A bird of a Different Color ;)


PHOTO PROMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy

I’m sure you have heard of the Bluebird of Happiness.  You may have even know the Chicken of Despair*.

I was visited by a different bird.

After the great success of my opening lines from last week’s FF, I thought I had made the big time.  Fame and fortune couldn’t be far behind.

I was lulled by the tapping of the old Underwood, but the taps continued even after I lifted my hands.

I turned.

It was at the window, watching.

When it caught my eye, the Mockingbird of Mocking started its song:

“It was a dark and stormy night….”


* The Chicken of Depression is from a Far Side comic strip, but I like the name Chicken of Despair better…

Note – Last week I started The Great American Novel with those words…


Word count = 100

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35 thoughts on “A bird of a Different Color ;)

  1. James McEwan

    Perhaps the little bird is your muse, trying to tell you something; “It was a dark and stormy night and all good people are tucked up in bed. A lonely figure strode down the street, hood pulled tight across the face . . .

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For some reason, when I wrote the word, I was thinking, “I’m really influenced by Mozart and Bach. it’s sort of in between them. it’s a mock piece…”.. The Far Side is great!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I will keep working on that Great American Novel, but maybe I will change the first line. How does, “It was the best of times to work on my novel; it was the worst of times to socialize.” sound?

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Hey, yeah, the perfect beginning for The Great American Novel! “Call me Ish..” oh, wait. That name was used in the Bible, wasn’t it? So it might not be so original… ;)



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