This week’s challenge has true historical significance. I am featuring a historical marker found in the town of Angels Camp, CA. This marker is significant in that it features Mark Twain’s character Jim Smiley, and a jumping frog, Dan’l Webster! On November 8th, 1865, in the Saturday Press, the newspaper published a story by Twain called “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.” Later on this was changed to “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” This week, I ask that you write about this celebrated man and his frog!
Now are you ready for this challenge? This is a flash fiction challenge where we provide you with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. Your challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Don’t forget to use the opening sentence… This challenge runs from Monday to Sunday. Get creative and have fun finishing the story!
Please include the photo with your bit of flash and a link back to this post. Do not forget to click on the blue guy and add your link so that others can enjoy your story too!
Per Susan…Please feel free to upload your own story by clicking on the little blue fellow below or you can click to read other stories that have been submitted.
Genre: Historical Flash Fiction
Word Count: 149 + video
That Frog Can Jump!
“When it came to a challenge, Jim Smiley just had to jump right in!“ With Dan’l (Why that frog can jump!) Webster, you see, he’s Mark Twain’s famous frog from Calaveras County, California and he didn’t expect to become so famous. He just liked jumping is all. Why jumping was in his blood.
He jumped right off the page of Twain’s book and onto the internet. There are hotels, spas, streets, restaurants, sandwiches, musicals, videos, songs, frog-jumping contests and fairs named after him. On Google alone there are ten pages full of entries under Dan’l Webster. It’s hard to say who is most famous…Mark Twain or that frog.
Twain didn’t expect to become famous over a silly jumping bullfrog but Dan’l didn’t expect it neither. Why most high schools give assignments about Dan’l. There’s even a plaque in plain sight. That picture proves it. They’re all famous; Mark Twain, Jim Smiley, and “why that frog can jump,” Dan’l Webster.