With the weather being so unseasonably warm, she was finding it harder than normal to get into the holiday spirit. At 17 degrees, it has been particularly warm at this time of the year. It was too warm to have a warm mulled wine while looking at Christmas decorations at the Christmas market. It was too warm to wear her new down winter coat, she was sweating like a pig! Not to mention her Ugg boots, they were far too warm. She just needs a light jacket and some trainers. She also doesn’t feel like going to Christmas parties at work and with some friends.

The truth was, she was feeling homesick. She wanted to be in the Philippines, where it’s really warm at this time of the year, around 25 degrees. She wanted to be with family and friends. She wanted to have started hearing dawn masses since the 16th of the month until Christmas Eve where they will hear a high Midnight Mass with all the choir and great music. She wanted to eat the Filipino delicacies “bibingka” and “puto bumbong” right after the mass, straight from the native oven and being sold just outside the churches. She wanted to hear the Christmas carols by the children in front of their house, with their made-up instruments of smashed tin cans held by wires. She wanted to decorate their house with all sorts of Christmas decorations and lights, fake Christmas trees (unlike the real trees from Germany), tinsel, paper chains, Christmas “parols” with flashing lights. Oh well, perhaps, next year, they can celebrate Christmas in the Philippines.


For: five minute friday :: choose your own word! and Write Now Prompt

A Perfect Gift


She wanted to find the perfect gift to express how she truly felt about her mother.

Her mother will be 80 soon. And that’s a great achievement, to be able to reach 80 and she’s still cool, i.e. still here, still going to the gym, still looking after herself by not going out without a make-up on, still reading all the romance novels. But what’s a perfect gift for a lady she so admired? The lady who gave everything to her and her siblings? The lady who despite the fact that she was hurt, carried on and looked after her children?

There’s not a lot in the world that would be a perfect gift for her mother. She search and search, asking her siblings, asking her relatives and friends, even asking her mother. Of course, the mother just smiles and tells her – just you and your siblings, just you and the family. Right, all resolve then, they’ll all be there to celebrate her 80th birthday. Her sister from Canada, her brother from the UK, another brother on his ship and she’s in Germany. They’re all going to the Philippines to be with her on her special day. Looking forward to celebrating her birthday.

For: Write Now Prompt for December 1, 2015


Cats Day – Write Now!


She had never seen so many cats in one place in her life.
They were all there – the ginger ones, the black ones, 10 of them – such cute kittens. Somebody must have left them there. It was just by chance that she saw them. Bless them, where’s their Mum? Did something happen to her? They must be hungry. She puts her hand on one of them and she just meowed – gosh! She’s smitten with the kitten, she’s calling her Cappuccino because of her light brown colour. She’s keeping her, but now, she thinks she should bring them home and feed them with some milk. Then she’ll ask people if they want to have a pet kitten. Otherwise, there’s a farm nearby, perhaps they want to give them a good home. Oh such a cats day!

For: Write Now


Far Too Soon! Write Now! Friday Fictioneers and 3 Words

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Today’s Prompt:
It was definitely too early in the season for the weather forecast to include the word “snow”.

Yet we can’t ignore the fact that not only was it raining today, it was snowing, too! No, they can’t do that! They can’t schedule snow and rain in August! We’re supposed to be in the height of summer, i.e. got to be scorching hot! There were actual delays on the number of aircraft entering the country’s airspace or taking off from domestic airports. Not to mention the traffic caused by this weather. We were not prepared! No snowmobiles, no salts to sprinkle on the road and the tyres were not changed to winter tyres yet. Far too soon!

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Happy 2015!! Ready to commit to three-words-a-day for a year?


* Check out about 3 words, the first posting, for what to do. choose three out of five.

For: Write Now, Friday Fictioneers and 3 words a day

The News – Write Now, Writing Prompt #127 and 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups

nodus tollens n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore-that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre-which requires you to go back and reread

Today’s Prompt:
They sat impatiently in the little room, waiting for the doctor to come in. They have been married for ten years and were trying to have a baby for quite some time. It was the waiting and the anticipation that were causing tension in their fragile relationship. The frustration every month, the timing as well the physical and mental strain while undergoing IVF treatment. They’ve decided that if it was negative again, they would stop trying and just accept the fact that there won’t be any offspring. …then, in the middle of the noise… the doctor gave them the news that will change their lives – they are going to have a baby!

For: Write Now, Writing Prompt #127 and 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups

Her Nonchalant Way – Write Now and Wordle 136

by brenda warren

by brenda warren

Today’s Prompt:

She hadn’t read the form before she signed it, and now she regretted it.
That complacency was to be her undoing. She has to suffer the consequence. With regards to this habit, she thought at first that it was a virtue of giving a nonchalance and not being too serious in life. However, this gap of knowledge was not good. She created a cycle of disasters which she regretted after. It’s her choice now to be more careful before she sign anything. She should study them first and gather some evidence or research to lessen some misfortune.

For: Write Now and Wordle #136

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A Man With No Name – Friday Fictioneers, Write Now and Whirligig 24

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “August 12 in the Nebraska Sand Hills Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower” by Twyla Hansen: rolling, furrow, moves, dust, timeless, floating, name, powerless, stars, rub, pulsing, moonless

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart

He had to make a choice: run to safety with everyone else, or head back and help others get out of danger. His face was furrowed with tears. He knew he was powerless against them, but he moved fast and helped others get out of danger. It was a moonless night, not even the stars were witnesses to the scene. He seemed to be floating on the dusty road. Years later, he could rub and close his eyes and those scenes pulsing and throbbing in his skull. He could still feel the rolling impact of this horrible experience.

For: Friday Fictioneers, Write Now and Whirligig 24


Dead Uncle – Write Now and Wordle 153


The news that her uncle had passed away hit her hard, even though she hadn’t seen him in nearly thirty years.

There was no warning that her uncle had passed away that soon. She always thought that he’d live for a long time. In addition, she had admired him for his straightforward way of living. In the course of her life, her father and her uncle were natural rivals. Their being on the same job was not a good idea. Her uncle was blunt and demanded too much of himself and others. It was too taxing for her father and it broke him. She recalled the sting of betrayal and separation. Her father ditched the daily grind for a slower-paced life. But not her uncle, he carried on working like there was no tomorrow. There were plenty of opportunities for them to reconciled, but they never did.

by brenda warren

by brenda warren

For: Write Now and Wordle #153

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