Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Guest Storyteller – Kelsey G. (via Fictional Campfire)

April 23, 2011 Leave a comment

I have a guest storyteller over at the Fictional Campfire today!

Guest Storyteller - Kelsey G. I am very proud to present my first guest storyteller here at the Campfire. Of course, I’m also proud because she is my niece. Because Kelsey loves to write stories so much, I knew that I had to ask her if she would like to write one for the “Fictional Campfire”, so I did that yesterday. In the true spirit of flash fiction, Kelsey immediately grabbed pen and paper and got to work. Soon afterwards, she returned to where the “big” kids were talking … Read More

via Fictional Campfire

Categories: Fiction Tags: ,

Stories, Stories, Stories.

April 19, 2011 14 comments

Over the past few weeks I have read quite a few really great pieces of short fiction. Back at the beginning of April, Haley Whitehall offered her readers a Flash Fiction Challenge. This really got the ball rolling for me writing wise. What is Flash Fiction you ask? First you take a prompt like “It was a dark and stormy night” and challenge writers to produce a short story of a set length.

The result has been some of the most fun, twisted, surprising, clever, shocking pieces of fiction that I have read. Currently I have taken part in 3 challenges so far (include my own) this month. It gets a bit hard to find all the stories, so I figured that I would dig them all out and put them in one post. Keep in mind that this is not all the stories out there (there are so many) just some of the ones that I enjoyed.

Haley Whitehall’s April Flash Fiction Challenge – rules as follows; You must start your story with the sentence:”She had been warned, but now it was too late.” The story must be 500 words or less. Challenge ends May 1st.

Other Side Of 40 Flash Fiction Challenge – rules as follows; Must start with the sentence “I cared what she thought, so when she dared me I knew I was in trouble”. Story must be 500 words or less. Challenge ends May 1st.

A second Challenge from Haley Whitehall  Write a Historical Flash Fiction Story – rules as follows; create a piece of Historical Fiction of a length of your choosing.

I hope that you take some time to read these wonderful stories. I can tell you that they are well worth the time to do so! To all the above writers, thank you for crafting such wonderful tales!

Photo “287.365” by rbbaird (Flickr)

Fictional Campfire

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m pleased to announce the creation of “Fictional Campfire“. This brand new blog will offer me a place to work on my fiction writing skills without worrying about how it fits with the “Other Side of 40” theme. I hope that you can drop by and maybe pull up a camp chair. The fire is burning, and the stories are just about to start.

Categories: Fiction Tags: , ,

Now Hear This !

April 6, 2011 28 comments

Photo by kpweker (Flickr)

Don’t blame me OK! This is totally not my doing. When you find yourself muttering under your breath when you edit your story for the 50th time “Why did he challenge me?” please remember its all Haley’s fault!

She dared me to issue my own Flash Fiction Challenge. Thinking about it now, I’m pretty sure she said “I double dog dare you! ” and according to the “Rules” I now have to do it.

So here goes –

I formally Issue this Writing Challenge!

Create one fictional story of 500 words that starts with the sentence “I cared what she thought, so when she dared me I knew I was in trouble.”. Challenge ends May 1st.

I’ve read some super stories written for Flash Fiction challenges in the past few days, so please participate! As with Haley’s challenge, include a link to this post on your blog, and/or add a comment with a link to your flash story on this post.

Have fun and I look forward to reading some more stories!

Message Waiting…

April 4, 2011 21 comments

Its been a while since I let my creative side loose. This story is my response to Haley Whitehall’s Flash Fiction Challenge . Haley from Soldiering Through the Writing World who has been a guest blogger on the Other Side of 40 before, has thrown down the gauntlet with the following challenge. Write a 500 word story (before you count, I used all 500) that must start with the sentence – “She had been warned, but now it was too late.” Below you will find my offering.

(Haley, thanks for the much-needed kick in the creative pants.)

Message Waiting…

She had been warned, but now it was too late! The text messages were all the proof needed. Alone on the rain-soaked front porch of the house she stood frozen, trapped between fight or flight. Staring at the doorknob and fiddling with the keys, Sara replayed the events of the last half hour over in her mind. It was a nightmare come to life.

It had been a good day at work, and she had felt quite pleased with herself that nobody had figured out her “little secret”. Smiling, she had shut down her computer when her cell phone alerted her to an incoming message. Checking the ID she didn’t recognize the number, so she opened the text. “I know” was all it said. A cold shiver ran down her spine. She snapped the phone shut and quickly looked around. Not a soul in sight. She took a deep breath and flicked off the desk light.

By the time she exited the elevator, she had convinced herself that it had been a wrong number and was nothing to worry about. Shoes clicking on the foyer floor, she walked past the guard at the security desk.

“Night Sara” he said as she came along side the counter, “any big plans tonight?”

“Nope Dave” was her answer “just a nice quiet night. See’ya.”

The guard smiled as she left the building, then picked up his cell phone. She was unlocking her car when the text alert sounded again. The ID was the same number, and this time the message said “I’m waiting”. This can’t be happening she thought. Quickly she got into the car as she scanned the parking lot. No one was visible. Frightened she jammed the car into gear and speed off towards home.

Her breathing had slowed down by the time she had pulled into the driveway. She was resting with her head on the wheel when the phone chirped a third time. The same number, and this time the text said “soon”. No this wasn’t real, this happened to other people not her! Looking at the street she saw nobody around, so she bolted from the car to the front door where she stopped.

Finally Sara thrust the keys into lock, and pushed the door open into the waiting darkness. Her hand found the light switch, but it didn’t work. Slowly she edged down the hallway towards the kitchen. From the darkness of the living room she heard a bump followed by a low curse.

“Hello, is there someone there?” she challenged, as fear twisted in her chest.

Suddenly the lights blazed on revealing her friends and co-workers.

“Surprise! Happy birthday Sara!” they shouted.

Sara screamed and fainted.

A few hours later as the sounds of laughter spilled from the house, no one noticed the man dressed in a security guard uniform standing in the backyard shadows. He opened his phone to check the clock. Oh well he thought, I have time and besides, she had been warned.

Photos: (Top left) “Street” by jijis (Flickr), (Bottom right) “Stormy Night” by Christina Welsh (Flickr)

Categories: Fiction Tags: , ,
The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging


My World of Pandas

Hanging On The Trail

Planning and completing a 2014 Appalachian Trail thru-hike

Girly Camping®

It's Not Just For Boys...


These letters are written to remind you just how much you matter, just how important you are, and just how beautiful the gift of life as a human is.

Boys' Life magazine

Play challenging online games, laugh at funny jokes, build amazing projects and find lots of fun at the online home of Boys\' Life, the official youth magazine for the Boy Scouts of America.

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

The earth

Great people, places, events, trends, movies, music, life around this great world

Simple Pleasures

Visual Poetry, Photography and Quotes



Bite Size Canada

Canadian trivia and history in bite size chunks!


(one gal getting more out of life by spending less)


a blog to complement: "Memory Lake: The Forever Friendships of Summer," an award winning novel-memoir

Trek Ontario

Hike | Camp | Canoe | Snowshoe | Geocache | ...


all together now

Together we can go on an Adventure

and Jabber all about it

Flux + Flow

a lifestyle blog by jasmine eclipse

Project Light to Life

A bucket list blog: exploring happiness, growth, and the world.

Bryan on Scouting

The official blog of Scouting magazine, a publication of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Scoutmaster Minute

Helping to Deliver the Promise

Scouting History

scouting history with a focus on Scotland

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

The Assassin's Assassin

Living and Dying for Union


Defense, Homeland Security

Funk's House of Geekery

Movies, Comics, Books, Games and Other Things Geeks Love

The Outlandish Avocado

Writings, Musings & Thinkings of C.M. Cipriani - Fiction Author

Sonia G Medeiros

In the Heart of the Labyrinth

Molly Greene: Writer

Blogger & Author, Gen Delacourt Mysteries

Indigo Spider

I’m selling my fucking soul/in desperation, without mystery, like a two-bit dime store beatnik poet/rhyming for a hit of delirium

%d bloggers like this: