During the Lecture

The lecture finally came to an end about 9:20 p.m.  That was almost an hour longer than it should have lasted. I hadn’t realized that there would be so much time in which to carry out my plan, or I would have gone about things much more leisurely. Professor Thomas Crenshaw was known for beingContinue reading “During the Lecture”

Friday Fictioneers: 7/14/17

To participate in this week’s Friday Fictioneers, visit Rochelle’s site. The picture prompt below is the property of  Janet Webb.   BETRAYED BY TECHNOLOGY He’d done it. He smiled at the perfect job. He’d left her lying across the bed with the pill bottle in her hand. And she hadn’t even suspected that he’d doctoredContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers: 7/14/17”

Friday Fictioneers 6/9/17: ‘The Gardener’

It’s been a while since I’ve had opportunity to participate in Friday Fictioneers, but this week’s photo just pulled this little tale right out of me. If you’d like to join in the fun, visit Rochelle at the link above. This week’s photo is courtesy of Sarah Potter. There was no link for Sarah onContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers 6/9/17: ‘The Gardener’”

Prompt Nights – Glimpse Into the World of Edgar Allen Poe

This week on “Prompt Nights” Sanaa has challenged us to get our inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe. I’m super pressed with my regular teaching this week, so I don’t have time to write a brand new piece, but Sanaa assures us that previously written work is welcome. So since the theme immediately brought to mindContinue reading “Prompt Nights – Glimpse Into the World of Edgar Allen Poe”

Prompt Nights Challenge: Life is a Masquerade

I’ve chosen to offer a piece of fiction for this week’s challenge. The topic is masks, facades, and lies. To participate in Sanaa’s challenge visit her site here.   THE TRIAL OF MARYBELL WESTMORELAND Marybell Westmoreland was, at the delicate age of 82, a soft, pink-cheeked, quiet woman. Standing merely five feet, one inch tall,Continue reading “Prompt Nights Challenge: Life is a Masquerade”

Friday Fictioneers 6/8/16 –

To join the fun of Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge, just follow the link for the details. Photo by Jan Marler Morrill.  My story is below the picture.   Sebastian had said, “Follow the alley until it curves right. Stop at the blue door in the wall. Knock four times.” Okay, here was the turn. YesContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers 6/8/16 –”

Daily Post Prompt: Island

The fog’s especially heavy tonight. I can’t see three feet past the door, so I guess it’s a good time to stay inside and write this letter. The lighthouse on the island has sounded the foghorn every two minutes for hours now. I haven’t been back to the island since that night. In some ways,Continue reading “Daily Post Prompt: Island”

Daily Post Prompt: Countless

Visit the Daily Post to find out how to participate in today’s prompt. ` THE DECISION `I’ve thought about you countless times this past year. I sometimes wish I hadn’t been so hasty to make the decision. There are days when I wake up thinking how good it would be to still have you besideContinue reading “Daily Post Prompt: Countless”


“So tell me, did you kill her?” “You doubt my innocence?” “I’ve known you for a long time, And certain things make sense.” “Like what? You judge me harshly.” “No, I just understand: She caused you grief and sorrow, And you’re a hurting man.” “But, still, to think I’d kill her — That seems a drasticContinue reading “Premeditation”

Wordle 219 Writing Challenge: ‘The Case of the Copy-Cat Crimes’

I just discovered a writing challenge called “Wordle,” which you will find at “The Sunday Whirl.”  It involves writing a poem or short piece of fiction that uses the words in a prescribed group for each week. Writers can use any form of the words that fit their stories/poems. Below, you’ll see the green boxContinue reading “Wordle 219 Writing Challenge: ‘The Case of the Copy-Cat Crimes’”

Friday Fictioneers, 6/19/15 – ‘The Life You Save May Be Your Own’

Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge Why is it that it’s always on days when I have a thousand other things I’m supposed to be doing that the Friday Fictioneers picture grabs my imagination and won’t let go?  I really don’t mind, except for the fact that I feel to doggone GUILTY the whole time I’mContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers, 6/19/15 – ‘The Life You Save May Be Your Own’”

Friday Fictioneers – 2/13/15 — ‘Direct Hit’

Hop over to Rochelle’s place to get the details about taking part in the Friday Fictioneers challenge with your own 100-word story based on the picture below. This week’s photo is thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields as well.  My story is below photo. DIRECT HIT “Your instructions were to meet me on this veranda at 5:00Continue reading “Friday Fictioneers – 2/13/15 — ‘Direct Hit’”

Five-Sentence Fiction – 5/16/14 – ‘Making Sure’

This is the first time I’ve participated in Five-Sentence Fiction. It was fun. If you’d like to join in, use the link below to find out the details on the home site. http://lilliemcferrin.com/five-sentence-fiction-doors/     MAKING SURE       The door to Samuel’s office was closed for good. Ever since he’d shot himself there, hisContinue reading “Five-Sentence Fiction – 5/16/14 – ‘Making Sure’”

100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week 120

Well, I’m almost late with my story for this week’s challenge, and, to be honest, I’m a tad over the word limit, but I don’t have any more time to edit it further. So here’s my offering for Julia’s picture prompt. THE BUNDLE At dusk, Marla went to retrieve her shoes from the window whereContinue reading “100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week 120”

The Trial of Marybell Westmoreland — a short, short story

Marybell Westmoreland was, at the delicate age of 82, a soft, pink-cheeked, quiet woman. Standing merely five feet, one inch tall, she nevertheless commanded total respect from rich and poor, elite and scoundrel. No one really knew for sure if she was rich or just extremely smart and thrifty. Very few people ever saw herContinue reading “The Trial of Marybell Westmoreland — a short, short story”