Forty Whacks

“That damn pink magnolia tree has got to go,” Robert insisted. “I hate the mess it makes all over my lawn. It makes my beautiful green grass look like it has a pink stain all over it.”

“Oh stop being such an ornery old fool,” Lizzy said. “With all of the crap going on in the universe, you’re grousing about magnolia blossoms littering your lawn? How shallow can one man be?”

“Old fool, huh?” Robert said, an indignant tone in his voice. “I’m going down to the Fellowship Lodge to get drunk with my lodge bros, where they appreciate my shallow grousing.”

“Yet another milestone on your long list of beer drinking belt notches, eh,?” Lizzy said.

“Yeah, and right after I hit that milestone,” Robert said, “I’m going grab my axe and chop down that damn magnolia tree.”

“Oh yeah” Lizzy said. “Well I swear on my name, Lizzy Borden, that before you can do that, I’m going to pick up that axe and give you forty whacks.”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (magnolia), The Daily Spur (stain), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ornery), Ragtag Daily Prompt (universe), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (fellowship), and My Vivid Blog (milestone).

Truthful Tuesday — Nap Time

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

Naps. Do they refresh you or do you feel they slow you down?

I don’t take naps often. Perhaps, if I didn’t sleep well the night before, or if I’m not feeling well, I’ll take a nap in the afternoon. But other than that, once I’m up in the morning, I’m usually up until it’s time to go to bed at night.

I will confess to occasionally dozing off during the day while watching TV or reading a book, but those “naps” are (1) accidental and (2) very short. I only count naps as naps when I’ve made a conscious decision to take a nap.

So, to answer Melanie’s question, do naps refresh me or slow me down? They don’t slow me down because, most days, I have nowhere to go and I’m in no rush to get there. And on those occasions when I do take taps, yes, they do refresh me.

Fandango’s Story Starter #47

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:

Steven was weary from constantly searching the horizon, and he thought maybe his eyes were playing tricks on him when he saw…

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 — Ornery


It’s May 24, 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 “ornery.”

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.