How Did That Happen?


I sat up quickly in bed, actually gasping out loud. My slumber had been abruptly disturbed by a thought: There aren’t any on the list.

One of Jepeto’s eyes barely opened and he mumbled something unintelligible.

He repeated, “Dja ha ba djreem?” and reached out a hand to rub my back comfortingly. He missed and ended up rubbing the air by my shoulder for a whole of two seconds.

“No, I didn’t have a bad dream. I just thought of something so awful, it startled me awake.”

“You’k?” he asked and then yawned loudly.

“Yeah, I’ll be fine. I suppose.”

“What was it?”

“The thought? Oh, you know, just stuff.”

This peaked his interest. “C’mon, don’t make me guess. Or give me a hint, at least.”

I sighed. “It’s just the challenge. Of course. What else would it be?”

Now he was impatient. “What is it this time? Writer’s block again? Or have you run out of people to kill?”

“Very funny. Neither of those. I just suddenly realized that there is something incredibly important missing from the list of prompts. Something vitally important.”

He grinned at me. “I don’t need a hint this time. And I don’t know what you’re getting all freaked out about. You know you’ll figure out a way to work it in.”

“You know, you’re absolutely right.”


And then I took a picture of my shoes.

So pretty. It isn’t 30M2DoW without an appearance by my shoes.


Welcome to Day 7 of the Second Third Annual 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing. Today’s prompt was Hint, Hint and it was brought to you by Diana’s very funny, very smart husband, KZ. Please click on the links below to visit the other people participating in this challenge. Or just keep staring at my shoes. That’s what I’m going to do.

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    Oh, just what we need more of. Shoes. And cats.

  • I have no excuse, either! Ha! For any of the days. But especially today. I’m just too tired to even put on any shoes, so I’m glad today’s prompt wasn’t shoes.

  • Cadeaux

    I was waiting for the shoes! 🙂

  • So I guess the sole reason of your post today was to highlight your shoes.

  • ReformingGeek

    Holy spike-a-zoid! Those are murder weapons. We should expect more bodies soon.

  • frankleemeidere

    I understand the importance of shoes. I own two pair myself.

    My apologies in advance, but while I got a chapter posted I won’t be able to make the reading rounds until much later tonight. This is the last day of our two-month cat and house sitting gig and we finally get to go back to our own apartment. It’s going to be an extremely busy day of packing, cleaning and loading the car for several trips.

    Oh, and in a week we get to do house and cat sitting for some other friends. This one, fortunately, is only for a week.

  • Gotta have the shoes!

  • You wear those to bed?!?!?!

  • Doesn’t everybody?

  • Nope, it would not be a challenge without a peek at your shoes. Pretty!

  • Ha ha ha ha I didn’t even guess it…. Brilliant!!!

  • Honey, it is all about the cheese, I agree. But it’s also all about the shoes. What happened? I love these shoes by the way!

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  • Jepeto

    That Jepeto guy is a gem! You should definitely “Thank” him for his kindness and understanding tonight.

  • Jepeto

    wtf i wrote Not Jepeto as a username, why does it say Jepeto…cover blown! Hope something else too!

  • My gorgeous Nicky, you shouldn’t really be wearing pants with those. Or much of anything, really. But don’t worry, we’ll sort it out when we Skype.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    And just like that, my interest in this thing has returned.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    I do.

    Only when my wife’s out of town, of course.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Shawn, you put into words what I could only express with tears.

  • I think Jepeto may get lucky tonight.

  • Not likely, Dufus.

  • Aw, I think he’s due is’t he?

  • Jepeto

    Damn right i am! I mean he is! i mean the guy is awesome and sensitive and all that shit.

  • Jepeto


  • And you’re not too proud to beg.

  • Hey, don’t feel bad, Frank! I’m several days behind in my reading rounds. Hope to get caught up tomorrow. (Darn work & doctor’s appointments are taking up too much time!)

  • KZ

    I can’t look at your shoes without thinking about that golf-ball-sized foot growth that you mentioned in P.J.’s comment section.

    Also, I see how it is. I’ve been relegated to “Diana’s husband” now, huh? Oh well, at least I’m still funny and smart. 🙂

  • Rob Bear

    Those are interesting shoes. Not the kind of things this Bear would wear, but probably fascinating for a Human.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  • mikewjattoomanymornings


  • LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • You can do shoes but ignore beer prompts. Yeah, that seems fair…


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