Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Winning by Sally Cronin


Time for this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills and the prompt was ‘winners’ in 99 words, no more, no less…

Winning by Sally Cronin

They heckled the last in the pack on the track as he struggled to keep up with the rest of the runners. Even in the lead position Peter could hear their jeers and laughter. One more lap and the race would be over and it was going to be a triumph for him, but a bitter disappointment for his friend Michael. As the seconds ticked by Peter thought about what winning this race would mean for him. Then he dropped back and ran by the side of the person who really mattered and they would cross the line together.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge.. Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction 28th November.

 

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday November 29th 2019 – #CarrotRanch Rodeo results, #WATWB with D.G. Kaye, #BlackFriday by Kim By Hook or By Book


The day has arrived when the  Carrot Ranch Rodeo Contest competition results have been announced by Charli Mills, and you will find some familiar names amongst the finalists and the winners… Congratulations to everyone and please head over to find out the results and enjoy the stories from the four weeks…Excellent reading…

The results of the 2019 Flash Fiction Rodeo are in and we thank our judges: Paula Sahin, Donna Armistead, Tammy Toj Gajewski, Bonnie, T. Marie Bertineau, and Cynthia May Drake. Charli Mills, lead buckaroo at Carrot Ranch, selected ten top finalists in each category. Judges selected the top three places. The top prize winner in each category wins $25. All finalists receive a story critique.

To read the stories and discover the winners: Carrot Ranch Rodeo Contest

Even a small act of kindness can make the difference to someone’s life..it is the last Friday of the month and in Debby Gies​ #WATWB post she has a list of 52 small through to big good deeds you could carry out… Head over to read the list…

We are the World Blogfest

WATWB – 52 Big and Small Good Deeds to Help Change the World by D.G. Kaye

Another month has come to the end and that means the last Friday of the month is time to post about some of the good things going on in the world for the #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest. I thought it was the perfect time of year with Thanksgiving and Christmas on its way to share some wonderful deeds that we can all partake in, if only just one of these 52 gestures to contribute to making somebody’s day. This post was written in early 2019, but it’s evergreen. It’s never too late to start and there is no expiry date!

52 Big and Small Good Deeds to Help Change the World in 2019
One good deed can lead to another so pass it on.

You can make a real difference, one good deed at a time. When you perform acts of kindness, it doesn’t just help others, it’s good for you too. Doing good deeds, no matter how small, makes you feel better too.

Head over to read the list of small to big acts of kindness: D.G. Kaye Writer #WATWB 50 big and small acts of kindness

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US Blog: D.G. Writes Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month: The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye

And I had to include at least one post on Black Friday… and Kim of By Hook or by Book has it nailed with some very funny memes… I hope you will head over to enjoy.

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Okay everyone. It’s Black Friday so here’s your chance to work off those Thanksgiving calories. Unless, you’re a wuss like me and you’re not venturing out past your front door that is. Here are some fun memes to get you ready.

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Head over to Kim’s to enjoy all the rest: Kim’s Black Friday Memes

I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection and please head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally..

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Storm Windows by Sally Cronin


After a brief break from the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills I am back in response to this week’s wonderful prompt.. “Storm Windows”.

She looked out through the slightly distorting storm windows that protected the house from the harsh winds that swept onto the coast from America. This part of Ireland was notorious for its harsh winters, but also its outstanding coastal views and warmhearted people. She had moved here to escape her past, and preferred the natural violence of the weather to that she had endured for many years. She sighed as she turned to face the man in the room. Another more dangerous storm had breached the defences and windows could not protect her. It was time to be brave.

©sally cronin 2010

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge you have until November 19th: Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills

I hope that you have enjoyed this piece of Flash Fiction – thanks for dropping by.. Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – The Close Match by Sally Cronin


This week on the  Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills   the challenge was to write a story in 99 words on the subject of someone unremembered…

Also Charli shares the news that the Carrot Ranch Rodeo contest is back from next week for the month of October. There is a chance to be critiqued by Charli and also a prize for the winners. Head over to find out more.

The Close Match

Isobel held her mother’s hand tightly as the door to the café opened, and a man walked in and looked around. It had been an emotional few weeks since the DNA close match had been found on the genealogy database. Her mother, abandoned as a toddler on the doorstep of an orphanage, had no memories of her family, long giving up hope of finding them. The man looked over to their table and her mother gasped as she saw his shock of red hair and green eyes. His face lit up and smiling he hurried towards them, twins reunited.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge, here is the link: https://carrotranch.com/2019/09/27/september-26-flash-fiction-challenge/

I have a number of short story collections and you can find my books and their reviews: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019/

I hope you enjoyed my bit of flash and your feedback is always welcome.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – A Musical Interlude by Sally Cronin


This week the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills prompts us to write in 99 words, no more, no less… a story about ‘an interlude’ – mine is A Musical Interlude

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A musical interlude

The loss was unbearable. They had been together for forty years after bumping into each other on the dance floor of the youth club. He was gangly and thin as a rake, and she still chubby with puppy fat. They danced all evening and had done so every night since. Her daughter took her hand as the music she had selected began to play. Family and friends around her smiled as the song reminded them of the wonderful love they had witnessed. For just a few more minutes, they were together, dancing, as they would be again one day.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s flash fiction, you have until the 23rd to submit your story: https://carrotranch.com/2019/09/20/september-19-flash-fiction-challenge/

I have a number of short story collections and you can find my books and their reviews: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019/

I hope you enjoyed my bit of flash and your feedback is always welcome.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – White Washing by Sally Cronin


Time to respond to this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills This week, Charli has asked us for 99 words, no more no less… on the subject of painting.. I also recommend that you head over and read the post that accompanies the prompt, as always interesting to find out what has been happening this week at the Carrot Ranch.

White Washing by Sally Cronin

One angry brush stroke at a time, the old man painted across the words on his neighbour’s garden gate,

They were a lovely family, who had been kind to him since they been granted asylum three years ago, and moved in next door. Having recently lost his wife he had been lonely, but they invited him in each Sunday for dinner, did his shopping when he was ill and the father often popped around for a chat after work.

The least he could do in return was to white wash over this mean spirited graffiti before they discovered it.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link: https://carrotranch.com/2019/06/28/june-27-flash-fiction-challenge/

I have a number of short story collections and you can find my books and their reviews: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019/

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed my story….thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – A Splashing Good Time by Sally Cronin


A fascinating post about rocks from the beach, writing conferences and ghosts… as well as a fabulous prompt for this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills

The prompt is about ‘making a big splash… here is my story..

A Splashing Good Time by Sally Cronin

Her husband insisted she was incapable of learning to drive, refusing to pay for lessons as a waste of time and money. After seven years she found her own voice, and grateful there were no children to witness her failure, she left. With a new job, cottage and money to make her own way, she passed her driving test first time, and purchased a small car. One day torrential rain filled the drains, creating deep puddles each side of the road. She saw him walking along the pavement. Smiling, she swished passed him, creating a wonderfully drenching big splash.

©Sally Cronin 2019

Image: Pixabay.com

If you would like to participate in this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction here is the link: https://carrotranch.com/2019/06/07/june-4-flash-fiction-challenge-2/

I have a number of short story collections and you can find my books and their reviews: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019/

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed my story….thanks Sally.