Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Upon reflection, I will admit, without hesitation, that I can’t dance. My wife knows this, but she still keeps begging me to take her out dancing. The truth is that the whole idea of dancing intimidates the hell out of me. It’s as if I have two left feet.

The last thing I want is to allow my fear of dancing spoil my marriage, so I have agreed to go with my wife to a ballroom dancing class this winter at the local senior center. Knowing me, though, I’ll probably just end up standing on the sidelines with my hands in my pockets, which will undoubtedly piss my wife off.

Wish me luck. I’m gonna need it.

This totally fictitious tale was written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (reflection), Word of the Day Challenge (hesitation), My Vivid Blog (dance), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (intimidate), Your Daily Word Prompt (spoil), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (winter), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (pocket).

Just To Set the Record Staight

A lot of you complimented me on the sketch I included in my last post, a sketch for which many of you gave me credit as having done it by hand. I appreciate your comments but I’m just not that talented.

So I want to set the record straight. I took the photo that Sadje used for her What Do You See? prompt…

…and used a photo editing app, Prisma, that I have on my iPhone…

…to come up with this “sketch” below.

I did not sketch this from scratch. I even noted in my post, “Photo modification at bottom made using the Prisma app for iPhones.”

My only handiwork was in applying three different filters to the original image to make it look as if it could have been something sketched by the protagonist in my story.

But thank you for believing that I actually had the talent to make as sketch like that on my own. I’m very flattered.

#WDYS — Shades of Escher

I don’t know. Maybe it was the arches. Or the shadows cast by the late afternoon sun. Perhaps it was the geometry of it all that fascinated me. I’m not an artist, by any stretch. Especially not a graphic artist. But as I stood there, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the mathematical trickery of MC Escher’s Ascending and Descending.

Or the visual impossibly of his never ending Waterfall.

I returned the next day with easel, a canvas, and charcoal and I sketched what I saw.

Not too shabby, I thought, for someone who’s not an artist, not even a graphic artist, and certainly not an MC Escher.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Top photo credit: Vrolans @ Pixabay. Escher works from Google Images. Photo modification at bottom made using the Prisma app for iPhones.

FOWC with Fandango — Intimidate


Welcome to December 9, 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 “intimidate.”

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.