November 30: Flash Fiction Challenge

Here are details of this week’s challenge:

November 30, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes self-care. Does the character need it? What does the character do? Think about how you can use this action to deepen a character or move a story. Go where the prompt leads.

We all cope to the best of our ability, but just one little thing can throw us over the edge into the abyss of depression.
Enter ME TIME, a must for everyone at some time or another, the secret is to recognise When before things spin out of control.
Some write, some walk, some cook, some eat.
Music is my safety valve, and my Dad always knew when something was on my mind.
Each piece I play has a significance, but Dad would listen as it wasn’t what I played, but the way I played it that spoke volumes.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to November 30: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. Michael says:

    The people closest to us have that ability don’t they to detect our moods even if we aren’t always aware of them ourselves.

  2. Norah says:

    The way that you played spoke volumes – clever!

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Part of self-care is awareness. A father who pays attention, teaches his daughter to recognize the important “when.”

  4. Wonderful. This piece resonates with me as I played the flute but only when very depressed. Sometimes I wish I would get that depressed again as now I don’t play at all. Unlike your character the piece of music didn’t speak volumes (very clever) I just used it to calm me down.

    • My music has seen me through a lot and I am glad to have it back. I’m a bit ‘rusty’ after almost 4 years without access to one, but it’s coming back, as is the pleasure and calming effect, though these days, everything is played in a calm, smooth and gentle manner most of the time!

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  6. I think this is true of all artistic people. The way you write, play music or paint speaks volumes.

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