Friday Fictioneers: Burnin’ Down The House

friday-fictioneersI want to thank so many of you for the kind words of support last week. Some of you saw my initial explanation (which I deleted) for my harsh story, some guessed from the comments, and others read the title. While I wish I’d left out the explanation to start with, to let my writing speak for itself, I appreciated each and every kind word, and the feedback you gave. Friday Fictioneers is more than a weekly flash fiction site, for me. I feel like I know some of you, and I’m grateful to be in such fine company. Thanks to each of you!

On Monday I had two exciting events, that helped shake me from the difficult place I’m in right now– and that can’t be sugar coated: I’m working on tough stuff. I’ve spent the past week on my own, in a quiet place, as I begin to digest things, and work on moving forward.

However, a piece I wrote about my family’s struggle with Huntington’s Disease was Featured in the Huffington Post and has done very well. That is especially gratifying because it means so much to me, to bring awareness to this devastating illness, which is always fatal. The 2nd bit of news was entirely unexpected and quite thrilling! I’ve been awarded by BlogHer as a “Voices of the Year” winner, for my piece “On My Father’s Birthday, A Letter To The Man Who Killed Him.” I will be honored at the BlogHer convention this July, and will read the piece in front of 5,000 people. (Holy butterflies, Batman!) I could not be more honored, and it was a cosmic hug I really needed right now.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly Flash Fiction challenge, that seduces writers from all over the world! Use the photo prompt to write a 100-word story and join this group of Kool Kats. Check out our fearless leader Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog Addicted Purple, to read more stories, learn more, or join in. The photo this week was sent in by Roger Bultot. My work often reflects where I’m at, but I always appreciate honest, constructive feedback. Please leave a comment, and tell me what you think.

© Roger Bultot

© Roger Bultot

 Burnin’ Down the House

It’s not like I didn’t know that our house was built with damaged goods. I plugged each hole and patched each crack, as quickly as you made them– Soldier on, soldier on.

“Don’t look into the sun, you’ll go blind,” I was told. I never thought to put on sunglasses and look beyond your glare.

But I’ve got a song in my heart and my shades are on.

“Here’s your ticket, pack your bags
Time for jumpin’ overboard”

When the smoke and ash clear, I’ll rebuild.
Now I know; I’m from strong stock… and my foundation is solid.

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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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50 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Burnin’ Down The House

  1. Without knowing exactly what you’re going through, I can feel what you’re going through. Reminds me of after my mom died and I had years of pain, anger, and rage to process. Brilliant writing! Know that whatever you are going through, it’s a process, and you will make it through, and likely come out brighter for it. Sending vibes of compassion and strength.

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  2. Amy Reese says:

    Great read, Dawn. One of your best, I think. It’s you who’s on fire, miss. Congrats on all your accomplishments! I’m thrilled for you. I wish you best, working through this tough time. I see that you were doing lots of walking. I think that’s a good strategy.

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  4. Good story with great metaphors, Dawn. You seem to be working through your problems in all the right ways. Again, Congratulations on your award and accomplishments! You’ve worked hard and earned it all. 🙂 — Suzanne


  5. Dear Dawn,

    You are one of my heroes. Just thought you’d like to know.

    I love the use of metaphor and the fact that you ended on a hopeful note with a fighting spirit.

    Mazel tov on your accomplishments.



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  6. Sandra says:

    Nice upbeat piece Dawn, and a great take on the prompt. Glad to hear of your successes. News like that can lift you right out of the ‘slough of despond’.

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  7. A great piece with a fabulous last line. Congratulations on both bits of news. Well deserved.

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  8. Wonderful metaphors for anyone going through a difficult time. Soldier on my friend.

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  9. ansumani says:

    A nice positive boost! Nice.


  10. Francesca Smith says:

    A very motivational story, which is full of great metaphors for those who need a booster. Forever stay the optimistic and congratulations on your news!


  11. plaridel says:

    fire can be liberating in a way. good story.


  12. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Dawn,

    There’s a lesson in the midst of your hard times. Something about silver linings and persevering. Congratulations and remember to visualize all 5,000 people in the audience as being in their underwear. (Ick.) Gook luck and rock on.




    • Hmm, well, that approach could cause all kinds of other issues, Doug! 😉 But thanks for the encouragement. And yes, I think the recent pain is pointing me in a very liberating, and exciting direction. Thanks for your kind feedback.


  13. mjlstories says:

    Quite a journey in 100 words! Inspiring.
    And congratulations too!


  14. Congratulations on Huffington and BlogHer. I’m sorry that I’m not going to BlogHer in July or I’d meet up with you. Maybe next year.
    Take care if yourself,


  15. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Dawn CONGRATULATIONS to the Motherland! You are a superb writer with TALENT that begins with “T” that rhymes with “P” for Perfect! Nan


  16. Jan Brown says:

    Great story, and the music is a blast from the past!

    I hope you are starting to feel better this week.

    Congratulations on your articles! Your writing deserves to be recognized😀

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  17. Ah. love how you have worked with metaphors, here.. a story that can be read over and over.. and many congratulations on your writing successes.

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  18. rgayer55 says:

    I particularly love the determination and grit of the last line. Too many people can’t break away and slowly suffocate as a result. Congrats on the big win. Reading in front of 5,000 – Wow! I’m chartreuse with envy.

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  19. Congratulations on the Blog Her, “Voice of the Year”.


  20. subroto says:

    A tale to reflect on courage and perseverance. Congratulations on your award.


  21. Nice piece and aargh on including the song…nice ear worm, woman.


  22. oneintercessor says:

    I just read your HP article about HD and ALS…I’m terribly sorry. God be with you~Ann

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  23. Katalina4 says:

    Dawn, I feel so out of touch! Coming here to your site I realize it’s been weeks and weeks and I have not seen you showing up in my WP reader, and here you’ve had STUFF going on…
    Anyway, I wish you strength and courage for the hard stuff – thank goodness you have a writing outlet – and big congratulations on your ongoing successes with getting your writing out in the world! xxxx Kat


    • Thanks so much Kat. I know you’re out there, so no worries about when you appear or don’t appear. I’m so grateful to those steady readers, but we all have lives… and issues… as I said, you and I, we’re on similar paths I suspect. Supporting you in your journey, and feeling supported by you, in mine. xoxx

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