Blogging Insights — New Story

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 unattributed.

“You’ve got a new story to write and it looks nothing like your past.”

This sounds like it should be the motto of the United States Federal Witness Protection Program, also known as the Witness Security Program or WITSEC. The program is designed to protect threatened witnesses before, during, and after a trial.

Those participating in the program, who themselves are often criminals or criminal-adjacent, are given a new identity and are relocated to a different part of the country. The idea is the allow these witnesses to escape their sordid pasts and to start a new life.

Outside of WITSEC, while many might wish to start a new story that is nothing like their past, it’s unlikely. You can change your name and/or change your location, but you can’t change your past or who you are.

And yes, I admit that my answer has nothing to do with blogging or writing.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #150

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

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a girl sitting at a library table surrounded by books and she’s reading from a large book opened up on the table in front of her.

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 — Sponge


Welcome to January 3, 2022 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 “sponge.”

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.