The Author

7 May

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by the multi talented Rochelle.

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9 May 2014

Copyright -B. W. Beacham

PHOTO PROMPT Copyright -B. W. Beacham


I had it all. A trophy wife and two snotty kids, house in a “good” neighborhood and a cottage in Vermont. Money ran through our fingers like fine beach sand. That was, of course, before the lawsuit.

Plagiarism. The word still tastes like dirt in my mouth. How was I to know that my book Adventures of Sawyer Tom And Finn Huckleberry would cause so much trouble.

Now I live alone near the beach, all my posessions loaded into an old shopping cart. Perhaps I can write a new book…I think I will call it Travelling With Gulliver.


20 Responses to “The Author”

  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat May 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Hey, Twilight was successful!

  2. Sorchia D May 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    Nothing is really original–even Shakespeare stole stuff–but this guy may have taken liberties he should not have. Funny little story. I particularly like “money ran through our fingers like fine beach sand”. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  3. Perry Block (@PerryBlock) May 8, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    Very funny, but I think the book he plans to write will at best have “Lousy Expectations.”

  4. rochellewisoff May 8, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    Dear Patricia,

    He’d do well to realize that originality is the art of concealing your source. Maybe he could write “Diminutive Females” next. Nicely done.



  5. Karen Whitelaw May 8, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    Funny literary take on the prompt, Patricia. Good story.

  6. wmqcolby May 8, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I read in a magazine once about maybe if we looked through Charles Dickens’ trash can we’d find pages that said, “When life is good, it’s very good. When life is bad, it’s lousy.” (Tale of Two Cities intro). Great satire … especially the part about the author having money!

  7. siobhanmcnamara May 8, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Ah, the pitfalls of writing! I hope he sees some sensibility and sense before embarking on those travels with Gulliver
    Well told 🙂

  8. sustainabilitea May 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    That was fun, Patricia. Can’t work up much sympathy for him. “Lawsuit” is one word, BTW.


  9. storydivamg May 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    If your character once had it all, he certainly did better than most of us ever will. Too bad he wasn’t a more original bloke.


  10. Jan Brown May 9, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    Very amusing!!! And a very creative interpretation of the photo prompt 🙂

  11. patriciaruthsusan May 9, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Patricia, Humorous story with a funny ending. This guy seems to be intent on digging himself a deeper and deeper hole. It looks like he doesn’t read enough. 🙂


  12. aliciajamtaas May 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    This is fun! I agree that this guy doesn’t read enough and has great expectations that will never come to fruition. Great take on the prompt.

  13. patrickprinsloo May 10, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Your narrator needs a lawyer. And a few creative ideas. Nice one.

  14. writeamy May 10, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    This is great. He still seems so full of himself, even after his life has changed drastically.

  15. Sun May 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    poor character…guess he needs a few more lessons before it all sinks in. delightful story, Patricia.

  16. Sandra May 11, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    🙂 He seems doomed to repeat his errors…

  17. freyathewriter May 11, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Ha! Whoops… he really did seem to think it was easy as that… Life turns on the roll of the dice, or the toss of a coin, doesn’t it?

  18. dmmacilroy May 12, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Dear Patricia,

    You’ve got my mind spinning trying to come up with better titles for already written works. Thanks for that. I loved this story. Off to go write Peace and War.



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