Weekend Writing Prompt — The Ministry

B57457F0-0D59-4BC6-8591-F006EEFA8157“What’s your angle?” Bill asked.

“I don’t have an angle.” Joe said. “I’m an ordained minister and the leader of my own church.”

“Yeah, ordained via some bogus website,” Bill said.

“It’s not bogus. My ministry is totally legit,” Joe insisted.

“Look at you, Joe, acting so pious, as if we should all be grateful to be in the presence of a man of the cloth. It’s all a deception, a tax dodge,” Bill said.

“Who are you to judge me?” Joe angrily asked. “God alone will judge me.”

“And the judge at your fraud trial.”

(Exactly 95 words)


C371206B-B37A-4AD8-9318-DC9CE05C48FAWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “judge” in exactly 95 words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (angle), The Daily Spur (leader), Word of the Day Challenge (pious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (grateful), and Weekly Prompts (deception).

Weekend Writing Prompt — You’re Fired

6F5139F4-804C-4E84-9E4C-1CD0C84F39DBGrimace, in order to be my new Secretary of Labor, you have to be willing to promote alternative facts and support my lunacy. I don’t think you’ve got what it takes.

You’re Fired!

(Exactly 33 words)


F99A06CE-4B67-493E-B110-E95F299D66AEWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “grimace” in exactly 33 words.

Weekend Writing Prompt — You Enthrall Me

352F9DE9-B195-4F97-B2E5-EF0AEC09543B“You enthrall me,” she said, even though she knew all about his reputation as a philanderer. To her he was a man of mystery, and it was just that air of his that she found irresistibly intriguing. She also found him to be a little dangerous, which she thought was thrilling…to her dying breath.

(Exactly 54 words)


213AA7CD-2DE8-4B4B-9028-9344D44D4651Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “enthral” in exactly 115 words. (I used the common American spelling, “enthrall.”) Image credit: Enamorte@DeviantArt.com.

Weekly Writing Prompt — Of Clocks and Life

B20C3889-311F-4628-A940-C7688150CDCDStopped clocks are right twice a day.

Life is carefree at birth and death.

(14 words)


6924D80B-1756-4817-9AEC-48D931B1D367Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged us to write a post using the word “carefree” in exactly 14 words. Photo credit: ApplePo3 at DeviantArt.com.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Lost in Translation

96B7AB7B-A021-4CA8-91FD-249D8E68A0A9“We’re an American company, but many of our clients are Chinese,” the interviewer said. “We need someone who can accurately and effectively translate from English to Mandarin.”

“I speak fluent Mandarin,” the applicant said. “I am sure I can handle that kind of translation.”

“Knowing how to speak two languages is not the same as knowing how to translate,” interviewer said. “Being a translator is a special skill that professionals work hard to develop. Incorrect translations have the potential to cause significant damage. Financial markets may crumble and countries may go to war over mistranslated words or phrases. Are you prepared for such consequences if you screw up?”

“Thank you, but I’ll take a pass.”

(115 words)


8EB51AAF-8A0F-4338-93A3-803547B73B38Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “translation” in exactly 115 words.