Ten Things of Thankful. 6th Anniversary Edition.

Now this..this feels at once foreign and familiar! And good 🙂 I’m sharing my 10 Thankfuls today in honor of the 6th anniversary of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. Why, yes! That very one. Birthed by Lizzie, the Considerer, inherited by Josie Two Shoes and devised to Kristi of Thankful Me, we are here in celebration of a most wonderful idea turned movement, without question, beneficial in ways not always immediately realized. So, shall we?

First up:  the community that is the blogosphere. Specifically, all the most awesome, crazy (in the fun way, lol), generous people I met back then and all of the fabulous, creative people I am meeting now.

2nd: That it no longer rains here every Friday! You could tell it was Friday (or, you knew the weather forecast in advance) because it had rained on Friday for 8 consecutive weeks. Like clockwork.

3rd: Six Sentence Stories.

4th:  Here’s an odd one. Driving to nephew’s soccer game (tournament time) I noticed a whole lotta geese in the median on Rt. 50 in Fairfax. (yo! Kristi Campbell, you know where – right around Jermantown Rd.) A whole lotta geese and their little baby ones feeding in the median of a very busy highway. What the hell. I had fingers crossed that on the way back I would see no dead bodies. I did not.

5.    Thanks always for job and vehicle, being able to afford the necessities.

6.    My health. While I have a couple of minor issues, it is nothing compared to what many suffer, endure, battle, conquer each and every day.

7.     Computers/laptops. What a portal! What an asset! What a wonderful vehicle for widening and enriching my world.

8.     Music.

9.     the Wakefield Doctrine.

10.  That’s right! I’m invoking Rule 1.3. The SBOR/BOSR says I can 🙂

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Simpler times, coming right up! It’s a 6.

I felt my phone vibrate, slipped it halfway out of my pocket, and read “get your ass down here…party”.

Business meetings until 9 pm were part of the price I paid to hob nob with the rich and famous but lately, they were wearing me out (both meetings and the rich and famous) and tonight had me fervently wishing for “simpler times”.  “Wait up, hold the door!” reluctantly pressing the “door open” button, I silently (and unsuccessfully) willed the elevator doors to close before our newest contracts attorney, Ted, had opportunity to get on.

Ted was hired 2 weeks ago, yet you’d have thought he’d worked there for years, he was that comfortable with people and while a nice enough guy, he could get on your very last nerve, always with the “yeah, know what you mean, I had a cousin who did the same thing”, the kind of one-up manship that begins to grate and teaches you immediately to exercise caution when engaging Ted in any conversation .

The 32 floor descent to the main lobby seemed to take forever, my eyes insisting on closing in protest, as Ted’s voice droned on about Doris Day, how his mom adored her, what a shame she died last month, wasn’t she the poster girl for simpler times,  yada, yada, when the elevator shuddered violently, gradually slowing to a stop; the doors opened.

What the hell was that?!” instantly turned to “what the hell is going on?!” as Ted and I walked out and into a room, party in full swing – a party that was either the most authentic 1950’s theme party on the planet, or….excuse me Miss, I can’t help notice you don’t have a drink, let me get you one from the bar; Rock Hudson turned and flashed me a smile as he left to get my drink.

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It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories! While the internet offers a plethora of incredible, fun writing challenges for every day of the week, I’m a tad partial to this one and I hope you are too!  I look forward to reading your stories – from our regular 6’ers, our more seasonal 6’er’s and hopefully, some new writers looking to expand their writing challenge horizon 🙂 Without further ado, good writing, अच्छा लेखन,bonne écriture, magandang pagsusulat, bon ecri… I’ll read you soon!

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, link your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 🙂

PROMPT WORD:  EXERCISE

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Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
– Jane Yolen

Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!

Hello everyone! Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. Today, I release, let fly, heave ho the prompt/cue word to use for this week’s Six Sentence Stories. I was asked recently, in an interview with D. Avery of ShiftnShake, how I chose the prompt words for the SSS. Well, this week’s word(s) came pouring into my head waving wildly – pick me, pick me! As I considered each of them (nowhere near computer, paper or pen), I decided to file them in the memory bank. If you’re familiar with “my people”, (clarks),  you know we carry around endless caravans of information in our heads, mountainous piles of “hey, maybe I might need this one day”. Thrown on that pile, I went to retrieve the word that screamed the loudest and realized, I’d forgotten it. Not the others. Just that one 😀  Please find below the runner up prompt word to use for the June 6, 2019 edition of Six Sentence Stories 🙂 Have a most excellent week all! Oh hey, if anyone sees the forgotten word trying to bum a ride, leave me a comment or e-mail me. We’ll use it next week. Ta, ta!

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, link your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 🙂

PROMPT WORD: EXERCISE

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
– Rudyard Kipling

“The Future’s So Bright” (Timbuk 3). It’s a 6.

I’d been feeding off the past for so long, like an aging doe foraging for food among the urban sprawl; deprivation had become an accepted part of every day life.

With Petty playing in the background, I took a slow 360 surveying my new apartment, the locus for another beginning; as an audiophile, there had been no doubt about the inaugural possessions to be unpacked; set up, for music was, and remains, central to my well being.

Scanning the room’s myriad half opened boxes and bins, my eyes were caught by the reflection? of a shiny (was it shining?) object, seemingly beckoning, willing me to pull it out from under a mountain of packing foam.

Transfixed, I approached the box hesitantly as the oddity of what I was seeing, while not fully comprehended by my mind, had put my body on alert; I reached in towards the “light” and retrieved…a pair of sunglasses, sunglasses I’d not seen in 20+ years; lightly grasping the blue, pink and black multi-colored, plastic frames, memories flooded my brain like the Mississippi in April of ’27 and I remembered.

It was a Thursday (we’d gone to Morocco for our honeymoon, young, adventurous newlyweds!) spent wandering the day at the Grand Socco in Tangier (the bazaar/markets are legendary), and as we were about to head back to our hotel, I heard a man in a soft voice call my name, not once but twice.

Searching the crowded alley I suddenly saw the silhouette of a tiny man in the doorway of a shop so small as to be easily overlooked; approaching I noticed he was holding a pair of sunglasses; wrinkled hands outstretched, he implored “here, miss, take these, they are very special, made with transition lenses, they are for you, on the day when you will most need them”. 

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It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up!

Greetings everyone! Welcome to my humble abode, GirlieOnTheEdge where I am pleased to bring you the latest edition of cool “shorts” known as Six Sentence Stories. Dial up the ‘Edge each and every Thursday – Tuesday, tune in and read some of the finest stories, poems, “memoir-ettes” and samplings (from wips) anywhere. 9 out of 10 will agree.. this writing challenge is totally straight fire 😀 It’s where creativity and imagination rule. Lights are always on so stop in any time. I hope you’ll join us this week and as always, I’ll read you soon!

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, link your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 🙂

PROMPT WORD:  MOUNTAIN

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 “All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down.”Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. I’m your host for the writing challenge, née blog hop, known as Six Sentence Stories. It is a great pleasure to bring you the SSS each week. And and an even greater pleasure to read everyone’s stories, or poems, as they are always entertaining, often eye opening and sometimes, quite informative. As a clark, information is everything, and creativity the balm to my existence. (what? this isn’t about me?? lol) A thousand pardons, I digress no further. Please find below, this week’s prompt word. Enjoy your week, enjoy your writing and I’ll see everyone back here this coming Thursday. Hey, listen, if you don’t have a story by Thursday, don’t sweat it. The link stays open until the following Tuesday 🙂 See you fabulous writers soon!

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Come back here on Thursday, link your post…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 🙂

PROMPT WORD: MOUNTAIN

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”George Gordon, Lord Byron