Once again, Rochelle Fields hosts Friday Fictioneers for around 100 writers from all over the world. The challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo prompt, and it’s always fun to read what others are inspired to say. Why don’t you play along with us too?

The picture this week comes from Douglas Macilroy, one of many fine writers who participates each week.

My story this week weighs in at exactly 100 words.

Copyright Douglas Macilroy

Copyright Douglas Macilroy


“You’re my inspiration.”

Tom had always been able to disarm his wife with those words. His work featured sharp angles reflecting his wife’s handsome features.

When Lela became pregnant, she asked him to fashion a cradle. Tom balked. Curves weren’t his forte.

One week after his daughter’s birth, Tom came home a widower. His grief consumed him. He avoided the workshop. Wallowing in grief, he lost his day job. Soon, his meager savings were spent. He ventured into his workshop and began to fashion toys for sale. His handiwork featured scrolls, knobs, and curves. Little Selena was his inspiration now.


34 thoughts on “Shavings

  1. Sandra says:

    Very moving tail Marie-Gail. Well done.

  2. Emergence from grief. Transformation and rebirth. Very nice.

  3. Sometimes necessity gives new inspiration.. I hope he made lovely toys.

  4. I’m glad he came out of his grief to begin a new life. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in it we are unaware of how much time passes by; and children grow up so quickly.

  5. From sharp edges to curves. Moving in the right direction. Lovely tale.

  6. Great story, although so sad, it about killed me. 🙂

  7. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Marie-Gail,

    There is a lot of love in this piece. it shines through and through, Marie. Very well done.



  8. Dear Marie-Gail,

    I think Lela is still inspiring him. Beautifully written. You left me with an ache in my heart. Going to my happy spot now. 😉 Seriously well done.



    • storydivamg says:

      Thanks, Rochelle. I had to pare this story down a lot farther than most of my stories in order to fit the word count. I guess that exercise was really worth it this week.

      All my best,
      Marie Gail

  9. Gorgeous story Marie Gail. You covered the full spectrum of his emotions and brought him to a place from which he can move forward

  10. Margaret says:

    I like how you link his carvings with his loved ones – so clever.

  11. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Marie Gail, Excellent story and it is so emotional. Perfect for the prompt. Excellent job as usual! Nan 🙂

  12. Tragic. I’m so glad he found a reason to venture into his workshop once more.

  13. Moving bittersweet story. Sad and triumphant all at once.

  14. hugmamma says:

    I love the happy ending…

  15. Marie Gail, Lovely story although sad. His little daughter has helped him overcome his grief. Positive ending. Well written. 🙂 — Susan

  16. That made me well up. It’s amazing how much you’ve managed to do here with 100 words and photograph. This is very nearly perfect.

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