Flash Fiction Friday – The Bread Plate

January 30, 2023, prompt: Write a story about the dishes in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be an every-single-day activity, a precious collection, or any other interpretation of dishes as objects or activities. Who is stuck with the dishes and why? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

The Bread Plate – by Hugh W. Roberts

While daydreaming, admiring the dishes on the table, Madeline watched the dapper servers rush by holding trays of plates covered with metal domes. Nobody would miss a small bread plate if she secretly hid one in her purse, would they?

She’d add a dinner service like this, without the name, to her upcoming wedding gift list.

An unexpected rattling of the dishes, cutlery and glasses made as they shuddered broke her daydream.

“What’s causing everything to clatter, Madeline?” asked her mother.

“I don’t know, Ma-ma,” Madeline replied, wondering if the word ‘Titanic’ would easily rub off her bread plate.


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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – January 2023

These 12 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • Have you been to the pantomime?

Pantomime #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Have you ever come across blank screen syndrome? Or is it just another case of writer’s block? How I overcome it.

Throwback Thursday – How Not To Allow A Blank Screen To Defeat You When The Words Go Missing

  • Do you think this person deserves a sabbatical?

Flash Fiction Friday – How To Take A Long Break

  • Are you new to blogging or thinking of starting a blog? Are you already a blogger who wants more readers, followers and success for your blog? These 9 tips will guarantee you success.

9 Popular Blogging Tips To Kickstart Your Blog For The New Year

  • Who’s looking back at you?

Looking Back At You #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Can you solve the murder mystery?

Flash Fiction Friday – Year Of The Rabbit

  • Are you sure it’s easy for new visitors to subscribe to or follow your blog? This new method ensures visitors won’t miss how to follow or subscribe to your blog.

How To Add A Subscribe Button To All Your Blog Posts And Gain New Followers.

  • What’s one of the rarest things you have witnessed?

Frozen #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Does your shadow ever talk to you?

Flash Fiction Friday – Shadow Talk

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  • How do you workout in the winter months?

Winter Workout #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Four people. But which of them has the best optimism?

Flash Fiction Friday – Futures

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Flash Fiction Friday – Futures

January 23, 2023, prompt: Write an optimistic story in 99 words (no more, no less). Feel free to explore optimism in all its forms, from a positive mindset to toxic positivity. Is it a heartfelt story or a devious one? So much wiggle room for the optimistic writer. Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


Futures – by Hugh W. Roberts

Jackie was optimistic that she’d see at least one more Christmas. She wasn’t going to allow a dodgy heart to beat her.

When her mother’s last days arrived, they celebrated Christmas in February. Her mother’s wish was to celebrate Christmas optimistically before she departed this world.

Everyone was shocked when Jackie’s heart finally gave up in April when Jackie joined her mother on the next adventure.

In December, Jackie’s husband celebrated Christmas with his new wife. While her optimism for never getting caught for what would be a triple murder gathered momentum, she knew she had the best sanguinity.

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – Shadow Talk

January 16, 2023, prompt: Write a story about a lady shadow in 99 words (no more, no less). Who is this person, and why do they lurk in the shadows. What is the tone and setting for your story? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

Shadow Talk – by Hugh W. Roberts

I followed the lady’s shadow on her journey. She took me around the house and waited for me when I fell behind.

If rooms were dark, I’d flick on the light to see her. She talked to me on our journey and reassured me that everything would be okay.

When I heard the key in the front door, she had to leave, but another shadow took her place.

As I quickly took off my mother’s dress, pearl necklace and high-heeled shoes, my father’s voice called out.

“Are you ready, William? Time for you to hit the under-elevens football pitch.”


Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – Year Of The Rabbit

January 9, 2023, prompt: Write a story that includes rabbits in 99 words (no more, no less). Is it a family? A strange planet? Some crazy bunny person’s pets? Who are they, and what are they doing? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


Year Of The Rabbit – by Hugh W. Roberts

As she carefully avoided stepping into any blood on the blood-splattered, white-tiled floor, she thought she’d ask the question again.

“So nobody was here at the time of the murder?”

“Not according to the CCTV footage from outside the room. The murder occurred six to eight hours ago, and nobody came in or out until Professor Doebuck discovered the body.

“Inspector. Hop to it! Bring the forensics out here now, please,” yelled her boss.

Nobody noticed the unlocked door to the cage containing a new rabbit breed as they left the animal-testing laboratory.

The case, now closed, remains unsolved.

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Flash Fiction Friday – How To Take A Long Break

January 2, 2023, prompt: Write a story about a sabbatical in 99 words (no more, no less). Who needs one or has had one? What kind of tension could a rest create? Where can a break take your story? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

How To Take A Long Break – by Hugh W. Roberts

Some think I have one of the most straightforward jobs in the world. It may look like that, but I still need a sabbatical.

Some think my job is one of the toughest, so I deserve a sabbatical.

Rain, shine, blizzards or gales, I have to do my job. I pledged that I’d never let anyone down. Some think I have too many days off, but people need to learn what goes on behind closed doors.

What’s the best thing about my job? Tearing the date ‘December 24th’ off the calendar and starting my sabbatical for another 364 days.


Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – December 2022

These 8 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • There’s one last present under the Christmas tree, but who is it for and what does it contain?

Flash Fiction Friday – Christmas Present

  • Do sending or receiving Christmas cards give you any dilemmas? A brief, lighthearted look at the history of Christmas cards.

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  • Can you help me find my owner, please?

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  • How and why these 7 methods help keep your blog and blogging healthy when it’s getting quiet in the blogging world.

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  • What’s on your Christmas tree?

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  • How will you be travelling this Christmas?

Sleigh Ride #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • A Christmas message from Hugh.

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  • Bonus: Guest Post on Judith Barrow’s blog.

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Flash Fiction Friday – Christmas Present

November 28, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the saying, “not my monkeys, not my circus”. What is the situation that would spawn that aphorism? Have fun with the setting and characters! Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

Christmas Present – by Hugh W. Roberts

Watching the happy couple unwrap their gifts bought so much joy and happiness. I love Christmas.

One last gift, but who’s the recipient?

“The tag says it’s for you; somebody from your past?” said Veronica.

“Me?” replied David.

He hesitated at first, but his face was a picture when he pulled out red fishnet stockings and suspenders.

The atmosphere changed before death arrived. But it would be the next Christmas before they joined me.

Not my monkeys, not my circus,” I laughed as I walked out of their lives unnoticed.

Nobody cheated on me, the ghost of Christmas past.


Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – November 2022

These 11 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • Did you bring an umbrella?

Rain Shower Over Swansea #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Do you care to share your thoughts with me?

What Are You Thinking About Today? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • What makes you put your head in your hands or shake your head regarding blogging?

Is Blogging Causing You Stress Or Making You Feel Guilty? How To Fix It

  • Can Gemma identify where the squeaky noise is coming from?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Squeaky Husband

  • Can you spot the clues in this photo?

Day Or Night? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • How long have you been blogging? Is it all that you wanted? A look back at 8 years of blogging.

Throwback Thursday – Blogging – Is It All You Want It To Be?

  • A new job. More money. Worldwide travel. What could possibly go wrong?

Flash Fiction Friday – Jobs

  • There is a much safer way to share the blog posts of other bloggers without the possibility of copyright infringement. Read on for more details.

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  • Would you like to join us?

Playtime #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • What would you do if you found yourself in a situation like this?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Gift Wrapper

  • Have you spotted any first signs of the festive season yet?

First Signs #WordlessWednesday #Photography

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Flash Fiction Friday – The Gift Wrapper

November 21, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “Oh, my.” It can be used in storytelling or dialogue. What is the cause for such a response? Have fun with this one! Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


The Gift Wrapper – by Hugh W. Roberts

Reggie always helped me with packing Christmas gifts.

He had an eye for matching tags and ribbons with the right paper. All the gifts looked terrific.

“Thanks for your help again, Reggie,” I said while putting away the remainder of the Christmas wrapping paper.

I always got the same reply when he looked at me with deep brown eyes.

But this year was different. No brown eyes were looking up at me.

“Reggie?”

Silence.

“Oh, my!”

There was no sign of Reggie. Surely my pet rat hadn’t crept into one of the fifty-wrapped boxes sitting under the Christmas tree?

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – Jobs

November 14, 2022, prompt: Write a story that includes a lie in 99 words (no more, no less). What is the lie? It can be subtle or blatant. Who tells the lie and why? Is it an unreliable narrator? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


Jobs – by Hugh W. Roberts

“How was work today?” asked my wife.

“Good,” I replied as I stuffed notes into a pair of old boxer pants at the bottom of my sock drawer. She’ll never look there.

“Are the people nice?”

“Yes.”

“Will I meet them someday? Perhaps we’ll bump into them when out?”

“Maybe.”

But they’ll never know who she is. And she can never know who they are.

I told her my new job paid well and would take me worldwide. It does both.

I may have lied about what I do, but becoming a male escort is my best job ever.


Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – The Squeaky Husband

November 7, 2022, prompt: Write a story that includes something squeaky in 99 words (no more, no less). What is squeaky and why? How does it move the story or disrupt a character? Listen, write, and go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


The Squeaky Husband – by Hugh W. Roberts

“Can you hear that squeaking sound?” Gemma asked her husband.

Peeking over his newspaper at his wife, Malcolm shook his head.

“You must be able to hear it! It’s coming from your direction.”

“I don’t hear anything, darling,” came the reply.

It wasn’t until Malcolm’s death that the squeaking stopped. But as his body began its journey into the ground, Gemma was convinced the squeaking was back.

“Where’s that squeaking noise coming from?” she asked the other mourners.

But nobody could help Gemma because only she could hear the squeaking because only Gemma knew where she was burying Malcolm.

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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