Bibelots

Peruse these miniature tales and flashes of inspiration that may serve as beloved household trinkets with the passage of time.

Liftie Life

Patchwork snow means it’s the last lift. As Head Liftie, I have the privilege of being the final skier on every once crowded slope. I wonder if there…

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A Stroke of Luck

My clever, young creative writers wanted to focus on characters, and so together we set up a basic plot: person in a room, person looks out the window,…

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Story Time Sunday #59

I had the most delicious playlist of classical music for dessert and created this flash fiction to accompany it, and while I am still hunting through the piece…

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Philomone the Gnome

Due to poor performance reports, Philomone the Gnome was assigned the worst task in the entire forest brigade: Guardian of the Fungi. 

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Story Time Sunday #56

Today’s flash was written for a Fire & Ice Contest last year. I was reminded of it today as I worked to complete the final copy edits on…

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Storytime Sunday #55

What does it take to awaken a demon? This spine-tingling flash tells the story of Djall, a fiery demon much forgotten. The story touches on adult themes, so…

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Story Time Sunday #53

Dear Readers, This week’s flash fiction story reexamines the true nature of bravery. It was inspired by a photo taken on May 25, 2022, which displays dozens of…

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Story Time Sunday #52

“Passengers, pardon the interruption, but we will need to make an emergency landing due to severe weather.”  I’m a few thousand miles from home after a four-week blitz…

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The Plunge

“It’s lopsided.” “Better?” I shift the shield over Brenda’s eyes. Adjust her metal cave. Clank on the side a few times for good measure. But no laughter returns.…

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Story Time Sunday #51

Today’s story is a bit of flash fiction inspired by this photo from April 21st of Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon (in dark suit)  beside an installation that is…

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Story Time Sunday #50

Dear Readers, I was all set to post the silliest of flashes today and realized that this is my fiftieth story posted on Yardsale of Thoughts, and it…

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Story Time Sunday #48

Dear Readers, It appears my mind has been traveling outer space this past week, perhaps in search of an escape from the day-to-day drudgery (check out my showcase…

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The Awakening

Today’s storytime is a departure from my usual far-fetched tales of fantasy and speculative fiction. This is a tragic, gritty, realistic microfiction that has nagged at me these…

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Story Time Sunday #46

Dear Readers, Today’s micro-fiction was written in response to the photo below, and well, with a strict word count, which I may have gone over slightly. I hope…

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Story Time Sunday #45

This week’s story time was inspired by a photograph of Buddhist monks attending the Makha Bucha celebrations at the Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, north of…

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The Sweetest Sacrifice

This week’s story is inspired by an eerie photograph taken in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria on February 10th depicting a faithful group of Orthodox Christians lighting candles attached to jars…

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Story Time Sunday #43

I am often inspired by photography, and this week’s story was inspired by a photograph found in The Atlantic of a new form of art created by Japanese…

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Just Left There to Float

Today’s story has few words, but a lot to say. I hope you enjoy this flash-forward. I penned it last year about this time. Happy Sunday! They tore…

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Story Time Sunday #41

“Southerners don’t do well on just dry land,” Daddy said, while Mommy fanned herself faster and faster, but it made no difference, her Sunday makeup continued to melt.…

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