Retro Tuesday 8-13-2019

August 15, 2017 Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer

This, he thought, was not going well. Had he not been so polite he would have rolled his eyes. Then again, spacey is as spacey does. What else should he expect?
“So,” she asked, blinding him with her smile. “Should I slip into something more comfortable?”
He looked at the burnt hot chocolate. “Yeah,” he answered, loosening his tie. Changing his reputation was looking better and better. Not that he’d forgo sex with any girl, but deep inside something wanted change.
She slipped into the bedroom. He put the mug into the sink.
How had a burnt cup of chocolate come to represent his life? His sex life at least. He didn’t have a love life. Love was too dangerous.
“Can you open some wine?”
He looked at the door. Heard her in the bathroom, then the start of soft music. Scenes from a hundred times before. Thousands. What had changed?
Nothing. Nothing had changed. Not him, not the world. Everything was the same. Would always be the same.
Opening the frig, he pulled out the wine.

Quote For The Day 8-11-2019

“If the point of life is the same as the point of a story, the point of life is character transformation. …In nearly every story, the protagonist is transformed. He’s a jerk at the beginning and nice at the end, or a coward at the beginning and brave at the end. If the character doesn’t change, the story hasn’t happened yet.”
Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

Quote For The Day 8-10-2019

“How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet