“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.”


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.”


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.


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”


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”

“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)


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”

“By the Comma”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “By the Dots.” We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks! Comma, comma, comma, comma! Every time I write, I sometimes become confused using comma’s properly. However; after, consuming … Continue reading “By the Comma”

“The New School”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The New School.” You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds? If I was given the opportunity to redesign the education system as we know it in the U.S. The … Continue reading “The New School”

“A True Saint”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A True Saint.” In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be? Places, activities, objects — all are fair game. Three hundred years into the future scientist read my legendary historical blog “The Nomadic Adventure.” Several blog post inspired the scientist to name the first … Continue reading “A True Saint”

“Singular or Multiple Sensations”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Singular Sensation.” If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be? My blog has morphed from “Retiree Lifestyles,” on to “An Aspiring Writer” and continues to evolve. My retirement is the one experience in my life to caused the greatest impact for my blog. I consider myself … Continue reading “Singular or Multiple Sensations”

Day 4: Imperfect, Limerick, Enjambment; “Paddling Adventure”

We find faults in ourselves, in others, and in the world around us all the time. We may accept these imperfections or complain about them, try to fix them or celebrate them — whatever our attitude may be, they add friction and texture to our lives. The limerick at a glance: • Limericks are traditionally composed of five lines of verse. • The traditional rhyming scheme of … Continue reading Day 4: Imperfect, Limerick, Enjambment; “Paddling Adventure”

Writing 201 Poetry Day 2: Gift, Acrostic, Simile “Hate”

There’s a whole array of sensations and emotions attached to gifts, whether you’re the gifter or the giftee. The tension between packaging and contents, the joy of tearing through layers of wrapping, the surprise or disappointment of discovery once you know what’s inside.”Hate” Some interesting ways to use acrostics include writing a poem that asks a question to which the answer is the spelled-out word; … Continue reading Writing 201 Poetry Day 2: Gift, Acrostic, Simile “Hate”

“Connect the Dots”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Connect the Dots.” Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that. The scheduled J.N. Ding Darling Days will take place October 18-25 2015, which is located on Sanibel Island in Florida. Many people will not be interested in this event unless you live nearby. However, this is … Continue reading “Connect the Dots”

“Good and Evil”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wicked Witch.” Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or your life. The opposites of Good and Evil, Love and Hate, Night and Day, or Ying and Yang, are consistently seen throughout the history of humanity. Do not feed … Continue reading “Good and Evil”