FF: Put a Straw in It

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson CLICK TO JOIN THE FUN Put a Straw in It When the giant coconut appeared in central L.A., many people thought it was a prank. No one could find a way inside. The government tried to cordon off the immediate area, but locals found ways to sneak in. One intrepid local […]

FF: Alone, but Not

CLICK FROG TO JOIN “Yes, well here’s what I want to do,” Diana said, cutting off the discussion. She was going to the beach, and she was going to have fun. Her friends stopped arguing to turn to her: Rebekah twelve and Riley thirteen. “That sounds like a great idea,” Rebekah said. Sometimes, all it […]

FF: Creative Non-fiction

Culture shock for a 15-year-old girl meeting her grandparents for the first time. Delicious, home-cooked meals and fresh mangos. A house in sunny Oahu. Flip-flops indoors to keep floors clean. Baths are gross, washing in your own dirt. We’re Okinawan Japanese, meaning: not stuck-up. Then, we’re rushed home by an angry mother. Because, my grandparents […]

Book Escapism

In her hands she holds a book with a silk cover, dark purple and glittering. Sitting down in a quiet cove, the story drifts to a new world, a place of starry skies. The story connects me to a memory: camping in a quiet world, no Internet, no pressures, just me and my imagination. In […]

Ideal Future

This week, I’m going to stream-of-consciousness dream world type stuff. No one else in it, not because I want to live forever alone, but so as not to presume anyone else would want my fantasy too. Of course, every fantasy – for me – has to start in a library. Come on in, and pull […]

FF: Lay Your Burdens Down

Lately, been carryinga heavy load,as you know,so many questions,so little time. then i see you two,sitting therebeing you. itake off my bag,set it down at the table,close my eyesand sighand cry. a gorgeous spring day,a plain white table,drinks and food and conversationnothing fancy, cold lemonade and sandwiches, but it isheaven on earth.

Z is for Zenith

The day is bittersweet for Lesha as she stands by the Harlem River near dawn, near the old navy yards. Today’s the day she gets to return “home,” to leave the city which has been her home away from home for many long, almost-human years. By this time, she’s more than “earned her wings.” She’s […]

FF: Y is For You

Click the floating frog to join.  The earth has gone quiet and still. The last ambulance siren screamed goodbye over a day ago. It doesn’t matter. The latest news announcement grimly doubted that any of us will survive for long. We sit on plastic lawn chairs, sharing a bottle of tequila. “You always said you […]

X is for X-rays

“What’s in that box?” Schrodinger’s wife Anna asked him one day. “It smells like something died in there.” “It’s an experiment, Anna. You wouldn’t understand.” Maybe not, but the only thing a man likes more than telling a woman she’s wrong is proving how right he is. Sure enough, he continued talking. “There’s this guy […]

W is for Witches

“We really need to find some other place to meet,” Susan says, sniffing distastefully at the air. “But this is the place the Goddess revealed to us in a vision.” Meghan says. “She might not have meant this swamp – or any swamp. It could all be symbolic.” “For crying out loud,” Xavier says. “Let’s […]