26 August 2016

Published August 24, 2016 by rochellewisoff

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Summer is the time for vacations, picnics on the beach and reruns on the telly. I’m happy to announce that I made my July deadline for my third novel in my series entitled AS ONE MUST ONE CAN. It looks like there’s more work to be done, however.  Many thanks to those of you who responded to my plea for your favorite reruns. Look for new prompts the beginning of September as I’ve received quite a few new ones this summer. 

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This one’s from January 23, 2015

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


            Logan hunched his shoulders against the icy North Atlantic wind.

            “Me wee Patrick’s one tomorrow.”

            “Dinnae fash yersel,” said John, the coxswain. “The morrow’ll be the cold start of May and there’ll be eight more months of 1912 to play with the boy.”

            “Two points starboard, John,” said Logan from the bow as he readied the boat hook. 


             Four months later the memories of the baby they pulled from the water tormented Logan. Patrick’s cries woke him from a nightmare. He gathered the child into his arms and whispered.

            “Let fly, lad. ‘Tis a hard life, but a good sign.”

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69 comments on “26 August 2016

  • Oh, I almost hated to “like” this story. It is so very very sad. Reminds me too much of some of the accidents I went out on with rescue… parents who don’t care enough to buckle their children in. Especially when mini-vans first came into vogue. It was horrible… beyond horrible… Gonna be hard to follow this story….


    • Dear Jelli,

      Of course the sad part of this story is that it wasn’t negligence on the part of the parents but a major disaster. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Yes it is a hard one to ‘like.’



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  • I remember this story well as it was a seafaring story with the brogue that had me hearing the accent of the characters. That had to be a hard task with a child of his own coming soon.


    • Dear Indira,

      And then there’s the English language. Actually Scots English. Basically the coxswain tells Logan not to worry or fret, there will be plenty of time to enjoy his son. When Logan tells Patrick to let it fly, he’s saying, Go ahead and cry. It means you’re alive.”

      Sorry to throw you such a curve, Indira. The slang was a bit daunting this American, too.

      Thank you.



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  • Dear Gee Golly Guppy,

    There’s nothing sadder or more heartbreaking that the death of a baby. I would never make it as an EMT, but I’m glad someone can.

    Now, if you’ll please row me a little further into the sage grass, I’ll cast my lure over near that fence post.

    Happy knitting,

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    • Dear Junior,

      Sage grass is not a good idea for me. I’d sneeze and drown I fear. According to allergy tests yesterday, Sagebrush is at the top of my itch list.

      I couldn’t be an EMT either. Thank you for floating by.


      Gee Golly Guppy


  • “Four months later the memories of the baby they pulled from the water tormented Logan.” considering adjusting this to “…still tormented Logan.” it helps us more clearly see that this torment has been unending. just a thought. thanks for the perspective to keep us grounded.


  • Really heartbreaking, Rochelle – and so beautifully constructed. I had to read it through a couple of times before the sense of it hit me (though it’s early morning here and I think I’m still half asleep!) But really, a stunning little story, sparely and beautifully told.

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    • Dear Lynn, \

      I can’t say that I ever mind hearing that someone read my story more than once. 😉 I’m glad it came across and that you enjoyed it. Although I’m not sure enjoyed is the right word. At any rate, thank you for such a lovely comment.



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  • It took me two reads and it was worth it… also had to Google ‘dinnae fash’ and glad I did 🙂 A beautiful piece and very sad. I’ve been away from FF for a few months – so glad to be back and looking forward to the new prompts in September!!

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  • Love the accent, and I’ve become decent at learning words from meaning so I had no trouble understanding. A heartbreaking story, but also heart-warming because the new father remembers and honours the dead child.

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  • Dear Rochelle, I love the language you used here. Such a sad story. I don’t know that I could survive the loss of baby in this way. It’s so tragic.Great to be back. My word counts have been sluggish….but I’m here!! Great to see you and congrats on finishing up your edits for your third novel. You must be so relieved.

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    • Dear Amy,

      I’m glad you liked my very sad story. And it’s good to see you back.

      I would say that it’s a relief to be finished with the edits, however, once my agent returns the manuscript there will be more edits. It looks like next year for the release rather than this fall. Which really is okay. I’d rather have it be my best work than a rush job that doesn’t match the other two novels.

      Thank you.



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