So, it’s the first post of the new year and my mind is hopping, doing a dance, happy to have a new year begin. But as an IWSG co-host this month, I don’t want to write about the new year, since that’s what everyone is doing, really, I mean, it’s a no brainer. We’re all excited about the new, fresh start, right?! Of course!
Still, I want to write about a new challenge in my life. I have a chance to choose a new path and I want to take it. I no longer make “New Year’s Resolutions” because last year I didn’t and that really worked for me. However, I do want to write more short stories for my blog, for my peace of mind, and for practice. So, I’m starting this year out with a new story for you. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Feel free to visit the other blogs participating and remember to thank my awesome co-hosts: Elizabeth Seckman, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!
Now, as the saying goes…Without Further Ado…
|No flight without a pre-flight check!|
THE NEW BEE
“Hey Wiser-bee, I’m excited about my first trip out. Are you ready yet?”
“New-bee, don’t be so pushy. We always have a pre-flight check before leaving the hive. Got it?”
“Right, sorry Wiser-bee. I forgot.”
“Which is why we have the check. You can’t forget anything. If you do, you might not make it back to the hive and that’s not only bad for you, but for the colony as well. We don’t ever want to do anything to disappoint the queen, our great mother.”
“Oh. I didn’t think of that.”
“Another reason for the pre-flight check. Okay, ready now?”
“I’ll start. You take over when you’re ready.”
Wiser-Bee said, “First, wings. Everything in working order?” He buzzed his wings in example.
New-bee buzzed his in response. “Working order.”
“Second, antennae?” Wiser-bee moved his up and down then left and right.
New-bee followed suit. “Antennae working fine. May I say the next one?”
“Of course, if you think you’re ready…?”
“Oh yes. I am. Third, fur on legs fluffed and ready for pollen load.” New-bee shifted his back legs and wiggled them to emphasis the fact that his leg fur was standing on end. Wiser-bee mimicked him while nodding with pride.
“Last, but not least,” New-bee said, “stomach full of honey for the trip out and back.”
Wiser-bee would have smiled if he’d been able to. Instead he patted New-bee on the head and said, “Lead on little New-bee. Pre-flight check impeccable and you’re now ready for your maiden voyage.”
|Wiser-Bee & New-Bee|
New-bee, now that he’d made it through the rough taking down he’d deserved for forgetting procedure, and then making it through his first pre-flight check with shining stars, now remembered protocol, and his manners. “Thank you, sir. Would you like to go first?”
Wiser-bee nodded and took off, leading the way out into the bright new world New-bee had yet to experience. New-bee didn’t know what the day would bring, but he hoped he came home with so much pollen that even the queen would sit up and take notice. But, he reminded himself, if he didn’t…well, it was, after all, his first run. Thankful to have Wiser-bee to guide him, New-bee buzzed his wings, lifted off and flew joyously into his new life.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
A perfect story for a New Year. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Lisa.ReplyDelete
Happy new year! And my legs are fluffed and ready to go. Winter has some perks, such as not having to shave as much. Loved the story.ReplyDelete
Cute story. This year is going to be buzzing! I didn't make any resolutions either. :)ReplyDelete
Happy New Year, and thanks for co-hosting!
Cute story, Lisa. Best wishes for a great 2015. Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month.ReplyDelete
New Bee is starting off right!ReplyDelete
Thanks for co-hosting today, Lisa.
Hi Lisa, Happy New Year! I love your new-bee story, it makes me think of me!ReplyDelete
'Tis a wise New-bee to be patient and learn from others. Striking out on our own without experience often leads to striking out. A fun post, Lisa. Thanks for co-hosting this month.ReplyDelete
That story is perfect for the start of a new year. Thanks. I'll try to remember the New-bee's feelings when I sit down to write.ReplyDelete
Thanks for co-hosting this month's IWSG!
Not sure if my comment went through. Anyway, here's wishing you a wonderful new year! Love your story! Thanks for co-hosting!ReplyDelete
Happy new year! I'm with you on writing short stories. In fact, I've gotten so into it in the last couple months that I'm having a...uh...not so fun time getting back into novel writing. IT WILL HAPPEN. *sigh*ReplyDelete
Here's to an epic 2015 and bee-ing the best we can!
What a cute little story! Onward to the new year for all bees! :) Thank you for co-hosting today.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year, new-bee! I'm excited for him. The bees in our garden are huge this year. Big and blue and happy to be out and about. Can't smile whenever I see one.ReplyDelete
Thanks for co-hosting this month, Lisa! Hope all your non-planned plans come true!
Thanks for co-hosting, and thanks for the story share! :)ReplyDelete
It's fun to get inside the head of a bee! Fun stuff. Keep writing. Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG this month!ReplyDelete
Play off the Page
Happy New Year, Lisa!!!ReplyDelete
Such a cute little story! I don't make New Year's Resolutions either. I make goals for myself, but I'm flexible and totally okay if I don't get to all of them. ;)ReplyDelete
That was a darling story. I am fully ready for an exciting new year now.ReplyDelete
A wonderful story, Lisa!ReplyDelete
It makes me think that, at the beginning of a new year, we should adopt the new-bee mentality... look at life through the new-bee lense... a fresh start... remain open-minded and receptive... filled with enthusiasm/excitement/ hope for what is yet to come... anything is possible!
Short stories are great for practising lean, tight writing.
I'm so glad to be co-hosting with you today!
Writer In Transit
Now you have me thinking of summer and watching bees buzz around the flowers, but there are six inches of snow outside my window.ReplyDelete
Very cute story! I like New-Bee's go'gettem' attitude!ReplyDelete
Thanks for co-hosting!
Happy New Year to you! I know YOU with all your dreams will bring back a lot of pollen for your efforts and we can all sit up and take notice. You go, GRRL! Thanks for co hosting this month!!ReplyDelete
How crazy that you'd decide to write short stories this year. I made the same decision and even recruited other authors. We started a new short story blog. Shorts really help you refine your writing don't they? Good luck with your goal! Maybe you can join us on the blog next year. I enjoyed New-Bee's journey.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the cute story! I feel like New-bee, about to fly out into the self-publishing world, though not nearly as confidently. Happy IWSG Day and thanks for co-hosting!ReplyDelete
Here's to the wiser bee helping us new bees out. :) Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year, Lisa. Thank you for co-hosting the IWSG for January. Everyone likes to read short stories. I liked yours about the bees and their check list. We all need to be prepared before heading out!ReplyDelete
Now I want to watch Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. hehe Thank you for co-hosting!ReplyDelete
Lovely story, and proper for the New Year, and new writers testing their writing aspirations. Happy New Year Lisa :)ReplyDelete
What a cute story and a great post. Perfect! Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Cute story. Thank you for co-hosting!ReplyDelete
What an uplifting story! Thanks for sharing it, and thank you for hosting ISWG this month. I am new to ISWG (This is my 2nd month!) and I am exciting to be part of such a wonderful community of writers. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year, Lisa! I really enjoyed your story. And thanks for co-hosting too!ReplyDelete
*snicker* Love it.ReplyDelete
Here's my link if you'd like to drop by :-)
Anna from Shout with Emaginette
It's good for new-bees to have wiser-bees to learn from.ReplyDelete
Happy 2015 Lisa!!! May it be full of blessings and goodness!
Lisa, how adorable your story is! My little nieces and nephews would love it. I'm going to have to read it to them next time I go to the Bronx. :) Thank you so much for co-hosting this month and for being such an amazing friend. Hugs! EvaReplyDelete
I'm not sure if my first comment went through or not, but thank you again for co-hosting this month's IWSG and I loved your story! EvaReplyDelete
What fun to read your short story, Lisa! It reminded me of the buddy check one does when scuba diving. May you garner lots of peace of mind writing short stories for your blog this year! Thanks for co-hosting!ReplyDelete
Good luck with your short story goals!ReplyDelete
This certainly wasn't the kind of thing everybody else was doing. :) Have a Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
What a sweet story, Lisa. Happy New Year to you. Thanks for hosting today. Nice to meet you.ReplyDelete
Cute story. I hope you have a wise one to help you pave the way for a prosperous and wonderful new year.ReplyDelete
Juneta at Writer's Gambit
Sweet story... A lovely way to start the new year! ALL the best for 2015!!!!!
I enjoyed your story also. Very encouraging. Happy New Year and thanks for co-hosting.ReplyDelete
Cute story! Good luck with all the other stories you want to write this year.ReplyDelete
Nice move with the short story. Way to kick-off the New Year. I like it. I may even try to write some short stories this year. Thanks for co-hosting.ReplyDelete
Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month! Inspiring story...well done! Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Congrats! on being a co-host! I did that once it was a lot of work but a lot of fun too. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.ReplyDelete
Ha ha ha- this is awesome! I love it. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
That was a great story to start off the New Year! Thank you for co-hosting this month and good luck with your short story writing, you sure are good at them.ReplyDelete
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Cute story. I love all kinds of animal stories, so why not write about tiny animals like bees? Their work-ethic is just what I need to get things done. My novel is on the back-burner while I am looking for a job. But I write something for IWSG every month to not for get my goal.
Congrats on being co-host this month.
Anna's IWSG for January 2015
Such an awesome short story! I love the bee etiquette.ReplyDelete
I love your story. It made me smile. And it sounds like you have a good thing down by not making resolutions. Here's to a great 2015!ReplyDelete
What a fun way to talk about the journey of trying new things!ReplyDelete