Daily Quote

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I remember when I first read this quote, I thought “Yo! Yo-Yo, what’cha doin’ in my head?” Well, except for the music part. Don’t get me wrong, I love music and I love listening to him play. He really has a way of connecting with his listeners.

However, I want to explore “why people do what they do” through my writing. I really want to get into a character’s head and see the world from a different perspective, walk a mile in their shoes. I want to connect with the reader. And sometimes I listen to music as I write.

What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion — FFfPP

Title: The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion
Source:  FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2018 WEEK #41
Word count: 195 words

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Calder sprinted through the house, picked up his bag, grabbed his keys and headed for the door. Running late was his normal morning routine.  He stepped onto the deck, locked the door and slung his bag over his shoulder before he saw them.

Puzzled, he looked around, searching for clues. They weren’t his, and he didn’t remember them when he came home last night. No, the deck had been empty. He remembered dropping his keys trying to get in and he certainly would have seen them. Why would someone leave a pair of shoes on his deck?

Calder looked around, searching for their owner. At the corner of the house, a green shirt waved from the lilac bush. Intrigued Calder walked over and pulled it loose. The shirt’s back bore a Grateful Dead logo proclaiming “The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion.”

Footprints in the dirt beneath the bush lead towards the pond. Calder followed and found a pair of jeans in the grass next to the path. A ribbon of gold glistened and glowed across the pond’s surface.

Calder absentmindedly dropped his bag, his keys slipped from his fingers and he waded into the water.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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The Month of Fear culminates with Halloween and heralds the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Fear seemed like a great topic.

Alan Greenspan’s words are revealing. Humans make financial decisions based on fear. Alan, being a number cruncher, has the data to prove it. Can we extrapolate this to other human behaviors? We work because we fear the negative consequences of not having a job and thus money.

Hmmm. Are our character’s motivations dictated by what they fear?

What does your main character fear? How does their fear influence their actions?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

It — 100 Word Wednesday

Title: It
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 92
Word count: 100 words

Photo by Alex Iby

Franny screamed.

In the eerie gloom Charles, Franny and Alex crowded the edge of the raft searching for Mickey beneath the waves.

“Stay back,” Charles jerked away from the edge pulling the girls with him.

“Somethings out there and its gonna kill us.”

Alex scowled at Charles. “You’re such a sissy, Charles, it’s only water,” she said.

Franny screamed again, pointing. Mickey’s hands had breached the waves. Franny reached for him, but Mickey was yanked downward and disappeared.

“I told you, its out there,” Charles said clinging to Franny.

“It’s not out there.” Alex gazed across the waves and smiled.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

Old Ben was a smart fellow. A teacher told me I didn’t have enough life experience to write. Easy problem to fix. I lived. Now the time has come for me to write and I have so many stories to tell.

Do you fall into one camp more than the other?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Stanley Hall — Friday Fictioneers

Title:  Stanley Hall
Source:  Friday Fictioneers sponsored by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple
Word count: 100 words

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Strange things happened at Stanley Hall. Jessie had always heard stories of eerie noises, glowing lights, and disappearing people.

Today was her first time at the hall. She didn’t know why. The wind moaned in the trees and she thought she heard words. She walked closer, listening. Goosebumps raced across her skin. Without thinking, she leaned against the heavy oak door and entered.

Cobwebs and dust motes waved a silent greeting, inviting Jessie to explored. The building revealed more cobwebs and dust. Disappointed, Jessie returned to Stanley Hall’s one door, heaved it open and walked into a whole new world.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Protector — FFfAW Challenge

Title:  The Protector
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
Word count: 175 words

This week’s photo prompt is provided by wildverbs. Thank you Wildverbs!

Cornered, Lodovica ran into Piazza San Marco. The open Piazza and the full moon gave her nowhere to hide. Figures wearing plague masks surrounded her on three sides. She ran toward the Canale Grande. Her pursuers slowed, and she heard laughter. They had captured her.

Nearing the water, she noticed the center of the canal. Water churned and rose into the air forming a colossal wave topped by a giant winged lion. It rushed toward the Piazza, depositing the lion between Lodovica and the masked men.  The lion lifted his massive front paw and gestured at them.

“Begone, you will remember nothing of tonight,” he said.

The men dissolved into the shadows. The lion folded his wings then turned to look at Lodovica.

“Who… who are you?” she asked. She stepped back as the lion raised his paw pointing to the granite column and the statue of the winged lion.

“The protector of Venice,” Lodovica said.

“This was not your day to die. The Saints call you for important work. Are you ready?”

Lodovica nodded.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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The Fountain of Youth, Time Travel, I am Master of the Universe. As I writer I can be anyone at any age and do anything.  Ok, that sounds a little creepy, but I think you catch my drift.

How do you tap into your imagination to access the Fountain of Youth?

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Jo Hawk The Writer

The Catalogue Dress

Source: Julie Duffy at Story-A-Day Challenged us to “Write an imaginary entry for a pretentious, high-end catalogue.” I love the J. Peterman catalogue and was a customer long before Elaine from Seinfeld had a job writing for them. I enjoy the stories and the clothes, so this was a no-brainer for me.

Photo by Pete Bellis on Unsplash

The yacht anchored in crystal blue water near St. Tropez and I ferried to Plage de Pampelonne.

Jacquelyn met the launch wading in, thigh deep, to greet me. The day was planned she said.

The rented cabana was in the center of it all, only steps away from the swanky restaurants which lined the beach. It was the best place to see and be seen she said.

Jacquelyn periodically waved to restaurant patrons, calling and promising to meet soon. We were going to dinner she said.

I would need to go to the yacht and change. Jacquelyn pulled the wrap dress from her dainty beach bag, slipped it on and tied it at the waist. Darling you must learn to be more spontaneous she said.

I agreed.

Plage de Pampelonne Wrap Dress (No. 1496). Low maintenance dress made from a silky jersey knit with a little spandex is ideal for travel. The flattering silhouette is packed with glamour, V-shaped crossover neckline, shaping princess lines and a flowing full sweep. Ties at waist. Lower calf length.

This dress belongs in your beach bag.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer