Truthful Tuesday — Traditions

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is back again as our host for the Truthful Tuesday prompt. In honor of Halloween month, Melanie wants to know…

How do you feel about candy corn. She says, “Hate it, love it, it’s one of those things seen around a specific time of year and everyone has an opinion one way or another it seems.

I remember that when I was a kid I used to love candy corn and couldn’t wait until Halloween season when all of the stores had loads of candy corn on their shelves. I’m not sure when, exactly, I grew out of my craving for candy corn, but it’s been decades since I last had any.

Until last year, when my son bought a bunch of individually-sized bags of candy corn to hand out to trick-or-treaters. I was hit with a rush of nostalgia. I said to my son, “I used to love these when I was a kid,” and he tossed me a bag and encouraged me to open it and eat the candy corn.

I put two or three pieces in my mouth and thought, Eww, these are disgusting. So that is how I feel about candy corn now. I don’t love it. I don’t hate it. I just won’t eat it anymore.

Unless someone comes out with cannabis-infused candy corn. Then I might reconsider. In the meantime, I’ll stick with fun-sized Snickers to give to our trick-or-treaters.

5 Things — Annoying Clichés

Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. For this week’s topic, she’s asking about five clichés that we find annoying. I find most clichés annoying, but here are five that I chose:

  • At the end of the day…. Means the same thing as another cliché: “When all is said and done.”
  • It’s a zero sum game. One person wins while another loses by an equal amount.
  • It’s a win-win situation. The opposite of zero sum game. Both people win.
  • It is what it is. Maybe the old fashioned way of saying “Whatever!”
  • You need to think outside of the box. The opposite of “Don’t color outside of the lines.”

I admit to having used all of these at one time or another and possibly multiple times. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Am I right?

By the way, if anyone finds “Whatever floats your boat” an annoying cliché, I won’t be offended that you find my overall philosophy of life annoying.

Fandango’s Story Starter #66

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:

She knew he was going to give her a long, deep kiss, but she was surprised when he…

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 — Squash


It’s October 4, 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 “squash.”

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.

#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.