‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge 2021.’ Week #42. @pursoot #IARTG #FlashFiction #WritingPrompts #WritingCommunity #shortstory #microfiction

Here’s Suzanne Burke’s ‘Fiction in a Flash Challenge 2021’ Week #42, where you can see the prompt, read the rules and join in the flash fiction challenge!

I am super excited to get to contribute to the prompt this week. I hope you enjoy!

Photo by Marka Merka on Unsplash

TIME

They say time is an illusion

Only existing in our minds

That time to the Universe

Is the greatest joke to mankind

A porcelain jewel, delightfully ornate

Quietly ticking away, and now four-o-eight

Maybe it’s fate, mocking and cruel

For at four-o-seven I lost the numbers pool

My breathing ceased and heart stopped beating

And now I know time is nothing if not fleeting

As softly I float into the warm light

Below a body, once my birthright

That housed my spirit throughout the years

Is now only a shell, as loved ones shed tears

Time is an illusion, or so they say

Yet it marches forward into another day

Don’t take it for granted

Or put off your greatest delight

Before you know it, your spirit will take flight

Illusion or not, time never ceases

With or without you until it releases

***

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#TuesdayRunes – Gebo

Welcome to another segment of our journey through The Runes! As a reminder, we are using the Elder Futhark Script as our guide.

Today’s rune is Gebo (gay-boo). It is also known as Gifu (gee-foo).

This is a rune I often see in the sky through cloud formations, so I’m excited to learn more about it.

The keywords are: Gift, hospitality, or generosity.

Primarily this rune signifies an exchange between people that necessarily results in a connection between the giver and the receiver. It may be material in nature, or something intangible, such as emotional support.

In centuries past, when contracts were signed by people who couldn’t read or write, they made an “x” mark to signify their agreement to the transaction. This concept of agreement between the two parties are the core part of Gebo’s meaning. If you are the recipient of a gift, you choose to either accept or decline it.

This rune may be advising you to accept wholeheartedly with gratitude, or to be wary of the motivations behind the gift. Alternatively, you may be asked to consider your own giving – are you reciprocating sufficiently to honor what you’ve received? Are you giving away too much to too many, or the wrong people?

A related interpretation for Gebo is success and harmony in partnerships. All relationships, whether personal or professional involve reciprocity to some degree. This rune can indicate that a relationship in your life is blessed with good fortune. With business partners or coworkers, this may mean that a synergy between you leads to productive, enjoyable work. In romance, you may experience a deepening of commitment and passion with your partner.

Just be sure, in all relationships, to pay attention to balance and harmony. Show compassion to people in your life, and be able to forgive (another aspect of giving) when forgiveness is needed.

Often this rune will appear in a reading when there is about to be relief from your troubles, and it usually betokens a time of peace and contentment in your life.

The birthdates related to this rune are September 28 – October 13.

Thank you for joining me. I hope you enjoyed this rune post!

Monday #Meditation #Motivation #TarotReading

Welcome to another Monday post designed to help start your week out on a positive note. I’ve added Sue Vincent’s beautiful book, Midnight Haiku – A Year in Contemplation, to my collection of physical books and it is filled with beauty, wisdom and thought-provoking poetry. In honor of the full moon’s aspect we are still under, here’s one from that book.

Our meditation is part one of a three-part series. Today’s segment stays with the vibration of the full moon – a time for letting go. Enjoy!

The Tarot cards for this week have such a powerful message that can apply to each of us.

The King of Cups personifies a person who is mentally stable. He/she is emotionally balanced, compassionate and diplomatic. Keep in mind, this can be either male or female. It’s more about the solid vibration of the card than gender. The Five of Wands symbolizes possible conflict, disagreements, tension or diversity. It can also represent a change. Notice how the five men on the card are only brandishing their weapons, but not actually striking anyone. Also keep in mind that conflict or disagreements can bring productive solutions as we listen to another person’s point of view. The final card shows such a beautiful solution to the middle card with a different perspective, pause, surrender or letting go. Interesting that the letting go card is fitting to the meditation. Such a beautiful life lesson is depicted in these three cards. If we approach life from an emotionally balanced place, no conflict will shake us but instead will give us a different perspective or the opportunity to let go.

Have a great week and thank you for joining me!!

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interrogating his buddy, Jared, Frank has been fascinated by the
raven-haired beauty and wants the chance to see where their
relationship could go.

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#TuesdayRunes – Kenaz

Welcome to another segment of exploring the Elder Futhark Script Runes!

Today’s rune is Kenaz (kay-nahz).

The keywords that apply to this rune are light, heat, illumination, a breakthrough, and creative fire.

In the millennia before electricity was discovered, fire was the only man-made source of heat and light. Kenaz stands for the fire brand, or torch, which people used to illuminate and heat their dwellings.

This rune represents the light in the darkness, as well as the warmth that fire provides. On a metaphysical level, this is also the light of knowledge and enlightenment.

This rune could indicate a breakthrough in some area of your life that has caused you confusion or anguish. Higher guidance can provide clarity and you will be able to reconsider your situation in a new light. Perhaps this will come through new information or understanding.

Kenaz represents strength, energy and power. It is one of the most helpful runes that can arise when you are experiencing problems of any sort. It is a protective sign. It can also represent a time of opening up, of good things coming into your life.

In questions of romance, Kenaz always represents the man in the relationship.

It is a rune of creativity, and as such is especially important to artists and craftsmen.

The birth dates that align with this rune are from September 13 to 28th.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this rune and see you next week!

Monday #Meditation #Motivation #TarotReading

Welcome back for another Monday post filled with positive energy and motivation. I’m sharing with you another quote from Sue Vincent.

And now for a short meditation to start your day filled with positive energy!

Such beautiful cards this week! The Four of Wands is exactly what it appears to be – a celebration. Ironically, I just returned from a music festival (my first in almost a full year). It was so great! I hope you’ve had or are looking forward to some sort of celebration as well. We had an Ace last week, so apparently new ideas are flying around everywhere. The Ace of Pentacles represents a new financial or career opportunity, abundance and manifestation. That’s something we can all use. On a personal level, I was able to get one of my books in Kevin Costner’s hand at the music festival, so maybe that will turn into some sort of opportunity. Who knows? All I know is that it is always up to us to make the effort in life. What happens after that is out of our control. The Four of Cups represents contemplation, meditation, reevaluation or possibly apathy. Three cups sit in front of the man with another being offered. Will you take the opportunity or let it pass? It’s always a choice. Perhaps the opportunity doesn’t feel right for you. If that’s the case, it’s best to let it go and keep your eyes on the horizon for what the Universe is bringing that is just right for you.

I hope you have a fabulous week ahead filled with positive vibes!

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I am honored to be a featured guest on Colleen Story’s Wellness and Writing Blog. Please take a minute to head over!!

We all deal with different writing struggles, and staying well while we spend hours in front of our computers can sometimes be a challenge. Perhaps some of my experiences would help you too.

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Thank you!

Music Festival

It has been SO long since I got to participate in one of my favorite things in life – a music festival.

But I’m heading out for a weekend of music, friends and fun. I will be returning on Sunday afternoon.

I’m elated about going, but aside from that, Kevin Costner is our headliner Friday night!!! When I go to Outlaws & Legends, I always work the artist gate, so he HAS to come through my gate to get onto the festival grounds. You can bet I’ll be trying to snap a picture!! AND, I will also be trying to get one of my books into his hands. If nothing else, I’ll drop it into his artist swag bag. 🙂 Wish me luck.

I will catch up with you when I return. Have a great weekend everyone!

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#TuesdayRunes – Raidho

Welcome to another installment of our journey through the runes, based on The Elder Futhark Script.

Today we explore Raidho (rye-though).

Raidho is the rune of travel. This rune indicates you are setting off (or will soon set off) on a journey, whether in the external world or on an emotional or spiritual level.

If your travel is physical, it signals a pleasant experience with few or no mishaps. If you are on a spiritual quest, the going may require significant flexibility on your part, but the rewards of reaching your destination will be well worth it, as you are following your soul’s chosen path. Either way, you are advised to keep your focus on the experience of the journey itself, rather than on your arrival. This is because Raidho signifies not just the vehicle you ride in, but also the road you travel on. You will be best served by making the most of every moment along the way.

You may have to travel for unpleasant reasons or to a place you’d rather not visit. If this is the case, now is a good time to remember that all journeys yield lessons, and you will have an easier time of it if you can be in acceptance as much as possible, rather than resistance.

A related interpretation of Raidho is “reunion” – specifically the return of old friends in your life or the arrival of new people with whom you made a soul agreement before incarnating into this life. It is possible that you may be presented with a chance to resolve a disagreement or conflict with someone else or with yourself.

Some runic systems also view Raidho as an indicator that now is a good time for negotiations or deliberations related to agreements with others. Financially speaking, this rune can indicate that the time is right to buy or sell.

Finally, sometimes Raidho is simply a reminder to align yourself with the “wheel of life” Know that life has its ups and downs, ebbs and flows and constant seasonal changes. The contrast between opposites is part of the journey of life. If things are not going your way, take heart and know that nothing is permanent.

The birthdates Raidho is associated with is August 29th – September 13th.

Thank you for joining me for another in depth look into the magic of the runes!

Monday #Meditation #Motivation #TarotReading

Those of you who follow Author Sue Vincent know she is facing death with an inoperable and incurable type of cancer. Her blog posts have been filled with so much wisdom. These words below made such an impact on me I had to share.

Today’s beautiful meditation is designed to help bring clarity to difficult situations and I found it to be effective. I hope you will too.

For this week’s Tarot reading, we have the Seven of Cups, Six of Wands and Ace of Swords. The Seven of cups is all about opportunities. There are all sorts of gifts in the seven cups, but as you can see, some are not gifts at all. So, you must be careful what you wish for and make your choices wisely. Sometimes the Seven of Cups can be about wishful thinking that is not grounded in reality. The Six of Wands follows with a representation of success, progress and possibly public recognition for work done well. It’s safe to say that if you make the wise choice in the first card, success is sure to follow. Aces always represent new beginnings of some sort. In the case of the Ace of Swords, it indicates a new inspiration or idea and encourages you to live your passion. I hope this reading sets the tone for an amazing week ahead for everyone. Careful what you choose, enjoy success and watch for new inspirations!!

Thank you for joining me!