A forty-second story …

for Friday Fictioneers.



William tried, he really did. He yearned to create something he’d be remembered for, something to make a difference to ‘personkind’.   

The inventor of the door-knocker won a no-bell prize, the invention of the spade was groundbreaking. Now it was his turn!

Spinning Wills, they called him because time and time again he became stuck in the metaphorical mud just as he thought he’d succeeded.


Jenny was good at spinning yarns and was well-known for her comedy routines. She heard about William and thought he’d provide excellent material.

And so it was he become famous, but not in the way he intended!



spinning-wheelThanks to Rochelle for hosting and for providing the photo.


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53 thoughts on “A forty-second story …

  1. Anita Jul 6, 2022 / 13:39

    Creative one 🙂
    They had met their match!

    The name of the hero of my story this week is also “William”!

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  2. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently Jul 6, 2022 / 15:25

    This as always is so creative. I enjoyed it

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 6, 2022 / 17:25

      Willliam Tell, nice one! At least he tried! A few years ago a UK skier called Eddie the Eagle claimed fame in the Winter Olympics for being useless – he did quite well from his infamy and had a movie made about him!!

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      • Dale Jul 6, 2022 / 17:31

        That he did!
        And we LOVED Eddie the Eagle! I watched him Live 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  3. trentpmcd Jul 6, 2022 / 17:07

    If only William’s talent for the next big thing was as good as his talent for the next bad pun he’d be all set. (I did enjoy the puns, despite just calling them bad – all puns are bad 😉 ).


  4. Iain Kelly Jul 6, 2022 / 19:44

    Not convinced William will be happy with this new found fame! Great fun as always.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Michael Jul 6, 2022 / 22:00

    You spun a good tale out of ice prompt, even Eddy the Eagle got in on the act

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 7, 2022 / 12:33

      Eddie’s a national hero. and now William’s joined the club! Thanks, Michael.


  6. Na'ama Yehuda Jul 7, 2022 / 03:00

    Ha! I’d measure this by a yardstick but I think I’d only put my foot in my mouth if I tried. And I’d rather hoof it now. 😉

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  7. James McEwan Jul 7, 2022 / 08:15

    Ah, those one liners, I sink and drown in laughter each time. Perhaps Jenny and William are spun from the same thread and as a comedy duo have their audience in stitches. Light hearted stuff, I like it.


  8. hilarymb Jul 7, 2022 / 08:50

    Well done Keith – clever take on the image – cheers Hilary

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Bill Jul 7, 2022 / 15:36

    Reading this excellent piece my smile grew and eyes rolled. Keith wins again this week. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. granonine Jul 8, 2022 / 12:28

    Your word play is always delightful. And, as always, I look forward to seeing what your froggies are up to 🙂

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  11. GHLearner Jul 8, 2022 / 17:38

    The master of the pun strikes again. Poor Wills though, having the trouble and being mocked, too.


  12. msjadeli Jul 9, 2022 / 01:17

    Entertaining story, Keith. Everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame, but there is just no telling what spin that will will take, eh?


  13. authorfleurl Jul 9, 2022 / 04:56

    Loaded with puns, so funny! Well, at least he got fame, one way or the other eh. Cool story!


  14. Rowena Jul 11, 2022 / 11:58

    A great laugh, Keith. Thanks very much!
    Best wishes,


  15. Vartika Jul 12, 2022 / 18:18

    Feeling bad for him.. I enjoyed your story as always.


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