The Friday Four February 22/2019

There is no rest for the wicked! Rory is at his questioning best again:

The Friday Four

Rory, AKA Bloke says;

Ah questions, questions, questions – what is it about you and questions Rory?

Simple, l just like asking questions.

Some relatively simple ones today for this Friday however…

1] How often do you update your ‘About Section’, in your blog and do you consider it an important aspect to your blog and if so – why?

I just found out, through another blogger’s post that you have to have an About section! How ignorant of me. So I just made an about section recently. Do you have to update it too? 😱

2] Which do you prefer and why and what entices you to become involved with them?

a] Competitions

b] Challenges

c] Quizzes

d] Prompts

All of the above. I have started to challenge myself with new challenges and am enjoying myself with all these. The allure of these ( all of them) is that since I don’t think of them, it challenges my mind from a totally different angle. And since I attempt different prompts daily, I have a wide variety of subjects that evoke the creative instinct of my mind.

3] How often do you ‘reblog or share other blogger’s posts?

I am not very apt at this re-blog part of my blogging. I should do better and till now I only have re-blogged the posts that ask us to share them or something that speaks to me deeply. I am also hesitant about taking the liberty of re-blogging and usually ask for permission from the blogger first.

4] What prompts you to do so?

As I said in my previous answer, I have reblogged either on the request of the original blogger or if it is something that touches my heart.

If you guys want to answer these questions, head to Rory and Doodlepips and answer these questions.



Fear Of Commitment

Not all but most of have an inbuilt fear of commitment. There is a hesitancy and reluctance to commit oneself to a cause. We can find so many reasons for avoidance. It is always someday but not now and not today. The mind seeks the security of success, fearing failure. But the thing that we ignore is that life gives us just a finite number of chances. Then the game is up and we are left wondering, what if!

The commitment can be to a person or a course in life. What immobilizes us is that we are afraid of the future which is never guaranteed. The tomorrow may bring glorious triumph or dreaded failure. So we postpone our decisions. We look for surety and assurance in the future of our endeavors. Only the brave souls march forth and grab the future by both hands. They have no fear of failing and thus their success is almost guaranteed. Because belief and faith in their own abilities wins half the battle.

Written in response to the following;

Word of the day challenge;






Your daily word prompt;





50 Words Thursday #8

The prompt;

“Fooling, fooling, too much fooling.” (Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking)


1. Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!

2. Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.

3. Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.


A strange passion he had, dressing up as a clown, and putting on the face too

A mask of happiness, a cheerful demeanor

Eyes sparkling with merriment and wearing a wide joyous smile

He would ask them to be merry with him

Share the gaiety and delight of the lighthearted fun

There was a hidden grief that he showed to none

Believing that his smile was deceiving those he wanted to please

The heart was breaking and the tears burning the eyes to escape

But always the iron control over his emotions

Fooling, fooling, too much fooling he would cry

Word count; 100

Written in response to;




Three Things Challenge #PL#7

Can you hear the lovely tunes that I can play on my keyboard!

It’s time to stop playing with rattle and do something grownup

I am a big boy now and have learned a lots of songs that I can play

Please sit with me and enjoy some nursery rhymes

The days of mashed bananas are long gone by

I am ready to entertain you with a dish of fries

Written in response to;


Today’s prompt: keyboard, bananas, rattle



Three Lines Tales week 160

photo by Jonathan Harrison via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

• Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).

• Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).

• Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).

• Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.

• Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

There was palpable tension between the angry protesters and the police deployed to keep the peace and a few of the protesting youth were trying their best to provoke the law keepers to retaliate.

The standoff seemed to be at an impasse as the angry young protesters were adamant on entering the public offices of the Mayor and make him listen to their demands of releasing their colleagues at once.

The photographer from the local newspaper was the one who broke through the tension and made a truce between the two groups by asking them to pose with him in a selfie!

Written in response to;

Three Lines Tales week 160



Oh! Prompt me, Do; Fantasy

Rory has set us a new task;

Little Gina was very talented. She had learned to read at the age where most kids were busy tearing out the pages and pictures from books. It was her mom who had first read these lovely stories to her when she was not yet born. And as a baby she would always calm down when her mom read to her. And now she was just two and a half and would read these stories to her dolls.

It was her routine to sit with her toys around her and open up the book of stories and read them aloud every evening. She would imagine that the toys were real. The stuffed toys would become real bunnies, bears and lions. That gave her story telling more meaning when she thought that someone was actually listening to her.

One day her mother was free early from her chores and decided to sit with Gina as she held her story telling session. She open the door to her room and got the shock of her life. Here was her sweet little daughter sitting and reading from her book and a bit further two real lions were listening to her stories, laying peacefully near her. Was she dreaming or was it real?

Written in response to;

Oh prompt me, Do; Fantasy


Searching for words


At times I suffer from a bankruptcy of ideas

The thought process being undermined by

Self doubt, and lack of conviction that attacks

My creativity, stalling the thoughts and depressing

The vivacity and agility of words

Seldomly there is a burst of delightful imagination

That comes to the rescue, and voilá

I have a beautiful piece of writing all complete

Shining with well placed tenses, nouns and adverbs

There is nothing wan or pale about this robust work


Written in response to the following;

Your daily word prompt;






Word of the day challenge;






Fandango Provocative Question #15

This week’s provocative question is based upon a quote by Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, essayist, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. Whew, that’s a lot of cred. Anyway, Russell, who died in 1970, suggested that…

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that, in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubts.”

Do you concur with Mr. Russell’s perspective? Why or why not?

Absolutely right. What seems sad to me is the fact that this statement is almost fifty years old and things are not the same, they have deteriorated much beyond this. Almost all the people (well, mostly all) who are in a position where others can and do listen to them, are very sure of themselves. But are they saying something intelligent, or wise or even rational? No, not at all.

As I see it, a foolish person doesn’t think ahead to see what will be the consequences of what they say or do. So they go ahead without fear and haven’t a thought to spare for the reaction of their deeds or words. A wise person will think, weigh and rethink what they are going to say or do. The results of their actions are important to them so they will hesitate to take any. And here lies the problem.

If you are interested in answering Fandango’s Provocative Question, you can do so at his blog, Fandango of This, That and the Other.

Written in response to;

FPQ # 15



Hero to the rescue

Our intrepid hero is going to save the world

From all the threats that we are facing today

He will fix the weather changes, bringing it

Back to what it was before we spoiled it all

The environmental pollution will disappear

Under the guidance of our brave and wise hero

Howbiet we have made things a tad difficult

For the heroes, making them work harder

To ease our the troubles that have our planet

In a clutch a grip that refuses to loosen up

The world is sinking deep into a mess that

We all helped to create and nobody is doing

Anything practical, just sprouting nonsense

And blaming others, where it is time to admit

This is a predicament where we all are involved

In messing up and no one can be absolved of it

Written in response to the following;

Your daily word prompt;






Word of the day challenge;





Three Things Challenge PL#6

Opening her door to the

Courier in the morning

What a pleasant surprise

Finding a lovely bouquet

Roses that are her favorite

But who has been so kind

There is no note accompanying

This very generous offering

Just then the telephone rings

A familiar voice at the other end

Asks,” did you like the flowers?”

Oh I love them but why today?

Nothing special, just wanted to

Let you know that I was thinking about you

3TC PL#6

Today’s prompt: bouquet, telephone, screwdriver

I couldn’t fit the screwdriver in, and I thought why spoil a good thing.