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Weekend Writing Prompt #132 – Draconian

In such a rush to post, I forgot my intro!

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt



So, thank you, Sammi for hosting this weekly prompt!

Thy Will Be Done

“Bye! Have fun!”

“Thanks.  Do the dishes before you go to bed.”

“Yeah, yeah.”

Off they went to their fancy party attired in long gown, gloves and tuxedo. My sisters and I had supper, watched some TV and off to bed they went. I ended up on the phone with my bestie ’til late.

At three o’clock in the morning I was shaken awake. “Get up and do your damn dishes!”

Geez! Why was Mom so draconian? I mean, they could have waited ’til the real morning, no?

Years later, here I am the mom, thinking it’s time I use the same tactic…

95 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #132 – Draconian

  1. Dear Dale,

    It’s worth a shot. 😉 Of course I say this as I think about the unwashed dishes in my kitchen. As always, real life turned into literature we can all relate to. Well done.

    Shalom and lotsa sudsy hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Right? I almost took a picture of my kitchen in a particular disaster but that would not have been fair as I was in the process of preparing one of my feasts… the picture taken was thanks to my lovely kids…

      Shalom and lotsa love,


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  2. Ha! Another proof that all that’s old is new again … (And no, I am NOT saying YOU are old, only that the tactic is …. or the urge …). …
    Nice one, darlin!
    Now, have you tried the ‘hose’em out of bed in the morning’ routine? My friend said it was VERY effective … (though she didn’t say exactly when …) 😉

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  3. Q,

    Draconian is a great word. It evokes Bram Stoker, fascist regimes and especially tasty distilled spirits. That last one is my artistic license showing up to crash the otherwise sobering depiction of the word.

    But yes, these kids get it much easier than we did. I was always the anal retentive kid when it came to cooking and clean up, as I would do the latter as I moved the dish or dishes into completion. I cleaned my own dishes and . . . gasp! . . not only picked up, but sometimes DID my own laundry. Having a mother who demanded such abidance didn’t hurt.

    The very idea of cooking . . and ONLY cooking? It would seem quite blissful, but I can’t relate, LOL.

    So listen, if all else fails, lock up the plates, pots, pans, silverware and utensils and just keep paper plastic and plastic utensils out and let ’em get the message that way. 😉


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    • B,

      It is a great word and why not apply it to tasty distilled spirits? I think it gives them an even greater appeal!

      Sadly, not all peeps are anal retentive when it comes to kitchen duty. I, myself, was not and occasionally am not today 😉 Though very rarely. It is so much easier to clean as you go and that they cannot seem to want to understand. They do their own laundry as I quit that one years ago.

      It was a blissful thing once upon a time as I had the best side-kick for when we entertained. I cooked, he cleaned. Who can ask for more? I was spoiled.

      I am about to take that tactic. 😀


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  4. Isn’t it true that as we get older, we tend to acquire some of our parents traits that we swore we would never do? Lol. Actually, I tend to clean my own dishes as I cook, eat, etc. It seems easier to me to do it as you go. Done, finished. Not looking at the total mess all at once. Good story draconian lady. Lol. P.S., I even do my own laundry. Still.

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    • Yes it is… funny thing.
      My boys do their own laundry after I said I was done. The kitchen is a tad more difficult… I don’t know how to get them to understand how much easier it is to do as you go


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