The Last Word…Friday Fictioneers: 21st October, 2022.

An evangelical minimalist, Sylvia Nolan is known as “KCD” – a brutal clutter-busting force preaching “keep, chuck, donate” to millions on TV. Meanwhile, her nemesis Junkyard Jenny draws crowds of hoarders on a rival network.

No one knew Junkyard Jenny was her Mom.

No one.

As much as Sylvia had tried to convert her mother through subtlety or force, Jenny was unrepentant:

“Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure and my trip to Tahiti.”

Last week, Mom had a heart attack and died in the shop leaving Sylvia with a million decisions to make…keep, chuck, donate.

She finally had the last word.


100 words

This is another contribution to Friday Fictioneers kindly hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

What are your thoughts on the great minimalist-hoarder divide? I must confess that I’m more down the hoarder end of the spectrum but I do like my mother’s view on this that you just need a bigger house. Meanwhile, my dad says staying put in the one house for 20 years in our case and 40 years in theirs is also fatal. I used to be able to fit all my stuff into one or two car loads back in the day. Hard to believe now!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the week.

Best wishes,


4 thoughts on “The Last Word…Friday Fictioneers: 21st October, 2022.

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena
    You’ve touched our curse.
    We both know we are with you on the hoarding end of this scale. We both want to trim but can rarely decide on what goes where.
    Hope all well beneath your roof. 😊

  2. Rowena Post author

    Funny you should mention the roof, Gary. That’s where much of our stuff has been stashed.
    We’re all doing pretty well. Miss snapped a ligament in her ankle but that’s repaired itself and she’s getting back en pointe with her dancing. The young man is gaining some momentum towards finding a job and learning to drive and alas Geoff is working very long hours but he gets paid overtime. I am working on some photo books for my mum atm which are much more complicated and hard work than anticipated but I’m starting to make headway.
    How are things with you going? Hope you’re well.
    Best wishes and blessings,

  3. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena. We have one upstairs room which has a side half-door into a ceiling crawl space that is too low to walk in – so we use it to stash Christmas stuff. I’m getting too old to move stuff in and out of that room. My wife has never been in there and now, we have no kids living at home. Christmas may suffer some for lack of the boxes that are getting out of reach.
    Our big distraction is that my sisters and I just 2 nights ago sold our childhood home. We’re still in paperwork hell, but should be past that soon and have each our share of money to commemorate our parents wisdom in buying and keeping it for so long. But, nostalgic cords are being stretched and it feels epic to think of someone else living in my old bedroom.
    Life – what strange paths we follow sometimes.
    Great to hear from you.
    Writing has been fun this year as I’m looking to finish strong in the short fiction vein. I added a lot of stories to my collection and am pleased with most of them – many more than I ever thought possible. This year I created 13 in the 1K – 6K range along and they were each well received. You can see the full list at this link and all that start with ’22xxxx’ arrived only in 2022.

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