MLMM Photo Challenge — You Will Always Be You

I was your pawn and you used me for your own selfish purposes.

I didn’t nourish your haughty ways enough to satisfy you.

I didn’t lift up your ego sufficiently to make you feel good about yourself.

In your uncontrolled rage, you had no qualms about taking that knife and slashing my cheek.

In time, though my scar will heal.

But you are who you are and you will always be you.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Pixabay. Also for these daily prompts: Tuesday Use It In a Sentence (pawn), Word of the Day Challenge (nourish), Your Daily Word Prompt (haughty), The Daily Spur (lift), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (qualms).

Truthful Tuesday — Odd Enjoyment

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank points out that it has been theorized that we are actually living in a computer simulation, and that nothing we experience is real. Hence, he wants to know…

What’s something that you thoroughly enjoy doing that others might find a bit odd? What makes it so enjoyable?

This is probably not a good audience to say this to, but my answer is blogging. My wife knows that I enjoy writing and she actually thinks I’m pretty good at it. But she believes that if I devoted the same amount of time I do to blogging to writing a novel, I’d be better off. She may be right, were it not for the fact that I have the attention span of a goldfish.

My kids think blogging is a total waste of time and that I should find something else to do with my time in retirement. “Like what?” I ask them. “Whatever,” they say.

Only a handful of friends — real world friends, that is — know about my blog and even fewer read it. None of them are bloggers and I’m sure they think it odd that I feel compelled to spend my days writing multiple posts.

Yet I will continue to blog, odd as that may seem to some.

Fandango’s Story Starter #4

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

I’d been planning the perfect vacation for months, but then…

If you care to write and post a story built on this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with this teaser.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Qualms

FOWCWelcome to July 27, 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 “qualms.”

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.