Even Further Behind Now – No #AtoZChallenge For Me Today.

… Hello Vertigo…

I’m already several letters behind.  Was hoping to, possibly, catch up somewhat today.  Unfortunately, I woke up this morning and instantly felt like I was on a Twirlawhirl ride at an amusement park (minus the amusing part).  Been a long time since I’ve had to deal with the effects of vertigo.  Turns out I had some major earwax that was impacted and adhered to the ear drum.  

Doing slightly better now (tho ear is sore from skin being sloughed off when wax removed)  but still feeling a bit of vertigo.  The good news is, no infection but getting wax removed was less than pleasant.


#AtoZChallenge: #ShortStory – Letter O

Not one of my better stories I’m afraid.

Words for the AtoZ Challenge are randomly chosen using Random.Org.  Words used for letter O are:

  • OOld Fashioned
  • Occasion
  • Optimism
  • Orient
  • Officer

Stepping into dark rainy night, Olivia tried to orient herself to recall where it  was she had parked earlier that morning.  She hated going out in the dark alone like this but she hated to be a nuisance either.  Normally Olivia would have been done and gone hours earlier, well before dark.  On this particular day an occasion had arose to meet with her boss.  That on top of  extra work had kept her late.    By the time she had finished with everything the sun was already disappearing from the sky.

Olivia had stopped, on her way out, to see if one of the security officers might be on hand and willing to walk with her to her car.  She had mixed when she found the small office they occupied, when not on patrol, empty.  A part of her had hoped that one of them might be nice enough to accompany her.  Still another part of her was glad to escape the embarrassment of having to admit that she was afraid to walk out to her car in a perfectly well-lit area.

Olivia cinched up her jacket, hugging her purse tightly as she started to make her way across the nearly empty parking lot.  She tried to be optimistic, telling herself that she was being an old-fashion ninny and afraid for no reason – that she had nothing to worry about. 


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#DailyPost #Postaday challenge: RoyGBiv

in response to today’s challenge over at – https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/roy-g-biv/


Together they sat on the green grass watching the bright yellow sun fade to a bold colorful orange.  The red highlights of her hair glistening as the sun slowly disappeared to an a dark indigo.

Slowly, he turned towards her, his eyes catching hers, gazing into their blue depths.
“Have I told how much I love you?”, He asked as he handed her a small box.  Inside, a beautiful violet amethyst

#AtoZChallenge: #ShortStory – Letter N

Words for the AtoZ Challenge are randomly chosen using Random.Org.  Words used for letter N are:

  • NNeurotransmitter – hormone affecting nerve impulses
  • NC (North Carolina) –
  • Needle
  • Nabob – Very rich or important person
  • Narcissm – self love


Natalie concentrated hard as she struggled to hold onto and use the knitting needles she held in her hand.  She never imagined that it would be so hard to do so.  Her doctor had explained that neurotransmitters were misfiring causing the tremors in her hand.  Her husband, Nick, sat nearby on the couch watching a documentary about some nabob.

“You doing okay?”  Nick asked as he looked upon Natalie with concern.

“Yeah,”  Natalie replied,  “I’m just having difficulty holding on to these knitting needles

“Just keep trying,”  Nick encouraged,  “You can do this.”

Natalie nodded.  She considered herself lucky to have such a loving man as a husband now.  Her first husband had been turned out to be quite narcissistic.  Something Natalie hadn’t known when she had first married him.  After Noah passed away, Natalie moved back to North Carolina.  It was there  that she had met Nick and eventually fell in love.


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#AtoZChallenge: #ShortStory – Letter M

Not one of my better stories I’m afraid.

Words for the AtoZ Challenge are randomly chosen using Random.Org.  Words used for letter M are:

  • MMalapropism – Ridiculous misuse of words
  • Mercury – Silvery liquid metal (found in thermometers)
  • Mettlesome – Spirited, Ardent, able to handle difficult sit in spirited resilient way.
  • Minivan – small van
  • Marry – join as husband & wife, take a spouse

Molly carefully steered her minivan along the  lonely highway.  To her relief Meredith, her 3 year old daughter, slept soundly in her car seat in back. The night before, Meredith had come down with a fever, the mercury on the thermometer rising towards the 100 degree mark.  She had broken down and spent money on a hotel that night, having spent the other nights sleeping in the car at rest stops and truck stops along the way.  Meredith had been restless throughout most of the night and Molly had gotten very little sleep herself.  Molly looked forward to the trips end.  It had been a long hard trip from Florida back to her hometown of Madras  as she drove she thought about the events leading up to her decision to return home. 

When she had decided to marry Meredith’s father, Molly knew that it wouldn’t be a marriage of love but of necessity.  But she thought that they would make things work.  Go knows she had tried.  Sadly, Mark hadn’t seemed willing to give it the same try. 

Molly had suspected that Mark had been cheating, even still she had found herself surprised when her suspicions were confirmed.  When she confronted Mark about it he hadn’t even tried to deny it.  He told her that he wasn’t in love with her, that he never had been.  Like her, Mark had only decided to marry because it was “the right thing to do”.  From the beginning, he had said, her malapropism, among other things, had grated on his nerves.  He had told her that he was in love with someone else. and that he wanted a divorce

At first he had helped with child support but showed no interest in spending anytime with his daughter.  It wasn’t long before the child support payments became few and far between.  Sure there had been a court order but getting that enforced proved difficult and Molly didn’t have the money for fancy lawyers.  In the end, she had given up.  Her grandmother had always said she had a mettlesome spirit when it came to dealing with difficulties in life.  Molly was determined to have that same spirit in starting a new lie back home.


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#AtoZChallenge: #ShortStory – Letter L

Catching up on my stories

Words for the AtoZ Challenge are randomly chosen using Random.Org.  Words used for letter L are:

  • LLeap Year – Every 4th year is a Leap Year there will be 29 days in Feb
  • Loathe – To abhor.  An intense dislike
  • Luau- Hawaiian Feast
  • Lymph- clear yellowish body fluid
  • Lead – A heavy, soft metal; Graphite in pencil; To direct or guide

“Damn,” Lisa exclaimed as the lead broke on her pencil.  She had been taking notes from her Biology book.  She had a test coming up in her Biology class on Leap Years Day  and the section on Lymph was especially giving her trouble.  In fact, she loathed the thought of taking the test. Lisa worried about how she was going to do on the upcoming test.

Looking in her book bag, Lisa hoped to find another pencil but she came up short.

“Damn,” she exclaimed again.  This just wasn’t her day.

Out of the corner of her eye Lisa saw a pencil appear, seemingly out of nowhere.  Glancing up she saw the young security guard who had just  started a few months earlier.  Smiling her thanks, Lisa tentatively reached out for the pencil.

“Thank You”  she said taking the pencil.  She started to go back to her studying when she realized Luke (the name on his name tag) was still standing there.  She looked back up questioningly.

“I was wondering,”  Luke asked a bit nervously, “Were you planning on going to the Luau next month?”

“Ummm… Maybe…  Why?”  Lisa replied

“No reason,  I just thought, perhaps, that if you were going to be going maybe we could meet up there.”


Join Me in the month of April as I write “Alphabet stories” each day featuring a different letter from A to Z for the A to Z Challenge.

#AtoZChallenge: #ShortStory – Letter K

Words for the AtoZ Challenge are randomly chosen using Random.Org.  Words used for letter K are:

  • Kidney Bean – A type of bean that is kidney shaped
  • Kipper – Salt & dried, or smoked, herring (fish)
  • Kneel – To kneel down on one’s knees
  • Key – Device used to lock or unlock something or to start something.  Also an important fact.
  • Kaput – Ruined, destroyed, finished.

Katey absent-mindedly stirred her kidney bean soup.  She took a bite but didn’t really taste it.  Her gaze lifted slightly, coming to rest on Keith  .  At almost 6 foot tall, Keith made an quite an arresting and imposing figure. 

That they had met, much less  gotten involved with each other.  They were quite diverse in their interests & hobbies.  Sometimes it seemed as if they weren’t on the same page. Yet some how, despite vast difference,  Katey and Keith had forged a deep and intense relationship.

Katey couldn’t help but smile sadly as she watched Keith eat his plate of kipper.  He ate the same way he did everything, with quiet studiousness.  It was what made him so good at what he did.  Nothing got past him, not even the smallest clue.  Nothing except the fact that their relationship was nearly kaput.  She wondered where things had gone wrong.  What was the key to rediscovering the romance that had been there in the beginning. Without warning, tears began to fall from Katey’s eyes.Through the tears she saw Keith kneel down before her, taking her hand.

“I know things between us haven’t been right lately,” Keith was saying, “I’ve got some vacation time coming and I thought maybe we could rent an RV and do some traveling.  Just spend some time together the two of us seeing the sites….”

“I  didn’t think you had even noticed….”

Keith gave a wink and smiled,  “Nothing gets past me,”  He then lifted Katey’s hand and gently kissed it.  “I guess I need to work more on doing something about what I”m noticing.”


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Book Review — Paramedico by @BenjaminGilmour

This review is a long time coming.  A while back I had the opportunity to do an email interview of the author of Paramedico,  Benjamin Gilmour.

Paramedico Cover 1

In Paramedico, Benjamin Gilmour takes us on a journey into the world of how different ambulance services work around the world.

Go “Running with the Leopard in South Africa, wearing a bullet proof vest and traveling 200 km/hr in a late model Audi.  Transport the Shiek Abdullah Al Sabah to the cardiologist.  Try Rakija in Macedonia.  Deal with the aftermath of a monster tidal wave in Thailand.  Through it all Gilmour shows us what it’s like to ride and work on the various ambulance services throughout England, Africa, Thailand Iceland and so on.

If you haven’t read Paramedico, I suggest you do.  It is available online at Amazon (by clicking on the photo above)  or check your local library – you might just find it there,  I did.

#AtoZChallenge: #ShortStory – Letter J

Words for the AtoZ Challenge are randomly chosen using Random.Org.  Words used for letter J are:  

  • JupiterJ
  • Jigsaw
  • Jaunt
  • Jetliner
  • Jugular


Jennifer sat back in her seat aboard the large jetliner.  It was the first time she had been afforded the opportunity fly in first class.  As a new Junior Administrative Officer for the organization she worked for,  Jennifer was joining with several others on the team to fly to a important business meeting.  Normally Jennifer wouldn’t have invited to join but one of the senior officers, whom she was immediately under, had had to cancel due to family illness.  At the last minute, Jennifer had been asked to join the team.  Her boss and mentor, JoAnne, expressed great confidence in Jennifer’s abilities.  Jennifer hoped she was ready for the job at hand.

The relatively short jaunt would give Jennifer precious little time to prepare herself as the meeting was scheduled to start within only a couple hours of Jennifer’s arrival.  She had already spent many hours the day before going over the jigsaw of information that JoAnne had given her.  She was hoping to use some of the time onboard the flight to briefly go over the documents once more before the meeting.  She knew she would have a tough road ahead at the meeting.  Being only a junior member, Jennifer knew that some of the members of the other organization might, very well, go for the jugular; Not to mention her own team members if she screwed up in any way.

Jennifer couldn’t help a bit of jealousy of the relaxed attitude of her seat-mate and colleague as he read a book about Jupiter.  Jennifer wished she felt so relaxed but there was a lot riding on the line with this meeting.  Her immediate bosses reputation as well as Jennifer’s own was at stake.  She knew this meeting could make or break her.  Do a good job at the possibilities could be endless.  Screw up and, well, she was up a creek. Once the flight had reached cruising altitude and the seatbelt sign had been turned off,  Jennifer stood up to retrieve her briefcase from the over head bin apologizing to the gentleman seated next to her.  The gentleman closed the book he was reading, marking the place with his hands and stood up allowing Jennifer to get out.

“Still going through all the documents?”  He asked asked as Jennifer returned to her seat.

“Actually, I’ve already been through them a couple times.”  Jennifer replied, glancing over to try and gauge the reason for his questioning, “I thought I’d go over them again.”

“I can’t help but notice you seem a bit tense.”

Jennifer wondered if she should admit that she was, that this was her first meeting of this magnitude.

“Can I give you a piece of advise?” The guy asked, continuing on after Jennifer nodded slightly, “If you’ve already gone over the documents and everything then use this time to relax…”

“Relax?  Ha!!”  Jennifer wanted to say.  You’ll be a lot more relaxed and do better at the meeting later if you take some time to relax now.”  The guy was saying, “You’re either going to know the material or you’re not”

Jennifer hesitated for a moment before pulling out a book she had brought along as reading material on the off-chance she would have an opportunity to read.  She could skim through the information just prior to the meeting so that it would be fresh in her mind.  For now she planned to relax her mind with a good book.


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#AtoZChallenge: #ShortStory – Letter I

  • Words for the AtoZ Challenge are randomly chosen using Random.Org.  Words used for letter I are:  
  • IItem
  • Invincible
  • Intrude
  • Immovable
  • Imply

“Excuse me, Ingrid,”  Cassandra spoke sticking her head into Ingrid’s office.  Ingrid looked up from her computer.  “Yes?”  Ingrid inquired. 

“I know you’re busy, and I don’t mean to intrude,” Cassandra replied.  Ingrid indicated that Cassandra should go ahead.

“There’s some guy out front saying he needs to speak to you about some item…..  Says his name is Ryan and that you’d know who he was.”

“Item?” Ingrid asked.

Cassandra shrugged her shoulder as if to indicate she had no idea.  “He refuses to say any more, saying he’ll only talk to you.”

Ingrid sighed, “All right,” she replied, “Show him back.”  Cassandra nodded and turned sharply towards the front of the office.  Ingrid returned her attention back to her computer.

A moment later the door to her office was pushed open again.  Once again Ingrid looked up.  This time a tall male figure filled the doorway to her small office.  Ingrid indicated he should come in and shut the door.  Immediately she regretted the request.  The office seemed suddenly quite a bit smaller as Ryan’s large form filled it.

Ingrid struggled to gain her composure, to appear professional despite the fact that her heart was beating wildly in her chest.

“Ryan,”  she managed, “What brings you here?  I mean you could have called first and made an appointment.  It’s not like I don’t have things to get done.”

Ryan walked over to Ingrid’s desk, placing a photograph down on it before walking over to the window and looking out it for a brief moment.  Ingrid took the opportunity to glance down and study the photo.

“Look,” he replied, as he turned back to face Ingrid, “I don’t mean to imply that you have nothing to do.  I just….  To be honest, I didn’t think about making an appointment.  The last time we spoke was on such bad terms, I guess I didn’t figure you’d be interested in talking to me or helping me out….”

“Helping you?”  Ingrid inquired….

“Yes,”  Ryan responded, “You see,  My ex-girlfriend declined visitation rights to our baby daughter.  I tried to talk to her but she’s been completely immovable…..”

“And how exactly am I suppose to be able to help?.”  Ingrid asked.

“I’m getting there,” Ryan  said, then taking a breath he continued, “I’m planning on petitioning for custody on grounds that my ex-girlfriend is not fit for parentage.


“Yes….  Custody…  And I need your help to prove, or disprove, my suspicions”

“You do realize that even if I do uncover something, assuming I am able to find anything…”

“Ohhh I have no doubt you will.  The photo I just gave you shows at least one example of my suspicions and I have more….”

“I was going to say,” Ingrid continued, “That the legal journey ahead of you will be  daunting.”

“I know,”  Ryan sighed.  “It’s already been an uphill battle.  You see, shortly after I tried talking to my ex-girlfriend, I became aware of something that upped my suspicions that my daughter could be in some danger of neglect.  I decided to take my suspicions to my lawyer…   It seems that my ex-girlfriend has got herself hooked up with some important guy who is invincible when it comes to legal proceedings.  I’m going to need some heavy duty proof if I”m going to have any chance of getting custody and giving my daughter a chance at having a normal childhood.

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