The Shy Princess

The beautiful princess lived in a beautiful palace and everyone assumed she lived a beautiful life. But in fact, she was such an introvert that she spent most of her time alone in her room journaling, writing sad, heartbreaking poems about how lonely she was. She never shared her feelings of loneliness with anyone else, even with her parents, the king and the queen.

She was reticent to carry out the duties of a princess and often went to great lengths to come up with excuses for her absence. But ultimately, she didn’t want to worry her parents, so she would attend the various functions of the state. But her reserve gave many of the domain’s subjects the sense that she was snooty and was snubbing them.

At one of the events, a young, handsome prince approached the shy princess. She demurely blushed as he said hello and reached out to shake her hand. The princess started to feel a tingling sensation all over her body, and suddenly it was as if bells started to jingle inside her heart. The princess squeezed the prince’s hand and led him to her chamber, where the two made mad, passionate love together all night long.

After that night, the previously shy princess came out of her shell and blossomed into a social butterfly. The king and queen were delighted by the change in their daughter’s demeanor and were thrilled when, nine months later, she delivered a new, male heir.

The dashing young prince who impregnated the princess that fateful night was nowhere to be found. Rumor had it that the king had offered the prince a princely sum to get his daughter pregnant, and once he had fulfilled his stud services, the prince was was castrated and put out to pasture, literally.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (palace), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (introvert), My Vivid Blog (journaling), Your Daily Word Prompt (reticent), The Daily Spur (length/snub/reserve), Ragtag Daily Prompt (worry), and Word of the Day Challenge (jingle).

I Got Hitched Yesterday

That’s right, I got hitched. Well, my car got hitched. I had a trailer hitch installed so that I can attach a bike rack to it. That way we can put our new ebikes on it if we want to take them with us to ride somewhere other than near where we live.

I took the hitch to a guy who supposedly is an experienced trailer hitch installer. I told him the hitch needed to be installed on an electric car and he said, “No problem. A hitch is a hitch and a car is a car. I’ve installed dozens of them.” He told me it would take about an hour to install it.

It turned out that he had never before installed a trailer hitch on an electric car and it was way more complicated than installing one on a gas-powered car. I’m not sure why that is, but that’s apparently the case, at least with my EV. He ultimately had to entirely remove the car’s rear bumper in order to bolt the hitch to the frame. So what was he said would take about an hour, ended up taking him five and a half hours.

But at the end of the day, I was hitched. My new bike rack, one specifically designed for ebikes, should be delivered today or tomorrow.

Fibbing Friday — Signs of the Times

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Di’s turn to host and she has given us common road signs and wants us to tell her what they mean.

Crooked Arrow Casino ahead.

Turn right…no, better yet, turn left…ahead.

Gravediggers ahead.

Bottleneck ahead.

Kidnapper ahead.

Flash mob ahead.

Road pillows ahead.

Quiet zone ahead. No loud or violent arguments permitted.

Inflation ahead.

Giant piano keyboard ahead.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — December 10th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 10th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on December 10, 2017.

Sunday Photo Fiction — Mean and Inconsiderate


It was, perhaps, the meanest act I’d ever committed. Certainly the most inconsiderate. But I was only ten-years-old, so what did I know?

My father loved to build miniature settings. He had constructed an elaborate village around his HO scale train set in our attic. It included a train station, post office, church, store, and a few homes. There were painted roads with small cars and trucks and tiny little people. It was fully landscaped with trees and shrubs, hills, and a creek. A true work of art.

For Christmas one year, he decided to build a little fairy village on our patio for my younger sister. He constructed it from twigs, straw, branches, and stones. He built a tiny church, shed, fire pit, table, and bench. It was exquisite.

He finished it just in time for Christmas and, when Christmas morning arrived, my sister and I eagerly opened our presents. My favorite was a 20-inch tall Godzilla monster doll.

Dad escorted us out to our back patio and unveiled the fairy village. My sister squealed in delight. I, with Godzilla in hand, proceeded to destroy the tiny village by stomping all around, making horrible monster noises, just like the movie.

(202 words)

Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Image credit: Eric Wiklund.

FOWC with Fandango — Palace


Welcome to December 10, 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 “palace.”

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.