Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday Snippets: May 26, 2019

Well, we made it to the second edition of Sunday Snippets. It's been a busy couple of weeks but I think the majority of our medical appointments are finally over with. I've actually gotten in a little writing - okay, so it's all been blog writing, but that's a start. I'm having to take a deeper look into my characters for the new "Ask a Character" posts. So, if you've read any of my books, feel free to leave a comment with a question for your favorite (or least favorite) character and I'll do my best to answer it in a future post.

Remember the reason for today, Memorial Day. Honoring those who gave their life for our freedoms.

We did try to see the International Space Station as it passed over our area on the night of the 18th. We had light clouds and a gorgeous full moon. We think we saw the ISS as it scooted by overhead!

As an author, I tend to have a lot of Facebook friends who are also authors. Some I have been privileged to meet, others not. But I've been involved with them online for several years and followed them both personally and professionally.

One such author is Holli Spaulding. Recently she decided to fulfill her dream of owning a coffee shop and used book store. Present Tense Coffee and Books is located in Green Cove Springs, FL. She offers both new and used books as well as delicious coffee and fresh pastries.

Many of her fellow authors donated books to help her get started and I was no exception.

In other sundry snippets, I started my own flash fiction word prompt series this week. Friday Foto Flash Fiction - I hope anyone who likes to write will give it a try. Each picture prompt is open for submissions for a week. Here is the prompt for this week and here is my story but I hope you will also read/comment on the other submissions I've listed below.
1.Keith's Ramblings4.Di @ pensitivity1017.You're next!
2.Shelley at Quaint Revival5.DC Stultz  
3.Donna McNicol, author6.Tessa

Watch for interviews various characters in both my book series - Klondike Mysteries & C'Mon Inn Mysteries. Let me know if you have a favorite you'd like to have interviewed or any questions you would like asked.

Final note - our transplanted rose bushes are growing. Guess it's true, you can't kill them!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Back of my hand...

I was reading blogs this morning and ran across a rather random challenge - share a photo of the back of your hand. Why not? So I grabbed a picture of my hand on my mouse for my laptop.

It's definitely an old lady hand. Age spots, wrinkles, and prominent veins. I've always had large knuckles and prominent veins but they seem to become more so every day. But it's my hand and it works quite well, thank you.

How about it? You game? Snap a pic and share away!! What do you have to lose...

#fotoflash May 24 2019: The Alley

My contribution to Friday Foto Flash Fiction...

Lettie dug the hand drawn map out of her purse, turned it left and right, trying to make sense out of the instructions. Looking ahead, all she saw was an alleyway that seemed to get narrower. She had tried to ask directions at the cafe earlier but the language barrier was too steep. Dead phone battery meant no Google translate.

Stuffing it away, she sighed and trudged onward, hoping to see something familiar. After all, how difficult could it be to find the family home? She'd seen pictures and listened to stories about the neighborhood for years.

A beeping sound startled her and she turned around to face someone on a little scooter.

"I'm sorry," she apologized as she moved to the side.

"Grazie," a deep masculine voice responded but didn't move.

Taking a chance, she asked, "Mi puoi aiutare?", hoping she was saying it correctly. No response so she added, "Do you speak English?"


She pulled the map out again and showed it to him. "I want to find this place." She pointed to a spot on the map. "Do you know where it is?"

"Sì." Then in heavily accented English, "Get on back. I take you."

Glancing around and seeing no one else who could help, she shrugged and climbed on board.

"Hold on," he commanded as they motored down the alley.

She didn't need to be told twice, the cobblestones made for quite a bouncy ride.

Twenty minutes later, they were still winding down alleyways. The sun was setting and she was getting worried. Tapping him on the shoulder, she shouted, "Are we almost there?"

"Soon, cara signora! Soon."

"Okay." She felt drowsy and closed her eyes. The screech of brakes startled her awake. The sun was gone and a smidgen of moon lit the sky. Rubbing the sleep from her eyes she asked, "We there?"

"Sorry, signora. I got us lost. This friend house. We stay. Tomorrow we go your house."

With no good alternative, she agreed and entered the tiny stone house. She gasped. The inside was charming. A roaring fire warmed the rustic but cozy room. A wizened lady came forward and took her arm. As she offered her name, she realized she had never introduced herself to her driver. She turned but he was nowhere in sight. "Where-"

The woman put her hands beside her cheek and simulated sleeping. She pulled her into a tiny room and nodded at the single bed and pointed to her. "Letto. Vai a dormire." She left and closed the door.

The sun peeking through the curtains woke her. She stretched and tried to remember where she was and why she was there. A knock on the door accompanied by a deep voiced good morning, brought her back to reality. She tossed on her clothes and opened the door.

"Lady of the house, she said your house gone."

"That can't be! She's mistaken."

"No mistake. Boom! No more house."

"I guess I have to go home."

"No, stay. Guest. Welcome here. New home!"

She smiled. "My new home. Italia!"

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