19 July 2019

Published July 17, 2019 by rochellewisoff

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The next photo is the PROMPT. Remember, all photos are property of the photographer, donated for use in Friday Fictioneers only. They shouldn’t be used for any other purpose without express permission. It is proper etiquette to give the contributor credit. 

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot


Click the Froggie. You know you want to!

Genre: Personal Musing

Word Count: 100


I stare at the photo prompt waiting for the fickle finger of fate to zap me between the eyes with inspiration. Do I hear dust moving?

To help jumpstart my brain I tap out, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” My mother taught me the silly phrase when she taught me to type. It’s a sentence that incorporates every letter of the alphabet. I promise. I’m not making it up.

Are you singing the Alphabet Song to check out my claim?

I cover my eyes. Nothing. No story this week.  

Sometimes the magic works. Sometimes it doesn’t.


109 comments on “19 July 2019

  • You’ve managed to write a story about not having one, Rochelle. That’s great. I loved that scene in the movie–I think it was “Little Big Man”–where the old chief doesn’t die and has to get back up because it’s raining. Hilarious. I loved that actor. It was one of the few times in those days Hollywood used a real Native American for the part of one. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      if memory serves, Little Big Man was the first movie to use Native Americans in Native American roles. It was a stunning film to boot. My brother’s fond of the quote, “Sometimes the magic works. Sometimes it doesn’t.” It seemed to fit here. 😉 Thank you for your kind words re my non-story.


      Rochelle 😀

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    • Dear Dale,

      There are non stories and then there are non stories, eh? I had fun writing this one. Better than the backlash I might have incurred with the other story. 😉 Thank you, my friend.

      Shalom and lotsa hugs,



    • Dear Ronda,

      I actually did know the history but not the word for it. Pangram. I’ll try to remember that. I actually was singing the abc’s in my head. 😉 Thanks for coming by to read and being thoughtful enough to leave a comment. Pet the Diva for me.




  • So, are we graded on a curve this time? If our fearless leader is blocked, what hope is there for the rest of us? Oh, wait… I have an idea. Ooh, I have another one. There is hope. I can’t promise either will be any good, but there is hope. Sometimes the muses can be more cruel with their plants than they are with their blocks. “Ooh, I have an idea.” Type, type, type, type, type… “Ah, that’s horrible. Where did I get that idea?”

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    • Dear Adele,

      I don’t always have a story in mind when I choose a photo. I pick one that challenges and hope I can come up with something. That’s what makes this so much fun. Thank you.




  • Writer’s Block… happens to all of us. Been there for a few weeks myself. Just can’t seem to catch the mojo. I’m blaming the heat and humidity. Then again, your story did kinda capture the moment quite well, even so. Now, seeing the pretzels, I’m hungry for one.

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      • Here’s some good homemade dijon for your tasting! Oops, sorry, I didn’t mean to spill it. heheh! Somehow, since you posted this, I’m starting to find my mojo again. I’ve got a story in my brain, just beyond my reach and it’s driving me nuts!

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  • I thought (No you didn’t! Don’t lie like that) that the sentence was “The quick red fox jumped over the lazy brown dog.” Then I read your post closely, and realized that the verb must be jumps , because that’s the only letter S in the pangram. 🙄

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  • My mind is full of NANOWRIMO and this gives me a break as I have been skipping almost all of prompts due to that. I have 25,000 words on there so far. My brain is tired.


  • A story about having no story 🙂 Nice one!

    Weird how different prompts speak to different people. I immediately saw the three monkeys and wrote my story in a little under four minutes. Then sometimes other people come up with great ideas and I’m still completely stuck 🙂

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    • Dear Ali,

      Confession. I did have a story that went with this prompt. However, at the last moment, I decided that it could be hurtful to someone in particular who might read. Hence, I did some mighty fast backpedaling. Glad it worked and glad you unstuck yourself. Thank you.



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  • Querida Rochelle,
    The story is the non-story which is the story of being stuck. ~~~~ : )
    YIKES … what will become of us if you start having a blank mind. ~~~ : – 0
    In my tale, I harkened back to the days of childhood games but with a twist … of course.
    Perhaps, a swim might be the perfect solution. Come on in … the water’s refreshing.
    Decansa mi amiga, gracias por sus obras.
    Isadora 😎
    ps – no ‘Like’ button function yet. It seems WP does not wish for me to ‘Like’ anything. : (
    I’ve been banned to the Island of Non-Likers … LOL

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    • Querida Isadora,

      No entiendo la problema con Word Press.
      I don’t think any one of us is above getting stuck from time to time. Gracias para sus palabras amables, mi amiga.

      Shalom y cariño. (Feliz cumpleaños.)



  • Hi Rochelle. I feel privileged to find you at a loss. I am sure it doesn’t happen often. My internet access is limited to an hour a day right now, so please forgive my inability to read and comment on every post. Thanks fr being here!!

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    • Dear Violet,

      I think I post one of these kinds of stories a year. But yes, it happens to all of us. The truth is that I had another story for this prompt but felt that it had the potential for serious backlash, thought better of it and backpedaled. 😉 Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my story. It means a lot.




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