#WDYS — Just Imagining

Mark fancied himself to be a craftsman, and now that he was retired, he would finally find the time to dedicate to his craft. He decided that in order to meet his woodworking needs, he needed to create a shop in his garage and outfit it with a complete set of woodworking tools.

Mark went to his local hardware store and said that he needed all of the tools a woodworking craftsman could possibly need. Mark bought saws, chisels, files, planers, hammers, mallets, pliers, sanders, and all manner of tools in various shapes and sizes. He also bought a wordworking bench and shelves where he could organize and hang all of his new tools. Before leaving the hardware store, Mark arranged for all of his purchases to be delivered to his home.

Mark was very excited two days later when his tools, workbench and shelves were delivered. He immediately set it all up in his garage and when he was finished, he called his wife to come out and take a look. “Look at this,” he proudly said to her. “Just imagine the beautiful things I will carve and build for you.”

Three months later, Mark was sitting on the couch and watching TV. His wife came up to him and said, “I’ve been imagining all the beautiful things you were going to carve and build for me, but so far that’s all I’m doing. Just imagining.”

Mark looked up at his wife, started rubbing his hands and grimacing. “This damn arthritis has flared up and is killing me,” he said. “But just imagine when this flare up has passed the beautiful things I will carve and build for you.”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: free image @ Google.

Share Your World — 10/3/2022

Share Your World

Melanie is back hosting her Share Your World prompt. Thanks to Di for filling in so ably while Melanie was recuperating, but it’s nice to have Melanie feeling better and back at the helm.

What is your favorite horror or Halloween-themed song? Or a song you rarely hear except around a holiday.

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

Of course I do. It could be people, my dog, cars if I’m driving, whatever. Never ghosts or apparitions, though.

Which urban legend scares you the most? (most countries have such stories – share yours if you would like to).

It’s the hook. It’s about a young couple making out in a car parked in a remote area. The radio is playing and a news bulletin reports that a serial killer with a hook for a hand has just escaped from a nearby institution. They decide to quickly leave to the place they’re parked at, but when they get back to the girl’s house, the killer’s hook is found hanging from the door handle.

You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?

Because I’m hard of hearing, I have the TV volume up so loud that I don’t hear the footsteps. Thus, I ignore them.


What is your favorite season?

We’re in it. It’s Autumn.

Blogging Insights — Successful Blogging

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. 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 David Aston. I Googled “David Aston,” and there are a lot of them. Actor, writer, author, journalist, foreign service officer, sales executive,etc. I’m not sure which David Aston said this, but here it is:

“Successful blogging is not about one time hits. It’s about building a loyal following over time.”

To me, successful blogging is not one thing. It’s a number of things and it can vary from blogger to blogger and over time. When I published my very first blog post back in 2005, I thought that was a success. I had written something and posted it and then went on the internet and saw it published there. Woo hoo! Success.

When I found out that someone other than a member of my immediate family read a post, I was ecstatic. And then I started getting likes and comments and followers. People read, liked, and responded to things I wrote. Success, right?

But these days, my definition of success is when I can write and post something I’m proud of. And interestingly, what brings it home to me most vividly is my Flashback Friday prompt. I go back in time and find a post I’ve previously published. Most of the time, I have forgetting about the post, and when I read it and can say to myself, “Wow, you wrote that? That was pretty damn good.” To me, when it comes to blogging, that is success.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #187

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 image below is from shutterstock.com

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a man playing a game of chess and his opponent is extending an arm to move a piece. The opponent is a robot.

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 — Medal


It’s October 3, 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 “medal.”

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.