First Impressions

My first impression of him was that he was a worldly, sophisticated, erudite man.

But after seeing him at myriad public appearances, I realized my initial impression couldn’t have been more wrong.

He was nothing more than a charlatan, a moth drawn to and flitting around the limelight.

Watching and hearing him speak made my skin crawl, made me feel slimy, made me want to rush home and take a shower.


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (impression), Word of the Day Challenge (erudite), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (myriad), Your Daily Word Prompt (flit), The Daily Spur (home), and MMA Storytime (shower).

MLMM Photo Challenge — A Bad Idea

“Let me have another,” Jane said. “I’m not feeling anything yet.”

“No,” Craig said. “One is all you need. It will hit you soon.”

“Come on, Craig,” James said. “Give her what she asked for.”

“Yes, Craig, give me what I asked for,” Jane repeated. “I want the full experience. I want to be immersed.”

“Fine,” Craig said. “For the record, I don’t think this is a good idea, but Lady Jane seems to always get what she wants.” Craig handed Jane a small, square piece of brown paper. “Here you are, your highness, one more dose of blotter acid. Enjoy.”

About an hour later, a scream shattered the air. “Get away from me!” Jane yelled.

Both Craig and James ran over to Jane, who was almost hysterical. They each grabbed an arm. “Jane, what’s going on?” Craig asked.

“She’s freaking out,” James said.

“The trees!” Jane screamed, “Their branches are reaching down to me, grabbing me, and trying to pull me apart.”

“No, Jane,” Craig said in as soothing a voice as he could muster, “Those hands belong to James and me, not to the trees. We’re trying to help you. You’re on a bad trip and you’re hallucinating. Try to stay calm and take deep breaths.”

In an aside, Craig whispered to James, “I told you that giving her two tabs was not a good idea.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge prompt. Photo credit: Brooke Shaden.

FOWC with Fandango — Myriad

FOWCWelcome to March 23, 2021 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 “myriad.”

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.