Photo Friday: Smell the Roses

This week’s entry came with some anonymous advice:


I wonder if there’s a “Hammer time” in town, too?

The sign is in the tiny little town of Washburn, Illinois. There are some small, dead flowers at the base of the sign, so I hope the person wasn’t being ironic.

Its advice is apt this week. Our Dodge grocery getter’s transmission may have shat the bed, but a new writing opportunity and contract have arisen as well. I will be taking full advantage. Way too early to disclose anything, especially since nothing has been signed just yet, but I’m excited. While I would love to have put the income toward just about anything but a new transmission, it’s work and it gets me one step closer to completing the Exit Strategy.

About a block over, another sign has more advice: “Don’t STOP believin’.” I suppose that works, too. Gotta keep moving forward, keep writing, keep getting stuff out there.

I shot the photo in the morning sun, just using my Canon kit lens. I first discovered the signs in the afternoon, but I didn’t like the lighting. Too much shadow on the front of the sign. This one got the nod over “Believin'” because I like the flag and the street in the background.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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