Some fun stuff.

What's So Funny?

How many of you have at least one friend who is a real cheapskate? (Or maybe it’s your friend who knows someone like that 🙂 ) I have a buddy who’s so tight he squeaks when he walks. When we go to lunch, it’s takes half-a-can of rust remover just to get his wallet open.

This guy loves to go to garage sales—and he’s a real negotiator. If the price is a dollar, he’ll offer twenty-five cents. If the item is fifty cents, he tells the owner, “Pay me a dollar, I’ll gladly to take that thing off your hands.”

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, the word-count tightwad who runs this show is Jacqueline Benny Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to participate in this exercise of madness, head over to her blog for step-by-step instructions. To view the ensemble of practicing fic-titioners in the writers in FFF Hollywood…

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Another hilarious post by Russell. To add to the experience go to the top of the blog and order one or both of Russell’s books.

What's So Funny?

Do you ever promise yourself that you’re NOT going to do something, then wind up doing it anyway? How a “NO” can get twisted into “YES” is one of the great mysteries of the universe.

After pondering on this conundrum for ten to fifteen seconds, I came up with the following equation, which has been field-tested for accuracy and holds true 99.8% of the time when dealing with grandkids and wives. I call it the Russellean Theorem. No + No + No + No = Yes.

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, the medieval barber, known for her penchant for purple, is Theodora of Belton Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to participate in this exercise of madness, head over to her blog for step-by-step instructions. To view the ensemble of practicing fic-titioners in the writers in FFF Hollywood Squares Authors Block click here.

photo copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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Friday JohnKu – AKA TGIF


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Memorial day American flag flying in the wind

This day, once it is, complete will kick off a three-day weekend. Everyone deserves the promise of time off to honor those who gave so much. As I sit and think about what Memorial Day means to me, I get a profound feeling of gratitude for those who gave their lives that I might be able to live my life in peace. There is nothing I can do to repay their gift other than to pause and remember how dear the sacrifice. So I shall. Today’s JohnKu is a memorial.

Too Soon by John W. Howell © 2018

Too soon came the call,

For you to offer yourself. . .

To protect our life.

Enjoy the weekend.

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New Places to Submit Your Writing

Some additional opportunities for writing submissions.


It’s coming up on the end of the year and most of us are busy getting ready for the fast appraoching holidays. But, if you’re like me you have a stack of file of short stories or even essays that have been sitting there gathering dust. Well, here’s your chance to shake the clean it up and send it out into the world for others to read.

Here are a few new places you might want to consider:

From the Author Publish, 16 Literary Journals which accept ‘blind’ submissions.

  1. Ars Medica – an online  journal of arts, medicine, and the humanities; prose and poems that related to medical issues.
  2. Spry – an online literary journal; poetry and prose.
  3. Perch – a non-academic literary journal; poetry, prose, visual art, and music related to mental health.
  4. Jaggery – focus on connecting South Asian diasporic writers, homeland writers, non-South Asians  with a South Asia…

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Good People Doing Good Things — JJ Watt

He’s a truly great gentleman and sportsman.

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I did not even have to go in search of this week’s ‘good person’ — he fell right into my lap.  Okay, okay, no not literally.  But he was a headliner today, so he wasn’t hard to find.  As you all know, sports is not my strong suit, and football (American-style, with the ovoid pigskin, for my non-US amigos) is definitely not my forte.  But yet, today’s good person is an excellent football player, I am told, but an even better human being.  Allow me to introduce today’s good person doing good things, Justin James Watt, better known as JJ Watt.Ellen tweetJJ Watt is star defense end for the Houston Texans and on Saturday it was announced that Mr. Watt will personally be paying for the funerals of all ten victims of the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting the day before, Friday, May 18th.  That’s right – you heard…

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