Carry On. It’s a 6.

Carry me!”

The child’s wail pierced the evening’s peace; jarred from thoughts as vast as the night sky the man looked down, the child’s face mirror image of hers, mouthed “really?!”, then gathered the child in his arms, and continued to walk.

The trail among the pines was well worn (“love worn” she’d say), it’s soft carpet of needles insuring their footsteps were as silent as the stars above; he hesitated as memories breached the wall – he and she purchased the property before they married, sowing dreams in blueprints, sketching hopes along the wood line that broke into the open area at the crest of a large hill, “my mountain summit” she’d call it, it was 3/4 of a mile from where their house now stood.

Perfect” she’d whisper as she adjusted the telescope into position before beginning her scan of the night sky. “This“, her voice soft, “is where all the secrets are told, promise me you’ll tell her that when she’s old enough.”

The man, his promise still invisible armor, set the little girl down in front of the telescope where she’d always stand; through the blur of tears, adjusted the telescope’s lens for the little girl, “look sweetheart, there… see the bright star to the left…that’s mommy looking down at this very moment, watching that we are both ok“.

It’s Thursday’s Six Sentence Story Link Up!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Since when does the Sandman give up? That’s right. He doesn’t. We I turn him away, against our my better judgement. On subsequent nights, we I pay our my recompense. At the moment however, there’s a post to write for tomorrow because Wednesday evening is when we begin to share in the new week’s Six Sentence Stories. See, as writers, we never tire of stories or poetry or writing the next scene in our serial(s). The beauty (and bane, lol) of this blog hop, is writing our stories, poetry and scenes in the requisite 6 and only 6 sentences. And that’s what the man at the door will be looking for as you approach the entrance. 6 sentences. Hey, don’t forget to tell him Girlie sent you.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link the URL to your post via the blue “Click here to enter” button below.
Link is live Wednesday 6:00 PM, ends way late Saturday night!
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

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A little magic can take you a long way.” – Roald Dahl

Preservation, in all Forms. It’s a 6.

There’s another funeral waiting on the hill...”

The man stood watch, still as a marble statute, skin as smooth, his smile softly radiating calm and comfort. Suit, the color of sooted charcoal and perfectly pressed, matched soft soled dress shoes – this was a man well practiced in the art of silence. The finest wool blend overcoat draped his body and though slight of stature, he commanded attention by a modest, unassuming demeanor; his calm voice pitched to those whose thoughts were far from the moment, he voiced the valediction. Not for the first time that day, would he be satisfied the mourning had been properly cared for; guiding those gathered in the cemetery’s open-air chapel, it’s brick and mortar frame providing barely the minimum comfort from the bitter winter day.

Could have been a mess today, what with the forecast certain for snow, a blessing it held off so the sun could shine down instead.”

It’s Thursday’s Six Sentence Story Link Up!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
And an “especial” one (“Welcome”) to the newer folks we’ve seen mingling and linking and otherwise making themselves comfortable at Six Sentence Stories. As many of you have heard me say before, (no, do NOT roll your eyes! yes, I can too, see you, lol) don’t hesitate to pull up a chair inside the Café. Let’s swap stories. 6 sentences at a time, of course! Why 6 sentences? Because we are the blog hop internationally renowned for writing stories and poetry and scenes and such, all within the precise parameters of 6 and only 6 sentences. “Piece ‘o cake” you say? Challenge on my friends! In fact, if you have not yet tried your hand at writing a Six Sentence Story, I challenge you to do so. And I will go even further by telling you, once you have written a Six, you will want to write another! So’s lucky for us we meet weekly, beginning on the day/time recited in those Blog Hop Rules below. So…shall we Six it?

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link the URL to your post via the blue “Click here to enter” button below.
Link is live Wednesday 6:00 PM, ends way late Saturday night!
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

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I think we all have a little bit of that beautiful madness that keeps us walking when everything around us is so insanely sane.” – Julio Cortázar


Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and Sunday’s prompt word reveal for Six Sentence Stories!
Did you enjoy writing this past week? Hopefully, your answer is a resounding “yes!”, yet I’m certain there are some of us may be more “not exactly“. As writers, we experience moments when pen and paper are blazing on fire; at other times, seems the #2 lead drags across the legal pad ripping up the paper. Through it all, we still enjoy and find satisfaction in writing. Six Sentence Stories is a venue in which to write. A practice tool to lessen the number of ripped pages. It is a community where we share the product of our imaginings, offer encouragement to our fellow writers. The challenge of Six Sentence Stories is to write a story in exactly 6 sentences. Genre of choice. Poetry is welcome as is the next scene in your serial story. Please join us by opening your giant word box, writing a Six and returning to the ‘Edge to link it, beginning Wednesday. (yes, the trash can will be at the door for the ripped and torn drafts)

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link up at Wednesday’s post. Link goes live at 6:00 pm through Saturday late…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

PROMPT WORDMESS

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” – Toni Morrison

Reflection. It’s a 6.

Standing in front of the half-fogged bathroom mirror, the man, middle aged, stared at the toll of the years on the skin around his eyes creased like a pair of cheap trousers; running his hands through salt and pepper hair, he slicked it back for a closer, if not unwelcomed look.

Life had been rough, exciting, fulfilling, tragic, challenging, as well lived as he could and if there were no more days, so be it. Yet the silent narrative beneath the image faltered, he never expected to live this long.

“What are the options, the high points, the gold at the end of even a half rainbow” he muttered; swinging the medicine cabinet mirror open, he reached in, grabbed the squished toothpaste tube laying half spent on the top shelf and put a wad of paste on his tooth brush.

Sensing the privilege of having a totally honest, if not mutely reflective companion each morning, he spoke over the sink like two friends at an all night restaurant. “That’s it, begin with a smile, and all else will follow”; spitting out his attempt at positivity, his stomach lurched in silent regret as it swirled down the drain.

It’s Thursday’s Six Sentence Story Link Up!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Time. Fragile. Fleeting. Precious. Impermanent. We fill it with all of that which constitutes our “day to day”… and writing. So why waste any more time?! Let’s get right to a Six. Fill our pages with precisely 6 sentences. Perhaps a story comes to mind quickly. Perhaps it swims just below the surface. Perhaps, we hear a faint whisper from a character; bend over to listen. Six Sentence Stories is a writing challenge. The more we write the better we become. The more Sixes we write, the better we become. At writing. Because time. It takes time. And it is fragile. Fleeting. Precious. Impermanent. Write 6 sentences of mystery. 6 sentences of poetry. 6 sentences of science fiction, fantasy or fable. Write the next 6 sentences of your serial. Write. Link. Read. Comment.                  We’ll leave the light on.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link the URL to your post via the blue “Click here to enter” button below.
Link is live Wednesday 6:00 PM, ends way late Saturday night!
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

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https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=c0efdbe6b4add43dd7efThe characters in my novels are my own unrealised possibilities. That is why I am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them. Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented.” – Milan Kundera 

Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and Sunday’s prompt word reveal for Six Sentence Stories!
Good morning, all. The world – seems to “change” daily. I know, without receiving acknowledgement of it, many of us assign a negative value to these “changes”. And, we are not incorrect in our perception. Yet, we mustn’t lose sight of those people, things, activities and events that remind us, each day, of the positive, the good and the amazing. So what do we do with the myriad emotions that surface like submarines from the deepest depths of the ocean? We write. We create. We channel our emotions into stories and poetry, the next scenes in our ongoing story(ies). Here, in the Six Sentence Stories community, we accept the challenge of writing, processing and otherwise “catharsitizing” (what? I like the sound of it!) our emotions. Tell us a funny story, entertain us with mystery and romance or tease us with international espionage and intrigue. Write exactly 6 sentences using the current prompt word and return here, to the ‘Edge beginning Wednesday, and link the URL to your Six. Let’s process, practice and perform together. Now, let’s go get this day.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link up at Wednesday’s post. Link goes live at 6:00 pm through Saturday late…
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

PROMPT WORDPASTE

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.”
– Flannery O’Connor

Food for Thought. It’s a Café 6.

In the previous Café Six, we left Denise, Bar Tender of the SSC&B and her late night visitor…

What the hell is a Proprietor?”

Daybreak slowed only a fraction, passing through the leaded glass wall of Loft 7.  Still and silent as only a shadow-silhouette, the black shapes of 2 women, one barely constrained, even as a shadow figure; the other, calm as slack tide mocking the self-assuredness of the oriental carpet covering the wide-board floors.

Tilting her head slightly to the left, as if it would help form words more logically, Denise brushed sleep tossed bangs back from the right side of her face. “You know, a more formal name for “owner”, see there’s 6 other Proprietors besides myself; collectively known as the 7 Proprietors of the Six Sentence Café & Bistro…it’s pretty cool really, how” 

Impatience, egging on the pout appearing on the other woman’s face,  “Uh, huh…yeah, whatever – put on some clothes, we’re gonna hit that all night diner I passed on my way over here, catch up on the last 10 years over pancakes.”

 

It’s Thursday’s Six Sentence Story Link Up!

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Turning over a new leaf. Many of us attempt to do this at the beginning of each new year. Like photosynthesis, it is a process somewhat simple on face value. And like photosynthesis, it is ongoing as long as there is sunlight…as long as we are exposed to stimulating, nourishing experience(s). Where the heck am I going with this, this morning? Not entirely sure. Except to say, we are surrounded by sources of nourishment if we have but the patience to stop and look around. Yes, I will say Six Sentence Stories is one such source. How can it not be? It challenges our creativity, drawing from us a part of ourselves oft not permitted to shine in the context of our jobs, professions, business. We are challenged to write a story in exactly 6 sentences. Prompt word + 6 sentences = adventure, mystery, poetry, next scene in serial. Let’s find a prime spot, plant ourselves and write a Six.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word.
Link the URL to your post via the blue “Click here to enter” button below.
Link is live Wednesday 6:00 PM, ends way late Saturday night!
Spread the word and put in a good one to your fellow writers 😀

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https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=c0efdbe6b4add43dd7efMy imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.
– Patricia Highsmith