Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Road to Redemption

Friday Fictioneers
Photo credit Ron Pruitt.

The Road to Redemption

The old cowboy boarded the bus, hat in hand, boots freshly polished, his steps hesitant.
“Mind if I sit?” asked the young man in newly pressed black trousers, starched white short-sleeved shirt and black tie.
“You can sit anywhere you like but the only guidance I need at 90 is directions to the toilet.” Continue reading

# NaNoWriMo


Write a novel in 30 days! That’s the plan.
I vow to shut off my internal editor and just write.
Let me know in the comments if you are planning to join this insanity. My user name on NaNoWriMo is tdelaplain.


The Night the Circus Left Town #FridayFictioneers

Friday Fictioneers

Photo credit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The Night The Circus Left Town

Philippe’s patience and magic faltered in the deluge. Where exactly was the carousel going to fit in this tiny UHaul trailer? The Clown Union had bargained for more “personal space”, the King demanded private quarters away from the snarling lioness and the acrobats were refusing to bunk together, again. Continue reading

Roasted Grape Arugula Salad

Roasted Grape Arugula Salad

The inspiration for this recipe comes from Sunset Magazine, October 2015. Their salad included a serving of salmon which looks fabulous and I will try it as soon as my semi-annual shipment of Alaskan salmon arrives.

Roasted Grape Arugula Salad

I had never imagined roasted grapes on a salad but it makes perfect sense now. I roasted pears for this salad. Just think about all the fruits you can roast to make delicious salads and healthy desserts. Mango, oranges, apples, lemons, berries, so many possibilities. The natural sugars are concentrated by the heat making perfect little sweet treats.

Roasted Grape Arugula Salad

Remove stems and place seedless grapes in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Spritz grapes with real olive oil spray. Broil grapes until slightly wrinkled about 10 minutes. Check and stir them at 5 minutes.

When grapes are done to your satisfaction, add a handful of nuts, I used pine nuts. Continue to broil 2-3 minutes but do not let the nuts burn. Remove from oven and serve warm or cold over deep greens. I used arugula. Kale and spinach or a combination of greens would be delicious too.

Dress salad with a squeeze of lemon or balsamic vinegar, which will make the fruit even sweeter, add a light pour of olive oil. I sprinkled my salad with crumbled Stilton cheese with apricots, from Trader Joes, but salty feta would be nice also. You can eat this as a side salad or as your main vegetarian meal. Nuts and cheese are good sources of protein. A vegan cheese would be an easy substitution.

Roasted Grape Arugula Salad

The Spy Who Could Not Dance #Friday Fictioneers

Photo Credit @Gail Stratford

Photo Credit @Marie Gail Stratford

The Spy Who Could Not Dance
By Tracey Delaplain

Sara, no longer sensible and bland, teetered towards the Pink Pussycat in her stiletto boots and leather miniskirt. Her spy instructor had assured her in his best mafioso voice that the mission would be, “A piece of cake sweetheart, just deliver the mouse”.

Spotting her target over a sea of dancers, Sara calculated the most direct route. Once on stage, how was she to know that her dance moves would leave her sprawled on her belly, skirt above her ears, with the mouse no longer full of white powder, shattered beneath her?

In hindsight perhaps the man wasn’t imitating a mob boss.

Boots for Sale Only Worn Once

Boots for Sale, Only Used Once
Available on EBay

To read more flash fiction @FridayFictioneers go here. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields will give you 100 words to state your case or create a new world.