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December 2016


Finish off Fridays #4 Holiday-Themed Edition: Brighter than . . .

Thursday Photo Prompt, #writephoto fog: watch for the light

Finish Off Fridays # 4 : Holiday-themed

More self promotion. Another mlmm prompt — this for flash fiction.

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It’s Finish off Fridays (FoF) time again – the flash fiction writing prompt that alternates with Sanaa’s Friday Music Prompt.

I provide the picture and the opening sentence, you write an additional 100 to 150 words to complete the story. Since it’s almost Christmas, three prompts this week. Hope you find one to your liking.

Please include the picture and the opening sentence in your post, tag it Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Finish off Fridays, flash fiction. Create a link (ping-back) to this post, and don’t forget Mr. Linky awaits your click.


When the comet hit, the town lit up like a Christmas tree.  Image: Tim Mossholder via UnSplash



Sister Bernadette’s last dash to the mall before Christmas had unforeseen consequences.



Dan liked to play cupid at office Christmas parties. Image: Hans via Pixabay

Wishing you all the best of this festive season, and hope to see you FoFing in the new year.

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namaste and winter solstice

Tale Weaver #99: A Dickensian Christmas 22.12.16

I don’t usually reblog my mlmm prompts, but I thought I would start a little shameless self-promoting.

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For me, Christmas is synonymous with Charles Dickens and various versions of his most famous character, Scrooge. My 3 favourite “takes” on the tale are: Alistair Sim’s B & W classic; Bill Murray’s Scrooged, and A Muppet Christmas Carol with Michael Caine.

Dickens’ commentary on the contrasts between rich, emerging middle-class, and poor are what make his stories, especially A Christmas Carol, so poignant.

I’d like you to weave a Dickensian Christmas tale. It can be a modern take on a 19th century theme, another look at Scrooge or character in the novella, a peek into the lives upstairs/downstairs or in the streets. Shop windows and shop girls. As long as the tale you weave has that Dickens’ Christmas feel. I think even Dr. Who was been there.

Tag your post Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and Tale Weaver, Charles Dickens. Create a ping-back (link) to this prompt page. And, of…

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writing/write outta my head: the ungloved one

mlmm Photo Challenge #144: Confess

Twittering Tales #9: Myth Busting


mlmm wordle 134 & sunday whirl 278: the 4th rule

write/writing outta my head: :) WTF!!!

SPF: “Buddha, old buddy”

Christmas My Way

A wonderful post on the spirit of Christmas and being chronically ill. Doesn’t have to mean the spirit is weakened!
I have a rather long comment, but the comment thread is very important to read too.

Picnic with Ants

christmas-treeWhen I was 30 Christmases as I had known them changed forever.  That was the year my mother died.  Everything changed that year.  When the matriarch of the family dies the traditions die with her.  We tried to keep things alive, we had Christmas at my sister’s house as she had the only grandchild, things weren’t the same, but they were still nice.

Then there was a falling out between me and my niece.  Well not a falling out really, she got mad at me and refuses to be in my presence.  There isn’t much I can do, not that I haven’t tried, I have.  I could speculate all day what has happened between the two of us, but at this point it doesn’t make much difference.  This has however, ruined many relationships for me in my family.  Family Christmases became a thing of the past.

After Stuart and I…

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Writing Prompt #191 “A World Apart Part 1”

This is a fantabulous way to create a world and stretch your imagination and writing skills.
I’m really looking forward to this exercise and to reading what other folks write too.
Awesome job, Yves.

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purple-crystals-by-mydigitalsin mydigitalsin@Deviant Art

This week we are doing something a little bit different you are going to create a fictional landscape/dreamscape. For those of you worried about the collages there are still more to come in future installments!

Step 1 is the setting. If you don’t feel comfortable creating a place from scratch you can use a preexisting place such as Hogwart’s Academy, Venus, Toronto, your local coffee shop, The Shire, Sigil, Gotham etc.

Or in more generic terms you can describe/create
A planet
A city
A village
A school
A hospital
An institution
A playground
A household
Basically any place you can think of

For this first exercise you don’t need to describe the inhabitants in detail, the religious or philosophical beliefs, the government/codes of conduct because that will come in later installments. For this first exercise I just want you to focus on the appearance and qualities of the…

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Song Lyric Sunday, feel better: Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

words become necessary

Loreena McKennitt: The Holly & The Ivy


JD’s Microfiction Challenge, Rescue: “She is a fickle creature”

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