Six Sentence Story – Dancing with Death

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Bumblebee succumbs to a goldenrod spider. photo by sillyfrog

THIS IS A WEEKLY CHALLENGE TO WRITE A SIX SENTENCE STORY.
This week’s prompt is to use the word “theory”.

Dancing with Death

It was a life and death drama as dynamic as those of gladiators at the Colosseum in Rome, minus the 50,000 spectators, playing out on a single flower among the late summer weeds.

A goldenrod spider, armed with numbing venom, had ambushed the bumblebee who, in theory, had an equally well-equipped arsenal and likely could have been victorious but for the elements of camouflage and surprise the arachnid utilized with strategic excellence.

It was over in seconds as the venom pulsed into the insect, completely paralyzing the bee removing all possible threats of counter actions, thus sparing the spider any injury before she would dine on the spoils.

In the next few days, another battle most definitely will ensue between predator and prey and this spider, unassured of victory each and every time, will dance with death again in her own pantry for the privilege of sustenance.

She one day soon may meet her match and perish but not without the glory of claiming her place as a formidable warrior in the ongoing struggle of life.

Knowing all this makes human beings impatiently beeping their horns in a long line, at the Burger King drive-thru, look rather lame, don’t you think?
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6 Minute Poem – Retired and Adrift

THIS WRITING CHALLENGE LIMITS US TO 6 MINUTES FOR CREATING PROSE OR A POEM IN REFERENCE TO THE PHOTO.

RETIRED AND ADRIFT

Of all the things I’ve lost,

I find myself misplaced and tossed.

The days and dates are fluid now

Adrift in time and space, but how?

Retired days are rows of clones,

A daily curse of aching bones.

I’m much confused but understand

The heavens are not human planned.

Although I waver ’bout my place,

I’ll wear no doubts upon my face.

[Created in 6 minutes.]

Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 03/02/2021 – Stine Writing (christinebialczak.com)
Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 03/02/2021

FFFC #108 ~ Contestants in Time


Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge 3/1/21

The image is from Ba Tik @ Pexels.com.

“Just keep smiling. We’re being watched and recorded. Don’t let on that we know.”
Jen playfully whispered those alarming words in Yonny’s ear then nibbled his earlobe.
Yonny didn’t even flinch and ran his hand along Jen’s jawline in a similar playful manner.

The interviewer had briefly left the room but would be back anytime. Jen’s instincts told her that today’s interview was anything but innocent. The couple had been separated from a large group of couples hoping to make the first round of applicants for a TV Colonization Project on a newly discovered uninhabited tropical island in the South Pacific. They had checked out on the medical screenings, especially the one on fertility, so they felt encouraged about their chances. But, somewhere in the process, Jen had begun to feel distressed. This was a voluntary program with a guarantee that they would have plenty of time to decide whether, or not, they wanted to follow through. A sense of foreboding overshadowed their adventurous dither for the first time.

She’d noticed that this morning’s questions were odd, especially when it came to their fidelity to each other and to The Project. The questioner, a psychologist by the name of Dr. Mary Joseph, had raised her voice at critical points where they were asked to speak clearly and loudly on those topics. Her abrupt departure was another clue, to Jen, that they were not merely contestants, but experimental lab animals. She’d have to find a way to warn Yonny!

Ten indecisive seconds later, the door to their vault (aka applicant suite) sprang open and men in full body spacesuits dragged them, kicking and screaming, to a laboratory with large windows overlooking a hanger. The hanger held a space craft emitting ignition sequence exhausts.

Once the drugs were administered, Yonny and Jen were cryogenically frozen and whisked inside the craft. Two capsules held their inanimate bodies labeled Adam 234 and Eve 234. It would be 25 years and countless light years before they’d have an opportunity to communicate again.

Later that same day, Dr. Joseph climbed the stairs to vault 235 and rapped on the door…


Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #108 – This, That, and The Other (fivedotoh.com)
Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge March 1st.

Weekly Smile ~ 3/1/21

The cardinals are singing their Spring song!
Actually, the males are advertising for mates. I wait for this event every winter.
Usually, it happens between Jan. 25 and Feb. 10. It may have happened this year during that time but I hadn’t heard it until last week.
I was likely inside during an inclement spell during that time OR they decided to ‘get busy’ only under a weather permitting time table.
Anyway, last week was my first notice of the cardinals of 2021.
Our first harbinger of Springtime has arrived.
Birds make me smile throughout the year but this event gets a GREAT BIG SMILE!





Weekly Smile for the First of March 2021 #weeklysmile | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Sundays with Bill ~ Bright Moments


Bill Engvall is a gifted comedian. I ‘bust a gut’ every time I watch one of his routines!



But, He’s much more than all that funny… he’s genuine. I’m personally very fond of this man.
Bill is a devout Christian and all ’round good guy.
I watch his Facebook Sunday ‘off the cuff’ sermons weekly and find much comfort and hope in them.
He’s a treasure and I wanted to share today’s with y’all.

https://fb.watch/3Xx87T57ta/

Song Lyric Sunday ~ To The Sky

I decided to search for an unfamiliar song on our theme Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind. I found this lovely piece created for a movie.
I’m pleased to have found a new movie to watch, as well!
The enchanted messages I received through songs as a child, were foundations of hope, faith, and courage, for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to introduce some kids to this!


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[Verse 1]
Shipwreck in a sea of faces
There’s a dreamy world up there
Dear friends in higher places
Carry me away from here
Travel light, let the sun eclipse you
‘Cause your flight is about to leave
And there’s more to this brave adventure
Than you’d ever believe

[Chorus]
Birds-eye view, awake the stars
‘Cause they’re all around you
Wide eyes will always brighten the blue
Chase your dreams, and remember me, sweet bravery
‘Cause after all those wings will take you, up so high
So bid the forest floor goodbye as you race the wind
And take to the sky (you take to the sky)

[Verse 2]
On the heels of war and wonder
There’s a stormy world up there
You can’t whisper above the thunder
But you can fly anywhere
Purple burst of paper birds
This picture paints a thousand words
So take a breath of myth and mystery
And don’t look back

[Chorus]
Birds-eye view, awake the stars
‘Cause they’re all around you
Wide eyes will always brighten the blue
Chase your dreams, and remember me, sweet bravery
‘Cause after all those wings will take you, up so high
So bid the forest floor goodbye as you race the wind
And take to the sky (you take to the sky)

[Bridge]
There’s a realm above the trees
Where the lost are finally found
So touch your feathers to the breeze
And leave the ground

[Chorus]
Birds-eye view, awake the stars
‘Cause they’re all around you
Wide eyes will always brighten the blue
Chase your dreams, and remember me, sweet bravery
‘Cause after all those wings will take you, up so high
So bid the forest floor goodbye as you race the wind
And take to the sky (you take to the sky, you take to the sky)
You take to the sky 

Weather Forecast – A Unique Title For Me (wordpress.com)

This tune was penned by Owl City (a.k.a. Adam Young) as the theme to director Zack Snyder’s animation debut Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. The song is featured prominently within the film and then plays again as it soars over the end title sequence. It was the first new Owl City song to be released since Summer 2009’s Ocean Eyes.
The main song for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, recorded exclusively for the film.

In September 2010, “To the Sky” was officially released via iTunes on the soundtrack for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole.

OLWG # 196- Grandma’s Gifts

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An actual painting done by my 8-year-old granddaughter, Katherine.



Lily had watched her grandmother create unique gifts since forever. The reaction of the ‘giftee’ was usually tearful appreciation and a rush to show it off. She realized, early on, that handmade gifts were joyful ones.
Poetry and art filled Grandma’s home. She was a self-made artist who painted intermittently mostly by request or as inspired for a special gift. Grandma was much displeased by a modern legacy of sparing no dollar amount at the expense of meaning.
At eight years old, Lily wanted to give her grandma a painting from her own hand.
She already had become keenly aware of that pervasive shallow trend in gifting probably due to the contrast of her grandmother’s genuine gifting approach in her life.
Lily labored over her masterpiece and her Mom kicked in the price of a frame.
When Grandma’s birthday arrived, Lily was giddy with excitement.
Grandma melted into happy tears when she unwrapped a seascape made especially for her. The artist had scribbled Lily in the corner just the way Grandma signed her pieces.
On the back was the date and title:
April 2013
The Wetness of His Soul
By Lily

Grandma hugged her tightly.
“What does your title mean, Baby?”
“I heard you tell God that he is the witness to your soul and I wanted my ocean to mean a lot to you too.”
After more hugs and kisses,
Grandma and Lily voted her title the BEST ever!
(30 minutes)

This week’s prompts are:

  1. the wetness of his soul
  2. I voted
  3. overcome the legacy

You can start writing whenever you want, just write – and have fun!

OLWG #196- Excerpt From a Screenplay (of sorts) – The New, Unofficial, On-line Writer’s Guild (wordpress.com)

# 1 Minute Fiction ~ Christmas Hygge

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One Minute Challenge Prompt



Dec. 22~ My name is Embla which means ‘first woman on Earth’. The student exchange has been wonderfully exciting so my homesick heart, on this morning, has taken me by surprise.
Christmas Eve is only days away!
This makes me lonely for my homeland in Denmark. I feel like the ‘only woman on Earth’.
Grandmother Lykke will be setting up for a lovely celebration. Lykke means “happy one” and no one exemplifies that name more than she! I dearly miss my grandmother at Christmas.
Dec. 24~ Hoorah! Grandmother sent me a present by special delivery. Inside are the three gnomes that have decorated her Christmas hearth for all of my life. Today, hygge has come in a package!
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I was intrigued by the flag the gnome held. It is the flag of Denmark.
As I researched for my brief story, I came across a culture deeply rooted in beautiful tradition. The names chosen for my characters are Danish. The word ‘hygge’ is pronounced sounding like ‘who-gah’. It means contentment and coziness. Hygge is the theme of Christmas Eve in Denmark.
I LOVE LEARNING NEW THINGS! This challenge offered me that opportunity. 😉

February 24th #1MinFiction Challenge – Cyranny’s Cove

69 word salute to 1969


Their headbands, hemp sandals, and psychedelic dashikis, blended at the kitsch event.
Muriel and Lucas found love at Woodstock.
A son was conceived under a tarp in a muddy field.
As star children whose child came from a perfect blending of souls meant to be together,
the fruit of their desire would stand out and immortalize them.
He would embody their harmony.
Mucas met the world the next Spring.

(69 words)

Weekend Writing Prompt #198 – Kitsch | Sammi Cox (wordpress.com)

THEY LIE WITHOUT REST — Citizen Tom


I’m reblogging an interesting post with a sound message.

Reporters with various forms of “fake news” from an 1894 illustration by Frederick Burr Opper (from Fake new.s – Wikipedia) A an easy riddle. Riddle: How does one lie without rest? Answer: One tells a falsehood. Isaiah put it this way. Isaiah 57:20-21 New American Standard Bible 20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, For it […]

THEY LIE WITHOUT REST — Citizen Tom