Weekend Writing Prompt — Do I Look Familiar to You?

You look familiar.
I’ve seen you before.
You pass me on the street.
You have been hectoring me,
Whenever you see me.
You look at me with disdain.
You feel the need to degrade me.
You just want to rain on my parade.
I’m not prodigious like you.
I’m just taciturn in your eyes,
Someone who is unworthy.
But I do have worth.
You just need to open your eyes
And learn to see
The extraordinary in the ordinary.

(Exactly 79 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “familiar.”

Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (hectoring), The Daily Spur (feel), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (degrade), My Vivid Blog (rain), Your Daily Word Prompt (prodigious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (taciturn), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (the extraordinary in the ordinary).

Mixed Metaphors

I had this interesting text message conversation with my daughter the other day:

We pulled the plug on our e-bikes yesterday.

You did? Why? I thought you sold your old bikes and were psyched about getting e-bikes.

Yeah, we are. That’s why we pulled the plug. They should be delivered next week.

I’m confused.


Because you said you “pulled the plug.”

Right, we ordered them. Why does that confuse you?

Because “pulled the plug” means to stop or discontinue, like pulling the plug on life support.

No, that’s not what I meant. I meant going ahead with the purchase.

So you meant you “pulled the trigger,” as in committing to a course of action.

Plug, trigger, whatever. We did it, we bought e-bikes. You knew what I meant. Stop being such a stickler.

🙄 Dad, I learned that from you!

Okay, yes, she’s definitely a chip off the old block

SoCS — Red Pen

“I previewed your first draft and I’d like to suggest a few revisions that might prevent you from appearing to be overly irreverent and could reveal you to be a kind of revolutionary figure in this industry,” my editor said.

“Look,” I responded, “I’m in it for the money, so the more revenue I can generate from this gig, the better. I’m good with doing whatever it takes to rev up the buzz and I want you to feel free to revise away. So by all means, take your red pen, make your edits, and reveal to me your secret formula that will prevent me from failing, as I have previously done upon occasion. I want my work to create waves that will reverberate with my audience. Please review my draft, edit wherever you think is necessary, and help me reverse this inspirational slump I’m suffering from.”

“Okay,” my editor said. “My secret for reviving your career is K.I.S.S. That stands for Keep It Simple Stupid.”

“I don’t understand what you mean,” I said.

“Brevity is the key to revitalizing you popularity and reversing your downward course.”


“Yes, you’re to damn wordy,” my editor said. “Cut back by twenty percent the length of your televangelical sermons, Reverend, and your flock will forever revere you.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the challenge is to use “rev” or find a word that contains it.

FOWC with Fandango — Taciturn


Welcome to December 4, 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 “taciturn.”

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.