Prompts and Circumstances

The illness made me feel unable to swallow
Leaving my velvet vocal tones voiceless
However, I shall proceed in a purposeful way
And write a post using these six prompts words


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (illness), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (swallow), My Vivid Blog (velvet), Ragtag Daily Prompt (voiceless). Your Daily Word Prompt (however), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (purposeful).

Before anyone tells me how sorry they are that I’m sick, I am fine. I’m not ill. I haven’t lost my voice. I am merely using today’s prompt words for this post.

Friday Fictioneers — Bob’s Big Boy

“You know where we should go tonight?” I asked my wife. We were visiting the town we grew up in, dated, married, and lived for a few years before moving away around forty years ago.

“Bob’s Big Boy,” she said, a sparkle in her eyes. We used to go there back in the day. We’d go there for coffee and to share one of their famous hot fudge ice cream cake desserts.

We hopped in our car and drove to where our local Bob’s was located. We were excited. But when we pulled up, what we saw broke our hearts.

(100 words)


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt, photo credit: Carole Erdman-Grant.

Fibbing Friday — It Was About…

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 Frank’s turn and he wants to know…

  1. Finish the quote: One of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most famous lines is, “I’ll be…” “I’ll be gobsmacked.”
  2. Finish the song title: One of Randy Newman’s best known songs is “Why Can’t We…” “Why Can’t We Eat Cake?”
  3. Twilight wasn’t about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire. What was it about? It was about a girl with night blindness.
  4. What made Blade different from the vampires he hunted? He was invisible.
  5. In what movie did Billy Crystal play a character named, Miracle Max? “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
  6. The Goonies wasn’t about a group of kids searching for a lost treasure. What was it about? The antics of a whacky, zany group of Mafia hit men.
  7. What was name of the character than Alan Rickman played in the first movie that he starred in? John McClane.
  8. In The Professional, who does Natalie Portman’s character shoot with a paint pellet? Baby shark, do do, do do do do!
  9. The Phantom of the Opera isn’t about a disfigured man who terrorizes a Paris opera house. What is it about? It’s about a man with a hunchback who was the bell ringer at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

S is for Some Like It Hot

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 “Some Like It Hot.”

“Some Like It Hot” was a 1959 American romantic comedy film directed, produced and co-written by Billy Wilder. It starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The screenplay by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond was based on a screenplay by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan from the 1935 French film “Fanfare of Love.” The film received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning for Best Costume Design. In 1989, the Library of Congress selected it as one of the first 25 films for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band’s sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.

The movie was really the story of the Lemmon and Curtis characters, along with a top-shelf supporting cast (Joe E. Brown, George Raft, Pat O’Brien), but Monroe, Hollywood’s most radiant sex symbol at the time, steals every scene she was in. It has been compared to Marx Brothers classics, especially in the slapstick chases as gangsters pursue the heroes through hotel corridors.

“Some Like It Hot” is a romantic comedy, a buddy movie, a crime caper, and a musical, and it is as deliriously funny and fresh today as it was when it first had audiences rolling in their seats with laughter more than six decades ago. It’s worth a look if you never saw it, or seeing it again if you have.


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Fandango’s Flashback Friday — April 22nd

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 22nd) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on April 22, 2018 in response to Rachel Poli’s Time To Write prompt, where we were supposed to “write about something dazzling – whether it’s an object, a moment, a piece of clothing, etc.”

Time to Write — Dazzle

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“I need you to dazzle me,” Barbara said.

“Huh?” Dwayne looked up from the papers he was grading to see his fiancée looking down at him with her arms positioned defiantly on her hips. “What do you mean?” he asked her.

“You’re the professor, Dwayne,” she said. “You figure it out.”

“You want me to dazzle you? How?”

“Oh for God’s sake, Dwayne,” Barbara said angrily. “I want you to amaze me, to impress me, to put me in awe of you, to take my breath away, to leave me speechless.”

“Where is this coming from, Barbara?” Dwayne asked. “I’m grading papers now. You’re distracting me. I’ll dazzle you some other time.”

“No,” Barbara said. “Not some other time. Now! I need you to sweep me off my feet this instant!”

Dwayne put his red pencil down, took off his glasses, gazed deeply into Barbara’s eyes, saw her look of determination, and knew that he had no choice but to figure out a way.  “Fine,” he said. “I’ll dazzle you.”

As Dwayne started to get up out of his chair, a large grin surfaced on Barbara’s face. Then she started laughing.

“What’s so damn funny?” Dwayne asked.

“Sit back down, Dwayne,” she said. “I confess that I just wanted to see if I could still get you to focus on me, instead of on your stupid papers. And I did, so I’m happy. Finish grading your papers and when you’re done, I’ll dazzle you.”