You Did It Wrong

“Did you put mustard on my burger?” Mark asked indignantly. “That’s outrageous. Everyone knows that mustard goes on hot dogs and ketchup goes on hamburgers.”

Mark’s rebuke made Ellen shrink back in fear. “Please don’t hit me,” she begged, knowing how he can be when he’s in a rage.

“I’m not going to hit you, Ellen,” Mark said, “but we’ve been together for what, twenty years now? Yet you somehow refuse to abide by simple things you should know about me, like that I don’t put mustard on burgers.”

“I’m sorry,” Ellen said. “I forgot. I’ll fix you another burger with ketchup and no mustard. I didn’t mean to protagonize you.”

“The word your looking for is ‘antagonize,’ not protagonize,” Mark said, correcting his wife. “Are you too stupid to know the difference between a protagonist and an antagonist?”

“You know I never made it through matriculation at college,” Ellen said defensively, “but just because I didn’t go to college doesn’t mean I’m stupid.”

“Whatever you have to tell yourself, Ellen. So are you going to fix me another burger or not,” Mark said as he tossed the burger with mustard in the trash.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (mustard), Fandango’s One/Word Challenge (outrageous), The Daily Spur (shrink), My Vivid Blog (refuse), Word of the Day Challenge (protagonist), and E.M.’s Radom Word Prompt (matriculation). Artwork by Minjeong Kim.

Share Your World — 04/25/2022

Today Melanie presents us with her Earth Month edition of Share Your World.

In your opinion, how are we affecting our planet?

Our 4.5 billion year old planet was doing just fine until a few hundred thousand years ago when “modern” Homo sapiens emerged from the muck. And even then, our planet was okay until the Industrial Revolution started screwing things up a few hundred years ago. Now we are rapidly on our way to destroying our home — and our only — planet.

What solutions would you offer to stem the multiple problems we face vis-a-vis the destruction of our planet home?

I’m not an environmental scientist, so I’m not one to propose any far-reaching solutions to save the planet. For what it’s worth, which is not much, I recycle, compost, drive an electric car, and support legislation aimed at keeping our air and waters as clean and pollution free as possible. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s much that I, an individual, can do.

Do you think it’s already too late and we could just do exactly as we’re doing now and things would turn out the very same?

I don’t know. I hope it’s not too late, but all I can do is quote Albert Einstein when he said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Do you participate in things like “Arbor Day” (a U.S. Holiday dedicated to planting new trees) or Earth Day or Earth Month? Is any of it important in the ‘Big Picture’?

No, not actively, but I have planted ten new trees in my backyard since moving into this house just over two years ago.

What can you personally do to participate in the “Clean Earth” movement?

Support and vote for candidates who believe in enacting and enforcing legislation aimed at cleaning up our environment and stemming the tide of climate change.

U is for The Usual Suspects

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 “The Usual Suspects.”

“The Usual Suspects” was a 1995 mystery thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It started an ensemble cast of Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, and Kevin Spacey.

The film was first shown at competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and was initially released in a few theaters. After receiving favorable reviews, it was eventually given a wider release. McQuarrie won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. The Writers Guild of America ranked the film as having the 35th greatest screenplay of all time.

Told through the interview of one Verbal Kint (Spacey), a conman with cerebral palsy, The Usual Suspects followed a group of five men who were called by the police to participate in a line-up for the hijacking of a truck. When they were later released, they worked together to pull a heist as revenge on the NYPD. That heist resulted in the men netting millions of dollars in emeralds and getting over fifty cops arrested.

Their criminal antics eventually got them the attention of the infamous Keyser Soze, a mythic crime lord who hired them to pull off a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in the Port of Los Angeles. Most of the group perished, and Verbal Kint, who was one of only two survivors, was interviewed by the FBI. However, it turned out that Verbal Kint was not the man the FBI interviewer thought he was. I can’t say anything more without giving away the movie’s truly stunning climax.

I was captivated by this movie from beginning to end. I think you might be, too.

Previous A2Z 2022 posts: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #166

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photograph below is from ninerio at

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a couple embracing in front of a large, illuminated clock, as well as other smaller, x-ray-like images of the mechanical components of clocks.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Outrageous


It’s April 25, 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 “outrageous.”

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.