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FF – Out of Ideas

Here is my “not really a story” for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Rochelle.

I was a bit stumped this week and didn’t have a lot of time.


“Okay then, here goes…

“The mists rolled ominously across the moors. Bethwick drew a deep breath, cocked his rifle and strode out into the gloom. Suddenly…”

“Hang on, what’s this?”

“My photo prompt story.”

“You’re supposed to be writing about a weed in an ash tray.”

“Shh, keep it down. That’s probably her prize crystal serving dish.”

“It’s definitely a weed, though.”

“Yeah, I’ll give you that. Okay, ditch the tale of intrigue and murder out on the misty moors. Take two!”

“There once was a weed which lived in an ash… I’m not feeling it. Pub?”



  1. May 23, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Who nicked all of the peanuts out of my crystal dish?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. May 23, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Beer… Now there’s a temporary solution 😀 Great post, as always.


    • May 24, 2018 at 6:46 am

      Thanks! Yes, the next morning the problems are back 🙂


  3. May 23, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    hahaha! A very funny story! 🙂


  4. May 23, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I wonder what our dear leader shall make of this… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. May 23, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Dear Ali,

    We all have those days when the muse is keeping mum, don’t we? Incidentally it’s a silk vine in a priceless heirloom. Ashtray, indeed. LOVE the dialogue it made me laugh out loud. (And that’s what you dear leader shall make of this…;) )




    • May 24, 2018 at 6:50 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Phew. I admit I was a little worried 🙂 I was hoping you’d know that I didn’t really think it was an ashtray, it’s very pretty. I tried a number of stories in my head but couldn’t get an ending for any.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the dialogue!


  6. May 24, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Ah, the writer’s life! Very funny and actually too easy to relate to! 🙂


  7. May 24, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Love it, Alistair. We all have those “what the hell to write?” posts and you’ve done marvellously well here…


    • May 24, 2018 at 6:51 am

      I had nuffin’ 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed what I finally came up with!

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 24, 2018 at 2:04 pm

        I so know the feeling! Ya done good, anyhow!


      • May 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm



  8. May 24, 2018 at 4:18 am

    I totally agree with Dale. This is a hoot. Thanks for the smile, ashes and all.


    • May 24, 2018 at 6:52 am

      I’m glad I made you smile and that you enjoyed it!


  9. May 24, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Well, no use letting that weed go to waste if we can’t draw inspiration from it. Anyone got a lighter and some paper?

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 24, 2018 at 6:54 am

      Wait, wait wait. It’s not 4:20 yet…


      • May 24, 2018 at 6:56 am

        As a certain raccoon I know likes to say, it’s always 4:20 somewhere.

        Liked by 1 person

      • May 24, 2018 at 7:13 am

        True. Let’s dive in then!


      • May 24, 2018 at 6:55 pm

        Save some marihuana for me!

        Liked by 1 person

      • May 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm

        Sure. But I can’t guarantee it isn’t really catnip…


      • May 24, 2018 at 8:49 pm

        Mmm, catnip.


      • May 25, 2018 at 11:34 am

        I’ll try it, hopefully it’ll make me a lusty…

        Liked by 1 person

  10. May 24, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Really funny, especially the weed in an ashtray bit! Mine’s a pint!

    Click to read my FriFic tale


    • May 24, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Yeah, turns out it’s a silk plant in a priceless heirloom. Oops 🙂 One pint of Best coming up!


  11. May 24, 2018 at 9:01 am

    That leafy plant is going to hate you for the rest of its brief life for calling it a weed, Ali. Although, a leafy plant if just that unless someone displays it in a lovely cut glass bowl. 🙂 — Suzanne


  12. May 24, 2018 at 10:19 am

    This made me laugh. I too was stumped initially for a story for this photo!


    • May 24, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      It was a tricky one this week! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  13. May 24, 2018 at 11:49 am

    It’s always good to start the day with a laugh. Thanks 🙂


  14. May 24, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Fun story. You put the crystal in the meth, no wait that did not come out right, must be all that weed in the photo.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. May 24, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    If Hollywood can be self-referential and get away with it, I’m sure you can! That story is a hoot!


  16. May 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Good thing Rochelle has a since of humor. ;0) Fun story. Well done.


    • May 24, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Yep! I’m glad you liked it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 26, 2018 at 10:08 pm

        Most definitely. ;0)
        In the next day or so, my first novella will be ready for publication. Yeah!


      • May 27, 2018 at 6:31 am

        Yay, cool!

        Liked by 1 person

  17. May 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Yes… sometimes you just need a pint… I’m sure you could have written that story you had started.


  18. May 24, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    obviously, you can make something out of nothing even when the muse is asleep. well done. 🙂


  19. May 25, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    That made me laugh. Thanks. Too many sad death stories were bringing me down.


    • May 25, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Yes, a lot of stories like that this week. My original ideas were all rather sombre. I’m glad I ditched them!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. May 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    For not knowing what to write you came up with something great and gave me a nice laugh, thanks!


    • May 27, 2018 at 6:31 am

      Thanks! I had no story so thought I’d write about having no story 🙂
      I left a comment on your story but it doesn’t even say “awaiting moderation” – I hope it got through!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. May 26, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    A wee bit big for an ashtray, innit? 😁
    Oh, the frustration of being snubbed by the muse… I can relate all too well.


  22. May 27, 2018 at 1:37 am



  23. May 27, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Heehee! There are times when I feel like that too 🙂


    • May 28, 2018 at 6:04 am

      Weird how sometimes it’s so easy and sometimes it doesn’t work at all 🙂


  24. May 28, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Even with a writer’s block, you set up a good story, Draliman 😀 Extra Pawkisses 🙂 ❤


  25. May 28, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Very funny. I enjoyed the dialogue! =)


  26. May 28, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    LOL…good job of tuning stumped into…something.
    A weed in an ash tray.
    There’s a story there!


  27. Sarah Ann
    May 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    So funny. A great little story of going out and doing something else, although you didn’t, you wrote and posted, so I’m assuming you went to the pub after. 🙂


  28. May 29, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    ROFLOL!!! Loved it!!!


  29. June 2, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I wanted to hear the rest of the limerick…. maybe with enough enjoyment at the pub, they will come back and complete the rhymes. Enjoyed!


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