Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #61


Baxter stood there, looking up. How did he get down here? How was he supposed to get back up there? Will Ma know he is down here? Will Pa look for him when he comes home from nut-hunting? What about his siblings? Where were Jackson, Marcus, Tammy, Randy, Maxi, Vera, or Stanley?

Baxter realized for the first time in his short life that the world was bigger than he was used to seeing. The ground was bigger, the tree trunk was longer, and the way home was impossible!

Share your world



1. What do you do to get rid of stress? I work on my miniature kits or I blog. I also journal but sometimes that is too stressful and I just need to leave thoughts aside for a bit.

2. In the past people were buried with the items they would need in the afterlife, what would you want buried with you so you could use it in the afterlife? I think I would want to be buried with the ashes of my loved ones, so that we could all be together. Other than that I am hoping God has a good supply!

3. What’s the opposite of a koala?  (this is strictly for fun.  I know what I came up with as an answer, but it was nonsensical.   Alaok.  See?   It’s okay to pass on this one too if you want) a hotala, but now that I wrote it that is sort of a bad joke. I am trying to support Australia’s efforts to bring back forests for the Koalas.

4. What’s the creepiest tech out there?  (My interpretation of “tech” is app or program.  If you know what “tech” is supposed to mean, hey!  Great!   Educate us.  I think the creepiest, except being very handy, tech is when you can hook tech help with your computer for remote access. Are they then watching me?

I’m nominating some fellow bloggers!

Real Neat Blog Award

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs; and asking them seven questions.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My Nominees:

  1. If You Haven’t Got a Sonnet:
  2. Freddie Mercury Online:
  3. Rhen Laird, Cobbled Contemplations:
  4. The Lonely Recluse:
  5. Angloswiss:
  6. Team Follow Through:
  7. Photos by Jez:
  8. Di at Pensitivity101:
  9. Kim881 at Writing in North Norfolk:
  10. Frank Hubeny:

My seven questions are:

  1. What do you like to read about the most on other blogs?
  2. What subjects do you completely avoid when you see a blog post?
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go (after COVID-19 is gone!)?
  4. If you could talk to one historical figure no longer living who would it be and why?
  5. What is your favorite time of day?
  6. What is your favorite pastime activity?
  7. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would choose and where would you keep it?

I was nominated!

Real Neat Blog Award

Thank you Petrel41!

The seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2020?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My answers:

  1. My UK followers and fellow challengers on a few word and photo challenges.
  2. My favorite sport is….is crafting a sport?
  3. A special moment for me so far in 2020 was my roadtrip to some odd places along the Eastern coastline of US.
  4. My favorite quote: Live and let live
  5. My favorite class when still at school was math
  6. I wish I had learned more about writing and illustrating earlier in life.
  7. I have tried to play the flute, the piano, and the baritone.

Prowritingaid website Review

To find the site:

My Review:

ProWritingAid is the perfect tool to help you improve your writing easily and efficiently.  

I have always enjoyed writing and while teaching I have tried to instill the joy of writing to all my students. There are a few obstacles when writing, as most writers know, which may include “writer’s block” when you cannot think of ideas and then mechanical issues. During my time as a blogger I have searched multiple sites for help with grammar, word usage, and editing. One of my best finds was ProWritingAid online.  

ProWritingAid provides more features than any other manuscript editing software on the market, including many that are unique to our product. We want to help you make your writing the best it can be.” 

This is what ProWritingAid does. It helps when writing by using their software to edit your work. As a writer I know that when I send my work to a publisher, I want it to be in perfect form. I don’t want there to be spelling errors or awkward sentences. This is the place to get that top-notch help.  

When you use ProWritingAid you are supplied with different reports about your own writing. You will get reports about your writing style and grammar. These reports help improve readability of your writing and steer you in the correct direction. Unlike some automatic error reports, this helps give you ideas on how to improve and what to change. There are also reports on overused words, clichés, and redundant phrases. The last thing you want to do is bore a reader! 

One of the features I like best is the Sticky Sentence report. One of my weaknesses is over-writing. I tell instead of show, I speak for my characters. To overcome this, I use the Sticky Sentence report to help narrow your writing to make it more concise and to the point. Other reports include The Repeats Report, the Sentence Length Report, The Pronoun Report, The Transition Report, The Consistency Check Report, The Pacing Check Report, and at least eight other reports right to your computer.  

One feature that is particularly useful for me is Mac Support. So many computer programs run on a certain format, which often does not work with a Mac. Additionally, ProWritingAid can work with multiple systems so you don’t have worry about moving your documents from one format to the other.  

Included in ProWritingAid is a thesaurus, a dictionary, and reverse dictionary. This site offers you feedback and help in all areas of your writing, no matter what level writer you are. 

ProwritingAid is a helpful, easy to use, and informative site that has helped me to improve my writing in a quick and simple way. I don’t have to worry that my written work isn’t going to impress my readers. Especially now, with isolation and social distancing it is truly important to continue to maintain appropriate word form and usage, to instill the love of reading, and to take away the fear writing on your own. I highly recommend ProWritingAid for both home and office.  

Blogging A to Z April Challenge: K 04/13/2020

Kind Acts

Kind acts includes a huge gamut of things to do. People of every age can do kind things and it can be kind things to family members, societal members, and in this day and age – first responders and care takers. With social isolation and distancing, kind acts have to be somewhat virtual if aimed at someone outside of your immediate household.

So what are some ideas of kind acts?

  • Send messages on social media. Unlike years ago, before all of the modern technology, this was not possible. Nowadays, almost everyone can be reached via social media. Even people you don’t personally know. For instance, local police departments. They have Facebook pages, as do many hospitals. Post on their Facebook page how proud you are of what they are doing for so many sick people.
  • Make posters for your car for display when out on errands. You will never know when you may pull up at the gas pump, next to a nurse or doctor. They may look over and see encouraging words written on a poster in your car. A smile may come to their face. It’s just a small way to say thank you.
  • Stay home! Yes, staying home is a kind act. If you stay home you are just one more person who ISN’T going to spread the virus.
  • Write letters to first responders. Don’t have a stamp? Check with your local mail carrier if there is a way to get mail to local offices. You may have to drop thank you letters or notes of other contents, right at the hospital or fire station. When you pull up, most places now have someone come out to you to see what your needs are. Hand them the notes and ask them to bring them inside. The only problem with this is that some places don’t want to accept any product from the outside. If this were to happen, go back to social media.
  • Take a walk in front of your elderly neighbors house. Call them to the door and just wave and say hello from the street or down their driveway. Sometimes a simple hello can brighten someone’s day.

Yes, with social distancing and this horrible virus, kind acts are not what we typically envision. Be creative and I almost guarantee that every effort will be appreciated.

Stay safe, healthy, and home!!