Blog Hoppin’ With The Wild Bunch

January 25, 2012


OR: The Post in which I WRITE instead of Write About Writing! 


The Blog Hoppery Hoopala

So, the neighborhood Kool Kids [Lillie McFerrin, Angie Richmond, Angela Geoff and Daniel Swensen] are hosting a superfly blog hop and they're inviting you, me and the internets at large!

Here's how to participate:

(1) Write a piece of flash fiction, poem or song (300 words or less) using the photo (left) as your inspiration.

(2) Post it on your blog any time between now and when the linky closes on January 30th.

(3) Every entry will qualify for one of several prizes listed here.


And now, without further ado or delay (who me – stalling?!), here is my entry: 





Its covers were crafted from tooled leather and the pages edged in gold.

The moment she cracked the spine, darkness spilled into her lap, scurried down her thigh and dashed across the vestibule. 

Fiddlesticks. She couldn't catch it, but neither could she let it run free. There was nothing to do but confess. 

"Papa," she called from her cushion on the divan. 

He looked up from his writing desk. "Yes, Talia?"

No sense pretending. "I opened one of the Vermillion Volumes."

He came to sit beside her. "Which way did it go?"

She pointed.

"And where did it mark you?"

She hung her head and pushed her muslin skirt aside to expose the blister.

He smoothed his thumb over the angry welt until it began to recede. "You must try a little harder to resist the Chronicles of the Forbidden, daughter, or far scarier things than nasty little hobgoblins will escape into this world."

"Yes, sir." She snuggled close. "Papa, why would anyone write a bad story?"

"The stories aren't bad, little love, but between the lines of bad writers lies all their anger and bitterness and discontent. It seeps into their sentences and poisons the pot."

"I don't understand."

"Imagine a story as a forest. The flower are the characters, colorful and enchanting. The trees are the structure, rooted deep and rising to the heavens. The twilit haze is – -"

"That's where the hobgoblins live, right, Papa?"

"Yes, and that is why you must always shine light into a story, so that every aspect is illuminated and every hobgoblin vanquished."

"I promise to be a better reader, Papa."

"I believe you will be, Buttercup, and quite possibly grow up into a lovely writer as well. Now, let's go hobgoblin hunting!"



Update / February 7, 2012 : The Blog Hop winners were announced today and this entry won first place!! Yay!! Thank you, everyone! :)



42 Responses to Blog Hoppin’ With The Wild Bunch

  1. January 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Now there is a world I would love to read more about  (and what a great Papa)!

    • Bullish
      January 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you!! So glad you enjoyed the read and meeting Papa!! I enjoy writing him!! ;)

  2. January 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Ohhhh, my favorite so far. This should go on into longer story. I love it!! I could picture everything…well done! Best line, <"The stories aren't bad, little luv, but between the lines of bad writers lies all their anger and bitterness and discontent. It seeps into their sentences and poisons the pot.">

    • Bullish
      January 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed the read. I had a hard time stopping the momentum but 300 words was the limit. Rest assured I’ll write and share more of Papa!! :)

  3. January 26, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Oooo I like this one a lot. Very, very good!

    • Bullish
      January 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you – so glad you enjoyed the read! :)

  4. January 26, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I agree with the previous comments. This is so good. You should really expand this some more.

    • Bullish
      January 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks! I wrote the story as a one-off, with no intention of furthering it, but a day later, I found it was still nipping at my heels, so there will be more to come. I’m excited to see where it goes!! :)

      • January 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

        Nice! You just got yourself a new follower. I'm excited as well to know what happens next!

        • Bullish
          January 28, 2012 at 12:42 am

          Wow – thank you! So glad to hear you liked the story! Happy blog hopping to you! :)

  5. JennM
    January 26, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Great entry; loved the use of the light to clear out a story.

    • Bullish
      January 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you. I was two hundred and sixty words in before I figured out how to incorporate the light!! You might say it came to me in a flash!! lol :)

  6. January 26, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Beauteous, Ruth. Love imagining the story as a forest. Nice work!

    • Bullish
      January 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you!! The moment I saw the photo, I thought about the tree trunks as lines and the story took off from there … when I assigned the role of characters to the carpet of flowers, I thought of that advertising phrase from the movie version of Gone With The Wind ‘a cast of thousands’ and couldn’t stop laughing! #furthercostumegeekeryensued ;)

      • January 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Yay costume geeks! That's pretty funny ;)

        • Bullish
          January 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

          Yeah, I quack myself up!! It’s a regular laugh-a-palooza over here!! Ahahahahahahahaha! See?! I blame it all on you, oh Fearless Leader!! :)

  7. January 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

    This was downright ingenious. Not only a great flash, but an important message for writers. I needed to read that. Thanks! :)

    • Bullish
      January 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed reading this one! I had so much fun writing it that I forgot to worry about fussing the message to death and I think that’s why it worked!! ;)

  8. January 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Cute! I loved that!

    • Bullish
      January 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you! It was a crazy cool photo prompt, huh?! Happy to be participating alongside you! :)

  9. Sif
    January 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I have a feeling this piece of flash fiction will hang about in the back of my mind while I write for some time to come! What an interesting and imaginative perspective!

    • Bullish
      January 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      When I dashed it off, I thought that it was the whole story. But now, well, it has its hooks in me and I think I’m gonna spend a good long time with it. I want to check out the hobgoblin hunt and then see what happens next … and next … and so on! Thanks so much for stopping – and happy inking! :)

  10. January 27, 2012 at 2:35 am

    A world where writers physically effect their readers, I could get into that!

    • Bullish
      January 28, 2012 at 12:38 am

      How fun would that be?! I’d sign up in a heartbeat!! :)

  11. January 27, 2012 at 6:38 am

    How are the Blog Masters going to choose between these great entries? Wow. Another superb post.

    • Bullish
      January 28, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Thank you. It’s fun to see so many people participating! You’re right – the judges are going to have their hands full! :)

  12. January 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Wow, nice.  Fantasy AND it's meta!  Well done.

    • Bullish
      January 28, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Thanks!! So glad you enjoyed reading it! :)

  13. January 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    You had me at "pages edged in gold" :D
    What a beautiful story! I'm glad you're taking it further; I want to know more about the hobgoblins and be comforted by the wee Papa :')
    Loved the bit about the writers letting their anger and bitterness seep into their writing. #muststopwritingaboutpoppingeyeballs :D

    • Bullish
      January 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks, Catherine! So glad you enjoyed my golden pages and hobgoblins and Papa!! I’ve been doodling about them all weekend! :)

  14. January 29, 2012 at 4:46 am

    A wonderful story to the prompt! I relished this and can imagine it, like the others, as a bigger story….I agree, truly superb! :)

    • Bullish
      January 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Yay!! So happy to hear you enjoyed the story!! I quite liked your poem and have my fingers crossed for you come judging time!! ;)

  15. January 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    absolutely wonderful – though how could it fail, when it bravely includes both the word 'vesitbule' and the word 'fiddlesticks'!   Really admire your use of the photo prompt!

    • Bullish
      January 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Ahahaha!! So pleased someone enjoyed my fiddlesticks!! Thanks for the encouragement!! :)

  16. January 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Fun concept – would enjoy reading more about this world.  New follower :)

    • Bullish
      January 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Thank you! I enjoyed reading your entry too! Oh, I want to also say how much I love the Lamott quote on your blog header!! :)

  17. February 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    GO, YOU WINNER YOU!!!!! :D :D :D

    • Bullish
      February 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you, my chieftainess! Oh, you NoInklings leave me speechless. Speechless, I tell ya. Awwwww, time for a GROUP HUG!!! ;)

  18. February 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Ah! now I see and seeing is the thing I need the most.
    Ruth you have the ink and it shows. This needs more exposure to your fertile pen and eye. Write and we will read it. Love the idea. I want to know more about the Vermillion Volumes, and soon if I may please and thank you.

    • Bullish
      February 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Thank you, Billy!! I will deliver up more of the Vermillion Volumes and be sure to keep you in the loop!! :)

      • February 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        This is such a good opening. I don't get to read as much as i'd like to these days. This story has legs, and teeth.
        Great things come from these little incidents of writing, and I for one want more…Billy

  19. February 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Aha! I see you won 'The Blog Hop' and well worth the victory indeed. Pleeaaaase write more about these Vermillion Volumes. 

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