Three Line Tales — She’s a Rainbow

Before I met her, my world was dull, all black and white and shades of gray.

When she came into my life, she brought to me the full spectrum of colors, like a rainbow.

Now she’s gone, leaving me alone and the only color I see anymore is blue.

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales. Photo credit: Tony Ross via Unsplash.

Share Your World — 6/7/21

Melanie has given us another Share Your World prompt. I missed last week’s edition, but I’m back for this week’s. So without further ado…

What’s the worst commercial you’ve recently seen (or heard)? Why was it so bad?

To be honest, I rarely watch live TV anymore. Most of the commercial/broadcast TV shows I watch are recorded on my DVR, so when I watch those recordings, I fast forward through the commercials. And much of what I watch on TV is on streaming channels such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc., where there are no commercials. All that said, I hate drug commercials where, at the end, they give you a list of possible adverse effects. I especially hate it when they say “Don’t take [name of drug] if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.” Duh!

What takes a lot of time but is totally worth it?


Have you ever smiled at a stranger and then wished you hadn’t? Why or why not?

Smile at strangers? Are you kidding me? If I smiled at a stranger, he or she might actually want to stop and talk with me. Why risk that?

What do you think is the nastiest tasting food?

I lost my sense of taste after I had middle ear surgery at the end of 2019. Since then, nothing tastes particularly nasty anymore. Or particularly good, either.

Are you at peace with yourself? Your world? Please share, whether you said “yay” or “nay”!

I am at peace with myself. With the world? That would be a definitive “nay.”

Blogging Insights — The Blogosphere

For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya poses her second in a series of questions about what inspires us to blog. She wants to know…

Is the blogosphere a source of writing inspiration for you? How?

Hmm. The “blogosphere,” huh? What exactly is the blogosphere? Well, one definition defines the blogosphere as “the global community of individuals who write and maintain personal blogs on the internet.” Another suggests that it is “all of the blogs or bloggers on the Internet regarded collectively.”

Given those definitions, and especially the first one that refers to the global community of bloggers, the short answer to Dr. Tanya’s question is absolutely yes, the blogosphere is a source of writing inspiration for me.

The most obvious inspiration from the global community of bloggers comes from bloggers who host writing prompts. A writing prompt could be a single word, a short phrase, a question or series of questions, or a picture. The idea is to provide bloggers something to focus on as they compose their posts. The whole point of these writing prompts is to inspire bloggers to respond to them via the blogosphere.

And then there is the engagement a blogger receives by interacting with other bloggers — reading their posts, commenting on them, and responding to comments from other bloggers to their own posts.

Some bloggers claim to write primarily for themselves and don’t need interaction with other bloggers to inspire them to write. But if that’s the case, why don’t they just write using word processing software like Microsoft Word on their laptops or writing apps on their mobile devices instead of posting their writings on their blogs?

Speaking for myself, if it weren’t for my interactions with other blogger, I would probably have quit blogging a long time ago. I wouldn’t have quit writing, mind you. I could simply write whatever I wanted to write but not publish it on a blog. But it’s the feedback and comments and engagement from and with other individuals in that global community of bloggers that inspires me to continue to post my writing into the blogosphere.

Hmm, I seemed to have rambled on a bit in my answer to Dr. Tanya’s question. Maybe I should have just stopped after my short answer that “absolutely yes, the blogosphere is a source of writing inspiration for me.”

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #121

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 photo below is from Reddit.For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a group of people visiting an aquarium looking into a huge tank filled with fish of various sizes.

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 — Echo

FOWCWelcome to June 7, 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 “echo.”

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.