MLMM Tale Weaver — Over the Top

Today’s Tale Weaver prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie asks us to compose a tale that involves “Over the Top.”

As soon as I saw that the topic was “over the top,” the thing — and I do mean “thing” — that came to mind was Donald Trump. That man, who currently occupies the Oval Office, is the epitome of someone who is over the top. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

When someone is characterized as being over the top, it means that they are behaving in an excessive or exaggerated manner. Yep, that’s Donald Trump, all right. Everything he says is exaggerated and excessive and a lie.

He’s been this way for most of his life, and certainly since he started his campaign for President in 2015. His first three years of his presidency had been full of exaggeration and excess. But in 2020, he’s been even more over the top than anyone ever thought he could be.

And yet, this over the top, megalomaniac, this narcissistic, racist, xenophobic, sexist, ignorant, moronic, lying sack of shit, may just get re-elected next week. And if that happens, the country I was born in, the country I was raised in, and the country I love will be gone.

And that will be tragic.

Thursday Inspiration — Spellbinding

Craig knocked on Elaine’s office door. “Come in,” Elaine said.

“Hey boss, I just finished conducting an in-depth interview with the Belinda, the applicant,” Craig said. “I carefully reviewed her resumé, gathered all of her pertinent information, and I give her my highest recommendation to manage the conversion of that large, empty room behind the old warehouse annex into a state-of-the-art data center.”

“Did she talk about her specific plans for the design, how she would go about it, and how long it would take?” Elaine asked.

“Not specifically,” Craig admitted, “but she said one of her strengths is improvising should any aspect of the project go awry.”

“Improvising!” Elaine said. “You’re joking, right?”

“No, not really,” Craig admitted. “You should meet her, Elaine. She’s absolutely spellbinding.”

“Craig, she must have cast a spell on you,” Elaine said, unable to hide her disdain. “We need an experienced data center project manager, not a witch. Now get your ass in gear and find me a qualified applicant or you’ll soon find yourself out on the streets needing a witch to cast her spell.”

Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the theme is “witch.”Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pertinent), The Daily Spur (recommendation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (empty room), Your Daily Word Prompt (annex), and Word of the Day Challenge (improvising). Top photo credit: Cottonbro at

FFfPP — The Necklace

Running into the kitchen, Sharon called out to her mother. Holding it out for her mother to see what she had just completed, Sharon said, “It’s a beaded necklace I just finished making for my teacher, Miss Robertson.”

Sharon’s mother picked up the necklace that her seven year old daughter had been diligently working on for the past two weeks. “It’s very special, sweetie. I’m sure Miss Robertson will love it.”

“Do you see what it says, Mommy?” Sharon asked. “Look, it spells out ‘Merry Christmas Miss Robertson.’ Isn’t that neat?”

“It really is good, sweetie,” Sharon’s mother said. “But honey, you spelled the word ‘merry’ with only one ‘R.’ It’s supposed to have two. And ‘Christmas’ is missing the letter ‘T’ in it.”

Sharon’s little face turned red and tears started welling up in her eyes. She grabbed the necklace out of her mother’s hand and as she did, the thin elastic thread that Sharon had painstakingly threaded through the small hole in each individual letter bead broke, scattering all of the small beads onto the kitchen floor.

For a moment, neither Sharon nor her mother said a word as they both silently stared in disbelief at the scattered beads. Then the seven year old stomped her right foot down hard on the floor and screamed, “Fuck this shit,” as she stormed out of the kitchen.

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Morguefile.

FOWC with Fandango — Pertinent

FOWCWelcome to October 29, 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 “pertinent.”

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.