Bibelots

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

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 … More

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. … More

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 … More

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 … More

Silver Stallion to the Rescue

This is a bit of brevity penned for Fandango’s Story Starter #43 I would have happily married Darlene if it weren’t for her… Fun times. I would have … More

Story Time Sunday #7 The Hunt

Happy Easter Story Time Sunday! Today, I’m resharing a fresh Easter flash fiction that I conceived on my bike ride, and then penned this afternoon in the park. … More

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 … More

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 … More

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 … More

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 … More

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 … More

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 … More

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 … More

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. August heat was a wildfire.

Story Time Sunday #40

Twenty dollars and a toad, I told myself handing over the ticket and locking myself in the creaky metal tub directly below my target. That’s what I’d get … More

The Tree Man

The snow flowered overhead like cotton constellations daubing the wound of the cleared forest. Most of the trees were plucked, the trunks left behind, bones picked clean after … More

Commander of Cheer

The hat ripped off in warp drive leaving patches of barren head and scattered silvery strands. His wrapping-paper eyes still gleeful below brows scorched orbiting Kelt-9b.

Towards the Dawn

Battered women have a tenseness to them. Huddled in a circle at the monthly support meeting, our shoulders connect, stiff as treetops. Smiles appear unexpectedly, winter sunsets, bitter … More

A Good Haul

I take out a garment bag, unzip the front to find a burgundy evening gown. Bingo. Let that fabric breathe. At half-past eight, I squeeze a victory lemon. … More

Story Time #29

A blogger friend sent me this photo for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #386, and I found it too tempting to not write. Hope this flash catches you off … More

Happy Youbirthday

Rays of light filtered through the trees revealing a hidden meadow of doors. Rodney stepped out from his hiding place to face them, although he knew their formation … More

Story Time Sunday #24

Happy Sunday! This month’s [100 Word Story] photo prompt inspired my flash. It’s an unusual point of view for me, so let me know what you think. The … More

Story time Sunday #23

Happy Sunday! This short sci-fi flash was inspired by this photo of the National Museum in London. Enjoy! Hope Has A Backbone “And overhead hangs Hope,” the cyborg … More

Story Time Sunday #22

Happy Sunday! This 100-word flash surfaced from my horror at the continued mass shootings and trying to imagine how it must feel to be a survivor of one … More

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