Controversy (Oh, Yes, I Remember It Well)

Thanks to Roger Bultot for this wonderful picture.

Diner - Roger Bultot.jpg


“Oh, we remember THIS place, don’t we?”

“Yes.  My date didn’t show and Julie, bless her, sat down with me after her shift.”

“No, I sat down with you.”

“You did?”

“Yeah.  Julie was managing that night.”

“Oh.  Anyway, Brendon waited on us …”

“No, Julie waited on us.  Brendon went home.  It was late by then.”

“Bill said Brendon.”

“What’s Bill know, anyway?  He wasn’t even there.  It’s a STORY.”

“But, he wrote it like Julie or someone stood me up.”

“It’s fiction!   William Colby writes FICTION stories.”

“So, why didn’t he say it was you, Nancy?”

“John … keep walking!”


And a little something from the In Case You Missed It Two Weeks Ago Department.

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66 Responses to Controversy (Oh, Yes, I Remember It Well)

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Every author is entitled to put something of themselves into their stories

  2. Haha funny story. I love all the names and confusion. You’ve shown just how powerful we as writers can be 🙂

    • wmqcolby says:

      Hi, Jessie! My, it has been awhile, hasn’t it? Thanks for reading my post. The link is to a story I did two weeks ago and, judging from the comments, it created a controversy. SO, I thought I’d make it even MORE confusing.

      Thanks for stopping by. Don’t be a stranger, now. 😉

  3. Dear John….or is it Bill? Oh yes, I remember it well.

    I laughed out loud.

    Good one. One of your best, Mr. Colby.


    Cuzzin Shelly

  4. Yes, indeed. William Colby writes fiction stories–good ones. I love the reference to your other story, Kent. Good writing. Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne

    • wmqcolby says:

      Thanks, Suzanne and the same for you, too.
      Yeah, the reference to the other story, I just had to get out and confuse people more. 😀

      Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! 🙂

  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Very good – levels of self-referencing like a Tarantino of flash fiction! I have no idea who met who, when, or for what anymore 🙂

  6. rgayer55 says:

    This sounds like some of the discussions Connie and I have about events in the past (much like the video). Details, schmetails, that’s what I always tell her.

    Here’s a tip for you–if you want to mix dating and fiction–write about Perry’s love life.

  7. wmqcolby says:

    Man, you REALLY did it this time. of course, what can Perry do anyway? He refuses to get a WordPress blog and stay with Blogger and I never can respond to him without it not identifying me. I say “peer pressure” into getting him in the WordPress driver’s seat.

    Maybe his dating life would be better if he DID get a WordPress blog. On the other hand … it ain’t no chick magnet for me, either. Oh well … 😦

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Mister G.!

  8. Well unremembered.Say hi to Julie for me.

  9. Oh! I’m so glad you are continuing to insert this story, in varying formats (along with Rochelle’s) and confusing us at every turn. Merry Christmas.

  10. wmqcolby says:

    Haha! And a Merry Christmas to you, too, Alicia. I was figuring on maybe letting an author tell his side of the story.

    As you know, wmqcolby is just the name of the blog. I was going to call myself the Succotash Onion Bros. but I think it S.O.B. would have been a little much ….

  11. Mike says:

    Confused confused 🙂 So I am away for a tall glass of ice cream and soda.

  12. ceayr says:

    I thought it was all perfectly clear until you mentioned John.
    Didn’t he move to wheresthatplace with whatshername, remember the girl with the wodjacallit?
    Are you starting to get muddled here?

  13. wmqcolby says:

    No, it was Colonel Mustard who did it in the study with Miss Plumb.

    Nice talking to ya, CE.

  14. draliman says:

    I read your original story and thought I knew what happened. Then I read Rochelle’s take and decided I really knew what happened. Now I realise nobody knows what happened!

  15. wmqcolby says:

    Hahaha! Yeah, well, I decided to run with that idea. Since everyone felt they knew “the answer” to the story, I figured, OK. It’s not what I wrote, so I’ll REALLY flummox them this time.

    Have a Merry Christmas, Ali!

  16. Dahlia says:

    Haha – I am glad I had my story written before i dropped in here! 😀

  17. Michael Wynn says:

    This made me laugh aloud, especially remembering the previous stories

  18. Liz Young says:

    I’ve heard many similar conversations over the years – well observed dialogue.

    • wmqcolby says:

      I particularly like the video Rochelle tacked on to her comments. I was thinking the exact thing.

      Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year, Liz! 🙂

  19. Dale says:

    Though we here at FF do NOT like following series, I’m totally giving a pass for this one! Between you and Cuzzin Shelly and your each telling of everyone’s version… this was fantabulous!

  20. wmqcolby says:

    Aww, Dale, you’re too kind. And funny to boot. However, it looks like some, even though they had the choice to take it or leave it, they took it. Interaction is great!

    Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year, Dale. MUA! 😉

  21. wmqcolby says:

    And, yes, although series are discouraged to an extent, nevertheless, the Queen rules. 😉

  22. I can see a story growing, or maybe something for real. I can clearly state that something happened or maybe not (I wonder what they serve at that diner)

  23. wmqcolby says:

    You know, Bjorn, because you asked this question, I’d like to see your take on it. You have the ability, as I have seen in a few stories of yours, to create characters that really are very interesting with just one word or motivation. I seriously would like to see what you would do with the concept.

  24. Rowena says:

    I’ve muddled everything up.
    I enjoyed the story. Well done.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    xx Rowena

  25. tedstrutz says:

    Okay! I’m putting myself in my next story! Good one.

  26. wmqcolby says:

    Haha! Go for it, Ted. I’m sure I’ll be reading the results with increased interest now.

  27. Now you have caught us! Was it a test to see if we all read your last couple of posts?
    Nice way of mixing them up!
    Merry Christmas and happy New year!

  28. Alice Audrey says:

    LOL It’s been a few years since I went through that particular conversation. Yep, just keep walking.

  29. A good artist always puts themselves in their work. Some say even the Mona Lisa was in fact a self-portrait.
    I enjoyed this self-referencing piece, checking if we are all concentrating!

    • wmqcolby says:

      Yes, I’m familiar with DaVinci’s putting his face in the La Gioconda. The joke was him saying, “You think I could make that peasant farmer’s wife to look beautiful? Believe me, it took GENIUS!” Al Hirschfeld, who used to draw characatures of famous people on stage and screen used to hide his daughter’s name, Nina, in his drawings. One time, he decided to not do it anymore, so he stopped. People said, “No! We like looking for them.” So, he put them back in.

  30. plaridel says:

    if this is a test, i think i’d fail. well done, though. 🙂

  31. subroto says:

    Was the mustard any good?

  32. Oh that story that never goes away… and, admittedly, still has me engaged! With all the sides taken, who really knows who’s on first? Not you, m’dear! 😉 All the best in 2017, Kent!

  33. wmqcolby says:

    Hahaha! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Dawn. All the best for 2017 to you, too! Always a pleasure to read your stuff and converse. 🙂

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