Friday Fictioneers

Rochelle is the host:

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Go ahead Billy, if you think it’s such a good idea. 

No way, I’m not opening the door. I didn’t say it was a good idea I just said maybe he left some money in it or something. 

By the smell of it he must have left his lunch in it, it smells disgusting!

That’s a strong smell for an old, rotting lunch. My lunch has never smelled that bad even when I’ve forgotten it in my backpack for the weekend. 

Well, what is that smell then?

I don’t know. Like I said, go open the door and we’ll see. 

©2022 CBialczak Fiction

Fibbing Friday: February 11th, 2022

Frank is hosting Fibbing Friday this week:

Greetings, and welcome to Fibbing Friday! Answer the questions below as creatively as possible; just be sure to bend, stretch, break, or outright ignore the truth! Once you’ve crafted a fine set of fibs, post them on your blog and tag it as “Fibbing Friday”. Be sure to link back here so the rest of us can enjoy your twisting of the truth! Pingbacks are enabled or you can simply drop a link in the comments below. Have fun!

  1. Why is St. Valentine’s day observed on February 14th? They thought it would be bad luck to have a holiday on Friday the 13th.
  2. According to legend, what is supposed to happen if a groundhog sees his shadow on February 2nd? It scares the shit out of him, he takes off and now someone else has to worry about his screwing up their garden.
  3. Whether you call it Mardi Gras or Pancake Day, what is the day after “Fat Tuesday” called? Nausea Wednesday
  4. What does Presidents Day commemorate? The fact that they were able to get a little tiny face inscribed on a little metal disc of copper and silver
  5. What is the story of Beauty & the Beast about really? 50 years of marriage
  6. What allows Peter Pan to fly? Tinkerbell carries him by the waistband
  7. Why did the princess kiss the frog? Because she was too young to understand that amphibians can carry diseases and those creatures should be left in the water
  8. What is Pinocchio about? The original childrens party game invented by Occhio except he got tired of everyone poking him with sharp objects when the saw him.
  9. Why did Little Boy Blue need to blow his horn? Because Little Girl Pink told him to keep his hands off of hers
  10. Why did Jack and Jill go up the hill? Because their school was uphill both ways and they went barefoot in the snow, day after day…wait, that was my dad’s reason…

FOWC with Fandango — Renounce

Fandango hosts this daily challenge

renounce (rĭ-nouns′)

intransitive verb

  1. To give up (a title or possession, for example), especially by formal announcement.
  2. To decide or declare that one will no longer adhere to (a belief or position); reject.
  3. To decide or declare that one will no longer engage in (a practice) or use (something): synonym: relinquish.

The Cat in the Hat showed up at the house
with a suitcase firm in his hand
He said that he had a show to show them
A show about a marching band

The kids were excited to see the new show
They at popcorn and sat there real still
And the Cat played a little piano and sang
It really wasn’t a thrill.

The Cat said he’d march in a minute
the marching part he liked the most
He marched in and out of the kitchen
He marched out eating their toast!

He marched down the long empty hallway
to show the kids what fun could be had
but the kids knew the cat was absurd
and his playing was really that bad.

The Cat felt their growing resentment
and wished that he’d just leave this place
When he renounced and said he was leaving
He saw relief wipe over their face.

The cat took the little piano
He took all the popcorn and chairs
He packed up his little container
And headed down the front step stairs.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry/Cat in the Hat Fan Fiction

Photo Challenge #402

This writing prompt is hosted at MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie:

Peter was the sweetest
with Fluffy on his left
Brutus was a pincher,
when gone I was bereft.
Snappy was the smart one
She always walked real good
Put them all together
I always felt I should
I walk most every morning
and every night the same
I am a canine hero
Big Dog Walker is my name.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

Three Things Challenge #870

Hosted by Di at pensitivity101:

Your three words today are:

Once upon a time
I wished upon a star
I wished that I was standing
next to my favorite bar
and with my hand so steady
I lift it to my lips
A jar of Jacky Daniels
with a coke for a chaser sip.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

I’m sure Jack Daniels wouldn’t be happy being called Jacky but it worked! Also, I do know that it would be a bottle and not a jar but they are both glass. Finally, I don’t chase it with Coke, I mix it with Coke.


Roger is the host of this weekly challenge. Check it out here

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As they rode through the streets they could see that places were starting to close. They had landed an hour late and were exhausted from the turbulent plane ride. Sally leaned into Bill, resting her head on his shoulder.
“How much do you love me?” she asked.
“More than you know,” Bill said.
Her eyes felt heavy and she wasn’t sure she could stay awake the whole ride to the hotel. The taxi came to an abrupt stop and she jolted awake. The driver looked at the two in the rear view mirror and apologized saying someone stepped out from between two cars. Sally was about to lean her head back onto Bill’s shoulder when she saw the heart. The building across the river had a heart lit on the side of it.
“Bill, look at that!” Sally said excitedly. “Imagine if that was where we were staying.”
Bill didn’t want to spoil the surprise so he took a deep breath to make his voice sound as natural as possible. “I think that would have been lovely. We can see which hotel that is tomorrow while we sightsee.”
Sally laid her head down and fell into a light sleep. When she awoke she was under a hotel awning being gently led out of the car. She walked quietly next to Bill to the elevator and up to their room. Bill opened the door and told Sally to head in.
When Sally went in the door she was shocked. The entire room glowed red! What was going on? Then suddenly she smiled and turned to Bill. “We are at that hotel aren’t we?” she asked.
Bill nodded. “I guess we have one of the rooms that is holding part of the heart!”
Bill had wanted to surprise Sally and he certainly did. She was happy until she tried going back to sleep and couldn’t because of the red glow in the room. She didn’t want to complain though. She knew Bill had done this for her to show his love. She appreciated his effort and figured when she was tired enough she would fall asleep red glow and all.
Bill and Sally woke the next morning fully rested and started off on their sightseeing adventure.

From the waves on the ocean
to the bottom of the sea
I long to feel your strong arms
wrapped around me.
You fill my heart with joy
by showing me your love
I’m thankful that I have you
I thank the God above.

©2022 CBialczak Fiction

Curious about banned books

Reading Maggie’s post today made me curious to see what books are banned and why. There are tons of websites. I have put down a few.

I think this might be reading list like it was for Maggie!

Lombardi, Esther. “Controversial and Banned Books.” ThoughtCo, Sep. 7, 2021,

The Cruel Truth of Elephant Rides ft. Mukuni Big 5 Safaris

I never knew this about elephants! These magnificent creatures should be left to the wild.

Haz Mapz

Visit Zambia’s instagram post. Elephant rides held at Mukuni Big 5 Safaris in Livingstone, Zambia

I have always been aware of elephant riding, but in all honesty, I thought it was something that was going out of fashion as people realised how cruel it was. I have only seen one physical example of this mistreatment of elephants and that was in Cambodia at Angkor Wat. I took a photo and then turned away I simply couldn’t watch those hideous laughing tourists sitting astride an elephant who had absolutely no choice in the matter.  When I moved to Zambia in 2020, I assumed that with it being a place of such natural wonderment and the land of the walking safari that people wouldn’t feel the need to ride elephants.

As I started following more tourism pages on Instagram, I began to become concerned that this really was something that tourists…

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Jim’s story of complicated relationships! Thanks for participating!

A Unique Title For Me

She was not all that she was cracked up to be and she certainly didn’t live up to the reputation that I expected of her, based on what others had told me.  She looked great and it would have been nice to get a hug or a kiss, instead of a handshake, so I was kind of putting my hand out, while at the same time keeping my arms open for the hug as I waited for her to approach me on our first date.  I realized right away that this was a mistake, as she kept checking her cell phone under the table, which made me feel like she didn’t want to be here with me.  What goes on inside the mind of a woman has always been a mystery to me.  If she wasn’t interested in dating, she could have said so, before we reached this awkward point.


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