This Is My Life

EDAF4F9D-1EAA-4C58-B580-45DF5B4809FCI am standing alone on the deck of a giant cruise ship.
I am looking out toward the horizon.
I am looking west and watching the sunset.
Or am I looking east and watching the sunrise?
I’m not sure.
All I see is the ocean.
Everywhere.
All around me.
I don’t know which way this ship is heading.
Or from which way it came.
I am unable to get my bearings.

This is my life.

(Exactly 74 words)


A09947C0-C393-403C-94DC-CA576114D568Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “horizon” in exactly 74 words.

1F8AE82E-D4B7-418D-B464-FE9C60B08991Also written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write: Set the Scene prompt, where we are challenged to write a story based in the setting of “a cruise ship.”

Weekend Writing Prompt — Daydream Believer

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“I thought you were working on your novel,” Justin’s wife said. “But you’re just daydreaming again.”

“No I’m not,” Justin said. “I’m conceptualizing. I’m brainstorming. I’m conjuring. I’m wool-gathering.”

“Yeah, right,” she said. “More like dust-gathering.”

(Exactly 36 words)


B148D346-C857-4A55-8D62-3D3F7F54923CWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “wool-gathering” in exactly 36 words.

Weekend Writing Prompt — The Ransom Note

d0bf2e91-f050-4076-af0b-2998bd942cd6“Listen to me, you can’t go running off all helter-skelter,” Detective Morrisey said.

“But it’s a ransom note,” Fred said. “We have to do something.”

The detective sighed. “I know, but we can’t acquiesce. That would have to be our last resort only.”

“You’re right, of course,” Fred said. “We have to develop a plan.”

“And we need to be very deliberate,” Morrissey added. “These perpetrators are very dangerous, fanatical people. They are devout in their beliefs.”

“I understand that,” Fred said, tears running down his face, “but what they’re doing is just downright cruel.”

“I know these cat lovers can be crazy,” Morrisey said, “but we’ll get your dog back.”

(Exactly 111 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the words “helter-skelter” in exactly 111words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (note), Word of the Day Challenge (acquiesce), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (resort), Daily Addictions (develop), and Your Daily Word Prompt (devout).

P.S. We have a cat and a dog and we love them both. So all you cat lovers out there, don’t hate me.

The Mole Hole

4a68db7f-7db9-443b-a559-69944f346442I saw the mole and the hole he burrowed

In my perfect lawn.

When I saw that hole,

My brow furrowed.

I will set a trap to catch that mole

Before he bores another hole

In my now imperfect lawn.

(Exactly 40 words)


c643c708-6b04-45ca-b593-f428f621a13cWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “furrowed” in exactly 40 words.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Silhouette

9b3ea54b-1f96-45e2-b780-612184fc439eI see your silhouette against the window. You look so sophisticated with your cigarette in its long holder and your glass of champagne. You excude glamour and confidence. You stand so tall, straight, and self-assured. Surely you are a goddess.

Dare I, a mere mortal man, approach you? Shall I ask your name? Take your hand? Kiss your lips?

No. You probably have cigarette breath.

(Exactly 65 words)


9925994D-A8F1-495B-8CDE-F758884E89B0.jpegWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “silhouette” in exactly 65 words.