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Gandhi with the Wind

7 Aug

100 carefully chosen words for Friday Fictioneers based on my two years with the group and, of course, the photo prompt below from Renee Heath. All of the stories can be found here. Sift through them to separate the wheat from the chaff. The bread will taste sweeter for your work.

Gandhi with the Wind


The statue stands at the crossroads, unnoticed, unremarked, and considers the stunted landscape of Friday Fictioneers.

The imagination and creativity that originally flourished each weekend still exists but is being buffeted by the winds of change. Constructive criticism has all but disappeared because a few thin skinned folk reacted poorly when well-meaning souls offered suggestions. Speed trumps skill and the dearth of good stories is reflected in the secret language of short comments.

Nevertheless, Gandhi smiles. He knows some writers will ignore the easy allure of the dancer, look deep within themselves, and create new worlds where once Tecumseh walked.

Gandhi with the Wind:Close up

“A no uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ uttered merely to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

-Mahatma Gandhi-

If someone takes the time to offer you constructive criticism, thank them. Do what you want in the end, but acknowledge that they cared enough to try to help.


Gandhi smiles

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.