#Bloganuary – Day 28 – My Playlist.

This is another two-in-one post. The first part of it comprises a short story, while the second is a response to today’s Bloganuary prompt.

***PART 1***

In the field outside the hospital in which her mother is dying, Mary kneels down. ‘It would take a miracle,’ the doctor’s words ring in her ears.

The last time Mary searched for four-leaf clovers was when she was about ten. She probably wished for a certain boy to like her or a good grade on an upcoming test.

Today, her wish is much more important. Section by section, she searches until – having lost track of time – Mary manages to find what she was looking for. She pushes the other clovers away…

“Mary!” the doctor calls from behind her.


“In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about ‘the wish I made.'”
– prompt used for this CW piece.
[Source: CarrotRanch]


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***PART 2***

What is on your music playlist right now?

January 28th prompt

Would it be weird if I did not have a playlist? If you answer ‘yes,’ then let us pretend that I have a current playlist and that the below two songs are a part of it. If ‘no’ is your answer, then these two were my theme songs for today for one reason or another.

“Kyrptonite” by 3 Doors Down
“Black Hole Sun” by Sound Garden

What’s on YOUR playlist?

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  1. I like the kyrptonite one. It shows a narrative depth that’s often lacking in music videos.

    I’ve done microflash before, but the limitations normally drive me nuts. You just can’t say much in 100 words, not if you’re trying to craft a complete narrative. The closest I ever came with a story I really like was a ghost story with 150 words. At that length, you’re usually writing the form of a joke. Set up one line of thinking and then twist hard. Yours worked okay for the length, but you’re capable of writing much more compelling material. It’s a good start if it’s something you want to expand, though.

    I don’t have a playlist, but I’m singing these two songs in church this Saturday/Sunday:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0z6Qkr_FBo You Alone by Sarah Hart, also
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuN8ibZdW3c Let There Be Peace On Earth–I’m extremely pissed that the media’s trying to beat the drums of war again. What a freaking great idea–and run by the same clowns who gave us Afghanistan. Right. No worries there.

    I’m an artist–I fight back with words and images and music. Okay, and prayer. It doesn’t feel like a whole lot of arrows in my quiver, but it’s what I got. : )

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    1. Microfiction definitely isn’t easy. However, I’ve seen it done well. What I like to do is play with different sorts of writing and 99-words is a part of that. Sometimes it serves as a break from longer form, other times it motivates me to condense things. In real life, I like getting to the point quickly. Though, I do like to share the backstory at times. So, to be able to balance that in writing would be nice.

      ‘You Alone’ is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. And there’s always something precious about kids singing…

      No, no worries at all.

      Hey, at least you’re fighting!

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    1. The 70s was a good musical decade.

      I remember finding a couple as a kid. It seemed that some people were more lucky than me. Also, I believe that there were more of 4-leaf clovers back in the day. Couldn’t find one these days to save my life. I wonder why that is…

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  2. Mary went outside and knelt in the clover. I can see that and her desperation. We can’t be sure the doctor’s call means that her wish came true, but I like that about flash fiction, it is open to interpretation and to possibilities.I enjoy the exercise of paring a story down to its essence. I walk away from most of my flashes but do know that they are story seeds if I ever wanted to develop that scene further, or provide more background or detail. And it is always fun to see the myriad ways the prompt gets responded to. See you Wednesday!

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    1. No, we definitely cannot be sure how it ended. I like how some people assume one way while others pick the opposite. We are all in different places in our lives and stories can help us on the way.

      Indeed, I always like to browse through the collection and see similar AND completely different interpretations to mine. It opens up my mind. Wonderful!

      And that’s true – while I usually finish the flash and then walk away, every now and then I think back to one and explore it further.

      C ya!

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    1. During the last few months of 2021, I decided to make my work break more scheduled – same time every day, and same thing to do – 30 mins of reading, 30 mins of puzzles. It did wonders to my brain. Otherwise, I either don’t take a real break, or waste it on things that have no benefit. I finished that puzzle. I have to start a new one tomorrow! Thanks for reminding me. Adding music to that time… hmmm… might have to try it out!


  3. I guess this is a covid related story. So many families have not had the opportunity to be with their loved ones as they pass. I wish that Mary’s four-leaf clover brought her the outcome for which she wished. Your story evoked a great deal of sadness and desperation in a situation I’m pleased I didn’t have to confront during covid times.

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    1. Not necessarily. Sometimes we just need to take a break from sitting vigil at our loved one’s bedside. Or the healthcare professionals ask us to step away.

      There definitely was an added layer of pain added during the peak of pandemic days when it came to visiting loved ones at the hospital.

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