Skip to content

Smoke and Water Haiku

This haiku is for a weekly challenge over at Ronovan Writes.

Word prompt: Smoke&Water


Image by Pexels from Pixabay 


Smell of smoke lingered

Odorous for many weeks

Water depleted


© Susan Zutautas 2019





FOWC with Fandango (Fandango’s One Word Challenge)

Today’s word is “suit”


Image by Jonny Lindner from Pixabay 


I couldn’t believe my eyes

When I looked outside

There stood a dog in a suit

What a hoot

He even wore a tie

You know I wouldn’t lie

I wondered where his owner was

No reason just because



Day 10 Brick Lines

Brick lines for day 10 of Becky’s Lines and Squares photo challenge.

day 10 bricks

These are the bricks on my home that is over 130 years old. They’ve sure held up over the years. There are some that need to be mortared and some that need to be pointed but all in all, I’d say they’re not too bad.



Day 9 Birds and Lines

It’s day 9 of Becky’s Lines and Square Challenge. 


day 9 lines (2)

Photo by Susan Zutautas

It looks like these guys found a great place to sit and watch the world go by.



Day 8 – Porch Spindles

Day 8 of lines and squares challenge over at Becky’s.


porch 3porch lines 1

I couldn’t decide which picture to use so I used them both.




Day 7 – Spiky Lines Challenge

For day 7 of the photo Lines and Square Challenge over at Becky’s.


spiky line2






Day 6 – Patio Lines

For day 6 of the photo Lines and Square Challenge over at Becky’s.


day 6 lines (2)

Patio at Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Orillia, Onario





Day 5 – Lines and the Letter R

For day 5 of the photo Lines and Square Challenge over at Becky’s.


Street Art Letters (2) 2



Rodeo #1: Modern Tall Tale

This is what’s happening over at Carrot Ranch.

rodeo oct 9

Tall tales are the stuff of dime-store novels and pulp fiction.

What is a tall tale? One that openly exaggerates and magnifies the truth to the point of being unbelievable. The story itself is hyperbole. But we want to believe it because it’s humorous, melodramatic, or sensational.

This contest asks you to give a tall tale a modern bent. Don’t rely on the stories of Pecos Bill or 19th-century dime-store westerns. Go past the early sci-fi and detective stories of pulp fiction. Write a tall tale that is recognizable set in the present time.

Have fun, exaggerating!


  1. Write a tall tale and exaggerate something that happens to someone somewhere.
  2. It can be fiction or fictionized BOTS (based on a true story) but must be exaggerated to the point it couldn’t possibly be true. It’s okay — tell a whopper of a lie as a story!
  3. It can be humorous, sensational, or melodramatic from any genre.
  4. Use original details to express your tale.
  5. Make the judges laugh or gasp in surprise.


  1. Every entry must be 99 words, no more, no less. You can have a title outside that limit. Check your word count using the Entries that aren’t 99 words will be disqualified.
  2. Enter this contest only once. If you enter more than once, only your first entry will count.
  3. Do your best to submit an error-free entry. Apply English grammar and spelling according to your country of origin style. As long as the judges can understand the language, it is the story that matters most.
  4. Use the form below the rules to enter.
  5. If you do not receive an acknowledgment by email WITHIN 3 DAYS, contact Charli at
  6. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 9, 2019.
  7. You may submit a “challenge” if you don’t want to enter the contest or if you wrote more than one entry.
  8. Refrain from posting your contest entry until after November 28.


Charli Mills, Lead Buckaroo at Carrot Ranch, will collect stories, omitting names in order to select the top ten blind. Please refrain from posting your contest entry on your blog. A live panel of judges from the Keweenaw will select three winners from the top ten stories. The blind judging will be a literary event held at the Roberts Street Writery at Carrot Ranch World Headquarters in Hancock, Michigan. After selections are made, a single Winners Announcement with the top ten in each category will be posted on November 28. All ten stories in each contest will receive a full literary critique, and the top winner in each contest will receive $25 (PayPal, check, Amazon gift card, or donation).

via Rodeo #1: Modern Tall Tale



Day 4 – Bowl Lines

For day 4 of the photo Lines and Square Challenge over at Becky’s.

bowl linesbowl lines 1