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Never Get Board of the Past

View of a game of Strange Synergy, a card and ...Today’s daily prompt is about sensations that can figuratively whip you through time, all the way back to a time of innocence and fads.

“Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.”

There aren’t many sensations I can remember from my past. I’m not a supersensitive person by any stretch of the imagination. There is one smell though which takes me right back my childhood and nearly every Christmas or Birthday.

The smell of new board games.

I wouldn’t say it’s a very nice smell exactly but it is very evocative. I used to lift the lid, and be faced with a mixture of new cardboard, ink and plastic sensations.

It wasn’t just the smell though; nearly every part of a new board game triggered some part of my character.

  • The perfect box played to my geometry obsession, as did the plastic wrapped cards, perfect and untouched and the sprues of plastic pieces.
  • There were the pristine rules, which I would painstakingly go through before even thinking about setting up the game.
  • Even down to the childish but painfully funny farting noise that the box would make when the lid was put back on.

Board games played with me, pardon the pun.

I still love board games now and even though I’m an avid gamer, I still have more fun playing boardgames with other people than playing online with them. It’s just so much more personal.

I haven’t really grown up. I can play chess, backgammon or solitaire but I have just as much fun playing Going for Broke, Game of Life or Mousetrap.

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Ehhh, Maybe Tomorrow

Stopwatch countdown timer watch pocket watchAs I sit here idly trying to pass the day, I realise that this day is going to go incredibly slowly unless I do something. From where I sit, there are only so many things I could do. I could work, pffff yeah like that’s going to happen today, I could slowly but surely empty the vending machine near me and indulge in a slow orgy of snacking, or I could do yesterdays daily prompt which I didn’t have chance to do.

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Temporal Quandry

Back to the future movie coverSo what is today’s daily prompt?

“Congrats! You’re the owner of a new time machine. The catch? It comes in two models, each traveling one way only: the past OR the future. Which do you choose, and why?”

Ah, I do like a hypothetical question. It is hypothetical right? I haven’t actually got a time-machine waiting for me? Figured not.

As with any time-travel based question I need to ask a few questions about time itself, as the responses will likely affect my answer. Continue reading Temporal Quandry


Zoltar BIG Tom Hanks“In a reversal of Big, the Tom Hanks classic from the 80s, your adult self is suddenly locked in the body of a 12-year-old kid. How do you survive your first day back in school?”

Right, well as with most of the daily prompts, I do like to mire about in the semantics. My guess is that the situation would play out in the opposite way to that of the Tom Hanks film, Big. Basically, the year or time wouldn’t change, but I would exist as I did when I was 12 rather than the fantastic and not at all creaky age of 34. Continue reading Small?

Living Last Week Again? Not for the Sake of Humanity!

Closeup groundhog (Marmota monax)“If I could relive the past week, would I? Would I change anything?” asked the Postaday from The Daily Post.

My week was fairly standard. A dull, boring week at work, doing training which I love about as much as yanking out my nose hair (Yes, I’m at that age now where hair wants to sprout endlessly from places I don’t want it to). Even going back in time, there would be nothing I could do to avoid doing it, so I’d just be going through all the tedium again for no benefit.

I think most people would only relive their week, if it went absolutely blood-guttingly terrible so that they could avoid the situation, or inversely wanting to go through it all again if it was one of the best weeks of your life. Most people don’t tend to get many of those sorts of days though. Most people’s weeks, are plain and boring; you go to work, buy shopping, mow the lawn, and make the kids do their homework. Lather rinse repeat. Continue reading Living Last Week Again? Not for the Sake of Humanity!

Flash Fiction: Known Intrusion

flash fiction time clock face grandfatherThis weeks flash fiction challenge given to us by Terribleminds.com is to

“You have 1000 words in which to write a story where “time travel” is a prominent feature.

Anything and everything else can feature –

As long as it has time travel.”

I figured that’s all fairly simple, I’ve seen all the time travelling episodes of Star Trek as well as reading both The Time Machine and The Time Travellers Wife’ so I’ve done my research. It turns out that my idea, which I can’t go into now for fear of spoiling the tale was a lot harder to write than I’d thought, hence the delay.

But after a few days, I got it sorted and I hope you enjoy it.

Please leave a comment, so that I can get to learnin’ this crazy world of writing.

Have fun, and I bring you…

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