Friday Fictioneers for October 28th, 2022

“You may see this again,” our dear and fabulous mistress, Rochelle, forewarned me. For the final October Friday Fictioneers photo prompt, which corresponds with Halloween weekend. She has cast a photographic spell of what I’ve referred to as “Uncle Billy’s Phish Camp.”

Click on the photo to be trailered over to Rochelle’s purple blog camp and stake your claim after gettin’ all learnt up on how-to and the wherefores of pitching your own flash or micro story.

Click this pic to be taken captive at Rochelle’s blog page.

 


Genre: Pastiche Fiction
Title: Hippie Hollow Hill
Word Count: 100

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When I drove up, I noticed what looked like a homeless campsite, population two. It had a Texas style Phish Donuts flag, a teardrop camper, guitar, and some random wires.

As I walked toward the site, I noticed Julie setting up an easel and blank canvas.

She sang, “Come here, Dad, sit and have a cigar.”

“This is band-tastic, baby girl. We love y’all, most sincere. Where’s Billy?”

“Hell, he’s talkin’ to the pink monster. This is the life, Dad — music, art, sunshine, and a knockout view. We’re so happy we cannot count. We call it riding the gravy train.”

***


Look both ways and try it all.
It’s your life. Live it any damn way you please.
But mind the gaps and tent stakes.
Consequences follow everything.

 

Gloss: pastiche is a work of art (literature, in this case) that imitates the work of other artists. Unlike parody, pastiche pays homage to the work it imitates, rather than mocking it. In this case, the Pink Floyd (Roger Waters) song “Have a Cigar,” (click for lyrics) which, ironically, is a parody of a record company executive. Billy and Julie are my children, and the prompt photo is of Billy’s campsite located on Julie’s West-Texas ranch.

Click on this pic of my characters, Billy and Julie, to link up with other stories based upon the prompt photo.

 

The man and his guitar playing and singing by the lake.

And finally, the pastiche song as covered by the band, Elephant Revival. If the YouTube does not work, try this hyperlink.

38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for October 28th, 2022

  1. Dear Bill,

    A lovely slice of life. The cover is awesome. Thanks for the inspirational picture. I knew as soon as I saw it, it was destined to be a prompt. Thank you for letting me…um…borrow it. 😉 Thank you for your participation in FF. You’re one of the writers I look forward to reading (and now hearing).

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. It is my pleasure, Rochelle.

      I have a busy (family) week coming up. Prep began yesterday, so I nave not taken the time to do the voiceover. I may drop it in today.

      Julie has just started marketing her art, mostly on line, but she is working up to a few shows.

      Both she and Billy are my Gen X hippies. Middle son is more of a sports nut, but was a DJ in the Austin house music scene for years.

      Stories and more stories, right?

      Peace,

      Bill

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