Thursday Inspiration — Head Games

For this week’s Thursday Inspiration, Jim Adams focused on the word “head,” and he used the song “Walk Away,” by Joe Walsh when he was with the James Gang.

Jim pointed out that Walsh’s song is about the end of his relationship with his first wife. This made me think of another song that deals with a tumultuous relationship where the guy has had it with his woman’s head games. The couple clearly isn’t communicating, and the psychological manipulations are taking their toll. That song is “Head Games” from Foreigner.

“Head Games” was the title-cut and second single taken from Foreigner’s third album release. It was written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, and was released in the U.S. in November 1979. It reached number 14 on the Billboard hot 100.

In the song, the guy complains to his girl that “no time ever seems right to talk about the reasons why you and I fight.” Then he declares that “it’s high time to draw the line, to put an end to this game, before it’s too late.” He emphatically tells her that he can’t take it anymore and doesn’t want to continue playing her head games.

MLMM Photo Challenge — Reflection

He looked into the mirror, expecting to see his reflection. But instead he saw his black derby hat, his black shirt, and just empty air where his head should have been. He gasped.

He turned around and closed his eyes. He took a deep breath and furtively turned back toward the mirror. He opened his eyes slowly. Again, he gasped.

What has become of me? he wondered. His hands reached up to touch his face, but as in his reflection, there was nothing between his hat and his shirt.

This is when it dawned on him. He was an evil person, sinister, conniving, malevolent. And because of that, he was no longer worthy of being considered human.


Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Pobble 365. Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (furtive), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (sinister), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (human).

FOWC with Fandango — Head

FOWCWelcome to April 10, 2020 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 “head.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

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

Weekend Writing Prompt — Mortal Enemy

ECA08AC4-C7A7-4D61-9064-860D505CE34F “Bring me his head,” the king commanded. “I need proof that my mortal enemy is dead.”

“Sire,” the warrior of the realm said. “I will gladly do your bidding.”

Three weeks later the warrior returned. “My liege,” he said to his king, “I have secured the head of your mortal enemy.”

The king was so pleased he commissioned the royal artist to create a sculpture of the warrior holding the head.

(71 words)

35A8F30E-7877-4555-8C29-8359B14DBE25Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “sculpture” in exactly 71 words. Photo credit: Alison Courtney at Unsplash.

Twittering Tales — Otherwise

E7311388-3A1D-4818-863C-8A203FB666A1“Why do you sleep with so many pillows?” his girlfriend asked. “You have only one head.”

“I need two behind my head,” he said. “Otherwise I’ll get dizzy. I need one in the small of my back. Otherwise I’ll get a backache. And one beneath my knees. Otherwise my feet will swell up.”

(279 characters)


Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Jay Mantri @ Pixabay.com.