Category Archives: Challenges

Wet Ink

In response to the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge this week. Topic”


She dug through her purse for the stamps she just bought a week ago. This card needed to be posted today to reach him in time for his birthday.

Cars behind her in line honked impatiently as she absentmindedly popped the card into the box slot in the drive through at the post office.  She waved out the window and pulled away, smiling

The postal worker came to collect the drive through mail. Dodging the automatic sprinklers, he reached for something face down on the ground. It was a goner, as he couldn’t read anything for the wet ink.


Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Destination & Guide

The director worked

By providing instruction

The actors could shine

Their ambition made them try

Their talent won them accolades

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

Thursday Photo Prompt Window Write Photo

It was the roses

I remembered in my heart

How much you loved them

Drove past the old place last week

Those damn roses were still there

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben


Pass the Pasties

In response to the Carrot Ranch, Flash Fiction Challenge of January 4th, to write about Copper Country

Mom always made us pasties. We grew up eating the pocket meals filled with beef, potatoes, rutabagas and onions. Her father’s people were from Cornwall, England and that is what they ate.

Years later, I married a man whose grandmother was from Cornwall, England. He and his family ate pasties too.

One year, he took me on vacation to Copper Harbor, Michigan. Beautiful country. We saw black bears on Brockway Mountain. Enjoyed a Woody Herman concert in the haunted, Calumet theatre and we ate pasties. Because that’s what the “Cousin Jacks” and “Cousin Jennies” would eat in Copper Country.

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Ambition & Change

Owning your power

Allowing yourself freedom

Follow your passion

Welcome the transformation

Into your butterfly self

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Experience & New

The excited dog

Ready for the adventure

Of her first snowfall

Before it could hit the ground

She would jump up to meet it

©2017 Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Cover & Precipitation

Windows always had

Awnings that provided shade

When the sun was hot

Let us throw open the sash

During a soft summer rain

©2017 Annette Rochelle Aben