Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Mixer - Overkill

This week's writing challenge from
Monday Mixer
( The Latinum Vault )
Note: Original link no longer works

Back at the Monday Mixer again... #24, I believe.

Here are the choices for the location, thing & adjective (my choices in red):
Things:     1) kludge      2) gamut     3) postern
Verbs:      1) ululate     2) bruit     3) spraddle
Adjectives: 1) copacetic   2) tremulous 3) obstreperous

Just a little silly science fiction! And, yes, I know I said I wasn't going to kill anyone in my third straight posting, but, hey, things just seem to happen that way. What can I say? 


Modified image "Darkness Of Apocalyptic" courtesy of "prozac1"/

     The entire apparatus was a kludge of mismatched parts, running the gamut from electrostatic ion generators to plasma channeling coils to something Nortrok couldn't even identify, but Chief Engineer Xilanx assured him this was the only instrument capable of destroying the enemy's immense starship. Once the device had initialized, those manning it began to ululate as the weapon hummed, and despite concerns bruited about of how the intense magnetic fields might kill them before they could attack, none left their post. 
     As the ship appeared overhead, Xilanx nodded that all was copacetic, and shouted out the order to fire. Once the blast subsided, nothing remained of the vessel but a quintillion quantum particles trying to reassemble themselves within the nebulous haze obscuring a silvery crescent moon.
     After staring at the sky for a moment, Nortrok turned to Xilanx, and in a tremulous voice asked, "Wasn't there a full moon tonight?"

Modified image "Darkness Of Apocalyptic" courtesy of "prozac1"/

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

FSF Challenge - Limitless

Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:


As someone who has always had a knack for eating and mismanaging my weight, when I saw this prompt I immediately knew what my story would be.

I'm right behind you there, Woody! Just let me get a clean plate...

All You Can Eat

Image "Cheeseburger And Stethoscope" courtesy of Grant Cochrane at

     Woody had always been a large boy, as it was politely stated, and throughout his school years had no difficulty finding a spot on the football squad or wrestling team, maintaining his strength for those activities by eating with the same enthusiasm he displayed while competing. As he grew older, however, those days of glory faded, but not his passion for food.
     Therefore, filled with such anticipation as to be nearly uncontrollable, he decided to visit Buford's Boundless B-B-Q Buffet (newly opened on the south side of town just off exit 9 with ample free lighted parking and drinks included in the price of a meal on Tuesdays). Upon seeing the epicurean palace, he declared, "I believe I've died and gone to heaven."
     The words were curiously prophetic, coming to fruition, so to speak, somewhere between the second and third helpings, face down in the pickled watermelon.

Image "Cheeseburger And Stethoscope" courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

This Week's Photo - Flutterby

There are times when I get the camera out and take a few pictures, sometimes for art, sometimes just to enjoy. This week's photo (I hope to do this on a regular basis) is of a butterfly in my neighbor's garden.

Image "Butterfly_2013_07_21.jpg" courtesy of K. R. Smith -

Feel free to use the picture as long as attribution is given. You can use the text below for that:

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Shameless Plug - Going To Mars With MAVEN

Here's a shameless plug to vote for my entry in the "Going to Mars with MAVEN 'Message To Mars'" haiku contest:

Click on the link at the end of this text to vote for my entry (if you like it, that is...):  Message To Mars

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