The Decade Tag – Ten Years is 64 in dog years.

I am honoured to have been nominated by Stuart, of the blog Something to Stu Over, to take part in this Decade tag challenge. Click on the link to see his post:


To play along:

1- Please share a link to the creator of the tag-

2- Share some highlights for you over the past decade and if you want, a few low points

3- Tag whoever you wish to.

4- Ask them some questions

5- Use any picture appropriate for such a tag.


The questions:

1. What is the most important lesson you have learned in the past ten years?

  • I’m still learning it – it’s to accept that life is a mixed bag and to enjoy the good while it’s happening rather than waiting for things to be perfect because things are NEVER perfect.

2. Can you share a moment where you were laughing so hard you had tears in your eyes?

  • Those moments are ‘in the moment’ and never sound funny when explained, they just happen. That’s life.

3. How many jobs have you had in the past ten years?

  • I have only worked for two organisations in that time but have had a variety of roles, I am shortly embarking on the new experience of managing staff, something which I have managed to avoid so far in my career.

4. Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

  • Not much different to now, I would hope I have formed new and meaningful friendships but also it is likely that a few of my nearest and dearest will no longer be around. Career-wise, it would be nice to have progressed further and it would be nice to have progressed in my writing to the point where I have published some stories and poems. That would be great.


Ten years apart, Have I aged much?


So would you like to have a go of the challenge? – If you want to, please feel free. 🙂

My questions for you:

  1. Where would you like to be, location-wise, in 10 years time?
  2. What has happened in the last ten years that has surprised you the most?
  3. What do you think the next ten years will be remembered for?
  4. What lessons have you learned in the last 10 years?

Behold the Dragon! – A poem

See the flow of smoke that rises,

rises up from down below

See the ash and hear the bellowing

as the crashing begins to grow.

See the wall of flames that flicker,

a firewall all red a-glow.

Behold the Dragon has awakened

from its sleepy slumberland grotto.

And with fear, I stand a trembling

no greater terror that I could know,

then the Dragon, huge and scary,

smiles at me and says “Hello.

After all my fear and worrying,

he seems a friendly, fine fellow.

So, don’t judge a Dragon by its appearance,

that’s the moral and the motto.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 08/July/2019


The Word of the Day is Dragon.

I’ve also included these word prompts:

FOWC with Fandango — Firewall






A multiple word prompt short story – A Hopeless Romantic



Today’s things are: museum, sneeze, romance



A Hopeless Romantic

I am a hopeless romantic, it has to be said. I love a bit of romance, but it never works out the way it does in books, does it?

I remember taking this lovely creature to one of the most romantic places I could think of. What could be more romantic than the Hunterian museum in London? It is the museum for the royal college of surgeons and is full of dissected body parts preserved in formaldehyde. What could put you in the mood for love better than staring at someone’s body preserved in a jar?

Well that date didn’t end well.

Then on another date, I took the lucky girl to the Portrait gallery. Unfortunately, I was allergic to her perfume, La Nuit d’amour, which made me sneeze everywhere. If you see a portrait in the gallery with a green mark in the bottom left hand corner, that was me. I also managed to sneeze over her too. So that didn’t work out.

I’ve learned my lesson now, I always take an antihistamine now before heading out on a date, just in case.

On my last date I took her on a spa weekend. Personally, I felt she took offence far too easily. I only said that she could do with something to rejuvenate her? I pointed out that her Crows feet were much more reduced in size after the face peel. Maybe she was just annoyed that I insisted we split the bill when It was clear an invite back to her place was out of the question. I had to dart left pretty sharpish to avoid her slap. As I dodged out-of-the-way she accidentally ended up hitting the Manageress behind me. What a kerfuffle THAT caused. I posted bail for her, but was she grateful? No.

I suppose I am just no good at picking the right girl.

I’ve joined an online dating agency now, so fingers crossed.

I’ve got pretty high standards though.

The End


Disclaimer: This story is totally fictitious, please do not make any assumptions about me from this story 😉

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 09/July/2018