Happy Monday Bloggers,
Time to share a flash fiction entry for What Pegman Saw.
I also want to remind you that there are about 15 weeks left in 2019 – so maybe now is the time to strategize for how you want this year to end. More on that after the fiction.
This week, the Pegman has us in Angola, Africa.
I read about Angola and kept coming back to the topic of Yellow Fever. Angola had a big Yellow Fever outbreak in 2007 (much of Africa did) and since that time they have made advances; for example, in 2017, the “city vector” – a mosquito called Aedes aegypti – was eradicated. They still have other mosquitos to deal with and also are are aiming for TOTAL Yellow Fever immunization by 2026. Nice goal.
This is the photo prompt for this week’s fiction.
The fiction has someone reflecting back to 2007, when the Yellow Fever outbreak happened and when the first iPhone (with 2G) came out (June 2007).
Title: Finding Ways to Stay Filled Inside
Genre: Realistic fiction
Word count: 150
I lost my family to Yellow Fever in 2007.
Our home felt empty.
Brushing my hand across window ledges – tears flowed.
I walked into each room.
Could see where they’d sit, eat, and roll out sleeping mats.
Falling to my knees, I looked up and watched fan blades circle.
It reminded me of Avya’s new phone – with 2G technology – the one she said could assist research.
Drying my eyes, I stood up – fastened sandals – and marched to the library.
I found Avya, the librarian, and shared my idea to launch a vector control project.
She assigned me a computer and said I could use her high-tech iPhone on Sundays.
That was the start of “Tip Your Dish” campaign. It helped eliminate Aedes aegypti yellow fever vector in 2017.
It was also the start of my finding ways to stay filled inside –
New goals are in place for the next season.
Did you know there are only about 100 days left in 2019, which is about 15 weeks.
Question: What can you do “now” to finish 2019 with zest and freshness?
Maybe you already have this covered – but if not – maybe it is time to start planning. I started making a small list of things to tackle before the year ends.
What do you want 2020 to look like?
When 2020 arrives, is it time to start that business?
Is it time to change careers or perhaps fortify your current one?
Maybe in 2020, it will be time to build your blog, paint more, or do a year-long photography challenge?
Or it might be time to pull back from the blog? Sometimes a pause (or fast) is needed.
Is it time to write (or finish) a book – or get a WIP going?
Submit articles for pub, start poetry? Or flash fiction, etc.?
In 2020, it might be time to focus on your spiritual health? Is God sniffing your trail?
Maybe it is time to get serious about Physical health? Try a cleanse? Fortify the bio terrain?
Maybe 2020 is time for a “Do-it-Yourself, Homegrown Self-Appointed” degree – like K. Rawson earned in 2018
K. Rawson and J. Hardy Carroll are the talented hosts for the What Pegman Saw Fiction Challenge. K. Rawson had an adventure in 2018 when she earned her Master’s of Fine Arts – in an unconventional way. She earned it with a lot of hard work bu studying and reading. She has a love for learning and my fiction today was partly inspired by K’s spirited way of improving her craft!
Let’s all get creative to find what we need – let’s enrich our lives and minds (stay filled inside) by actively making things happen.
No whining, no excuses – K took an idea – and a heart’s desire – and earned that Homegrown Master’s of Fine Arts.
Check out K’s post HERE
Thanks for reading.
And if you have anything you are trying to finish in 2019 – or can offer some ideas for 2020 – please share with us in the comments.
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