A-Z: D is for Demented!

Demented blogging A-Z
A-Z Blogging : Demented

Writing prompt: DEMENTED

Provided by: India Drummond and Laura Eno fellow participants of the A to Z challenge. Visit them! Thanks to everyone who dropped me a prompt in the comments! Now I need R-Z!

Genre: Fiction/Flash


Call me demented, but as a photographer, I find wrinkles fascinating. They add character.

All creative souls must follow their heart, and I follow mine. At thirty-six, I have an older wife, far older than Moore is to Kutcher, and ahem..far less well-maintained, shall we say, but her wrinkles get me every time, and I make sure I get to see all of them all the time. She wears no make-up–I’ve ruled that out.

But she is a good subject, in all senses of the word— she sits for my pictures, moves as I want her to, stays cramped for hours in awkward positions (I’m a slow, precise photographer), cooks my dinner, brings me coffee in the morning at just the right temperature, and agrees with everything I say when we’re in company (also when we’re not).

So you must understand me when I tell you it upset me a little when she came in with my coffee this morning, made-up as if by a mortician. She told me she was leaving.

And now there she lies, all wrinkles lost. My only subject is gone.

I need to find another one, and soon: without a subject, I feel like an old man.


I still need prompts for the rest of the alphabet, so keep them coming! I’m tweeting A to Z posts at #atozchallenge: mine, and the others’ I like!

Thanks and shout-outs to organisers Arlee Bird (Tossing It Out) , Jeffrey Beesler’s (World of the Scribe),  Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh) , Jen Daiker ( Unedited), Candace Ganger (The Misadventures in Candyland) , Karen J Gowen  (Coming Down the Mountain) , Talli Roland ,  Stephen Tremp (Breakthrough Blogs )

Genre: Fiction/Flash

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  1. Nate Wilson

    Call me demented, but I really liked your story. And wrinkles can be quite fascinating. Not as fascinating as your narrator makes them out to be (i.e. I won’t be recreating any scenes from Harold and Maude), but from a photographic perspective…

  2. Damyanti

    Thankyou, everyone, for the comments, and to Tara, Pencilgirl and Christina for the prompts. I’m trying to visit back all commenters on my blog and as many others as possible, which is why I’m cutting back on individual replies. Let me know if you’ve commented here or tweeted me and I’ve not visited you. I’m @damyantig on twitter.

    I appreciate your comments and am perpetually refreshing my iPhone WordPress app when not on my laptop.

    I hope to be able to write flash pieces till the end of April, and look forward to your continued support 😀

  3. PencilGirl

    Great post! It does stretch the boundaries of demented(which in my mind does not go beyond a little eccentricity 😐 ) to downright creepy. But I loved the idea. 😀

    I also find that I love giving prompts. 😛
    So how about Rascal, Radioactive, Robot, Shadow, Silence, Scarecrow, Shrill, Thunder, Telepathy, Toadstools, Tractor, Unscramble, Ultraviolet, Ukulele, Vampire, Vague, Volcano, Visitor, Waistline, Worry, Wrestle, X-rays, Yesterday, Yo-yo, Youngster, Zebra-crossing or Zodiac? (Do you have any ideas for X? I can’t think of anything other than X-rays. : Maybe I should look into the dictionary..)

  4. Tara Tyler

    dang! loved it!
    happy D day!
    nice work. here’s some offerings…
    R- rhino (don’t ask me to spell it)
    S – sing
    T – trick, temptation
    U – urn
    V – virgin
    W – wax
    X – xerxes, xylem
    Y – yodel
    Z – zinger

  5. Arlee Bird

    Nice, short, and weird. Yeah, that’s the way to do it.

    Contrary to my usual practice of subscribing to comments, to save time during the challenge I will not be doing so at the moment. If you want to respond to my comment , please email me directly from your email notification for the comment.
    Thanks. And I truly appreciate your efforts.

    Tossing It Out

  6. Rachel Giesel

    That’s an excellent piece! I like the small details of the wrinkles. Wasn’t expected, and I liked it that way! This is a great idea for the A to Z Challenge! I’m attempting as well, if you would like to check my blog out: http://www.writingwonder.com (; Also, I have a prompt for you if you’re interested. I’m hosting a contest, which you may read more about on my blog, but basically the idea of ghosts. Good luck! And I’ll be back to read more of your flash fiction!

  7. Christina Majaski

    I forgot to leave a prompt. I like the words Meathead, Grimey and Hangnail if you don’t have those letters down. I’ll submit more when I think of them. LOVE this blog…