Tale Weaver — Time for Change

Michael, who has served as the host for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt for 320 weeks, has said that it’s time for change. To that end, he will be handing over hosting this prompt to another yet to be named blogger going forward. Good luck, Michael. Thank you for hosting Tale Weaver over the past six-plus years. We’re going to miss you.

And speaking of change, I’ve been very vocal regarding my disdain for the switch to the block editor that WordPress has been forcing upon us. And I’ve been so resistant to that change that I had been considering ending my blog on WordPress.

Well, as of this morning, the “wp/admin” functionality is no longer available to me on wordpress.com. And I guess that means it’s the proverbial shit or get off the pot time.

So, I’m looking change right in the eye and I’m not going to blink. I’ve decided to go all in on the dreaded block editor. In fact, I’m on my iPhone right now composing this post in block editor mode. Yes, that’s right. I’m actually using the block editor. Because Fandango is not the kind of blogger who will let adversity stand in his way. And I refuse to allow the block editor to drive me away from something I love to do.

It’s time for change.

Tale Weaver — The Mystery of the Bald Man

For this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, we are asked to “write in the form of a mystery story that involves a bald man.”


It all began that chilly February morning when Jacob woke up, walked into the bathroom, saw his reflection in the bathroom mirror over the sink, and noticed that his head was bald.

My father wasn’t bald, he thought.

My mother wasn’t bald, he thought.

My brother isn’t bald, he thought.

My sister isn’t bald, he thought.

No one else in my entire extended family is or was bald, he thought.

And yet I am bald, he thought.

Why am I bald? he wondered.

It was a real mystery to Jacob.

The end.

MLMM Tale Weaver — Dry Skin

My skin can get very dry and itchy. How dry and itchy can my skin get? Well, the skin on my elbows, knees, and heels can become cracked and flaky and sometimes actually bleed. That’s how dry my skin can get.So every day, immediately after I step out of the shower and dry myself off, I slather a boatload of Jergens Ultra Healing body lotion all over my body — literally from head to toe. And now my skin is soft and supple.

It’s a good thing I’ve never suffered from poison ivy, though, because if I had, no doubt it would have taken an ocean of calamine lotion to relieve the itch.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, where the challenge is to write about “lotion.”

MLMM Tale Weaver — Prince Charming

“I want to be the love of your life, Amanda,” Brian said. “What must I do to be your Prince Charming?”

Amanda thought for a moment and said,

“You need to bring me flowers
For no particular reason.
You need to be a man I can lionize
Someone who casts long shadows
A man who isn’t at all pedantic
And who would never lead a vendetta
Or leave me in isolation
You must be my novella hero
And cast a romantic spell over me
Then you’ll be my Prince Charming.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, which is to describe what it takes to be a Prince Charming. Also for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the word is “flowers.” And for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (lionize), Ragtag Daily Prompt (long shadows), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pedantic), Word of the Day Challenge (vendetta), The Daily Spur (isolation), MMA Storytime (novella), and Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot it January (spell).

Tale Weaver — So Tired

Yes, I’m tired. And yes, I’m run down. But it’s not because I’m old. It’s because I have lived through the madness of Donald Trump as president over the past four years. I have had to deal with the time leading up to the election in November, the election itself, the nearly two months of craziness after the election where Trump refused to accept his loss, and the absolute insanity of the past week.

And now I’m tired and I’m run down because of the threat of even more violence by the rabid Trump MAGA thugs who staged an insurrection of the U.S. Capitol building a week ago yesterday and who are threatening to lay siege once again when Joe Biden gets inaugurated this coming Wednesday.

And not only are these Trump-inspired MAGA-maniacs threatening our nation’s capital, they are threatening violence in the capitals and major cities across all fifty states. And I’m so tired of this shit.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of this will come to an end once Donald Trump is out of office. But will it end? I truly believe that as long as Donald Trump continues to live and breathe, it will not end.

I’m just so damn tired.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt.