#FOWC — When the Wheels Came Off the Bus

AA9F772F-52F2-4E97-BB4A-4921AA026E4CAlice and Mel decided to take what they considered to be a gigantic step forward in their relationship. They decided to open a neighborhood diner together.

They hired a lawyer to draft up a contract setting out the terms and conditions of the arrangement. It seemed like it would be a simple task that would limit the downside exposure of both parties.

“All modesty aside,” the lawyer told Alice and Mel, “In the unlikely event that the wheels come off the bus on this joint venture of yours, nobody will be able to straighten things out better than me.” And hearing that, Alice and Mel felt confident that their selected attorney would be vigilant and diligent when creating the contract for their partnership.

Unfortunately, as is often the case in such matters, the wheels did come off the bus in both the business and personal relationships between Alice and Mel.

And equally unfortunate, they discovered, much to their chagrin, that their attorney was neither diligent or vigilant. As a consequence, both Alice and Mel were exposed to total financial ruin due to their attorney’s incompetence.

Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Teresa. The things are Alice, Mel, and diner. Also for today’s Word of the Day Challenge, “exposure.” Also for for RayNotBradbury Cool Writing Prompt, “modesty,”and for Scotts Daily Prompt, “straighten.” And for July Writing Prompts, “vigilant.” And for Written for Daily Addictions prompt, “gigantic.”

And, of course, for my own Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “contract.”

Broke It Again

32102166-ADB2-4EE0-B5E3-F635F5E1DDACYesterday I downloaded (or uploaded — I know there’s a difference but I’m not sure which is which) the latest update to the WordPress app for iOS. And now, when I am in my reader and go to “Visit” a post I find there, in many cases the “Like” button is missing.

I can still “like” a post if I tap the star in my reader. But not when I click on “Visit.” On most posts, anyway.

6B8FF556-4461-41C1-BFB6-8413253D22D0Is it just me? Does this happen only on the iPhone app or are those of you with Android phones also experiencing this? What about on Windows or Mac laptops?

I opened up a help ticket with WordPress, so now I’m holding my breath waiting for an answer an answer from on of the Happiness Engineers.

Just kidding! I don’t really expect an answer. Here’s one answer I received to my last ticket:


[Point of information: I pay for the “Personal” plan. I would think that should account for something.]

So? Anyone else having this issue?

FFfAW — You’re Glowing

img_1718Am I seeing what I think I am seeing? I rub my eyes and looked again, but you are still there. That aura. That glow. That luminosity.

What is it that makes you appear that way? Is it an optical illusion? Are my contact lenses dirty? Is it sun spots?

I am mesmerized by your incandescence, by your radiance, by your intensity. I must find out. I need to know how you achieve such effulgence.

I call out. You stop and turn towards me. Your Mona Lisa smile is nothing short of brilliant. I start walking in your direction. Slowly at first. Then more briskly.

I see your friend say something to you and you turn around, open your umbrella even though it’s not raining, and start to walk away.

“Wait!” I call out. Once again, you stop. You turn and smile. I run to you. I’m almost breathless when I reach you. “You’re absolutely glowing,” I say.

“You’re absolutely dreaming. Wake up,” you say.

And fade to black.

(168 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Michelle De Angelis.

Twittering Tales — Unchain Me

615B3E22-947F-40F0-8EAE-6AB4D61B0CE4You’ve got me chained to you like a dog chained to a tree. My movements restricted, my freedom removed. You watch me like a hawk, waiting for me to try to break free of my chains and run away. But I’ve got nowhere to go, no place to be, no one to see.

Please unchain me.

(270 characters)

Written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales prompt. Image credit: analogicus at pixabay.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Contract

FOWCWelcome to July 3, 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 “contract.”

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.