July’s Hundred-Word Story

I tried that 100-word story prompt again this month. The prompt is good through the end of July, if you feel like trying. The prize is that they republish your flash, no money involved. The image this month was:

“How much more, Jose?”

“Shouldn’t be long. Almost through.”

The two sweated by the side of the tomb. Robbing graves was hard work, thought Miguel as he swigged the water. Come on Jose, one final heave.

“Miguel!”, hissed Jose, “It’s moving!”.

Miguel rushed to help, spilling the water down his already-filthy checked shirt, and using the last of their combined strength, the two eventually prised the tomb open.

Miguel overflowed. “We’re rich, Jose, rich! Now, crawl inside and bring us some treasure”.

Minutes later Jose re-appeared, his hands empty except for a half-brick. Attached was a note. “Too late, sucker.”

[100 Words]

Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #25 – Got to Give It Up

I posted this excellect track by Marvin Gaye on the blog I co-host with KK.

Anybody feel like taking on a prompt question for the weekend?

Songshine Sounds

Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.

The other week I mentioned my love of reggae, which originated in Jamaica. I wanted to stay on that side of the Atlantic this week and briefly mention my love of Soul music. Soul is a halfway house over here – it obviously is not as big as in the USA, there is no dedicated R&B chart, but it has quite a large following here, we invented our own brand of Northern Soul, plus we had ready access to much of the music coming out of America.

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The End

Used to be,
You drove me crazy.
You drive me crazy.

In Loving Memory

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 16 July 2021, altruistic.

Made his fortune from mining and blasting,
Built a church, promised life everlasting,
But his tomb in Pine Hill,
Now makes fine urinal,
In a fate we might say in contrasting.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt


inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 15 July 2021, trinket.

My cheapskate friend’s birthday had tolled,
So to open some wine, I cajoled,
As he poured it to drink it,
Found the glasses were trinkets,
When the plonk all leaked out from the bowl.

“plonk” is what we in Britain call a generic, cheap, nasty wine. I didn’t realise that the name didn’t travel, so I’m sorry if you didn’t get that one.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt


inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 14 July 2021, pendulum.

A marauder who hailed from Beirut,
On the high seas, his power absolute,
But the pendulum swung,
And the pirate got hung,
Without word where he’d buried the loot.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Black Magic

This is my second response to the Flashback Track Friday prompt, where we were given Breakaway by The Beach Boys and challenged to:

Create something which links to the name of some confectionery.

I already posted my main response to this prompt this week (here) but thought you might enjoy this, too.

My prompt link here is straightforward enough. In the UK there is a brand of boxed chocolates called Black Magic, so I thought I’d post my own black magic today.

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For Fandango’s Story Starter #2, where we build something around the following phrase:

To be clear, what you’re saying is that…
To be clear, what you’re saying is that I’m not in charge?