First, let me just apologize — I am sorry — these last few weeks, and last week in particular, have been very difficult for me, and last week I just couldn’t really manage anything. I thank those of you who expressed concern or wished me well — as an update, I have sought medical help, and TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY blah blah blah… you know what I mean, darlings.
So, I can only hope that I am on the road to Eldorado… I mean, recovery.
I didn’t get a chance to read anything last week — I may have to do double duty this week and go back and read last week’s, too! (We’ll see….)
Anyhow, I don’t know how many of these stories are going to be like mine this week — I ignored my own policy of not going with my first idea, and so I’m sure there will be other John Wyndham inspired stories; but I hope I gave it my own flavour.
This is, of course, Friday Fictioneers, a communal activity wherein participants are prompted by a picture to create a story inspired by the image. You can read all about it HERE, and find other stories to read as well.
“Trees are not gen’rally known for their lit’racy skills,” the old man said whimsically. “I just never knew they was so sensitive.”
They had been barricaded inside their house for days; ever since the first tree unrooted itself and launched an attack on their home. Now the scratching at their walls became unbearable.
“They’re here, grampa,” the younger man warned.
“All right, you charry bastards!” the older man yelled. “I never meant to offend ye with my sign; but by god, I’ll not let you harm my kin over your lack o’ sense!”
Torches held high, they stormed outside screaming.
David Stewart is typically brilliant, this week especially so. Don’t stop for coffee, don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, don’t stop for a rest, go read The Dog, The Clubhouse, and The Cookies
Okay, you really MUST go read KZ’s fairy tale flipped on its head.
Outsider’s Eulogy is a must read. So much beautiful language and imagery, and the overall message is breathtaking.
Seeking Redemption by Jeremy Milburn is a glimpse into Hell on earth, and a mother on a Dante-like quest to save her daughter.
misskzebra has written what I feel is her best piece… Some Culture For You. I’d frame this on my wall, it’s so good. This is as good as it gets, darlings — taken literally it is a creepy tale of a prisoner — but the levels of entrapment in this story are myriad — it makes an stark and terrible metaphor for being trapped in an abusive relationship or just a horrible situation caused by trusting a charming sociopath. Can’t gush enough about this one.
Mike Olley wrote a wonderful bit of metafiction with No Plot For Sale that I’m sure you’ll love. I did.
Zombie stories often lack sympathy; or else they’re overly dramatic… either way, poorly done. Brainsnorts wrote some wonderfully human and believable characters in a terrible inhumane situation with his tale The Hungry. Excellent piece of writing.