November 9, 2017, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fictional story about The Real Nanjo Castille. You can set any gender, era or genre to reveal the character behind the mystery. You can also imagine the daily life of The Real Nanjo Castille. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by November 14, 2017, to be included in the compilation (published November 15). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

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The sun slipped behind the mesa. Nanjo Castille dropped to the ground, thankful for the shade. His travels from Mexico to Arizona had kept him on the run from U.S. Border Agents and the Federales. Yet, real freedom was worth the risks. Selling knock-off designer purses on the streets of Tijuana had been his downfall. If he could make it to California, he was home free.

In the coolness, Nanjo slept; never hearing the agent creep up on him. When he awoke, he was handcuffed. From the window of the truck, he watched his chance at freedom evaporate.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

NaNoWritMo Update

My first week of NaNoWritMo has been productive and exhausting. Yet, I find it oddly exhilarating, too – again, mostly exhausting! There is a sense of freedom that comes to writing daily. The fairy nymphs have given me much to write about. ❤

Day one: 3,381 words

Day two: 2,962 words

Day three: 3267 words

Day four: 6341 words

Day five: 4028 words

Day six: 3011 words

Day seven: 1679 words

Total: 24,669 words

Today, I find myself planning where I want to go next. I could barely write my flash challenge above. LOL! I am more of a pantser than a plotter (newly revealed to me as of late), so it is always an adventure. However, today I must forge ahead and figure out where I’m going. ❤

Happy Veteran’s Day & Thanks for stopping by! ❤

56 thoughts on “Freedom

    1. LOL! You should read the story about this guy. I guess he spammed one of the judges on the challenge they ran last month. It was pretty funny and you know how some of that spam is. We got to create a personality for this guy. What fun. ❤

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  1. Great little story. It’s amazing how a story can be told in a few words. Truly you are a gifted writer.
    You’re doing wonderful with the nanowritmo. You’ve almost got half the word count this early in the game, that’s awesome. Way to go!
    Thank you for serving our country. I salute you. Happy Veterans Day to you.

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        1. Oh, E.C. thank you. How did you know that I needed to hear that today? You’ve made me feel very warm and fuzzy. Thank you. ❤

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    1. It appeared in my head like a vision or a movie. I felt his pain. Poor guy. It was a sad piece. I’m exhausted! LOL! ❤

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    1. LOL! It all played in my mind like a movie. I felt bad for him but that’s how it was meant to be written. ❤

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  2. Not knowing the backstory, I was rooting for Nanjo to make it. THAT I was rooting speaks to how well this piece of flash fiction was written. Good job, Colleen ❤

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    1. Thanks, Tina. It all popped into my head like a vision when I heard his name. Poor guy. I felt his pain. ❤

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    1. Thanks for your support, Robbie. I’ve set myself a goal and I must make it. I had to quit dillydallying! 😀

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    1. I’ve been making it a priority. Those pieces help me form my characters in my book. Thank goodness I’m retired and can write all day. I couldn’t do this any other way. ❤

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    1. LOL! Thanks, Merrill. I’m slowing down. The first few chapters I could go ganbusters… now I am in pantser heaven! 😀

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    1. Aww, Viva. Thank you. Like everyone else, some days I have doubts. You just make my day!


    1. I felt his pain and desperation at trying to start a new life. I’m the granddaughter of Russian immigrants. I always that them for their wisdom in leaving a country that was poised on the brink of destruction. They came to America in 1906. Wise, indeed. ❤

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      1. It’s courageous to immigrate, but brings new dangers. You’d think in our modern and connect world, we could figure out solutions to human needs. Your grandparents were wise and brave.

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        1. So true. We’re all immigrants of some sort. I love these challenges, Charli. You have me hooked. 😀

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            1. I’m a sponge. If I could have been a professional college student, I do it in a heartbeat! LOL! 😀

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