3TC — Witness for the Prosecution

0E6FF6D8-274D-46C0-A515-D86DF37A7855I received a summons to appear in court today as a witness for the prosecution in a breaking and entering trial. I didn’t see much of what happened, but I did hear the glass break and my neighbor’s home alarm go off, and I saw some guy wearing a hoodie running from the scene. But it was dark and I couldn’t see his face, so I’m not sure can offer much of value.

Still, I’m very excited about this. I’ve been summoned for jury duty three times in my life, but I’ve never been summoned to appear as a witness. I want to make sure I present myself well, so I spent a lot of time in the bathroom this morning. I showered, shaved, trimmed my mustache, brushed and flossed my teeth, and combed my hair.

I’m ready to leave my townhouse, but I need to check the mirror one last time. After all, I want to make a good impression in court today.

Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge. The three things are three, mirror, and summons.

Friday Fictioneers — Mirror Mirror


Mirror mirror in the yard
Tell me why I must work so hard

I work all day and into the night
But I never see an end in sight

What must I do to make ends meet
What steps can I take the odds to beat

Tell me how to get my life on track
So I can move my family from this shack

I don’t foresee an end to my plight
There’s little left in me with which to fight

Mirror mirror tell me what I can do
To refresh my life and start anew

(96 words)

This sad, little excuse for a poem was written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Nathan Sowers.

#FOWC — Mirror Image

CD6D6261-3979-4AA1-921A-8159D948E531The image above, Hand with Reflecting Sphere, also known as Self-Portrait in Spherical Mirror, is a lithograph print by Dutch artist M.C. Escher. First printed in January 1935, the piece depicts the artist’s hand holding a reflective sphere. In the reflection, most of the room around Escher can be seen.

I have always been a huge fan of M.C. Escher’s work. I have several coffee table books of his drawings in my home as well as a handful of his prints hanging on my walls.

Here are just a few of my favorite Escher works. Look at them closely.



Written for today’s One-Word Challenge. The word is “mirror.”

FOWC with Fandango — Mirror

FOWCWelcome to June 13, 2018 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 “mirror.” 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.

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

You Are What You Eat


“Why do I always seem to get involved with the wrong types of guys?” Lizzie asked, bending over slightly, her head resting on her palms, her eyes moist with tears.

“The Law of Magnetic Attraction,” Dr. Singer responded, “states that we are like magnets. We attract into our lives everything that corresponds with our dominant thoughts and emotions.”

Lizzie looked up at her therapist. “So you’re saying it’s my fault that every man I fall for turns out to be a piece of shit?”

“I’m not assigning blame, Lizzie. I’m just pointing out, to put it more colloquially, you are what you eat.”

“Right. And I eat shit, huh?”

Dr. Singer took off her glasses and leaned in toward Lizzie. “What we think about most of the time, how we think about things, and the emotions we experience determine the people that we tend to attract into our lives.”

“Oh jeez,” exclaimed Lizzie. “What are you going to tell me next? That I think, therefore I am?”

“No,” Dr. Singer said. “I’m going to remind you that the people in our lives are reflections of your attitude and emotions. They are mirrors of your inner world and of your psychological posture. Look in the mirror, Lizzie. Reflect on who you are. If you’re unhappy with the kinds of people you attract, you need to change how you think, feel, and act so that you can attract different kinds of people.”

“And how, exactly, am I supposed to do that?” Lizzie asked.

Dr. Singer stood up. “Our hour is over, Lizzie. I’ll see you again next week.”

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