Fiction in 50: The Path to Enlightenment


Look at them poring over their dusty books.. Philosophy, history, bits of Code on scraps of paper – who was working while they scribbled? If he expects me to serve a dainty tea when they all start solving the problems of the world, well, I’ll show them the path to enlightenment…

The Bookshelf Gargoyle curates a Fiction in 50 mini-narrative challenge – this month’s prompt is The Path to Enlightenment! Take a deep breath, look inwards for the muse but don’t take too long – write a piece of short, short fiction, send it in and then go have a peek at the other entries – GargoyleBruce writes wonderful reviews on all sorts of kid lit (big and small) with a cheeky tone guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Wander through the stacks, you are sure to find something you’ll like.

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Morning

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with – W.C. Fields

Many of the habits that we acquire as young adults last far longer than we expect and some of them are hard to break.  We all have relatives, or know of someone, who rises before the crack of dawn and expounds on the joys of being up while even the birds are still asleep, gets so much accomplished before breakfast and wonders why we do not do the same with as much relish.  They have been doing it forever and cannot seem to break the cycle.  One tries to convince them that this can be changed, that there is much to be said for the pleasure of rolling over and pressing the snooze button, but to no avail.

In truth, many of us have dogs or small children, teenagers who need rousting from their comatose state, a daily commute, a shower that needs taking, bread that needs baking, a million reasons to get out of bed…  In another city, another time zone, on vacation or just away, it is easier – a pleasure – to get up and out and see what the world in the wee hours has to offer: the similarities can be remarkable and the differences incredibly alien.  Across the Bored has gotten accustomed to the sun rising each morning and so the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge casts first light upon – Morning.  

“How does morning appear to you?” – does it creep in or blast you out of bed, is it routine or haphazard, the last of the night or the dawn of a new day, do you fortify with granola or revive with hair of the dog that bit you…

We would love to see your vision.

For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, here are some guidelines for the challenge: HOW DOES THIS WORK?

  1.  I will post some commentary on a random topic that pops into my head (such as the above) and then ask you to respond on the same.
  2. Your point of view on the current week’s challenge can take any form: a quote, a motto or saying, an essay, poem or opinion of yours or attributed to someone else, a piece of music, a song, a video, a work of art, photograph, graffiti, drawing or scribble – but it has to be about the topic!
  3. Please, don’t just link to an old post… challenge yourself.
  4. The Challenge will be open for 6 days after it is posted upon which I will post another.
  5. ENJOY, have FUN and TELL your friends and fellow bloggers.

 SO – Create your Two Cents Tuesday Challenge post

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  3. If you would like your reader to see what others are presenting for the same challenge, add a link to the “Two Cents Tuesday” challenge on your own blog.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Rounding a corner to surprise

This week’s Photo Challenge: Everyday Life brought to mind a set of pictures that hadn’t been looked at in over a year. In need of a quick pre-winter holiday breather last December, we had managed to catch a few sunny days in San Francisco.  It is always interesting to revisit places where one has not been in awhile, to see the changes in the urban landscape and how the vibe of the city has been transformed by those who live, work and play there.  SF is very much like our own melting-pot of a metropolis in that it is full of wonderful, different things to see and do but we were very much saddened and shocked to find the economy had taken an aggressive and often brutal toll on many who seem to have no voice in their own society.  An relaxed afternoon spent wandering and taking photos took an unexpected turn when we wandered into the back of a demonstration against big business, bad banks and the evils of capitalism.  The desire to find an escape route, quickly, from the angry crowd was overpowering and yet at the same time the protest was oddly appealing in that it represented many of the issues that we held truly important: decent jobs and housing, a good, accessible education, medical care at affordable prices – not really all that much for a 21st century democracy, or any country for that matter. So, like the protesters, we straddle a very thorny fence: on one side the weight of real life bears down upon us and on the other is our continued hope for a better future. Where we land is all about the actions we take, and the decisions we make, every day.

On a lighter note, and thankful once more that we are in a position to be able to pursue what we are actually good at, here is a glimpse at the first image that came to mind when presented with the challenge:

What real life is actually like on a daily basis

While the world revolves and people go about the business of everyday life, some of us work remotely, solitary, with our tools close at hand – not even needing to go any place in particular to get our daily tasks accomplished…