Twittering Tales #145 – 16 July 2019

Photo by Zoë Pappas at Pexels.com

The Message

He tapped the pen twice on the paper before naming philosophers. He and his friend deconstructed and debated the arguments all day.

Homeland Security thought their discussion was insightful, not realising their target had disclosed national secrets in the coded exchange.

(270 characters)


Ooh, who doesn’t love a good spy movie? This probably would not work in real world situation but if it does, the entire scene would be surreal and would have done James Bond proud.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

Prompt: Twittering Tales #145 – 16 July 2019

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Three Line Tales, Week 181

Landing on exoplanet TRAPPIST-2g7 in the TRAPPIST system was the moment of greatest triumph in humankind’s deep space exploration, opening up opportunities to rare resources.

Reports of the planet as habitable was favourable; the developments of inter-galactic gates was already commissioned and several multi-national companies, Starbucks and McDonald’s among the strongest contenders, were bidding for inter-dimensional expansion.

The collective human civilisation fell when cannibalistic aliens, waiting patiently for their livestock to expand, attacked.


When the mantis is preying on the cicada, the oriole is just stalking behind. How often are we unaware of the dangers around or behind us when we are pursuing for short term gains?

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

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.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 181

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #36

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We Interrupt Your Voyage To Bring You This Announcement

“Hello, everyone. This is not your captain speaking. He’s…indisposed at the moment. I’m sorry for intruding. However, I must warn everyone my colleagues are impatient, so please listen carefully to what I’ve to say and follow the instructions.

“First, remain calm. Screaming, shouting or protesting is useless. Retaliation is also unacceptable. My colleagues are easily startled into violence. And please, no flash photography or video recording.

“Next, please lie on the ground with your hands over your heads. We do not wish any involuntary limb amputation for anybody.

“Finally, please surrender all your valuables in an orderly fashion. My colleagues will go around with a bag. For ladies, please deposit your jewellery and purses. For gentlemen, your watches and wallets. Please don’t give feeble reasons like family heirloom or otherwise.

“If everything goes smoothly, this operation will finish in 30 minutes. I thank you for your attention and co-operation.”

(149 words)


Ooh, I had a lot of fun writing this. Isn’t it weird to see a polite pirate? But then, society is progressing so…there you go?

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

Prompt: Crimson’s Creative Challenge #36

I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #28

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music in nature
singing beauties in the wild
natural music


Hmm, how many times do I listen carefully to the music around me? As in, really listen carefully? I only noticed it when I am forced to still my mind, the sounds of birds, bugs rustling leaves and squirrels. And many others which I have yet to identify…

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

PLEASE follow them! I’d hate to not see your piece(s) represented in the recap the following week! Confused? Any questions – email me at sushibocks@gmail.com   

For more detailed information, read about this challenge here.

  • Create a standard three line, 5/7/5 syllable count haiku/senryu
  • Deadline to submit for this week’s challenge will be 11:59pm 7/20/19
  • Up to 3 pieces permitted
  • Link your piece to this “IWH Haiku/Senryu Challenge” on your post
  • Always give photo credit if there is one

Prompt: I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #28

Scintillating Saturday Share #14

floating beauty brings
c a l m
to troubled waters


It’s time to write again. I can’t believe I got so lazy and did not write for so many days. This seems a good starting place.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Every Saturday, I will share a photo that touches my heart, makes me happy, or lifts my spirits in some way. The purpose? To send love, light, peace, and kindness out into the ether. Scintillating Saturdays: one definition of the word scintillating is as follows: witty; brilliantly clever.”

Now, it’s your turn. This’ll be our “Scintillating Saturday Share #14.” You can respond to this post, reblog and respond, or create a standalone post of your own, but please ping or tag this post so that I’ll know to read and respond to yours.

Using up to 7 words, tell me what this photo sparks in you.

Care to get creative with me for this scintillating Saturday share?

Prompt: Scintillating Saturday Share #14

Three Line Tales, Week 180

three line tales, week 180: Patrouille de France in the sky

photo by David Peters via Unsplash

Aerial Dance

Months of intensive training have finally led to this chance of a dazzling aerial show and he is determined not to mess things up.

The difference between success and failure is the ability to hold the wheel in face of stressful times.

He messes up.


Aerial shows fascinate me, but I could not help but wonder, at what price are the pilots paying to produce such shows? I could not even drive a car properly, much less fly a jet in such close proximity to another…

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

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.

Prompt: Three Line Tales, Week 180

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #35

The Treasure at the End of the Rainbow

“…and at the end of the rainbow, you’ll find the pot of gold, they said,” he muttered as he trudged along the path, hoisting the baggage over his shoulder. “That’s where the pot of gold is buried, they said.”

He paused in his steps, shifted the baggage to the other shoulder and looked at the sky. “Can’t the legend have that pot of gold buried under some tree or better still, have it sunk to the bottom of the ocean?”

He sighed and stared ahead of him. The dirt track appeared never-ending; he would never reach the end of the rainbow!

He heaved an even bigger sigh and continued his journey.

“Well, at least if I can’t reach the end of the rainbow and bury this stupid pot of gold, the humans definitely can’t reach the end of the rainbow too,” the leprechaun grumbled as he continued his journey.

(149 words)


Hahaha, just a silly story that popped into my mind when I saw this image. I remember I could not understand why there would be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Living in a tropical island, it is rather common to see rainbow since we have frequent cloudbursts and unpredictable rains. But the rainbow never quite stretches from one end to the other end; instead, the rainbow just truncates halfway across the sky, as if a child got bored of shading the seven colours and just went “That’s it, this is good enough.”

I guess this is my way of explaining the legend. Or mansplaining the legend. Or complaining. LOL.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Prompt: Crimson’s Creative Challenge #35

Friday Fictioneers – 12 JULY 2019

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Inter-galactic Charging Station

We chanted our slogan as we held our placards and formed a picket line around the charging point.

Ever since we made contact with that alien civilisation, those leeches had turned our planet into their personal energy station; they sent their inter-galactic power bank spaceships to our planet, charged and returned to their planet, leaving us with nothing.

They preached environmental protection to us because they had destroyed their home planet’s environment. But they continued in their errors, except they made us pay for it.

We would not stand for this; time to say “No!” to homo sapiens’ paradoxical practices!

(100 words)


What’s the fun of writing aliens come to us? I thought a perspective from “the other side” might be interesting.

On a more serious note though, when are we going to learn that our current practice of exploiting our planet is not going to last?

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Prompt: Friday Fictioneers – 12 JULY 2019

100 Word Wednesday: Week 128

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Image by Bikurgurl

Great Escape

After hearing tragic screams of the first brave cyclist, the remaining survivors gathered at the entrance of the tunnel to formulate a plan.

“What if we light a fire at the entrance?” someone suggested.

“Don’t be silly. Are we trying to draw it out or keep it in?”

“Well, I’ve seen the creature flirting with a campfire before. It likes fire.”

“Are you willing to risk the safety of the children?”

A loud belch from the tunnel answered their question.

It seemed escape was impossible with the dragon guarding the only tunnel leading in and out of the town.

(99 words)


For some reason, tunnels always bring out the worst imagination in me. I have imagined it collapsing, filled with imaginary creatures like zombies, dragons or aliens, leading into another dimension or trapping people forever without any way out.

I should really stop thinking about such silly fantasies.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

How to participate? A few guidelines as we begin….

  1. Simply check my feed, or search the reader, for the 100WW or tag #100WW, post each Wednesday. I’ll also be posting on my InstagramTwitter, and Facebook Feeds.
  2. Write your submission on your blog, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook Feed and ping back to the weekly blog post. Feel free to use the image provided or your own. Please do credit the artist whose image we use — Links provided.
  3. I have not enabled automatic pingbacks due to a plethora of spam messages attempting to link up. Do feel free to also continue posting your links and I will enable your pingbacks as I check my blog. Thank you for understanding!!
  4. I’ll provide a Weekly Summary, or Windup, of posts on or by Tuesday; take the opportunity to read and comment on your fellow bloggers posts {keeping in mind to give each other grace and space}. I try to read them all and post your submission in the Weekly Windup.
  5. Have fun! I enjoy reading your challenge submissions!

Prompt: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 128

Twittering Tales #144 – 9 July 2019

Photo by Lisa Fotios @ Pexels.com

Secret Recipe

“Really, that’s my salad’s recipe!”

“Oh, you expect us to believe that? Fried baby toes and fingers?” she sipped an aged man’s blood. AB negative, her favourite.

“Fine. Also, some virgin women’s skin flakes.”

The human-like demons in the room nodded at the revelation of her words.

(278 characters)


I’m binge-watching Supernatural lately and this just comes to me. I think the more normal a situation is, the more shocking it becomes when you understand the horrifying demonic elements.

Or maybe my imagination is in overdrive and I’m just seeing horrors everywhere.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.

Prompt: Twittering Tales #144 – 9 July 2019