Friday Fictioneers: All That Glitters…

friday-fictioneersAnother week of wild and wonderful stories from the Friday Fictioneers brigade! Rochelle Wisoff-Fields leads the fun, and this week provides the photo prompt. The challenge: write a 100-word story: with a beginning, middle and end, using the photo provided. Check out Rochelle’s blog, Addicted to Purple to read the other stories, or join in the fun. It’s where all the kool kids are playing.

I always welcome honest, kind or constructive feedback. Please leave a comment!

©Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

©Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 All That Glitters… (100 words, exactly)

Marlene stacked the heavy boxes one on top of the other at the back of the store. The afternoon rush left the supplies of bobble head Johnny Depps, sparkly palm trees and playing cards nearly empty. Her feet hurt from running up the aisles to grab merchandise; her head hurt from answering inane questions.

“Do you see many celebrities?” “Got any maps of stars’ houses?” “Is it so exciting living in Hollywood?”

It was endless– the silly things people said while picking out chotchkies.

When I’m a star, I’ll never look back, she thought, as she restocked snow globes.

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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49 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: All That Glitters…

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  2. Dawn, I would guess Hollywood is full of dreamers. I read one time that there are so many great looking men and women in that area because they’re the descendants of those who came looking for stardom. Good story and well written as usual. 🙂 — Susan


  3. Cathy Ulrich says:

    I love what you did with the prompt from this week, Dawn. Great story!


  4. wmqcolby says:

    Great! The indomitable human spirit. As usual, Dawn, a winner!
    A Golden Snow Globe. 🙂


  5. Mike Lince says:

    Dawn, you did a nice job of capturing the superficiality of life in and around Hollywood. I lived within a few miles of the Movie Capital of the World for awhile, and I visited many of the famous spots – Mulholland Drive, Laurel Canyon, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the Walk of Fame and many famous restaurants. All I can say is the trite comment, ‘All that glitters is not gold.’ The freeways are clogged (with lots of really nice cars), the air is foul most of the time, and the number of homeless in many areas is mind boggling. Plus,it is very expensive to live there. One can only hope that dreams of fame are not completely dashed by the soulless City of the Angels. – Mike


  6. i b arora says:

    we need to dream even we know that dreams may not come true


  7. I almost wrote about jeep little trinkety things one buys in a place like Hollywood. Glad I didn’t, you did an excellent job.


  8. You did a good job of showing the dream(s) and the flip side of those dreams, Dawn. Bobble heads…heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!


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  9. Dear Dawn,

    I can see how one would become jaded working in a place like that. If you’ve seen one cheesy souvenir shop in Hollywood, you’ve seen ’em all. My favorite place the last time we went to Hollywood was a little hole in the wall bookshop. 😉

    I loved your use of chotskies. I grew up hearing the words chotchkehs and khazarai to mean trinkets and junk. You made me smile.

    Nicely done.




    • Thanks, Rochelle. I had a few ideas with this photo, but opted to go with the fun one– a bit cliché, perhaps. It’s true, if you’ve seen one…! We’ve used the word for so long, but there are so many spellings! I changed mine, when I realized I’d left out the ch. Alas… Glad you liked it, Rochelle! Shalom, Dawn


  10. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Dawn,

    And all the while, her agents will be trying to find her deals for a bobble head doll with her likeness…

    Idol worship. Humans are programmed for it, but only a few can be the idols. Great story that nailed the lunacy of the mob.




  11. Amy Reese says:

    Great take, Dawn. I imagine people buy the stupidest, cheapest things in Hollywood just because they’re in Hollywood. Like Disneyland. It’s place for dreamers that’s for sure, and some are so talented, and others get lucky.


  12. draliman says:

    It’s good to dream! And I learned a new word (chotchkies).
    A bobble head Johnny Depp could be kinda creepy, but I’ll take one anyway – because this is Hollywood 🙂


  13. storydivamg says:

    It does seem that Hollywood is chock full of broken dreams, doesn’t it? I like the setting you chose–so much less cliche than the wannabe actors working as wait staff in a restaurant. This gets the action down and dirty with the general public. Nicely handled.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  14. Chotchkies…hmm I learned a new word.

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  15. subroto says:

    Everybody needs a dream, maybe hers will work out one day


  16. Honie Briggs says:

    I can feel Marlene’s pain. Well done. I really like the title. After finishing my fairy costume for a body image event on campus next week, there is glitter all over my floors!


  17. rgayer55 says:

    Connie and I did a Christmas card one year where I posed action figures to represent us in a little jeep doing a “Redneck Roadhunter” episode. Unfortunately, it never caught on. Perhaps I should have went the bobblehead route 🙂


  18. Sarah Ann says:

    Here’s hoping she makes it, because I’m not sure she’s cut out for retail long-term. Good characterisation.


  19. Everybody needs a dream. I wonder in Hollywood how many times a day people think, “When I’m famous…”


  20. Margaret says:

    I hope she’s right about when she’s a star, but I suspect she’s just as starry-eyed and misguided as all those shoppers. Great little touch of irony there.


  21. Great spirit.. at least she seems to make some money while dreaming



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