Graveyard Shift – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Flights of Fancy

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


Image © Liz Young. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Liz Young’s permission.

Graveyard Shift

The graveyard shift is the hardest. You sit. You watch. You fight the enemy inside, the one that makes your eyelids droop. Only the hardest, only the best make it through this hour. But a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do. The reward will be worth it.

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Fiction: ‘The Gardener’

Writing on Tangents

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Golden rays of sunlight drip from the sky and wash over her golden petals in a flood of light. She stretches her large green leaves towards it. The warmth is so sweet after the freezing night. Endless blue skies have replaced the cool twinkling stars and the morning dew quickly evaporates into the air. Even the grass appears more vibrant under the light of a new day.

Her sisters turn their lovely faces towards the sun.

She looks up into the blue depths of heaven. A little robin sits in the tree, his brilliant red breast puffed out as he lets out a trill of song. Bees flit passed her, zooming busily to their hive. The sweet scent of honey is thick in the air, making the day feel drowsy under the weight of its perfume.

A shadow falls.

She shivers with a sudden chill.

He stands…

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Ride Across the River: Soldier of Freedom in the Army of the Night

Outer Channel: A Blog for (reluctant) Starseeds and Wanderers

Dire Straits: “I am a Soldier of Freedom in the Army of the Night.”  That is a song called “Ride Across The River.”  While working on my usual posts, and leaving the Youtube player playing (on top of SomaFM, weird even for me), this song came up.  I found the lyrics to be galvanizing, especially that first sentence: “I am a Soldier of Freedom in the Army of the Night.”

Usually the idea of being a “soldier” is foreign to me.  I know many others have served, but that has not been my path.  Unless you consider what I have been doing for the past few years, writing on WordPress and reblogging the work of other creatives (astrologers, writers, poets, photographers) as “serving” as a “Soldier of Freedom.”  And with my chronic (and often severe) sleep problems, I suppose I would qualify for being a member of the “Army…

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Psychologist Carl Jung – The 11:11 Synchronicity

Superb material for novels and short stories! Awesome!

Openhearted Rebel

Compiled by Gregg Prescott, M.S.,

Have you ever experienced an 11:11 synchronicity? Psychologist Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity, which many of us use on a daily or weekly basis.

Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.
~ Carl Jung

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First of Its Kind Study Finds Cannabis May Be a “Miracle” Treatment for Autistic Kids

Openhearted Rebel

By Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project, Waking Times

Autism could now be added to the lengthy and perpetually-expanding list of afflictions and symptoms treatable with the one product of nature shamefully prohibited by the federal government — the “miracle” palliative, cannabis.

One in every 68 children in the United States is now affected by autism, and the number of kids coping with the developmental disorder has been increasing at an explosive rate in recent years. With onset most common during infancy and early childhood, autism can impact social and communication skills and may cause repetitive or compulsive behaviors, among other manifestations.

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Inside the mind: Thought experiments

Rationalising The Universe

In today’s post we’ll be presenting a go-to in every theoretical physicist’s toolkit, the thought experiment. I’ll present its pros and cons while giving a few examples of noteworthy thought experiments across the ages. Thought experiments occur across the sciences and are by no means confined to physics, though the ones I’ve presented below belong to my favourite discipline. So without further ado let’s discover the beauty of what excellent work can be accomplished inside the mind…

What is a thought experiment?

A thought experiment starts, as with all experiments, with the consideration of a certain hypothesis. It then involves setting up a hypothetical scenario in ones head and uses the knowledge one possesses to think through its consequences in order to arrive at the result. Thought experiments are often used in order to ‘perform’ experiments which may not be feasible in everyday life, for example involving black holes or…

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