Daily Word Salad

I told you so,” Alan said

“What did you tell me?” Michelle asked, a piquant expression on her face.

I’m sensing a bit of cognitive dissonance on your part, Michelle,” Alan said. “I’m sorry if my comment sounded to you like an imposition.”

“What are you talking about, Alan?” Michelle asked. “You’re making no sense at all.”

“Well aren’t you a piece of work today,” Alan said. “You brag about how syncopated you can be, but if you ask me, you’re off-beat.”

“I’m sorry, Alan, but I have no clue what you’re referring to,” Michelle said. “Are you drunk? High?”

“Blame it on the damn sea lion, Michelle,” Alan said. “Surely that will seal the deal.”

“Seriously, Alan, you’re spouting word salad,” Michelle said. “Go lie down and sleep off whatever demons have infected you today.”

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (I told you so), Word of the Day Challenge (piquant), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (dissonance), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (imposition), The Daily Spur (piece), Hour Daily Word Prompt (syncopate), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (sea lion). Photo credit: Fandango.

I’m sorry for this nonsensical post, but these prompts reminded me of a tossed word salad. But the word “syncopate” made me recall a theme song used by a local, DC-area television station many years ago for its nightly late movie, so maybe you’ll forgive my word salad post if you enjoy “The Syncopated Clock.”

#WDYS — Don’t Hold Back

“I know the conditions aren’t ideal, but you need to get out there and practice maneuvering around those traffic cones,” his coach said.

“Are you serious?” Glenn asked. “It snowed last night and it’s still icy out there. Are you trying to get me injured? Or worse?”

“The motocross competition is this coming weekend, son,” the coach said. “You’re not ready yet. You still need more practice.”

“Maybe I’ll sit this one out,” Glenn said. “I’ve won the last two competitions. I don’t want to risk injury practicing under these conditions.”

“If you want to maintain your ranking, you need to put yourself out there,” his coach said. “This is not the time to hold back.”

“Fine,” Glenn said. He hoped on his cycle and headed toward the first cone. He was able to successfully maneuver around the cones multiple times without spinning out. And with the encouragement of his coach he kept at it.

As Glenn rounded the far cone, he felt his cycle’s rear wheel lose its tenuous grip on the icy pavement. Glenn tried to hop off his bike, but he took a hard fall on a small patch of bare pavement.

The pain in his left arm was intense and Glenn had no doubt that his arm was broken. His coach ran over to help Glenn up and he, too, could tell that Glenn had fractured his arm.

Glenn glared at his coach. “I knew this was a bad idea,” he said, gritting his teeth through the pain. “Take me to the goddam emergency room.”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Oleksii S @ Unsplash.

The Trip

It was surreal.

I looked up to see that the sky took on the appearance of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting.

Then it started to rain lightly and I could see the strange phenomenon in the sky reflected on the wet sidewalk.

I couldn’t believe it.

I was fixated.

And then, suddenly, vine-like tendrils started hanging down from the canopy.

There we’re hundreds of small, delicate, yellow, glowing flowers attached to them.

It was stunningly beautiful.

Until the vines started to reach out to me.

Surrounding me.

Grabbing me.

Choking me.

I passed out.

Came to in my bed.

Tired, sweaty, hungry.


But not so sound.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Sarah Whiley.

D is for Dog Day Afternoon

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “Dog Day Afternoon.”

“Dog Day Afternoon” was a 1975 American biographical crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. It starred Al Pacino, John Cazale, James Broderick, and Charles Durning. The screenplay, written by Frank Pierson, was based on the Life magazine article “The Boys in the Bank” by P. F. Kluge and Thomas Moore. It chronicled the 1972 robbery and hostage situation led by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile at a Chase Manhattan branch in Brooklyn. The bank robbery goes wrong and evolves into a protracted hostage situation, turning the plan’s mastermind into a media celebrity and the event into a media circus.

When inexperienced criminal Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) leads a bank robbery in Brooklyn, things quickly don’t go as planned. As Sonny and his accomplice, Sal Naturile (John Cazale), try desperately to remain in control, a media circus develops and the FBI arrives, creating even more tension. Gradually, Sonny’s surprising motivations behind the robbery are revealed, and his standoff with law enforcement moves toward its inevitable end.

Released in September 1975, “Dog Day Afternoon” was a critical and box office success. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and seven Golden Globe Awards. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2009, Dog Day Afternoon was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

“Dog Day Afternoon” is a great movie and arguably one of Al Pacino’s finest performances. The first part of the movie is actually pretty funny, while the second part is gritty, more a drama and a thriller.

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Fandango’s Story Starter #40

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:

Jack got that all too familiar dull, sick feeling in the pit of his stomach when he…

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.