The Great Speech Maker

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

“We have reached the mountaintops, the first step on our way to the stars.  With much effort we have scaled these heights, overcome these obstacles.  We can turn and look back across the dusty plain of adversary, the desert of our past, and be proud of our accomplishments.  We have done it on our own, with our own two feet.  We…”

“Dad, do you have to do this every time we go hiking?”

“Quiet dear, he’s on a roll.  This one might even be more epic than his “Pit of Despair” speech he gave when we visited the Grand Canyon.”

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo provided by © Jan Wayne Fields.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

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Two for Tanka Tuesday 4/24/2018 #tanka

Fog over the pond

Magic in your eyes
Cast a spell to transform me
Mold me to your whim
Harden the abstract concept
You entice me to pleasure

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I am your shadow
Captivated by sorrow
A frame for darkness
I carve your form in my mind
Wishing to fill it with light

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.  The key words today were “Enchant” and “Shape”.  Following her suggestion, I didn’t use the words, I used only synonyms.

This week I decided to do two.  They’re small ;)

Review – Korg ARP Odyssey

Korg ARP Odyssey

I just picked up the Korg recreation of the classic analog synthesizer, the ARP Odyssey.  I first started playing with the instrument on Friday and it is Monday morning, so this is more of a “first impression” than an actual review.  Before that first impression, I should talk about the instrument a little.

A Brief History of the Odyssey

Back in the early 1970s ARP released the Odyssey as a direct competitor for the Mini Moog.  The Mini had the famous big, phat sound, but the Odyssey, besides being less expensive, had a lot going for it.  It was duophonic (you could play two notes as opposed to the Mini’s one), it had a ring modulator (creates complex harmonics), you could synch the oscillators (forces them in tune with each other, even when you try to force them out of tune), you can put an envelope on pitch, there was sample and hold (S&H), there was a simple high pass filter, and you could do some more complex modulation routings. Continue reading

Water and Such – Cape April 2018

Foggy Morning

The last couple of times I visited cape Cod I took quite a few photos.  I decided to divide them out into four posts:

Osprey
Hawks and Eagles
Ducks, Geese and Swan
Turkey and Other Birds
Water and Such

This post is about all of those things that didn’t make it in before.

Remember the photo of the egret I posted last time?  I told you to look at its feet.  Well, here is a version with less of a crop.  See them? Continue reading

Turkey and Others – March and April 2018

Three Turkeys

The last couple of times I visited cape Cod I took quite a few photos.  I decided to divide them out into four posts:

Osprey
Hawks and Eagles
Ducks, Geese and Swan
Turkey and Other Birds
Water and Such

This post is about Turkey but with a couple of others thrown in.

A week ago I put up a joke post about space aliens.  Of course the punch line was that they were wild turkey.  Look at those Blue Meany faces!  Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of April, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of a strong French Roast/Sumatra Roast blend, a cuppa tea of other beverage.  The sun is out!  It is relatively warm and going to get a little warmer!  So we may have to make this short – the world is calling, no, screaming my name, right now.  And where in the world are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo as being in New Hampshire.

First weather.  It was cold on Sunday and didn’t really warm up the way it was supposed to, it just stayed cold. The rain was supposed to hit in the evening and warm thing up, but it hit overnight and left two or three inches of slushy white stuff.  All though it rained hard all day Monday, the snow didn’t go away, just got messier.  It was a little warmer the rest of the week, but it was mostly cloudy so felt cold.  It also snowed a little on Thursday morning.  The ground was coated for a few hours.  Yesterday was warmer (50 F/10 C), but because of the clouds and wind it felt frigid.  today though…  And the forecast…  We may have Spring yet!

And I did see daffodils.  Here is the proof: Continue reading

Ducks, Swans and Geese – Cape Cod April 2018

Male Bafflehead duck

The last couple of times I visited cape Cod I took quite a few photos.  I decided to divide them out into four posts:

Osprey
Hawks and Eagles
Ducks, Geese and Swan
Turkey and Other Birds
Water and Such

This post is about ducks and things of that nature.

Ducks are pretty common.  Mot just that, but there are many types of ducks.  The most common through most of the year are the mallards.  Everyone knows them.  We take them for granted, but they are quite pretty.  Here are some mallards, though this is an older photo. Continue reading

Waiting – #writephoto

waiting

Photo by Sue Vincent

Note – this is a continuation of the last several #write photo stories.  Part 1Part 2. Part 3 Part 4, Part 5.

I took three steps forward and opened my arms wide.  I was hoping that with the dragon’s attention squarely on me that the other two would be able to escape.

“Take me and spare the others,” I said.  I closed my eyes and waited for the end.

After a what seemed like eternity of waiting, I risked opening one of my eyes just a little.

“Why did you close your eyes, human?” the dragon asked.

I dropped my arms and opened my eyes all of the way.

“I don’t want to see you as you come down to eat me.”

“Why not?”

“It’s just not something I want to see, my death coming and all.”

“Really?  Why?”

“Why?  OK, because I’m afraid. There, you have it.  I closed my eyes because I’m a coward.  Are you happy?”

The dragon narrowed its eyes.  It moved it’s head in closer.  I vowed that I wouldn’t close my eyes this time and waited for it to strike.  It turned its head slightly and looked at me closely with one of its eyes before drawing back. Continue reading

What is It?

disc-golf-basket

PHOTO PROMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy

It’s a torch, for occult ceremonies.  Skulls go in the tray

I say it’s exercise equipment for gnome children.

It’s a bird zapper.  Ten trillion volts and, pow! they’re vaporized.

I think it’s a beacon for space aliens.

It’s a ghost catcher.

No, a fairy playground.

Medieval torture device.  Looks wicked to me.

I think it’s a huge watch tower for ants.

No, it’s a… oops, here come some adults.

Hey kids, playing through.  Move aside.

Watcha doin’?

Playing Frisbee golf.  That’s sixth hole.

Frisbee Golf?  That’s weird.

Adults imagine the strangest things.

Yeah.  They’re funny that way.

Yep.  Odd.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo provided by © Douglas M. MacIlroy.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.