Burn, Baby, Burn

6E59BC7E-5CCD-46A5-8B63-4E90D19DD274In a moment of weakness, I walked through the door and announced, “I want a tattoo.”

The man behind the counter, oozing with charisma, smiled and said, “You’ve come to the right place, as this is a tattoo parlor.”

“Cool,” I said. “Do you have a permit to give tattoos?”

“Well, if you’re looking for substantiation, my business license is hanging on the wall here,” he said, pointing to the framed document.

“Cool,” I said again. “So what are my options?”

“Does size matter?” he asked me.

Of course size matters,” I said. “I want something that looks like a flame and I want it on my entire forearm.”

He pulled a book of tattoo designs from under the counter and said, “I think I have something perfect for you. It’s called ‘Burn, Baby, Burn,’” and he flipped to a page in the book.

“Perfect,” I said.

And that’s how I got my first — and only — tattoo.

Written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (moment), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tattoo), Ragtag Daily Prompt (charisma), Your Daily Word Prompt (substantiation), Word of the Day Challenge (options), Weekly Prompts (size matters), and The Daily Spur (burn).

3-2-1 Quote Me! — Good Health

662DAC5D-EDC8-45D3-97CD-43E7F8C2D095I was tagged by two bloggers to participate in Rory’s latest 3-2-1 Quote Me! challenge. One blogger was the creator of this challenge, none other than A Guy Called Bloke, Rory. The other blogger was Beckie, over Beckie’s Mental Mess. This time the topic is “good health.”

The rules for this game are:

  • Thank the selector
  • Post 2 quotes for the dedicated topic of the day (good health)
  • Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3-2-1 Quote Me!’

So thank you, Rory and Beckie! Here are my two quotes:

13F170BE-254E-486A-A1FC-D4B47F621230B6B2C49E-E4C7-4DD1-AFA3-EE4BD848C4FAI honestly don’t know to whom to attribute either of these quotes, but what I do know is that I need to tag three other bloggers. So, bloggers, are you ready?

You get a tag! You get a tag! And you get a tag!70C54067-175A-486E-84B9-37A268A86ED3

#writephoto — True Nature

9E1BF740-AC0F-4023-85C2-93B5EEA070AAAs a child, the little princess had always been a handful for the king and queen. Once she turned eighteen, her parents decided that the best way to deal with her would be to find a suitable prince and to marry her off. “Let her be someone else’s problem,” her father, the king, lamented.

And so the king and queen sent the word out far and wide that they were seeking a suitable suitor for their daughter’s hand. She was, after all, royalty, and along with her came a royalty-sized dowry.

The princess, eager to get out from under the clutches of her controlling parents, welcomed the opportunity to be swept off of her feet by some charming prince from an exotic land far away. But as time went by, she was introduced to no potential suitors and grew quite impatient.

On her twenty-first birthday, the princess confronted her parents. “It’s been three years and you have yet to introduce me to a single suitor. Surely at least a few have been suitable.”

“We are looking for a young man of high moral character, integrity, honesty, who is pure of heart, and who possesses a strong and sense of responsibility. Only then can we determine who is worthy to be your husband,” the king explained. “But none of the potential suitors have met our requirements.”

“But how do you know these things after only one interview?” the princess asked.

“We have our ways,” the queen said. “You must trust us, daughter.”

The frustrated princess stomped off to her room and sat on her bed crying hysterically. Her lady in waiting came into the room and tried to comfort the anguished princess. The princess explained why she was so upset. “I probably shouldn’t tell you this,” the lady in waiting said, “but the king and queen take each prospective suitor to a secret pond deep into the woods and they make the suitor gaze into the pond’s still waters. The mystical pond is supposed to have a mirror-like surface and when anyone looks into the pond, what is reflected back shows the person’s true nature.”

The princess was livid that her parents could be so stupid as to manage her fate by using some mythological pond to screen potential suitors. The next morning, the king and queen were found dead in their bedroom, apparently the victim of poisoning. The princess was immediately crowned queen of the realm, and her first order of business was to be taken to this pond that could allegedly reveal the true nature of anyone who gazed upon its mirrored surface.

The knight of the queen’s guard reluctantly led her to the pond, but knowing the princess, he begged her not to look at her reflection in the pond water. She pushed him aside, stood at the edge of the pond, and looked down to see her reflection.

The new queen’s chilling screams could be heard for miles around.

Written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent.

SoCS — Beginnings and Endings

720351BE-7122-45EB-98A7-03285D72CD92After my teachers in high school drummed it into my head that you’re never ever supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, I was shocked to find out that most language experts don’t actually abide by this so-called “rule.” Some grammar mavens even call that “rule” a myth.

What are prepositions? Actually, prepositions are some of the most frequently used words in all of English, such as of, to, for, with, on, and at. A preposition is a word or phrase that connects a noun or pronoun to a verb or adjective in a sentence.

On reflection, if the “never end a sentence with a preposition” rule is a myth, what about never starting a sentence with one? Well, it turns out that using a preposition or a prepositional phrase at the beginning of a sentence is both common and grammatically correct.

The word “after,” which is the very first word of this post, is also a preposition. And that’s a good thing because Linda G. Hill challenged us, for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, to start our post with a preposition. With that in mind, I started my post with the word “after,” which is a preposition. Yay me!

And while we’re talking about “hard and fast rules” in grammar that I was taught in high school, another was to never start a sentence with a conjunction.

Well, according to Grammar Girl, “It’s fine to start a sentence with a conjunction. And, but, and or are the three most common members of a group of words known as coordinating conjunctions. In fact, a substantial percentage of the sentences in first-rate writing begin with conjunctions.”

And with that, I’m going to end this post right now. It’s time to move on.

FOWC with Fandango — Tattoo

FOWCWelcome to August 24, 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 “tattoo.”

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.

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.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.