A Pompous Dick

“I had to look up paresthesia,” Sheila said. “Why didn’t you just say ‘pins and needles’ instead using a word that requires a dictionary?”

“I thought everyone knew that word,” Dick said. “I guess you missed class that day.”

“Oh ha ha,” Sheila said. “You think you’re quite the wit, but all you like to do is stir things up.”

“You need to lighten up, Sheila,” Dick said. “You’ve lost what little sense of humor you had, it seems.”

“And you, Dick,” Sheila said, “need to heighten your awareness that not everyone is a pompous dick like you.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (look up), Word of the Day Challenge (paresthesia), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (missed), The Daily Spur (stir), My Vivid Blog (light), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (heighten).

Truthful Tuesday — Feeling Guilty

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie wants to know…


Honestly, there aren’t that many times that I feel guilty or conflicted about things. I’d say the most conflicted and guilty about any decision I’ve had to make was when I had to decide to euthanize a pet, which I had to do with our dog in November 2020 and our cat this past January.

It’s one of those decisions that haunts you because dogs and cats are stoic and even though you know they’re in pain, they still offer you so much unconditional love. So it really still hurts to take their lives. Did you do it too soon? Did you do what was best for them or best for you? Could they have still lived a relatively good life for months or maybe even years longer?

So what did I do? Second guessed, cried, felt guilty as hell. And it just took time to accept that I made the best decision, all things considered.

And a cannabis-infused marshmallow helped.

Fandango’s Story Starter #38

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:

I heard a sound outside, so I turned on the front porch light, opened the front door, and…

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 — Missed


It’s March 22, 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 “missed.”

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. Show them some love.