The Ents of Middle Earth

87CB57DA-7B8C-417A-8E06-3B215E1E46B5“The Ent Revolt at the end of the Third Age was meant to put an end to human domination of Middle Earth after their enslavement of the Elves, Dwarfs, Hobbits, and Orcs,” the park ranger explained to the students. “The humans were systematically destroying the planet, clear-cutting dense forests, digging deep holes in the surface of the planet to mine for fuels, and polluting the air and the water.

“The revolt, lead by Treebeard, the oldest, wisest, and most majestic of the Ents, was a last ditch effort by the forces of nature to stop the human devastation. Alas, as large and powerful as the Ents were, the humans were undeterred. They developed a weapon that could immobilize the Ents, putting an end to their revolt.

“The scene before you shows Treebeard as he was frozen during an attack on a human village. Now, class, it’s time to go to the vessel for the return to our home planet. Nothing living can survive on this planet for more than a few hours.”

I was tagged, along with nine others, by Nova, at My Namastè 365 Online, to write a piece of historical fiction based upon the image above. It’s supposed to have a 150 word limit, although mine is 172 words. Sorry about that. Also, we are not supposed to use the words “tree” or “green.” Finally, we’re supposed to tag 3 people to use the same genre of writing and this photo to create a post. I’m not going to do that. I’ll open it up to anyone who wishes to write his or her own post about this picture. Ready, set, go!

Friday Fictioneers — Glass Works

B711791D-D776-4074-8182-D6D34EE1723F“They’re beautiful,” the girl said about glass roses arranged in a crystal vase.

“Thanks,” he said. “I grew them myself.”

“But these aren’t real roses, they’re glass,” she said.

“They were real once,” he explained. “I developed a process that enables me to transform living things, like these roses, into glass in order to preserve their beauty forever.”

“Do you have other things you’ve turned to glass?” she asked.

“Oh yes.” Opening up a cabinet, he showed her a glass spider, bee, and snake. Then he went to the closet. “And here’s my daughter,” he said. “She was about your age.”

(102 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s photo is Rochelle’s.

50 Word Thursday — Fools Abound

4E7B3CA4-F5AD-4485-855E-1E512081A60E“Fooling, fooling, too much fooling,” the painted-face man was shouting as he pranced around the fairgrounds wearing a fool’s costume.

A little girl ran up to the man and asked, “Are you a clown?”

“No,” he said, “I am a fool.”

“But you said there’s too much fooling,” the confused girl said.

“Look around,” he said, waving his arm in a broad, sweeping motion. “They are all fools. But they are all wearing makeup to hide their foolishness.

“But you’re wearing makeup,” the girl said.

“That’s because I’m the king of fools,” he said. “The most foolish of them all.”

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith. The object is to write a story based upon the photo at the top of this post and to incorporate the line, “Fooling, fooling, too much fooling,” from Astrid Lindgren’s “Pippi Longstocking.” The story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.

FOWC with Fandango — Finite

FOWCWelcome to February 22, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “finite.”

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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Our Hypocritical, Despicable President

2C5F8C39-822F-4D78-BE42-677A2C1AE877Seldom — in fact, never before — has a President of the United States demonstrated such moral bankruptcy as has Donald Trump. Well, maybe Nixon did.

Look how quick Trump was to condemn Jussie Smollett, a black actor on the TV show, “Empire.” I admit that what Smollett allegedly did, staging an attack that he claimed was perpetrated by white, MAGA hat wearing, homophobic and racist men in order to promote his career, is worthy of condemnation.

But why has Trump remained completely silent on the arrest of a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home? Authorities say the guy stockpiled the weapons to launch a widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting Democratic politicians and liberal journalists.

Trump has not said a word or sent out a tweet about that. Could it be because the guy is white? Could it be because he is an avid Trump supporter (are there any other kind of Trump supporters)? Could it be that his intended targets were liberals who do not typically don MAGA hats?

Trump’s words, deeds, and acts of continue each and every day to undermine everything that our American democracy stands for.

According to a report from the Associated Press, every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. are being introduced into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated. And yet the Trump administration has continued to rollback and even remove regulations designed to prevent such toxic pollution.

Everyone knows that our country was the victim of a sophisticated, well-orchestrated cyber attacked in 2015 and 2016 by Russia in order to benefit the candidacy of Donald Trump. And yet last year, the White House eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council, doing away with a post central to developing policy to defend against increasingly sophisticated digital attacks and the use of offensive cyber weapons.

Our president is a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, narcissistic asshole who is a traitor to his country and is Putin’s puppet.

I could go on and on about how deplorable our president is, but I think you get my drift.

Includes these daily prompt words: Word of the Day Challenge (seldomly), Your Daily Word Prompt (bankruptcy), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (undermine).