I hope everyone had a peaceful weekend. I found out this weekend that a wonderful writer, Judi McCoy, lost her battle against the diabetic coma she fell into several weeks ago. She had been struggling, trying to find her way back, but her body couldn't take what the coma was doing to it. She was a romance suspense writer and she helped many young writers find their way. She was a retired gymnastic judge, so she helped young people make way their way through the jungle of competitive gymnastic, something close to my heart. She taught at the Romantic Times convention, to reach out to aspiring authors. Her dog walker series supported canine rescue. She was a mentor to many with a great sense of humor, and she was loved by all. Though I didn't know her personally, she always had a fun tidbit to post on facebook, and made me chuckle on more than one occasion. She will be missed, a loss to the romance community.
This week's Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge posed a challenge to me this weekend. I searched far and wide for something that would pushed the comfort zone a little. Nothing outlandish or too racy, just a couple maybe embracing love or something along those lines. I gathered a bunch of new images, plus the new images that B sent, so we should be good for a while (but as always, if someone finds some images they find inspiring, or they would have to have as a flash fiction image, send it to me, always happy to have more!). I have a special image planned for next week too, but I'm not going to spill the beans just yet. All I have to say is, it is something new for us as well... and I hope everyone will try it (fingers crossed, really pushing the comfort zone).
This week's image in one I found by starting a search for Luis Royo since his images tend to inspire me. I hope everyone enjoys it. I was looking for something erotic, but nothing too explicit. What I was surprised to find is that a lot of the images we've already used (which are all fantasy images for the most part) were considered erotica or at least that's what the search pulled up. I will also say I saw a lot of interesting vegetables, images I consider porn (my eyes, my eyes!), and Conan the Barbarian type of images (also a lot of snakes...all I can say about that is ewwww.....snakes are so not my favorite animal nor do I see them as erotic). I did see some great dragon images (so maybe in the future?) and a great medusa type image that captured my imagination, so maybe someday, we'll have a mythological type flash? We'll see...
I like the feel of this image, the colors, nothing overly sexual or too explicit, but the imagination is led to what could be a great story (back story, future wonderings, a remembrance). I hope everyone enjoys it and we see some great flash!
But, since I don't know how everyone will like the image, I'm going to post an alternate image, so everyone will have something...
This image also pulled up on the fantasy erotica search. I thought it lovely, great colors, wonderful image. If you'd rather use this image, that will be great too.
As always, the rules remain the same, 350 words (or thereabout) and come back Friday to post your response.
Have a great week my lovelies!!