One-Liner Wednesday —Not That Clever

“My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”

The other day, on one of my posts, someone made a comment to which I replied, “My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”

After I wrote that comment, I said to myself, “Self, what a clever thing to have said. I think I’ll use that for the next One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.”

But then I thought that as clever as I like to think I am, I may not be clever enough to have come up with a clever quote like that, one that no one else has ever said. So I Googled it, just to see if anyone else is as clever as I am.

The good news is that I could not find a single instance where someone previously used the line, “My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”

The bad news is that I found a shitload of others who have used the line, “My brain has a mind of its own.”

There’s even a t-shirt with that quote embossed on it, although whoever made this t-shirt needs to learn when to use “its” and when to use “it’s.”935C5958-F9FC-41D1-B1AF-E7B25F5E0DBBSo did you catch the subtle difference between my unique quote and the overused, plebeian one?

“My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”
“My brain sometimes has a mind of its own.”

Oh well. It seemed to me that I had written something very clever, but it turns out that I hadn’t.

That said, the other night while walking my dog, a small raccoon ran out onto the sidewalk from between two buildings. It’s not that uncommon for me to see a number of raccoons as my dog and I walk past the park at night. They are mostly hanging out near trash cans, but when my dog and I approach, they scurry up into the branches of the closest tree.

But this little fella saw me and my dog, froze, and started talking to us. I’d never heard a raccoon talking before. It makes a sort of chittering sound. I was fascinated, but after a few seconds, my dog had had enough and chased the raccoon up a tree.

But, if like me, you have never heard the sound a raccoon makes, take a look at this. You’re welcome.

FOWC with Fandango — Surmount

FOWCWelcome to September 26, 2018 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 “surmount.”

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.

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

Heartless and Gullible and ….

Crossing sign - Illegal migrants“This is a total violation of my civil rights as an American citizen,” Thomas whined in a reaction to what he just saw on Fox News.

“What do you mean, honey?” his wife asked him.

“These damn illegal immigrants,” Thomas said. “They are diminishing the glory of our country. They just walk across our southern border and demand asylum and those goddam progressives in Washington are playing right into it. It’s the quintessential political ploy of trying to concentrate a bunch of foreign people — criminals, rapists, and gang members — in red-blooded, American states like Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona so they can stack the deck against the Republicans. You know all those damn criminal aliens will vote for those goddam Democratic candidates. It’s all a bunch of bullshit, Sally.”

“But, honey, you’re a first generation American,” Sally pointed out. “If it weren’t for the legal migration of those seeking asylum from oppression in Europe, your parents wouldn’t have been able to come to the United States.”

“But my parents didn’t come here from some shithole country,” Thomas said.

“You sound like you’re reciting the rubric of the Republican talking points book on immigration,” Sally said. “When did you become so heartless, so gullible…and so stupid?”

Written for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (violation), Scotts Daily Prompt (walk), Your Daily Word Prompt (quintessential), Daily Addictions (concentrate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (migration), and Word of the Day (rubric).

FFfAW — Making the Best of a Bad Situation

16528010-8271-4B43-BD1A-7ECF5587DA13“What the hell is that?” Sammy asked Bob, his young assistant manager. He pointed to corner pegboards displaying dozens of pairs of women’s sandals.

“Well, boss,” the young man said sheepishly, “I’m trying to make the best of a bad situation.”

“What situation?” Sammy said. “And where did all of those sandals come from?”

Remember last week when you asked me to order two dozen leather men’s wallets?” Bob said. “Well, I must have mistakenly tabbed over to women’s sandals on the computerized inventory program and ordered 200 pairs.”

“What?” Sammy yelled. “You ordered 200 pairs of women’s sandals instead of two dozen men’s wallets? But this is a men’s shop, you idiot.”

“I know, boss,” Bob said. “I screwed up. But I can fix this. I put an ad on our store’s Facebook page announcing a today-only, half-price, fall sale of women’s sandals — while supplies last.” Then Bob pointed to the front of the store. A long line of women shoppers were outside waiting for the doors to open.

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Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yarnspinnerr.

Twittering Tales — Taken Too Literally

EF3C241D-16E1-42A9-A3D9-136E5286270D“What is that?” Franklin asked his son when he saw that the small tree in their backyard was covered with shoes draped over its bare branches.

“I made a present for you, Pop,” the boy said. “I heard you tell Mom the other day that you needed a new shoe tree. Well, there it is!”

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Written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales prompt. Top photo credit: PDPhotos @