Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – September 2022

These 10 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • What secret does the toy car hold?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Toy Car

  • Do you perform housekeeping on your blog? These 4 blog housekeeping tips are easy to follow and help improve your blog’s ranking on SEO.

4 Tips For Housekeeping Your Blog And Improving Its SEO Rating

  • What can you see in the welsh valleys?

The Welsh Valleys #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Kate has a date, but what other things does she have on her mind?

Flash Fiction Friday – Kate’s Date

  • What can you see through the windows to the past?

Windows To The Past #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • These 5 powerful blogging tools help bring hundreds of new readers and followers to my blog. Here’s why they could also help you and your blog.

5 Powerful Blogging Tools That Will Get Your Blog Noticed

  • What future do Giles and Roger predict?

Flash Fiction Friday – Future Things

  • How many signs of autumn or spring do you see?

Autumn #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Why is a speck of mud on a tyre annoying Marshall?

Flash Fiction Friday – An Annoying Speck

  • Why is Nick’s marriage about to hit the rocks again?

Flash Fiction Friday – An Unlikely Affair

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Flash Fiction Friday – An Unlikely Affair

September 26, 2022, prompt: Write a story about a broken arm in 99 words (no more, no less). What happened? Is there a cause and effect because of the broken arm? Was the injury faked? Why? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


An Unlikely Affair – by Hugh W. Roberts

Fiona was furious.

“What the hell are you doing? You promised me!”

Shocked, Nick was embarrassed to see his wife had found him out. Not even the broken arm she’d given him had stopped him from seeing Bella again.

“All she wants is your money!”

“But she loves me. And I love her.”

Bursting into tears, Fiona made a beeline for Nick, who thought she was about to break his other arm. As he stepped back from Bella, he watched in horror as his wife broke Bella’s arm.

“Keep away from fruit machines, Nick. You’re going to bankrupt us!”

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – An Annoying Speck

September 19, 2022, prompt: Write a story about mud on the tires in 99 words (no more, no less). The tires can be from any conveyance or serve as an analogy. How did they get muddy, and why? What impact does mud on the tires have on the story (plot) or characters (motivation)? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


An Annoying Speck – by Hugh W. Roberts

It was the tiniest speck of mud on the tyre, but it annoyed him. He couldn’t leave it there on such a special occasion.

“MARSHALL! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” bellowed a voice.

“But sir, there’s–“

“I DON’T CARE. BACK TO YOUR POSITION, NOW!”

“YES, SIR!”

A few seconds before setting off, Marshall retook his chance and removed the mud while his leader turned his back.

Then, on the sound of his boss’s bellowing voice giving orders, Midshipman Marshall joined the other 97 royal navy sailors in towing the carriage containing the Queen’s coffin as the sound of bagpipes played.

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An Annoying Speck

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – Future Things

September 12, 2022, prompt: Write a story about balloons on a bumper in 99 words (no more, no less). Is it a spectacle, an occasion, an eccentricity? Why are the balloons there? Who is involved? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


Future Things – by Hugh W. Roberts

“Why pink balloons?”

“I feel that in 50 or so years, pink will be the colour for people like us,” replied Giles. 

“I hope they don’t damage the bumper of my new Ford Model C Ten,” responded Roger. 

“Damaging the bumper of your new car is the least of our worries. What happens when we get there matters more.”

“Yes, you’re quite right. We may not be married in law, but the reaction of our parents when we tell them we married each other is something I dread. I wonder if same-sex marriage is a thing of the future?”

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Future Things

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – Kate’s Date

September 5, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the word “swimmingly.” which means “smoothly or satisfactorily.” What is the situation? Who is involved? Let the word take you into a story. Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


Kate’s Date – by Hugh W. Roberts

Kate couldn’t believe how swimmingly her date with Vera had gone.

They may have both been in their eighties, but sixty years ago, when they first started dating people of the same sex, life was more difficult. You could hold hands without drawing much attention, but a passionate kiss on the lips was a no-go area. Murdering someone was easier.

Looking at Vera’s lifeless body, Kate carefully removed the poisonous lipstick from her lips and took a swig of the antidote to be on the safe side.

Murdering someone was still as swimmingly as it was sixty years ago.

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Image of a dog swimming in water
Kate’s Date

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – The Toy Car

August 28, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a red convertible. Who is driving or riding? Where is the car going? Maybe it isn’t even a car. Have fun and go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


The Toy Car – by Hugh W. Roberts

I’d spent all my pocket money. Mum wouldn’t buy me the toy red convertible car, so I stole it after hearing somebody say the seller was blind.

That night, I woke to the roar of a car engine and was shocked to see the toy car I’d stolen now full-sized.

Behind the steering wheel was a figure I recognised with dark glasses, who was shaking a white cane.

My screams got drowned out by the constant sound of the car horn while full-beamed lights blinded my eyes. Now I’m deaf and blind.

I wish I hadn’t stolen the car.

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – August 2022

These 12 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • How many sea views can you see?

Sea View #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Why had it taken Fatima so long to step from the darkness into the light?

Flash Fiction Friday – From Darkness To Light

  • Can you see light at the end of the tunnel?

Light At The End Of The Tunnel #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Who is the ghost in the dress?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Ghost In The Dress

  • Are you doing enough to help stop somebody from stealing the posts and photos on your blog and using them without your permission?

How To Help Prevent Somebody From Stealing Your Blog Posts And Photos

  • I wonder what or who he’s waiting for.

The Waiting Game #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Everything about Ben’s life was floppy until he encountered Janet. Is she everything he hopes for?

Flash Fiction Friday – Floppy Problems

  • Are you killing your blog without knowing about it?

79 Ways To Kill Your Blog

  • Have you seen the timekeeper?

The Timekeeper’s House #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Who is to blame in the blame game?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Blame Game

  • Are you a dyslexic writer who has difficulty reading books? Not all writing advice will apply to you, but some of my tips may help.

Reblog: Why My Ears Work Better Than My Eyes When It Comes To Advice About Writing

  • Can you see the ghost in the shower?

Eerie Encounters: The Ghost In The Shower #WordlessWednesday #Photography

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Flash Fiction Friday – The Blame Game

August 22, 2022, prompt: Write a story exploring shame as an emotion or theme in 99 words (no more, no less). Consider how to use shame to drive a cause-and-effect story. How does it impact a character? Is there a change? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


The Blame Game – by Hugh W. Roberts

“What are these cuts and bruises?

I got them when I fell over.

How did I get my black eye?

I walked into a door.

Am I sure this is how I got these injuries?

Yes.

But I’m sorry for the tears. If I told you the truth, I’d bring shame on myself.

The truth is that I’m a victim of domestic abuse.

Why does that bring shame to me?

Because I’m male, and men don’t admit to being victims of domestic abuse when being beaten by their wives, do they? Can you imagine the shame if people knew?”

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – Floppy Problems

August 15, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that uses the idea or phrase “floppy as puppy ears.” You can be explicit or implicit with your response. What is floppy and why? It doesn’t have to be about dogs at all. Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


Floppy Problems – by Hugh W. Roberts

Ben’s whole day had been as floppy as puppy ears.

His job was floppy; his life was floppy, but at least he wasn’t dying or had any significant problems to solve.

A notification on his phone gave Ben the chance to stop all the floppiness.

‘You have a match – Janet wants to meet you.’

Later that evening, nothing was floppy while he and Janet talked on Skype. They had the time of their lives.

It wasn’t until a few days later that Ben had wished everything had remained floppy.

‘Pay now, or I’ll publish the video,’ demanded Janet.

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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More Glimpses

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Flash Fiction Friday – The Ghost In The Dress

August 8, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the one who left the dress.” A 1940s-era dress still hangs in an abandoned house. Who left it and why? You can take any perspective and write in any genre. It can be a ghost story. Or not. Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


The Ghost In The Dress – by Hugh W. Roberts

The ghost always returned on the night of February 14th. Dressed in World War II uniform, we’d watch as it undressed and put on the dress we’d found behind the wood panelling in the main bedroom.

Our mother didn’t want to keep the dress in the house. She referred to it as an evil piece of cloth, but we couldn’t allow her to dispose of this piece of 1940s history.

“Does it still fit me?” the ghost always asked.

We’d nod our heads, smile and reply with the same answer.

“Yes. And you look so pretty in it, David.”

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Flash Fiction Friday – From Darkness To Light

August 1, 2022, prompt: Write a story that features someplace remote in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be a wild sort of terrain or the distance between people. What is the impact of a remote place? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


From Darkness To Light – by Hugh W. Roberts

Although Fatima knew this remote, off-the-radar place had existed for many years, she’d never plucked up the courage to visit it.

But instead of the darkness, isolation and dread she’d heard existed inside; she found her true self when stepping through the door.

Throwing off the shackles of a life lived as a lie, she swapped it for one she knew she wanted. Gliding toward the lights, she danced while being watched by rainbow-coloured faces.

As happiness finally filled her life and laughter filled her lungs, she decided she would tell her husband she was gay in the morning.

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Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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Did You Miss Any Of These? Monthly Round-Up – July 2022

These 10 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • Does anyone know what happened to Pauline?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Duvet, The Thread And The Wardrobe

  • Death or sex? Which one do you feel most comfortable discussing?

Shall We Talk About Death Or Sex?

  • Is it farewell to the yellow brick road?

Elton #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Would he reach the other side of the day he had planned? Or would something or someone get in his way?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Other-side Of A Day

  • Is there any point in having a reblog button on your blog? Why and how you should consider removing it.

Is Reblogging Dead? Why I Have Removed The Reblog Button From My Blog

  • What do you see on the horizon?

On The Horizon #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Vikki is about to discover that floating on cloud nine isn’t always what it’s supposed to be.

Flash Fiction Friday – Circle Of Love

  • Do you struggle with reading and writing because of dyslexia? Read my recent guest post, hosted by Sally Cronin, about growing up with dyslexia and join the discussion.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Dyslexia #Blogging Hugh Roberts | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine @sgc58

  • Where do you waste most of your time?

Lost Time #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Vinnie’s sweet cravings are driving him crazy. Is there anything that will help?

Flash Fiction Friday – Cravings

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