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Word of the Day Challenge: Warning

I haven’t had a decent nightmare for over a month.

I haven’t written a single word about monsters, curses or the living dead since November.

So I did one of those free write exercises and this is what happened when I asked:

” Where are you, ghoulies and ghosties and long leggedy beasties? Why won’t you come and play? I’m dying here, I can’t come up with one decent scary thought or deed to write about.”

I heard a thump, I heard a bump, I heard the creaking of bones and then the lights went out.

My bedroom door creaked open and small dark shadows crawled slowly into the room with me. They ran for the corners, for my closet and under the bed

” We’re not coming out there. It’s to darn scary. Call us later, when things aren’t so awful. ”

I dropped to the floor, I went to the bed, I pulled back the quilt and then I said,

” For real? ”

Yellow eyes, red eyes, scattered away from me in fear.

” You humans  giving us nightmares. We’re afraid to wake up. Please go away and leave us alone.”

That’s what the monsters said to me.

What a world we are in, when humans make monsters scream in fear.



Is It Sunny On Mars Today?

Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Prompt: Sky’s the Limit

Curiosity Selfie

When I was about 7 years old I was climbing a tree in my backyard.

I had to be careful because there was a bee hive hanging from one of the branches  , so I remember I had one eye on it- well, I probably had both eyes on it and that’s why I missed the next branch and fell.

I hit the ground hard enough to knock the wind out of myself and for a few seconds I couldn’t take a breath.

Had I not had a lot of experience in falling out of trees, I may have been scared when I couldn’t breathe ( goes without saying I couldn’t yell for help either ) but I knew it would come back so I looked up through the branches of the tree and I remember thinking:

” I wonder if it’s Sunny on Mars today.”

So over the years, when my brain was idle that thought would pop into my head, ” I wonder if it’s Sunny on Mars today? ”

I’d laugh and think to myself, ” You’ll never know. Will you?”

Well LOL past self.

We know what it’s like when it’s Sunny on Mars and what it looks like when the Sunsets on  Mars.

Sunset on Mars:Photographer- Curiosity Rover

I’m a little sad that I don’t have to wonder what it looks like when the sun sets or rises on Mars anymore.

However, yesterday I was on the train going home and just as I was about to fall asleep because the view from the railroad tracks I commute over every day is the ugliest view anywhere on the planet and it hurts my brain just to look at it, I thought to myself:

Could you fly a spaceship through Saturn?


I wonder.

Pictured in natural color approaching equinox, photographed by Cassini in July 2008; the dot in the bottom left corner is Titan

Little Windows

These ambience videos are fun and I really do find them inspirational.

Here are  few more that I’ve run across that I’ve enjoyed.