Tuesday Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #118 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words. “Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; and either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithkreates@channing.fr before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.”

Here s the photo.

Kreative Kue #118

Long Night by John W. Howell © 2014

“I don’t see anyone from this direction.”

“Yeah me neither.”

“Who was the guy that rented you this space?”

“He was the exhibit coordinator.  A vice president I think.”

“And he gave you a good deal?”

“He said it was his best price.”

“Told you it was a high traffic area right?”

“He said all the folks who go out for dinner pass this way.”

“Why haven’t we seen a soul?”

“Maybe they are still at dinner.”

“At midnight? I don’t think so.”

“I don’t understand it.”

“I do.”

“You do what?”

“Understand it.”

“Explain it to me then.”

“The guy took our money and rented us this worthless space.”

“How about those guys next door? They are in the same boat.”

“Hey, you guys. Sold anything tonight?”

“Haven’t even seen anyone. How about you?”

“Same here. Talk to you guys later. Good luck.”

“Man, that sucks.  guess we all have been had.”

“What are those guy selling?”

“I don’t know. If you are so curious, go over and ask.”

“And maybe miss a sale. No thank you.”

“I think it is a moot point. Our inventory looks pretty ragged.”

“Tell me again why we got into the ice sculpture business?”

“Don’t start on me.”



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    🙂 Clever story, John. Can’t trust that midnight crowd…or space 122..

    1. Worst space in the area. Thanks, Gwen

  2. Exhibitions can be hard work – lonely too, sometimes.

  3. Is this what a book signing is like? Nice, John!

    1. Ha ha ha. I think you hit the nail on the head.

  4. Just getting harder and harder for artists these days.

    1. So true. Especially in the 100 degree heat.

  5. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    Author, John W. Howell, brings to us his short creative vignette in response to a photo prompt. It is guaranteed to start your day with a big smile and a good laugh! Go ahead, be good to yourself and read on…

    1. Thanks for the reblog, John

      1. My pleasure, good sir! Great job on the prompt!

  6. Laughter is the best medicine. I’m out sick today, so naturally I headed here for a chuckle.
    Ice sculptors… LOL
    That was a great photo prompt. Everybody seems to be trying to spot the source of something they heard. Have a terrific Tuesday, John.

    1. Falling Mosler safe maybe. I hope you feel better, Teagan. 🙂

      1. I”m getting there — thanks, John. I had to look up Mosler. That’s pretty sad. I need to further my beer-ucation.

      2. Ha ha ha. Didn’t mean to create work. Stay warm.

  7. Excellent take on this photo, John. I always feel bad for the exhibitors in the back of the show floor.

    1. Or in the alley. Thanks, Dan

  8. You’re always so creative, John, and you never fail to deliver a grin.. This was another good one!

    1. Thank you, Mae. Always good to know you liked it. 🙂

  9. Another fun piece.

    1. Thanks, Craig. 🙂

  10. Love your twist endings, John.

    1. Thanks, Staci. I had to laugh at the ridiculousness of selling ice sculptures in the first place. “Here take this 100 pound eagle home.”

  11. Wonderful take on a rather difficult photo this week, John.

    1. Thank you, Debbie. I had no idea what was going on with this one.

  12. Ice sculptures – totally unexpected. Good one, John.

    1. Ha ha ha. I just thought it hilarious that these guys would be selling ice. (Warped mind I guess)

  13. A very enjoyable post.

    1. Thank you Robbie. 🙂

  14. Always clever! 🙂

  15. The finish made the entire story worthwhile. Giggle

    1. I’m glad. Thanks, Audrey.

    1. Thanks Marie. I could almost hear you.

  16. Ice sculptures! Great take on the glassware. It’s tough to make a legit living at midnight. 🙂

    1. Nothing good happens after midnight. (My advice to my kids when they were teens)

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