Friday, July 17, 2009

Flash 55 time

With a nod to Raven and Quilly
( This week's Raven's words were rather nice )

Friday 55 Flash Fiction is brought to you by G-man (Mr Knowitall). The idea is you write a story in exactly 55 words. If you want to take part pop over and let G-man know when you've posted your 55.

Every week a nice lady named Raven gives us fifteen words and phrases to use in a story. Here we try to use those words and phrases in a flash 55.This week's words are:
corn pone, delegation, nectarines, happiness, 12 going on 13, prancing horses, magenta, butterflies, fragmentary, arthritis, lavender cowboy, over the moon, preparation, zebra, area rug

This week the dragons had a slight disagreement and ended up with two flash 55's based on Raven's words. We couldn't decide on which one to publish so we compromised and published both.

When I was twelve going on thirteen happiness consisted of prancing horses, zebras, magenta butterflies ,nectarines and cows going over the moon. That was but fragmentary preparation for life to come. Now life consists of exercises on the area rug for my arthritis followed by delegations of lavender cowboys, corn pone lobbyists, and many others.

My Movies
The prancing horses used in "Lavender Cowboy in Zebra Country" are now twelve going on thirteen years old.The area rug has their picture along with the magenta butterflies used in "Happiness Over the Moon". My arthritis has prevented all but fragmentary preparation on my last film " Corn Pone or Nectarines" leading to much delegation .

And Now for something completely different. A flash 55 quivel. Something that looks like a poem, uses at least three of Quilly’s words and has five words to a line for eleven lines. Click on the special words for definitions. Please note this is a quivel it does not pretend to be a poem or even poetic drivel.
To be a Justice

Volgivagant she used to be
Now she hears their plea
A perspicacious mind is hers
Mindful of those racial slurs
Now in High Court game
They all know her name
Much casuistry in their attack
Would throw her off track
Through it a lady still
Confirmed we know she will
Drama up on the Hill.


  1. Oh, come now, your life sounds great..albeit colorful and a little unusual.

    ps Now I know what corn pone is!

  2. An admirable trio there. Enjoyed them all.

  3. I think the first 55 was my favourite Fandango though they were both excellent. I too have to do exercises for arthritis but I do them on a yoga mat! ;)

  4. Excellent - I can see why choosing one was difficult. Have a wonderful Friday!

    (I'm very fond of dragons so it's nice to meet one online!)

  5. you clever dragons come up with the most vivid pictures in your writing, great work

  6. I love the first 55 the best Fandango. It's hell to get old but what a life it is. Excllent 55's

  7. Hot Breath...
    Your persipicasity is endless..
    Excellent 55...
    It's always educational visiting The Lair..
    Thank You for helping me out today...
    You Da Dragon....G

  8. You do a fabulous job with Ravens words...:)
    I tried keeping up with that...but, punked out.
    p.s. I love your dragons on your header!

  9. Great work! The first 55 "Life" made me laugh with empathy; the 2nd one "Movies" made me concentrate too hard for comfort, so I vote for "Life."
    "To Be A Justice" is indeed a poem, IMHO. It, too, made me laugh after I checked out all the definitions and realized just how very creative you have been in using this week's news. I'm impressed with your work, and I'll be back!
    (And yes, I did use this week's news also to create my Flash 55.)

  10. Corn Pone!!! LOL!!! Haven't heard that in years!

    Oh, and you dragons better stay far far away from my doggie!!!! Or I'll (un)light your fire!!!

  11. i enjoyed both 55s and the quivel as well. i even clicked on the words to find out their meanings this time :) not bad for just waking up on a saturday morning, right? i've never heard of corn pone btw.

  12. I came back again this week. I am enjoying your take on the 55 very much.

  13. LOL I'm guessing a corn pone lobbyist wouldn't be a very effective one. :P

    It doesn't matter who is in what seat, there is always drama up on The Hill. ;-)