“Chaotic Chocolate, Short Story #2.”


After spending Thanksgiving with Jeffery’s parents, the couple enjoyed a leisurely ride home but stopped to buy a live Christmas tree in which Jason helped choose. They looked forward to evenings decorating the tree, signing Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. Because of 5-year-old Jason’s engaging personality with the baby boomers at his Grandmothers Thanksgiving Luncheon, several of guest sent him advent calendars filled with chocolates. … Continue reading “Chaotic Chocolate, Short Story #2.”

“Irksome, Short Story #1.”


Hello, fellow blog post followers. In the coming weeks, some of WordPress’s daily word prompts responses will revolve around Jeffery and Jaqueline Lehman and their five-year-old son Jason over the holiday season. With the approach of Thanksgiving, it had been six months since Jeffery’s mother had seen her first grandchild, Jason. Jeffery and Jaqueline Lehman left two days before Thanksgiving to surprise Jeffery’s parents in … Continue reading “Irksome, Short Story #1.”

“Lofty.”


This is my second year participating in the National Novel Writing Month event. Although I have prepared with lofty plot ideas, with detail developement of characters and  and thier personalities. However, my best laid creative plans are usually thwarted for one reason or another as the month unflods. My novel’s focal point is a local gym in Fort Myrs Fl and how the committments of … Continue reading “Lofty.”

“Anticipation.”


The participation within any race builds anticipation as you approach the finish line. Seeking something produces the anticipations of finally grasping and holding what is sought. Formulating a plot line, creating characters, with complex backgrounds and personalities to become close friends within the mind creates anticipation to complete a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month before midnight November 30, 2016. Currently, at 41983, and my prize … Continue reading “Anticipation.”

“Flattery.”


It is often said, “Flattery will get you nowhere.” However, I believe a little or a lot of honest and sincere flattery will go a long way to please a loved one, or will it? Take the case of my neighbor Calbert Winston. I happened to be outside to watched him accidentally run over his wife’s prize-winning red rose bush with his riding lawnmower. I … Continue reading “Flattery.”

“Twinkle.”


In college, there were weekends when many in my dorm would venture out to the lake near the university for a keg party. I reluctantly attended hoping to leave after an hour to return to my room to study some world history. It was a warm evening when I met a beautiful girl named Saundra, Thompson, standing next to her telescope. She was an astronomy … Continue reading “Twinkle.”

Realizations of a Travel Writer.


Several days ago, I wrote separate responses for WordPress daily word prompts for the words “stubborn,” “praise,” “muse,” “crave,” “profound,” and “apology.” As I formulated my thoughts, I recognized the calm, peaceful, and relaxed feeling of absolute happiness within me that had me reflect upon and contemplate why? As a child, my parents, teachers, and friends told me, I was hyperactive, I needed to slow … Continue reading Realizations of a Travel Writer.

Island


Oh, how I would love to live on an island. I was offered the opportunity to live on an island off the coast of Key West when I received a newsletter from the US National Parks artist-in-residence program asking for applicants for its residency located on the Dry Tortuga Island 90-miles off the coast of Key West Florida. The US National Parks operates artist in … Continue reading Island

“Burn”


The word burn can conjure up many ideas of the flame burning to cause injury or to warm feet around a fire. However, this single word contains so many meanings, literally and culturally. A burning flame can destroy life with its heat melting anything in its path causing smoke to choke the life from everything alive. When controlled and contained, a burning flame provides heat, … Continue reading “Burn”

“Campanion”


  A companion can be a human, animal or you, and is essential for some people and an option, for others, yet, many do not consider the need for a companion. For 18 plus years of my life, I sometimes lovingly enjoyed a constant companion. However, as I approached the months and days before I became an empty-nester, I dreamed of the solitary life, and my … Continue reading “Campanion”

Awe or Awesome


The word awe is a noun, and some people consider it is short for awesome, however, it is not. Awe is defined as a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. I use the word awe to describe my first sight of the Grand Canyon, for which I’m still in awe of its beauty, depth, and enormous vastness. As I looked below into … Continue reading Awe or Awesome

“Handwriting”


My response to the daily word prompt “Handwriting,” is a revised and edited version I posted less than a month ago. Enjoy 🙂 My handwriting career began in a Headstart classroom, with crayons, chalk, and number a #2 pencil. My last semester of high school, I reluctantly took a typewriting class my mother made me take. Bless her heart. 🙂 As high school sports and … Continue reading “Handwriting”

“Singing in the Rain”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Singing in the Rain.” Safe inside, toasty warm, while water pitter-patters on the roof… describe your perfect, rainy afternoon. Awaking in the morning to the sound of rain always invokes thoughts of me curled on my couch, with my iPad perched on my forearm, with my favorite novel illuminated words before me. I occasionally look up to see heavy … Continue reading “Singing in the Rain”

“Ear-Worm”


Write whatever you usually write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that’s been sticking with you this week. Many years ago, the Disney movie Mary Poppins was very successful, and one of the most popular songs is “Just a Spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.” My sister and I loved this song until our mother took … Continue reading “Ear-Worm”

“Ebb & Flow”


Ou blogs morph over time, as interest shift and life happen. Write a post on your blog but three years in the future. Dec 24, 2019 For the past three years, my nomadic adventures have taken me hiking along the Appalachian and the Pacific Coast Trails. I write my blog posting this evening because, in the morning, I ascend to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, … Continue reading “Ebb & Flow”

“Young at Heart”


What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older? Staying young at heart is a mindset over matter and in my mind, I’m just an oversized teenager with time, a little income and some wisdom. I consume lots of dark green leafy vegetables with various fruits on a daily basis. I keep actively bicycling, walking playing pickleball, … Continue reading “Young at Heart”

“Everything Changes” (A love story)


Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe the experience. Charles and Barbara, a married couple of sixty-five years, walk the beach every morning near their seaside home in Lincoln Oregon. On a chilly spring morning, Charles notices a bottle buried in the sand. Barbara … Continue reading “Everything Changes” (A love story)

“1984”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “1984.” You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room. Oh yes, 1984, brings to mind the dystopian novel by George Orwell. If I’m sitting in a locked room, my fear immediately is to consider the thought police, have I been discovered. I know the ministry of truth has been seeking my … Continue reading “1984”

“Out of Reach, Until I’m Older”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Out of Your Reach.” Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it. As a child growing up, I remember looking through a Sears Roebuck catalog making my Christmas wish list. I was age 9 or 10 when I made my … Continue reading “Out of Reach, Until I’m Older”

“Trick Questions”


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trick Questions.” A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece — about you. What are the three questions you hope she doesn’t ask you?  I was in Palayan City in the Philippines when I stopped at the Joross Internet cafe for an online interview with an investigative reporter from the Huffington Post. The reporter wanted to … Continue reading “Trick Questions”