THEY WRITE ON FRIDAYS… Friday Fictioneers


THEY WRITE ON FRIDAYS… a Drabble x Four for FriFic

On the Northside of Chicago, a call button is pushed…

“Ethel, lemme in.”

“Those stairs are going to kill me. What you want to show me?”
“Check this out, Cheryl; I’m writing a story!”
“What the hell is this photo?”
“It’s my writing prompt for Friday Fictioneers. I’m going to be an author!”
“Oh spare me. Is this before the oil painting, the pottery, or the garden?”
“No, I’m serious this time.”
“You are always serious, Ethel, you just find something new the next day. Okay, what’s with this Friday fiction thing?”
“A writing group that writes on Friday’s. A lady named Rochelle runs it, and she’s written a bunch of books. Look, here’s all the people and their stories this week.”
“Hmmm… if they write on Friday, how come there’s 56 stories, it’s Thursday? Besides, they look like a bunch of weirdos to me, look at that guy with the clown nose, number 53 looks cute, though. What do you want me to do?”
“Help me think of a story, Cheryl. I thought this would be easy, but I don’t see any story in this photo.”
“Quit whining, Ethel. I see a prison in this photo. Do you think Peter Abbey was in prison?”
“Peter Abbey, the guy Rochelle got the picture from. I swear you don’t pay attention to anything, Ethel. Write a story about a prison. How long does it have to be?”
“100 words, no more no less. I hear she’s pretty strict!”
“How in hell you supposed to write a story in 100 words? Maybe we better read a couple stories.”

“I have to admit, Ethel, some of those are pretty good. Just steal an idea from one of them.”
“I can’t do that if I’m going to be a real writer, Cheryl, they have to be my words. Besides, they might catch on and then I’d get in trouble.”
“Oooooh, what kick you out of being a Friday Writer?”
“It’s Friday Fictioneers because we write fiction!”
“And you write on Friday; I get it. Okay, let’s write a prison story. One for women and there’s lots of cat fights.”
“Good, and mean guards! Someone gets a shiv in this walkway and there’s blood all over.”
“I like that, better start writing this down. I’ll help you.”
“I’m excited, Cheryl, maybe I’ll be a famous author someday.”
“Don’t you mean, We, Ethel?”

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I have always written exactly 100-word stories… no more no less… and as Ethel says, ‘I hear she’s pretty strict!’ and I have never wanted to get on that little ball of fire’s bad side.  But, since this is Rochelle’s fourth year heading up Friday Fictioneers, I thought I’d write 400 words… a Drabble a Year.  I asked the girls to help; I wonder if they can figure out how to work the frog thing.  Thanks to Peter Abbey for the photo prompt.

Here’re some stories from other people who write on Fridays…

19 responses

  1. Hahahaha I really enjoyed this, a good day in the life of a Friday Fictioneers writer! The drama, the tension of getting the story right… Hahahaha thanks, a fun piece

  2. Geez, I can’t believe Cheryl said #53 was cute. If he reads this his head will inflate to the size of a Goodyear Blimp. The guy hiding behind the coffee cup is the one to worry about. There’s no telling what kind of dribble he’s capable of writing.

  3. This made me smile – very apt!

  4. Dear Ted, Cheryl and Ethel,

    I suppose I’ll give you a grudging pass for your overage. After all, there’s more than one of you, right? I think Ted might have MPD though. At any rate, you’re still on my good side. Just don’t push it. Okay?


    PS You had me laughing out loud. 😀

  5. Oh that was a hoot and a half! Weirdos? Who’s she calling Weirdo!! 😀

  6. Good work Ted, very funny! 😆

  7. Lovely idea, made me laugh 🙂

  8. I’m glad you took this and ran – far – with both the picture and Rochelle’s 4th year. The banter had me laughing.

  9. It may be long… four weeks worth I say but it was funny and humour is worth strtching for. 😇

  10. I liked this, it’s how I feel some weeks, how do you write a story about that?

  11. Ha what fun! I don’t usually read fiction blog posts, I like what you did here. Well I’ll tell you what’s strange, after you had commented on my recent post it suddenly occurred to me that I hadn’t seen any of your posts in my Reader for a really long time, so I wondered whether for some reason I had unsubscribed from you, or had become unsubscribed, so I tried adding you again but it told me that I am already subscribed. And yet you haven’t shown up in my Reader for so long. Very strange. I’ll see now that I tried adding you again if that’s triggered something and they start appearing.

    1. Hi, Vanessa-Jane… I only recently returned to writing. Thanks for wondering about me. Hope the bowl situation is stable.

  12. This is fantastic, Ted! Do you think anyone took the hint about actually writing on Fridays?

    1. Thanks, Susie, I remember when you used to pen a few. I think there are a couple who post on Fridays out of tradition.

  13. Enjoy reading you Friday Fiction, Ted! 😄

    1. Thank you, Amy. I enjoyed your photos.

      1. Thank you so much, Ted for you compliment!

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