Tell The Story — Half Time

1D95B909-C1C9-4B4E-90E1-DA9EB276F4BBRory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, has tagged me to participate in the “Tell the Story” challenge. And he graciously offered up the picture above as fodder for my story. So here goes.

“I know you’re not real,” Richard said.

“Of course I’m real,” the winged, green dragon sitting on a pile of four old books said. “You conjured me up, you know.”

“I did no such thing,” Richard objected.

The dragon cocked its head and let out a sigh, a little bit of smoke escaping from its mouth. “You were reading Lord of the Rings for the third time, I believe, and you thought to yourself that you’d whip my ass if I ever showed up in the real world. So, here I am. Time to put your money where your mouth is, buster.”

“You’re Smaug?” Richard said. “You’re a lot smaller and less fearsome than I thought you’d be.”

“Well you’re no Gandalf, yourself, you know,” Smaug said. “You want fearsome?” Smaug shot out a flamethrower-like blast of fire from his mouth and then started coughing. “Dammit, this is all your fault. You imagined me to be more toy-like than like Tolkien’s Smaug.”

“I’m sorry, little Smaug,” Richard said. “I guess, in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have taken that tab of blotter acid before I sat down and started reading.”

“True,” Smaug said. “That stuff can be pretty tricky. I mean here you are having a conversation with a dragon that you hallucinated.”

“Oh damn,” Richard said.

“What’s the matter, buddy?” Smaug asked.

“I missed the whole first half of the Super Bowl sitting here and talking with some acid-induced dragon,” Richard said.

“Oh, you like watching a bunch of grown men smashing into each other on the gridiron?” Smaug asked.

“No, dude, it’s the commercials.”

Now I’m supposed to tag three other bloggers to “Tell The Story” about this picture from Helena Lopes @ Unsplash:9DFA4E6A-7FF2-4412-B0BF-C282469FED3B.jpegSo who am I going to pick? Let’s try:

Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hindsight), Your Daily Word Prompt (tricky), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (gridiron).

Weekend Writing Prompt — Daydream Believer


“I thought you were working on your novel,” Justin’s wife said. “But you’re just daydreaming again.”

“No I’m not,” Justin said. “I’m conceptualizing. I’m brainstorming. I’m conjuring. I’m wool-gathering.”

“Yeah, right,” she said. “More like dust-gathering.”

(Exactly 36 words)

B148D346-C857-4A55-8D62-3D3F7F54923CWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “wool-gathering” in exactly 36 words.

Song Lyric Sunday — Beyond The Sea

Jim Adams is once again our gracious host for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. The theme he chose is “Ocean/Sea/Lake/Bay.” And the song I chose is the Bobby Darin recording of “Beyond The Sea.”

“Beyond The Sea” was written by Albert Lasry, Charles Trenet, and Jack Lawrence. It was originally released by Trenet in 1946 as a French song titled “La Mer,” which means “the sea.” Trenet had composed “La Mer” as an homage to the changing moods of the sea. For the English version, Lawrence added the word “Beyond” to the song’s title, turning it into a love song.

Bobby Darin’s version was released in late 1959, and is regarded as the best known rendition. It reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 15 on the U.S. R&B chart. Darin died at the age of 37 following a heart operation in Los Angeles.

In addition to being one of Darin’s most popular pop standards, “Beyond The Sea” was also the title for the movie about Bobby Darin’s life starring Kevin Spacey as the singer. Spacey performed most of the music for the movie himself.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Somewhere beyond the sea
Somewhere waitin’ for me
My lover stands on golden sands
And watches the ships that go sailin’

Somewhere beyond the sea
She’s there watchin’ for me
If I could fly like birds on high
Then straight to her arms, I’d go sailin’

It’s far beyond a star
It’s near beyond the moon
I know beyond a doubt
My heart will lead me there soon

We’ll meet beyond the shore
We’ll kiss just as before
Happy we’ll be beyond the sea
And never again I’ll go sailin’

I know beyond a doubt, ah!
My heart will lead me there soon

We’ll meet, I know we’ll meet beyond the shore
We’ll kiss just as before
Happy we’ll be beyond the sea
And never again I’ll go sailin’

No more sailin’
So long, sailin’
Bye bye, sailin’
Move on out, captain

FOWC with Fandango — Hindsight

FOWCWelcome to February 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 “hindsight.”

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.