#writephoto and 3TC — Pastoral Vista

A22F08CE-D842-4877-A86C-751DDB0B4E26“So where are we exactly?” Dan, looking at the pastoral vista of the valley below them, asked Jim.

Jim pulled out his compass. “This is not normal,” he said, a sense of dread in his voice

“What do you mean by not normal,” Dan asked.

“The bearings are all fucked up,” Jim said. “It’s like there’s some geological phenomenon going on.”

At that moment, the earthquake hit, swallowing up the two hikers.

Written for the Three Things Challenge from Di at Pensitivity101. The three things are “normal,” “exactly,” and “bearings.” And for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Cavalier

95BECA97-C33A-49E0-9BBA-A743BE435BC1“I assume you still want those earrings with the feathers I got you,” Don said.

“Please, Don, let’s not make a big deal about my birthday,” Megan said.

“I really wish,” Don said, “you wouldn’t be so cavalier about your birthday.”

“On balance, it’s no different from any other day. I just need some space to deal with getting older, that’s all,” Megan said.

(64 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “cavalier” and the word count must be 64 words.E16CC861-2708-43FA-A13F-1258BCB62319Also written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (assume), Ragtag Daily Prompt (feathers), The Daily Spur (birthday), Word of the Day Challenge (wish), Your Daily Word Prompt (balance), and Jibber Jabber (space).

SoCS — Faded Photographs

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has instructed us to find a picture — the closest one to you — and then to write about the title and/or the lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when you look at the picture.

Alrighty then. Here’s the picture.DBA23CDA-202A-44A8-93CE-5251508866EAThis old, sun-faded photograph is in one of those photo cubes and it sits on the corner of my desk in my home office. I was at my computer paying bills via online banking and I took a break from the task at hand and checked my WordPress reader, where I saw Linda’s Friday reminder post.

The faded photo shows my girlfriend at the time — and now my wife — sitting on my motorcycle as she and I were embarking on a cross-country motorcycle camping trip. In case you can’t tell from her bell-bottoms, tank top, and long, dark, Indian Princess-like hair, this was taken in 1976.

The first song that came to mind when I looked at the old photo was the one that actually has the words “faded photographs” in the lyrics. I couldn’t remember the name of the song I was thinking about, so I googled “faded photographs” and found the song “Traces,” from the Classics IV.

It was released in 1969 and it’s a simple song about a man who looks back on a love he lost and still longs for.

Other than the “faded photographs” lyric in the song, my wife’s and my story is nothing like what is described in the song’s lyrics. No love lost in our case. We married about two years after this photo was taken and we will be celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary next month.

The lyrics are:

Faded photographs, covered now with lines and creases
Tickets torn in half, memories in bits and pieces
Traces of love, long ago, that didn’t work out right
Traces of love

Ribbons from her hair, souvenirs of days together
The ring she used to wear, pages from an old love letter
Traces of love, long ago, that didn’t work out right
Traces of love, with me tonight

I close my eyes and say a prayer
That in her heart, she’ll find, a trace of love still there,
Somewhere, oh

Traces of hope, in the night, that she’ll come back and dry
These, traces of tears, from my eyes
Oh oh oh oh

FOWC with Fandango — Assume

FOWCWelcome to July 11, 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 “assume.”

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. Please 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.