Shining Moment

Burning and Pillaging

Picture from Chinese video game Three Kingdom Illation.

“This was not my most shining moment.”

“Have you had one?”

“Had what?”

“A shining moment.”

– – –

“Where did that come from?”

“I was just curious.”

– – –

“Damn it!”


“I can’t think of one!”

“One what?”

“Shining moment.”


– – –

“Have you had one, then?”

“Yeah. I think I have.”

– – –


“Oh! You want to know what it was.”


“Not sure I want to tell you, now.”

“Don’t pout; you know I can’t stand it.”

– – –


“Please? Please tell me.”

“Well, it was when I pulled that guy’s head off before he could kill you.”

“Awww. That was a pretty good moment.”


“So cute. Can I kiss you?”

“Yeah – if you want to.”

– – –

“Oy! You two numb nutz bugbears! We threw you a rope five minutes ago! Get outta that hole and help us out!”

“Yeah! We’re burning and pillaging up here!”

“Yeah, and the burning and pillaging don’t take care of itself, ya know!”

– – –


“Heavy sigh. Later?”




End of the World

Wall of Water Trope


Last night I dreamed it was the end of the world, water park style.

My husband and I knew it was coming and had decided to take no heroic measures, but at the end, we got in the car and headed for the mountains. Coming up the roads, we saw many people who were unaware. In one place, they were gleaning a field and I yelled out the window at them, but it was too late; the massive watery doom trope was already upon them.

My husband and I came across several freighter ships berthed and ran for one (me carrying my little dachshund). In the last of the dream, we and the few people we had surprised on the ship were desperately climbing upward in a vain hope of avoiding our fate (wow, check that cheesy hyperbole!).

I don’t think I’ve had a watery doom dream before and the visuals were awesome. I’m already wondering if there’s a way I can use any of them in a story.

How about you? Ever been tempted to use a trope? What was it and did you follow through?