If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Hey their fairy friends! I completed the story a day in May Challenge. It was so much fun I hope I can do it again next year. I didn't complete a story everyday- but I managed 10 short pieces in all with at least six I'm pretty proud of, one is in submission. I have some revising to do, but that will be done by the end of summer.

Here is a short piece I've decided to share with you. I had to use certain words that pertained to food to complete the challenge. 

by Summer Ross

Alice squirmed in the plastic chair in an attempt to keep from upchucking the sludge she managed to eat. The lumpy blubber flowed like ooze down to her stomach and the after taste had a nasty film. She grabbed the side of the table as her friends laughed at a joke. 

She had no idea who made the lunch considering she showed up late due to a rendezvous with Charles who offered her a quick frisson of seeing him half-naked in the sunlight of her bedroom window.

Her stomach flopped in protest of the food mixed with her rumble in the sheets. Alice tried to squelch down the saliva in the back of her throat but before she could even stand to run to the bathroom a loud burp escaped from her lips and the table of people fell silent.

What are you working on?
I updated my blogfest tab please feel free to check what is up for June.


Old Kitty said...

Awww poor Alice!! Oh dear!!! I was with her all the way!! Poor Alice!! Take care

N. R. Williams said...

Well written Summer. I shared the tag you gave me today.

Laura M. Campbell said...

That was a good short piece. I wonder if her stomach problems really stem from the nasty porridge-like substance she ate or her tryst with Charles. Whatever she's trying to keep stuffed down obviously has no intentions of staying quiet.

Right now, I'm working on a horror short story. Hopefully, I will have it finished by Friday. Fingers crossed!

catherinemjohnson said...

Brilliant Summer! I love the adjectives you used, can picture it perfectly.

Carolyn V said...

Wow! you've done 10 pieces in a month? I'm impressed. =)

I'm working on revising that last stretch of my ms. Can't wait to be done!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Summer.

Well, you certainly have some great description and a strong beginning, middle, and end.... Well done!

I am currently in edits with my second novel. They are coming along well, but I get distracted easily. It always happens to me an all my final edits. When you at the fine tuning stage, those little tweaks take time to figure out.

Have a great Thursday.....

The Golden Eagle said...

Great short piece! Although I have to say, I feel bad for Alice.


Elena Solodow said...

Very nice, Summer! I was properly disgusted : )

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Not sure I should have read this on an empty stomach! Good description.

Elaine AM Smith said...

Great story Summer. Strong and written with an increasingly mature style :D You have achieved a great body of work during May.

Margo Benson said...

Terrific descriptions...poor Alice! Well done on producing all that work.

I was just about to break for lunch....think I'll give it another few minutes!

Carol Kilgore said...

I was trying to eat a piece of toast when I read this. I'll try again later. Congrats on all your stories!

Ann Best said...

Re: Your comment on my post. It does sound like you're buried in books for the summer. So this comes first over anything else! But when you do read my memoir, I'd love to have you post a review of it especially on Amazon.

This is a startling little story. Poor Alice. Sounds like she got herself in a predicament. Nicely written.
Ann Best, Memoir Author

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to your game picks for Monday's blogfest!

Talli Roland said...

Eek, poor Alice! Great piece, Summer. Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Sorry, you lost me at the half-naked guy. Do you have any pictures? :D

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