Work of Art

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Once you’ve completed you stencil, you’re ready to stretch it across the frame and clamp it in place,” Gregory said. “Make sure the stencil is stretched tight, nice and taut. Otherwise, you might get a random ink droplet on your final product, which would betray your efforts to create the perfect stencil.”

Dick looked down at the frame and felt that everything was ready. “What’s next?” he asked.

“You pour the ink onto the screen, and use a floodbar to push the ink through the holes in the mesh,” Gregory said. “Then you take the fill bar at the rear of the screen and, using a slight amount of downward force, pull the fill bar to the front of the screen. This fills the mesh openings with ink. At that point you take the rubber squeegee and move the mesh down to the surface and push the squeegee to the rear of the screen. As the squeegee moves toward the rear of the screen, the tension of the mesh pulls the mesh up away from the material, leaving the ink on the material’s surface. That’s the silkscreen process, my friend.”

“Cool,” Dick said. “Now what?”

“Well, you have to give the ink time to dry on the material for a moment or two,” Gregory said. “In the meantime, you can add different colors once the first color dries. Just follow the same process for each color.”

“No more colors. I’m done!” said Dick.

“Let me see,” Gregory said.

Dick carefully lifted the frame up and off the t-shirt, exposing his handiwork to Gregory. “So, what do you think? Do we have a deal or what?”dumptrumpT“I like it,” Gregory said, a smile on his face. “Can you deliver 30 more in time for the rally on Sunday?”

“Deal!” said Dick.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (droplet), Let It Bleed Weekly Prompt (betray), Fandango’ One-Word Challenge (silkscreen), The Daily Spur (moment), And Word of the Day (deal). Sorry Sheryl, but I couldn’t figure out how to get exacerbate into this tale.

Who’s Your Daddy?

902a00ec-c7cf-471f-bd76-3bd7e123ed97-e1560825503509.jpeg“Who’s your daddy?” Bill said, smiling.

“Seriously?” Leah said. “I’m doing everything I can to stay calm. You’re such a misogynist, Bill. When are you going to realize that men and women are equal? We are not here for your pleasure. You’re no better than a horny rabbit, for crissake.”

“Didn’t you read your Bible, Leah? God created Eve to, um, service Adam,” Bill said. “Women were put here for man’s amusement.”

“Oh my God, you are the most insincere man I have ever encountered,” Leah exclaimed. “If you’re lucky, a stiff breeze will come along and flow between your ears and clear that perverted mist from your brain.”

“You are such a militant feminist, Leah,” Bill said. “Let me give you some free advice. There’s no scientific evidence to support your feminist notion that women and men are physical or emotional equals.”

“Thanks for the gratis advice, which is worth the price I paid,” Leah said. “But since it appears that you’re going to sustain this male chauvinistic attitude, I’m outta here.”

Since I took the day off from blogging yesterday, I combined yesterday’s prompts and today’s. Word of the Day Challenge (daddy & equal), The Daily Spur (calm & support), Ragtag Daily Prompt (rabbit & breeze), Your Daily Word Prompt (insincere & sustain), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (gratis & mist).

Weekend Writing Prompt — Oblivious

B9BC02A6-835E-4EAB-8A92-D9F2BC44DA9FDo you remember that night?

I think it was on the 10th.

Everyone in the room turned to the door

And watched her slowly sashay across the floor

Believing it was her moment to shine,

She glanced around the room

And seeing everyone looking at her,

Flashed a gratuitous smile, as phony as she is.

Totally oblivious to the glacial stares

From all the other women who were there.

(Exactly 66 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “glacial” in exactly 66 words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (night), Swimmers (10th), The Daily Spur (door), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sashay), Word of the Day Challenge (shine, phony), Your Daily Word Prompt (gratuitous), and sammiscribbles (glacial). Photo credit:

Wedding Day, Wedding Night

1E7AF551-4CCC-429D-B9A6-ECEF2A64855CAmanda watched her older sister, sitting in front of a mirror in her wedding gown admiring her reflection. “Do you like what you see?” Amanda asked.

Joyce, surprised by her kid sister, turned and gave Amanda’s dirty look. “Shouldn’t you be doing your homework or playing with your dolls or something instead of spying on me?”

“What? And miss watching you preen in front of that mirror?” Amanda said.

“You’re such a child, you just don’t understand,” Joyce said. “Tomorrow is my wedding day and I want to make sure I look my best, since it’s my day and all eyes will be focused on me.”

“Well, duh,” Amanda said. “That’s a safe assumption, since you’re the bride and it’s your wedding day.”

“Do you want to see something really sexy that I bought to wear on my honeymoon?” Joyce said. “Go to the closet and pull out the black and red garment that’s hanging there.”

Amanda walked over to the closet, threw open the curtain and and pulled out a skimpy teddy that Joyce asked for. “Ooh, that’s insidious,” she said.

“Insidious?” Joyce said. “Oh no, little sister, that is total seduction.”

“Well, if you really want all eyes to be focused on you tomorrow, Joyce,” Amanda said, “forget the wedding gown and wear your wedding night teddy.”

“Now that would be insidious,” Joyce said, laughing.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, where the tale is suppose to consider the notion of a wedding. Photo credit: Guilherme Also written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (homework), Ragtag Daily Prompt (preen), Word of the Day Challenge (safe), The Daily Spur (curtain), and Your Daily Word Prompt (insidious).

#100WW — No Sense of Humor

54BD527A-59ED-4DDE-8A29-67044F40DDF6Steve walked into the small, eclectic eatery to escape a light, spring drizzle. He found a table, opened his bag, and spread the items, including his laptop, out on the table.

A waitress walked up to Steve. “Can I get you something?” she asked.

“A small coffee,” Steve said.

“Can I tempt you with a house-made pastry?” the smiling waitress asked.

With a sarcastic tone in his voice, Steve said, “You have quite a sense of humor.”

“Thank you,” she said, beaming.

“I was being facetious,” Steve said. “Reflect on that, young lady.”

“You’re mean.” she said, and walked away.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (eclectic), Ragtag Daily Prompt (drizzle), The Daily Spur (spread), Word of the Day Challenge (tempt), Weekly Prompts (humor), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reflect).