Time To Write — Word Choice Matters

ED97A8A9-A5D4-4158-9229-23F1C9229171“I’m sick of always having to repeat myself,” Alan said. “I am continuously explaining to you the proper way to complete the weekly reports and yet you always seem to make the same mistakes.”

“Excuse me, boss,” William said, “you are not continuously explaining anything to me. You are continually explaining the proper way to complete the reports.”

“What the hell are you talking about, William?”

“Well, boss,” William said, “continual means start and stop, while continuous means never-ending. If something occurs frequently or recurs intermittently, like making mistakes while preparing the weekly reports, it’s continual. It doesn’t happen ceaselessly, but it does happen regularly. But if something occurs unceasingly or exist without interruption, like the flow of a river or the way you demean and belittle everyone who works for you, it is continuous because it never pauses.”

“Oh for crissake, William,” Alan said. “Continuously or continually, you know full well what I meant.”

“Word choice matters, boss,” William said. “As a manager, you don’t want to create any uncertainty about what you mean because you’re using the wrong words, do you?”

“Create uncertainty? Are you kidding me?” Alan bellowed. Then he paused, took a deep breath, and said, “William, in order to dispel any uncertainty you may be experiencing, I’m going to choose my words very carefully so that they won’t be open to misinterpretation. You are continuously annoying and you are continually screwing up the weekly reports. So, I want to make myself perfectly clear. You’re fired!”


E2AADBFC-6AEF-46F0-BF71-3CC6CB996DDAWritten for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write: Random Words prompt, where the three words are “continuous,” “repeat,” and “uncertainty.”

You’re Fired

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“As your financial advisor, James, I strongly recommend that you consolidate your assets,” the accountant said. “Given the market volatility over the past few weeks, you don’t want to fumble the financial ball when you’re so close to the goal line.”

“Andrew,” James said to his accountant, “you’ve done a stupendous job over the years managing my money. But I think it’s time to make an adjustment.”

“An adjustment, James.” Andrew said. “Are you firing me?”

“Andrew, I have been meeting with an art broker who has a work of art, one that he describes as a true masterpiece, that he wants me to purchase,” James said. “He assures me that the value of this masterpiece will appreciate no less than tenfold, which is a far better return than you can achieve for me.”

“James,” Andrew said, “what kind of magical thinking are you and this art broker engaged in?”

“Well, Andrew,” James said, “you talked about the volatility of the market with its wide swings both up and down. But great works of art, masterpieces, always appreciate. So to answer your earlier question, Andrew, yes, you’re fired.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Scotts Daily Prompt (consolidate), Ragtag Daily prompt (fumble), Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt (stupendous), Word of the Day Challenge (masterpiece), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (magical).

Dog Days of August

Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is “dog.” Given the events of this past week between Donald Trump and his former White House staffer, Omarosa Manigault Newman, the only African-American to have served in a senior role, I thought this prompt was well timed.

To set the stage, Omarosa was fired from her White House position by chief-of-staff John Kelly in February. Omarosa, an “Apprentice” contestant several times over, published a “tell-all” book this week. It’s titled Unhinged, and is all about her time in the Trump White House. She’s also released some audio tapes she surreptitiously recorded and says she has many more.

Aparently Trump apparently went ballistic and, of course, he started rage tweeting. In one of them, he called Omarosa a dog.img_2202Calling Omarosa a dog did not sit well with a lot of people. But, of course, his loyal, puppy dog-like press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended him.img_2195

Weekend Writing Prompt — #MeToo

B0AA741F-26F9-4B21-8BE1-21277BE69B31“I’m going to have to let you go, Janice,” he said.

“What?” I asked. “Are you firing me? What have I done wrong?”

It’s more what you haven’t done,” he said. “You’ve been derelict in your duties.”

“How so?”

“You’ve refused to have sex with me.”

(46 words)


Written for today’s Weekend Writing Prompt from Sammie Cox.5420E16B-3D75-4971-8D5F-688163B9468E

New Job

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When Stacy walked through the door, her husband, Nick, could immediately sense that all was not well.

She went to hang her coat on the antique coat rack just inside the front door but she missed the hook and the coat fell to the floor. That’s when Stacy burst into tears.

Nick ran over to his wife and flung his arms around her. “I take it your first day on the new job didn’t go so well,” he said, hugging his wife.

Stacy finally got her sobbing under control. She leaned her head on Nick’s broad shoulder. “Actually, it was close to perfect. Even exceptional.”

“So are these tears of joy?” asked Nick.

“Not even close,” Stacy responded.

Nick ushered Stacy into the living room and motioned for her to sit on the couch. He sat down next to her. “Tell me what happened.”

“When I got there, the receptionist took me directly to the office of the editor-in-chief,” Stacy explained. “She couldn’t have been more warm and welcoming and told me how she was looking forward to having me on her staff.”

Stacy took a deep breath in an effort to regain her composure. “After talking for about a half hour, she personally gave me a tour around the editorial department. Everyone I met was so pleasant and friendly. She showed me to my workspace, gave me a list of assignments to work on, and explained how to access the rough drafts on the system.”

“That sounds great,” Nick said.

“It was,” Stacy responded. “I got right to work. I loved it. A few of the other copy editors asked me to join them for lunch, which I did. They are really nice, genuine people.”

“So…?”

Tears once again started streaming down Stacy’s cheeks. “At around 3:00, the owner of the magazine called everyone into the large conference room for an important announcement. That was when we all learned that the magazine had just been acquired by a large publishing conglomerate.”

“Oh wow,” Nick said.

“And that’s when they announced that our little magazine was going to cease production because it overlapped with one of their existing publications. Some of the writers and editors, they told us, would be offered positions at their other magazines.”

Stacy took a moment to compose herself before continuing. “But most of the staff, including me, of course, were let go. Effective immediately. Only those who had worked there for more than three months would receive severance.”

“Yikes,” said Nick, shaking his head.

“So today was my first and last day at my new job,” Stacy sighed.

“Exceptional,” said Nick.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “exceptional.”