Thursday Inspiration — Red or White?

Friable? Exsiccate? Are these real words or is someone trying to pull a fast one on me? I had to Google both of them to find out what each meant.

“Friable” means easily crumbled. Hey, I can build a whole story around “easily crumbled.” But “friable” is not a word I’d ever use in a conversation, much less in blog post. I don’t want my readers to have to go to to figure out what the hell I’m talking about.

And then there is “exsiccate.” This means to remove moisture or to dry out. So why not use a more accessible word that is akin to “exsiccate” that your average reader would understand, like dehydrate?

Okay, this is exhausting. I’m beginning to feel king of exsiccated myself and if I don’t have something to drink soon I think my skin will start to become friable.

How about we treat ourselves to a glass of wine or two. I’ve got red or white. Which would you prefer?

Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the word is “wine” plus the photo at the top of this post. And for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (friable), Ragtag Daily Prompt (exsiccate), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (real), Word of the Day Challenge (akin), and The Daily Spur (treat).

One Minute Fiction — The Anchor

Lynn turned the page in her scrapbook and sighed. “What’s wrong?” her best friend Anita asked.

“I forgot about this photo of Brent and me when we were on our honeymoon in Copenhagen,” Lynn said.

“Oh that’s so cute and you look so happy there,” Anita said. “It’s such a shame it didn’t last for the two of you.”

“Yeah, well, I didn’t realize it until now, but there’s a lot of symbolism in this photograph,” Lynn said.

“How so?” Anita inquired.

“Brent turned out to be like an big anchor,” Lynn said wistfully. “I didn’t realize how much he was holding me down. But now that we’re not together anymore, I feel like I can finally move forward with my life.”

Written for Cyranny’s One Minute Fiction Challenge, where the idea is to manage to type our whole story in a minute or less.

Take Tea and See

I thought the herbal tea she prepared for me was innocuous enough. It was delicious and I drank an entire cup. But shortly after I finished, I seemed to go on a rather interesting and colorful adventure without even getting out of my chair. And as a bonus, I was the recipient of a great deal of girlfriend affection that was not at all unpleasant.

I asked her what herbs she had put in my tea. She just smiled and winked at me, saying that she was just pandering to my subconscious urges by freeing up my inner inhibitions. She wouldn’t divulge the active ingredient in the tea, but she eased my mind when she said it was all natural. I didn’t mind at all, especially when I realized that she was sitting on my lap in the chair and we were both au naturel.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (herbal), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (innocuous), Ragtag Daily Prompt (adventure), The Daily Spur (affection), and Your Daily Word Prompt (pander).

FYI, “Take Tea and See” was a slogan used in the late 50s and early 60s by the Tea Council of the U.S.A., which functions as the public relations arm for the Tea industry. Its primary purpose is to encourage greater tea consumption by the American public.

FOWC with Fandango — Real

FOWCWelcome to July 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 “real.”

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.