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Topic: Challenge: Back to School
Posted: 10 Sep 2019 11:06

My challenge entry is now live <img src="/images/emoticons/hello2.gif" alt="hello1">


And it is sweet! <img src="/images/emoticons/hello.gif" alt="hello2">

Go read it, please.

Topic: Challenge: Back to School
Posted: 03 Sep 2019 06:41

Back to School Challenge:

Submit an original story, poem or song that has for its subject a return to school.

The start of a new school year is here for a lot of people, so to go along with it, here is the Back to School Challenge.

The story can be about anyone of any age returning to school, including teachers and school support staff.

It can be presented from the point of view of parents or guardians sending children off to school.

Starting school for the first time ever is acceptable, as it will be assumed the child will continue going to school after the first day.

It can be about switching schools during the school year, or about returning to school after an absence, such as a hospital stay, or returning to school as an adult, etc.

Guidelines for the challenge:

- The text must be written for this challenge and not already published here or elsewhere
- There is no deadline to the challenge
- Preface your title with Back to School Challenge
- Include backtoschool as a tag
- Submit your story via the story submission link on the home page
- Mention must be made in the text of the season or time of year
- Something that was learned from going to school or at school must be included*
- Word count is minimum 200 words, maximum 2500
- Categories : Children's, Flash Fiction, General, Humour, Memoirs, Musings, Plays, Poetry, Romance, Songs and Young Adult
- It should be suitable for all ages, so keep that in mind in terms of language etc
- All the site rules apply

* For example, my god-son informed his mother after his first week at school that he was going to be a teacher when he was big, because "the teacher stands at the front of the class and doesn't do anything, we have to do all the work". First lesson learned right there!

Any questions ? You know the drill, raise your hand and ask them!
Just kidding, ask the questions here.

Have fun!

Topic: World Around You in two words
Posted: 06 Aug 2019 23:26

Rain storm

Topic: Twenty posts rule before you can post links or use our image hosting
Posted: 28 Jul 2019 10:47


Tried it on my phone instead of my laptop & it works :)

Must be some weird setting on my laptop. I’m not tech savvy <img src="/images/emoticons/eusa_doh.gif" alt="d&#39;oh!">

Thanks for the suggestions x

Hmm, I don't know either, but my laptop is *old* (2012 cripes this is mind numbing BS) and there are things I cannot do, sign into, change passwords etc, with it.

But switching to my relatively new/recent tablet, (less than 12 months), I can do those things.

So maybe, just maybe, it could be more the *age* of your lap top, rather than anything else.

<img src="/images/emoticons/help.gif" alt="help"> this calculated means of making sure *we* have to keep updating and buying the newest and neediest and most annoying systems, devices, thingies is maddening.

Topic: 5-Word Sentence
Posted: 24 Jul 2019 12:50

They only want lasting peace.

Topic: 5-Word Sentence
Posted: 22 Jul 2019 06:00

Hair straight back and dancing.

Dancing with joy, Dave's back!

<img src="/images/emoticons/wave.gif" alt="wave">

Topic: Weird, neverending crossword thingy.
Posted: 23 Jun 2019 12:14

And you are welcome, Keith, for my prompt that pointed you in the right direction. <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_geek.gif" alt="geek">

Topic: Weird, neverending crossword thingy.
Posted: 23 Jun 2019 11:23

Bien sur, c’est l’anglo-français CONCORDE (merci ma chérie Anna pour l’allusion)

7 letters - ancient body ostensibly for all people

Keith, c'est "Anna, ma chérie", or "Ma chère Anna". <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_geek.gif" alt="geek">

And we do not know if my supposition is correct, or yours.

A suivre, or,

en anglais...

to be continued.

Me ? geek geek geek geek

all in good fun ...

<img src="/images/emoticons/angel7.gif" alt="angel7">

Topic: Weird, neverending crossword thingy.
Posted: 22 Jun 2019 22:58

I'm going for...


8 Letters... A high speed European agreement.

Eight letters, high speed...

Eurostar ???

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Jun 2019 13:03

Looked in the mirror earlier. My eyes looked strange - wait, no!

They look normal, not half swollen shut as was the case for the last three weeks!

Seriously, can allergy season be easing off, at last?

I really hope so, for myself and all the allergy sufferers here.

<img src="/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

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Stories Published By gypsy All Stories »

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Added 27 Jan 2019 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 565 | 12 Comments

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Added 28 Sep 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 19 | Avg Score 4.95 | Views 451 | 18 Comments

Come fly with me

Come with me, come here, We'll fly away soon, Give me your hand, And a hug Then settle on my rug Hang on tight, tuck arms and legs in, Are you ready to take off? Let's go for a spin! The altitude's no problem, We've plenty of air, As you will soon know by the wind in your hair. We'll swoop and soar Above earth and its cares - - Tedious, boring, Gloomy and drear! - Before landing quite...

Added 05 Sep 2016 | Category Songs | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 793 | 8 Comments


Random rhymes: punchy, munchy scrunchy, bouncy, jiggly, hunchy, Loosely, widely, funky, Stinking, rotten, clunky * Save it. Saved. Is it any good? Unlikely, so... Don't get your hopes up - The answer is no * Not much is likely to be salvational - side note, is that even a word? - side reply, It is now, get used to it. * So... Continue as before With doggerel words ...

Added 29 Sep 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 346 | 5 Comments

Last Rites

“You don’t have to do this, you know. In fact, you shouldn’t be doing it.” “Yes, I know, but it’s all right, I’m going to do it.” “I really don’t think you should, and would prefer you didn’t.” “I’m still going to do it, it’s the least I can do for you. You shouldered me as a burden often enough, in the past.” “That was different, you weren’t old enough or big enough, and needed to...

Added 22 Jul 2016 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 645 | 4 Comments

Diving Deep

Chances, Taken without regret, Embraced, Without hesitation or doubt Like that time When you dove Into an ice cold lake Not on a dare But because it was there And to do so affirmed that you existed Those chances, No regrets, As you sank Stunned with shock by the bone chilling reality of the water - So cold So clear So intransigent yet so welcoming, Heart pounding, Adrenalin coursing,...

Added 30 Jun 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 718 | 4 Comments

Open Windows, Open Season: Take Warning

I make my point by tossing him out a window, He'd been warned when he entered the room, "You found your way in, you can find it back out, And if it isn't done quickly, From me you'll get a good clout." I repeated my warning twice over, Was he hard of hearing or just buzzing about? At any rate my threat was put into action, With a fly swatter I rubbed his life out. * Author's note: I have...

Added 23 Jun 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 567 | 6 Comments

A Modern Day Shopping Lament

So here I am waiting, And biding my time, For a shipment that was Ordered From a store that's on-line. Their products are alluring, Like snacks to consume, The virtual basket's expanding There is always more room For specialty items, Things new to the store, Best deals of the day, And more, so much more! I wasn't enticed - Well, maybe some of the time - But the items I needed Remained...

Added 15 Jun 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 539 | 7 Comments


Look by the door, A row of hooks Hung with keys - Basement, attic, car All are useful If you please But one sits alone No door does it claim That door is long gone And all that remains Is the key That unlocked its dreams....

Added 09 May 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 776 | 5 Comments

Reflections on International Women's Day

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Added 08 Mar 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 615 | 6 Comments

Stories Coauthored By gypsy

Lost and Found

  MARTIN HANDED A MUG of fresh coffee to Jane and slid into the seat opposite her at the breakfast table, pausing a moment before he spoke. “Jane, I need to ask you something.” Caught off guard by the statement, she slopped a little of the steaming liquid. “You always do that when I’m holding a drink,” she chided gently, dabbing the spill with a napkin. Her lighthearted tone belied...

Added 13 Sep 2018 | Category General | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 300 | 7 Comments

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Added 12 Sep 2018 | Category General | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 406 | 7 Comments

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