Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge – A tale of two friends

Fandango is the host of Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

The photo below is from Sebastian Czubachowski at ephotozine.com

For the visually challenged writer, the black and white photo shows a dog and a young boy expectantly looking out of windows.

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Has she gone?

I think so, I can’t see her anywhere.

Should we, then go out?

No no, not yet. Let’s wait a little bit. I don’t want her to find me and take me to the bus stop. Let’s wait till the school bus has gone.

Jimmy, where are you?” mom said as she opened the garage door. “Why are you here when you know it’s time for school?”

“I was looking for my school books mom. Can Charlie come with us to the bus stop? He says he wants to see the school bus too!”

Mom gave a resigned look and agree that the two friends can go to the bus stop together.

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Blogging Insights -Bad grammar

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

I saw this on Instagram the other day and thought it would be interesting to discuss it on Blogging Insights:

” What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar. ” — Ruth Rendell

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I think that bad grammar, used in any written document is very off-putting.

In literature, it is unforgivable. Badly written stories are so irritating and off-putting that people usually give up in the middle. The same goes for any inspirational article. If the usage of words, tenses, and grammar is not accurate, the meaning gets distorted and the purpose of writing that particular piece is wasted.

For people like me, whose first language is not English, we have to make more effort to see that when we finish writing, it all makes sense and is easily understandable. So I do make mistakes and try to proofread my posts before posting them.

Using bad grammar in talking is even more horrendous. I’ve seen teenagers using the word “like” ten times in one sentence when they are searching for the appropriate word to use. It was amazing for me when I first came to America to hear the youth here talking like that.

In social media, people use abbreviated text like grT or U or 4, and I don’t like that either. But we can ignore it because they may be in a hurry. But when they start using this form of writing in school essays, it becomes ridiculous.

“Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” by Lynne Truss is a fantastic book about the usage of punctuation. I think everyone, specially the young people should read it.

One such example lent the book its title:

A panda walks into a bar. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

“Why? Why are you behaving in this strange, un-panda-like fashion?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda walks towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

“I’m a panda,” he says, at the door. “Look it up.”

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

“Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

I rest my case!

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Thursday Inspiration #126 – Lunch

Jim Adams, NEWEPICAUTHOR

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word lunch, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Already Gone

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Going out with friends for lunch used to be our fun outing before covid. I have a few very close friends that I would meet for lunch or brunch once a month. But with covid, all meetings were suspended. We would talk to each other on phone, but having a meal together was a strict no-no.

Finally, when we all got vaccinated, and the government relaxed the restrictions for people who had been vaccinated, we got together for a lunch date. There was so much to talk about that the food was almost sidelined.

Almost but not completely.

We all are after all fond of eating and it is the city of Lahore where we live, which is famous for its variety of food. The situation in our country concerning covid is not stable. Sometimes we are allowed to dine in the restaurants and sometimes just outdoor dining is allowed. I still try to meet my friends so that we can all get away from our families and have a good heart-to-heart talk session.

I think eating out with good friends is a wonderful way to connect. What do you think?

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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Ordinary

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

“You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.” ~ Mitch Albom.

Weekend Challenge Ordinaryfrom SueW and GC.

This weekend, my partner Gerry and I ask you to share something Ordinary. Tell us about it or show us. Either way, we look forward to seeing your responses.

How you choose to translate the challenge is entirely up to you – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme. 

Please tag Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge.

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Ordinary or extraordinary

You are you, uniquely you


Don’t judge yourself by the standards

Others have set for you

Proudly and unapologetically


Be the best version of you

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Reblog; First in this week in response to WDYS # 100 from Chris! Enjoy! Autumn Days — luna’s on line

She still remembers those daysochre rays filteringthrough gaunt autumn treescasting patterns on the paththey trod together. Days of promise, days of hopeleaves drifting downwardscrunching underfootcreating crimson carpetsfor them to follow. And as long years drifted bylike autumn leaves fallingalthough far aparttreading different pathsthey walk together. Image credit: James Wheeler @Unsplash Written in response to Sadje‘s What do […]

Autumn Days — luna’s on line

What do you see # 100 – September 20, 2021

Welcome to WDYS # 100 prompt. Wow! I am so honored by the support shown to my prompt by our community.

Rules;

  • You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.
  • Write an original story, poem or a caption.
  • There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.
  • If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.
  • I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.
  • It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.
  • Paste a link of your post in the comments section so that I don’t miss anyone in the roundup post.

Please tag your responses with #Whatdoyousee

Or

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Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image credit; James Wheeler @ Unsplash

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows sunlight beams are falling on a mother and daughter walking in the forest, holding hands.

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.

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What do you see # 99 – A Roundup

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I seek this connection

From my soul to the spirit of Mother Nature

When both are connected, the calm flows in

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Fantastic turnout this week. My heartfelt gratitude to all of the people who participated in this week’s prompt. Please click on the links to read their contributions.

Fiery Females; What is scary

Reena; Blues

Chris Hall; Reflecting at dusk

Di; Meet me at sunset

Books and Bonsai; What do you see # 99

Michnavs; Sunset upon the horizon

Susi; Trip to the paradise

Nova; WDYS # 99

Jim; My ship has come in

Melanie; WDYS # 99

Eugenia; Twilight

Jane; Message of mind

Punam; Resilience

Suzette; Orange sherbet skies

Paula; Surprise!

Sangeetha; I walk

Maria; This view

Jules; Pier pressure

Nope, not Pam; What do you see # 99

Fandango; Knockers

Jude; Dark tulips Part -2

Lauren: What do you see # 99

Jeff; Heart-centered relatedness

Radhika; At peace

Many thanks to all those who read, commented and shared these posts.

I will be posting next week’s challenge on Monday at 12:00 pm PKT.

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PCF # 4 – Lavender Moon

Paula is the host of PCF

Pegasus moon

Image is from Pixabay.

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Welcome to my Friday afternoon paint chip prompt. There are other paint chip prompts out there, but they’re very precise in what they ask for. Mine is open ~ write a poem, a story, a memory, whatever you like. Take your inspiration this week from Valspar’s “lavender moon” and/or “twilight mist.” Tag your post Paint Chip Friday, or PCF, if you wish. Prompt will continue until December 31.

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A Lavender moon hung low on the horizon

The purple glow illuminated the landscape

Little animals scurry deep in the shadows

An owl hoots from the top of the barn roof

I sit and enjoy the deepening dusk and its peace

There is a calm here that’s unparalleled in any other place

Me and the moon engage in a conversation meant for us alone

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One Minute Fiction

Cranny is hosting this challenge

What’s the ”One Minute Fiction” challenge about?

Easy. Each week I’ll provide a prompt to inspire you to write a very short story. The idea is to manage to type your whole story in a minute or less. Of course, you can think about it before hitting the keyboard, and you can take all your time to edit it afterwards…

Just make sure to tag your story with #1MinFiction, and create a pingback to my week’s challenge post, so I can easily find it!

So, here is this week’s picture;

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Whenever I passed by this little house on the hill, I wondered who lived there. The house seemed empty and I never saw anyone coming or going, yet it appeared well looked after.

One day I ventured to the front door to satisfy my curiosity. As I knocked, no one answered. I opened the door and there I saw myself sitting at the table, reading newspaper……..,

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