Weekend Writing Prompt #116 – Amateur


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The Art of War

“No, I’m not using mobile phone!” the student protested when his teacher asked for his phone.

“Take out all your books from the drawer.”

“See? Nothing!” he replied triumphantly.

From a thick reference book, his teacher pulled out the phone. “And your watch too.”

The student grudgingly surrendered his gadgets.


(51 words)

Oh, the games I play with my students. I swear they think I’m an idiot, not realising that sometimes, I just don’t say anything to their using of mobile phones.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

Prompt: Weekend Writing Prompt #116 – Amateur


April 25: Flash Fiction Challenge


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Life of a Teacher

Exhaustion saunters into the vaults of my mind and finds a comfortable place to rest.

Life of a teacher invites both joy and frustration; joy at students’ progress and frustration at the school administration.

The ambivalent feeling occurs when I help students to graduate from both school and immaturity into adulthood. But as the students flourish in the real world, I get upset because of the amount of responsibility dumped onto me.

“You are a good teacher. Competent teachers do more work.”

Time gets upset and moves out of the way as exhaustion takes up residency.

I am tired.

(99 words)

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

April 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion. Who is exhausted and why? Can you make art of exhaustion? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by April 30, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

Prompt: April 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

FOWC with Fandango — Obviate



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“It’s either ‘oblivious’ or ‘obviate’. There is not such thing as ‘obliviate’,” Mr Klemp explained.

“But I read it in a book! The word exists,” Kenny insisted.

“And where did you read it? 14th century textbook?”

“No, I read it in a storybook by a world famous author!” Kenny elucidated.

Mr Klemp was getting frustrated. “And what book is that?”

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Just a silly little story to illustrate the problems teachers face. The struggle is very real.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Welcome to April 29, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “obviate.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

Prompt: FOWC with Fandango — Obviate