Saturday, March 24, 2018

#Fi50 Beneath the Surface

It's time for the March Fiction in 50 blog hop! I'm posting up early so that it's ready for you Sunday no matter what time zone you're in.

What is #Fi50? In the words of founder Bruce Gargoyle, "Fiction in 50: think of it as the anti-NaNoWriMo experience!" Pack a beginning, middle and end of story into 50 words or less (bonus points for hitting exactly 50 words).

The rules for participation are simple:

1. Create a piece of fictional writing in 50 words or less, ideally using the prompt as title or theme or inspiration.
That’s it!  But for those who wish to challenge themselves further, here’s an additional rule:

2. Post your piece of flash fiction on your blog or (for those poor blog-less souls) add it as a comment on the Ninja Librarian’s post for everyone to enjoy. 
And for those thrill-seekers who really like to go the extra mile (ie: perfectionists):

3. Add the nifty little picture above to your post (credit for which goes entirely to ideflex over at or create your own Fi50 meme pic….
and 4. Link back to my post so others can jump on the mini-fic bandwagon.

The March prompt is... 
Beneath the surface.

That's it. Pick your 50 words with care and post your link in the comments!  


Here's my offering. I usually use the prompt as a title, but you can use it however you like.

Beneath the Surface

The rain-swollen river ran deep and smooth. Byron looked at the surface and saw only the reflection of the sky.

It was beautiful.

He adjusted his scuba gear, ran through the safety checklist, and entered the water.

The body was caught in a strainer. The world beneath the surface hurt.


©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2018
As always, please ask permission to use any photos or text. Link-backs appreciated!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Photo Friday! Hawaii... last time.

Still posting on auto, but since I'm on Maui, I thought I'd share some pictures from the one other time I was in the Islands, on the Big Island.

That trip was mostly about volcanoes:

Kiluea Volcano. It wasn't real active when we were there--no lava into the sea, but there was steam and a glow.

 One of the amazing things is how the plants manage to colonize the new lava fields. Lots of rain probably helps!
I have no idea what this is, but it's cool.

Leave those lava fields long enough, and they turn into this:

How cool are the giant ferns?
Of course, a trip to Hawai'i wouldn't be complete without some time on the beach.
Even teens like building castles for the waves to destroy.
Beautiful water at the Place of Refuge. We snorkled near here.
Because we don't do things like most people, this was one of our Hawai'ian condos...

And all that time at the beach, you can't forget the realities of the coastline...
The sign as you go the other way shows someone running toward the giant killer wave...
A sobering reminder.
Sunset from Mauna Kea.
See you next week!

©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2018
As always, please ask permission to use any photos or text. Link-backs appreciated!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday Wanderings

Today's Wanderings are a bit more literal than usual... the Ninja Librarian is on vacation, collecting new photos to share, but probably not writing.

As I write this a few days before my departure for Hawai'i, I just want to throw out a few thoughts about the end-game on bringing out a book (for self-publishers). Death By Adverb is on track for release next Wednesday, and here are some of the details I needed to get in order before leaving for my trip:
--Final versions of Kindle, Smashwords, and Createspace (paper) books. This includes the last-minute proofing corrections and all the formatting and separate extra bits for each version.
--Making sure the cover is the right size for the final page count.
--Uploading all those files and sending for a proof copy of the paperback.
--Lining up some release-day bloggers and getting them all the info (I'll post a schedule and links next week!). If you want to get in on this, let me know and I'll send you the info on Monday.
--Actually, I think that about covered it, aside from marketing.

Marketing. I'm not so hot at that. I'll need to do FB posts, Tweets, and... oh, hey, I'm more than overdue for a newsletter! Maybe with a discount code...

What with all that, it's not surprising that I'm not really up on a couple of other things--like any new writing, or deciding about the April A to Z Challenge. It's addictive--I was sure I wasn't going to do it, but with a master sign-up list once again in the offing, it promises to be better this year. Maybe I'll do something simple. I want to talk about writing and my books and find a way to make my usual reviews fit (I have at least 2 scheduled for next month already).

That's about it for my musings, wanderings, and general house-keeping. Any thoughts about A to Z? About releasing books? About whether I should have my head examined for doing either?