week's writing challenge from Five Sentence Fiction ( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt "candidate."

For this posting, I'm having a two-for-one sale. If you don't like one, perhaps the other will strike your fancy.

Candidate #1*

Mayan temple image courtesy of Victor Habbick at

"People always told me not to volunteer," Chad offered enthusiastically, "but I never believed I had the slightest chance of being chosen."

"Well, we think you're just absolutely perfect," replied the man in the black suit, "and I can assure you it's quite easy and will only hurt for a little while."

"Only hurt for a little while?" Chad asked anxiously. "What am I supposed to do?"

"Why, you're the sacrifice, of course, so all you have to do," smiled the man sardonically, "is die."

( *I was going to title this "Hanging Chad," but in addition to being a terribly bad joke, would have given the ending away. )

Candidate #2

Old graveyard image courtesy of Evgeni Dinev at

"The successful candidate for this position will be one who likes working with people, is hands-on, enjoys the outdoors, can perform independently, and think outside of the box. Some shift work required."

Edgar shook his head recalling the "help wanted" notice he had answered only a few weeks prior.

"I suppose I shouldn't complain," he said wistfully while leaning on his shovel, knee-deep in frigid mud, "what with so many having no work at all."

Still, Edgar failed to embrace the thought of dragging the somewhat portly Miss Abigail Jenkins, recently deceased, from her unfortunately deep and supposedly final resting place on such a dreadful night.

Mayan temple image courtesy of Victor Habbick /

Old graveyard image courtesy of Evgeni Dinev /

© 2012 K. R. Smith