Three Line Tales — Dick Pix

DE005201-5895-4A62-AABA-ADE1612C8F17“I hate this whole shelter-in-place situation as much as you do, David,” Amanda said, looking at her boyfriend on her laptop screen while they were using Skype to video chat with each other. “I know that this is not ideal, and I really do miss your warm caresses, too. But please David, if you insist on not wearing any pants, please stop standing up.”


Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Photo credit: Elijah O’Donnell via Unsplash.

Tale Weaver — Confinement

416EFA72-0A38-460B-B140-09FCE9786D10I used to take a lot of things for granted. Like running out to the grocery store a few times a week. Or going out to a restaurant for a meal. Or having our adult kids stop by for a visit. Or going to see a movie on Tuesday afternoons when we could get half-priced tickets.

I used to not have to wear a face mask and put on disposable latex gloves on those rare occasions when I do have to go to the grocery store to pick up a few critical items like milk, eggs, butter, and Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream. And I would get toilet paper if they’d ever get any in stock.

I used to be able to walk our dog and let her frolic with other dogs while I chatted with their owners. But now we have to keep our distance and our dog doesn’t understand why she can’t sniff other dogs’ butts.

Our entire San Francisco Bay area has been under “house arrest” since mid-March and the stay-at-home order had been extended through early May. Although I have my doubts that these stay-at-home restrictions will open up even then.

This is the closest thing I can think of to being in solitary confinement. Well, solitary with my wife, but confinement nonetheless.


Written for this week’s Tale Weaver prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Also for the WordPress Discover Prompt, “open.”

B is for Haves and Needs

A2Z2020For this year’s A to Z Challenge I’m going to attempt to post an old saying or adage each day of the month of April (except for Sundays). I’m going to go through the alphabet, with the first letter of the adage beginning with the first letter of the alphabet (A) on April 1, and continuing for 26 adages in alphabetical order until I get through the entire alphabet by April 30 — from A to Z.

I don’t know if it can be done, but I’m going to give it the old college try. Here’s my April 2nd adage and it starts with the letter B.

Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

FOWC with Fandango — Fiction

FOWCWelcome to April 2, 2020 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 “fiction.”

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.

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