Rodeo #3: Travel with a Twist « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest


First, I want to thank my dear friend and Fey Sister, Colleen Chesebro for all the work she did to help me with changing my blog’s theme – something I’ve neglected to do for some time. I do hope you people like it!


I took part in Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch Rodeo Challenge – Travel with a Twist, Flash Fiction in 99 words. Here was my entry.



Nailed It!


My seat vibrates with the familiar sound of wheels locking, in preparation for landing. Good to be home despite missing the sizzling sunshine of St. Martin.

Glancing my souvenir, my stomach tightens at the familiar fear of having to pass customs with zero intentions of mentioning my sparkler. Sliding the ring off, I stashed it in my bra. Please don’t send me to inspection, a familiar prayer I chant in silence awaiting my turn to declare, or not.

Customs form in hand, I immerse myself in the cattle-like crowd, hoping to go unnoticed by the inspection deciders.

Home free!


I didn’t win, but it was a fun challenge. And thrilled to mention here that my Sister of the Fey, Colleen Chesebro won!!!


Visit the announced winners list and view some of the entries HERE


Source: Rodeo #3: Travel with a Twist « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

28 thoughts on “Rodeo #3: Travel with a Twist « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  1. You nailed it, Debby! Your floral banner suggests femininity and a dash of flamboyance, which I hope you take as a compliment. And there are the books lined up, your unmistakable claim to authorship. Yes, I approve. How lucky to have Colleen’s website assistance. 🙂

    By the way, are your 99 words fact or fiction? Ha!


    1. Lol thanks Marian. Of course my 99 words are facts, would you expect anything less of my travel adventures? Lol. And thank you for the lovely comment on my new header. Colleen said it was time for a change, something along the lines of what you described. Go figure! 🙂


    1. Thank you so much for your lovely compliment Diana. It’s been a hair raising experience this blog theme business lol, I am so grateful for all the time Colleen put into it. ❤
      And of course you are correct. You know me, always a true story. ❤


  2. First of all, great job on the new blog design and layout, Debby. It’s eye-catching, fresh, and gives a sense of engagement.

    A great piece of flash fiction. Thank goodness you didn’t lose the ring down there. If it had been me, I’d have been pulled over by the customs people for looking suspicious. I’m hopeless at hiding things.


    1. Lol Hugh. Believe me, those were crazy times. Not sure I’d have that kind of guts anymore. And thanks for the lovely compliment on my blog. Long overdue! 🙂 ❤


  3. I absolutely love the new blog look! It helps to have friends that are good at this sort of thing. Great story also, the feeling of tension comes out very well passing those inspectors!


  4. HI Debby, I really like the new look too. I remember someone about a year ago did a post on how to set up a winning blog post. I laughed when you volunteered yours to be an example of what NOT to do. I’m willing to bet you have met the criteria now and now have a winner. HUGS


    1. Lolllllllllll Chuck. Wow, I can’t believe you remembered that! Yes, it was Anne R. Allen’s blog, and yes I volunteered. I do think I have eliminated the pesky issues, although I am a packrat and Colleen was tough on me for eliminating some things, I stubbornly kept some back LOL. ❤


  5. I really love your new theme! Updating websites can take a lot of work. So nice to know you had a friend to help you! Nice job on the prompt too! 🙂


    1. Thanks so much Kate. I like to consider myself a Jill of all trades, but when it comes themes and code – no thanks. If my friend didn’t offer to spruce of my blog it could have stayed like that forever LOL 🙂


  6. She stashed it in her bra – it’s a convenient storage space 😉 I love the new design of your blog, Debby. It’s feminine and catches the eye. Well done Colleen with assisting you in creating such a great new look 🙂 ❤


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