The Tale Teller

Posted: February 8, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers

Yeah! It’s Wednesday-Friday again. I’m looking out my window at snow-covered cedar branches while enjoying the warmth in Ted Strutz’s photo prompt. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields we have yet another 100-word challenge. Here I go.


I am paid to tell stories.
I sit, waiting for a commission, surrounded by pools of thought and fragments of people’s lives that
vie to be bound together by thin branches of lies and a few shoots of truth.
Generally, my tales are cool like tidewater on a summer’s day. Young maiden’s requests.
Often, the stories become hot and inflamed like a wound. Boy’s tales. Men’s tales.
Teens petition stories to circumvent the stumbling blocks of life.
Grandmothers? Stories from the past.
As long as the people come I will never be required to walk the shores of reality.


  1. Dale says:

    I loved this, Alicia! There are worse ways to avoid real life…

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Beautiful, Alicia. Magic and totally real

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  3. prior.. says:

    wonderful mix of – let’s see – would it be allegory and reality mixed? either way – I read it thrice – and enjoyed it much

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  4. Wow! Thanks for reading the story three times, that means a lot. Alicia


  5. Sandra says:

    I do the same as you Alicia, write down that inspiration that comes to you just as you’re ready to sleep. In this case it was wonderfully inspiring.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    A nice insight into what it can be like. I often wonder around with ideas in my head an forget about real life!

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  7. michael1148humphris says:

    This story carried me into the past and to Africa – I can image this character in so many settings. Great writing

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  8. Lynn Love says:

    Ooh, lovely, lyrical wander through what it means to spun a yarn. Love those cool tales turning to hot – lovely description. Great tale Alicia

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  9. granonine says:

    Wonderful. I tend to be too literal, and it’s a joy and a challenge to read those of you who seem to easily fly to realms of imagination.

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  10. Great writing. Keep telling us stories.


  11. Lovely reflection on the nature of writers

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  12. draliman says:

    I found this quite “dreamy” as the writer floats in a sea of their own imagination.

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  13. Oh this is amazing Alicia!

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  14. wmqcolby says:

    Hol-ly COW, Alicia! If you didn’t really sum it up! This has described just about all of us in our approaches to the stories we write for FF. Poetic and well-put.

    Five out of five marketing madnesses. 🙂

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  15. Dear Lish,

    What a magnificent piece of writing. You told our story. Well done.



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    • I’m glad many of the FF writers can relate to this. As writers, I feel as if we spend an inordinate amount of time floating around in our thoughts, trying to rope them together. Thanks, Rochelle, for always taking time to read – everyone’s work. You are a star.


  16. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:


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  17. The privilege of an author so well expressed.

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  18. Laurie Bell says:

    Wonderful! I love a story teller!

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  19. This is fantastic! I particularly like ‘surrounded by pools of thought and fragments of people’s lives that vie to be bound together by thin branches of lies and a few shoots of truth.’

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  20. I adored this, Alicia! There are more regrettable approaches to stay away from genuine life..Beautiful, Alicia. Enchantment and absolutely genuine..


  21. yarnspinnerr says:

    That is a very impressive write.

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  22. Michael Wynn says:

    I thought this was great, I particularly liked all the categories, maiden’s requests, boys tales etc. and then the beutiful way you describe the flavour and character of each. Superb

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  23. rgayer55 says:

    Reality, schmality. Who needs it? Personally, I think it’s way overrated.

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  24. Artists lives (I was an artfully creative jeweler) are just a step outside the realm of what
    some may feel is reality. But, the reality is we are the only ones in the real reality. Loved you write this week, Alicia. Your words are always brilliantly executed.
    Isadora 😎

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  25. Lovely metaphor for the life of a writer.

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  26. Who knows, maybe this world is just the ongoing dream of an advanced being sitting on a chair in the middle of a lake in another dimension?
    Having said that, I can identify totally with what you’ve expressed here.

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  27. tedstrutz says:

    Aren’t you the clever one? I liked this story a lot. And maybe Rochelle should change the title of the group to Wednesday-Friday Fictioneers.

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  28. subroto says:

    “As long as the people come I will never be required to walk the shores of reality.”
    So true, makes perfect sense.

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  29. Amy Reese says:

    I love this, Alicia. A truly masterful write. Makes me want to stay away from reality as much as possible. But also that we need stories in our lives.

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  30. In some ways I want to be her but that last line says so much.

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  31. Dahlia says:

    An awesome write Alicia!

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