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espresso

A nice espresso drink is a pleasure while writing. Generally hot, but sometimes iced, the caffeine is often welcome, but even a caffeine free drink is nice. Stimulation of any sort, the association of pleasure with writing — a great combination.

» Posted By chipschap On 12.10.2018 @ 9:08 pm

ambassador

The ambassador knew he was just a political hack, but that didn’t stop him. He was going to use his position to full advantage. He was owed as much. Hadn’t he been a fund-raiser, money-launderer, fix-it man? He had it coming. Anything he could get, he’d take.

» Posted By chipschap On 11.06.2018 @ 9:22 am

sanity

It feels like I’ve lost my sanity. Or was it already too late for that? Perhaps I’ve been like this my entire life. That’s completely possible, and I think some others believe it to be so. Who is to say if they are right? Can I make that determination myself, in a fair and unbiased manner?

» Posted By chipschap On 06.25.2018 @ 3:22 pm

worshipped

She worshipped him, and that was her big mistake. No one was that good, no one that deserving of her love and trust in such an unconditional manner.

And then, one day, he proved it. Proved her wrong. Betrayed her.

She thought she might never recover, but she was wrong again.

» Posted By chipschap On 10.27.2017 @ 4:15 pm

waving

They were all standing on the sidelines, waving their flags at the men and women who were debarking from the military aircraft.

It had been a long and difficult time, but they were finally home,
perhaps to stay, perhaps just for a while; but there would be happiness
at last.

» Posted By chipschap On 10.19.2017 @ 1:51 pm

juvenile

Even as an adult, it’s fun to act juvenile once in a while. Perhaps not so very mature, but still fun.

When we’re older, we’d like to be younger. When we’re young, we want to be older — just not too old, you know, like over 25.

Why can’t we be content with who we are?

» Posted By chipschap On 10.06.2017 @ 2:40 pm

swept

Swept away by the tides. It seems that’s how life has been. As I get older, the days pass. Swept under the bridge. Swept away.

Eventually there will be a final clean sweep.

» Posted By chipschap On 07.19.2017 @ 3:30 pm

skater

Skaters, meaning skate boarders, are right up there with pickup truck drivers in their attitudes. As in, mostly arrogant you know whats. Not all of them, of course, but more of them than you woudl think.

The worst are the ones that bring their skateboards on the bus. They are usually losers.

» Posted By chipschap On 03.19.2017 @ 12:29 pm

pawn

A pawn is a chess piece but the word has come to have a much larger meaning. If you’re a pawn, you’re being used by someone. It’s a common problem. We’ve all been pawns at time. We may be pawns in some very large game all of the time. Who knows? And what, if anything, can be done about it?

» Posted By chipschap On 02.13.2017 @ 4:40 pm

silence

Silence. I wish there was more of it here. Noisy so-called “music” in
this coffee shop disturbs the — silence. A lack of silence. Can’t
concentrate without noise of my own. Hardly silence, is it? Either
way. Mental activity plus noise equals a constant.

» Posted By chipschap On 07.13.2016 @ 7:16 pm

regroup

Time to regroup. The first draft of this novel leaves … well, something to be desired.

The plot has more holes than the roof in an old building.

The characters make cardboard look 3-dimensional.

» Posted By chipschap On 07.06.2016 @ 7:06 pm

diabetes

The sound of the word implies something … not very good. I used to associate it with weakness. Then I became a diabetic myself.

Perhaps weakness is right. Lack of willpower to control my weight,
control my food intake, get proper exercise.

» Posted By chipschap On 06.30.2016 @ 5:48 pm

tables

Turn the tables. Turn things around. Make something good out of something bad. It’s a great idea when you can make it work.

And you almost always can make it work. You need to be creative, perseverant, sometimes just plain obstinate. But it can be done much more often than you think.

» Posted By chipschap On 06.29.2016 @ 5:17 pm

tame

I always had sort of a tame attitude towards things. This often serves well, but at times— though they be rare— it does not.

There are people who do not understand kindness, do not react to
politeness, and who insist on belligerence. A tame approach does /not/
work with them.

» Posted By chipschap On 08.07.2015 @ 3:40 pm

horses

There are a lot of horses in the barn, just horsing around with their long horse-faces. This piece of writing is a horse’s you know what, because I’m just not up to it today. Some days we gallop better than others, some days we barely trot.

» Posted By chipschap On 07.02.2015 @ 9:20 pm

fiery

Fiery hot sauce. The fiery food festival in Albuquerque. These are pleasant memories of New Mexico. I certainly miss the fiery chile. Hard to get inthe middle of the Pacific Ocean, although there are compensations, like … fiery volcanoes!

» Posted By chipschap On 12.02.2014 @ 3:22 pm

entitled

I am entitled. That’s what I’ve been taught all along, and I’m supposed to believe it. Then I will vote for the Democrats because they promise to preserve all my entitlements.

Who needs work, anyhow? It’s just a waste of time when you’re entitled,
like me, because I vote the right way on election day.

» Posted By chipschap On 08.10.2014 @ 9:13 am

venture

I would venture to say that I shall venture to write about a new venture of mine: ad-venture. Is this about selling ads, or going on adventures? I’m not so sure because I’m not feeling terribly creative at the moment, having been doing editing most of the day!

» Posted By chipschap On 07.25.2014 @ 7:10 pm

huddled

They huddled together, obviously planning something. That was not a good sign. Usually, they came up with something destructive, although in the end, it was more destructive to themselves than to anyone else.

» Posted By chipschap On 07.20.2014 @ 7:39 pm

bellboy

The bellboy snatched at our bags, greedily, without even the pretense of manners or the slightest bit of deference. For him it was all about getting a tip, and getting a tip was all about survival.

It wasn’t pleasant, but I couldn’t blame him. Life was tough in this
country, and almost impossible if you were poor— and almost everyone was.

» Posted By chipschap On 06.20.2014 @ 4:48 pm

stalling

Are you still stalling? This seems like yesterday’s prompt. Perhaps it’s because I wrote at a late hour yesterday, and in the Hawaiian time zone that might already have been past midnight in oneword server’s time zone.

I dunno, but here I am again with the same prompt!

» Posted By chipschap On 06.06.2014 @ 1:09 pm

So quit stalling and start writing! You’ll always find a million lame excuses. If you say you’re a writer then why aren’t you writing? What’s the matter, you hate your hobby? Pretty weird.

Go on, get with the program. Show your stuff. Let’s see what you’ve got.

» Posted By chipschap On 06.05.2014 @ 11:18 pm

gamer

He was a serious gamer. Nothing wrong with that. But at some point he lost track of which was the game and which was real life.

You think, hey, that boy needs help.

But did you ever consider that he might be way better off than most of the rest of us?

» Posted By chipschap On 07.15.2013 @ 2:39 pm

raven

Quoth the raven, Nevermore.

Famous words from Edgar Allen Poe.

They recently took on a new meaning for me.

She, with the raven black hair, told me it was over for good and there was no use trying to continue.

All I could think of was that quote.

Evermore.

» Posted By chipschap On 07.14.2013 @ 1:51 pm

wistful

Wistful thinking. Wishing you could change the past. Wishing you were something other than what you are.

Perhaps such thinking can be useful as a guide in planning for the future. But otherwise, it can only lead to gloom and depression, a negative self-image.

» Posted By chipschap On 07.07.2013 @ 11:23 am

collection

I used to have quite a collection of books, but they had to go when I moved halfway across the Pacific Ocean. I couldn’t afford to ship 9,000 books, nor could I afford to store them at the other end.

It wasn’t easy, parting with the collection of a lifetime, but we at times have no choice.

» Posted By chipschap On 07.06.2013 @ 11:44 am

flee

I wanted to flee. That was the only thing I could think of. The situation was just so bad, my face turning redder by the minute. But if I did flee, the long-term consequences would be enormous. It would be better to stay here and take it, and limit the damage. But it would be so, so hard to do that.

» Posted By chipschap On 06.12.2013 @ 6:45 pm

boots

I pulled on my snow boots, hoping that this would be the last time. We were leaving this forsaken outpost in a week, and of course we had to be given a “farewell” gift of a foot of snow.

Grin and bear it. In a week, we’re out of here.

» Posted By chipschap On 03.23.2013 @ 4:14 pm

beware

Beware! The warning couldn’t have been more clear. Proceed at your own risk. We are not responsible if you come to harm.

How many people do you suppose believed it? And how many more, even if believing, took it as a dare?

The toll of dead and injured testified to human folly.

» Posted By chipschap On 03.20.2013 @ 4:04 pm

truth

Always tell the truth! From a very early age we are admonished to do this, and from the same age we observe people doing anything but that.

Do as I say, not as I do.

It was just “a little white lie” but don’t you go around telling them yourself.

Small wonder we turn out the same.

» Posted By chipschap On 03.18.2013 @ 8:43 pm

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