Friday Fictioneers: Vodka Fog

friday-fictioneersI’m late; I’m late! It’s been a very busy week with a few big writing projects (on Huff Post, a piece about Honey Boo Boo and the welfare of children, and a piece for Mothers Day). I was also hesitant to post, because I knew I’d have guests from overseas here, and very limited time starting on Friday. I’ll do my best, but can’t promise to make all the rounds. Regardless, wishing a warm and happy Mother’s Day to all you writers who are moms in one way or another.

Giant congratulations to our fearless and tireless leader, Rochell Wisoff-Fields on the release of her book Please Say Kaddish For Me! So exciting! If you’d like to join this amazing group of writers, from all over the world, check out the details on Rochelle’s Blog, Addicted to Purple. This week’s photo prompt comes from Madison Woods.

This week, I sought to emulate in some small way, the fun and wit that Perry and Russell bring to this each week. Tough shoes to fill! The minute I saw the photo on Wed, I knew where I wanted to go, it was just a matter of finding the time! As always, I welcome honest feedback that is honest or constructive. Please leave a comment.

© Madison Woods

© Madison Woods

When Words Fail

“Water, water everywhere and not a sip to drink– is that it?”

“No. Something about water, but not that.”

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink? Is that the one, Janie?”

“Nope. It was about drinking, but not horses. Come on Meg!”

“Good grief! It’s your saying, not mine. What’s it about again?”

“David! It’s about that guy I met the other night. He’s over there, by the bar–“

“Well, I’ll tell you one thing: that man is a tall, cool glass of water, on a hot day!”

“That’s it!”

(97 words)


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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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31 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Vodka Fog

  1. Amy Reese says:

    Aww, that one. That’s a goodie! I’ve always liked that expression, the last one. Congrats on your Huffpost articles. Happy Mother’s Day, Dawn! Enjoy.


    • Thanks so much Amy! Wow, you were quick on the draw! I’m off to bed… have to drive to Vancouver in the morning! Hesitated to post at all, but hate to miss a FF. Happy, happy Mother’s Day to you as well. 😀

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  2. hbksloss says:

    Love this one! So creative and will crafted.


  3. Congratulations for successfully writing in a genre different from your usual, Dawn. This was a creative way to bring in water. Well done as always. 🙂 — Suzanne


  4. Dear Dawn,

    Sometimes it’s fun to step outside your comfort zone. You’ve done it successfully, but that doesn’t surprise me. Have a good weekend. (What’s left of it.)




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  6. Mike Lince says:

    I am pleased you found time to write this piece. Your creativity is always like a breath of fresh air, or perhaps in this case as refreshing as mountain-fresh water. – Mike


  7. jgroeber says:

    Ah. You made me smile! A Happy Mother’s Day to my parallel universe Mama. Here’s hoping you have a day filled with whatever the adult version of pipe cleaner flowers and coffee canister vases is! XO XO

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    • It turned out to be THE worst Mother’s Day… ever. But, that said, there are so many other days to enjoy. 😉 Just reading your warm greeting here is the hug I needed.

      (So, consider coming to NYC for the BlogHer convention, and be my roomie!)


  8. rgayer55 says:

    To paraphrase WC Fields, “Why would you want to drink something fish have sex in?” Or, another favorite of mine from Groucho Marx, “You can lead a gift horse to water, but you can’t look him in the mouth.”

    Let me know when you Huffington Post article comes out. I’d love to read it there. I suggested Perry submit his bromance story to them. It was pretty clever, so I hope he does. And thanks for the shout out at the top. It was nice of you to mention us.


  9. I love how you dredged up all the references to water then Russel added more! I’ve always liked the last one – about the man being a cool glass of water on a hot day. It says A LOT. Happy Mother’s Day. Alicia


  10. Ha.. there is nothing better than a reference to water.. but what’s better than Vodka itself… ? Water of life.

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  11. We certainly have a lot of expressions with water. As an English teacher, I find this especially intriguing. 🙂

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  12. micklively says:

    Very clever take on the photo: well done.


  13. wildbilbo says:

    Nice work & great channelling of the resident humorists 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  14. McGuffy Ann says:

    My Grammy used to say that!


  15. A nice lighthearted one.



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