That Didn’t Go As Planned

Betsy was on a mission to throw her daughter the best sweet sixteen party ever. She and Alyssa had been having a rather strained relationship of late. Raising a teenage daughter was a challenge for any parent, and Betsy was hoping that a big bash would smooth things over between the two of them.

The last thing Betsy wanted was for her Alyssa’s sweet sixteen party to be something merely repetitive of all of the other lame sweet sixteen parties that her friends’ parents threw for their daughters. No way. So forget about being sensible. This was going to be a totally skookum, bordering on fatuous, party.

Betsy planned it out to the most minute detail. She wanted the party to be a huge surprise for her daughter and she couldn’t wait, when the night of the party arrived, to see the look of joy that she knew would overspread Alyssa’s face.

But when her daughter entered the ballroom that her mother had reserved for the party, Alyssa burst out crying. And they weren’t tears of joy.

“Oh mother,” Alyssa cried, “this is so over the top, so gawdy, so ostentatious. This is an embarrassment. How could you do this to me? I hate you!”

Written for these daily prompts: JusJoJan (mission), Scott’s Daily Prompt (sweet sixteen), The Daily Spur (smooth) Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (repetitive), My Vivid Blog (sensible), Ragtag Daily Prompt (skookum), Word of the Day Challenge (fatuous), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (overspread). Photo credit: Pinterest.

Fibbing Friday — Nursery Crimes

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 and she wants to know…

1. What did Miss Muffett sit on?

Wee Willie Winkie’s face.

2. Who tried to gatecrash her dinner?

The big, bad wolf.

3. What did Wee Willie Winkie do?

Immensely enjoyed his evening with Miss Muffett.

4. How many blackbirds were baked in a pie?

None. There were 24 blackberries baked in that pie. But Miss Muffett forgot to take it out of the oven in time and so badly burned it that Wee Willie, who would eat just about anything, refused to eat it, so Miss Muffitt put it on her tuffet, which was on her back porch, when a bunch of itsy bitsy spiders crawled down the water spout and over to the tuffet and got into the pie, and then a few black crows flew down and feasted on the burnt, spider-infested pie and immediately died. It was a sad day for all involved.

5. Who sold sea shells on the sea shore?

Peter Piper.

6. What did Peter Piper pick?

Sea shells.

7. What ran up the clock?

The second hand.

8. What was daddy going to wrap Baby Bunting in?

Her head in aluminum foil.

9. Where did Doctor Foster go?

To rescue Baby Bunting from her crazy father.

10. What was the old man doing when it was pouring with rain?

He was screaming at Dorothy, “Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!! You cursed brat! Look what you’ve done!! I’m melting, melting.”

Friday Fictioneers — The Library

Seth’s parents were not book readers. Everything they read, from the news to novels, was online, using their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Seth wasn’t used to seeing actual books on shelves, which his why he was fascinated when his kindergarten teacher marched his class to a large room that she called the school library.

The teacher looked at Seth and saw that he was confused, so she handed him a book and asked him if he’d like to read it. Kevin looked the book over in his hands. Still confused, he ask his teacher, “How do you turn it on?”

(100 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Ted Strutz.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — January 21st

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 21st) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on January 21, 2018.

Has My Blog Been Hacked By The Russians?


Up until a few days ago, the WordPress Akismet filter seemed to be working flawlessly. Bogus comments by phony commenters rarely made it by that filter and into my comments sections. But these insipid spammers have apparently come up with a new strategy.

Starting around three days ago, someone who goes by the name Alex began commenting on my posts. His first comment was, “Nice weblog here! Additionally your web site loads up fast! What web host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol.”

Obviously this was spam that sneaked by my Akismet spam filter. I marked it as spam and didn’t give it a whole lot of thought.

But then I started getting more comments from “Alex” on different posts. Comments like:

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At least a dozen similar comments from “Alex” showed up on various posts. And I designated each as spam.

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Definitely Russian hackers. This new strategy to get through the spam filter is apparently working and it’s really starting to piss me off.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “strategy.”

FOWC with Fandango — Repetitive


Welcome to January 21, 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 “repetitive.”

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.