Fandango’s Story Starter #100

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 or sentence fragment and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that sentence/fragment. 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:

Dan’s new next door neighbors were so loud and noisy that he could neither work nor sleep, so he decided that he needed to take action.

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 — Rendition


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 “rendition.”

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.

Blogging Insights — What to Read?

For this week’s Blogging Insights prompt, Dr. Tanya has given us a quote about writing and asked us for our reaction to the quote.

The quote is from American novelist, short story writer, and journalist, Annie Proulx.

“Reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”

Dr. Tanya admits that this quote is a universal truth. After all, even as children, we learn how to read before we learn how to write. But she wants to dive deeper. She wants to know what to read and how to read. She asks, “Is ‘free reading’ helpful like ‘free writing’? Or should your reading be purposeful? Is reading books about writing helpful?

Dr. Tanya prefaced her deeper dive questions by saying, “As an aspiring writer….” Left me preface my response by saying that I’m not an aspiring writer. I am a retiree who enjoys writing and who keeps himself out of trouble by blogging.

That said, other than my prompt posts, I write mostly flash fiction. The kinds of books I generally prefer to read are fiction: novels and short stories. I suppose that is purposeful reading. But I mostly read to be entertained and as an escape from the harsh reality of life, rather than as a tool to help me write better.

Finally, do I think reading books about writing books is helpful? Not to me! Reading such books make me focus too much on mechanics. For example, Stephen King’s book, “On Writing,” caused me to break out in hives every time an adverb popped into my head. I decided, as much as I admire Stephen King as a novelist, to go ahead and ignore his anti-adverb stance and liberally sprinkle my writing with adverbs.

Take that, Stephen King!

Share Your World — 06/05/2023

Share Your World

Di, at Pensitivity101, is our host for Share Your World each week. Here are her SYW questions for this week.

1. Do you like to sunbathe on the beach or by a pool?

Actually, my dermatologist has strongly recommended that whenever I’m outside in the sun for an extended period of time, I should minimize the amount of skin I have exposed to the sun’s rays. Hence, I don’t go sunbathing at all, either at a beach or by a pool or anywhere else for that matter.

2. Have you ever used a fake tan or a sun bed?

No, neither. But when I was in high school I did try to streak my hair in an effort to give myself a surfer boy look by putting a bunch of hydrogen peroxide in my hair in the hope that the sun would bleach my brown hair blonde where I put the peroxide on it. Instead, my hair ended up with orange streaks and I was the butt of a few unpleasant jokes until my hair grew out.

3. Have you joined or wanted to join a gym?

Yes, over the years I have belonged to a number of gyms.

4. Good health permitting, would you prefer to go hiking or take a walk in the woods?

I like to go hiking and many of the places I have hiked (or used to before busting my hip) were trails that went through wooded areas. So my answer is yes to both.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #222

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 photo below is from the WordPress Free Photo Library powered by Pexels.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows three women, one sitting at a desk and the other two standing on either side of her. The three of them are looking at a computer screen and all three have serious expressions on their faces.

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.