An Enchanted World – For Fandango’s Picture Challenge.

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Fandango has started a new picture challenge, to write a short story, flash fiction, inspired by a picture, this is the picture above and here is the link to his post below:

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #1

In my own typical fashion, I have broken the rules and written a poem instead.

 

Just believe in yourself

That is the key

And you enter a world

Where you become free

A glamorous glade

An enchanted wood,

Where anything could happen,

Could, would and should.

There, in a clearing,

By a babbling brook,

A lady, so endearing,

Playing with each step she took,

Walked towards you

Looking very cute.

It’s just a tremendous pity,

She couldn’t play that flute.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 18/February/2019

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/rdp-monday-key/

 

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Tell the Story challenge – A boy on a quest.

Jeremy sat down and pulled his map out of his rucksack.

He was on a great adventure, A quest like the great knights of old. The ones he read about in school. King Arthur and the round table.

He’d packed his bag that very morning and set out into the wilderness. He’d got a strawberry jam sandwich, cut into triangles like his Mum would do. Maybe not quite as neatly, he used his penknife, which he’d blunted last year by trying to chop down a tree with it.

He also had found his dads old hipflask, it had been filled with the most disgusting looking brown liquid, ‘positively hazardous to health’, thought Jeremy as he’d tipped it down the sink, rinsed it out and replaced it with orange squash instead. It still had a funny tang to it, but then you had to put up with a lot when you went adventuring.

So armed with food and drink and dressed in his favourite pullover, bright yellow in colour, and his red hat, he’d set out. A knight had to wear bright colours to show he was on a quest, or so he’d read.

He had been gone for an hour before he decided to pull out the map and find out where he was.

Down in the old Yew tree thicket, not far from the boundary of the Kingdom.

He knew he wasn’t allowed to go any further than this point, so slowly he began to retrace his steps.

He hadn’t found any treasure on this trip, but there was always next weekend.

Just then, he heard a noise from behind a nearby bush.

Jeremy pulled out his penknife and shouted “Who goes there? Friend or Foe?”

He’d read that that was the proper thing to say when you were a Knight.

A rabbit jumped out onto the path in front of him. It looked at him with unblinking brown eyes and twitched its nose.

Jeremy thought it looked so squeezable and huggable, so he tried to catch it.

Strangely enough, the wild rabbit let him pick it up.

The quest wasn’t a failure, after all, he’d found himself a faithful pet if only his parents will let him keep it.

Holding it gently, he walked back to his castle. Or as most people saw it, the cottage in the park.

Jeremy’s father was the park’s groundskeeper and the cottage came with the job. It provided Jeremy with the best place ever to feed his imagination though.

 

This story was written for the Tell the Story challenge that I was tagged in by Teresa, the Haunted Wordsmith. Thank you, Teresa, for tagging me. Please click on the link and read her story here:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/it-started-with-one/comment-page-1/#comment-13842

So now I have to nominate three people and give them a picture for them to write a story.

I have decided to nominate the person who began the Tell the Story challenge, The Eclectic Contrarian:

https://theeclecticcontrarian.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/tell-the-story-challenge/

also

Laura Venturini

200 Plus

SanaH

https://apausefornature.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/good-morning-feb16%F0%9F%98%8A/

 

And here is your picture:

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https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/your-daily-word-prompt-squeezable-february-17-2019/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/quest/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/rdp-sunday-color/

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Multiple Word Prompt Poem – A Letter from Beryl.

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“Dearest Darling,

I thought I’d sit down and write you this letter,

I’m bored you see, and there’s nothing better,

I can think of to do to spend my time,

This yoga retreat is far from sublime!

I’m sick of the beach and the waves and the sea,

The nightlife is dull and there’s no variety.

I’ve lost track of the seashells I’ve managed to exhume.

from out of the confines of my swimming costume.

It’s so boring here I’m tempted to jump

into the canal. I’ve really got the hump.

There’s no television to watch, no booze to drink,

All I can do is sit here and think.

And even though I can’t overindulge,

there’s no sign whatever of losing my bulge!

So, Darling, I beg you, In my humble way,

Send me a big bar of Chocolate today.”

 

And that was the last letter he’d had from his Beryl,

Before she went quite mad and turned rather feral.

So before you spend a fortune on a yoga retreat,

Remember poor Beryl and just watch what you eat.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 15/February/2019

 

This poem was written for the Three Things Challenge, now hosted by Paula of Light Motifs II

The Three things were: Seashells, Yoga and Letter.

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/three-things-challenge-pl1/

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/humble/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/rdp-friday-canal/

FOWC with Fandango — Variety

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/your-daily-word-prompt-overindulgence-february-15-2019/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Bite – A poem written for Kira’s Sunday Scribbles

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I was betrayed;

You never stayed

On an altar of false dreams

I sacrificed myself, it seems.

Our connection died

Our love cast aside.

Your intimate touch

That I loved so much,

Was a passing passion

A fleeting fashion,

Smitten

Now bitten,

Yearning,

Burning,

In a heap.

Love may be free,

but it’s never cheap.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 14/February/2019

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/10/kiras-sunday-scribbles-29/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/smitten/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/rdp-thursday-intimate/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/your-daily-word-prompt-passion-february-14-2019/

 

A Valentines Day Poem – Passion Fashion.

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I have often said that I don’t DO Valentine’s day, It is just a commercial load of tripe, but I have succumbed to the pressure and have written a love poem. I suppose there must be something in the air (not just the air freshener).

 

Passion Fashion

It seems passion is in fashion

For today at least,

But I prefer something

Longer lasting than

This particular Saints day feast.

Something durable,

Intimate, Uncurable,

And totally insurable.

A love that means I’m bitten,

By a life-long love bug,

A totally smitten kitten,

Just waiting for its hug.

So, for me, today is just the same

As all the ones that come and go,

They may not have the fancy name,

Of Valentines, but I hope you know,

That, to me love is not just a game,

A flighty ebb and flow,

But seriously, deliriously

I will always love you so.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 14/February/2019

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/rdp-thursday-intimate/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/smitten/

FOWC with Fandango — Durable

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/your-daily-word-prompt-passion-february-14-2019/

 

An Elfchen Challenge – A new creation.

My pal, Mel of the blog Crushed Caramel, has tagged me in a new challenge. See her post below:

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/i-have-never-even-heard-of-an-elfchen/comment-page-1/?unapproved=6112&moderation-hash=31a298e9375e8babb6339ef4a020dffc#comment-6112

Like Mel, I had not heard of an Elfchen. I flippantly thought it was what you got when you crossed an Elf with a Munchkin, possibly with a bit of Oompaloompah thrown in for good measure.

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Well, if you’d like an excellent explanation of what an elfchen actually is, click on Mel’s post, she explains it beautifully and wrote a lovely one to demonstrate.

Here is my attempt:

 

Innovate,

Create something

Worthy of adulation.

A tribute to God’s

Creation.

 

I think that meets the requirements, and I am also quite chuffed that I have managed to include three of today’s daily prompts. I couldn’t hope for better. (Oh there goes a fourth 😉 )

I have just realised that this is also the challenge for the Go Dog Go Cafe Tuesday’s Writing Challenge! Click the link below if you’d like to take part:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge February 12, 2019

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/rdp-wednesday-innovative/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/your-daily-word-prompt-adulation-february-13-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Tribute

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/hope/

Twittering Tales – A Valentines Day Surprise – A Tale in 280 Characters

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He’d crafted them perfectly; no one could tell the difference.

Carefully he packaged and sent them to the people on his list, ticking them off, placing a leaflet in each box conveying the appropriate sentiment.

“I hope you accept this token of my esteem”.

Let the poisoning begin!

[279 characters]

 

This story was written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales Challenge:

Twittering Tales #123 – 12 February 2019

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/rdp-tuesday-leaflet/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/hope/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/your-daily-word-prompt-sentiment-february-12-2019/

Three Things Challenge – Summer Nights

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Photo by Min An on Pexels.com

 

No other gadget can compare

For its clever, cunning, cooking ways

Of harnessing fires burning flare.

Now I’m yearning for those summer days.

The BBQ sizzling up a storm,

And Summer nights, so soft, so warm.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 11/February/2019

 

Written for The Haunted Wordsmith’s Three Things Challenge:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/three-things-challenge-2019-42/

And including the Ragtag Daily Prompt Word:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/rdp-monday-flare/

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Keeping calm – Music to relax to.

If you’ve read one of my previous posts, you’ll know that I am having a few health issues at the moment.

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/02/10/swelling-protuberances-and-apologies/

I have been experiencing random swellings, that can flare up without rhyme or reason.

I have been told by a medical expert that I trust, to take antihistamines and to keep calm.

So, I thought I would share with you some of the music I am listening to in order to achieve this sense of inner calm.

  1. Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

2. Cavatina, Theme from the Deerhunter by John Williams

3. Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone

 

And finally,

Caribbean Blue by Enya.

 

What music do you like to listen to when you need to keep calm?

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/trust/

FOWC with Fandango — Reason

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/rdp-monday-flare/