What a difference one week makes! Last week I had been told I’d be on Huffington Post. Exciting enough, but since then, they’ve published two of my pieces, and on Saturday one of those same stories was Freshly Pressed! The one story received hundreds of comments, many of them very hostile and ugly. I understood that there might be some negativity, but wasn’t prepared for what happened. The other painted me as a saint. Neither is accurate. Today, an Australian publication asked to put the saintly story on their site; it’s been an exciting week for my writing!
Thanks to all of my Friday Fictioneer buddies, who brought such supportive words and their usual brand of wonderful writing. I apologize for not getting to each of your stories; I was completely overwhelmed! Led by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, find details and a list of the other stories on her blog, Addicted to Purple, this weekly flash fiction challenge is a bright spot in every week. This week’s photo comes form Janet Webb. As always, honest, thoughtful feedback is always welcome.
Pale Brown Memories (97 Words)
We lazed in the late day sun, at the back of the garden. Mottled light flickered across his face, as he slept on the blanket and I counted his freckles. Married all of these years, his freckles still charm me and pull at my heart. His bare shoulders were slightly burned, from a day lounging together alone. I watched his eyes flutter, swept up in some unknown dream, and knew I would love him forever.
This fall, I could not bring myself to trim back the hydrangea blooms, now dry and faded. They remind me of summer joy.
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