MLMM — Melanie’s First Music Challenge

So, Melanie (aka “Sparky) has taken over the bi-weekly Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge from Jim Adams and this is her inaugural edition.

Sparky made it easy this week by asking us to choose and share a favorite song that we like that has a great beat. To make it even easier on us, she said, “Feel free to write something in relation to how the song makes you feel if you’d like.” I decided to focus on “…if you like” and op out.

Instead, I’m just going to share a favorite song that we like that has a great beat. And that song is “Dance to the Music” from Sly & the Family Stone.

FFfPP — It All Went Wrong

“I don’t understand how this could have happened,” Elliot said. “We rehearsed this stunt dozens of times and each time it was perfect.”

Beth looked over at Elliot and then down at her husband, who was unconscious on the hospital bed, bandages covering most of his head and with tubes inserted into his nose and mouth. “I’m not sure what happened, either, Elliot,” she said. “Keith was confident, not at all worried, when the filming of the action scene started shooting. But here he is, with a broken nose, a broken jaw, and a serious concussion.”

“They canned me, you know,” Elliot said to Beth. “One fuck up in my entire career as a stuntman, and they fire my ass. Elliot will eventually recover, but I’ve been put out to pasture.”

“Well,” Beth said patiently, “Keith was the star of the movie. Now he’s going to be laid up for months and will require multiple surgeries. Plus there might be permanent brain damage. This incident is costing the producers a ton of money. I can’t say I blame them for firing you.”

“I think someone sabotaged my bike,” Elliot said. “That’s the only reason the stunt went wrong and why my rear wheel smashed down on Keith’s head. There’s no other explanation.”

“You mean other than human error?” Beth said. “Face it, Elliot, you screwed up. But look at the bright side. You can probably get a job with a carnival troupe doing bike riding tricks.”

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Alexander Schimmeck on Unsplash.

The Press Release

After rumors spread that the company had received numerous accusations of sexual harassment on the part of its CEO, the public relations manager issued a press release. It read:


The Acme Widget Company prides itself on how we treat all of our employees and our company culture will not abide by abuses of that trust. It has come to our attention that J.P. Biggerton, our long time Chief Executive Officer, has been accused of having enticed a number of female workers into his office and having forced them to inappropriately cuddle with him on his executive sofa.

As much as we admire Mr. Biggerton for his leadership skills over the past decade, we cannot allow such inappropriate behavior to continue. As such, there are some significant ch-ch-ch-changes being made throughout our organization, beginning with the resignation of Mr. Biggerton as CEO.

We appreciate your loyalty to our company in the past and hope that our prompt actions to address these ugly matters will not prevent you from doing business with us in the future.

Written for these daily prompts: Random Friday Prompt (culture), Your Daily Word Prompt (entice/allow), The Daily Spur (worker), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cuddle), My Vivid Blog (admire), and Scott’s Daily Prompt (ch-ch-ch-changes).

Three Fibbing Friday Additions

In today’s Fibbing Friday prompt, Di (aka Pensitivity101), gave us ten unusual words and asked us to come up with our own definitions of those words. My definitions are here.

Coincidentally (perhaps), three of the daily word prompts today also seem to be unusual weird words:

  • Poltroon from Ragtag Daily Prompt.
  • Pismire from Word of the Day Challenge.
  • Vesicle from E.M.’s Random Word Prompt.

Normally I take the prompt words from five to eight bloggers who host these daily prompts and try to weave them into a tight, cohesive bit of flash fiction. But to be frank, these three weird words are words that I’d never heard of before and I have absolutely no clue how I might come up with a story that incorporates these words into it without it sounding totally contrived.

So, instead, I have decided to follow Di’s Fibbing Friday lead and come up with my own definitions for these weird words.

  • Poltroon: In the U.S. Army, the poltroon is the small group of men who are responsible for raising and lowering the American flag on the flagpole each day. The bugler plays Reveille when the flag is raised each morning and Taps when it is lowered each evening by the designated poltroon member of the day.
  • Pismire: This is the name for a severe urinary tract infection that causes excruciating pain when you try to take a leak.
  • Vesicle: This is a brand name of a manufacturer of electric bicycles.

How about you? How would you define these three unusual or weird words?

Fibbing Friday — Say What?

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 has given us some unusual words and wants to know what they mean.

1. What is a flagon? It’s the opposite of a flagoff.
2. What is acnestis? It’s chronic acne on the buttocks.
3. What is a halfpace? It’s half the speed of a fullpace.
4. What is clinomania? It’s an unnatural fear of setting foot inside of a health clinic.
5. What is petrichor? It’s a sealed container used for the disposal of contaminated petri dishes.
6. What is tittynope? It’s an expression mothers teach their daughters to say if they’re out with a boy who tries to grope them.
7. What is xertz? It’s the sound a weightlifter makes when he or she exerts a loft of effort while doing a bench press.
8. What is agastopia? It’s a reaction one gets when they experience something that fills them with shock or horror.
9. What does evancalous mean? It’s the response most Republican lawmakers have to the plights of their constituents.
10. What is Nudiustertian? It’s a type of exhibitionism characterized by disrobing and walking around naked in public.