Imagine my surprise when I checked FRIDAY FICTIONEERS today to see what photo prompt Rochelle chose for this week’s stories… Not only did she steal my photo and my characters, but she stole Me!  Be sure to read all the stories, by some pretty talented writers, about the chair in Egg Lake on San Juan Island.  Start with Rochelle’s… and maybe try writing at Fri Fic sometime.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

10 FEBRUARY 2017


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Contrary to the familiar Thoreau quote, this week it’s what I’m looking at that matters in my story. 

Genre: Hysterical Fiction

World Count: 100


    Ethel, Cheryl and Ted strolled along the banks of Egg Lake singing “Alice’s Restaurant” in three-part harmony.

            “Walk right in, it’s around the back…,” sang Ethel.

            Cheryl chimed in with, “…just a half a mile from the railroad track.”

            Ted stopped at the lake’s edge and raised his trusty Canon. “Whoa, what a great shot!”

            Ethel frowned. “With all this beautiful scenery why would you take a picture of an old chair in the water?”

            “To post on my blog.” Ted snapped another angle. “I never know when that purple-obsessed midget might snag one of my photos for Friday Fictioneers.”





Here’s Rochelle with a familiar book… all her titles are available at Amazon

35 responses

  1. “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant, exceptin’ Alice.”

  2. Dear Ted,

    I think I’ve read this story somewhere before. 😉 Thank for the use of your picture and the loan of Cheryl and Ethel. Of course I just couldn’t leave you behind. Of course, Alice made me do it. You remember Alice? Of course you do, she lived in the bell tower with her husband Ray and Pasha the dog.



    1. Thank you for the use of your story. Does this count?

      1. In my book it counts. 😉

  3. Always a batch of delightful reads with Friday Fictioneers.
    (Obviously that chair is waiting for its’ author who rushed off to jot down an idea to return….no plug for a computer battery gone dead…)

  4. Ted! Not just a reblog! We want one of yours… 😉

  5. That’s terribly familiar

  6. Great fun! You must get out more with Ethel and Cheryl, Ted, or with Ettie and Chez as I like to call them.

    1. Please, no Australian missmash… keep it Down Under.

      1. Ok cobber. She’ll be apples. 😜⭕️❌

      2. What the hell are you talking about????

  7. Hey! Haven’t I already read this – somewhere else – written by someone addicted to purple?

  8. Thanks for the photo prompt and the reblog. I didn’t fully understand the midget’s story but it’s clearer in bigger type. Ha ha

  9. Hee-hee-heeeee! Makes me ask the question of this being an “original appropriation.” Hey, the table’s set, let’s eat!

    Fun story, Ted. Five out of five purple midgets.

    1. He gets five of five purple midgets? What am I? Chopped liver? Hahahahahahahaha. Ted’s within his rights, I did, after all, kidnap Cheryl and Ethel. 😉

      1. I thought spelling her name like the gasoline in the early draft was a stitch!

      2. I know. Perhaps I should’ve left it that way. 😉 Nah. I’m having waaaaay too much fun with this one.

      3. I’ve seen you two singing… and now it’s a comedy act???

      4. Dear Ted,

        If you were around Kent and me for any length of time you wouldn’t need to ask. 😉
        And away with the show!



  10. loved it I felt like I was actually there. txs for share Ted

  11. Ha… that’s what I call a great echo

  12. Ha! I love your hysterical fiction. You’ve created a new genre!

  13. This week’s prompt was so good and the comments that followed have been hilarious. I feel FF has become such a strong supportive community full of people who’ve never met but talk more regularly than most family members… What a privilege to be a part of this!

  14. Well done, Ted. I guess we can label you “Official Photographer of Purple-Obsessed Midgets.”

    1. I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

      1. Oh please! I saw you singing. Mr. DeMille would roll over if he saw that act.

  15. Deja vu, all over again! Now I’m wondering who wrote it and who swiped it 😉

    1. Dear Jen,

      I took him by surprise with it. Great fun. Who knew he’d totally repeat it.



  16. I love this community, y’all crack me up!

  17. […] I’ve really missed this group, writers, and friends. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Ted Strutz for this wonderful prompt. It’s a […]

  18. This is like deja vu all over again.

  19. Hey that’s awesome!

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