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Twittering Tales #162 – 12 November 2019

Twittering Tales

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.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


Twittering Tales #162 – 12 November 2019

For this week’s photo by rawpixel at pixabay.com you are challenged to fill in the word cloud. It can be a 1 word statement, or an entire conversation. Keep your tale under 280 characters and be sure to link it to this post so I can find it when I put together the roundup. Have fun!

No Words

Communication class assignment: Spend an entire day without speaking. Find alternative ways to communicate and record your observations.

“So, how did the day go?” the professor asked Team 1.

Each team member held up a blank cardboard word bubble.

“Clever!” the professor mused.

~kat
274 Characters


Twittering Tales #161 – The Roundup

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Photo by Michael Gaida @ Pixabay.com

Starting us off…

Lost and Found
Adam had wandered off the path. Now he was lost. The food Adam had wandered off the path. Now he was lost. The food and bottled water he’d packed were almost gone.
“At least I’ll have shelter tonight,” he sighed.
Suddenly a light pierced through the ceiling.
“Hello Adam,” a voice boomed,”I’ve been waiting for you.”
”Oh my god!!!!”
“Yes?”
~kat
278 Characters

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Hallelujah Chorus
within rusting walls of an abandoned factory
he fashioned a stage from wooden pallets
shafts of dust-specked sun the afternoon spot-lights
in his post-apocalyptical opera house
sang wordless arias to audiences of bats, rats, spiders
they applauded; feeling, not sound, the joyful noise (280 characters)

by Neel at Neel Writes Blog:
TIME TO EXIT
Jolly loved the spotlight.
In her mind’s eye, the world was her stage, its denizens her subjects.
That was before the accident.
Before the amputation, before the death of her dreams.
Jolly tightened the noose.
She heard the applause.
It was time for her to take a bow.

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
The Blinding Light
Chilled to the bone, he started to gather branches from the warehouse floor to use as kindling to build a fire. When a blinding light shown down directly upon him from a high window, he thought it was a godsend. But it was a beam from an alien ship and he was instantly vaporized.
(280 characters)

By Jan at Strange Goings On in the Shed:
Fallen
Things don’t turn out well for this fugitive.
Menhit knew her trail of bloodshed would eventually end. But, she hoped not like this. The Fallen who rejected sanctuary were condemned to death. There was to be no exception. So be it. The Light burned with a pain that was searing. “No reprieve” were the last words she heard.
(277 characters)

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Ring A Ding Ding
Tom, a Sinatra fan, worked alone in a warehouse. He took advantage of his breaks by perfecting his lounge lizard routine. Crooning to an imaginary audience, he traded barbs with invisible Sammy, Joey, Peter, and Dino. All went well until one very scary moment in the spotlight. (280 characters) 

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It:
Lights in the Night
Hearing helicopters in the distance prompted Ron and his family to move quickly for shelter. The graveyard was too open.
“Do you think they know we weren’t terminated Ron,” Linda asked.
“Well, the fact that the gold also disappeared may have been a hint. Stay out of the lights!”
278 characters

By Lakshmi at Mukhamani
The emptiness in his life troubled him.
He was always searching. He knew something special was waiting for him.
That morning the abandoned theatre had pulled him. There was chaos everywhere. But the light streaming down filled him with light. His search was over.
He exulted in joy.
(280 characters)

By Jude at Tales Told Different:
(I’m posting…though this is a bit over the  280 character limit ;))
Grief delved into his darkest essence,
and there it awoke evil, wicked with revenge
Those thieves had plundered his house,
desecrated his treasures
befouled and besmirched all he held precious
but worst of all, they’d taken his wife,
and with her, his life

He tracked them to that warehouse,
straddled by rage and armed with hate,
compulsed to destroy!
And as the light dawned upon his brutal carnage,
he stared and yelled into its mocking facade,
for all stayed dark within his heart,
and revenge left only tears and a void he could not fill

By Haley at The Story Files:
Piercing
It was fun to mess around in the abandoned factory. There were holes to jump, beams to climb and ‘treasures’ to be found. They were playing there when the Earth began to shake, white beams pierced down from the sky and everyone started disappearing.

By Rugby at The Bag Lady:
Action!
The light’s too bright, I can’t even see the floor!
That’s the point, Bob, you’re supposed to be in a trance! Didn’t you read the script?
You only provided the audition page. I don’t know what my character’s motivation is.
Uh, Bob, I don’t think you’re right for this. Next!

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
I’m here” he shouted loudly. There was nothing in response. He stood up and shouted again, “I am here. Now what am I supposed to do next?”
Just then a shaft of very bright light entered the deserted building.
He felt himself being sucked towards that alien light.
Character count: 263

By Willow at WillowDot21:
It had been six weeks since the invasion.Dan had been living on his wits traveling by night hiding by day. He had been on his own since day nine. He had seen the factory from the road and decided to camp there a while. It was about 2am when the beam struck. He could hide no more.
(280 Characters)

By Reena at ReInventions:
have you ever been there
where you wanted to be
then hated it?

have you ever been caught
indulging in a
secret rendezvous

wanting to be
in the spotlight
then caught unaware

have you ever welcomed
help out-of-the-blue
with gratitude

have you ever felt
warmth of light
where ignorance dwelt

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
I’d worshipped her from afar until she consented to my company, and gave up everything to be with her.
I arranged the visit to the great shaft of light and stood in the shadows while she bathed in the spotlight.
Then I grew out of that delicious infatuation and never saw her again.
(280 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
Neil stood on the stage under the spotlight, spread his arms wide and starting singing When You Wish Upon a Star at the top of his voice.
137 characters

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
The Health and Safety inspection for the opening of the new children’s dance studio wasn’t going well.
Everyone thought somebody else was going to organise the clean up.
Someone would be in deep trouble!
Who was responsible was anyone’s guess.
I’m sure somebody knows.
I don’t. Do you?
(280 characters)

By Jim at MindEscapes.net:
The factory where Drew worked already had several safety complaints this quarter. The frayed load straps that caused the large slab to fall would be yet another.
This was the third workplace death this year but it no longered mattered to Drew. Heaven welcomed him home.
268 characters

By Deb at Twenty Four:
He had stood in the light with his arms wide, embracing the moment. He had really felt it and given it his all, but they wanted more.
Disappointed Lewis scratched his head, how was he meant to act like it was an alien abduction when they wouldn’t even wear the mask he offered.
(277 characters)

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Contrasting Stark
With nothing, I embark,
Biding time while it’s dark,
Whatsoever, I’ll make a mark,
Making a circle from an arc,
Umpteen people to remark,
About my lack of spark,
Please stop and hark!
You’ll be surprised with the contrasting stark.
226 characters.

By Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian:
A Sudden Sun
For a century they’d lived underground, since the nuclear disaster that blocked out the sun nearly destroying everything.
It took all his bravery to climb up into the ruins. Suddenly, the wind made the window curtains wag. Then, for the first time in a century, the sun shone.
[277 Characters]


I enjoyed your tales this week, even if we did get off to a rocky start. Inexplicably, the WordPress gremlins shut off comments for the post. Sorry if you were inconvenienced. Once I realized what had happened, I made a quick chat appeal to the WordPress support line. They were very helpful, walking me through the process to restore comments. But by that time, several of you had already written your tales, ping-less tale at that! I visited several of your pages to see if you had written a tale for this week. I am sorry if I missed you. Please let me know, so I can feature your tale in the next roundup. As always, thank you so much for participating. See you again next week!


Twittering Tales #160 – 29 October 2019

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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.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


Twittering Tales #160 – 29 October 2019

Happy Halloween! Here’s a spooky photo by Kalhh at Pixabay.com to inspire you this last week of October. Have a great week and happy twittering! I’ll see you at the Roundup!

One Foot In The Grave

“I don’t like it. Are you sure this is the place?”
“That’s what they said.”
“Nobody’s here. We should go.”
“Wait! I hear something.”
“Oh god! This is creepy. Let’s go!”
“Give it a minute.”
“For what? Are you crazy?!”

“SURPRISE!!!”

“Happy Birthday!”
“I’m gonna kill you. I hate surprises.”

~kat
279 Characters


Twittering Tales #159 – The Roundup!

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Photo by Pexels at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…
Vincent365
“Ya suppa’s gettin cold Ira!”
“I told you Ma, just a minute!!!”
Online, Ira was Vincent365, an intrepid traveler who captivated his many followers with wild adventurous tales; all none the wiser that he was 33, jobless, a loser who lived with his mom.
He signed off. “I’m comin Ma.”
~kat

By Reena at ReInventions:
Assumptions
“Do you really care?”
“I wouldn’t be here, if I did not.”
What kind of chat is this? Who is at the other end? It sounds like commitment.
She tapped his shoulder with a thud.
He was watching a video.
“Use the earphones. I don’t enjoy being carried away by your fictional characters.”
(278 characters)

By Radhika at Radhika’s Reflection:
Quicksand!
The initial few years of marriage was bliss for Ron and Uma. Slowly Ron got sucked into the virtual web, that he found it impossible to come out of it. Unable to continue a life with him, Uma filed for a divorce on the grounds that he had turned a “technoholic”!
Letter count :265

By Lady Lee at Lady Lee Manila:
3am and still awake
Giving all reasons not to break
If only he has the answer
And if only he has a choice
Please listen said the little voice
Hope to start a new chapter
Then other things to consider
To fight and not be a quitter
To sleep again and not quiver
To accept that he has a cancer
(281 characters)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Six Minutes
Tim sat at his desk watching the digital minutes slowly tick by on his computer screen. He grew impatient, nervously clicking the tip of the pen in his right hand. In just six minutes the whole world would finally see what he was capable of. He would show them. They’ll be sorry.
(279 characters)

By Jim at Mindescapes.net:
All Nighter
Sunlight streamed into the studio. Morning was here. This was the third all nighter in a row for Franz and it had finally paid off. His term paper was actually done. He would graduate after all but first, he needed some coffee.
228 characters

By Hayley at The Story Files: (This one might have been a wee bit longer than 280 characters…;) Oops!)
The number kept appearing on his computer screen. He didn’t have a clue what was going on but his anger was slowly being replaced by fear.
There was nothing wrong with the computer. He had built the thing himself, ran regular checks and could solve any problems.
No matter what he was doing, the screen would flicker, turn black then the number 54 would fill the screen before the computer shut down.
It was impossible, no one knew and yet someone clear did. It couldn’t be a coincidence anymore…
His secret was out, he was the city’s serial cat killer.

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Countdown.
He’d noticed the numbers, they all had. It had been an annoyance at first. Days passed and it diminished. No one in the office mentioned it yet they all had spotted it. One by one the numbers on the screens reached 00. One by one the programmers disappeared. Where had they gone.
(280 Characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
The New Computer
Bret eagerly anticipated his new computer.
Delivered earlier, he unboxed it before supper.
At 10pm he turned it on.
At midnight he upgraded the Operating System.
At 1am he added the anti-virus.
At 2am he was ready Yay! … but fell asleep.
He woke at 7am.
Bright sunlight.
Time for work!
(279 chars)

By Mike at The Bookish Recovering Know-It-All:
Deep Dive
“Whoa… How long have I been down?”. David, rubbing the crystals of sleep from his eyes, was starting to come out of the confusion of reentry. He’d just spent what seemed like a week inside machine world. Or was it more? “No, it can’t be”. But it was. The screen flashed, “2054”.
(280 characters)

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
The time read 11:54 and he had just six minutes to finish his story. The deadline was looming ahead and his mind just froze. He couldn’t think that last sentence to give his story the ideal finish. Why oh why did he chose to become a writer?
Character count: 241

By Suzette at Suzette B’s Blog:
Urgent Podcast Prep
Time is ticking down – 6 minutes to review and rehearse my questions before the big podcast interview at noon.
No time to waste.
Gotta turn off the laptop and go old school with pen and paper, “I edit faster this way.”  Well, no time to waste – on with the show.
Total characters: 280

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It:
Gone?
“Well?”
“Found the gold sir,” the VP said.
“Take them to the termination room. I want them gone, now,” the director said.
They were locked in and the terminal started it’s count down. Huddled together they held tight. “5, 4, 3, 2, 1.” FLASH!
They were gone. So was the gold.
271 characters

By Di at Pensitivity101:
‘I’ll call you back in five minutes…….’ she’d said.
The clock ticked on.
‘I’ll give her another six,’ he thought.
115 characters

By Regina at Help From Heaven:
Sometimes Words Fail Us
What do I say to her? I want her to love me again, but the right words just won’t come. The pen seems permanently suspended off the sheet of paper. You know, it’s ironic that I didn’t lack words when I was calling her ugly names and falsely accusing her of infidelity.
(268 characters)

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Ray, J, and the Death Ray
(Sentient Light) Ray refused to let J stop until the formula’s proofs were complete. Proofs commenced on Monday morning; work continued 24/7. Jolts of electricity persuaded J when he wavered. Here it was, Sunday, 6:54 a.m. Formulas for the galactic death ray were now complete.
[280 characters]

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Leo’s Insomnia
Leo had insomnia. He tried everything, both work and play. Tired of all the warm milk and late night talk shows he was slowly going nuts. “Why is each C in ice cream sandwich pronounced differently?” he pondered. ‘It’s 2:54 a.m.,” he thought sadly. “No one cares anyway.”
(273 characters) 

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
The dead man’s switch was now so uncomfortable that he was finding it difficult to keep it depressed.
One hour, 59 minutes, and six seconds so far.
His finger was sore.
It was bleeding.
He really wanted to let it go.
Only 54 seconds left and his daughter would be safe!
Just hold on!
(278 characters)

By Deb at Twenty Four:
Martin often denied he was obsessive, he didn’t clean compulsorily or check the door three times before he got in his car.
No, it was his job to be cautious.
As the phone rang he leant over, “Good Morning, you have rung the time at the third stroke it will be 6.54am”
(266 characters)

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
On-line Video Games
Jonas snapped out of his reverie and logged into Warm Boundary.
Appearing nonchalant about his interest vanished:
Quarry54 was doing battle with Kat159.
Epic!
Highlight of his week.
(178 characters)

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
Illusion?
54, The number of characters he had in his novel.Everything was perfect, except the story’s conclusion.
He decided to go out for a stroll to clear his mind.
That was two years back.
And whom did his mom find when she went to investigate some noise in her long lost son’s room now?
280 characters

By Prathiba at Prat’s Corner:
Another Idea?
“It is going to be legendary” he pinged him
“Like all other ideas?” she teased
“Mock me all you want, I am still doing it.”
“And if it fails, you would not be upset.”
“Never. I would have tried it and I know It will be fun.”
“It will be, let’s get the ball rolling on this podcast then.”

By Kelly at Letters From Inside My Head:
Countdown
“I leave my playstation … To no one. There won’t be anyone left.”
The world played on normally outside his window.
“I wish I’d told them.”
He waited. The countdown ticked away to 0.
Then … nothing.
“Mark! What the hell. I told you to get ready an hour ago! Come on, we’ll be late.”
Word Count: 280 characters/55 words

By Angie at AngieTrafford:
Revolution
Jamie signed off on his weekly podcast and breathed a sigh. It is a had been tight and there was a time when he had thought he would have to skip it. He had made the effort so the revolution would start on time. Just like the podcast he had finished with six minutes to spare.
Character count: 274

By John at Broadsides:
It used to be “skip adds in 3 seconds”, now its skip in 60. You have 54 left before you see that sexy MILF seducing the pizza delivery man, or the plumber, or both. 54 seconds before you find how disappointed you are, in yourself.

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
Writing Turned Jagged
It was 11:54, according to the desk clock, as he sat down to write her a letter.
He now felt this was the only way to mend his broken heart.
His writing changed from its usual regular neatness to something wild and jagged as the poison took effect.
By 12:09 it was all over.
[275 Characters]


Excellent Roundup Everyone. I hope to be back in full voice in about a month. So much still left to do before we move, but everything is falling into place. Thank you for sticking with me during this busy time. I love Twittering Tales. I’m so glad you seem to like it too!

 

 

 

 


Twittering Tales #159 – 22 October 2019

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.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


Twittering Tales #159 – 22 October 2019

This week’s Photo prompt comes to us from Pexels at Pixabay.com. What’s the story here? I have a feeling you’ll tell us…in 280 characters or less, of course! See you next week at the Roundup. And thank you for your patience. I am in the process of moving…buying a house…downsizing…and selling my old house. Oh, and working my usual insane hours. I may not respond to you right away, but I promise to read every tale and comment a word or two on Sunday when I start putting the round up together. Have a great week!

Photo by Pexels at Pixabay.com

Vincent365

“Ya suppa’s gettin cold Ira!”

“I told you Ma, just a minute!!!”

Online, Ira was Vincent365, an intrepid traveler who captivated his many followers with wild adventurous tales; all none the wiser that he was 33, jobless, a loser who lived with his mom.

He signed off. “I’m comin Ma.”

~kat

280 characters


Twittering Tales #158 – The Roundup


Awesome roundup everyone! There were a few common themes. Some bittersweetness and humor. As usual, you all were brilliant! Thank you so much for joining in. I love seeing what you come up with!

Photo by Mikechie Esparagoza

Starting us off…
Wish It, Do It
Judith dreamed of being an artist, her paintings featured in galleries, drawing critical acclaim far and wide. But she had bills to pay. Her little shop’s walls were filled with her creations. One day she’d be a real artist she sighed. Too bad she didn’t realize, she already was.
~kat
280 Characters

By Reena at ReInventions by Reena:
Writer’s Haven
The signboard is fascinating – INSPIRATIONS
“Why don’t you put up some notepads and a coffee bar?”
“Why should anyone need that here?”
“You’ve so many writing prompts.”
The owner is rich now, and has published a book. She even rents out writing devices. Just a change in perspective…
(279 characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
She woke up every morning tense and tired, and before facing the day, looked for inspiration on Social Media.
She hung them on the wall.
Then she met Ted.
He took them all down and replaced them with a single photo of the two of them with big smiles and three words.
Love conquers all.
(279 chars)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Inspiration Wall
It was her inspiration wall. Whenever she went to a curio shop or an antiques fair, which was quite often, she would buy wooden plaques with inspirational sayings on them. She would pour herself a glass of wine, sit opposite her wall, wonder why she felt so uninspired, and cry.
(278 characters)

By Suzette at Suzette B’s Blog:
Everyday is a fresh start
I wake up say a prayer and hustle

Only minutes to savor freshly brewed classic Italian coffee.
Then, as we each rush to our car,
I think to myself, “we rarely enjoy the little things lately
How great life would be if we lived a little bit of it everyday?”
Total characters: 280

By Di at Pensitivity101:
The Board of Positivity and Love.
33 characters

By Radhika at Radhika’s Reflection:
Every Day is a Fresh Start
The near fatal accident, changed business honcho Vikram’s life forever. Changing priorities, he decided to enjoy the little things. Grateful that he was still alive, he followed the motto of Live, love, laugh and realized Life is beautiful when you count your blessings!
Letter count :270

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
Life Begins After Coffee *
“I love it!”
happy wife, happy life!”
darling,” she cooed.
you are so worth it!”
this is our happy place!”
every day a fresh start!”
the new vacuum hummed to life
dreams don’t work unless you do,” she sighed.
(209 characters)

By Mike at The Bookish Recovering Know-It-All:
Failing Forward
The last thing I expected to see was my own advice hitting me in the eyes on my way to the lawyers. But on my way to the lawyers office to finalize the papers closing my business, all I could see was the collection of placards on the back wall. It’s time for me to “Fail Forward”.
(280 characters)

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
“Why are you adding all these new inspirational signs in our house?”
I blinked at her. “What? I thought you were the one putting up the signs!”
We stared at each other to see if one of us would start laughing, revealing the joke.
We shrieked when a new sign materialised.
“It’s me!”
(278 characters)

By John at The Magic Shop:
None of them changed nothing for Jim, his life still sucked. A nowhere job that demeaned him, an uncaring  family and his continuing loneliness.  Signs of postive words are useless if they were written by someone who doesn’t know Jim’s pain. Yet, he still stares at the plaques waiting for an epiphany.
(300 characters)

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
Inarticulate
Understandably, Fred was sick of all the catch phrases. He lived in a state of absolute horror of bad English. Facebook, Twitter, they always have so many catch phrases. He died and went to Hell. Not surprisingly, he was bombarded, in the waiting room, with bad English.
(274 characters)

By JoeM at Does Writing Excuse Watching?:
Happy Wife, Happy Life
I found a happy woman and made her my wife. Then I learned that I was supposed to keep her happy. I hadn’t realized that.
I tried this and that. She says I didn’t. Finally, I made her happy by letting her go. She says she’s having a happy life but the saying hasn’t worked for me.

By Melanie at Sparks From a Combustible Mind:
Commercial Artist
Reba looked at the finished board.   She wasn’t completely satisfied, but then what artist ever was?   Overall her entry for “Optimism – The Concept” turned out very well, she thought.   Reba hoped the judges would agree and award her first prize.  She could really use the money.
(character count 280)

By Regina at Help From Heaven:
You Are So Worth It
Carol hugged a tearful Janet, after her boyfriend had quit her. Janet apologized for taking Carol away from her books. “You should be studying, not caring for me.” Carol responded, “There’s nothing more important to me right now than being your friend. You are so worth it.”
(276 characters)

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
Still Alive!
“Where’s the gold, Ron.” the director asked angrily.
Ron remained quiet.
“Did you search them when you took them out of the car,” the director demanded.
“No!”
“Where’s the car?”
“Compactor!”
“You fool, the gold is probably hidden in the car. Lock ’em up in Sue’s office and go see,”
278 characters

By Jan at Strange Goings On in the Shed:
Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do
Morpheus grimaced in exasperation. The quality of material coming through was poor. They wanted miracles without putting in the effort. Humanity was lacking in imagination and a good work ethic. They misunderstood his role as the god of dreams. It was a “two-way street.”
(271 characters)

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Please Don’t Go!
Dot loved getting opinions from everyone, but she had never followed anyone’s advice; yet it was still valuable in that it confirmed she had chosen the right course of action to begin with. Billy begged her not to ride the Titanic. I wish for once she had taken advice.

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
A House to a Home
Sipping hot tea for warmth, she wondered how different it’d have been if she hadn’t left her partner for money.
As always her ego was in her way of reconciliation.
Too bad, he’d have welcomed her readily.
A place is defined by the people living in, never the other way.
Would she see?
280 characters.

By Jude at Tales Told Different:
Our Place
With her we always find it
A place suffused with fragrant happy colors, vivid and joyful in their spectrum
A place ensnared in sensual smells that prance and trance all over,
exciting and enthralling.
With her, we spiral in elusive magic
Spilling insecurities and spewing inhibitions
We live, laugh, love
For this is our happy place

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
The Wall of Love
I was worried when the old fella next door didn’t show. We normally chatted every day.
His wife suffered with crippling arthritis for many years and rarely ventured out.
They said she’d been dead for weeks. He lay down beside her under their special wall. A testament to their love.
(280 characters)

By Deb at Twenty Four:
Lunch time again and she almost groaned in despair, the company were always taking things a bit far.
She sighed, she’d thought a job in motivational slogans would be inspiring but now she was thinking of a career change – tombstone sculptor had a nice ring about it.
(265 characters)

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
He was here today all because two people fell in love and decided to enjoy little things, live love and laugh. He told her you are so worth it but she said dreams don’t work unless you do. Now both of them live happily, and separately.
Character count: 236

By Hayley at The Story Files:
Unstuck
It had taken ages to get the positive canvas wall complete in my studio. Now. every time I came in one or more of the canvas would be on the floor. I blamed it on the sticky strips but something more was going on, somebody that wasn’t keen on happy messages.

By Angie at Angie Trafford:
Words of Wisdom
We filled the wall with all the words to promote self. They were meant to make you feel better. Alison looked at them and sighed. They only made her feel more worthless. Simple words were not enough to combat depression.
Character count: 217

By John at Broadsides:
Noted:
I note the note on the notice board, notarised by a notary, and noting that notice parties’ notes , even when they are notarised notes, should not be posted on the notice board.

By Kristian at Tales from the Mind of Kristian:
Take the Plunge
He used to live in a bubble; his wall plastered with positive signs to help him on the road ahead.
He’d felt trapped, wanting to scream.
In order to live you have to step into reality.
Looking back, he’d made the right choice, there are no greater regrets than for a life unlived.
[279 Characters]

 


Twittering Tales #152 – 3 September 2019

Twittering Tales

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.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


A look back to Twitting Tales #150  and a few of the tales that didn’t ping back.

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
The Jackpot
They approached the Sun to use the slingshot effect to set course for Alpha 7, and a new life.
Alarms sounded!
They were being dragged into the fiery hell, and nothing they did had any effect.
Back on Earth, everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief as the meteor passed safely by.
(279 characters)

Neel at Neel Writes Blog also mentioned that his tale last week never made it to the roundup, but I couldn’t find it. Please do send me a link Neel. I hate that we missed it!


Twittering Tales #151 – The Roundup

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Mashup of photos by pendleburyannette (dragon) & MichaelGaida (forest) at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…

The Paper Tiger
Ned, a copy editor, longed for a spot on the news desk. He had a plan.
“Dragons!” he scoffed as he shuffled through the brush on the grounds of the secret test site. “I’m going to debunk those crazy rumors once and for all.”
“Um. That’s Draco, kid. D-R-A…hey where ya’ going?!”
~kat

By Reena at ReInventions:
I wish I Knew
“I’ve never seen a dragon resting at dawn.”
“You’ve never seen a dragon either. Click a pic, but stay away….”
“Something tells me, its tail is embedded deep inside and it will take time to move.”
“John, there’s something entwining your foot, and it’s blue.”
“AAARGH…… I wish I knew.”
(279 characters)

By The Dark Netizen:
Hidden
He is coming for me.
I can sense his approach and his thirst to find me. I am the last one left, and all that stands between him and victory. None have beaten him till now. But I will be the first one to defeat him.
All I have to do is stay hidden, in this game of hide and seek…
Character Count: 280

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
DEEP IN THE FOREST
You hadn’t thought this through.
You cooked the DNA, grew me in nourishing gel, wrapped me round this tree, and waited.
What about my escape route, you moron of a crazy geneticist?
How am I supposed to get out of this damn forest?
Then I expelled my mythical powers.
Burn baby! Burn!
(278 chars)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Did Someone Say Dragon?
Jack and Ed hiked deep into the woods until they found a small clearing. They sat down on a log and Jack reached into his pocket, pulled out a joint, and lit it up. “Do you want a drag on this?” he asked Ed.
They both heard a voice coming from their left. “Did someone say dragon?”
(280 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
The dragon sulked. He hated Hide and Seek.
42 characters.

By Ron at Read4Fun:
Blowhard Stories
DEAR AMAZON.
For my cough, Doc recommended you. There is no one in the store to answer my questions. All I want is some pills. Every time I cough, I spit fire. If I don’t get an answer soon, this Amazon thing is doomed. Lousy customer service burns me up. My turn next. DRAGON.
277 characters

By Lorraine at Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip:
“(In) the Forest Primeval”*
Patience. ‘Tis the mantra I needs adopt.
Keeping the beast enchantedly happy whilst I wait.
We sit in the forest clearing; thank Arthur, it is easily entertained.
A flutter of brown wings; my Camelot Prime order appears.
A non-fantasy classic: How to Train Your Human by Toothless 1.
(280)
* opening line of Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1847)
1 Toothless is a Night Fury dragon in the animated trilogy: How to Train Your Dragon.

By Kitty at Kitty’s Verses:
An Unlikely Visitor
Tra-a-la-la! Tra-a-la-la!
Dancing through the woods,
Wearing my hoods,
Here I come at the precise time of dawn,
Stifling that persistent yawn,
To collect herbs for the concoction,
To help with the medicine man’s decoction.
Rubbing my eyes, what do I see ?
UFO or a hallucinating me?
275 characters

By Kia at The Bookish Recovering Know-It-All:
Ready or Not
Lucius thought to himself, “I’m glad for the last two years. I’ve grown so much both in size but also inside”. At last, the end of training. From a distance he could hear his master and teacher counting. “Seventeen, Eighteen, nineteen… twenty. Here I come, ready or not”. Ready.
(280 characters)

By Sadje at Keep It Alive:
He was the last of its kind. So tired from hiding in the deep forest away from those prying humans. His strength was slowly ebbing away and now he could just lie there waiting for the end. Suddenly the whole of the forest lit up in an eerie light. He looked up. Mother?
Character count:269

By Bear at Jellico’s Writing Nook:
The Hard Way
‘Have you no sense? Don’t you know to let sleeping dragons lie?’
‘I – uh… I wasn’t thinking…’
‘Obviously. Now, look at you… bald and scarred…’
‘Don’t laugh. It’s bad enough as it is.’
‘At least now, every time you look in the mirror, you’ll remember your lesson.’
cc: 263

By Willow at WillowDot21:
Approach in clear line of view. No sudden or aggressive movements. Speak gently. A dragon always reacts better to calm, gentle handling. You must master this first meeting, you never get a second chance. Remember you are a dragon keeper, you need a dragon more than they need you.
(280 Characters)

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
The Teenagers
“Relax,” the Don’s guidance counselor told him. “We save the real dragons for juniors and seniors. You freshmen only have to practice on windmills.” On the big day, he and his best friend Sancho got the shock of their lives. There must have been a mistake in their schedules.
(277 characters)

By John at The Magic Shop:
Break Time
This was his chance. A beast that may have terrorized his village was asleep. Silent steps inched him closer to using his sword. Was this the creature? It didn’t matter, He needed to be a hero. Brimstone smell enticed him. His heart stopped as a branch cracked under his foot awakening the dragon.
(300 characters)

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie
Brave Pitter and Patter wandered deep in the forest, looking for dragons, and came upon a sign:
There’s a place in this woods where she sleeps
Pleasant dreams of the gold that she keeps
She wakes late, so be smart
Or be burnt to a fart
Sip your tea, munch your toast, and no peeps!

By Joe at Does Writing Excuse Watching?:
Park Ride
“A sleeping dragon? What kind of a Park ride is a sleeping dragon?”
“Awake it was too scary for the kids.”
“But what does it do?”
“Smoke comes out of its nose.”
“That’s it?”
“It makes snoring sounds.”
“Anything else?”
“It farts.”
“Well that’s all right then.”
251 characters.

By Melanie at Sparks from a Combustible Mind:
Eagon lived in the forest with his family.   Their cottage was small, their garden large.   Locals came in crowds to buy fresh vegetables and herbs. Although beleaguered often for his secret, Eagon would only smile enigmatically. Dragon dung was the best fertilizer known.
(Characters = 276)

By Chris at I.Mused:
An Old Friend
The snap of a twig.
The scales along his neck instinctively shimmered, he’d been followed.
“Please don’t go,’ she panted, “we need you.”
“Child,’ he hissed, “your elders disagree.”
“I need you,” she sobbed.
“You don’t need me,” his tail whipped, “You can imagine so much more!”
(272 chars)

By Regina at Help From Heaven:
Thank Goodness for a Vegetarian Dragon!
Walking through the forest, Kane saw a beautiful blue dragon. As Kane started to take flight on nimble feet, the dragon told him that he no longer found humans delicious. Their intransigence caused him indigestion. His blue color came from the blueberries he ate, instead.

By Tessa at Tessa Can Do It!:
The Exchange?
“Nator wants us to go to the dragon area at the local amusement park and hide out in the maintenance shed until this afternoon when we will meet the director and he will take possession of the product.”
“Are you sure about handing the product over to this man,” Linda asks.
272 characters

By Neel at Neel Writes Blog:
APOCALYPSE
“It’s a faun.”
“No, fauns have a goat’s legs. This one doesn’t have one,” Vikram said , his fingers pointing towards the monstrous creature that curled up behind trunk of the gulmohar.
“Faun or no faun, our goose is cooked,” said Inder before he lost consciousness.
(280 CHARACTERS)

By Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
Lost In Space
Close call with that meteor last week!
Yes, but have you seen this weird craft under the tree?  There’s a canister just by the open door. Let’s look inside!
What’s this? A short story by the looks of it. Written by Peter’s pondering.
So, that’s why it wasn’t included in the roundup!
(278 characters)

By Hayley at The Story Files:
The Sleeping Dragon
‘We have to be quiet in the woods,’ Mama said.
‘Why?’ her young daughter asked.
‘Because, last night a blue dragon arrived here!’
The girl’s eyes grew wide and she clutched to her mama’s skirts.
‘He’s sleeping, so if we don’t disturb him, everything will be fine.’

By Shweta at My Random Ramblings:
Hide and Seek!
He struggled to drag himself behind the thick bush.
He had to remain hidden at any cost.
The flaming arrow didn’t kill him.
Yet, it ensured that he won’t fly for a while.
He couldn’t die at the hands of a human, like the others.
He was the last of his kind – the sole surviving dragon.
(280 characters)

By Deb at Twenty Four:
When Heidi had suggested taking the children out she’d leapt at the chance, but as a yell broke the silence she almost groaned in despair.
Hurrying into the clearing she came to an abrupt halt, then smiled.
“Ok kids, can anyone tell me what that is lying under the tree?”
(267 characters)

By Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian:
Conquering the Dragon
It was a crazy initiation,
Fight the dragon, impress the nation,
but something sporadic, unplanned,
Happened that shocked the land.
They sent a novice, a raw beginner
But oddly, he returned the winner
He didn’t fight, attack or defend,
He talked to the Dragon and made him a friend.
[280 Characters]

By Rob at Art by Robert Goldstein:
The Televangelist
The raging Televangelist stalked the stage like
a angry dragon and roared:
“You will atone for your sins or the god of vengeance shall surely pierce your heart with the sword of eternal anguish!”
I rocked the cradle so hard the baby fell into supper.
226 Characters


And…it’s a wrap! I loved your Dragon Tales. There were several hide and seek takes. I found that interesting. You may have noticed I have not been around much this week. I’m afraid the creeping crud got the best of me, calling for a trip to the urgent care for antibiotics and other fun stuff. I’m just starting to feel human again so I dragged myself out from under my rock…I couldn’t possibly miss this weeks round up!

The pingbacks have been a bit fickle these days. Sorry if I have missed your tale last week or this. It has been suggested that I use an outside resource such as InLinkz. What do you think? Would you still want me to do a roundup each week? I’ve received some complaints that the challenge photo is too hard to scroll down to. Please give me your feedback. I aim to please. 😉 I enjoy hosting this challenge each week. It’s probably a good idea to post a link to your tale in the comments just in case pingbacks are acting up.

For this week an intriguing photo by Geralt at Pixabay.com.  What is the secret message hiding in the binary code on the screen? Is the young lady in the photo the key saving us all? Who sent the message…an enemy…aliens? You could always write a story about computers in general and how FRUSTRATING they are…pings dropped, crashes, lost data…Have fun with it. And I hope to see you next week at the Roundup. And remember, let me know if you’d like me to try InLinkz…or if you are ok with the current format. Have a great week!


 

Twittering Tales #152 – 3 September 2019

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Photo by Geralt at Pixabay.com

Wish You Were Here…

When Agent Smith mysteriously disappeared, he left a coded message. Authorities knew his daughter had learned to read code. Agents brought her in.

After a few moments, Hanna burst into laughter.

“What does it say?”

“Dad’s on vacation. He’ll see you in a month…’bout time dad!”

~kat
278 Characters


Twittering Tales #148 – August 6, 2019

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.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!


Twittering Tales #147 -The Roundup

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Photo by enriquelopezgarre at Pixabay.com

Starting us off…
Toast
foolish naysayers will cry
thinning ozone is a lie
they boast global warming’s a hoax
but the mercury’s rising
polar ice caps are melting
the sea’s swelling over the coast
people gathering in droves
strip off all of their clothes
sizzling on sand bars like toast
~kat
254 Characters

By Lisa at Tao Talk:
Ants
Crom, an interstellar vagabond parasite, was told to, “Get out of Dodge” with an uncanny regularity.
Crom entered the Milky Way and saw edible bugs on Earth. As a shape shifter, he became clouds and waited to guzzle. Today his huge nozzle lowered; he began to eat the “ants.”
[276 characters]

By Tien at From the Window Seat:
Group Think
The long weekend holidays were here so they took half day off from work. They thought they set off early enough to beat the holiday crowd.
They thought wrong.
The beach was packed when they reached.
Everyone else had the same idea too.
Humankind was not any different from sardines.
(280 characters)

By Graham at Graham is Just My Name:
THE SEASIDE
I savour my morning coffee and watch the news.
Childhood memories return of the seaside; sand-castles, vanilla ice-cream, and donkey rides.
Now you wouldn’t see me dead in those crowds. It looks like somewhere in hell.
The twins bounce in excitedly.
Can we go to the seaside Daddy?
(277 characters)

By Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
Second Honeymoon
Honey, what’s wrong? I thought you’d be thrilled.
This is not what I expected when you said you wanted to take me on a romantic second honeymoon.
But, baby, this is one of the most popular beach resorts in the world.
Yes, and one of the most crowded. Where’s the romance in that?
(276 characters)

By Bear at Jellico’s Writing Nook:
The Photo
‘Found this in the ruins.’ He stared at the picture. ‘Humans; half-naked. Wonder if it’s some kind of religious ceremony?’
‘Don’t know, don’t care. Just throw it in the burn pile already.’
‘Yeah, sure.’ He turned as if to comply, then deftly slipped it into his pocket.
CC: 267

By Larry at East Elmhurst A Go Go:
The Odds Are You Won’t Live to See Tomorrow
“I feel like Patrick McGoohan’s John Drake character in ‘Secret Agent,’ ” Al told Fred. “Drinking, womanizing.” “Remember one catch though,” his friend said. “That line in the Johnny Rivers song is ‘swingin’ on the Riviera one day, then layin’ in a Bombay alley next day.’
(278 characters)

By Di at Pensitivity101:
“You’re joking, right? I mean, we live within a stone’s throw of a clean sandy beach.
We can swim or sunbathe without having to fight for space.
What the hell possessed you ????”
‘It was free,’ he said sheepishly.
210 characters


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