FFfAW — Earthling Encounter


“I see life forms,” said one of the beings. “We must approach them slowly and carefully so as not to frighten them.” As they moved closer to the life forms, the life forms did not move or run away in panic.

Once in front of the first one, the elder being said, “We come in peace, earthling. We wish to bestow upon you our friendship and our wisdom.”

The earthling did not move. “Do you have your translator set to the right language?” one of the other beings asked the elder.

“Yes,” the elder responded. “According to the navigation program, we are in the land of Iowa and the language is English.”

“Why is this life form unresponsive?” asked another being.

“I don’t know.” He then reached out a long, thin tentacle and poked the life form, which toppled to the ground.

“We must go back to the ship,” said the other being. “We have already terminated life form. “The Dear Leader will not be pleased.”

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Another twofer written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy and for today’s one-word prompt, “bestow.” Photo Credit: Ellespeth

MLMM Photo Challenge — The Bear Hug

img_1268“No way,” the model said. “I didn’t sign up for this.”

“Oh please,” the director said. “Must you always act like such a prima donna, Valerie?”

“Let me get this straight,” she said. “You want me to stand half naked outside in the snow while a huge grizzly bear comes up from behind me, puts its arms around me, and squeezes me? Have you lost your mind?”

“Valerie, honey, we’re shooting a commercial for Bear Hug brand wine and the clock is ticking,” the director said.

“Maybe I can help,” another man chimed in. “Miss, that bear is a circus bear and I’m it’s trainer,” he said. “I can assure you that the bear is as gentle as a lovable St. Bernard dog. He won’t hurt you.”

“Time is money, sweetheart,” the director said.

“Okay, fine,” Valerie said.

Once everyone was in place, the director shouted “Action.” Valerie stood shivering in the snow as the big, brown bear slowly move in behind her, stood on its hind legs, and put its huge arms around her.

Suddenly, without warning, the unexpectedly enraged bear started tearing at Vallerie’s flesh.

Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Google Images.

U is for Unseen

1E50DF6B-05B7-4977-AAC0-ACD346C71663I got a haircut and no one noticed.

I got my braces off and no one noticed.

I got new glasses and no one noticed.

I grew a beard and no one noticed.

I lost twenty pounds and no one noticed.

I wore a new shirt and no one noticed.

I bought a new car and no one noticed.

I got drunk and no one noticed.

I was in an accident and no one noticed.

I went to the hospital and no one noticed.

I died and no one noticed.

I must be a ghost because no one notices me.


I am unseen.

Twittering Tales — Climate Change

5AE181C9-372C-4E0E-AB05-4FF5F33614CCI can’t believe my luck, which is always bad. I booked this train trip six months ago after doing extensive research into the weather in the Canadian Rockies. It’s supposed to be beautiful at this time of year. But all I see out of the train window is fog. Damn climate change.

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Image credit: Ana Martin on Unsplash.



I saw today that my posts have received more than 10,000 comments. 10,013 as I write this.

It’s rewarding to know that there are people out there who were inspired enough by what I’ve posted that I would accumulate 10,000 comments, even if more than half were my own comments responding to other people’s comments, and some were simply smiley face emojis.

What is interesting, though, is that my most commented upon post, Surrounded by Assassins, is not my most viewed post, which is  Manscaping. And these posts were published last July and August, when my blog was still in its infancy.

So, to all of you out there in the blogosphere who have taken the time to read and comment on my posts, thank you very much. You have made my day.