Weekend Writing Prompt — The Battle Ahead

4255360B-1297-4522-8840-84D353C1B574The excitement was palpable within the rebel camp. The leader jumped up onto the stage to give a pre-battle motivational speech.

“On this frosty December morning,” he began, “I’m not here today to regale you with my words. We face a fight for our nation’s destiny. We are outnumbered and outgunned, and I must be honest with you, the odds are stacked against us. And if we fail today, life as we know it in the nation we love will be over, so our mission can’t be any more critical.”

A murmur rose among the ragtag group of rebel volunteers. “But should we prevail today, the tyrant will soon be sailing off into the yellow sunset,” the rebel leader shouted out. “So, men, let’s gird our loins and fight for our futures. We must breach the barricade!”

(136 words)


F5D1446A-BC6F-45F9-8811-735C86287BCA Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “barricade” in exactly 136 words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (excitement), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (stage), Your Daily Word Prompt (regale), Word of the Day Challenge (frosty), The Daily Spur (sailing), and Daily Addictions (yellow).

SoCS — What is the Key?

KeyMy wife asked me if I knew what the key to a happy marriage is.

My son asked me if I knew what the key to success is.

My daughter asked me if I knew what the key to raising children is.

My friend asked me if I knew what the key to a strong and lasting friendship is.

My subordinate asked me if I knew what the key to getting promoted is.

My doctor asked me if I knew what the key to good health is.

My clergyman asked me if I knew what the key to paradise is.

I said to them all, “How the fuck would I know? I don’t even know where the key to my goddam car is.”


Written for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, where the prompt word is “key.”

FOWC with Fandango — Stage

FOWCWelcome to December 7, 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 “stage.”

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.