Shock Waves

81A8F03A-9784-4534-B662-97212E77EDA3He was a prince of a man, a financial genius. Or at least that’s what he wanted most people to think. His behavioral mode was to exude confidence and to make people believe that he knew what he was doing. His messaging always seemed coherent and relatable. His objective was the creation of a charismatic persona, one that would engender trust and get rich people to hand him piles of money for him to invest on their behalf. But his real goal was to propel himself to the top of the financial heap.

When the investigators let it slip that he was running an enormous Ponzi scheme, and all of his once very wealthy investors lost their personal fortunes, the sting to the financial world was immense, sending shock waves through the industry.


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (prince), Nova’s Daily Random Word (mode), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (coherent), Your Daily Word Prompt (creation), Daily Addictions (top), The Daily Spur (slip), and Word of the Day Challenge (sting).

Weekly Song Challenge

F1BDD4B5-8352-4D66-904E-BD8EED0C6DDFLaura has given us another one of her Weekly Song Challenge prompts. This one is about feeling good, being yourself, and sharing. And this week, Beckie, at Beckie’s Mental Mess, tagged me.

The rules are:

  • Copy the rules and add them to your own post, pinging back her original post.
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to participate! Tag everyone.

So let’s go.

1. Post a video of a song that makes you feel good.

2. Post a video of a song that to you is about being yourself.

3. Post a video of a song that you love and just feel like sharing.

Share Your World — Judgmental Mirrors

SYWMonday is Melanie’s Share Your World day. She asks questions about us so we can share our answers with the world.

What happens if you stare at the mirror for too long in the dark? (Credit to Ursula of An Upturned Soul. If you haven’t read Ursula’s blog, go over and just wade in and enjoy. To me she’s fascinating and what she writes about is always worth the journey.)

If it’s dark? I probably won’t see much of anything if it’s dark, would I? So I’d turn on the light, look in the mirror, and wonder when it was that I became so old looking. Then I’d go take a nap.B4085D21-FA7C-42B0-84BF-BD595A482C57

Do you think you’re judgmental? What tends to bring it out in you? (Credit to Ashleyleia for this one.)

Of course I am. Who isn’t judgmental? You make judgments about everything all the time…what foods you like to eat, books you like to read, movies or TV shows you choose to watch. You’re judgmental about people…do you enjoy their company, are they nice, friendly, empathetic, sincere, genuine? We all make judgments, large and small, nearly every day of our lives.05C9F691-5C65-4562-B6F2-55C70C310B69

Do you work better with actual lists or with mental lists? (Credit to Sadje of Keep it Alive.)

Given that my mind is like a sieve these days, if I don’t put it on a list, it doesn’t get done.

Would you go streaking across a football field during a game for a million dollars (insert your own country’s currency), knowing there’s a 50/50 chance you’ll get arrested for indecent exposure? (This one is mine. Yeah, my mind wanders to some highly strange places sometimes.)

For a million bucks? You bet your sweet, naked butt I would.

What has happened in your life that made you feel uplifted and happy, if only temporarily?

Whenever my favorite sports team (baseball, football, basketball) wins a championship. Woo hoo!0635C986-7EA6-42D1-88C9-35C777B1710A

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #23

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for this week’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Johannes Plenio@pexels.com.D2856ECE-1B73-4B67-8863-E6A64F9DE91AIf this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge. And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Coherent

FOWCWelcome to July 22, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “coherent.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.