Weekend Writing Prompt — What’s In a Name?

When I first started blogging back in 2005, my big question was what I should title my blog.

I wanted something unique and catchy, and I remembered having read about Dizzy Dean, an American professional baseball pitcher. Dean was struck in the head by a thrown ball while breaking up a double play in the 1934 World Series. Afterwards, Dean told reporters, “They X-rayed my head and found nothing.”

I titled my first blog, “They Took an X-ray of My Head and Found Nothing.”

(Exactly 84 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “question.”

Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (x-ray)

Weekend Writing Prompt — The French Foreign Legion

Years ago, I saw a movie on TV.

It was about three brothers who joined the French Foreign Legion.

I thought when I grew up I would enlist.

Then I grew up.

(Exactly 32 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “legion.”

Weekend Writing Prompt — Costume Party

Herb was sitting at Doris’ dressing table when she entered their bedroom.

“What are you doing?” she asked her husband.

“Pass me that rainbow wig over there, and my brush?”

“Excuse me?

“I’m trying out my Halloween costume for the community center costume party,” he explained. “I’ll need to borrow one of your fancy dresses. I think I can squeeze into one.”

Indeed not,” Doris said. “What’s the matter with you?”

“I thought for one night it would be fun to pretend to be female.”

“Think again!”

(87 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “brush.”

Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (rainbow), Word of the Day Challenge (squeeze), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (indeed), and The Daily Spur (female).

Weekend Writing Prompt — Kit and Caboodle

“Andy, what the hell did you stuff into this backpack?” Andy’s father asked him. “It weighs a ton. Did you pack the whole kit and caboodle?”

“The kit and the what?” Andy asked.”

“The kit and caboodle,” his father said. “It means that you’re taking with you more than you could possibly need. Like everything, including the kitchen sink.”

“Dad,” Andy said, “I think we’re experiencing a verbal generation gap when you use expressions like kit and caboodle.”

(Exactly 78 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “caboodle.”

Weekend Writing Prompt — Informed and Entertained

Portmanteau. An interesting word. It is trunk that opens into two halves to carry clothing in while traveling.

But it’s also a word that combines the form and meaning of two or more other words

For example, “blog” is a portmanteau, a combination of “web” and “log.” And what is a blog if not a form of fascinating infotainment?

(59 words exactly)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “portmanteau.”