Stump Speech

Yes!” Mack exclaimed, pumping both of his fists. “My extemporaneous speech went even better than I expected. I’m sure to get re-elected.”

“Your ex what speech?” a campaign aide asked.

“Extemporaneous,” Mack said. “You know, unrehearsed, spontaneous, off-the-cuff.”

“Oh right,” the aide said. “Yes, it was a sterling speech, sir. Very inspirational and energetic.”

“Hold on, Mack,” Ben, Mack’s campaign manager, said. “I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but your speech didn’t go over as well as you think it did. You made a couple of major gaffs that are likely to come back and bite you on your ass.”

“Sheesh, Ben, when did you become so strident?” Mack asked. “You know I can say anything, no matter how ludicrous, and make all kinds of gaffs and they’ll still love me. The voters are stupid. They don’t even listen to what I say as much as how I say it. So stop all of your fretting, Ben. When it comes to my re-election, just get ready to ink the deal.”

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (yes), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (extemporaneous), The Daily Spur (elect), Word of the Day Challenge (sterling), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (strident), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (ink). Photo credit:

Thursday Inspiration — Wanted Dead or Alive

I admit it. I shot Sheriff John Brown and now there are Wanted Dead or Alive posters all around in my home town. The signs refer to me as a “notorious outlaw” and the bounty hunters are all trying to track me down.

I swear that when I shot Sheriff Brown, it was in self-defense. He always hated me, but for what I honestly don’t know. He always called me a bad seed and he told everyone that he wanted to “kill it before it grows.”

Freedom came my way one day and I started to head out of town. But all of a sudden I saw the sheriff aiming to shoot me down. So I shot him before he could shoot me. What else could I have done? Reflexes got the better of me.

So, yes, I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defense.

Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt.

Throwback Thursday — First Crush

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Maggie chose the topic of “First Crush.”

Here are Maggie’s questions.

  1. Who was your first crush? First names only! Her name was Michelle, but everyone called her Mickey.
  2. Was this a celebrity or someone you knew? She was the older sister of my best friend, Marty.
  3. How old were you? I was nine.
  4. How old was your crush? She was twelve.
  5. Did you let your crush know you liked them? If so, how? I liked it when she was around when I went over to play with Marty and I think she may have suspected that I had a crush on her.
  6. Did your crush like you, too? How did you know? I believe she was kind of flattered that I liked her being around even though my friend Marty would have preferred that “a girl” didn’t hang out with us. I’m still not sure why a twelve year old girl wanted to hang out with her younger brother and his friend. Maybe she had a crush on me, too. But we never talked of such things.
  7. Did you get teased by your family for having a boyfriend or girlfriend? I didn’t tell anyone in my family that I had a crush on Mickey, so no one knew to tease me about her.
  8. Did you feel like you were in love or did you think it was simply a fleeting crush? I knew it was just a fleeting crush. She was pretty and she had boobs, and that fascinated me.
  9. Was this just a temporary crush or your first heartbreak? Just a temporary crush.
  10. When you think of that person today, do you have fond memories of them? To be honest, this was six and a half decades ago. The only memory I have of her, fond or otherwise, was when she let me feel her up over her sweater one time when I was over at Marty’s and Marty excused himself to go to the bathroom. For a nine year old boy, that was memorable.

FFfPP — #Hashtag

When Elon Musk pulled out of this $44 billion dollar purchase of Twitter, he decided to start his own competing social media company and he named it “#Hashtag.” Musk spent billions buying land and building a corporate headquarters campus for #Hashtag. At the entrance to the new corporate headquarters building, he had a giant golden hashtag erected, depicting the official corporate logo.

#Hashtag was about as successful as Truth Social, the social media company Donald Trump set up after he was permanently banned from Twitter. In the end, both Musk’s and Trump’s social media enterprises failed.

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Eberhard Grossgasteiger on Unsplash.

FOWC with Fandango — Extemporaneous


It’s June 2, 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 “extemporaneous.”

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.

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