Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 03/21/2023

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

This is a picture of a bird flying with the jet trail from an airplane behind it.

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!


New Book!: The Last Saxon King (MG Fantasy/ Historical Fantasy)

We’re celebrating the release of The Last Saxon King by Andrew Varga! Read on for more details!

The Last Saxon King (A Jump in Time #1)

Publication Date: March 7th, 2023

Genre: MG Fantasy/ Historical Fantasy

One jump to save all time.

When Dan Renfrew is accidentally transported to England in the year 1066, he also learns a startling fact. He’s a time jumper, descended from a long line of secret heroes who protect the present by traveling to the past to fix breaks and glitches in the time stream. To get home alive, Dan must try to restore history, but he soon discovers even bigger challenges than suspicious Anglo-Saxons, marauding Vikings, and invading Normans. A band of malicious time jumpers is threatening the very future of the universe.

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About the Author

Ever since his mother told him he was descended from Vikings, Andrew Varga has had a fascination for history. He’s read hundreds of history books, watched countless historical movies, and earned a BA from the University of Toronto with a specialist in history and a major in English.

Andrew has traveled extensively across Europe, where he toured some of the most famous castles, museums, and historical sites that Europe has to offer. During his travels he accumulated a collection of swords, shields, and other medieval weapons that now adorn his personal library. He is skilled in fencing and Kendo—the Japanese art of sword fighting. He has also used both longbows and crossbows, built a miniature working trebuchet, knit his own shirt of chain mail, and earned a black belt in karate.

Andrew currently lives in the greater Toronto area with his wife Pam, their three children, and their mini-zoo of two dogs, two cats, a turtle, and some fish. It was his children’s love of reading, particularly historical and fantasy stories, that inspired Andrew to write this series. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing or editing, Andrew reads history books, jams on guitar, or plays beach volleyball.

Andrew Varga

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From my desk:

Well this has been quite the day! My dad fell at his facility. Practically tore his scalp off, broke a neck vertebrae, and huge gash on forehead. Not good news at all. 🙏

WordPress Question of the Day

How would you rate your confidence level?

I have to say that it is pretty low. I don’t really know why. When I look at my accomplishments I should have tons of confidence but emotionally I don’t give myself credit. It is almost like I am afraid to be too confident. I think some of it is the effects of a few people in my life who had a huge impact on me, but in a negative way, making me feel like what I do is not that great at all. The strange thing is that if I were to look at my life from an outsiders point of view I think I would be impressed with all I’ve accomplished. Next question…why do I feel both secure and insecure?

WordPress Question of the Day

What makes you most anxious?

I believe there are different types of anxiety.
If we are talking about psychological anxiety like PTSD my biggest triggers are having a motorcycle fly by me on the highway.
If we are talking about “normal” anxiety my triggers are being repeatedly question about my capabilities. For example, if you asked me “Can you use a screw gun to put up a wooden fence?” and I say yes but then you ask “A screw gun, commercial grade?” Yes. “Do you know how to safely put enough pressure and then let it off so you don’t strip the screw?” YES!!! I said yes at the beginning. That is an umbrella yes! If I didn’t know any part of it I would have said no.

See…just writing it is making me anxious!

The Cat tells the truth

*The Cat in the Hat fan-fiction poetry*

With a dubious look of suspicion
And a growing pain deep in his gut
The Cat saw the pothole ahead there
he would never get out of that rut.

His car sort of bumped off the corner
The fender got only a scratch
He’d hate to tell the kids about it
He thought of a lie he could hatch.

He’d tell them he was a soldier
That he’d been called out to fight in a war
The bullets flew fast all around him
He didn’t get out of his car

He’d tell them that animals gathered
‘Round his car just to take in the sight
That lions jumped up on the tailgate
That they all gave him quite a great fright.

He’d tell them he went to a shindig
To dance until he had to drop
His stomach was full of the goodies
There was ice cream with cherries on top.

He’d tell them he fell off a mountain
But luckily landed intact
He’d pulled out the airbag so quickly
before he crashed he needed to act.

Just then the Cat had a vision
Of telling the kids the whole truth
That he had been picking up takeout
When he slid his car by the booth.

He would say that he slid it in sideways
To wait quietly for his fast food
His patience was quickly degrading
He was trying to keep his good mood.

But when the kids ran outside to see him
They didn’t notice anything wrong
So he got out fast to get playing
While the radio played a nice song.

©2023 CBialczak

Moonwashed Weekly Prompt #134 – 3/14/23 – Dubious
FOWC with Fandango — Intact
WOTD – Stomach
3TC – shindig, dance, fell

Beauty ~ free verse

This morning on our walk I saw a similar flower, all by itself, mixed in with dead grass and sandy soil. I almost stopped to take a picture because it looks so pretty but so lonely. I almost wish I had now, seeing your photo!


Beauty, breathtakingly hypnotic
Time, a stroboscopic narcotic
Human, relinquish resistance
Rise above dubious existence

For Moonwashed Musings ~ dubious. Sammi Scribbles ~ breathtaking (14 words); dVerse OLN; Reena’s exploration challenge ~ word cloud – hypnosis, trance, entrainment, wavelength,stroboscopic; FOWC ~ relinquish; Cee’s FOTD

Mindfills© 2023

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Fandango’s Story Starter

Jim was hosting for Fandango but Fandango will be back. Thanks Jim for taking the time to fill in.

Things were different back in the day when …

Written for FSS

Things were different back in the day when the world seemed so safe. As kids, we would leave the house in the morning and return only if we forgot some treasure or new tool to use as we built an imaginary world around us. 

“Hey, wait for me”, I remember my best friend saying as she pedaled harder and harder to catch up. We were on our way to the underpass. 

The underpass was I95 which cut through the shoreline and went all the way from Maine to Florida, or so we were told. We would search the sand on either side of the road that traveled under the underpass to look for bird eggs that were maybe jostled out of their nests by the rumbling vibration of the cars and trucks. Once in a while, we would find a blue robins egg, cracked in half like mom’s Sunday morning breakfast eggs, but never a baby bird to rescue. 

“Let’s ride up to the store and buy gum!” my friend said. There was a small store about a mile away.

We would cross the busy street, Route 1, which also supposedly runs from Maine to Florida. Then we would pedal over the East River and cross the town line to finally get to the shop close enough to buy big packs of Grape Hubba Bubba. Chewing happily we would ride toward home, wondering what we should do next. We never told our moms we rode so far. It was dangerous crossing a main road, never a worry about anyone kidnapping us or luring us in some obscene way. As long as we were home for dinner we were free to explore the world around us, and that we did!

New Book: Cursed Memory (PNR/ Vampire Romance)

Welcome to the book tour for Cursed Memory by River Ash. This beautiful novella is part one of a duet. Read on for more info!


Cursed Memory (Cursed Bloodlines #1)

Publication Date: January 17th, 2023

Genre: PNR/ Vampire Romance

Length: 65 pages

I remember the club. The pounding of the beat pulsing in my veins, the way my body moved with the music.

Then — nothing.

My memories are locked away in the dark corners of my mind, replaced by an insatiable hunger nothing can fill.

Until I found him.

I felt his presence before I saw him. My blood calls for this mysterious man whose darkness matches my own. Being near him sets my body on fire, making me ache for every touch… every taste.
It’s as if my soul recognizes him, loosening my trapped memories. Each time a new one breaks free, I wonder if he holds the key to what I’ve lost, what I can’t remember. But everything comes with a price. I’m beginning to fear the cost of remembering all that I’ve done might be more than I can bear. What if the monster of this story… is me?

Available on Amazon

About the Author

River Ash is a writer of paranormal romance novels. Her stories are filled with passion and fantasy and all have HEAs. Her latest book in the Cursed Bloodline world, “Cursed Memory” is out.

Her love for reading began when she was a young girl sneaking into the school library, and grow into adulthood.

When River’s not reading, she is writing passionate fantasy with romance twist. Or else, she can be found solving sudoku puzzles. River loves traveling, is obsessed with energy drinks, and has several relationships with fictional characters.

River Ash

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