Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge – The Rabbit Hutch by Sally Cronin

Time for the first Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills of the year and this week we are offered the chance to write about a hutch… either as a piece of furniture or an animal hutch.


The Rabbit Hutch by Sally Cronin

Her kids wanted new things for their children and Milly decided to have a garage sale for toys she had hoarded. Neighbors came and went, but one little boy stood in front of the rabbit hutch all morning. She had put 20 dollars on the ticket as they were expensive to buy new. He clasped a dollar bill in his hand. “My dad says I can have a rabbit when I can buy the hutch”. A tear rolled down his cheek. He raced down the street waving the sold ticket in his hand and she smiled at his joy.

©Sally Cronin 2020

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge here is the link: January 2nd 2020 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge

My latest release contains a section of flash fiction as well as verse and speculative short stories..

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Thank you for dropping in today and as always your feedback is very welcome..Sally.

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

This week on the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills we were tasked on writing a story about a garden gnome or gnomes…mine is loosely based on an alleged true event…

Missing by Sally Cronin

Eunice loved her garden gnomes and each birthday her husband would buy her another for the collection. Then one July, her favourite, a right Jack the lad, with a red jacket and green trousers was stolen. She was heartbroken and even put up missing posters to no avail. Then the postcards started arriving from all over Europe. ‘Having great time, see you soon. Love Jack.’ Sure enough one morning in October, Eunice looked out the window to see him back in his usual place. Her husband smirked. ‘I see the students are back after their summer holidays my love!’

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in the challenge then please head over to Charli’s: Carrot Ranch Challenge December 13th.

My latest release contains a section of flash fiction as well as verse and speculative short stories..

Amazon £3.50:Amazon UK

And $4.53: Amazon US

Thank you for dropping in today and as always your feedback is very welcome..Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday December 12th 2019 – #Storycontest Stevie Turner, #FlashFiction Charli Mills Carrot Ranch, #Bookreview Angie Quantrell.

If you are feeling creative and would like to express this in a Christmas short story or poem then here is the link to a post by Stevie Turner.  I have also included the first verse of her own poem to get you in the mood…

Share Your Christmas Short Story (or Poem) at Stevie Turner’s blog

Yes it’s that time again! Have you written a short story (2000 words or less please) or a poem with a Christmas theme? If you have and would like to take part in the contest, publish the story on your blog and then add a link to it here in the comments. On Christmas Eve I’ll pick my favourite one to share on my website and other social media. The winner will also be able to feature this laurel on their blog:

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I thought I’d add my poem to get you all in the Christmas mood:

Nellie Answers Back

‘Twas Christmas Day in the workhouse
The snow was falling fast.
Nellie scrubbed two hundred shirts
And wished the day would pass.

Copyright 2019 by Stevie Turner

To read the rest of Stevie’s poem and to find out more about the contest…head ye over to yonder blog you only have a couple of weeks to get your entry in: Christmas short story or poem contest at Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner buy the books: Amazon US Stevie Turner on: Goodreads – blog: Stevie Turner on WordPress

Please visit Amazon or Stevie’s website to view all her books.

Thursday is recap day for the flash fiction submitted to the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills – Here is a short snippet sharing just some of the fantastic stories in this week’s challenge… and if you missed mine over the weekend.. you can read it by heading over.

It’s a taste sensation and a vibrant color — key lime pie. Composed of a graham cracker crust and creamy filling, key lime pie brightens any meal. Small citrus from groves in Florida, key limes are a regional fruit grown in the Florida Keys. Citrus lovers (and those who make key lime pies) claim they are the sweetest of the limes. While it’s not familiar internationally, it is a color you can almost taste it.

Writers took to the prompt brightly going where pies lead.

The following stories are based on the December 5, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a key lime pie.

PART I (10-minute read)

Key Lime Pie.0 by christopher lee falcone

In the Beginning, the Earth was without crust or filling.
Then God said: “Let there be Pie.”
And there was Pie.
And the Lord said: “Let there be a division of Pies, between Cream Pies and Pies of Fruit; between Meat Pies, and Pies of Cheese.”
And there became many Pies. And He saw that the Pies were good.
Then, the Devil approached the Throne of Heaven, saying: “Lord, why do you trouble over Pies? For what good is it?”
To where the Lord pitched a key lime pie into the Devil’s eye, saying: “That!”
And the Heavens laughed.


Tropical Revolution by Faith A. Colburn

Key lime pie tastes of freedom in tropical paradise.

The lime, a citrus hybrid, grows in places like the Florid Keys and the islands of the Caribbean, reminding me of Ernest Hemingway, tucked away in the Keys, writing of the Spanish Civil War, Fidel and Raul Castro, and Che Guevara overthrowing the Batista regime in Cuba. Farther back in time—probably before agronomists developed key limes—the blacks in Haiti rose up in a slave rebellion that freed Haiti from French colonial rule and abolished slavery there.

Do you suppose any of those revolutionaries celebrated with key lime pie?


Head over to enjoy 36 fabulous flash fiction stories about Key Lime Pie: Carrot Ranch Key Lime pie with Charli Mills

A little about Charli Mills and find out more at Carrot Ranch

Good to meet you! I’m Charli Mills. From riding horses to writing stories, I’m a born buckaroo wrangling words. I once won a trophy for goat-tying and later, one for story-telling.

With over two decades in freelancing, publications, sales, marketing, editing and speaking, my writing is published in magazines, anthologies and online. I use my worldly experience to consult with organizations, schools, entrepreneurs, writers, and independent authors in the art and business of story-telling.

My byline has appeared in Montana Outdoors, Colours Literary Magazine, Edible Twin Cities and online at USA Today. I used to write wellness columns, and foodie features about turmeric and cheese-makers. I published over 200 print articles and managed the award-winning Living Naturally for 16 years.

The next post is from Angie Quantrell who reviews a lovely children’s books that would delight the younger members of the family.  Winter Cats by Janet Lawlor, illustrated by Ela Smietanka and published by Albert Whitman & Company, 2019


I won a copy of Winter Cats by Janet Lawler from Writing and Illustrating, a blog by Kathy Temean, Janet Lawler, and Albert Whitman & Company. Thank you! I adore cats (and have one who believes she is queen of both indoor and outdoor realms).

There are so many new and wonderful books being released. I enjoy reading about them on a variety of blogs. Sometimes the blogs have giveaways. If one takes the time to read and comment about the new books, authors, or illustrators, your name is put into a hat. On good days, your name is pulled out. And TA-DA, a shiny new book appears in your mailbox! I love shiny new books in my mailbox.

I encourage you to support authors and illustrators by learning about their work and searching for their books at bookstores and libraries, two of my most favorite places to visit

Head over to find out what Angie thought of Winter Cats: Winter Cats reviewed by Angie Quantrell

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A little bit about Angie and you can find more about her About Angie

Hello, friends. I’m so glad you dropped by. Thanks for joining my adventure, one in which I’m led by the Lord, encouraged by His strength, and driven by His purpose – down the path called Writing.

The road is not new. This girl has been writing for as long as she can remember, and that is saying something, since she has passed the half century mark and is quickly sailing on towards the next decade. I spent my early elementary recess times in the library, helping shelve books in hopes of finding new favorites. At that time, all that mattered was horses, so my check-out list leaned heavy towards The Black Stallion (Farley), The Horse and His Boy (Lewis), and any other author who wrote about equines. At the same time I was voraciously reading all I could get my hands on, I started writing stories. The written word is strong in my family.

Kevin is my love, best friend, and life partner of over 30 years. I’ve had him longer than his parents. Whenever we argue and I try to give him back, his mom says “No, you’ve had him longer. He’s all yours!”

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full…thanks Sally.