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Writing Prompt Contest – The Elephant & Cat…and a personal Thank you

October 22, 2016
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thank-you

I would like to interrupt this prompt to say a humble and grateful thanks to my 3,104 followers. Knowing my hard work in making this prompt varied, interesting, intriguing and fun has attracted so many of you makes my heart happy. Writing became my passion late in life and I have encompassed it wholeheartedly and obsessively.

You are the reason I continue to post here and I hope you will enjoy my yearly schedules for a long time to come.

Thank you so much.  Mandy  

elephant-and-cat

Use this as the starting or finishing point of your story or poem.

Enjoy this prompt and leave your response in the comments. 1000 words maximum for a short story. Poems can be any length.

A quarterly prize will be given for the most voted for response.

What’s Your Phobia..?

October 16, 2013
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Ailurophobia – definition: an abnormal fear of cats

Today’s word nearly stumped me. What do I write? Can I relate? I have managed every word (so far) in this year long journey of a post a day. Am I really going to have to admit defeat with this word? Then it occurred to me that it depends on the definition of cat. What if it was big cats, such as tigers and lions. I could certainly relate to fearing one of those large and magnificent animals chasing me down in the wild. A paw would be as big as my head so I would certainly have no defense whatsoever if the full force of a muscular and lithe body pounced.

Domesticated cats do not scare me in the slightest, I have owned several in my childhood. Two cats were my constant companions along with my Alsatian (German Shepherd) as a toddler. We would ‘escape’ to my Aunt’s house on occasion. The dog would dig under the wire fence and I would hold it up to let my furry friends out then crawl through myself. Then when I was in my early teens my Mother bought me a Seal Point Persian, whom I called him Rajah. He was a one person cat, and that was me!

Himalayan-Cat

English: A German Shepherd dog Polski: Owczare...

English: A German Shepherd dog Polski: Owczarek niemiecki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bizarre as it sounds my only phobia was rhino’s -a long story but I did overcome it when my young daughter made me pat a real rhino on a wildlife trip. Since she was little she would pick up creepy crawlies and now has a reptile room, so I’m desensitized to any phobia.

Baby-Rhino-

Do you have a phobia?

Have you written a character with a phobia?

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