Flashback To a Team Player Fail

For Fandango’s Flashback Friday, this is what I wrote- or didn’t write- on November 11, 2021.

It’s called, ” Team Player Fail “

In case you’re curious- this is a true story.

Last night

that little voice in my head that says

” hey Anita, I’ve got a great idea for a story “

was noisier then usual,  so I took a few notes and then I watched

” Mrs Brown’s Halloween Special “


After the show was over that little voice said,

 ” that word salad you scratched on that notepad that smells like Pizza


That is so true.


So I put my pizza scented lines on my blog and hit the draft key.

” Oh no. Oh no you did not just send my great idea to the draft file!”  I heard the  little

voice say.


I did. That’s exactly what I did.  Then I watched my beloved 1970’s Sci-Fi Show ” UFO”


The little voice raged.

” Are you really seeing this? There is NO science happening in this so called Science

Fiction  show.”

I told the voice in my head, ” It has flying saucers. “


” I gave you a great idea for a story- turn the  TV off. “

In response I watched two episodes of UFO instead of one and then

I went to bed.


I was asleep for a few hours when I had a nightmare.

It was one of those nightmares where you think you’re awake and safe but

of course you’re not. To make it worse when I really did wake up I had a visit from my

old friend Sleep Paralysis and I couldn’t open my eyes or shout myself awake.

I had to lay there until my brain and my body caught up with each other and I could

open my eyes and sit up.


But before I  ” hit the surface ”  I heard that little voice say:

” So. Now that you’re awake- what do you think? Feeling up to a little writing now? Or

are you going to go back to sleep? “

It laughed.

I laughed.

And then we did a little writing.

Goya – Phantasmal Vision – ca.1801

Sleep paralysis has been found to affect just under eight percent of the general population. In addition to being awake but unable to move, common symptoms of sleep paralysis include: Visions, such as seeing a person or demon-like figure in the room. Feeling unable to breathe, or being suffocated-definition from the article HERE

Let’s Go To The Maul— I Mean Mall

Most of the time I wait until the last minute to buy Christmas presents- which means I give out a lot of gift cards. But sometimes I put thought into it  and this year I’ve done just that- behold items I’m putting on my shopping list for the people I love. That means that I will be going to the Maul…I mean Mall.

Fancy underwear- who doesn’t want fancy underwear for Christmas? I don’t, but I’m not most people. This looks cool though it may be hard to wrap and one probably shouldn’t wear it in the rain

Heirloom Christmas ornaments are cool- actually my family like my Krampus ornaments so all kidding aside this is a real thing I’ll probably give as a gift.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Handmade Gifts- back when my Granddaughter was being potty trained, she hated it. She pulled her potty out into the living room, jammed this toy into the bowl and left it there.

I don’t care what anyone says- this is art. And if you don’t think I’d wrap this up and dump it ( see what I did there ) under a tree, you don’t know me at all.

Contemporary Art by Jemma Moscoso

So there you have it, my shopping list for Christmas 2022. I can’t wait to start shopping

so that I can hear the screams of delight from my loved ones on Christmas day.