She’s Yesterday’s News

8C5DCAD1-0027-4114-92B6-48B61B67F21F“No!” Zachary said. “I’m the director and I’ve made up my mind.”

“Well I’m the producer, and it’s my call, dammit,” Gene said. “And I say Hermione is in.”

“Jesus, Gene,” Zachary objected. “She’s past her prime and she’s a diva. She does not take direction well and she has a tendency these days to ham it up. I simply will not have it.”

“Zachary,” Gene said, “you’re the one who’s acting like a diva. My interest is making money on this production of ‘Swan Lake,’ and Hermione is a world renowned ballerina. She’s going to be a huge draw at the box office.”

“You’re being shortsighted, Gene,” Zachary said. “What this production needs is new blood, young, exciting, up-and-coming talent. Hermione is yesterday’s news.”

“We’re going with Hermione and that’s final,” Gene said. “And if you don’t like it, I’ll find another director who appreciates her talents.”

“You’re sleeping with her, aren’t you, Gene?” Zachary said.

“That’s besides the point,” Gene said. “Hermione is in and you’re out.”

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “ham,” “ballerina,” and “interest.”

Pasta Tonight

98CC1219-F97A-4FD7-91CB-BE46A737DF81“Look, Paul,” Donna shouted.

“What? Is something the matter? Do you need me to stop the demolition?” Paul asked. He and Donna were in the middle of removing their old kitchen cabinets and countertops as they prepared for a crew to come in and remodel their old kitchen.

“I found this old spaghetti tin behind this cabinet. It looks like it could be an antique,” Donna said, holding the tin up for Paul to see.

“Cool,” Paul said. “Is there anything in it?”

Donna shook the tin and heard the sound of something rattling inside. She pulled the lid off the tin. “Yes,” she said. There’s still spaghetti in here. I wonder if it’s still edible.”

Paul chuckled. “I bet in the hierarchy of things that can outlast a nuclear holocaust, I’d advocate for raw pasta over even cockroaches and rats.

“Well,” Donna said, “let’s not test your theory by trying to cook and eat that old spaghetti.”

“I’m fine with that,” Paul said. “Now let’s get back to demolishing this kitchen.”

Donna looked around at all the damage they’d done to the cabinets and countertops and said, “Yeah, let’s get this done do we can go take our showers and then go out for out a nice, serene dinner tonight.”

“I’m down with that,” Paul said. “And for some reason, I’m in the mood for some pasta tonight.”

Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (spaghetti), Word of the Day Challenge (hierarchy), Your Daily Word Prompt (outlast), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (advocate), The Daily Spur (damage), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (serene).

Weekly Song Challenge — Gettin’ Jiggy


For this week’s Weekly Song Challenge, Laura has asked us to post three videos — a song about feeling overwhelmed, about making woopie, and about protesting.

Her rules are:

  • Copy the rules and add them to our own post, pinging back to Laura’s post.
  • Post music videos for our answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people anyone who wants to participate!

So here goes.

1. Post a video of a song that’s perfect when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

2. Post a video of a song you’d find humorous if it came on while making whoopie.

3. Post a video of a protest song.

Okay, your turn….

Keep Those Cards and Letters Coming In

Wow, last night before I went to bed I went to check and clear my spam folder and I saw something that I hadn’t previously noticed. My blog, in its 27 month existence, has received 50,500 comments!ACDB98D0-10C1-43B2-836F-F0087097AADBOf course, 12,013 of those comments, or almost 24%, were comments I made in response to comments others had posted. But that still means that you folks have commented on my posts 38,487 times!

I have nothing to compare these numbers to, but they sound like high numbers. According to my stats, my average comments per post so far this year is 17, which doesn’t sound that high to me. But I suppose, since I post anywhere from three to five times a day, they add up quickly.

Whatever the numbers mean, I want to genuinely and sincerely thank those of you who regularly read my blog and I really appreciate it when you take the time and make the effort to leave comments on my posts.

I’ve been kinda of critical of WordPress and all of the glitches and issues that keep surfacing on the WordPress app for iOS (since I do almost all of my blogging from my iPhone). But despite my whining about the WordPress app, the WordPress community of bloggers is the best.

I love you guys!

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #27

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for this week’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Fandango at this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge. And most important, have fun.