Tag Archives: Challenges

Haiku 10/12/21

Soft tangerine tint

The sky of the ebbing day

Fades into night’s gloom

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2021/10/12/tankatuesday-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-247-synonymsonly/

Eloise

Charli Mills wants us to talk about whispers for this week’s Carrot Ranch  99-word flash fiction challenge. My offering is BOTS about the infamous former mental hospital, Eloise here in Wayne County Michigan. I can vouch for the fact that this place is haunted, without them having to create an attraction!

Pilar shook as she clutched at her hoodie. It wasn’t the temperature it was the atmosphere. With every step she took in the October darkness, she thought she heard another faint voice.

 Get out

 This is my home

 You are not welcome here

Her head moved like the beam of a lighthouse as she searched for a face. But there was no one in sight. Only dead trees and rocks,

She ran when another voice moaned.

 I died here

 GET OUT

It was a BIG mistake to visit the Halloween attraction on the grounds of a former mental hospital.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

Smooth Sailing

Charli Mills challenges us to get all wet this week with a topic taking us across the water. I smiled immediately for it brought back the memories of the family swimming pool. If you enjoy being prompted to write AND to smile, then you must FOLLOW the Carrot Ranch and give it a go!

It was the summer of 1968. The year the Detroit Tigers won the pennant and the year our family bought a pool for our backyard!

The pool store threw in a variety of pool toys as a bonus, one of which was a six-foot Styrofoam surfboard. Temptation got the better of us and as long as our parents were at work…

We used the deck to hold it in place and with a running start, we’d jump onto the board. The force sent us sailing into the opposite pool wall. Oh yeah, we were never bored on that board!

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

 

Harvest Moon

Fields are overflowing

Represent summer’s toil

Gifts from abundant soil

Equinox shift

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2021/09/28/tankatuesday-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-245-themeprompt/

The Trinity

Every author needs a favorite chair! Charli Mills prompted us to write about an author’s chair this week for the 99-word flash fiction challenge at the Carrot Ranch  Make sure you FOLLOW Charli to the ranch for these weekly writing opportunities and SO MUCH MORE!

Wandering through an estate sale, Michelle hoped they had an old wooden roll-top desk. If it had a matching chair, all the better.

Dan was constantly rearranging items as other items sold. It was his goal to see that everything would catch the eye of the right person.

He had barely moved the Remington typewriter to a more prominent place when he heard a gasp. Michelle couldn’t believe her eyes. There was her roll-top desk with a matching chair!

She handed him a check for all three. After all, a writer needed a desk, a chair, and a typewriter.

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben