A Guest at the Party

UPDATE: When I read the prompt today, I knew I had responded when it first was posted, but did not know until I perused the grid that my pingback did not take. So, here is my response, again for the first time:

One of my favorite things to do when watching a movie I know well is to watch the extras, or the actors in supporting roles when they are used as set dressing. I watch their performances intently, hoping to catch them out of character. Maybe their focus is off somewhere else (are they supposed to be looking somewhere off in the distance like that, or has their mind unconsciously wandered?) or I wonder if the inaudible conversation they are having with another actor has anything to do with the film. I wish I could read lips. (more…)

Necessary ingredient

Gran was teaching me how to make her famous candies.

“Be sure to use a good candy thermometer,” she cautioned.

I nodded, and just then Grandpa lets out this incredibly long fart. Oh my God, we couldn’t stop laughing!

Grammar Ghouls Shapeshifting 13 Über Micro Challenge: In exactly 39 words, craft a story or poem inspired by any form of the words: “fart” and “thermometer.”

Well, I never…

the brick…will understand how any of it happened. I mean, they say everything happens for a reason; that everything has a cause and effect, but for the life of me, I can not see how Aaron, of all people, ended up a respected surgeon and the head of a whole surgical department at one of the biggest hospitals in the country.

Sure, people grow up, become adults. People can change, I guess, but Aaron…I don’t know, man. He was destined for something, that’s for sure, but more like some bum going from bad job to worst as a street construction flagger, or some shit. Definitely as some barfly living in a trailer, or something. I mean, Aaron is still Aaron: a crazy motherfucker. (more…)

Not Cute


“Racoons are not cute animals,” Rick said.

“No?” Anna asked. “Huh. OK. Not cute. News to me.”

“ ‘Cute’ is something you can pick up, pet, put on your lap, like the cat. The thing out there,” Rick said, pointing at the Racoon on the other side of the closed glass sliding door, “is not a ‘cute’ animal.”

“ ‘Cute’ is a word to describe a look,” Ana said. “Wild animals are cute; can be cute. They look cute! Just look at him. He’s so cute!”

“He is an over-sized, garbage eating piece of shit! Garbage cans tipped over, crap all over the driveway…every week!” Rick sighed. “They haven’t made one yet those little fuckers can’t get into. No, not cute! Ugly! Nasty, ugly motherf…”

Anna cut him off, “OK, OK…don’t go off like you do. He’s just an animal doin’ his animal thing. Looking to get a handout, is all. I mean, they’re city dwellers! What did you think? They actually go pick berries? Go fishing?”

Rick scowled.

“Anyway, I think he’s cute.”

Grammar Ghoul Press prompt: Use the photo provided and the literary device: Asyndeton (When the author deliberately leaves out conjunctions in a sentence, without altering grammatical accuracy. The implied meaning is clear. The content is presented in a way that creates an immediate impact on the reader. Here are a couple of examples: 1. Brush, rinse, repeat. 2. They came, they saw, they conquered).


No Return

[Finish It Blog Prompt]

door at end of hallShe could hear them from far. Him, of whom she thought would be her future husband, and her. Her best friend. How could she? How could they? Slowly she approached the bedroom door, unsure if she wanted to open it and see what seemed so obvious. If she would walk out now she could pretend. Pretend it was just a dream. Pretend it was just her imagination. Go back to normal. But if she opened this door now and saw what she was expecting to see, there would be no return.

The muscles in Theresa’s right leg began to tremble with spasms she could not control. She reached down to grab a hold of her thigh, but her hand would not respond. Violent spasms moved from her leg and hand to her back and shoulders. She doubled over as her knee gave out and she collapsed on the floor. Waves of nausea overcame her and she started to wretch. (more…)