You’re ‘Avin a Risus, Mate – One A Week 2020

I could look it up easily enough, but I honestly don’t want to know how long it’s been since my last reblog. January’s always good for starting or resuming a good habit. jillyfunnell is an English poet with an engaging and lyrical voice. This particular poem uses some highly complex terminology with both grace and an intimate knowledge of her subject. A delight.

Sugar on the Bee

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Inspired by the news that garden centres are dumbing down plant names

Please do not dumb down my acer grisum
It is not just a common garden dame
And expert tutors prudent, trained each horticulture student
to call each plant its correct Latin name

So, take care to prune the hamamelis mollis
Show respect for all magnolia cambellii
Give thanks for thick and glorious hedera helixa
and ensure tagetes patula does not die

Papaver’s still our emblem, in its Latin
and glorious it blooms and issues seed
Parodia formosa? Safe, but don’t come closer
This lonely species might well make you bleed

Which brings us to the sultry one called vanda
Get her name right when you sit her on your sill
And though naysayers say, no more flores on the way
With a bit of care, I think you’ll find she will

And don’t even think about messing with…

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Different Visions of the Same Sight

I occasionally give credit to other Friday Fictioneers contributors. Here’s a few noteworthy responses to the most recent prompt (you can view mine here):

  1. Just Joyfulness delves into some magic realism.
  2. Some great imagery from Swallows and Lillies.
  3. Tina Stewart Brakebill writes from the perspective of one of the figures in the flames.
  4. The contribution by elmowrites is, in her own words, “something of a rabbit warren of tangents.”
  5. I’m a sucker for sci-fi parody, and This Jolly Beggar delivers.

And in keeping with the contest’s spirit, I am stopping at exactly 100 words.

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

For Those Who Chose

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Not feeling creative today, so instead of contributing to Friday Fictioneers I’ll show some appreciation for some who’ve chosen not to take a blow-off day:

  1. Anita creates a hook to a bigger story in Cupid is Mine!
  2. Everyone’s lost during this pandemic, and Reena Saxena’s He used to be… provides a fresh perspective on this feeling.
  3. In another COVID-19 tale, lullaby by msjadeli focuses on a fate worse than death
  4. A seemingly harmless situation turns ominous in Plaridel’s Close, but No Cigar.

In keeping with the contest’s 100-word limit, I’ll stop here. A convenient excuse to conclude this post.

One Photo, Ten Stories, 100 Words Each

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Wanted to follow yesterday’s somber post with some imaginative stories from last week’s Friday Fictioneers challenge (my own interpretation of the prompt is here):

  1. A broken appliance on your property can be annoying, but a different source of irritation is the subject for Brenda’s Thoughts
  2. Penny Gadd explores the apocalyptic potential of the prompt
  3. Really liked the ending provided by Jo Hawk
  4. Keith Hillman provides a metaphoric take on the photo
  5. The image seems ideal for humor, and Trent P. McDonald delivers an entertaining riff
  6. Phyllis Moore comes up with a unique use for the abandoned appliance
  7. If I keep reading the story by Nelkumi while looking at the photo prompt, my imagination might eventually get unstuck
  8. I’m not a big fan of puns, but Anthony North‘s play on words is fun
  9. The term “nuke the fridge” is the inspiration for David Stewart‘s story
  10. In Varad‘s tale, the door opens to a horrible surprise


All This from a Picture of a Typewriter

I enjoy Friday Fictioneers enough to give the occasional shout-out to entries that impressed me:

  1. This contest doesn’t feature a lot of historical fiction, but thanks to event coordinator Rochelle Wisoff-Fields I learned an interesting fact today
  2. Poetry is similarly not common during FF, but Andrea LeDew offers a memorable word
  3. Sandra Cook crafts a scene that’s atmospheric and suspenseful
  4. The experience of using a manual typewriter is captured by Susan A Eames
  5. The best entries make you want to read more, and Lynn Love does the job
  6. Miranda Lewis uses the prompt to give advice to writers looking back on the age when these devices were in common use
  7. The antique machine leads to a mystical yet realistic experience courtesy of msjadeli
  8. Learning how to use these old machines could be stressful, an experience oneta hayes expresses well
  9. Some of the most powerful images from this week’s challenge came from Redcat‘s offering
  10. A clever story from nelkumi contains only sounds

Half-way through compiling this list, I noticed all my selections were from female bloggers. I decided to stay with that theme until the end. You’ll get your turn next time, gents!

Ten Terrific Takes

Here’s some other stories based on last week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt (my own is here), selected at random but listed her presented in alphabetical order of author name:

  1. Appearances are truly deceptive in Anita Sabat‘s world
  1. Cathryn likes psychological thrillers, and her take on the prompt shows this interest
  1. Dale explores the social tensions lying under the surface of the image
  1. The protagonist in Iain Kelly‘s tale reads the headlines and makes a decision
  1. An eclectic eatery is the scene for the story by James McEwan
  1. The photo inspired msjadeli to write about a real place that is meaningful to her
  1. Neil MacDonald ends his sci-fi take with a comic twist
  1. Russell Gayer‘s narrator has an unusual approach to vacationing
  1. The end of a long journey is the start of Russell Mercer‘s tale
  1. trishsplace offers a word of hope on the Australian brush fires

Three Poems About Love

I’ve had a pretty uneventful love life, a fact of which I am neither proud nor ashamed. It is what it was, and will continue being as it has been. Perhaps the simplicity of my experience is why I’m drawn to poetry about this vital part of human existence.

  • The timing might be coincidental, but Henna Johansdotter‘s tale of her spare-part lover seems appropriate for the holiday two days from now
    • Sarah Doughty visits the familiar theme of unrequited love in a way that seems fresh and original
    • The title of Utsav Ray’s poem is appropriate play of words to his gut-punch of a poem

    About Those Circular Lights

    PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

    A handful of notable entries, chosen entirely at random, to last week’s photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers:

    • Tannille offers a dystopian explanation for those hovering halos
    • C.E. Ayr writes a poem, a rarity in this contest, and includes an audio that must be checked out
    • This image was a prime candidate for sci-fi, and Iain Kelly does it with some humor
    • It’s also easy to find a religious message in the photo, and both nonnaci and T. Delaplain explore the darker side of this theme
    • It’s difficult to include a surprise ending in a 100-word tale, but Draliman does the job
    • Dale provides an interesting metaphysical twist