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

These 11 blog posts got people talking. Were you one of them? If not, join the conversations and share your thoughts.

  • Struggling to get captions underneath photos and images to centre on your WordPress blog? This is how to do it.

This Is How Easy It Is To Centre Captions Underneath Images And Photos On WordPress

  • Some things are not worth saving, are they?

Dilapidated #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • If you’re brave enough, afternoon tea with Doris is something everyone should do.

Flash Fiction Friday – Afternoon Tea With Doris

  • Keep having to search for the blocks you use the most? Switch on this setting on your WordPress blog to always get easy access to the blocks you use the most.

How To Access The Blocks You Use The Most On The WordPress Block Editor

  • Can you solve the puzzle?

A Puzzling View #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • Have you discovered and used these secret gallery blocks on WordPress? Where to find them and how to use them.

These Secret Gallery Blocks On WordPress Are Easy To Find. How To Use Them.

  • Would you spend the night here?

Creepy Places #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • How hungry are you?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Hunger Game

  • When was the last time you shattered something?

Shattered #WordlessWednesday #Photography

  • What secret does Aunt Marjorie’s apartment hide?

Flash Fiction Friday – The Ghost Bones

  • How to avoid becoming a victim of these frightening encounters in the blogging world.

Are You Terrified Of Any Of These 7 Scary Things In The Blogging World?

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Flash Fiction Friday – The Ghost Bones

October 24, 2022, prompt: Write a story about bones in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be any genre or tone. Is it spooky, irreverent, or poignant? Go where the prompt leads!


The Ghosts Bones – by Hugh W. Roberts

Death ruled in Aunt Marjorie’s apartment.

When I returned, she wasn’t there; only her bones remained.

The floorboards still creaked, and Mrs Sinclair was still next door.

“When is your Aunt Marjorie due back?” she’d asked.

Shrugging my shoulders, I wish Mrs Sinclair had minded her own business, but I had invited her in.

The whiteness of the human bones wasn’t as bright as the white light that appeared when Aunt Marjorie killed me in her apartment or when I killed Mrs Sinclair for murdering my aunt.

Now we roam the earth as murderous ghosts. Yes, ghosts are murderers.


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

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Flash Fiction Friday – The Hunger Game

October 17, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that references “I see the light in you.” You can use the phrase or demonstrate it in a story. Who is shining and why? Who is observing or reacting? What is the setting? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


The Hunger Game – by Hugh W. Roberts

It was the light in her eyes that lit up my life.

As she gently dragged her long fingernail over my adam’s apple to the hair on my chest, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I’d undone the buttons for temptation, and it worked.

I wasn’t shocked when she hissed, as the light in her fed our desires. I gasped when she revealed two fanged teeth behind the bright red lips of her closed mouth, even though I knew what to expect.

She never saw the wooden stake I was holding.

Now I could feast.

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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 – Afternoon Tea With Doris

October 3, 2022, prompt: Write a story about any ritual involving tea in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be a daily afternoon tea prepared specifically or reading tea leaves in a cup. What do you know? What do you imagine? Is your story deep and ponderous or bright and flash? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.


Afternoon Tea With Doris – by Hugh W. Roberts

Every Sunday afternoon, I attended the ritual afternoon tea with Doris.

I never got a word in edgeways. Doris talked through cups of tea, plates of cucumber sandwiches and dainty pastries.

Natter, natter, natter. She never shut up.

But today was different. Everything seemed the same as I took my place at Doris’s table. She remained silent until her mobile phone rang.

Natter, natter, natter. Christ, does she never stop talking?

“Yes, I do miss Hugh. Sunday afternoon tea will never be the same again without him,” chirped Doris. “Why don’t you join me, the person reading this story?”

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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 – 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.

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  • What can you see in the welsh valleys?

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • What future do Giles and Roger predict?

Flash Fiction Friday – Future Things

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

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  • 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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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?

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

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  • 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?

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

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  • 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?

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  • Have you seen the timekeeper?

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  • Who is to blame in the blame game?

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  • 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.

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  • Can you see the ghost in the shower?

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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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