A Bad Baby Bird

A Bad Baby Bird This was not a normal baby bird. For one thing, it was evil. It stared at Susan with evil beady black eyes, its head undulating and its mouth open wide. There was something malevolent in the way that baby bird kept its mouth wide open. Susan sat very still as theContinue reading “A Bad Baby Bird”

Roses in the Window #writephoto

Roses in the Window When you see a window like this, you want one of several things. If you’re particularly dreaming, you want a fairy or a ghost. A fairy or a ghost should definitely be looking in just such a window, with the medieval ironwork and the glazed glass. If you are a highContinue reading “Roses in the Window #writephoto”

Unwanted Goblins and a Mostly-Blind Elf

Because you can’t be much more forlorn than that, can you? It was Wallie’s idea to post this. It is a little something from a larger project we are working on. *** The King-Goblin was  astonished. When he heard of Prince Ham’s capture, he had idealized their meeting as a clash of similar wills, theContinue reading “Unwanted Goblins and a Mostly-Blind Elf”

Funnel Trouble

Wallie and I thought we had this blog thing under control until we hit the Daily Post Prompt “Funnel.” On a ten o’ clock morning that feels like 2 above freezing, we decided that, while we have not quite reversed our affection for the cold, we have funnelized it. To the Winter Cold My loveContinue reading “Funnel Trouble”

I Never Heard a Man Called Winsome

For today’s Daily Prompt, “Winsome,” I wanted to write something with a man who might be called winsome and a young woman who is definitely not. Wallie was bored with it. Wallie is not a winsome imp. *** ‘Are you given to imagination?’ ‘Why, yes.’ I puff my chest out with pride. Eddy snorts. ‘Indeed. I supposeContinue reading “I Never Heard a Man Called Winsome”

Allergic to Good Behavior

Well who isn’t? Here’s a very short fic following the tribulations and triumphs of a little girl who is allergic to good behavior. Little Gail Grey Little Gail Grey was marvelously horrid. She had her own room and her own set of colored pencils. She had her very own dollhouse, a closet that was twoContinue reading “Allergic to Good Behavior”

The Most Livable Curse

Devil of a Deal If I were forced to give up one sense for super-acuity in another, which would I choose for advancement and which—dear God, which—would I sign away as a handicap, dead to me and gone? “A gift, you say?” I said. “This is not a gift—it is a punishment!” The devil tappedContinue reading “The Most Livable Curse”

Because That’s What Snow Is, Right?

A little treat for the snow. You wouldn’t believe the bad rep it gets. Maybe you would. But…’tis the season for forgiveness? Snow A subtle difference is in the sky, A light to dream or softly whisper by— As if, with Heaven’s quiet grace endowed, A candle flame were whisk’d within each cloud, And showingContinue reading “Because That’s What Snow Is, Right?”

Your Reputation Precedes You

On the theme of “Reservation,” why not write about one of the greatest social enigmas of all–getting to know a stranger? And what if that stranger just happened to be the world’s most savage literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe? Wallie and I decided to explore the reservations between strangers (and not-quite strangers) meeting for theContinue reading “Your Reputation Precedes You”

Welcome New Year — 2018

A Happy New Year from “Wallie’s Wentletrap!” New Year We wait upon the next New Year But we are far from new, my dear; There is reflection in your gaze That lingers on the dimming days Likewise a line that thins your cheek And marks the weary way of weeks— The minutes making months andContinue reading “Welcome New Year — 2018”