19 July 2013

Published July 17, 2013 by rochellewisoff


As always, writers are encouraged to be as innovative as possible with the prompt and 100 word constraints. 

Henry David Thoreau said it best.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”



Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count. However, I respectfully ask for your consideration. Please refrain from taking the  liberty of posting 200 words or more as a Friday Fictioneers story. Thank you.)


Make every word count.


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Genre: Literary Fiction

Word Count: 100


            The surgeon told her she’d never walk again.

            Not long after that, Grandpa Farthing came for a visit. “How’s my favorite cyclist?”


            “Pity-party? Here, celebrate with this.” He tossed a book into her lap.  “I enjoyed it as a boy.”

            “‘Around the World on a Bicycle’?”

            “By Thomas Stevens. Rode it on a big-wheeled contraption called a Penny Farthing.”

            “You’re joking.”


            Two years later, inspired by Stevens’ determination, she labored to prove the doctors wrong and registered for her first Penny Farthing race.

            The official stared at her signature. “You’re joking.”  

            “Nope, Miss Penelope Farthing at your service.” 

You can find more about Thomas Stevens who rode what was then known as an Ordinary Bicycle  by clicking here . For more in depth reading the book is available on Amazon.com.

Around the World on a bicycle

The  ordinary bicycle was nicknamed “Penny Farthing” for its shape:


Penny Farthing Bicycle Diagram

thomas Stevens

Thomas Stevens

117 comments on “19 July 2013

    • Dear Gabriella,

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting. Glad my story made you feel good. It felt good to write…always does when I receive an education in the process. 😉

      Going to read yours now.




  • Brilliant take on the story Rochelle. Uplifting. And humorous. Love the twist with the name. And the relationships. Dialogue (I like ‘Pity-Party). I remember … I was going to reminisce about buying sweeties with farthings, then realised this is the story I have to write this week! You have just had a sneek preview. I filled in a form at the Akismet web site about the spam problem. I too came down with this. Interesting it seems a UK problem.


    • Dear Linda,

      Nice to hear that I started someone’s day off right. When I chose the prompt, I started with looking up bicycle history. My searching led me this particular bike. Fascinating and amazing that they still race them, isn’t it? You won’t catch me on one those contraptions either.




  • Penny Farthings are not the easiest of bicycles to ride, either! I rode one at the historical society many years ago. Could barely reach the pedals, and very difficult to balance….probably why they aren’t used anymore…


  • We all must overcome some limitations, even if they aren’t as stark as the ones the MC faced in your story. When we do we become stronger and better prepared to face out next challenge.


    • Dear Leslie,

      I don’t know how many miles they ride those crazy things but there are quite a few videos on You Tube. Even one with instructions on how to mount one. Glad you enjoyed my story.




  • Excellent and quite clever story, Rochelle. I’m high in the Sierras… Wait! That doesn’t sound right… I’m camping in the woods and internet and writing time is sparse… but, I’m keeping my eye on you.


  • I really enjoy the hisory you incorporate into your Flash Fiction.
    Gotta love a gal with chutzpha!
    I’ve two this week. I haven’t posted the Vamp story yet as I’m waiting on Alastair.


  • As ever, Rochelle, I enjoyed your story and the education it brought. For me though it wasn’t a favourite – the name felt a little like a punchline and i think the story might have been stronger without it. Just personal opinion though.


  • I like her determination and yes, I enjoyed a story with a happy ending from you. I was going to add “for a change”, but who knows how long your arm is? I might think I’m safe in Naperville, but you never know. 🙂 Thank goodness we don’t ride bikes like that anymore!! Now back to le Tour. (Actually, to reading more stories, but that doesn’t have a bicycle ring to it.)



    • Dear Janet,

      As I recall, last week’s story had a happy ending as well. Mainly the story was about Penny’s determination to beat the odds. She just happened to do it on a bike with which she shared a name.

      Thanks for commenting.




  • A positive story — you have to admire Penny’s determination to get in the race. I really enjoy learning about parts of history through your stories. You write fantastic historical fiction.


  • I don’t know if you’ve read any of my other tales, darling, but if you did, you’ll know that I have a sidekick (my lovely, eccentric niece) who goes by Penelope Arcade (or sometimes Penny). This was sweet and brought a lasting smile to my face.


    • Dear Sarah Ann,

      First I did make sure that Farthing was also a surname. So it worked out perfectly for my story. Gathering the info’s have the fun. Thanks for dropping by. Safe travels.




  • You do this non-fiction storytelling very well.

    By the way, did you read Perry’s story yet about the tree getting glasses? I tried to comment on his site but my phone was acting up, and what I wanted to tell him was his story seems like a great concept for kids that could come together fully with some nice watercolor art work like in your book. Maybe there is a common project there.

    Thanks for reading my rambling!


  • Dear Rochelle,
    What an inspirational story! I’ve been traveling this week with no access to the internet. Don’t know if I’ll play this week or not, but I’ll still read and comment on as many as I can.


  • I’ve heard of the Penny Farthing, but never knew the story behind it. Well done as usual! I love your stories as I get educated also and that’s always a good thing. 🙂


    • Dear Jackie,

      You were one up on me. I didn’t know anything about the Penny Farthing when I began my research quest. I love starting with a kernel of an idea and watching it flourish before my eyes. I’m always pleased when it resonates with someone else as well. Thank you for your kind words.




  • May I leave my submission here instead? Mandy Eve-Barnett – http://www.mandyevebarnett.com

    “Whose bike is that anyway? It’s been there for days.”

    “No idea. Did you manage to get hold of the exterminator? The smell from the cellar is getting worse, bound to be something dead down there.”

    The rats nibbled at fingers and toes. The body squeezed behind the large deep freeze oozed dark fluid.

    “Good morning, Dan the Exterminator at your service. Where’s this smell then?”

    Police tape surrounded the café a couple of hours later. The bicycle’s owner found at last.


    • Dear Mandy,

      Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. A grisly and believable tale you’ve brought to the table.

      However it would be much easier for everyone if you post your story on your blog and provide us with a link. I personally prefer it that way.

      The comment section is just that, the comment section! Most of us leave comments on a story and move on, so chances are when you drop your story in the comment box of another person’s blog, the only person who will read it is the blog host.

      Thank you and Shalom,



  • Dear Rochelle
    Lovely story, happy and surprised that you gave us a happy ending. Once again you give us a brief history lesson and more information to check out. I loved the word play and the feel good ending, thank you
    Have a great weekend


    • Dear Dee,

      That’s actually two happy endings in a row. Last week’s was upbeat, too. Don’t get too used to it though. My muse tends toward the melancholy dark side.
      I grew up in a family of punsters and I love to play with words whenever the opportunity presents itself. Glad you liked the story.




  • I love that she beat the odds. Good for her. And I learned that a Penny Farthing, a term I’ve heard but didn’t know what it was, is a big-wheeled bicycle. Education and a story that made me smile. It doesn’t get much better than that. My first time here – but you’ve already beat me to a comment and read mine – thanks for that! I’m glad I took the plunge this week. I’ll see you next week!


    • Dear Steph,

      Happy to have you aboard. I often learn more than anyone in writing these little stories in doing research. I’ve been hooked since I joined a year ago April. In October I inherited the driver’s seat and I’m still as addicted as ever. Thanks for commenting.




  • I go away for a few weeks and when I get back everything’s changed. Not just the new look Inlinkz, but also Rochelle writing a story with a happy ending! Took me by surprise and made me glow inside. Lovely 😀


    • Dear EL,

      Really good to have you back among us. I’ve been a little rattled by the changes Inlinkz. I’ve had to get used to new ways of doing things. And I was perfectly content with the other way. Oh well…I suppose they call that progress.
      As for the happy ending, well, sometimes even I have to lighten up a bit. 😉 My story last week was also upbeat. (Don’t get too used to it.)




    • Dear Chris,

      Again, welcome to Friday Fictioneers, which seems to extend into Tuesday now. I’m happy you liked my piece. I had great fun writing it.
      I try to have the prompt up by 0230 CDT which, given our global gaggle of writers, varies. For some this will be Tuesday evening and or others Wednesday afternoon.
      I look forward to reading more from you.




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