50 Word Thursday — A New Beginning

74dfb48b-8c3c-457f-b457-2ee2232970fa“You’ll stay here until it’s time to go. I’ll take you to the transport and then you’re on your own,” the woman said.

“I don’t want to be on my own,” the boy said.

“Why not?”

“I’m afraid. I’ve never been outside the wall. I’m just a kid, you know.”

(50 words)


This was Written for the 50 Word Thursday prompt, now hosted by Kristian of Talesfrom the Mind of Kristian. Click HERE to read the challenge’s rules.

#writephoto — The Great Outdoors

c4f26af9-3fc6-4e23-a7e4-7c6c8f2a3a65“What a stunning sunset, Josh. Isn’t it beautiful?” Sara asked. “Look at how much dimension there is to the sky with that layer of clouds. It’s so dramatic.”

“This is pure madness, Sara,” Josh said. “It’s cold and damp and it’s nothing short of crazy to go tent camping in the beginning of January.”

“Oh come on, Josh,” Sara said. “Let’s think of this as an adventure.”

“Spring, summer, or fall would be a good time for a camping adventure,” Josh said. “Look at those bare, spiky tree branches. That, and the freezing temperature, doesn’t exactly inspire spending a night in the great outdoors.”

“Grab some of the tree branches that are on the ground and let’s build a fire,” Sara said. “Once we light it up, we can cuddle together in front of the fire and it will keep us nice and toasty.”

“Nothing like igniting a fire in front of a tent on a cold, wintry night to generate a little warmth,” Josh said, smiling for the first time that evening.


Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt. I know Sue described this picture as having been taken at dawn, but it fit better into my story as being taken at dusk.

Also written for these one-word prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (dimension), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (madness), Daily Addictions (damp), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spiky), and Word of the Day Challenge (ignite).

FFfPP — Fireworks

7838237F-1914-48E1-9666-E4E0D19F6C88On the Fourth of July, when Independence Day is celebrated in the U.S., nearly every city and town across the country puts on fireworks displays. Many also shoot off fireworks as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Everybody loves fireworks, right? I mean who doesn’t love fireworks. So dramatic, so colorful, so loud. The rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air. So inspirational.

Well, I’ll tell you who doesn’t like fireworks. Me! I don’t like fireworks. Because my dog is terrified by fireworks. Terrified!

Whenever she hears fireworks, she begins shaking all over. She will sometimes walk into the shower or jump into the bathtub, but as long as she hears the explosions of the fireworks, she is beyond consolation. I worry that her heart will give out.

My wife and I try turning up the volume on the TV or the radio to cover up the sounds, but that doesn’t do the trick. The only cure is time, and it usually takes about an hour after the fireworks are over before our poor dog calms down enough to breathe and behave normally again.

So no, when it comes to fireworks, I’m definitely not a fan.

(199 words)


Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: MorgueFile Fidler Jan New Year’s. I realize that this post isn’t a work of fiction, but when I saw the picture of exploding fireworks, this is all I could think of writing.

JusJoJan — Questions About My Blog

266CF94E-D32A-4ED3-A2BE-F74196B7A7EEFor today’s Just Jot It January post, Linda G. Hill asks us to jot about our blogs. She has posed these questions:

Why did you start blogging?

I started THIS blog in May 2017 because I had retired at the end of 2016. By May, my constant presence around my wife (i.e., always being underfoot) prompted her to say to me, “Why don’t you start a new blog?” I also needed a vehicle to vent about the horrible mess known as Donald Trump.

This blog isn’t my first blog. I initially started blogging in October 2005, as I noted here. It was more of a personal journal back then. I just wanted to do some creative writing and to express my views and observations on life, politics, and society. Hmm. Pretty much the same things I write about now, thirteen years later. 

How did you come up with your theme, if you have one?

I’m not sure if by “theme,” Linda is asking about the appearance of my blog, like which WordPress template I use, or if she’s referring to my niche (i.e., the subject matter of my blog). So I’ll answer both ways.

As to my blog’s physical appearance (or in WordPress speak, blog theme), I wanted something simple and straightforward, where the appearance wouldn’t detract from the content. And I also wanted a theme that was mobile phone friendly — one that suits reading and writing on a smartphone — since I do almost all of my blogging from my iPhone.

As to the theme or niche of my blog, there isn’t one. As my blog’s tagline says, my blog is “random musings on life, politics, and society,” along with a whole lotta flash fiction. 

How has it changed your life?

Blogging has actually become an important part of my life. It occupies many hours a day spent writing my own posts and reading those of the other fine bloggers I follow. I enjoy the act of blogging and the interaction with my fellow bloggers.

FOWC with Fandango — Madness

FOWCWelcome to January 3, 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 “madness.”

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.