Twittering Tales #148 – August 6, 2019

Maiden Flight

The little boy’s parents gasped while he cried out; the birthday surprise was morphing into a nightmare.

The hovering helicopter wobbled drunkenly before nosediving.

Screams sounded out at once.

The father picked up the toy helicopter and, after a brief check, announced “It’s OK!”

(278 characters)

I’m exceptionally bad at controlling electronics, which is why I don’t have remote cars or helicopters. That and the fact that our family is an average family who just managed about to settle our monthly bills and expenses.

I also don’t understand the fascination of other boys my age in cars and drones. My male friends have offered to let me to drive their cars in an attempt to “teach” me how to drive. It’s probably illegal as I don’t have a driving licence but they were excited to “cure” me of my apathy toward cars. On second thoughts, maybe I should not have said this on a public blog.

Well, long story short, we didn’t crash but let’s just say it didn’t go well – my friends would rather go on roller coaster rides and that’s saying something, since they are all not fans of rides.

For some reason, they never offered to let me fly their drones.

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 #148 – August 6, 2019


Weekend Writing Prompt #112 – Carefree

boy child clouds kid

Photo by Porapak Apichodilok on

songs of innocence*

i reminisce
my childhood days
running free
with outstretched arms

oh halcyon days!

* inspired by William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

When I first studied Blake’s poems in my university days, I could not figure out what was going on in his poems. Now, I think I have a better appreciation of his words. With age comes experience, I supposed.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Prompt: Weekend Writing Prompt #112 – Carefree

I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #25


windows of your soul
left wide open trustingly
may they not be shut

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   

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 6/29/19
  • 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
  • Complete entry form below

Prompt: I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #25

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #31


Sailing to the End of Times

Ice was pelting down hard on the two sailors.

“Mad Hat! We’re going to hit the rocks soon!”

“Yes, One Eye, I know. I’m doing the best I can! Don’t get excited!” Mad Hat shouted back. “Loosen the lines over that side! Hurry up!”

“Why bother? It’s not going to make a difference,” One Eyed retorted. “Turn right! Right! We’re heading straight for the rocks!”

“No, we’re not. Take over the wheel!” Mad Hat started dashing about, tightening and loosening whatever that needed to be tightened and loosened.

Suddenly, he froze.

“Oh no,” Mad Hat whispered.


“The Kraken! The Kraken is coming!” Mad Hat shouted.

Screaming, both Mad Hat and One Eye retreated to the back of the ship.

“All right, boys, you said ten more minutes. I’ve given you the ten minutes. It’s time to go home ,” their mother said firmly. “Come on now, let’s go!”

(149 words)

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)
If you tag it #CCC others should be able to find it by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Prompt: Crimson’s Creative Challenge #31

100 Word Wednesday: Week 121


Image by Adriana Velásquez 

Mars and Venus

“Go straight down, second shelf, she said,” I muttered. “You can’t miss it. Well, I’m missing it somehow.”

I scrutinised the shelves in front of me. Still, I could not find the book.

“I don’t see it!”

“It’s right there! The second shelf!” she yelled back.

“I am looking at the second shelf,” I yelled again. “It’s not there,” I stressed every word.

Ominous pitter-patter of slippers sounded as she turned the corner and walked toward me, glaring me down the entire time. Reaching into the shelf, she pulled out the book.

“It’s. Right. There.” She said through clenched teeth.

(100 words)

Silly me forgot to follow Bikurgurl and continue with 100-word writing prompts. Took me a few weeks to realise I seem to be missing some challenges. Well, at least I gave a follow so hopefully, I’ll be able to do it regularly!

Anyway, this is born out from all those childhood days my mother almost assassinated me whenever I’m looking for something but couldn’t find it. Then she would come, voila! she found it within seconds and shoved it in my face, saying coolly “Tell me. What’s this?”

I love my mother, I really do. But she is downright scary whenever she does that.

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 121