Sunday Photo Fiction – The Town Bogeyman

© Mike Vore

“Don’t be such a scaredy cat, Lily!” Amber called to her friend who was at least twenty feet behind her and Debbie.

“Can you blame her?” Debbie said.

“Oh, not you too! “ Amber stopped in the middle of the road and placed her hands on her hips.  “Should we just turn back, then?”

Debbie stopped, turned back to look at Lily who was just catching up, and gnawed on a fingernail.  “I don’t know.  It’s late and…”

“…and after those stories you told, who wouldn’t be freaked?” Lily finished for Debbie.

Amber laughed.  “Guys, they were made up!”

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The sky was just beginning to show signs of daybreak when they made it to the house.  Boarded up, overgrown with weeds, it had become the town bogeyman.  Amber was the first to walk up the stairs.

“What was that?” Lily’s voice caught in her throat and she came to a sudden halt at the bottom of the stairs.

“It was the stairs, dummy.  They’re old.”  Amber rolled her eyes and walked up to the window.  Just as she placed her hands on the slit between the boards, an ear-shattering scream blasted the silence.

Amber didn’t think, she ran.  Tripping down the stairs, she landed on her butt, but was up again and racing for home before her friends could react.


The rules for Sunday Photo Fiction are to create a story/poem or something using around 200 words with the photo as a guide, although it doesn’t have to be center stage.  This one comes in at 221 words.

Click the blue froggy link to read other amazing stories!

Happy Sunday!

Song Lyric Sunday – Come What May from Moulin Rouge

I guess I’m going to have to get all sappy on you guys this week.  I probably could have gone out and found a cool rock and roll duet, but it didn’t take me long to remember this song and how much I love it.  I just finished listening to it again for probably the millionth time and it still manages to bring tears to my eyes.

I always thought this love feeling would happen in an instant and it would just be there the rest of your life, but life has taught me that is rarely ever true.  Love is something that builds with time and lots of hard work.  Sure, there’s easy moments along the way, but for the most part, I think there will always be a checking in to make sure things are moving in the right direction.

I was laying next to the hubby this morning and found myself realizing that there is not one single moment where you feel like you’ve made it – Ah, I’m finally in love and this is it!  It’s definitely a process; however, I feel like this is the first time in my life where I’m truly happy and I feel I’ve found someone I can spend the rest of my life with, come what may.

I just have to say that my favorite line is, “I want to vanish inside your kiss”.  Brilliant lyrics to say the least!

I know I’ve dedicated many songs to the man in my life, but here is yet another one.  I love you, Husband!

Lyrics found at Google Play Music

Never knew I could feel like this
Like I´ve never seen the sky before
I want to vanish inside your kiss
Every day I´m loving you more and more
Listen to my heart, can you hear it sings
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change, winter to spring
But I love you until the end of time

Come what may
Come what may
I will love you until my dying day

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn´t seem such a waste
It all revolves around you
And there´s no mountain too high
No river too wide
Sing out this song I´ll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather
And stars may collide
But I love you until the end of time

Oh, come what may, come what may
I will love you, I will love you
Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place

Written by Franklin, Jr Tableporter • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post a duet.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 7/16/17

I was just thinking that I never could have imagined the kind of success SLS would become when I first started it.  I only wanted to share my love of music and hopefully have a few people do the same thing.  I couldn’t be more grateful for the followers and participators SLS has each week.  I’ve listened to some amazing music in the past few years and I only hope it will continue for many more.

The other thing I love about sharing this with you guys is that sometimes you help me out.  I didn’t have to worry about the theme this week because I was given a theme by Thoughts, Songs, Words with Meaning.  Thanks for helping out this week!

So, without further meandering, our theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is to post a duet.  

As always, you can go your own way and post a song that has nothing to do with the prompt.  We’re all here sharing our love of music and lyrics, and most of all, having a great time!

If you would like to suggest a theme, I am open to suggestions.   Please either pop it in the comments or send me an email at helenvahdati@yahoo.com.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Feel free to use the Song Lyric Sunday badge by copying it into your post or add it to your site to show you are participating.

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SoCS – Storytelling and History

The book I’m currently reading is “A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin.  It doesn’t really inspire happy thoughts does it?

The first thing that really came to mind was the quote from the book that I texted to my sister because I knew she would find it interesting, if nothing else.  “I prefer my history dead.  Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.”  I found the quote so interesting and so did she.  It makes me think every time I read it, but it especially makes me think of my sister and her chosen profession.

She majored in history, which I found to be rather odd.  I always hated history in school, but now that I’m thinking about it, I think I disliked it because the teachers always made us remember dates and significant events.  I think if they’d focused more on the amazing stories, I probably would have found more to peak my interest.

My sister is currently working on a project for the university she works for.  She is interviewing World War II veterans and they are compiling everything they can get their hands on.  I somehow found myself in the middle of this project because they needed help transcribing the interviews and I rather flippantly told my sister I could type pretty fast and I could “totally do that”, even though it’s not something I’ve ever done.  Honestly, it was just one of those conversations you have while drinking and talking at a party, but you never really think anything is going to come of it.

However, two days later, I had one of those interviews and I was transcribing it so I could show them and myself how fast I was.  I suppose I didn’t do too badly because they are sending more my way.

The whole point is, though, that I thought I would hate listening to the interviews, but I actually found it so interesting.  This wasn’t a matter of random facts that I had to memorize in school; this was another human being who laughed and talked about his time in the army.  I’m starting to realize that maybe history isn’t such a bad thing and I’ve always turned my nose up at it for all the wrong reasons.

I mean, some of my favorite things are basically about history, like Hamilton (although I realize that is only based on historical events) and some of the podcasts I’m listening to.  If you really break it down, though, it’s about storytelling, and that is exactly what I love.

Happy Saturday everyone!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday  is hosted by Linda G Hill.  Today’s prompt is “book title.” Take the title of the book you’re currently reading or the one sitting closest to you when you’re ready to write your SoCS post and base your post on the title only.

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Friday Fictioneers – The Glass Jar


PHOTO PROMPT © Janet Webb

Magdalena heard laughter coming from the library.  “Rayna, what are you laughing at?” she asked her five year old daughter as she stepped into the room.

Rayna’s eyes got big and she pointed to the glass jar by the window.  “It’s Jordan, Mama.  He makes me laugh.”

Magdalena walked over and peered into the glass.  “Who’s Jordan, sweetie?”

“He’s my friend.”

Magdalena smiled at her daughter, realizing Jordan must be imaginary, but when she looked again, she took a step back as her breath caught in her throat.

Leaning against the small glass jar was a tiny boy, peering out into the room.


Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction prompt where we are given a photo and asked to write a 100 word story – beginning, middle and end.  This one came in at 103 words.

Click on the blue froggy to read other amazing 100-word stories!

Song Lyric Sunday – Alice by Avril Lavigne

The very first song I thought of when I posted the theme was “Magic” sung by Selena Gomez in the Disney TV show Wizards of Waverly Place.  Believe it or not, it was one of my favorite shows to watch with the kiddos and I think I ended up liking it more than they did.  However, I listened to it and read the lyrics and it just wasn’t something I wanted to use as my pick.  I usually tend to post songs with lyrics that have deeper meanings.

While I was listening to it, though, I saw this song on the “up next” feed.  I remembered hearing this song when I saw the movie Alice in Wonderland and I remembered falling in love with it.  I didn’t necessarily take the time to try and find it, though, so it was a nice surprise today when I clicked on it and listened to it.

It’s a little sideways to the theme, but what is more magical than Alice in Wonderland?  I know that’s not really what the song is about though.  It’s more about Alice standing up and finding her way home rather than giving in to fear.  There’s some great empowerment themes in the song and it’s something I really needed to hear today.

I do hope you enjoy!

Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics
Written by Avril Lavigne

Trippin’ out
Spinnin’ around
I’m underground, I fell down
Yeah, I fell down

I’m freakin’ out
So where am I now?
Upside down
And I can’t stop it now
It can’t stop me now,
Ohhh

I, I’ll get by
I, I’ll survive
When the world’s crashin’ down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don’t you try to stop it!
I, I won’t cry

I found myself (myself) in Wonderland
Get back on my feet again
Is this real? (Is this real?)
Is it pretend? (Is it pretend?)
I’ll take (I’ll take) a stand (A stand) until (Until) the end

I, I’ll get by
I, I’ll survive
When the world’s crashin’ down
When I fall and hit the ground
I’ll just turn myself around
Don’t you try to stop me!
I, I won’t cry

I, I’ll get by
I, I’ll survive
When the world’s crashin’ down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don’t you try to stop me!
I, and I won’t cry


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post a song about magic.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 7/9/17

It’s funny to me how many of my themes are very centered around either music I want to share with you or things I’m doing in my life right now.  As I mentioned in my post earlier today, I’m reading a new book, and not having a clue what to use as the theme for this week, it came to me that I could use the book somehow as a guide.

The next step was to check the list I have of all the themes I’ve used since I started.  The crazy thing to me is that I haven’t had any duplicates, at least, not really.  Some themes are similar in the types of songs they inspire, but I honestly thought I would start duplicating themes at a certain point.  It amazes me that there are that many songs out there, you know?

Anyway, enough of my rambling.  You really only came here to check out the theme and I’m not here to disappoint!  The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week is to  post a song about magic.  Feel free to interpret that any way you’d like, but remember to just have fun!

As always, you can go your own way and post a song that has nothing to do with the prompt.  We’re all here sharing our love of music and lyrics, and most of all, having a great time!

If you would like to suggest a theme, I am open to suggestions.   Please either pop it in the comments or send me an email at helenvahdati@yahoo.com.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Feel free to use the Song Lyric Sunday badge by copying it into your post or add it to your site to show you are participating.

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SoCS – Picking Different Genres

Isn’t it strange how time has a way of changing things?  I suppose “time” isn’t really the culprit; it’s life and your experiences and all the things that happen during that time.  When my hubby and I moved into our new house in December, I was so excited to finally clear out my storage unit and have all my “things” around me that had been stored away for so long.  The things I was most excited about were my books.

I couldn’t wait to open up those boxes and start putting those books on the shelf, but when I started doing it, I realized that many of the books didn’t hold any appeal for me now.  I’m not much of a hoarder, so I made the almost immediate decision to get rid of those books I was no longer interested in.  In some cases, I was able to give them away, but a great majority of them went to the used book store I sometimes frequent.

The saddest part about it is that my bookshelf is rather bare at this point.  Not only did I start to pick different types of books in the last few years, but I also went through a very short phase where I bought some ebooks.  I realized quickly enough that I was more of an actual book person – there are books I own on iBooks and Kindle that I really wish I had in hard copy.

The reason I’m thinking about all of this is because I was so excited for our friend, Linda, and her new book, that I went out and bought it last week and am currently reading it.  I realized pretty quickly that this would have been just my type of book about ten years ago, but the genre is not something I would gravitate towards now.

All that being said, I’m thoroughly enjoying it and almost didn’t make it down here to post my SoCS because I’m pretty sure I can finish that today if I really put my mind to it.   It’s so much fun to see a fellow blogger having success with a book release and it gives me hope that I can one day put my head down and write a full length book of my own.

I’m also realizing that, even though I’m picking different types of books now, it’s fun to read a book that brings back the nostalgia of the genres I used to read.  Perhaps I should keep my choices more open and not limit myself to specific types of genres.  You never know, you just might find the “gold” you were searching for and didn’t even realize it!

Happy Saturday everyone and happy reading!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday  is hosted by Linda G Hill.  Today’s prompt is “ick“.

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Sunday Photo Fiction – The Dragon’s Birth

© A Mixed Bag 2011

“Princess, what are you hiding behind your back?”

Amyris could never keep anything from her Governess, that much was certain.  “You can’t make me tell,” she yelled.  She turned and ran to her chamber, banging the door shut behind her.  Sometimes her willfulness worked, but not today.  Lady Ella was right behind her, demanding the truth.

“Promise you won’t tell?”  Amyris asked with tears in her eyes.

“As you wish,” Lady Ella acknowledged as she sat down on the bed beside Amyris.  She gasped when she saw the item her charge held gently in her hands. “A dragon’s egg,” she whispered.

“Truly?” Amyris asked.  “Oh, how lovely!”

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On her fifteenth name day, devastation rained.  Traitors attacked the castle and set fire to her tower.  She was in the bailey when the fire broke out, but she ran towards the tower only to be waylaid by her guards.

“You can’t go in there Princess.  All is lost.”

“No!” she screamed and sank to the ground.  “You don’t understand,” she whispered.

It was dawn before she moved again, and as she slowly made her way towards the rubble, she heard screeching cries that she first mistook for crows.  She soon realized that it was no crow making the strange noise and her life forever after was altered.


The rules for Sunday Photo Fiction are to create a story/poem or something using around 200 words with the photo as a guide, although it doesn’t have to be center stage.  This one comes in at 216 words.

 

Click the blue froggy link to read other amazing stories!

Happy Sunday!

Song Lyric Sunday – Cry Freedom by Dave Matthews Band

There were so many choices this week that I found myself doing the whole “Freedom songs” Google search.  I probably wouldn’t have picked this one, but as soon as I read it, I remembered this album.  I used to own this album!!  It’s crazy how time passes and you sort of forget some really great music that you used to listen to.

I think that’s harder to do these days, what with all the streaming music sites, but in the early to mid nineties, all you had was the radio and CD’s.  I grew up making mixed tapes and then mixed CD’s in my early adult-hood, but that has now changed to streaming music on my phone.  It’s crazy how far we’ve come in such a short time.

Anyway, as soon as I read the lyrics, I realized that this song says exactly what I was thinking when I posted the prompt.  My daughter posted a video on Facebook the other day of a well-known comedian talking about our freedom.  We have the freedom to speak out.  We have the freedom to, I don’t know, change your mind if you were someone who voted this less-than-ideal President into office.  Although, they obviously had the freedom to do that too… Anyway, I’m not happy about the state of things, but perhaps we are all playing it too silent and too nice.

But, onto the brilliance of the Dave Matthews Band.  The lyrics, the band, and the overall beauty of this song is mesmerizing.  I don’t think I really cared for it back when I owned the CD, but my tastes have changed and I truly appreciate it today and will add it to my playlists.

I hope you enjoy!

Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics
Written by Dave Matthews

How can I turn away
Brother/Sister go dancing
Through my head
Human as to human
The future is no place
To place your better days

Cry freedom cry
From a crowd 10,000 wide
Hope laid upon hope
That this crowd will not subside
Let this flag burn to dust
And a new a fair design be raised
While we wait head in hands
Hands in prayer
And fall into a dreamless sleep again
And we wave our hands

Hands and feet are all alike
But gold between divide us
Hands and feet are all alike
But fear between divide us
All slip away

There was a window and by it stood
A mirror in which
He could see himself
He thought of something
Something he had never had but hoped would come along
Cry freedom, cry
From deep inside
Where we are all confined
While we wave hands in fire
Wave our hands

Hands and feet are all alike
But gold between divide us
Hands and feet are all alike
But fear between divide us,
Slip away
In this room stood a little child
And in this room this little child
She would remain
Until someone might decide
To dance this little child
Across this hall
Into a cold, dark, space
Where she might never trace her way across this crooked mile
Across this crooked page
Cry freedom, cry
From deep inside where
We are all confined
Till we wave our hands

How can I turn away
Brother/Sister go dancing
Through my head
Human as to human
The future is no place
To place your better days

Hands and feet are all alike
But gold between divide us
Hands and feet are all alike
But fear between divide us
Hands and feet are all alike
Hear what I say
Hear what I say
Oh, so be it

How can I turn away
Brother/Sister go dancing
Through my head
Human as to human
The future is no place
To place your better days


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post a song about freedom.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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