Photo Challenge — The Melting Moon

360508D2-287E-4920-B3C7-552717CD752E“What’s all the excitement about?” Don asked in his typical guileless manner.

“Look at the moon, you idiot,” Betsy said. “It’s melting!”

Steve stopped strumming his guitar and looked up at the moon. “It’s not melting, it’s dripping.”

“Melting, dripping, whatever,” Betsy said, “something is seriously wrong. The moon doesn’t do that.”

Don googled “melting moon” on his smartphone. It took him to a page that discussed the impact of climate change on Greenland. “There’s a lot of research on the web about melting icebergs and glaciers in Greenland, but nothing about the moon melting.”

“That melting is due to how the human race is acting like a traitor to Mother Earth by denying the truths about climate change,” Betsy said.

“Um, Betsy,” Steve said, “what kind of mushrooms did you use in the beef stew you made for tonight’s campfire dinner?”

Betsy shrugged, “I don’t know,” she admitted. “I found a bunch near the base of a tree in the woods over there.”

“I’ve heard stories about so-called magic mushrooms in this part of the woods, but I thought it was all bullshit,” Steve said.

“Magic mushrooms,” Don said. “That could explain why we’re all seeing the moon melting. It’s a mass hallucination.”

Written for today’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (excitement), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (guileless), Ragtag Daily Prompt (guitar), The Daily Spur (page), Your Daily Word Prompt (research), and Word of the Day Challenge (traitor).

No Rules Blog Award

7DA5FA7E-46AA-447B-B4EA-F1A564BD5598Imagine my excitement when Rory, a Guy Called Bloke, gifted me with the Blogger Leadership Award.

“But, Fandango, isn’t yours an award-free blog?” you ask.

“Indeed it is,” I answer.

“So why are you so excited about getting this award?”

“Well, according to Rory, The Blogger Leadership Award was created this past July by Nova of Nova’s Namaste 365 Online. Nova said that the award ‘was created to nominate 1-2 individuals who have exemplified noticeable and noteworthy leadership. That could be in any way. There’s no questions or need to thank me. I also don’t require you to nominate others, although I think it would be a kind gesture.’”

“Please do go on, Fandango.”

“Thank you, I shall. The beauty of being gifted this award is that there are no rules. No questions to answer, no other bloggers to nominate. All you need to do is sit back and appreciate the gift.”

“That’s true, Fandango, but Nova did suggest that it would be a kind gesture to nominate some others for the award. So don’t you think that would be a nice thing for you to do?”

“The problem I have with specifying one or two bloggers to pass this award on to is that there are so many deserving bloggers. So many, in fact, that I just can’t choose. So instead, I’m going to award it to every single blogger who feels that he or she would want it. Including you!”

“Me? Really? Thank you, Fandango. I don’t know what to say.”

“Well, to take a page from Nova’s book, there’s no need to thank me.”

This post includes daily prompt words from Daily Additions (excitement) and from The Daily Spur (page).

Twittering Tales — The Safe House

A5BDB26C-BCC4-48AA-9F26-8549E8414911They gave him a new identity and moved him to an isolated safe house. It was at the end of a long driveway and couldn’t be seen from the main road.

But when he saw the lights from the approaching car shining through the blinds, he knew his past had finally caught up with him.

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Nadiya Ploschenko at

FOWC with Fandango — Guileless

FOWCWelcome to September 10, 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 “guileless.”

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.