Trees in Hiding – #tuesdayfiction

Last month I wrote a flash fiction about tree stalkers, and I heard from one of my readers that she would like to know more about this story.  So for Tuesday, I wrote a new part to the story – enjoy!

Tree Stalkers

Part 1 (published April 22, 2017) – Trees in Hiding

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Apple Blossom Stalkers, Whitelaw, WI, 2000 by J.Shimon & J.Lindemann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Deborah was a tree stalker.

She came from a long line of tree stalkers.  Ever since the apple blossom blight of ’19 she and her family had been prowling the byways and backroads to find them, the trees that tried to get away.  The trees that had gone rogue.

To get apples you need apple blossoms.  To get apple blossoms you need trees.  And, since the development of sentient trees – something farmers thought would make their jobs easier, not harder – trees had made themselves scarce.

Who could blame them?


Part 2 – Apple Trees on the Run
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These trees were not ordinary.  Trees do not move ordinarily.  But these trees, genetically modified, were on the move.  Climate change had made already somewhat-unpredictable weather much more volatile.  The thought behind the experiment was that giving trees movement would make them like cattle or sheep, so that they could herded into shelter to escape extreme weather events.  But it turned out trees that could move were more like wild horses or antelopes.  They did not herd well.  And they definitely did not like to stay put.  Trees were surprisingly lithe – you’d never expect that, but they were – especially the lighter willows and beeches, but also orchard trees, whose genetic roots were in the wild steppes of Asia.  No one anticipated moving trees would go rogue.

Apple trees.  Apple trees should have stayed put, Deborah thought.  Apple trees wouldn’t run.  Apple trees were cozy.  Their squat forms, their plump clutches of ripe fruit, would hold them back.  They wouldn’t run off like the others.  But then she wouldn’t have been called in to track them if they had stayed where they belonged, in the farmer’s orchard, placidly soaking up water and sunlight and calmly maturing their fruit.


How do you use reader feedback?  Do you ever write a new post in response to your readers’ comments?  What is the best suggestion you’ve had from a reader?


20 thoughts on “Trees in Hiding – #tuesdayfiction

  1. I really love that you have such creativity that you are able to expand an idea into something bigger and still amazing as the first. And, you’re able to follow through and finish. Discipline would be good to go with my creativity. 🙂 Great one, my friend. Hugs.

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      1. Me, too. Yay! Hopefully, I will have time to complete this one WIP soon to have a first complete draft before editing starts. For now, I think it’s a story. My imagination hasn’t gone crazy yet to get me to a novel. But, I have made notes on the characters and the setting and my ending is I think set… 🙂
        Thank you so much, my friend. 🙂

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      2. True. ☺ Thank you. I am also following the ideas in my head so I’m working on my Witch story at the moment. The one story has the MC after someone at work and her “love story”, her husband’s philandering ways, and what I imagine I’d do if it were me… the plotting, with whom, and all that. When something happens, my mind goes to work. Haha. I just need more time for writing.

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      3. I was reading on NaNoWriMo and that prompted me to check my old stuff and I realized I can write 50,000 words because I have done before. I wrote my non-fiction in a month. But I was inspired and I think I was working for myself then so I could work the whole night and not worry about getting up in the morning for work. I normally write at night but I have written during the day, too, but less.

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      4. Oh no, not yet. I will. I used to write a lot. I had those years I didn’t work (I worked from home). I’ll quit full time employment once consulting and our labor brokerage is more stable.

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