Share Your World — 11/1/2021

This week Melanie is bringing us another squirrelly Share Your World adventure from the mind of Evil Squirrel. Here are the Squirrel’s questions.

What was the very first popular song you ever remember taking a liking to? I’m not talking about children’s songs or old traditional songs, but the kind of songs you’d hear on the radio.

“Round and Round” by Perry Como. These days I sing it to my grandson all the time.

Are you one of those people who get queasy at sight of blood, or could you watch an open heart surgery?

Yes, the sight of blood, other than my own, tends to make me feel queasy. And yet, I was an army medic back in the day.

Who or what do you feel is lurking right behind you, just waiting to ambush you and make your life a living hell?

My cat.

What is the gaudiest thing you have ever worn?

When I was in the army reserves and had to go to my duty assignment one weekend a month and for two weeks each summer for six years, I had really long hair (yes, I was a hippie, but this was back in the late 60s and early 70s). My girlfriend would put bobby pins in my long hair and then put a short hair wig on my head, as the army didn’t exactly want long-haired hippies to show up for duty. Did I fool anyone? Probably not. Was it gaudy? Well, I’d say less gaudy than ridiculous looking.

Fess up! What was something you did as a child that got you into BIG trouble?

I got caught shoplifting a live chameleon from the pet department in a Woolworth’s store.

What are you looking forward to as the festive season approaches?

I’m looking forward for the “festive season” to be over.

Blogging Insights — Turn on the Faucet

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Louis L’Amour, an American novelist and short-story writer known primarily for his Western novels.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned.”

Except for my own writing prompts, which I usually schedule anywhere from a few days to a few weeks in advance, most of my posts are spontaneous. I might read, see, or hear something that will trigger an idea for a post and I’ll start writing about what it was.

I also often write posts in response to word or photo prompts from other bloggers and, in many cases, I don’t know until I wake up and start my day by reading what was posted by bloggers I follow while I was sleeping, what those prompt words or photos will be. I then leverage whatever inspiration those prompts provide me and start crafting posts around them.

So, in the context of Louis L’Amour’s quote, writing prompts to me are the faucets that other bloggers open for me in order let the words flow from my mind onto the keypad of my iPhone and end up as posts on my blog.

Does that make any sense?

My Last Photo — October ‘21

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly prompt that asks us to…
  1. Post the last photo from our camera’s SD card or the last photo from our phone taken in October.
  2. No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  3. No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  4. Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  5. Tag “The Last Photo.”

So here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in October. I call it “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #142

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 Shift Drive @

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a woman walking her bicycle on a wet sidewalk in front of a tree-lined grassy area with a large building in the background.

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.

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

FOWC with Fandango — Benefactor


Welcome to November 1, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “benefactor.”

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.