Friday Fictioneers–Another World

Posted: May 14, 2014 in Friday Fictioneers
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Friday Fictioneers = a complete story = 1 photo + 100 words = imagination run wild = so much fun = addiction

I almost didn’t post a story this week as I’ll be traveling most of the week, precluding reading other stories.  Thanks in advance for everyone who reads and comments on mine, not expecting or requiring reciprocity.  I appreciate that very much.

There are many worlds created or revealed by Friday Fictioneer authors.  Some are bits of real life, others lives you hope to never experience.  To find them, click on the blue link frog at the end of my story.  You’ll be amazed at the variety and quality.


Copyright Sandra Crook


Another world

Rain buckets down, the soothing rhythm enticing me to leave work. My email box bulges, virtually, with messages I don’t delete, kept “just in case”, and exhortations I can’t delete quickly enough. The house needs some attention, but I’m lured away by the siren call of books piled by my chair. Glancing outside, I’m sure I see the grass growing. At this rate, I’ll need a flock of sheep to get the lawn in order or the Grim Reaper and his scythe on a weekend break from dealing out death.

The teapot’s whistle imperiously summons me. Book worlds beckon irresistibly.


  1. The sire call of books is irresistible :o)

  2. Oh dear..a whimsical tale of warning…that last sentence seems chunky, lass, I’m sure grammatically correct though!

    • I’m going to change that last line, Hamish, even though it is grammatically correct. It was meant to have the sound of a fairy tale. See if you think it works better and thanks for the input.

      As for being a warning, I guess it depends if you think escapism via books is a bad thing. 🙂


  3. Sandra says:

    I can identify with that. 🙂

  4. I understand that siren call. It is definitely more powerful than the little voice nagging me to mow the lawn. I say she buys a flock of sheep and then starts reading. (if she can train them to do other chores too, of course.) 🙂

  5. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    Ah, to escape! I sympathize.

  6. Honie Briggs says:

    It will all be there tomorrow. This, a familiar taunt from the escape artist in me. Happy travels, Janet.

  7. Ah, sweet books! 🙂

  8. Cleaver. I like the idea of forsaking all to read.

  9. y. prior says:

    nice.. 🙂 and I love the teapot’s whistle at the end –

  10. Tina Schell says:

    Very clever! And love the shot too 🙂

  11. From time going so slowly you can see the grass grow to the grim reaper coming to cut the lawn to tea. Interesting.

  12. I’m sure I see the grass growing…I’ve had weeks like that.

  13. Janet, I know the feeling. I have a problem with the email though. If I leave it go, it takes me too many hours to catch up. I had a terrible time with it when I got my computer back from being repaired. Well written as always. —Susan

  14. This is so Janet. Well said, girlfriend. Seems when I manage to answer the siren call, I fall asleep at the second page…okay, first. 😉 Safe travels.



  15. Ah, the call of the bookworld – nicely captured

  16. Wonderful words, Janet! Many of us can relate to that call into the wild. 🙂

  17. Patricia says:

    Wonderful post in response to the prompt. Absolutely inspiring. I looked at the prompt and thought “huh?” – “what could I do with this?” As of yet … nothing.

    Great response. Innovative.

    • Truth be told, I wasn’t sure this would be a story that other would like, as it’s not “exciting”, no one dies, no horror, etc. I’m pleased it’s going over so well.


      • Patricia says:

        I personally think – write for you (of course we need an audience) but it should be more about the content and creativity – as opposed to how much blood and gore one can saturate within a post.

        Frankly, I appreciate a post like this over the crammed to the nines often with no reason just for the sake of it. My educated guess is that the popularity behind your post is simply because it is fascinating, well written and accessible – plus – a true pleasure to read Janet.

        Well done again. 🙂

  18. rgayer55 says:

    Don’t step in the sheep poop. My motto is never do today what you can put off until tomorrow, unless of course it’s fishing, reading, or something fun like that.

  19. Succumb, succumb. Books beat gardening and house work.

  20. Books books.. Nothing’s better

  21. I think I’m choosing the flock of sheep, Janet. The Grim Reaper is not a keeper!

  22. Nan Falkner says:

    Great story Janet! I think I would choose books too! Nan 🙂

  23. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    A pleasant interlude. One sheep will do the trick. You can lease the rest out.



  24. wmqcolby says:

    Gotta clean and maintain this house … oh, look! A BOOK!

    Right, Janet? 😉

  25. Amy Reese says:

    A mowed lawn is overrated. It will just grow back anyhow. A good book is by far the way to go! Great story, Janet!

    • Amy, our has been growing like mad, due to all the rain and then warmth, although it’s been rather chilly recently. I’m ready for a bit of warmth.


  26. elappleby says:

    Fabulous writing. I loved it – especially the email box bulging virtually. Brilliant stuff.

    • Just checked my spam folder and found your lovely remarks, EL. How rude of the spam guys to drop them there. But I’ve ferreted them out and now they’ll be posted where anyone can see them…virtually. 🙂


      • elappleby says:

        Thanks for being vigilant, janet 🙂 I’m not surprised, I’ve had loads of problems this week with not being able to access anyone’s blog, including my own and I keep being signed out of wordpress. Very odd. hope it gets sorted out soon.

      • I believe there are WP gremlins locked up somewhere, but that periodically escape and wreak as much havoc as they can before being recaptured and locked up again. Odd and annoying when they’re loose!


  27. storydivamg says:

    I can honestly say I’ve considered getting a goat on occasion just to avoid the necessity of mowing my lawn. 🙂

    Marie Gail

  28. I think I’ll join you in that tea and reading break 😉 We actually dug up our lawn, and replaced it with plants (my hubby’s addiction) but eventually I made a request for a small area be re-sown/grown just so I could sit on it and wriggle my bare tootsies into it. Perhaps it’s time for your narrator to come to a similar compromise!! 😛

    Well done, and hope your travels are going well.

    • Good morning (here), Joanna. The travels went well and I’m back home. I think having a mix of lawn and lawn-as-plants-or-garden is an excellent idea as both have their place and are enjoyable. I think my narrator just wants to read…but she could read outside! Anyway, glad you liked the story and have a great week.


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  30. Sarah Ann says:

    Love the mood in this. Oh, the call of books and tea. No, sorry, got to get back to my inbox (as you can see I’m very behind.)

    • Sarah, I know the insistent, siren call of the inbox and struggle with (or against it) every day. I have so much mail stacked up that I’d be embarrassed to say how much. But now I’m going to go out for a walk. Real lief is calling.