#writephoto / Weekend Writing Prompt — Down to the Catacombs

“I double dog dare you,” Billy said.

“No way I’m going down there,” Freddy replied. “There are skulls and bones and snakes and rats down in those catacombs”

“Are you chicken?” Billy laughed, making the sound of a chicken clucking. “Pretend you’re Indiana Jones and take a look around. Maybe there’s something valuable down there. Take this flashlight.”

“If you’re so brave, let’s go down there together,” Freddy suggested.

“No way I’m going down there,” Billy said.

(Exactly 77 words)

Written for KL Caley’s #writephoto prompt. Photo by KL Caley. And for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “catacomb” in exactly 77 words.

Weekend Quickie — March ‘22 #3

In what is now a weekly prompt, Rory has a new batch of Weekend Quickie questions for us to ponder.

Why is the sea salty?

Because all of the swimmers and sailors who have urinated in it throughout human history.

How smart do you think you are on a scale between 01 – 10?

Smarter than the average bear, Boo Boo.

How many leaves does the average tree have, and how do you know this?

In the winter, none. I know this because I have to rake all of those goddam leaves up in the autumn when they fall from the trees.

Does today’s fashion inspire you, or do you do you?

I do me.

Taking your size into consideration, on a clear night, how far are you from the moon’s surface?

The same distance I am on a cloudy night.

How would you describe a banana to someone who had never seen one, eaten one, or even heard of one over the phone?

Delicious and it goes great sliced up on a bowl of cold cereal.

Can you spell it?

Yes, the first letter is 👁 and the second letter is 🫖.

Why did six cry?

Because seven ate nine.

What would you rather ….

  • Swim in shark-infested waters with a cut on your toe …
  • Hang glide above an active volcano wearing just underwear …
  • Dance naked in a fire ants nest …
  • Be shot from a cannon with only a birthday bow in your hair…
  • … and more importantly, why did you pick your option?

I’d rather hand glide naked with only a birthday bow in my hair and with a cut on my toe above a nest of fire ants near the base of a volcano. Why? Don’t ask why, Rory. Instead, ask why not.

What is a slow, comfortable screw, and when was the last time you had one or have you not?

A slow comfortable screw is a mixed drink made with sloe gin, Southern Comfort, vodka, and orange juice. Some recipes also call for rum. I have never had a slow comfortable screw but I did have an interesting experience with a sloe gin fizz. If you’re interested, I wrote about it here.

Bonus Question
Would you eventually fall out of the earth when you hit bottom if you dug a hole and kept on tunnelling down?

No, I’d eventually burn up once I reached the molten core of the planet.

SoCS — Life

Life is complicated. I compare it to composing a compound-complex sentence that contains components of both independent and dependent clauses and making that sentence comprehensible to those who read it. I’m not sure that I’m very competent when it comes to compiling posts with such sentences compared with other bloggers I follow. That’s why my posts are often short and compact.

Life also requires compromise, especially when you’re in the company of others, whether you’re sitting at your desk and using your computer or are communicating with others in the real world. It’s somewhat helpful to comply with certain social norms, but I find that when people can hide behind the anonymity afforded to them by social media, they seem almost compelled to complain and criticize in a manner that they would never do were they face-to-face with their companions. If you wanted to compile a comprehensive compendium of examples of what I’m talking about, just go to Twitter.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has assigned us to find words that start with or contain “comp” and to use them in our posts. I think I have completed her challenge in this rather silly, rambling, stream of consciousness manner. And so now, my blogging compadres, I bid you adieu and in an uncompromising way, I wish you a pleasant, and hopefully, an uncomplicated Saturday.

FOWC with Fandango — Ostracize


It’s March 19, 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 “ostracize.”

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.