Twittering Tales #157 – 8 October 2019

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Into Space

Everyone believed that building the observatory on the mountain was a good idea.

The mountain was very tall and that was about as close to the stars as the astrophysicists could get.

That was until Earth lost its gravitational force and the mountain began to float into space.

(274 characters)


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 #157 – 8 October 2019

In Other Words, delicious…

Image by Monika Schmidt from Pixabay

Ooh, that looks very delicious, my human slave.

Nice and plump, not too skinny but not all fat as well.

I bet they’ll be juicy too.

That’s BBQ ribs you’re eating?

No, I meant your fingers.


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 delicious 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, delicious…

Twittering Tales #156 – 1 October 2019

Hitchhiker

“No time to explain, get in and drive!” the black bear growled.

Surprised by the talking bear rather than startled, the man instinctively obeyed. “Where are we going?” he asked politely.

“The Rockies. My friends are having a potluck dinner so I’m bringing you!” the bear replied.

(277 characters)


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 #156 – 1 October 2019

Ecological Museum – Great Machinery of Ancient Civilisation

Photo Credits: Tien | ArtScience Museum, Singapore (2019)

…All right, and if you would follow me, let’s step over this way.

We have just seen beautiful creatures of ancient times, flying in skies and swimming in waters. But what you are about to see next is a world of natural wonders. We are about to enter a lush world that is vastly different from what we have known and what we have seen so far.

It has taken a dedicated team of biologists, archaeologists and scientists to bring this ancient world into visualisation. A team of technicians and engineers have also spent months reconstructing every last detail of this visualisation from scratch. And with stunning attention too!

So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, without further ado, I present to you, the latest Experiential Illusion™ of Amazon Prime Dot Com Waterforest!

Yes, what you are currently seeing is a virtual restoration of the legendary clustered trees of the current intergalactic corporation sector 2B-0-N0-2B, formerly known as Basil Federation of Republic Amerikas before the Old Tech Big Bang! Do take note, everyone, that what you are seeing is the actual dimensions of this waterforest.

Now, just a brief historical context before I continue with the introduction of Amazon Prime Dot Com Waterforest. As we all know, the collapse of ancient civilisations occurred during the Old Tech Big Bang, which is estimated to be about three hundred digital resets ago due to a brutal energy exchange among various allied federations. Not much about those dark days was recorded, as our ancestors were scrambling to salvage whatever Old Tech they could before fleeing to safety.

But before that, it was the Golden Data Age. The single most powerful invention during that time was the GlobalWeb. And our ancestors from different allied federations participated in communal sharing of any data, from science to art. It was also on this GlobalWeb that our archaeologists managed to uncover bits and pieces of data regarding Amazon Prime Dot Com Waterforest.

While there were millions of articles which faithfully documented a plethora of methods to cultivate various aspects of life in a succinct manner, our ancestors were, sadly, rather crude in documenting their methods of building this grand waterforest. The archaeologists believed that those records were kept in more perishable physical forms called “books”, which were made from the very waterforest they built.

Naturally, the knowledge of our ancestors is not to be underestimated and we have much to learn from them. Indeed, as mentioned earlier, our ancestors had the foresight of building the waterforest and then actually, harvest it into physical forms of record which allow their descendants to install, as well as to copy and paste what had been done previously. The very nature of this programming action is called “recycling”.

The archaeologists have also discovered that our ancestors, after building the waterforest, had left gaps in the knowledge. They realised that the GlobalWeb was replete with questions, incomplete information and even misinformation at times.

Our scientists are currently exploring the nature of this trickery but they believe that our ancestors were wise in the sense that these questions, incomplete information and misinformation were actually all an attempt to foster social co-operative learning called “research” among the allied federations. After all, they did not have the luxury of installing knowledge into their brains like we do now.

Of course, our scientists have recreated the GlobalWeb for your amusement. You may wish to replicate these programmes into your mind. Alternatively, you may also want to participate in some of the social co-operative learning methods in the same prehistoric manner as our ancestors did.

For those who are interested, I’ll leave you here to enjoy the immersive experiences of discovering and naming unknown species of the various plants and animals in the Experiential Illusion™ of Amazon Prime Dot Com Waterforest.

For those of you who wish to continue on with the journey to see how our ancestors survived the Old Tech Big Bang, as well as their subsequent return to the Original Earth in Milky Way for its rehabilitation, please follow me to the next stop, The Deep Space Survival.

Let’s teleport through this dimensional gate and you will see…


Originally published for Lit Up on Medium

100 Word Wednesday: Week 138

Image by Cyranny

Fine Dining

Everyone knows it is a dining restaurant. It used to be only for the rich upper class; now, it welcomes all. After all, business is getting competitive.

The restaurant still maintains its exclusiveness though, only allowing a certain number of people to enter and taking note of their dietary preferences. A major allure is the soundproofed private dining rooms.

In these dining rooms are where the customers are prepared for meals and served, accordingly to individual culinary preferences.

And this restaurant still enjoys rave reviews from the monsters, who praise the professional manner which the chef prepares the human customers.

(100 words)


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 138

In Other Words, spy…

Image by alexis parra from Pixabay

You are not supposed to see me.

Well, that’s because I’m camouflaged.

I am one with my environment, a true ninja of the natural world, gathering information on my unsuspecting targets.

Well, excuse me!

What do you mean, I’m a lousy spy?


Spies are everywhere, especially in workplace. And they think they are so slick about spying on you. Don’t you just hate office politics, especially when you just want to finish your work and leave?

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 spy 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, spy…

Weekend Writing Prompt #122 – Museum

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Persevering Art

She always enjoyed this part of the museum – not only was it quiet, the paintings important to her were housed here too.

Her ears perked up when she heard a curator explaining as he led a group of tourists into the gallery.

“…painted his queen, depicting aspects of their lives. Never before were such magnificent pieces of artwork recovered in its entire collection, especially from the famed King Joranor’s tomb. You can imagine how special she is to the king. Sadly, the Church, a powerful entity then, feared her influence and instigated a charge of witchcraft against her. She was convicted and beheaded four days later…”

She smiled as the curator droned on. Oh how wrong they were, blurring the lines between myth and history.

She was the one who painted herself into immortality.

Too bad the King and the Church failed to learn her magic.

(147 words)


I had to Google “King Joranor” to ensure I did not commit any treason. All in all, I really had a lot of fun writing this.

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 #122 – Museum

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #26

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When the two old roommates saw their Uber coasting toward them, they got up to flag it down.

“Ugh, I’m glad we quit drinking. Otherwise we’ll be puking all over the cab,” @n+h0ny started.

“So what if we didn’t quit drinking? This is the latest Uber cab that has automated cleaning services, complete with refreshing and cleansing abilities. It wouldn’t have mattered even if we puked,” N:9e1 replied. “It will simply clean up everything and we even have time for a smoke before we reach our place.”

“But I do miss the taste of beer and alcohol. And the smokes, of course,” @n+h0ny said wistfully as they loaded themselves into cab.

“Well, you gain some, you lose some. I mean, we could be dead 500 years ago,” N:9e1 countered. “Uploading our consciousness into this latest GT-2000 models and living to see all this – ” he waved at their surroundings. “worth it!”

“Yes, worth it!” @n+h0ny agreed and they laughed as the driverless Uber beamed to their private planet two galaxies away in less than 7 minutes.

(177 words)


Hmm, I must say, this is my first time trying my hand at a sci-fi genre. It’s not as easy as it looks, and I did not even go into details. I don’t know how sci-fi writers, or fantasy writers, craft a completely alien yet recognisable world. Salute.

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.

Prompt: Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #26

FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: WEEK #33

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The Best-Laid Schemes

Not all hot air balloons fly.

Some drift and others float. Ours died and the pilot, together with his crew, is desperately resuscitating it. The envelope rises and falls to the rhythm of our bored breathes as the crew members blow, ironically, cold air into it with the fan before they turn on the propane burners. Another crew member is circling the balloon like a patrol soldier – not knowing what to look for but pretending to look busy to avoid a scolding from his commanding officer.

The weather looks good; the prognosis does not.

“Oh, how can this happen?” my wife cries and stamps her feet. “We should be up there hours ago, enjoying the sight!”

“M’am, I’m sorry but we are trying our best -” the pilot starts.

“Well, your best is not enough! Try harder!” my wife yells back.

I shake my head in resignation. I could have told him it is pointless to explain; she is used to getting her way.

She turns to me. “This is so unfair!”

I nod. It is very unfair indeed, God. I was looking forward to going up there in the balloon and pushing her off.

(196 words)


I have no idea where this story comes from. I started with the sentence “Not all hot air balloons fly.” without an idea what I want to write next. I thought about going all philosophical but decided against it halfway. Before I knew it, this darkly humorous story completed itself in front of me and I wondered “Why not?”

I would have probably made a very good murderer if people leave me alone long enough…

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below,

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner is a weekly writing challenge designed for both the flash fiction newbie and the more experienced writer. It is the desire of this challenge to allow writers the opportunity to clear the cobwebs from a more tedious and involved project. Becoming a part of a new and growing writer’s community might be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate your writing juices.

The challenge for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner will open early Wednesday morning.

Allow the prompt to take you anywhere you want to go! (Limit your stories to 200 words.)

The Six Easy Guidelines

  1. A photo prompt topic is to be used as your ‘muse’. They will arrive promptly at midnight each Wednesday morning.
  2. Include the photo prompt and its credits with your story on your blog.
  3. All stories are to be crafted and honed to under 200 words in length.
  4. Each flash fiction piece should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. No serial stories. It is harder to stay abreast of a serial story. (Please keep content PG-13.)
  5. Once you have your post complete, create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. If that is not an option for you, add your post’s link in the comments section.

Prompt: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: WEEK #33

Friday Fictioneer – 9 AUGUST 2019

PHOTO PROMPT © Randy Mazie

Boarded Up

“That’s the meeting place for the most close-minded people in our town,” his grandma replied. “They think they’re solving problems but all they do is talk, blame others and re-direct townsfolk’s attention to unimportant matters, like harmful effects of video games and outsiders arriving at our town.”

“So that’s like a town hall? Is that why we decorate it with flowers?” the boy asked.

“No, that’s probably because Mother Nature can’t stand the thought of our leaders being unable to spell ‘trespassing’ correctly,” his grandma replied. “Let’s go, we actually have important things to do, unlike those jokers in there.”

(100 words)


Keep calm and continue what we are supposed to do.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Prompt: Friday Fictioneer – 9 AUGUST 2019