Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge: It’s Not What You’re Looking At

Every Friday authors from around the world gather around the virtual fireside of fellow WordPress blogger Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, all inspired by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome. Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt for 6 September 2013 by Rochelle Wisoff FieldsThis week’s photo has been provided by Rochelle Wisoff.  Thanks Rochelle.

I’m coming in a little late with this one. With apologies for taking liberties, Rochelle, here’s the story your photo inspired. Oh and happy birthday!

It’s Not What You’re Looking At

“The rectangles are squares, too.”

“Why do artists speak in riddles? Enlighten me.”

“It’s about squaring up.”


“All the items are meaningful to the collection’s compiler.”

“But squaring up?”

“I went through a phase – everything had to be square. Squaring’s about coming to terms.”

“Why d’I see just a display of childhood memorabilia?”

“… compiler didn’t succeed, either.”

“How d’you figure that, guru?”

“All those wheels … desire to escape.”

“You’re on a flight of fancy.”

“Absolutely, but you should know – as a scientist – it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Ann Isik
100 words

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18 Responses to Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Story Challenge: It’s Not What You’re Looking At

  1. I love that last line; It’s a zinger! Thanks for the follow!


  2. tedstrutz says:

    Re: your last line… How True! Good one.


  3. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Ann,

    Mr. Thoreau would enjoy your take on the prompt. Good job.




  4. Dee says:

    This is so true and perfectly expressed each week by the FF writers – we all look at the same photo and are inspired to write lots of different stories.
    A great take on the prompt this week, enjoyed it.


  5. Dear Ann,

    Perception is everything. Love that last line. I’ve read that somewhere before. 😉 Thanks for the birthday greetings.




    • annisik51 says:

      Thanks. I have probably committed plagiarism in not acknowledging Thoreau as the source of the quote. And via yourself! It came to me to use that right at the end, in a flash. Ann


  6. Definitely a difference between looking and seeing .. Similar to the diff between hearing and listening


  7. summerstommy2 says:

    How true Ann what you see is what makes all the difference and how you express that all the more fascinating


    • annisik51 says:

      Thanks for reading. And so quickly! And for commenting. Yes, what you see is individual to you. That’s what true ‘originality’ in writing/art is.

      I can’t find the InLinkz code this week, for adding the little frog icon at the end. Any ideas?


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