Short story in a minute

Cranny is hosting this challenge;


Tony took one look at the door mat and burst out laughing. “Wow, Cynthia this is just perfect. My boss will get the not too subtle message the moment he knocks on our door!” “This is just marvelous!”

Cynthia smiled broadly and winked at Tony. “Yes before you tell him you’re resigning, let’s give him a good dinner





I recently made a self-discovery that made many things clear to me.

Why do we tell things, our personal experiences to others?

And sometimes we tell them to some people and not others?

I suddenly had an epiphany that what we are usually looking for are sympathy and understanding. When we tell a friend or family member about our troubles or aches and pains we want some sympathy from our confidant. Our aim in sharing is not that we expect the other person to lessen our troubles but that they will understand and will show us some sympathy.

But not everyone is going to be sympathetic, so learning from our previous experiences, we tell our troubles only to those who we feel will show us sympathy. It’s not that others aren’t interested in us, the most common issue is that people have enough troubles of their own and due to this they have less time and sympathy to spare.

So when you have the urge to un-burden yourself, choose someone who is;


Has no immediate problems of their own

Loves you and can give good advice

Please remember that if that person qualifies for the last two points but isn’t free, DON’T go to them for sympathy.


A prompt by Sue W and GC; Weekly prompts Weekend Challenge – Discovery

Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” ~ Erol Ozan



Sharing my scary world!

Melanie asks 4-5 questions every week. This week it’s Halloween special!


Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building (yeah it’s a retread. But there are new participants to SYW too who probably never answered it)

I wouldn’t want to run into that friend whom I just unfriended on face book. Why? You may wonder; it’s because she talks too much and most of it, or maybe all of it, is about her!

Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

What do we really know? Maybe there are multiple dimensions or worlds. I know that this idea makes stories and movies much more interesting. Also it gives the writers and directors of the said movies to bring people back from the dead!

Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

Not if I can help it. There is lot of superstition attached to going to a graveyard after dark in our culture as well. My reason for going in broad daylight is that I’m less likely to trip and fall if I can see where I am going!

What is the most frightening book you’ve ever read?

I don’t read frightening books anymore. I think any book which has the main protagonists in danger or in cliffhanger suspense is not a comfortable read.

BONUS QUESTION (just for silliness’ sake!)

If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), which would you pick out of the five choices?

I’d love a jet black cat with bright green eyes. They are so cute. In fact there is a stray tiny kitten like that where we are living right now. It’s very shy of humans.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)
What are you grateful for?

I am glad the the weather cooled down considerably after the rain on the weekend. It means that Dengue mosquito will die because the temperature has dipped below 28*C, which is the optimal temperature for these mosquitoes to survive and multiply. We are having a resurgence of Dengue fever since the Covid cases are going down.

Thanks Melanie for these fun questions.



Not bored, are you?

Jim is the host of Thursday Inspiration

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word drag, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’.


Boredom is something we all are familiar with. I think being bored signifies that we don’t have any serious problems troubling us at the time and we are at loss to do with the time at our disposal.

Creative people can ward off boredom in many ways. In fact, they are not bored at all as they have many other things to do with the extra time.

Many ways to kill the boredom bug;

Start organizing your room/ cupboard/ desk/ bookshelves; You’ll find that time vanishes, leaving no room for getting fed up.

Start an art project, Something big; It won’t be finished in time and you’ll wish you had more time.

Think of something pleasant to do on vacations; Time spend daydreaming leaves no room for getting bored.

Think up a diabolical scheme to trip up a friend. These pleasant/ unpleasant thoughts will take up all the spare time.

These are just a few suggestions to while away time productively or unproductively. There are many more that you can think up!




The crooked house

Sonya is the host of Three Line Tales

photo by Toa Heftiba via Unsplash 

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


People laugh at my crooked house because it looks funnily like a giraffe.

I enjoy the novelty of living in a place which is a tourist attraction.

I am seriously thinking of putting a fee on people ogling it for the sake of entertainment.




The naughty dozen

Reena is the host of RXC

Welcome to yet another week!


We have an image prompt this week. Just have fun 🙂

Tengyart on Unsplash

There is no restriction on length or format of the piece. There is no last date either, unless you wish to be featured in the Weekly Wrap.


We all know that everyone is different, even twins exhibit different personality traits. So how or why should we think that the eggs in a case would all be the same?

Some are naughty and some are nice

A couple are pranksters always on the lookout to get a rise

You’ll find a simpleton here as well swallowing every tale

And also one know-it-all who thinks himself font of wisdom

No two are alike in this naughty dozen

But I bet when you cook them, they all taste delicious




Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday – Lid

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “lid.”Use it in the literal sense, use it in the metaphorical sense, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!


How many times have you broken your nails trying to open the lid of a jar? I do it every so often.

And I never learn to not use my fingers and nails as tools to dislodge the lid.

And by the way, someone please enlighten me why the lids are jammed on so tight on the jars and bottles that they won’t open without the sacrifice of a fingernail or two?

I think I’ll invent a tool for opening the stubborn lids. Oh wait…… I think there’s already something like that! A butter knife does the job very well.

Next time I’ll try to remember that!