16 comments on “99 Word Flash Fiction Challenge {7}

  1. I love the story behind the story! What a wonderful memory of the times spent with your father. I can’t even imagine watching someone go up a ladder like that on stilts! It sounds like a circus act. Taking what you know from that experience, you were able to fictionalize the account into a son’s point of view and meet the challenge of the flash. Well done!

    Another point I’d like to make about that phrase “write what you know” is that you can twist it in so many ways. For instance, you could use that experience to write about the son of a tightrope walker or a tree-faller. What you have is that sharp sense of knowing what it’s like to experience heights on the job. This is why I like fiction!

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    • In this instance, I wrote the Flash before connecting it with my dad. It was pure lazy coincidence. 🙂 I was trying to determine how many steps up the ladder would cause one to stop and freeze. I had two options, go to the garage and count, or call Dad. Then it made me think back to all of the times I’ve watched dad on the different ladders and then I heard him tsking me in my laziness to go look at the ladder myself.

      In the end, I overcame my laziness. But it also brought light to how our memories and moments help us in our writing. I love it.

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  2. You actually make it appear really easy together with your presentation but I to find this matter to
    be really one thing which I think I might never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m having a look
    ahead for your subsequent post, I’ll try to get the cling of
    it!

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    • Sometimes our biggest struggles our within ourselves and it takes great strength to overcome our fears. 🙂

      Your Flash was fantastic (though I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment, I’m sorry.). Physical Therapy requires on not only a physical strength but mentally as well. You did a beautiful job at showing both!

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  3. Climbing a ladder while wearing stilts! What a feat that must be. I’m pleased you managed to reach the top of the ladder. I’m not one for heights and neither care to make an attempt nor watch someone who has. The thought of falling, or a loved one falling, is just too scary.
    As stories often do, your flash reminded me of a children’s story “The Kitten Who Couldn’t Get Down”. It was about a kitten who loved to climb up, but didn’t know how to get down. Mum patiently taught her to do it one step at a time. I’m glad you were able to come down too and didn’t get stuck when you finally made it up!

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    • Watching him work is fascinating, you completely forget the possibilities of falling because he has a grace that I would envy if he wasn’t Dad.

      I have not read “The Kitten Who Couldn’t Get Down”, but I am going to look for it immediately. It sounds like a good read for my daughter, thank you.

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