Birthday Blooper

Earlier today, I published this post, in which my first line was, “It’s my birthday,” and which featured this image:DC797B5A-1254-480B-BA4D-7E4FFF078933I want to thank all of you who wished me a happy birthday today. However, the truth is, today was not my birthday. My post was written in response to Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt for the word “liminal.” I wrote it in the first person, tagged it as Flash Fiction, and wrote in the “fine print” at the end of the post, “For the record, it’s not my birthday and I transitioned from childhood to adulthood decades ago.”

Still, a number of you must have thought it was, indeed, my birthday, and proceeded to wish me a happy birthday. I really do appreciate all of your kind wishes and I’m sorry if my post misled you.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Getting Older

DC797B5A-1254-480B-BA4D-7E4FFF078933It’s my birthday.

I’m at the the liminal stage between childhood and adulthood.

It feels like a real gut punch.

I have to face it that my youth is over.

I can’t feel sorry for myself, I can’t lament this transition.

I have to craft a wise plan.

One that will capitalize on my new found maturity.

(Exactly 57 words)

BC0A9925-DFE4-4355-BABE-06D5646F1510Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “liminal” in exactly 57 words. Also written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (birthday), Ragtag Daily Prompt (punch), Fandango’s One-World Challenge (youth), Word of the Day Challenge (lament), Your Daily Word Prompt (craft), and The Daily Spur (capital). For the record, it’s not my birthday and I transitioned from childhood to adulthood decades ago.

SoCS — I Thought About You

71E853E5-03CA-4BED-8F8A-94D4974A8315I thought about you last night.
I woke up and turned on my bedroom light.
The dream I had gave me quit a fright.
And made me feel quite distraught.
I had to fight the urge to call you and wake you up.
I didn’t want to burden you with the weight of my concerns.
But to be forthright, I was fraught by what I saw yesterday.
It was quite a sight.
Let me be straight with you.
Your actions put us both in a tight spot.
And it brought out the worst in both of us.
You really ought to watch some of the things you say and do in public.
Because you really don’t need to be in the spotlight right now.
I don’t mean to sound uptight.
But you might want to tone things down a bit.
Before you get caught in compromising positions.
The last thing you need is yet another onslaught of bad publicity.
Right before you have to testify before the House Oversight Committee.
Those guys aren’t lightweights, you know.
You have to give what you’re going to say a lot of forethought.
And as much as I’d like to be your white knight, you’ll be alone at that hearing.
I don’t want you to end up looking like a deer in the headlights.
Now relax, do your best, and remember everything I taught you.

Written for the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Our challenge this week is to find a word that contains the letters “ght” in that order, and use it any way we’d like. And Linda said we’d get bonus points if we use three or more different words containing those letters.

FOWC with Fandango — Youth

FOWCWelcome to November 9, 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 “youth.”

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.