Flash Friday: On this day in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated


Where were you when the news broke that Martin Luther King, Jr. had been shot? Were you home baking cookies? Were you getting off your shift at the plant? Or were you running home from a friend’s house so you’d make it in time for dinner?

So many of the traumatic events in our histories have been seared into our minds. Most of us can still feel shards of our own events that will forever be embedded in us.

Do you remember where you were standing when the Towers came down?

Do you remember the first thing you looked at after news of a loved one’s death washed over your ears?

Do you remember who you were with when Kennedy was shot?


How about Lennon?


Bin Laden? Saddam Hussein?

What if some event in our life never actually happened, but you knew it was should have? Would you be better off knowing what was supposed to be? How would your world be different if history was rewritten?

What if Martin Luther King, Jr. had never been never shot? Where would we, as a country– as a world, be today? How has his death affected the society we live in today– not his life but his death?

Writing Prompt: Pick a traumatic event that you experienced full on. Write a piece of flash fiction based on the event never actually happening but knowing it was supposed to happen.

Post a line and link to your story in the comments section below if you’d like. I’d love to read them.




                                                             AP Photo/Paul Vathis

AP Highlight in History:
On March 28, 1979, a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa., released a small amount of radiation, but caused no serious injuries. It was America’s worst commercial nuclear accident.

My friend Renee Young DeCamillas came up with the idea to write a piece of flash fiction every Friday. It turned out to work well for my own writing, so I figured it could work for you too.

Take a few minutes and write a piece of flash fiction about the picture above and/or the little piece of history.

Sometimes our writerly brains need a little bit of time at the end of each week to write for fun. Have a good time. Don’t worry where your writing takes you. Dare to be free.

In the comments section, if you so choose, paste in a line or a paragraph. Then paste the entire piece on your blog. (Please let readers know if you are including your flash on your blog, so others can go read it.)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Can I make it as a writer?

Can I do this? Am I able to pull off being a writer? Do I have what it takes?

A couple of weeks ago, I graduated from Stonecoast’s MFA program that consistently held me accountable for two years. There was always a deadline, always work to be completed, always someone waiting for something.

            Now— No one watches over me. No one tells me when my words don’t make sense. No one will write “Wow!” or “Slow down” on my manuscript. No one, except me.

            Now, I have to do this all on my own. In the past, I haven’t been great at keeping up with the activities I enjoy when I am the only one who’s watching. Taking running for example. I love to run. I love how my body and mind feel when I’m out there on the road, and I never regret a run. I’ve always wanted to be a real runner, someone who races and doesn’t come in last or someone whose name doesn’t appear on the walker’s list in the Lewiston Sun Journal. Even though I want to be a real runner, there’s something stopping me. Is it just me? I guess since I’m the only one involved. So how can I make it as a runner? How can I make it as a writer? The simple answer— “Just do it.” The difficult answer— the know-how is out there somewhere; I just haven’t found it yet.