Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Throne

"Sure, I can babysit my seven-year-old niece." 

"Thanks, Sis." Pedro grinned, "I'll pick her up by 9 p.m."

The evening was going well until Sarah needed to use the potty.

I took her to the bathroom. She stood there with a dazed look.  I beckoned her to sit on the potty; she squealed and placed her fingers on her parted lips, then moved back n forth. 

Perplexed, I left her alone and stood outside. Time ticked away. 

I peeped in to find that she was seated on the floor and playing peek-a-boo with her reflection on the gold-plated toilet. 


  In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that glorifies a toilet.  Go where the prompt leads!fff


Monday, November 16, 2020

The Grinch

"What is that green thingie on my toast?" I inquired with flared nostrils.

"Oh! Sweetie, that's avocado. It's supposed to be very healthy for you." Mom said in a gentle voice as she got busy with the cleanup.

"I just want my PB&J sandwich." I moaned. 

"Besides, I will end up becoming a grinch if I eat these toasts." 

"Who said?" Mom inquired with hands on her hips and a crossed brow.

"Marsha said her brother has turned green ever since he ate avocados."

Then with a brief pause, "I don't want to hate Christmas by becoming a grinch."


Sunday, November 8, 2020

A Brown Watch

My owner was one careless soul. One day she came to Lake Superior for a picnic. She was careful to remove me before a dip but forgot to pick me up after that. 

Time ticked away, and I saw many sunrises and sunsets. 

One evening, I felt a wet grip and realized a canine had fancied my ticking sound. He dropped me in the water when he went to fetch the ball. The waves welcomed me. I found a new home until they swept me over. 

"Hello beautiful lady, what year is it? How much time did I lose?" 


  In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about lost time. You can write a realistic scenario or something speculative. How does lost time impact the character of your story? Bonus points if you include a 1982 brown rubber watch Go where the prompt leads! Join in the fun at Carrotranch

Thursday, October 22, 2020

One camping night...

"And then what happens?" inquired my three-year-old with wide eyes and a mouth wide open. 

 I quickly put a spoonful of rice in his mouth while thinking of what would happen next if a bear would come.

Just then, we heard a loud thud. An eerie silence followed that as even the crickets had gone silent. Only the bonfire was crackling and popping. 

I held my son in my firm grip while the other hand had the Pepper spray; I let my instincts work as soon as something came near me. "Aaaaah!"

The yell sounded familiar, "'Twas, my husband." 


  In 99 words (no more, no less), write a spooky tale told around a campfire.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Bored Teen

"Pick up your plates, Nate. That's the least you can do around the house," I shouted at my teen in a high decibel.

"Mom! I get tired doing the same chore three times a day." he retorted.

I stopped stirring the pot and gave him a confused look as if he had just declared that he has graduated from college; without going to one. 

He saw that look and muttered, "A teen's life is all about being with friends, and in these times, I've been eating home-cooked food. That is such a chore," and he let out a sigh! 


In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about chores. 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Spotlight: Shades of Love by Candy Laine



Publisher: Candy Laine (Indie published)
Publication Date: 11 May 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance


An anthology of short stories exploring the emotion of love in all its aspects. The love between a mother and son, a criminal and a stranger, an army officer and his wife, painful teenage crushes, second chance romances with twists in the tale and more.

Reader Reviews

"These are sweet, romantic short stories (though not necessarily 'romance') similar to what you might find in Guideposts. Most of the stories are set in India. All have an uplifting feel, with wonderful imagery and a realistic cadence which will make you feel like you are visiting that country. Some of the stories have the unusual theme of romance centered around film production, something you don't see everyday. My favorite story was 'Grace's Miracle' which had a fun twist that I don't want to spoil, but you will laugh and say 'a-hah!' I also enjoyed 'Afghan Adventure', to see the troubles through a India Army soldier's eyes." - Anna Erishkigal

"This is a heartwarming book, perfect for cozying up during the long winter evenings. All short stories are woven with love and sparkle with many hues. The stories flow easily and all have an element of surprise, an unexpected twist. These are not run of the mill romances. Pick a copy to read on a flight or gift one to someone dear. These are all stories to stir your soul and bring a smile." -  Neyz

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Candy Laine worked as a Search Engine Optimization content writer and dabbled in Social Media Marketing for nine years before she realized she was starving her creative soul. That's when she went back to creative writing. Today she enjoys feeding her soul as she drinks green tea, meditates, burns candles, practices Reiki and occasionally smacks people who annoy her.

Her husband and son usually keep her busy baking cakes and pies. She's lived in over 30 homes following her fauji father and husband all over the country. Currently she calls the city of Pune her home. In her spare time, which isn't much, she manages to escape into her make belief world populated with eccentric characters who just want to be loved.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Spotlight: The Floundering Author by Sundari Venkatraman


Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
Publication Date: August 3, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance

Jai Wadhwa aspires to be a published author only to find that the path he has chosen is full of thorns. He’s almost on the verge of giving up his dream when Ishika Chatterjee walks into his life.

The commissioning editor of a major publishing house based in Delhi, Ishika is keen to have Jai’s book as part of Cooper Publishing House India’s catalogue, only to find her path blocked from all directions.

Heartbroken, Jai goes underground to lick his wounds. Will he ever get to realise his dream or is it doomed forever?

While Ishika isn’t one to give up so easily on a project she strongly believes in, she has nothing less than a battle on her hands. And what about the floundering author himself—the one she has fallen in love with? Will he take on the world and launch his writing career or fade away to nothing?

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-five titles to her credit, which have sold more than 1.75 lakh copies around the world. Her books consistently feature in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon in both Romance and Asian Drama categories. Her latest romance novels have all been on the #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

As a child, Sundari loved to read books with ‘lived happily ever after’ endings. They were all about good triumphing over evil. As a teenager, her favourite books were romance novels from Mills & Boon. She was fascinated by them, so much so that she began to visualise the stories set in India.

Sundari was forty when she began her writing journey, completing the first draft of her first novel in thirty-five days. She has not looked back since.

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