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This week’s challenge comes from the incredible Brenda Margriet:

It’s great to have good days, where everything goes exactly the way we planned. But the bad days make for the best stories. Tell us a real life story about something that went horribly awry, but now makes you laugh.

Oh, it was one of those days all right. First, the retirement community where my mother lived called to say I should come over because there had been “an incident”. They wouldn’t give me any more information over the phone. So, I raced over only to find out they had called the wrong person and that my mother was fine. But, when I was getting out of my car, I was stung by a wasp. On my head!

Then, my stepson called to say he’d gotten (another) speeding ticket. Yay. So up go the insurance rates. (Yes, he promised never to do it again and he’s kept his word so far).

Then, finally some good news – sort of. A contest coordinator called to congratulate me on willing a contest. Wait for it…  She emailed me about an hour later to say she’d made a mistake and I didn’t win after all.

That was a day when I said – move over coffee…this is a job for wine. And days like that, I much prefer my fantasy life!

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Welcome to our hop. I came up with this week’s question:

If someone handed you a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Wow. A million dollars. That a lot of money. A million possibilities danced through my head. But then, I actually thought about it. I don’t need anything. I am so blessed to have plenty to eat, more clothes than I need and so many shoes (okay, you can never have too many shoes, but I have enough). I live in a nice house that’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I can pay my bills.

But there are so many others who don’t have those things. And while there are many deserving causes, I think I would give all the money to ‘No Kid Hungry’. I have been hungry in my life and I can honestly say, when your stomach is empty, not much else matters. You can’t concentrate on learning and it is hard to motivate. Imagine if all the children had enough food every day. They could accomplish so much more. They could spend time on fulfilling their dreams rather than just filling that hole in their stomachs.

I have no idea how far that much money would go, but if it could feed some, it would certainly not be wasted. In the meantime, I am giving what I can to that cause. Because nourishment for the body nourishes the soul.


What would you do with the money? We’d love to hear from you!

What would the incredible Brenda Margriet do with it?

Let’s hop over and see…

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Welcome to the hop! This week we have a Flash Fiction Challenge:

Your character just washed up on the shore of a deserted tropical island. How did they get there? What happens next?

At first Kara was in denial when the engine on the small boat sputtered. Oh, no. This can’t be happening. But it was. Perfect. The perfect ending to a fabulous few weeks.

First, she lost her dream job. Okay, so getting coffee and running errands for the top literary agent was exactly a ‘dream’ job, but it was getting her foot in the door. Until the woman’s niece decided she wanted the job.

And now, here Kara was in this gorgeous paradise all alone. She and ‘he who shall no longer be named’ planned this vacation to celebrate their anniversary. Kara had been sure he was going to propose. Oh, he proposed all right. Her boyfriend of three years announced they should see other people. Three days before they were supposed to leave on this trip. Which translated as he was sleeping with her ‘no longer’ best friend. But, the trip was paid for and it wasn’t as if she had other plans.

It seemed like a good idea this morning to rent a small craft and just explore some of the outer islands. Take some time to think about what to do with her life. It appeared her only option right now was drowning.

No! She refused to give up. She would not allow despair to turn her into driftwood. Someone would miss the boat and they would search for her. Wouldn’t they?

She dove into the clear, aquamarine water and swam to the brilliant white beach. She sank to the sun-kissed sand and stretched out her long legs, leaning back on her forearms. The heat caressed her skin and the tension oozed away.

She must have dozed. When she opened her eyes, she blinked against the glare of the sun, then blinked again. A god-man stood over her. His shoulder-length blond hair highlighted a square-jawed face and brilliant green eyes the color of a deep forest after a rain. His body was covered by nothing but a bit of cloth strung around his hips and his body was muscle and sinew.

“Well, look what the sea brought me.” He said it with a trace of a smile curving his perfect mouth.

Kara was too bedazzled to be frightened. “My…my boat died.” She pointed to the small vessel floating offshore. “Can you help me?”

He smiled more broadly. “Would you like to come to the house and get a drink? Some food?”

I’d like to take a bite out of you. “The house?”

He pointed behind them and to the left. Kara squinted and an impressive structure rose above the palms. “You live here?”

“I do. Sometimes. You know, you are beautiful.”

So maybe her luck was about to change after all.


Now let’s check out what the incredible CL Marcolini wrote.

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We’re back!!!! Welcome to the hop. We’re so glad you came! This week’s challenge comes from the incomparable Brenda Margriet:

Would You Rather? Here are three questions. Which option from each would you choose? Would you rather be invisible or read minds? Would you rather own a ski lodge or a surf camp? Would you rather be a dog named Killer or a cat named Fluffy?

Given the choice, I think I’d rather read minds. Being invisible does have its advantages, but I like the idea of looking someone in the eye and being able to tell what they’re really thinking. It would certainly save a lot of surprises, don’t you think?

Second: Oh, definitely a surf camp. I love the sun and the sand and the heat. I have skied and I do like it, but I really hate being cold. And ownership means I’d have to be there in the snow all the time. No, thanks.

And third: I used to have a dog named “Killer”. He was a terrier and not afraid of anything. He thought he was a Rottweiler – all twenty pounds of him. He was a great dog. I aspire to be like him, able to fearlessly take on any challenge, no matter how big.

Besides, a cat named Fluffy, if the name was apt, would have to be pretty passive and that’s just not me. (To say nothing of the shedding!)

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Welcome to the hop! This week’s challenge comes from the ever wonderful Jenna Da Sie:

What are some of your favourite famous quotes and why?


“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

– Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Truer words were never spoken. If I thought I could never write a book, I wouldn’t have.

And now I’ve almost finished Number Ten.


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“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.”

– Yoda (‘The Empire Strikes Back’)

I love this one because it makes me understand how a lack of commitment can slow you down.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

– Walt Disney (1901-1966)

I have done what I thought was impossible and I have done it more than once. And I keep doing it. And love every minute of it!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou (1928-)

I make a point to remember this. Always.

Thanks so all of the above and so many more for daily inspiration.

And now, back to the top of the hop. Let’s see what the very talented Brenda Margriet chooses as her favorites:

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Welcome to our hop. We’re so glad you’re here! It was my challenge this week:

Describe your perfect day.

Since this is whatever I want it to be, let’s make this the really perfect day!

My perfect day would begin with someone (are you reading this, Husband? Because the dog doesn’t have thumbs) bringing me coffee in bed. Oh wait…first I get to sleep past six. Then, once I’m awake, I go and play racquetball for a half hour (and of course, win). Then, my masseuse is waiting. After an hour massage, I take a long shower and get ready to write.

I sit at my keyboard and several thousand brilliant words just flow. Then, lunch. Which, of course, is ready. One or two of my friends show up and we eat and then go shopping for an hour or so (no, not grocery shopping).

Then, more writing, social media, answering emails.

Dinner has been planned and prepared by someone else and when my husband gets home, I turn off the computer and Bob and I catch up on the day. With a glass of wine.

We eat and go for a walk with the dog, then settle down to watch a little TV (oh, yes, something reality or a really good series).

Then, it’s time for sleep. And an end to another perfect day.

Hey, this is my fantasy, so I get to forget laundry, cooking, errands and all that other stuff, right?

Here’s wishing us all a perfect day every day!

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This week’s challenge comes from the remarkable Jenna Da Sie:

What are you doing or did you do for the 4th of July or Canada Day to celebrate? Did you see any good fireworks?

The Fourth of July is a wonderful holiday. It celebrates freedom. I know that’s obvious, but I think sometimes we forget just how precious that is.

I love the fireworks and it’s great to see them lighting up the night sky with brilliant colors. They are beautiful and symbolize the celebration with explosions of joy. And they remind me how grateful I need to be, on every level, for what we have in this country.

I cannot imagine the sheer courage it took for our forefathers to rebel against England and her king. We were this little upstart nation who dared to stand up and say ‘no’ more to tyranny. Amazing.

So, on the Fourth, I thank all those who were so brave and fought and gave up so much so I could be free.


(A different war but still a fight for freedom)

Let’s hop over and see what the incredible Brenda Margriet does to celebrate…

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