Sunday Photo Fiction: “Moonshine and YouTube” #amwriting #flashfiction 

Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting SPF August 13, 2017.


Credit: A Mixed Bag – Alastair Forbes


“Should we tell the police?”

“Tell them what?”

“About the zombie. What was he?”

Hank covered his face with his hands.”Not a zombie, Ted. Just a homeless guy.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, zombies aren’t real. Only on The Walking Dead.” 

“How do you know? Ever seen one? I did.”

“Trust me. You didn’t. This guy was scary but he was human. Angry too, when you ran at him screaming.”

“I would remember doing that.” Ted narrowed his eyes at his friend. 

“Listen, I told you not to drink your Grandpa’s moonshine. One of these days he’s going to notice you’ve been stealing gulps.”

“That’s besides the point. The homeless guy is an actual zombie. The police will believe me, Hank.”

“No, Ted, they won’t. Your ten, they’ll think you’re telling tales.”

“There’s the homeless guy stomping out of the police phone booth, now,” Hank muttered. 

“Let’s get him!”

“I think he called the police. You were badgering him too much.”

“Was I?” 

“Yep, I doubt he was impressed with a drunk kid punching him as he was trying to sleep.”

“Where were you when I was fighting this zombie?”

Hank laughed,”I was filming a video of you for YouTube. You’ve got thousands of views.” 


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 


NaPoWriMo: Poem – Musette – “I Saw Him First”


And now, for our prompt (optional, as always). Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that tells a story. But here’s the twist – the story should be told backwards. The first line should say what happened last, and work its way through the past until you get to the beginning. Now, the story doesn’t have to be complicated (it’s probably better if it isn’t)! Here’s a little example I just made up:

Please see NaPoWriMo for further information.

The Musette, created by Emily Romano is a poem that consists of three verses of three lines each. The first lines have two syllables; the second lines have four syllables, and the third lines have two syllables. The rhyme scheme is a/b/a for the first verse; c/d/c for the second verse, and e/f/e for the third verse. The title should reflect the poem’s content.

Please see Shadow Poetry for more information on a Musette.

Jealous kids

Dead on —

Stairs; Rose stares off,

Glimpse gone.


Nothing anymore,



Out of her house,



Fighting again,



Drinking hot tea,


Cleaning —

House, Restoring,



Dolls glistening.



No one else home,


Her chair,

Sit wondering,

Not fair.

Jil took,

Has Ted and kids,

Ted’s looks.

Rose wants —

Ted; Jil stole him,

Jil flaunts.

Young Rose,

Beauty gifted,

Such Pose.

First time,

Rose saw Ted stare,


They kiss,

Under stairs hide,

In bliss.


Jilly saw him,



Girl every guy,

Mostly —


Rosey saw Ted,



Loved Ted, before


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.



On Humans and Vulnerbility.

I have just finished watching about four TED talks on the art of conversation. I wish I could have shared the links with you but I was watching the videos from Facebook not the TED application. The main point I would like to share with you from these videos is the necessity when we are communicating (in any form) of making ourselves vulnerable.

The reasons for being vulnerable, for putting yourself out there, are varied. They have to do with us living our lives happily and our development despite the interloper of technology. First, people who allow themselves to enjoy life, who don’t try to be in control of everything in their lives down to the last detail, they allow themselves vulnerability. They let themselves not be in control — to be hurt, to feel joyful, to feel pain, and to feel a full range of emotions despite the consequences. 

It is important because one of our main purposes in life is to connect with other people. Only by not having control and just saying things to each other aloud even if we share too much information or allow a quirk to come through, shows our vulnerability. And we need to be vulnerable when talking and sharing with one another because it shows we are human and demonstrates to one another our true selves, someone we can’t help but reveal to our friends, coworkers, relatives and strangers.

But there is something we often use to control our vulnerability — our chance to really know one another and that is technology. As great as technology is, it often allows us too much control with one another. We can text because we don’t feel like talking to someone. We can email because it’s faster then having a conversation. And in each form of messaging one another we each get to choose exactly what we want to say without showing those little flaws we have that make us unique. 

In a chat room or texting for instance, we can skip over parts of conversation we don’t want to answer easily. We can say only what we want to come across. We are not vulnerable anymore save for autocorrect and it takes a great deal of effort to see how a person really is because we can choose to disconnect parts of ourselves. We only share what we want, we are almost all perfect conversationalists in this online world.

Sadly though, despite connecting through chat, email, text messaging, and gaming many people are very isolated and alone. They are vulnerable in the wrong way. There is something to be said for facial expression, voice tone, pitch, and all of those parts that make up the spoken word that we seem to need but are not getting when we only connect virtually. Learning to be vulnerable and to talk with other people face to face also teaches us to be alone because we spend time considering how we will act and what we will say around other people. 

We worry about how we will connect with other people as flawed beings. This teaches us to be okay with being alone because we are thinking and weighing things in our mind. In fact, we need the time to think. People who do not learn to be vulnerable and deal with other people are truly isolated despite technology. There is no way for them to interconnect and share the real them, their real personalities with actual people. They have to much control over life to little joy de vivre that they are in fact alone.

After, watching these TED talks and adding my own reflections it is my hope that you will not be afraid to let go of control in life, to feel all the emotions that can be felt. I hope you let yourself be vulnerable and are less controlled in your lives by IPhones and other devices. I hope you truly live and are never afraid to be alone because a busy mind needs time to think.

Winning the Genetic Lottery

I have been watching TED videos and that never fails to get me thinking. I watched this one video by this super model ( Cameron Russell) and she said very honestly, I won the genetic lottery. Basically, she explained she had benefited from good genes in a time where tall, white, slender women are considered beautiful. And you want to know how you too can be a super model? Well that is your answer – win the genetic lottery. Why would you even want to be one, when instead of posing for a picture you could be or do anything else in the world? Think about the fact that Cameron always has to think about her body image because that is her career. Cameron further explained that the picture of the model you see on the magazine isn’t even her; that picture is the collaboration of a whole bunch of make up artists, computer touch ups, fashionista’s, and whoever else is needed to make that picture the way it is. It occurred to me then, that we have all in some sense won the genetic lottery. You may not think so, but there is no one like you in this world; there will never be anyone like you and there never was.

Maybe some stars shine brighter than others but everyone has a chance in this world a genetic makeup that makes them unique, that will lead them to a unique life and in the end a unique way of having lived. One could even go as far to say you were made you with your genetics for a reason as was this model. From the thoughts that go through your head, to your way of thinking and reasoning, to the way you treat your body, the time you live in, the people you surround or do not surround yourself with – that makes you special. Moreover, as a model is led to her type of work through a series of experiences related to her, how she looked, being at the right place at right time, so is everyone else.

I learned how to write well when I was 5 years old. I went into grade 1 being able to read and write far above the level of the average kid. In high school, social studies and English were my best subjects this was no accident as both those subjects involved written tests and essays. In university, I also went into English and History, and almost finished a philosophy minor. My theory, was that was history was literary and what’s literary is is historical; I believe they call this New Historicism in Literary Criticism. But I also believed what we thought, did, and wrote at a certain point in time was affected by how we were thinking, what we believed, from whom or what we were pulling our philosophies from. Take the Renaissance for instance, as a point in history with a philosophy of humanism and literary works that projected from that. All in all, I am saying I must have had some genetic predisposition to words and language that caused me to be good at the areas of English and History.

Not only did I find this predisposition in school but in the activities I liked to do and often still do. I love to read, to write in various forms – for the longest time I wrote journals of sort filled with poetry and later journals themselves. My one English teacher said that this was a good thing but after having suffered through mental illness I found it to painful to go back and rehash what I could no longer do or what I thought at certain unstable times, so I do not do that anymore. Now I blog, generalize a subject, make it less personal, and perhaps more useful to other people. Blogging led to writing for magazines, which led to taking a creative writing course, which will hopefully lead to other courses, to more written work, to a masters in Creative writing or something related; all I know is that writing is what feels right and necessary to me. So maybe I did win the genetic lottery to write.

I cannot say at this point in time if I won that lottery anymore than any other writer, probably not, but maybe. And each person has there own story that has led them through life to this point in time. Career wise we all have things we are good at and things we are not. It could be as simple as being the best office gossip, or the best note taker at meetings. It could be as complicated as being the best neurosurgeon in Alberta or the trendiest fashion designer in Vancouver. We all are blessed with a unique skill set for our jobs and situations in life. We all have purpose and have abilities to deal with more than we think. Even the model, who I watched on the TED video I cannot help but think she had or learned specific skills to work in the modelling world.

So what is your purpose, and skills set? What are you genetically blessed to do? What is your calling? These are all questions we ask ourselves and hopefully find answers to.