The Candidates Debate

“I don’t harbor any ill-will toward any other candidate in this race, including Ms. Gladstone here,” John Williams said, “but I think I do need to raise a few important matters that have been causing considerable aggravation for our citizens. Let’s discuss government overreach when it comes to the infringement of personal freedoms.”

“I’m afraid that Mr. Williams,” Melissa Gladstone interrupted, “would have you believe that mask mandates, steps to address climate change, and implementing common sense gun control laws encroach upon your civil liberties. But when it comes to the reproductive rights of women, the voting rights of minorities, or the rights of the LGBT community, all of which appear to be outside of his personal comfort zone, he’s fine with what he calls government overreach. But I’m optimistic that the good people of this state recognize hypocrisy when they see it and will vote for someone who will commit to doing what is most beneficial for our citizens, rather than for the unenlightened special interests who are behind my opponent’s candidacy.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (harbor), The Daily Spur (candidate), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (raise), Word of the Day Challenge (aggravation), Your Daily Word Prompt (encroach), Scott’s Daily Prompt (comfort zone), My Vivid Blog (optimistic), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (beneficial).

#WDYS — No Bars

“Do you have a signal?” Don asked.

“No bars,” Jack said. “I told you we should have stopped for gas at that last station we passed. But no, you said we were good for another 50 miles. I guess not.”

“Well, it is what it is. Looks like there’s a dirt road up ahead on the right,” Don said. “Maybe it leads to a house and we can get someone who lives there give us a ride to a gas station or at least let us call for a tow truck.”

“Fine, grab the gas can and let’s head down that dirt road,” Jack said.

The two men started hiking down the dirt road that was fortunately frozen over so that it wasn’t a muddy mess. “I’m fucking tired,” Don complained. “How long have we been walking?”

Jack looked at his watch. “‘Bout an hour,” he said, “but before too long it’s gonna start getting dark. We need to find a cabin or a house pretty soon or we’re gonna be in deep shit, Don.”

“Hey, look over there!” Don shouted. “I think that’s a cabin. Let’s go.”

The two men picked up their pace, but then Jack stopped short. “Crap,” he said,” that’s not a cabin. It looks like an old, abandoned, log barn.”

Don sighed, looked at his mobile phone. “Do you have a signal?” he asked.

“No bars,” Jack said.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Sean Boyd @ Unsplash.

Fandango’s Story Starter #37

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

At first, I thought it was only the dog making noise, but when I went to investigate, I saw that it was…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Raise


It’s March 15, 2022. Welcome 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 “raise.”

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.