Stop, Look and Listen

Another 100-word story from a picture prompt. This picture warms my heart when I look at it. Thank you, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Strange how many of these I write in dialogue, and yet usually dialogue is the hardest thing for me to write!

PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

“How long do you suppose she had this old thing?”

“I remember her typing on it before I was in school.  Every night with a glass of wine.  She said she was writing her own stories and offered to read them to me, but I never had time to listen.”

“Look!  A drawer full of envelopes.  They’re manuscripts.  There a note attached to each one.  ‘Thank you for your submission.  It does not suit our needs at this time’.  Look at the postmark on this one.  It’s from forty years ago!”

“Are they all rejections?”

“Looks like it.”

“Oh, Grandma.”

As always, please click on the frog and share your own story!

31 thoughts on “Stop, Look and Listen

      • I don’t even want my adult children to read a few things. I don’t want anyone to be hurt or disillusioned about family matters. If I ever decide to use them here, names and details will change!

        And thank you Penny. You are a wonderful encourager and critic of the best kind 🙂


  1. Don’t have time to do the story, but my first impulse from the picture was along the lines of “The Yellow Wallpaper” — [typing] If I don’t get away from that damn wall hanging before long — damn his mother’s macrame! — Aaargh!!!


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