Weekend Writing Prompt — The Ransom Note

d0bf2e91-f050-4076-af0b-2998bd942cd6“Listen to me, you can’t go running off all helter-skelter,” Detective Morrisey said.

“But it’s a ransom note,” Fred said. “We have to do something.”

The detective sighed. “I know, but we can’t acquiesce. That would have to be our last resort only.”

“You’re right, of course,” Fred said. “We have to develop a plan.”

“And we need to be very deliberate,” Morrissey added. “These perpetrators are very dangerous, fanatical people. They are devout in their beliefs.”

“I understand that,” Fred said, tears running down his face, “but what they’re doing is just downright cruel.”

“I know these cat lovers can be crazy,” Morrisey said, “but we’ll get your dog back.”

(Exactly 111 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the words “helter-skelter” in exactly 111words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (note), Word of the Day Challenge (acquiesce), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (resort), Daily Addictions (develop), and Your Daily Word Prompt (devout).

P.S. We have a cat and a dog and we love them both. So all you cat lovers out there, don’t hate me.

Share Your World — Thick Skin and Blueberry Pancakes

Monday means Melanie and her weekly Share Your World prompt. So let’s get right to it.

Here are this week’s questions.

Are you thin or thick skinned?  Are you easily offended or tend to let it just roll off your back like a duck does with water?

I think of myself as being rather thicked skinned. I’ve never been easily offended by what others say or think. And as I’ve gotten older, my skin has apparently thickened up even more because, for the most part, I don’t really care what other people think, say, or do…unless it directly and adversely affects me, in which case, I will push back hard.

How important are morals in a healthy society? What are the most important morals for citizens to have?

I answered this when Rory asked it by linking back to THIS old post I wrote a while ago. I will say that I used to believe that strong morals in society were critical for society to function properly, but since Trump became president, apparently amorality is the key to success in America these days.

What will your epitaph be?

He was a very ordinary man who lived a very ordinary life extraordinarily well.

French toast, pancakes or waffles?

Pancakes, with blueberries and/or bananas, thank you.

And finally, what were you grateful for this past week?

After ten straight days of rain, we’ve had more than a week of beautifully sunny weather with stunning blue skies with mild temperatures for this time of year. Rain is back in the forecast, however.598f437b-e946-481e-b346-316f952bd0d4

JusJoJan — So Help Me God

82cab2ad-b8f2-4519-bb50-c409fe129a8dToday’s word for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt is “testify” and it was suggested by Dan Antion over at No Facilities.

What I will never be able to understand is how anyone who is summoned to testify before Congress or who is subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and who is under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help him (or her) God can lie.

Getting to Know Me

e209deb4-558f-4f7f-9c1c-b2db9d83a72aLaura, at Lauravent69, came up with this new “Getting to Know You” challenge. It’s sort of like the Share Your World prompt that Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, posts every Monday, but with more questions and with the rule to tag two other bloggers to answer the questions. Anyway, here are Laura’s questions and my answers.320d7b4c-dc5b-4386-a0ec-6cd4043172f01. Name a moment in your life when you felt you were most courageous.

I honestly don’t know that I’ve ever done anything truly courageous. But probably the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done was when I persuaded my then girlfriend (and now my wife) to go on a two-week motorcycle/camping trip with me when we’d been dating for only a couple of months. The most courageous moment she ever had was when she agreed to go on that two-week motorcycle/camping trip with me.

2. If you had to choose only one breakfast cereal for the rest of your life, which one would it be?


3. When have you felt the most scared?

The first time I held my newborn baby girl. Not because I was scared of dropping her, but because I was scared by the tremendous responsibility for taking care of and nurturing this brand new life was going to be.

4. If you could sing like any musical artist, who would you choose?

Wow, this is a tough one because there are so many musical artists I would love to be able to sing like. I guess if I had to narrow it down to one singer, though, I’d have to go with Roy Orbison. He had such a crisp, clean, strong voice with an amazing range.

5. Do you collect anything?

Well, technically it’s not a collection, but whenever I buy anything with cash and get change, I always take whatever pocket change I have at the end of each day and put it in a glass jar. When we moved from the east coast to the west coast about a decade ago, I had a collection of about two dozen class jars of change and when I lugged them all to the bank because I didn’t want to transport all of these jars full of coins across country, it turned out that my collection of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters amounted to about $1,300!0736588e-4f39-4efd-aacd-48299bf11b9f

6. If you could live inside a TV show or movie, what would it be?

It would have to be a sitcom. Maybe something like “All in the Family,” since my father-in-law was a lot like Archie Bunker and I was more like “the Meathead.”f7accda4-277b-45bc-a8a8-be23374dcbbc

7. Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? If so, what was it?

Three. Read all about them HERE.

8. What’s your Zodiac sign?


Now, as to two bloggers to tag, I pick Li over at Tao-Talk and Jim Adams at A Unique Title for Me.

FOWC with Fandango — Resort

FOWCWelcome to January 28, 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 “resort.”

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.