FTS — After the Long, Hard Winter – Part 4

293BC900-0478-4317-B12B-299180BE9F52 This is another Finish The Story prompt from Teresa (aka, The Haunted Wordsmith). Teresa started the story. Then she passed it to Michael, who tagged Di, who tagged me. So let’s start at the beginning.

Teresa wrote:

Winter had been hard. Harder than anyone in Goosedown had expected. It was six weeks into spring and Emily never felt better. She was finally able to get out into her garden. The spring flowers had fully said hello and color was everywhere, but the one thing she was most happy about was the Goosedown Spring Festival that was taking place today.

With one last check in the mirror, she adjusted her bright pink hat and set out for the park. While walking there she met up with …

Michael wrote:

Mary from the Dairy trudging along carrying two pails of fresh milk. The milk was for Miss Turnout’s café and scone emporium.

It was clear Mary was not happy, as everyone in Goosedown knew of the animosity between the two women. Mary had been in love with the handsome Sir Michael, and it was Miss Turnout who spread vile and vicious rumours about Mary such that Sir Michael turned his back on Mary and went off and married the less than gorgeous Phillipa the Needle maiden.

Mary had long held the grudge against Mis Turnout and every now and then she would clear her throat and deposit the said clearance into one of the buckets. Emily, being the sweet and innocent young lady she was and at that moment filled with the expectation of the coming spring, smiled serenely at Mary as she went by.

“There’d be nothing to smile about young Emily,” said the sour Mary as she passed and deposited another into the left bucket, “the rotten old cow destroyed my life, I’m gonna make her rue the day she spread rumors about me, no matter how true they might be. Sorry I should not have said that.”

Emily had no answer to Mary’s statement and was not a girl given easily to gossip so she …

Di wrote:

nodded and continued to smile sweetly as she watched Mary trudge away.

With every step, Mary moaned and bitched about Miss Turnout under her breath. Her deposits in the milk seemed to do little to improve her mood and now she had a nagging toothache.

Maybe a filling had fallen out and was ratting around in the bottom of the bucket. Better still, maybe the old trout would swallow it and choke. That made her laugh, which in turn made her cough and there followed another satisfying splash in the bucket.

More bitching and moaning in rhythm to her footfalls, gradually fading into the distance and out of Emily’s earshot.

Emily was enjoying her walk to the park, taking in the riot of color on the way, the lovely sunshine, and the anticipation of the Spring Festival, especially as it meant passing through …

And I wrote:

62A502F2-092A-40E1-8EE2-011ED2B6A49A… the field red with poppies. Every time Emily walked through the beautiful poppy field, she would feel a strange sense of euphoria. Everything she was feeling became more intense, the colors of spring brighter, and her mood even happier. She put Mary and her feud with Miss Turnout out of her mind and concentrated on what she would do when she got to the festival grounds.

But Emily was feeling herself growing very, very tired. She was struggling to keep walking through the lovely field of red flowers, which seemed to be glowing and vibrating. Suddenly Emily had to stop. She yawned, stretched out her arms, and slowly fell to her knees. “Why am I so tired?” she wondered. “I have to lie down,” she said aloud.

It was already dark when Emily finally woke up. Had she missed the Spring Festival that she was so looking forward to? She wondered what had happened to her. But then she saw …

Okay. Now it’s my turn to tag someone and the blogger I’ve picked is storyteller extraordinaire, Iain, at Iain Kelly Writing.

Here are the rules:

  1. Copy the story as it appears when you receive it (and the rules please).
  2. Add to the story in whichever style and length you choose.
  3. Tag only 1 person to continue the story.
  4. Have fun!

Telling the Truth

93533211-5278-418F-98FF-25BFCBD15913“Life has lost all of its luster,” Diana lamented. “I’m so exasperated that I can’t stand breathing anymore.”

“Whoa, Diana,” Anna said. “What brought that on?”

“I was looking through my desk drawer earlier today and came across one of my first articles that was ever published,” Diana said. “And reading it made me realize that I have been wearing a disguise for years now.”

“I don’t understand, Diana,” Anna said. “What disguise?”

“I’m a political columnist, Anna,” Diana said. “I work for a conservative publication that has been providing me with a comfortable safety net for so long that I have allowed it to unduly influence my writing.”

“I still don’t understand,” Anna said.

“That article I found reminded me that I used to have principles, scruples, and that I didn’t toe the line and spew conservative talking points,” Diana explained. “Reading what I wrote so many years ago made me realize that I’ve turned a blind eye to all of the chaos and damage this administration is causing.”

“So what are you going to do about it?” Anna asked.

“I have a contact at MSNBC,” Diana said. “I’m going to reach out to him. It’s time to start telling the truth.”

Written for the following one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (luster), Word of the Day Challenge (exasperated), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (drawer), Your Daily Word Prompt (disguise),  Scotts Daily Prompt (safety), and Dsily Addictions (influence).

Share Your World — Books, Art, and Silly String

It’s already Monday and that means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World questions.

Name two books that have influenced you and share how.

This may sound strange coming from an atheist, but the first would be the Bible. Why? Because reading the Bible made me realize that it’s all a myth based upon fantastical tales written nearly 2,000 years ago by superstitious people who were trying to make sense of a world about which they lacked any real understanding.

Second, Tolkien’s trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” plus “The Hobbit.” Why? Because it totally transported me to a different time, place, and world. And because it’s as believable as the Bible.

In your opinion, where is the line between art and not art?

I find art in everything I see, so I suppose it’s all about perspective and perception.

Trivia for Halloween: What item is banned only during Halloween from 12am October 31st to 12pm November 1st in Hollywood California?   (I know the answer, but I do not have any idea WHY)..c’mon…hazard a guess!

I cheated. I Googled it:47095402-1AEC-4393-906F-5D1F9E949D28.jpegWhy? Because it’s sticky and slimy, is hard to clean up, is bad for the environment, and can be dangerous if you eat it.

What is something that really annoys you but doesn’t bother most people?

Most people.

Instead of our usual gratitude question, I’m posing this one for this week: What or who in your life brings you the most joy?

My family, including my dog and cat.

I was NOT Nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award

Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. As part of the process, she was instructed to “Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.”

Sadje did nominate 11 other bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award…and I was not one of them. But that’s okay because I have officially declared my blog to be an award free blog.

But Sadje did pose 11 new questions that I thought were good questions. So even though I wasn’t nominated or even asked to answer her 11 questions, I’m going to anyway.

1. How long have you been blogging?

I just celebrated 13 years of blogging, as I explained here.

2. Do your friends and family support you in this?

They are ambivalent, which is one way of saying that they couldn’t care less.

3. Which is your favorite time of the day?


4. What would be your dream vacation?

A few relaxing, off-the-grid weeks at a cabin in the mountains or a bungalow by the ocean.

5. What genre of movies you like best?

This is a tough one, since genres like dramas, comedies, action movies, etc. are too broad. I enjoy movies that make me think and that make me laugh.

6. What do you wake up to?

My wife walks our dog first thing in the morning. As soon as they return, she jumps in bed and starts licking me. Our dog, that is. Not my wife.

7. Are you a morning person?

Most definitely. I’m usually up by 6:00 or 6:30 and back in bed at night by 10.

8. What motivates you?

Motivates me to do what? If it’s to get up in the morning, it’s when our dog jumps up on the bed and starts licking me.

9. How do you think your friends see you?

Mostly with their eyes.

10. What would be your idea for saving the environment from pollution?

Vote the Republicans out of office and reverse the Supreme Court Citizens United decision.

11. Happy or peaceful, what is more important to you?

Being at peace makes me happy.

Having brazenly plagiarized Sadje’s 11 questions, I will now add insult to injury by inviting anyone else who wishes to answers these questions to feel free to copy the questions and answer them on your own blog. Be sure to link back to Sadje’s originating post here so that she gets the credit she deserves.

FOWC with Fandango — Drawer

FOWCWelcome to October 22, 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 “drawer.”

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.