So Many Words

9670BE73-11FD-4242-AD7A-860EA68E3836As many of you who read my blog know, I try to incorporate four or five daily prompt words into a post each day. In addition to my Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, there’s the Word of the Day Challenge, the Ragtag Daily Prompt, the Your Daily Word Prompt, and, more recently, the Daily Spur.

Now two other bloggers have upped the ante. Roger Shipp has resurrected his popular Daily Addictions prompt and Nova has brought back her Nova’s Daily Random Word prompt.

So today we are offered seven daily words: productive, pollution, adversity, drive, puzzle, target, and youthful.

Okay, the gauntlet has been thrown and I’m going to pick it up now.


“Our nation is facing a serious crisis. Pollution of the air we breathe and the water we drink is bringing about a potential environmental catastrophe,” the candidate said.

“It is critical that we, as citizens, come together and target the crisis with productive approaches,” she continued. “This is not a puzzle that is unsolvable. We need to apply your youthful exuberance to drive this country toward cleaner air and water and to overcome the adversity that doing nothing will bring about. It’s your futures that are at stake. Thank you.”

The candidate for student council president received a standing ovation from Miss Brown’s first grade class.

The Notorious DJT

aa5f9270-5155-46b4-a1f9-4692d2ecaa06He was a showman and a con artist, notorious for his bombast. So full of himself, he decided to seek the highest office in the land.

Most pundits thought it was a narcissistic whim, a buffoonish lark, a fluke, something he did as a self-promotion tool.

But he entered the race, building his campaign around frustration, anxieties, fear, and nationalism.

He said he was going to make America great again. He would build a wall to keep out bad hombres who are rapists, drug dealers, and criminals, all part of his nationalist agenda.

He said he was going to drain the swamp in the nation’s capital of corruption.

He said he was going to protect us from fanatic Islamist terrorists.

He said it was a good idea to get along with, kowtow to, and have negotiations with dictators and adversaries.

But all along, the needs and interests of the American people were secondary to his own unenlighted self-interests.

With his scare-filled rhetoric, his lies, and his bullshit, he won primary after primary. And he secured the nomination.

And with the help of, and collusion with, the Russians, he amazingly won the election, something even he didn’t expect.

And for the past two years, he has slowly been destroying the American democracy, devalued America’s standing on the world stage, diminished the long-held alliances with our western allies, and given Putin a free pass.

And worst of all, instead of making America great again, all he’s accomplished is to make America hate again.


Written for Nova’s Daily Random Word Prompts: #41-42 (primary and secondary) and #43-47 (notorious, negotiation, nationalism, nationalist, and nomination). Caricature by Mitchell Cowell.

MLMM First Line Friday — Stand Up

d53f765b-e2f1-430e-880d-825f69dcbc78“Well I think it’s funny!” Sharon said. “And it’s not a mean funny, it’s, you know, an affable funny.”

“Thank you so much for letting me run my routine by you,” Joel said. “I’m so glad you liked it. You know, it’s always been my dream to do stand up.”

“Well, as long as it’s not a chore, you should continue to pursue it,” Sharon said.

“A chore?” Joel said. “Not at all. I love it. And I have a method to my madness. I’m adamant that I have the power to be a successful stand up comedian.”

“I have confidence that you’ll make it, Joel,” Sharon said. “By the way, I saw a female comedian the other night at a local club. She was marvelous, so funny. Maybe you know her, Joel. Her name is Mrs. Maisel, the same last name you have.”


Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s First Line Friday. Also for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (affable), Nova’s Daily Random Word  (dream), Ragtag Daily Prompt (chore), Daily Addictions (method), Your Daily Word Prompt (adamant), and Word of the Day Challenge (power).

Insider Information

3d014dea-3277-47de-b800-d26271ec024f“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Darren said. If we dont jump on this, we’ll be frozen out of the deal.”

“You know, Darren, if you had a shard of integrity, you’d want us to walk away from this deal,” Henry said. “It’s an onerous path that the team would have to follow in order for us to see any kind of decent return on our investment.”

“Listen, I’ve got sound information from a source on the inside that the company is on the cusp of being awarded a big government contract from the EPA,” Darren said.

“Who’s your source?” Henry asked.

I can’t give you his name, but believe me, he’s an individual who can be trusted,” Darren said. Trust me, Henry, this deal will make us a bundle.”

*****Three weeks later*****

Henry ran into Darren’s office holding the newspaper. “Did you see this? The government is on shutdown. All contracting processes, including those at the EPA, have been suspended indefinitely.”

“Yeah, my source called me about an hour ago,” Darren said. “He told me that all bets are off.”

“Great, just great,” Henry said. “Do you know what this does to our bottom line? It’s like taking an uppercut to our financial chin from Floyd Mayweather. Do me a favor, Darren. The next time you get some insider information from a so-called reliable source, don’t come to me with it.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (opportunity), Nova’s Daily Random Word (frozen), Ragtag Daily Prompt (shard), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (onerous), Daily Addictions (individual), and Word of the Day Challenge (uppercut).

100WW — The Rally

02a53f4a-d4ea-404c-aebe-43268679557fAnita was crafting her intricate sign to bring to the rally. Donna brought her a cup of coffee and set it down on the table. “What are you hoping to accomplish?” Donna asked.

“My quest is to call attention to women’s rights,” Anita said. “Ever since Trump and his criminal associates took over, the rights we fought so hard for are frail. We must take umbrage with what they are doing not just in our words but with our actions.

“Well, it just so happens I read your horoscope today,” Donna said. “It said your endeavors will bear fruit.”

(100 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo by T. Chick McClure.

Also for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (intricate), Nova’s Daily Random Word (coffee), Ragtag Daily Prompt (quest), Your Daily Word Prompt (associate), Daily Addictions (frail), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (umbrage), and Weekly Prompts (horoscope).