Five Word Weekly Challenge — The Noisy Spindle

Greg, over at Greg’s Blog, as given us another Five Word Weekly Challenge using the words indeed, spindle, whine, salvo, and clobber. I tried hard to come up with something using those five words, but after three or four attempts, all of which sucked, I was ready to give up and take a pass on this week’s challenge.

But at the last minute I went to a site called and typed in “write a poem using the words indeed, spindle, whine, salvo, and clobber.” Here’s what it came up with:

In the quiet of the night,
The spindle whirred, an eerie sight
Indeed it seemed to have its own life
A rhythmic hum, with no respite

Suddenly there was a piercing whine
A sound that sent shivers down the spine
And then a salvo of loud knocks
A warning sign, like ticking clocks

A clobber then, a mighty blow
And silence fell, a tranquil glow
The spindle ceased its endless spin
Its journey done, its fate akin

For life is but a spinning thread
A journey that we all must tread
And though we whine and sometimes clobber
We find our way, and life goes on forever

So, would I have been better off skipping Greg’s challenge this week or did the chatbot do the trick?

Fandango’s Story Starter #89

I’m back! I really want to thank Jim Adams for stepping up over the past two months and filling in for me on this prompt during my recuperation. I’m finally feeling energetic enough to pick this back up on my own.

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 a “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that 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:

The warm, golden glow of the streetlight outside her bedroom window gave Marilou the illusion of security.

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 — Receipt


It’s March 21, 2023. 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 “receipt.”

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.