Chopsticks

I learned to use chopsticks when I was a kid.

My Dad was the entrepreneurial type, always starting new businesses, always swearing that ‘this was the one’. We had periods when I was very young when we didn’t have a lot of money. However, for the majority of my formative years we were, not wealthy, but certainly comfortable. Dad worked hard to give us the life he felt we deserved. He grew up poor and he was determined that we would want for nothing. Continue reading

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Tally

He was short. That’s what caught my attention. I’m a fairly average height, but he barely reached my shoulders. Otherwise, the guy was unremarkable. Dark hair, blue eyes, handsome but not gorgeous — if not for his height, few would spare him a second glance. Continue reading

Deceit

This story is for people aged 18+ as it is NSFW. If you under 18 please click on the Fiction Friday link in the menu to read some of my other stories. Continue reading

Top Ten Fanfics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

Image by Greyerbaby - Pixabay.com - CC0 Creative CommonsThis blog post may contain spoilers for various fandoms and some of the stories contain adult humour and/or NSFW content. You have been warned.

Fan fiction stories are a staple of any fandom. They allow fans to re-imagine all the parts of the original work they didn’t like or place their favourite characters in different situations.

Just like the authors of original works, fanfic authors strive to draw a reaction from their readers. Whether that reaction is tears, excitement or suspense is, of course, unique to the story. One such reaction is laughter. I have come across quite a few humorous stories over the years, many of which I found quite amusing. Continue reading

Creating a Bucket List

In January of this year (2018), I finally got around to creating a bucket list. A bucket list is a list of experiences and achievements that you hope will happen within your lifetime. These lists are nothing new, but they really seem to have gained popularity after the release of the 2007 movie titled, funnily enough, The Bucket List.

A bucket list is an intensely personal thing, and there is no right or wrong way to create one. However there are a lot of tips floating about the internet that can make creating your list a little easier. Here are some of the hints that I found particularly helpful when creating my list. Continue reading

Blood

Hushed whispers and tugging hands startled me awake. My fuzzy mind, still groggy from sleep, struggled to make sense of my surroundings as I was roughly dragged down smooth stone stairs towards a cold steel cell. I felt something wet on my leg and looked down. My heart froze at the trickle of red I saw there. Oh, Gods! Blood!

Shock cleared my mind and brought clarity. I was no longer being dragged into the bowels of the basement. Instead, I was racing towards the safety of sterility, thoughts spinning towards panic. Continue reading

Top Ten Things I’d Miss in an Apocalypse

Zombie Parking - Avalon_Mists - Pixabay - CC0 Creative CommonsWhether you think the world as we know it will cease to exist due to war, zombies or super volcanoes, apocalyptic scenarios aren’t exactly known for their creature comforts.

Aside from the obvious — things like safety, shelter, and enough food to eat — everyone has a something they would miss more than anything else, should our modern lifestyle come to an abrupt end. Continue reading

Silence by Nurture Waratah

Silence

Hum of traffic
returning workers
from endless hours of drudgery.
Roar of mowers
remaking lawns
in tame parodies of the wilderness. Continue reading

Been Sick

I’ve been really sick lately and haven’t felt up to blogging. I haven’t even felt up to writing! The doc has me on antibiotics now, though, so hopefully I’ll be fine to resume both blogging and writing by Friday.

Top Ten Beer Commercials

I have always loved watching well-made commercials. As a child, it was not unknown for me to ask Nanna Carmen to fast forward through the shows she recorded for me in order to skip to the ads. There are a lot of entertaining commercials out there, and some of the best seem to come from the producers of that ever-popular beverage — beer. Now, I am not a beer drinker, I don’t much like the taste, but I do enjoy a good beer ad. Continue reading

microprompt 848: slug

I was having a hard time deciding on a post for today, and my response to the twitter tag #microprompt was slightly too long for a tweet, so I just posted it here, instead. I’ll take a screenshot to post on twitter. Continue reading

Unravelled

Terry waited for Julie to pass before emerging from the shadows.

“Hello, Michael.” he said coldly.

“Terry! But you… you’re…” Continue reading

Top Ten Postmodern Jukebox Covers

Ever since my husband introduced me to Postmodern Jukebox, I have been a huge fan. Begun by Scott Bradlee in 2011, the hugely popular Postmodern Jukebox is basically popular modern songs sung in vintage music styles. While the concept may sound odd at first, it works surprisingly well and has proved so popular, artists have gone on to tour five continents as well as releasing several albums. Continue reading

5 Things I’m Watching on Netflix

So, I’ve been watching a few shows on Netflix recently. Well, if I’m being honest, my daughter has been watching them, and I’ve been caught up in the shows while attempting to work on my laptop. Here are some of the shows we’ve been watching. Oh, by the way, there will probably be spoilers, so consider yourself warned. Continue reading

Luck

‘Fake’.

That’s what we all thought when we saw the video of the homeless guy tearing out the cop’s throat with his bare teeth. Two point three million views and not one person thought it was real. Sure, the word ‘Zombie’ was jokingly bandied about in quite a few comments, but no-one was insane enough to truly believe it. Anyone who did sure as hell wasn’t wasting time watching videos on YouTube. Continue reading

Top Ten Animated Shorts

Anyone who has spent any time at all on my blog or social media accounts will know by now that I enjoy reading short stories. What you may not know is that I also enjoy watching short films. Short films, like short stories, can say an amazing amount in a brief amount of time and, as with short stories, short films often pack a more powerful punch than their full length counterparts. Continue reading

Easy Tasty Side Salad

This is a super easy, economical salad that is quick to put together and will be popular with the whole family. My sister showed it to me when I stayed with her for a couple of weeks. I loved it and so do my family. It has become our new go-to side salad.
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Echoes

Peering over the rusty gate, she noticed patches of moss growing on a broken stone path. Dandelions and toadstools littered the overgrown grass hiding the dens of field mice. An old tyre rested between the roots of an ancient oak tree, the frayed remains of rope still swinging from a strong branch. Ghosts of children’s laughter echoed on the breeze.

Top Ten Holocaust Movies

A person would have to have been living under a rock to be unaware of the terrible tragedy known as the Holocaust. Despite the efforts of ‘deniers’ and the fact that genocide has occurred far too frequently both before and since, the Holocaust remains a black stain upon human history.

As a major historical event that affects our collective psyche to this day, the Holocaust is a favourite theme amongst writers and film-makers alike. I tend not to seek out films about this topic as I find them incredibly upsetting. Nevertheless, it is impossible to live long in today’s society without coming across at least some, and I have seen more than a few worth recommending. Continue reading

Infestation

Infestation: noun — the presence of an unusually large number of insects or animals in a place, typically so as to cause damage or disease.¹

I slam the dictionary closed. The word certainly describes my life at the moment. Infestation. The only question now is what to do about it. I’ve tried traps, but they only catch one at a time, barely making a dent in the population. Continue reading

Top Ten Revenge Songs

As long as there have been humans, there has been revenge; the act of punishing another for a real or perceived slight. Humans are not the only animals known to exact vengeance, but we have certainly honed it to an art form

Speaking of art forms, the concept of revenge is such a common instinct that almost all forms of art include at least one example. From oral histories to Shakespeare to novels; from tapestries to paintings to Japanese woodblock prints; from plays to movies to TV; revenge is one of the most universal themes in existence and music is no exception to this trend. Whether you are in the mood for a classic opera, a popular Broadway musical, or the latest pop song, it is almost guaranteed that you will find more than one themed around revenge. Continue reading

Atheist or Not?

Let me just begin this post by apologising in advance. I’m just going to be posting my thoughts rather than attempting to put together a structured post. That may cause my musings to be a little disjointed or difficult to follow. So, sorry ’bout that. Continue reading

Blogging Resumes Soon

My normal blogging schedule resumes Monday. For the newbies, the schedule consists of:

Miscellaneous Monday: Anything that takes my fancy from quotes, to jokes, to opinions — anything goes.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Tens listed from 10 to 1.

Fiction Friday: Flash Fiction.