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Hi everyone –

Had a fun day celebrating Panda’s 20th birthday at Disneyland yesterday, and look who I found in the park???

Only my favorite villain EVER!!! J We swapped evilness… Fun!

I meant to have Part 2 of my travel blog up for you, but I’m still working on it… It takes forever to get the pictures uploaded and placed where I want them to go! Yeesh!

But enough of my whining… J Hopefully I’ll have Part 2 up this week!

I do have some exciting writing news to share! I’m going to be teaching an online class called “Using Flash Fiction to find your Voice”… For 4 weeks we’ll be working on short stories to practice writing a good hook, using active verbs and cutting out unnecessary words that might be slowing your pacing. Through active participation, you should finish the class with 4 new flash fiction pieces, and every word really will count! J

You can find out more about the class here:

Regardless of where you are on your writing journey, this class should help you to find that “voice” that is uniquely yours! Please check it out and feel free to let your friends know too. (I double dog dare you… J ) Space is limited so we’ll get enough time for feedback on all the stories.

Speaking of flash fiction… (Nice segue way, huh? LOL)

When I saw black widow and Love Bites in the Blogophilia topics this week, one of my favorite flash fictions popped in my head, Spider’s Revenge! I had so much fun writing this little Murder in 250 words or less, and while I’m busy editing the short story anthology, I thought I’d let Cora and the spider get some blog time this week! J

Thanks for reading and commenting!



Along Came a Spider – By Lisa Kessler (248 Words)

    Cora smashed the spider so hard that the goo underneath her foot didn’t resemble an arachnid anymore.

She loathed spiders and all their hairy legs. Years ago she’d been terrified of them, but now she envisioned that Tyler, the ex-boyfriend she buried in her backyard, had been reincarnated as a spider.

The cheating bastard.

That worked like a charm.

She’d murdered hundreds of spiders since then, but only one Tyler.

She popped off her spider-killing shoes, and her well-worn holey socks, and continued to study for her anatomy quiz on the function of the esophagus and the epiglottis. Sadly epiglottis wasn’t a bad word after all. It turned out it was a flap of skin that kept food from going down your esophagus and choking you.

She smiled looking out the back window.

There were other ways to choke a person, right Tyler?

Later that night while she snored herself into oblivion, she had a visitor.

Silently, a brown recluse spider crept into her room, crawling up the corner of the comforter that brushed against the floor. Eight furry legs made a silent pilgrimage up her body, his feather-light feet gliding across her skin, until he disappeared into her gaping mouth. At the back of her tongue, the spider bit, lodging its fangs into her epiglottis and pumping in venom until she started to wheeze.

Cora sat up in bed. Clutching her throat, she swallowed the intruder in her mouth.

But Tyler’s revenge was already complete.


(For Marvin we had Love Bites, and I mentioned Black Widow and “double dog dare you”… J )

  • Ken

    Great picture, Lisa! Can’t wait to see the rest of the ones you took in France!!!

    And after reading your story, I seem to have “Boris The Spider” in my head…


    • Hee! Oh I love Boris the Spider!!! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by the blog! More France pictures and videos coming very soon…


  • Marvin Martian

    8 points Earthling! 🙂 Tyler is a mean little critter isn’t he! YIKES!

    Loved the picture, someday I will get to meet Mickey!

    • Thanks Marvin!!!

      A picture of you with mickey would be epic!!! 🙂

      Maybe at Comic-Con… LOL

      Lisa 🙂

  • Great job. Love it. Tyler’s revenge, death by spider.
    Congratulations on the class! That’s awesome.

    • Thanks Ciara!!! I’m glad you enjoyed the flash fiction! 🙂

      I think the class will be a blast, I just hope I’m not the only one there! LOL

      Have a great week!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Sue

    Yeah I know it takes forever for photo blogs – is ok – take your time

    and I will sign up for the class – in Oct – lol when do I have to sign up by ?

    A classmate was talking about postcard fiction recently – and here is a good example of it.! thanks 😀

    • Uploading pics and videos and then getting them put in the right place in the blog is a slow-moving asspain for sure! LOL

      I’d love to have you in the class Sue!!! 🙂 It isn’t until October, but I think it has a cap of 30 people so once it’s full you won’t be able to sign up anymore…

      Have a great week! Thanks for reading and commenting!!!

      Lisa 🙂

  • Dave Coon

    Oh my that love really bites!
    I love Disneyland! Next visit for us will be in July. Can’t wait! One of these days I will do a video of all of the Disneyana stuff we have collected. Most right now is packed away in storage.
    Congrats on the class! I will check into it. I know I need help! LOL

    • Fun!!! Let us know when you’ll be in Disneyland… maybe we can come up and say hi! 🙂

      I’d love to have you in the class Dave! I promise it’ll be fun and we’ll do lots of writing practice… 🙂

      Thanks for reading and commenting!!! Have a wonderful week…


  • joaniethewriter

    Lisa! This was fun… I remember the epiglotis and I think I remember Tyler the spider…. 3years going on 4 means a whole buncha blogs! And I look forward to a whole buncha more! lol

    • It has been a great 3 years Joanie!!! 🙂 I’m so glad our virtual paths crossed…

      Here’s to many many more fun blogs!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!!! Have a great week…

      Lisa 🙂

  • Great blog post. Love the picture!! Have a great day!

    • Thanks Lynn! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the picture and the blog…

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!!! It’s always great to see you!

      Have a wonderful week…


      Lisa 🙂

  • I love you stories, they are wonderful to read. Going to check out your link hope not to late.

    • Hi Peggy –

      Glad you enjoyed the story! 🙂

      My flash fiction class isn’t until October, but the spots are limited so you can sign up anytime.. I’d love to have you in it! That would be so fun! 🙂

      Hope you had a great weekend!



      • I got signed up today! Looks like some fun and alot of learning!

        • YAY!!! It’ll be tons of fun and hopefully some great learning too! 🙂

          And I think Sue from Blogophilia signed up too so you’ll even know other people there! 🙂 Fun!

          Thanks for the support Peggy!!!



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