Sitting in Gate Six


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

I looked at my watch.  Had it stopped?  I shook it then held it to my ear, a habit from another era.


The other people looked as uncomfortable as I felt.  How long were we going to be delayed?

I stood and stretched, but really couldn’t go anywhere.  My bags were too heavy to lug around the airport and I didn’t dare leave them unattended – that warning voice sounded dour.

Should I try reading again?

It was no use.

I walked to the counter and asked when we depart.

“Depart?  You’re at your destination.”

I then noticed her horns.


Word count = 100

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


The Weekly Smile June 17, 2019 #weeklysmile


Some of you may not know this, but besides writing I participate in other arts.  I used to post a lot of photos.  And then there is music.

At one time I studied to be a contemporary classical composer.  These days I’m quite content with playing around with more pop.  For the most part I play electronic instruments (synthesizers) and like to go “old school”, using a lot of technology from the 60s and 70s.

This week I received an instrument I order a few months ago, a Behringer VC340 Vocoder.  It is a recreation of the Roland VP330 Vocoder Plus (VP = Vocoder Plus while VC is just Vocoder, get it?), an instrument released in 1979.  It has been a lot of fun playing with it.  I am going to post a review soon, including some new music.

B VC340

My smile this week is playing with a new musical instrument.

What made you smile?


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)


The Weekly Smile Recap 6/10 – 6/16/2019


Hi, everyone.  Some great smiles again this week!  Do you need a smile today?  Just click a link or two below!

Trent’s World – There were a lot of Smiles in the comments :)
Sagittarius Viking
Nut House Central
The Jesh Studio
Random Rants, Ruminations, Ramblings (A funny poem)
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!
Colline’s Blog
Light Motifs II
Change is Hard
Lady Lee Manilla

If I missed yours, please let me know and I will add it.  I am getting pingbacks (for the most part) again, but not all come through.

I hope you have a great week with plenty to smile about.  Look for my Weekly Smile post for this week in about an hour.

What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 16th of June, 2019


Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a coffee, tea or other beverage.  Yeah, it’s after noon, so I’ll have to make another batch.  Also it is a strange, humid day – it is raining and feels warm.  Where are we?  That photo at the top, now out of date with the release of a new book, was taken in New Hampshire.

It was a very busy week with a lot going on.  Like most such weeks, there really isn’t much to say.

OK, I did get a new synthesizer and have been playing around with it.  I have devoted this weekend to making a bit of a demo song.  I will most likely post a review coming up. For a small taste, I did a super quick, down and dirty experiment with it within an hour of it arriving: Continue reading

Out of Place – Chapter 2

See Chapter 1


The female voice calling my name was familiar.

“Eric.  Wake up.  Now!”

Was it Emma, the girl who sat near me in Econ?  She was pretty hot and I was sure she sometimes flirted with me as I talked to her before class.  She didn’t stick around after class long enough for me to find out.

“Eric, hurry.”

I opened my eyes.  It was very dark, but worse than that, I couldn’t focus.  Even the shadows were blurry.  I could barely make out the female figure leaning in close over me.

She had a hand open-palmed on my shoulder and gave me an occasional shove. Continue reading

The Return of Hope


PHOTO PROMPT © Valerie J. Barrett

Momma made sure Poppa looked good, even ironing his faded work shirt.  He drank his “tea”, really some dandelion greens soaked in hot water, as she fussed about him.

“Now yous show ‘em what you ‘ave.”

It had been a hard year.  The heat and drought of last summer made for a lean winter, then the cold, wet spring has made it impossible to plant on time.  We all counted on this interview.

Long before I’d been born, Poppa worked in the Power Plant.  Now, after more than a dozen dark years, theys a gonna be turning it on again.


(Not sure if the post apocalyptic vibe came through…)


Word count = 100

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

#Bookreview – The Fireborn by Trent P. McDonald

Robbie Cheadle posted a review of my book The Fireborn on her blog. Check it out!

Roberta Writes

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What Amazon says

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide, an unlikely hero is forced to save the world from an ancient Celtic curse. Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones knows that shadowy area well, having spent most of his life exploring its dimensions as given by a host of unreliable sources and imaginative speculation. Some would say he daydreams over the improbable plots of second-rate Romantic era authors. These fantasies, however, come to life after the discovery of the Cauldron of the Dead.

When the Cauldron produces the evil fireborn, Elliot is forced to confront an army of these mythic undead with nothing but his obscure knowledge and the hope of finding the legendary Lady of the Lake to give him Arthur’s sword. Even more frightening is the idea that he might have to confront his ex-wife, Eleanor.

“The Fireborn” is part joyful romp through history, myth and legend, and…

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Time #ethree #doubleethree

The Insistance of Time

A start
So much hope!
The day unfolds
Now we have our chance
The future lies ahead
With a smile we move forward
Knowing we have time to achieve
No worries since we are at the start
Fulfill our dreams in that infinite day
We have used up too much time already!
What, it can’t be past noon already….
We must hurry and finish up
Those grains of sand drain away
The clock devours the day
Where does the time go?
We just started!
No more time


Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Begining” and “Consume” This week I decided to do an  ethree, well, actually a double ethree.

The Weekly Smile June 10, 2019 #weeklysmile


A long time ago I decided that I want to retire on Cape Cod.  As a first step in that direction, almost exactly six years ago I bought a 4-season cottage down there and have spent as much time as possible on “The Cape” since then.  This winter I took the next step and bought a large “fixer upper” in a great neighborhood.  Last week I took the next step…


I teleworked from the cottage on Thursday.  This is something I had been doing for years.  It works out great.  When the workday was done, I unplugged the modem and drove it the three and a half miles to the new place and plugged it in.  15 minutes later it came up and I was home. Continue reading

The Weekly Smile Recap – Third of June to ninth of June, 2019


Hi, all.  Some wonderful smiles again this week :)  If you need something to smile about, just click a link or two below:

Trent’s World
Piglet in Portugal
The Jesh Studio
A Visit With Sandra
Sagittarius Viking
Tess Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!
Colline’s Blog
Change is Hard
Taj MuttHall Dog Diary

Thanks for the smiles, everyone!  If I missed your post, please let me know and I’ll update the recap.

This week’s Weekly Smile will be posted in about an hour.  What made you smile?