Life is unpredictable. (All the more reason to hold onto it and help others do the same.)
We’re currently waylaid by the unexpected: a sick child. Sadly, we will not make it to Grandma and Grandpa’s as soon as we’d originally planned.
However, if I’ve learned anything about parenting, it’s that you must be flexible. (That’s probably been the hardest lesson for this type-A personality.)
On a positive note, I hope you all are enjoying your holidays, if you celebrate. Here’s my early wish to you for a happy 2017 as well.
Now, the story . . . which isn’t here, but it was published:
So, my story ran yesterday (21 Dec. 2016) on 50-Word Stories. My many thanks to Tim, who’s the force behind 50-Word Stories, for taking a chance on odd fiction, which I think my story “Trees” qualifies as. If you enjoy dark/horror flash fiction and appreciate a scary story, give it a like-click over here. And be sure to check out 50-Word Stories; every day they post two bursts of microfiction and are the go-to source for a smorgasbord of shorts (fiction, that is).
In the meantime, enjoy these winter-ish photographs.
Until we meet again. Soon.
32 thoughts on “My Very Short Holiday Story and Photos”
Hmm. After reading your story I need to make sure my chain saw is ready to go. 🙂
You never know. Trees carrying a grudge for our past assaults & trespasses on them. . . . 😉
I hope your kiddo feels better soon! a couple of more days to go 🙂
Thanks so much, Andy. Are you ready? 🙂 Just don’t send too much snow down this way!
Well it’s stopped for now lol just rain but I’d be HAPPY to share if you insist (GRIN)
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a speedy return to health for the poorly one.
Thanks, Zteve. The same to you and yours; let’s hope we don’t all eat too much this Christmas! My MIL is an excellent chef I still haven’t recovered from 2 Christmases ago. I promise, a person cannot sample just 1 type of cookie. It’s impossible.
Anyway, do take care and wishing you the best for writing & life in the new year 🙂
Am so sorry that your holiday plans have taken a knock. I hope kiddo bounces back soon. My daughter always used to get ill when she was too excited about something. I left a comment on your tree story, over at the host blog. Scary stuff. Well written.
Very cool story 🙂
I hope the little one gets better soon and Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Ali. We’re feeling so much better. Happy Christmas back to you! I’m envious that as I type this you’ve probably seen the DW Christmas special tonight already, as I’m 6-7 hours behind your time zone I think. 🙂 Enjoy!
I was out with family all day so I have yet to see it… 😦
I fully sympathise with your protagonist. I have on occasion come off the worse from an argument with a tree, but so far have lived to tell the tale.
Have a great Christmas, Leigh, even if the plans have been adjusted.
Hey, Curtis, same back to you and Mrs. B. (And we’re feeling much better now, thank goodness.)
I know for sure that trees have good reason to be murderous… 😉
Definitely, Bjorn, especially where us humans are concerned. Happy holidays!
Wishing you a holiday that gets better! Loved your story, I left a comment over there, revenge is bloody….
Thank you so much, Andrea. I’m glad you enjoyed the very short story. I was working on a longer version of it, but the characters were different, involving an entire family and probably a not-so-nice father. In any case, hope your flu is clearing up by now. Happy holidays to y’all there!
Nice one Leigh! Hope the little one perks up soon.
Thanks so much, Jamie. Happy Christmas (if you guys celebrate that)!
That was an excellent horror story Leigh. I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday season.
Thank you so much, Joe. I’m hoping to use some of my holiday plunderings to buy at least one of your books; hopefully I can figure out which ones will send to the U.S. But I’m pretty sure I will suss it out in the end. Happy almost New Year’s, Joe!
Now that was some surprise story. I’ll be more mindful in the forest. Hoping your little one is feeling better. As to the footprints you have quite the group of visitors on the front mat. A bird and maybe a racoon?
Great guess, Sue. I’m not sure; there’s a kitty (stray) who sometimes prowls around at night, so maybe the raccoon-y paws are hers? Wish I knew what type of bird (if one can tell among the small birds, by their footprints).
Happy 2017 and a speedy recovery for the kid. 🙂
Thank you so much, YS. I’m wishing you a pleasant, peaceful, and successful 2017, which we’ve already entered!
I’ve only just seen this, I hope all is well now on the health front – there is nothing so anxiety-making as a sick child! Dark/horror stories are not my thing at all, but I wish you luck with your literary enterprises in this new year.
No worries, Hilary. For a long time, I got away from the horror and dark literature. There are some who’d say (and I won’t disagree) that reality is enough of a horror story. Your book about your father’s POW experiences is, unfortunately, a prime example.
Anyway, yes, we are all finally well, although the flu seemed to cycle through all of us before it was done (to lesser degrees, thankfully). And, thank goodness, we didn’t get any of the extended family sick either.
I just read your brief story and truly liked it … The way the idea of chopping a tree and killing someone get intertwined is powerl… Great metaphorical writing over there… Wishing you well! 😀
Congratulations on your story and I hope your child is better now. 🙂 — Suzanne
Thanks so much for reading! Yes, better from the December illnesses. The winter months are rough with two young ones whose immune systems are rather like magnets and people being forced to stay indoors more often.
Congratulations on the publication. And I love that shot of the critter footprints!
I am late to this post – and hope all turned out well with the visits and recovery
– and whew – so true on the need to be flexible as a parent