Share Your World — 05/09/2022

It’s time once again for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt.

What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back?

I’m not sure about “back to back,” but if two normal things — farting and pooping — are accidentally done simultaneously (i.e., you go to fart and a little poop comes out) — that can be kind of weird and embarrassing. There’s even a name for that. It’s called a “shart.”

What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you?


If Australia (including New Zealand and Tasmania – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil, or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?

  • Australia: Shrimp on the barbie
  • New Zealand: Lamb chops
  • The U.K.: Shepherd’s pie
  • Ireland: Irish stew
  • Germany: Bratwurst
  • The U.S.: Hamburgers
  • Brazil: Empadãoes
  • Italy: Pasta

What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times?

The three bears would be arrested for breaking and entering and Goldilocks would be relocated and put into witness protection.

Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas?

During a job interview. It was embarrassing, but at least I didn’t shart.

If you celebrate it, how was your Mother’s Day? What did you do? If you don’t (because you’re a single guy or it’s not in your culture) please share something fun you did recently.

We loaded our ebikes onto our bike rack and drove to San Francisco, where we met our daughter and her fiancé to bike through Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean, as well as to stop at a wine cafe for lunch. Then we had a Mother’s Day dinner with our son, his wife, and our grandkids.

Blogging Insights — Interaction

Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompts. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from none other than Ernest Hemingway.

In order to write about life first you must live it.

Well, Ernest Hemingway was definitely a man’s man, a rugged individualist and an adventurer. He certainly lived a full life. But I don’t think being a good writer necessitates having experienced in real life what you write about. That necessity would eliminate science fiction and horror writers whose work comes mostly from their vivid imaginations.

I do think that life’s experiences help writers. As they say, write what you know about. But I believe that having a great imagination and ability to articulate what you imagine in words is at least as important, if not more important, than life experience.

In my blog, for example, in most of my flash fiction posts, I write about things I’ve never actually experienced in my life. And in some cases, I am very thankful that I haven’t experienced them.

So, sorry, Mr. Hemingway, but as much as I admire your novels and short stories, I think you’re being a bit narrow minded if you think that one must have lived whatever it is that they write about.

TMP — Bored Girl

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is about something that happened yesterday when my wife and I took our Mother’s Day bike ride through Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean.

It wasn’t her fault, really. She’s only 16 months old, you know. She just doesn’t know any better. And, after all, this was the first time we left her alone for an extended period of time. Nevertheless, when we did arrive home after being gone for six hours during our Mother’s Day outing, we were shocked at how much damage a bored little girl can do.

She had not only peed on the family room rug, she had shredded several pillows on our leather sectional couch. And she also pulled the stuffing out of one of the leather cushions. What a bad little girl.

What a bad dog.

Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Now bear in mind, we’ve only had her for two months after adopting her from a local shelter and we’re still going through the obedience training process. We had left her home by herself twice before without incident, but for less than an hour each time. Never for six hours.

So it wasn’t her fault, really. It was ours.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #168

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 aliceabc0 at

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man, his back to the camera, holding a small bouquet of flowers behind his back. He’s standing a few feet in front of a young woman who is looking back at him and smiling.

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 — Spin


It’s May 9, 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 “spin.”

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.