Just for Fun — Firefly

003

This is where we have fun, some of which is poignant, with talking animals. Also, this particular story represents a time when I was experimenting with pseudonyms. Thus — Grace Strange. My given middle name is Anne, which interprets to “grace”, and my first name, Barbara, means “strange”. Have fun with that! I did!

The short story Firefly came about as an experiment, too. For a writing project in the Writer’s Digest School’s “Writing and Selling Short Stories”, 2002, we were asked to play with POV. I created three different viewpoint characters to relate this horse racing drama.

The version presented here from the racehorse’s POV, I created as a fantasy. For extra fun, I’ve scanned the copy of the story as it was edited by my WDS instructor!  Enjoy!

001

002

003

004

005

003

006

007

008

009

010

_____

The original short story, Racing Dilemma, from which this fantasy was taken, may be read at
My Writing Life Xposed 
my Primary Blog here, at WordPress. Excerpts of this story, and other versions of it may also appear at some of my other numerous WordPress blogs.

Short Stories and Story Art

+++++
Credit:
Story and Roughcraft Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Advertisements

Do We Cheat Them?

A trotter takes a warmup run.

Sometimes, of course, we let our animals to the talking for us, rather than for themselves. Deweycheatumnhowe is a splendid example of this.

Do We Cheat Them And How — Deweycheatumnhowe (Dewey for short) was 2008’s Three-Year-Old Male Champion Trotter in American harness racing. You can go anyhwere with a horse’s name, as long as you remain within the many rules governing the naming of race horses.

Dewey’s name is sneaky clever with a purpose. It was assigned to point out the butt of a Johnny Carson gag that concerned a crooked law firm! Deweycheatumnhowe is a champion who carried his racing name with dignity, wiping out his competition everywhere for two seasons before his retirement to stud to produce new little Cheatums to carry on his owner’s philosophy of bringing about certain public awareness.

I have a question. Could the response to the Johnny Carson gag have been just as strong if Dewey’s owners had opted for something on the less slippery side? Say, like, Rwehonstuafaltubet — Are We Honest To A Fault You Bet? Perhaps Aryhonstunoit — Are We Honest You Know It? The nicknames would still be appealing — Faulty and Ary — and the message would still be strong, but it would highlight the opposite side of the coin, not so much advertising the cheating, but instead boosting the idea of honesty.

Beat About The Book

Read, Write, Talk

Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

Mindfulness, Philosophy, Spirituality, Meditation, Awareness, Religion, Nature Photography

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

Carrie Ann Alexis

aspiring writer • home school mom

Frank Parker's author site

A Septuagenarian's ramblings

J. A. Allen

Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins

Monsters & Angels

One tragic death, two haunted lovers...the dawn of an immortal dynasty

EDC Writing - Believing Sight Unseen

His & Her words - internet liaisons / Their Days - Sam & Erin's story // EDC Shorts: six words - lines - poetry

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

helpful writer ramblings from a disturbed mind just like yours

John Wreford Photographer

Words and Pictures from the Middle East & Balkans

Daily Feline Wisdom

Wise cats help you be more like them

Cross Country life

Traveling the LAND OF FREEDOM

Champions In Sport

From racehorses to ping pong, sports champions are revered and become heroes and role models who impact society.

Abstract Photo Art Blog

A heart-shaped prism is at the heart of many abstract designs photographed for this blog.

Nanci`An's Place

Nanci's everyday thoughts and photos

Photos And Beyond

What's the back-story to that photograph? Get an answer to that often asked question with each photo as it's posted, here!

creartfuldodger

collage/mixed media artist

BirdNation

Discover the world of birds at BirdNation!

All About Birds

Animals cannot speak for themselves, and so I give them the words to speak.

eduardo libby: photography blog

Writings about the art and technique of photography. Mostly with Nikon equipment.

Ekostories

Essays connecting nature, culture, self

Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Doodlewash®

Adventures in Watercolor Painting and Sketching, Watercolour Magazine, with Charlie O'Shields

MysteriousSoul

The scars of my soul bled through words in the form of poetry.

Violet's Vegan Comics

Vegan Children's Stories

Logical Quotes

Logical and Inspirational Quotes

filmandgarlic.wordpress.com/

Passion for cooking, cooking for love, love for sharing, sharing with photography. Photography travels and travelling is learning.

fromdreamtoplan

She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans.

The Darkest Fairytale

I dreamed I could fall asleep.

Simple. Florida. Pleasures.

Nature and wildlife images by Florida based photographer, Kelly Hay.

The New Age Dad

The chronicles of a new father

she's a seeker

...of everyday magic.

The Bike Escape

Because Cycling is Life

MissTalkaholic

My Hands Talk Better!

The Little Mermaid

MAKING A DIFFERENCE, ONE STEP AT A TIME

jianjiantracy

fishing, fishing gear, fishing tackle, lures & baits, amazon, amazon.com, fly fishing, trolling fishing, fishing worm, fishing grubs

Little Backyard World

Where Experimenting Is Encouraged

Quiet Solo Pursuits

My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

A Day In The Life

People, Places, Nature, LIFE!

Dr. K. L. Register

Just a small town girl who writes about Christian stuff.