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January’s #Guest Storyteller — Dale Rogerson


From office worker to caterer to … writer?

Since she could remember, Dale has been an avid reader, a lover of the written word. She finally decided to try her hand at writing, feeling there was a story inside of her.  A blog was born, but, would she find an audience?

Sarah says: Well, I think the answer to that is a resounding “yes”. Her blog A Delectable Life is aptly named, with the words delightful and pleasing describing it best. She never moans and always looks at life in a positive way, which is hugely inspiring in a world full of negative reportage.  As for her creative writing, it seems my suggestion that she try writing a 100-word story for Friday Fictioneers has resulted in her contributions there becoming part of her weekly routine. So seeing as she is now addicted to the art of flash fiction, I thought who better to kick off the New Year as my guest storyteller?

Thank you, Dale, for being a champ and accepting my invitation … and now I’ll shut up and let you get on with your tale.


The Trek

The Trek

She was given very specific instructions:   Walk for one kilometre from the start point, direction north-west, until she reached the edge of the woods.  There she would find a small path, barely discernible, to the right of the blue, flat rock.  She was to take the path, taking care not disturb anything.

Petrified, heart pounding, she moved forward, branches pulling her hair, scratching her face and arms.  The ground seemed to want to suck her in but still she plowed forward, determined to reach her goal.

This was her once-in-a-lifetime chance to get exactly what she wanted, what she deserved!  She must keep on.  “I can so do this,” she whispered to herself, courage and confidence growing with each step.

Finally, she glimpsed the orange light in the clearing.  She was almost there!

As she struggled forward, thoughts began creeping in.  “Why was she here?    What did she want?  What was the purpose of this trek?”

She finally burst through into the clearing to find him standing there.

“You made it!” he cried. “You’ve earned my love and adoration, and we can be together forever!”

She tilted her head and looked at him.  “Funny thing happened to me on my way to you,” she replied.  “I came to the realisation that YOU have not earned ME.  I am strong enough to make my own decisions.  All this time, I thought I had to be worthy of you, when in reality, I had to be worthy of me.  For this, I must thank you.  I have discovered my own strength and I couldn’t have done it without you.”

With that, she turned around and walked back into the woods, ready to take on the world on her terms and hers alone.


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55 thoughts on “January’s #Guest Storyteller — Dale Rogerson

  1. Thank you Sarah! Yes, it is “your fault” that I’ve gotten the Friday Fictioneers bug and have improved my writing skills. I am honoured that you chose me to guest write (and am still shaking over it!)

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  2. Reblogged this on A Delectable Life and commented:
    I was honoured and petrified to be asked to be Sarah Potter’s guest story teller for January.

    It is thanks to her that I joined Friday Fictioneers and have hopefully improved my skills since my first story last March. Stumped on what to write, I took her suggestion to use a picture as a prompt. It helped, that’s for sure! Hope you enjoy!

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  3. I’ve *liked* everything. Everything! Now, she said. I want more. Go figure…
    Xoxoxoxox 💓 Raye

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  4. What a wonderful ending to the story! 🙂

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  5. Dale (and thanks to Sarah! 🙂 ), I am happy you used your work path to create a unique and wonderful book. This is so inspiring! The catering business would have so many experiences you can put “into play” in characters and setting! Hugs, Robin

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  6. Bravo, Dale! Loved it! Beautifully written with an incredibly important message. Wish you all the very best in the new year!

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    • Thanks, Kelly, for cheering Dale on with her storytelling. She has a real gift of imparting important messages in her stories and, of course, on her wonderful blog.

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      • Thank you Kelly and Sarah! To think I was afraid it would be a sad attempt at a reverse-fairy tale! These comments are sure giving me a boost!
        All the best to you as well in the new year as well, Kelly!!

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  7. Well, of course she would ask you to guest star on this mighty blog of hers, Dale, you’re a fab writer and always manage to come up with some great twist! This one was most enjoyable! Congrats on finally getting some recognition for your creativity in writing and also for owning this “challenge.”

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  8. It’s always a pleasure to read a complete short story! Fine form, well chosen words and a twist. Jolly good stuff indeed.

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  9. Thank you for the introduction Sarah. She has a wonderful talent. I was taking thatbwalk with her.

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  10. Lovely to see the pair of you together! Wonderful choice of guest, Sarah.

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  11. Hi Dale! It’s great to meet you ‘properly’ through your wonderful story. I felt that I was on that walk through the woods with you and I loved the twist. He did her a great favour in the end, even though that wasn’t what he intended! Great to know that you are enjoying writing flash, Sarah, you are such a wonderful encourager! I look forward to reading more of your blog Dale. Thank you both for a great guest post! 🙂

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  12. Go Dale!! I love her freedom walk!! And happy New Year Sarah and everyone, may it bring much success and joy!!

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