Friday Fictioneers – 11 OCTOBER 2019

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

Family Background

“How about this one?” he asked in broken Teochew.

His grandmother peered at it through her glasses. “Oh, that’s your grandfather. We were watching an opera,” she said as she handed it back to him.

“What’s the name?” he asked.

She told him but he would forget as soon as he heard it. His Teochew was at best elementary so talking to his grandmother was tedious at times, since she could only speak Teochew.

It was a long afternoon but he was determined to understand what happened in the past from grandmother before everything disappeared into the forgetful history.

(99 words)


This is really what I wished I had done before my grandmother passed. My grandfather was dead before I was born, so I never really knew him. My father’s generation could speak Mandarin, of course, but they were not in the habit of talking about our family history. Meanwhile, with my rudimentary command of our dialect, I was too embarrassed to talk to my grandmother because she spoke the purest form of Teochew while my Teochew is contaminated with all the rubbish slang and weird altered pronunciations derived from other languages – or so both my parents claimed.

Sadly, that chance is lost forever. I don’t think my parents will ever tell me what happened in the past – they wouldn’t even tell me how they met!

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Prompt: Friday Fictioneers – 11 OCTOBER 2019

Inspiration Call: Create a 6 -Word Story

fearing not death but regretful life


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Inspiration Call: Tell the story behind this picture in just 6 words. A Six Word story is a challenge for each writer to come up with a short story within six words.

Publishing opportunity details for this writing prompt can be found at Open Publishing Projects.

Prompt: Inspiration Call: Create a 6 -Word Story

The Simple Things #3

photo of a laptop near cookies

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1. alone time

2. music

3. reading


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Every Saturday, I will share three things that I believe to be the simple things in life, yet things that make me extremely happy. I invite you to do the same.

Now, it’s your turn! Share with me three simple things in life that make you happy. Please reblog, share this post, and give others a smile and a little bit of love. If you reblog the post, please ping or tag my blog and use the words Simple Things” and “Happy as your blog entry tags.

Prompt: The Simple Things #3

The Simple Things #2

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Starbucks (Singapore): Blueberry Swirl Wafer Cheesecake and of course, coffee

  1. COFFEE
  2. dark chocolates
  3. cakes

Wow, looking at this list, I’m an absolute glutton!

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Every Saturday, I will share three things that I believe to be the simple things in life, yet things that make me extremely happy. I invite you to do the same.

Now, it’s your turn! Share with me three simple things in life that make you happy. Please reblog, share this post, and give others a smile and a little bit of love. If you reblog the post, please ping or tag my blog and use the words Simple Things” and “Happy as your blog entry tags.

Are you ready, folks? Can we keep the love flowing by sharing the simple things that make us happy? This is our The Simple Things Share Post #2. Have fun and let the happiness begin!

Prompt: The Simple Things #2

Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

Photo credit: © Pixabay.com

under pregnant moon
tree branches arch towards her
longing for a touch

my silent gaze from afar
never again next to you


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

A Tanka is a Japanese poem and similar to a Haiku, however it has seven lines. Tankas are nature, seasons, love, and other emotions.  Line one has a five syllable count, line two is seven syllables, line three is five syllables, line four is seven syllables, and line five seven syllables. In total it has thirty one syllables.  It uses simile, metaphor, and personification.


The pattern for Tanka is the following:

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables

Line 4: 7 syllables

Line 5: 7 syllables


Writing tip from: Writing Tips – Exploring The Writer’s Path

Publishing opportunity details for this writing prompt can be found at Open Publishing Projects.

Prompt: Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #31

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Bubbles of Happiness

He watched as his elder niece blew the bubbles and the younger one tried to catch it in her palm. All her efforts were in vain; every soap bubble burst as soon as it touched her little palm. Yet, they were laughing and shrieking as they took turns to blow bubbles and catch it.

Bubbles of happiness, they called that little game.

They certainly looked happy but they did not seem to have caught much happiness.

“Did you girls have fun?” he called out to them.

“Yes!” both his nieces echoed.

He smiled indulgently. “I think you failed to catch any bubbles of happiness, girls,” he teased.

The younger niece stopped and looked at her sister in disbelief, while his older niece just stared blankly at him.

“Weren’t you watching? We caught the bubbles! They burst and the happiness went into us!”

His eyes widened. Bubbles of happiness indeed!

(149 words)


This is a lesson for me.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

If this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

Prompt: Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #31

Three Line Tales, Week 184

three line tales, week 184: rainbow brick road leading towards an Icelandic church

photo by Dave Herring via Unsplash

Next Stop, Happiness

With each colourful step she takes away from that church, chaining stress and caging expectations unshackled.

She turns back only for a briefest moment to look at the conservative culture managing every aspect of her life, before she turns around for good to continue her journey.

Religion doesn’t bind; it frees.


If there is one thing I cannot understand, it is why people like to enact their expectations on others under the facade of religious rules. I’m a Buddhist, but there are no cardinal rules on diet, or women, or sexual orientation. Only a series of karmic causes and effects, as well as philosophical scriptures which requires guidance or risk mis-interpretation.

But when I was younger, I have been approached by many Christian missionaries, with the opening lines of “Do you believe in Jesus?” and rapidly spiralled into “Only do you believe in Jesus can you be saved” rhetoric. I was impressionable then and my takeaway from those interactions was “Christianity seems very enthusiastic about Hell and condemnation.”

Until some of my Christian friends raised their eyebrows at me when I candidly asked them about Christianity years later. That’s when I realised, Christianity never asked to convert anyone by fear; those “missionaries” I met were going out to convert people because they wanted money for their church.

Hence the story.

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 184

In Other Words, hello…

Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay

quiet. waiting. love.

i know i am aloof by nature
but if i wait here, if i say “hello”
will you extend your hand
and accept me as who i am
into your personal sphere?


If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Use the picture and/or the word hello  as inspiration
Link back to this post

If you are on WordPress this will create a pingback.
If you are not on WordPress put a link to your post in the comments.
You can also post your story or poem in the comments.

Prompt: In Other Words, hello…

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

In Other Words, carousel

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

round the carousel of life i go
believing i have seen it all
distracted by how much i think
i have a horrid life
forgetting it is just a day of my life


I think we all need hope every now and then. Personally, this image conjures up an idea of horrid routine, but things change if I believe enough in myself. It’s best not to complicate things at times.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Use the picture and/or the word carousel as inspiration
Link back to this post

If you are on WordPress this will create a pingback.
If you are not on WordPress put a link to your post in the comments.
You can also post your story or poem in the comments.

Prompt: In Other Words, carousel