Kids Will Be Kids

637A36BD-24FA-4679-BEBE-F284FCF21BE8“Let’s play Star Trek,” Johnny said. “I’ll be Captain Kirk and you can be Mr. Spock.”

Billy shook his head. “No, I want to be Captain Kirk. You can be Mr. Spock.”

“Uh uh,” Johnny objected. “If I can’t be Captain Kirk, I don’t want to play.”

Sensing something problematic about to go down between the two boys, Johnny’s mother called over to them from the kitchen. “Boys, I’m going to fix a pitcher of iced tea. Do you want some?”

“Sure Mom,” Johnny called back to her.

“Thanks, Mrs. Redding,” Billy said.

“Okay,” Johnny’s mom called, “But I don’t want you running around with glasses in your hands. Why don’t you set up the Dungeons & Dragons board game?”

“Yeah,” both boys said simultaneously.

Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith. The three things are Captain Kirk, dungeons and dragons, and iced tea.

#FOWC — Hidden Identity

AB377D52-6B74-40E2-B3CE-F575C525C01BPeople often ask me why I blog anonymously.

What are you trying to hide they want to know.

Why do you keep your true identity hidden they ask.

Who is it behind all those zeros and ones, those bits and bytes they wonder.

But this is who I really am I answer.

I am not trying to hide anything I tell them.

This my true identity I explain.

Because here I can say anything I want to say.

Go anywhere I want to go.

Be anything I want to be.

Dream anything I want to dream.

I am judged by my words, not my appearance.

I am appreciated for my wit, not my wealth.

It is my mind, not my visage, that is on display.

I am unlimited, unbound, untethered, unrestrained.

I am anyone and everyone.

It is the flesh and blood me in the bricks and mortar world who must remain hidden.

Written for today’s One-Word Challenge, “hidden.” Image credit: Geralt at

SoCS — All About the Noun

F20C39CA-980F-45B7-B94B-481B7FB740DCNouns: you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. Am I right, or what?

Nouns are words used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things. And while necessary, nouns mostly just sit there. In and of themselves, they don’t do much. Well, except for pronouns like “you” and “me,” “her” and “him,” “them” and “us.” I take pronouns personally.

But when it comes right down to it, I prefer verbs over nouns. Verbs are words used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. Verbs do things while nouns just hang out waiting for verbs to do things to, with, on, or around them.

Take the sentence, “He ate my ice cream.” The words “he,” “my,” and “ice cream” are nouns. (Well, technically, in this sentence the word “ice” might be considered an adjective, as it’s describing a type of cream. It’s ice cream and not sour cream or whipped cream. That said, “ice” can also be a noun, as in “Do you have any ice?”)

But I digress. The key to this sentence is not who did what to whom, but what action was done. He ate my ice cream. He could have done other things to my ice cream, like dropped it or melted it or tossed it. But he ate it. And for that act, I hate him. I really wanted to eat that ice cream myself, dammit.

So be aware, nouns, you may be the subject of — and even the object of — nearly every sentence, but it’s verbs where the action is.

And not to pile on, nouns, but it’s adjectives that make you interesting. It’s adjectives that give you color and size and depth and personality. Without adjectives, nouns, you’re kinda boring and lifeless. And without verbs, you ain’t doing much of anything.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. The challenge is to simply to start your post with a noun.

FOWC with Fandango — Hidden

FOWCWelcome to June 9, 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 “hidden.” 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.