100WW — The Middle of Nowhere

901FEA02-40AF-413E-8B7F-FEBA3D6CA557“Shit!” Erin exclaimed.

“What’s the matter, Hon?” her husband asked.

“There’s no internet out here,” she said. “I just took a spectacular photo with my iPhone and I can’t get a goddam signal to upload it to Instagram.”

“Of course there’s no signal out here,” Fred said. “We’re in the middle of nowhere.”

“I want you to delate Mother Nature for failing to blanket the planet in internet connectivity,” Erin whined.

“I pledge to you, Erin,” Fred said, “that the lodge we’re staying at tonight has WiFi.”

“Oh thank God,” Erin said. “You’re like my knight in shining armor, Fred.”

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. And for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (delate), Word of the Day Challenge (pledge), Your Daily Word Prompt (knight), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (WiFi).

MLMM Tale Weaver — Be Careful What You Wish For

5e7192d9-6efa-47e0-97b9-c5a625aead0c“If I were you, I’d stay away from her. She’s trouble,” Chris advised his friend.

“But, dude, she’s gorgeous and she’s available,” Andrew said. “Look at this photograph of her on Instagram.”

“Yeah, I know she’s hot,” Chris admitted, “but I know a guy who went out with her for a while. You’ll be working overtime to try to keep her happy.”

“Why would you say that?”

“Just look at her Facebook page,” Chris said. “She’s been zigzaging all over the freakin’ globe for the past two years.”

“So what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?” Andrew asked. “What are you hoping to accomplish by telling me this?”

“Oh jeez, man,” Chris said. “Do I need to spell it out for you. Do I need to write you a letter?”

“No, but I just want to know why you are so down on this girl, dude,” Andrew said.

“I’m just saying, Andrew, that you need to be careful what you wish for.” Chris said. “That chick is ultra high maintenance.”

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Tale Weaver prompt where the topic is “maintenance.” Also for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (photograph),  Michael’s Writing Prompts (overtime), Daily Addictions (zigzag), Nova’s Daily Random Word (globe), Word of the Day Challenge (accomplish), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (letter.)

100WW — Frame Up

601776C1-8CC2-4451-8EAC-2BAD6CCC8554“Randy,” his mother said, “turn the phone on its side. If you take the picture in landscape mode, you can fit more into the frame.”

“Ma, this is my phone and I want to take the picture my way,” Randy said. “I know that you’re a professional photographer, but I just want to take a snapshot that I can post on Instagram, not to create a work of art.”

“But don’t you want to impress your friends back home with all the photocomposition skills that I taught you?” Randy’s mother asked.

“Ma, don’t you know my friends by now?”

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Sebastien Gabriel.

Sunday Photo Fiction — Snapshots

“I don’t get it, Jack. You never go anywhere without your camera. Why would you put it up for auction on eBay?”

Jack looked at Stan. “First of all, it’s big and bulky,” he said. “The cameras on smartphones have gotten so much better over the past few years that I’m not sure it still makes sense to carry around a camera and a smartphone anymore.”

“But you’re such a great photographer, Jack,” Stan said. “Do you really think you can take photos on your phone that are as good as what you can take on your camera?”

“Probably not as good, but reasonably close,” Jack answered. “Besides, the phone is digital and my camera uses film. With digital, I don’t need to take the film in for developing, I can edit the images and add special effects on the fly, and I can instantly upload them to Instagram and Facebook.”

“Yeah, I guess that’s more convenient these days,” agreed Stan.

“Besides,” said Jack, “I’m not a professional photographer. I’m fine with just using my phone to take snapshots rather than using a large, heavy camera to take photographs.”

Stan sighed, “Yeah, welcome to the 21st century, I guess.”

(199 words)

Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo prompt: A Mixed Bag.