Friday Fictioneers #6- The Bartender


Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction challenge to create a 100 word story based on a photo prompt and then receive as well as share feedback with writers from around the world. Approx 100 submissions are entered every week.

Word count: 100

That’s my wife. Her name is Linda.

We settled in Camarillo soon after my failed attempt to take Hollywood by storm. She encouraged me to continue to develop my passion for painting, if for no other reason, to help retain my sanity through all the auditions and rejections. My claim to fame is I was anonymous businessman #3 standing in a lunch line for one of those Grisham movies.

She was a dancer and taught some privately but, when we felt the timing was right, we scraped every penny and took a loan out for this restaurant.

So…how’s that Sangria?

39 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers #6- The Bartender

  1. I like how you make this story into a monologue from the bar tender – businessman #3 is a nice touch contrasted with taking Hollywood by storm. I think you need to juggle the punctuation a bit on “if, for no other reason, to “

  2. This is very realistic. My daughter can now support herself with stage work–comedy sketches, commercials, voice-overs, stand-up–but she’s waited many tables and substituted a lot in offices in the past.

  3. So easy to see this conversation. My hubby and I have had the opportunity to meet many restaurant owners. They usually love to tell the story behind their restaurant especially when they work there also, and their heart and soul are involved….it is a cool story!

  4. Ha.. first I quite enjoyed the short time I lived in Camarillo, but I don’t think I ever visited that restaurant.. enjoyed the way you told the story… like that somehow tired and disapointed bartender… and of course the business man #3 is very good… quite some fame…problably justify an IMDB entry.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting Björn! I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s impression of this bartender. I myself am not sure if he’s bitter or satisfied with his current “role” but I agree he deserves and IMDB entry 🙂

      I’ve always liked the way the word Camarillo sounds but have never visited…guess I should add that to the “To Do” list.

  5. I love happy endings, and this story is happy. Good for the Bartender to keep painting, which I think he is very talented. Loved the reference to #3 buisnessman in a Grisham novel. Very clever and true to life, I’m sure. Wonderful and easy to picture in my head! Thanks, Nan

  6. I love the humility associated with this story 🙂 I suppose everyone has their own claim to fame to stay sane- well done.

    • Hi MC! Feels good to be missed! Not an intentional hiatus…just real life stuff to deal with. Coincidentally I thought of a great idea for a novel (I think). Do you have a certain way to research plots/premises to ensure that your idea isn’t a duplicate of something else? Like I’ve got this great story about a great white whale and his boy toy Ishmael…

      • LOL! I knew I could count on you for a laugh. 🙂 Real life stuff gets in the way of blogging all the time. Sometimes I disappear for weeks at a time, but I eventually show up again. I’ll see you when you get back!

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