Fire in the Sky

B1D50389-3D79-4A4F-B8F4-F418C928F9ACWhen I saw today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt, “Fire in the Sky,” I had to post this picture I took from our kitchen window right around the time that my state, California, ordered its citizens to shelter-in-place in mid-March. I can’t think of a better photo to illustrate the notion of a fire in the sky, short of a literal fire in the sky, than this one. If you have something better, I challenge you to post it.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Wanderlust


6FF29E89-3087-4D4C-83A7-7A00F7B99A1EI look up at the night sky and see the full moon.

It triggers a sense of wonder at the vastness of the universe.

Are we Earthly humans alone among those who appreciate its splendor?

Am I alone in my wanderlust to know what is beyond the moon and the stars?

Oh to be a nomad exploring the universe

Rather than being tethered go this tired, old planet.

(68 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “nomad” in exactly 68 words. Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (moon). Image credit: vectorpouch at freepik.com83FA864D-B80F-4233-B0CC-5C02B1B1DF00

Friday Fictioneers — When I Die

D991EB91-E752-4FE3-B92A-E61DDCF17F04 All that remains of you is a crate filled with faded photographs. Mostly black and white snapshots of you, dad, and us kids. I’m going to sort through them and put them all in an album.

Looking at all of those pictures of you and us, though, got me thinking. I’ve taken thousands of pictures, but they’re all digital, all stored on a hard drive on my password-protected laptop. When I die, what will become of them? Will anyone ever see them, sort through them, and put them in an album? Or will they cease to exist, just like me?

(100 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Ted Strutz.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge — Grin

4FB3BD2C-BE16-4A37-816C-A41072528E3DI took this selfie of me this morning with a big grin on my face specifically for today’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge. The theme for the challenge is “grin.”

And you thought I was a serious guy. See, I can smile. I can clown around with the best of them. Just don’t get me started on politics or religion!

How about you? Let’s see that puss of yours with a big, fat, happy grin.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a photographer. The only camera I own is the one on my iPhone, which is what I use to take pictures. All things considered, the pictures are not bad. But I hesitate to call them “photographs,” because those are things that photographers — both professional and amateur — would take. Mine are merely snapshots.

That said, I do have an app on my iPhone called Prisma. Prisma is a “photo editor that creates amazing photo effects transforming your photos into works of art.” Just for grins, I will occasionally take my snapshots and apply some of the Prisma filters to edit the pictures and to apply special effects.

Here’s a picture I took of our dog. 63EDD786-09F6-4689-A0F8-10FF2E60374EAnd below are a handful of that same picture where I applied some of the Prisma filters.BFB4353E-D083-44A8-9E9A-79562AA4FF0DD127A0FC-3CCC-4680-A763-2C658A23FFF7A7D9AE28-78E6-4190-944A-F9F5D4E314601398623D-62D2-4E94-B4DE-64F0C7C6E2FDSo, what do you think?


Written for this week’s Photo Challenge from Weekly Prompts with the word “edit.”