What Do You See? — A Fresh Start

She stared up at the late evening sky, trying to contemplate her own future. She couldn’t believe that the two of them, after all these years, had finally reached the end of the road. To him is was all a game, and she had been a willing player, turning a blind eye to the abuse. She kept thinking that this was a phase he was going through, and her method of dealing with it was to believe that it was something that would pass as he matured. And because of that, she treated him, and their relationship, with kid gloves. He’s only human, she figured.

But after a night out guzzling beer after beer with his idiot friends, he would come home and there would be hell to pay. How many times would she let him hit her before she would balk?

She finally got the courage to leave him. Now she was alone for the first time in a long time, but she wasn’t feeling lonely. She was feeling free, and as she watched the stars and the sliver of the moon above her, she had a sense of purity, and some optimism. She was getting a fresh start.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Jasmin Chew @ Unsplash. Also for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where the theme is “the end of the road.” And for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (game/beer), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (method/figure), MMA Storytime (gloves), Ragtag Daily Prompt (human), Word of the Day Challenge (hit/purity), and Your Daily Word Prompt (balk).

Share Your World — Spring has Sprung

Share Your WorldFor this week’s Share Your World prompt, Melanie is getting all philosophical on us. Well, if that’s what she wants to do, who am I not to get philosophical right back.

What is knowledge?

Knowing when to show ’em
Knowing when to hold ’em
Knowing when to fold ’em
Knowing when to walk away
And knowing when to run

How do you define consciousness (self awareness)?

I think, therefore I am.

Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness?

They think, therefore they are.

Would you be able to tell if time had been altered in some way?

Only time will tell.

Do you like potato chips (they’re called ‘crisps’ in Europe I believe)?

This is not exactly what I’d call a philosophical question, but being the knowledgeable, self-conscious, self-aware person that I am, I’d have to say yes, I do like potato chips.

Celebrate Spring by sharing an image or anecdote that shares “Spring”!

Yay Spring!


Blogging Insights — Linkages

Blogging insightsFor this week’s Blogging Insights edition, Dr. Tanya wants to know if we use links in our posts. She wants to know:

How important do you think it is to embed links in a blog post?

I think it’s important if you wish to give your viewers an opportunity to read articles you may have referenced in your posts or to go to other blog posts you referenced in your own post. For example, when I write a post in response to other bloggers’ prompts, like daily word prompts, or even like this Blogging Insights posts, I put a link in my post back to the post that contained the prompt.

How often do you link to your own previous posts?

When I am responding to my own FOWC with Fandango daily prompt word, I will link back to that post. For example, today’s FOWC with Fandango one-word prompt is “method.” As you can see, I just put a link to that FOWC with Fandango post.

Have you ever left a link on somebody else’s blog? Under what situations do you think this is acceptable?

Yes. I leave links to all prompt posts I participate in, which are many. I will occasionally leave links to one of my posts in the comments section of another blogger’s post if sharing that link is relevant. But I never leave a link in the comments section of another blogger’s posts just to get them to visit my blog.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #112

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from the Google Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows two sets of parallel railroad tracks heading toward a pedestrian walkway that crosses over the tracks.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Method

FOWCWelcome to March 29, 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 “Method.”

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.