Meat and Veggies

B0E75F90-7D51-4F60-96E9-BD102DAA7F7A“Um, what are you doing?” Sara asked.

“I’m simply trying to ameliorate all of the damage you’ve done,” Josh said.

“Damage? Don’t you think you’re being a bit dramatic?” Sara said.

“Oh I think I’m being quite judicious, my dear,” Josh said. “Someone has to take steps to clarify what you posted.”

“Oh my God!” Sara said, “You and your snowflake friends need to zen out, for crissake. I’m not taking it back. I meant what I said.”

“Come on, Sara, it wasn’t that bad, was it?” Josh said. “Listen, if they can make hamburgers and hot dogs from veggies, why can’t they make veggies from meat?”

“Josh, I understand that you and your meat-eater pals feel threatened by us vegans,” Sara said, “but why would you go out of your way to give me what looked like carrots that were made out of turkey meat? They were disgusting and I’m going to keep beating that drum on Twitter and there’s nothing you can do about it.”


Written for this week’s Time To Write Sentence Starter prompt from Rachel Poli, where we asked to write a story beginning with the word “Um.” Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (ameliorate), The Daily Spur (being), Daily Addictions (bit), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (judicious), Your Daily Word Prompt (clarify), and Word of the Day Challenge (zen). Photo of Arby’s “marrot,” a turkey meat-based carrot, credit: Peyton Fulford for The New York Times.

The First Time

The first time I saw her face, it was like I was watching a brilliant sun setting into the Pacific Ocean. I finally mustered up the courage to make my move, and when we were together for the first time, it was as if she gave me a gift of the moon and the stars.

The first time we kissed, I swear, as trite as it sounds, I felt the Earth move. And the first time she lay with me, I felt her heart so close to mine, and I knew she completed me. I understood that my life and my world would be full of joy because of her.Sex dollIt’s truly amazing how lifelike these mid-21st century Japanese sex robots have become.


0C829617-07E5-480B-A0C7-5138B6CE57EAWritten for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge from Jim Adams. The theme is romance and how people experience that first love. Well, that’s how I interpreted it, anyway.

#writephoto — Bad Trip

CB0889F6-B8AA-48DB-ABE4-162EB415C9F2“We were on vacation in Ireland and decided to take a spontaneous drive to the countryside one day,” Cal said.

“So we found this delightful old church that seemed like a great place to stop,” Ed added. “We decided to each drop a tab of acid to get our psychedelic on.”

“We had some wine, bread, and cheese while we waited for the acid to kick in,” Cal noted.

“Yeah, and then we started exploring the church grounds and that’s when we came across these really narrow stone steps,” Ed said. “We almost missed them because of all the dried leaves on the ground and the tall grass and weeds all around.”

“We were really tripping at that point and we started slowly descending those steep steps,” Cal said, “when we saw a freakin’ werewolf at the bottom.”

“Yes,” said Ed, “and this monster looked up at us with these fiery red eyes and huge fangs and growled at us.”

“We ran like hell to get out of there just as the huge werewolf lunged at us,” Cal said, “and got to the rental car just in time to save our lives. But before we ran from the steps, I took a picture of the werewolf with my iPhone. Look.”

Cal handed his phone to Jack, a classmate, who looked at the photo and then looked at Ed and Cal and shook his head. “You two assholes must have been having a bad trip. You took a picture of a black cat,” Jack said in a brusque manner. “I can’t tell you how much you two clowns annoy me at times. I honestly don’t know why I put up with you both.”


Written for this week’s Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent. Also for these daily prompts from yesterday: The Daily Spur (vacation), Word of the Day Challenge (spontaneous), Daily Addictions (Day), Ragtag Daily Prompt (psychedelic), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (brusque), and Your Daily Word Prompt (annoy).

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Grocery List Challenge

img_5884You may be wondering why I’m sharing a grocery list with you. I’m kind of wondering that myself. The answer is because Cheryl, aka The Bag Lady, has a new Fun Challenge.

The idea behind her challenge is for us to reveal some things about our home life. The first one is to “take a picture of our current grocery list, whether it be on a scrap of paper, a napkin, etc.”

Before I (or my wife and I) go to the grocery store, I open the Notes app on my iPhone and tap out a list of items I need to pick up. Then, once I get to the grocery store, as I add the items to my physical shopping cart, I use the “strikethrough” feature on the Notes app to let me know that I have secured each item. That way, right before I get in the checkout line, I review my list to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It works for me.

Now how about showing us your shopping list?

Friday Fictioneers —Bedtime

3573A064-EE88-4AA1-BDB0-6BF512F57005“No, I won’t,” Howie said, folding his arms defiantly across his chest.

“Honey,” his mother said, “it’s just for tonight. Your aunt made the room ready especially for you.

“I won’t sleep in this room tonight,” Howie said, stomping his right foot on the floor.

His mother followed Howie’s gaze to the plant on top of the bookshelf. She reached up, grabbed the plant, and took it out of the room. When she returned she asked Howie again if he would sleep in the room.

“Thank you, Mommy,” Howie said, “for saving me from the giant spider. I love you.”

(100 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Penny Gadd.