RDP — Venation

I saw that today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt word is “venation.” Having never heard of that word, I had to look it up. It is defined as “the arrangement of veins, as in a leaf or in the wing of an insect.” Who knew?

Okay, so after learning what “venation” means, the task at hand was to incorporate a word I’d never heard of before and had certainly never used before into a post. And for those reasons, my initial inclination was to take a pass on using that word.

Then, this morning, I went into my backyard to have a cup of coffee and I looked up and saw this in the sky…

And I thought, Hey, those clouds up there are showing some really interesting venation.

Well, I don’t know if those clouds resemble the veins of a leaf or an insect’s wings, but close enough. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Poetic Justice

I woke up to find that she had put a thick tether around my neck and tied the other end to a large rock. “It’s time for a change,” she said.

Feeling the collar and leash around my neck, I became frantic. “What kind of change? What are you going to do to me?”

She laughed. “I was planning to disunite your penis from your body, given your history of cheating. The symbolic nature of that act, albeit somewhat medieval, would serve as a measure of poetic justice.

(80 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “tether” in exactly 80 words.

Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (rock), MMA Storytime (change), Word of the Day Challenge (frantic), Your Daily Word Prompt (disunite), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (symbolic).

SoCS — Oh What a Night

We had quite a fright last night. My wife and I were in the backyard getting high. The moonlight was so bright and she was wearing a skimpy little nightie that didn’t leave much to the imagination. Things were starting, much to my delight, to get quite amorous when my wife abruptly stopped. She whispered that something came into sight that didn’t seem right, and then she screamed with all her might. I said to her, “Hey, baby, are you alright?”

She said, “I think I saw our neighbor standing by the fence. It wasn’t very light, but I could see him and his beady eyes staring at us.”

I said, “Don’t worry, I’ll go set him straight.” I grabbed my flashlight and ran over to the fence like a freight train and shined it in his face. I was prepared for a fight, but the voyeur took flight before I could say a word to him.

I went back to where my wife was sitting and sighed. I told her I scared him off and she thanked me for taking that weight from her shoulders. “You’re my knight in shining armor,” she said. “It’s almost midnight. Let’s go inside, have a nightcap, and then pick up where we left off before that guy frightened me.”

I grabbed her hand and said, “That sounds delightful,” and we went back into house. I must admit that in hindsight, it turned out to be a downright wonderful night.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Linda asked us to find words that contain the letters “igh” in that order, and use them in our posts.

And just for fun…

FOWC with Fandango — Symbolic

FOWCWelcome to July 3, 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 “symbolic.”

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.