Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #162 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #162

“Say Cheese,” by John W. Howell © 2018

“Take the picture for heaven’s sake.”

“Whoops. Looks like the battery is dead.”

“Do you have another?”

“I think so. Let me look in my photog bag.”

“Your what?”

“It’s the bag with all my photography supplies.”

“So, do you have one?”

“Hold on. Let me see. Double-A nope. Triple-A won’t work. Ah, here it is.”

“Thank heavens. I don’t think I can stand here too much longer.”

“Have a seat then.”

“Are you kidding me? I can’t sit down.”

“Why not?”

“I’ll wrinkle this shirt and pants.”

“I hate to tell you, but the pants already have a crease.”

“Wha—? I knew that hangar was not right. Do you have an iron?”

“An iron? I barely have a battery let alone an iron.”

“Are you ready to take the picture?”

“Yes. All set. Smile please.”

“Wait. I can’t stop thinking about the crease.”

“Forget the crease already. It won’t show in the final. If it does, I’ll airbrush it out.”

“You sure?”

“Yes, I’m sure. Now say cheese.”


“Beautiful. I got it. We are done.”

“Is that auto photo going to show?”

“Yes, it will.”

“Super I want her to think I like cars.”

“Who is this picture for anyway?”

“My landlady.”

“Your landlady. You have got to be kidding me. Why a photo for your landlady?”

“She told me if I ended up in pictures my rent would be free.”

“Um, Roberto?”


“I think she meant motion pictures. You know, Hollywood.”

“Aw, you think? Hey, do you think I could be in motion pictures?”

“Don’t know about motion pictures but there is one place you could excel.”

“Where’s that?”

“Not where but what.”


“You could run for President.”





  1. I don’t know. Would people really vote for a man with creased pants?

    1. Ha ha ha. A sure eliminator. 😀

    1. Good. Thanks, Jennie.

      1. You’re welcome!

  2. LOL! Good job, John. His smile reminds me of Ricky Ricardo. 🙂

    1. Me too, Jill. 😀

  3. Good one John, but that crease, I don’t know.

    1. Yeah, what’s up with that?

      1. I remember reading that Johnny Carson never sat down after getting dressed prior to The Tonight Show – come to think of it, I’d vote for him.

  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    Too funny. I always enjoy Tuesday’s photo to see what you focus on, John. By the way, I was drawn to the spiritual “thing” going on next to his head. LOL

    1. Ha ha ha. I went there first but decided to go a different direction. Thank you, Gwen.

  5. Oh my God!! I am laughing out loud so hard at this, John. What a way to start the morning. Coffee and a good belly laugh!

    1. Always good to hear, Jan. Thank you.

  6. Hmm. I knew this man. I wouldn’t vote for him as President. Mind you…

    1. Ha ha ha. Tell him about the crease.

      1. No need, he’s from a cricketing nation 😉

  7. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Free rent if he is in pictures….lol. the ending is perfection:)

  8. Lovely, John! Well done!

  9. Good job, John — quirky, believable, and amusing. He kind of looks like he just finished a dental appointment!

    1. With a whole new set of teeth. 😀

  10. Entertaining as always, John. When I saw the picture and the setting I thought you might flash us back to the 1970s. I should have known better than to try to guess what direction you’d take. Always a surprise, and always a gem!

    1. Thank you, Mae. I thought about a Saturday Night Live riff but as you said, I went in another direction. That crease got me.

  11. Love those wide Khaki bells! Just not that hanger crease. I still own a pair slacks very much like those. I’m looking forward to a little warmer temperatures to bring em out. Mine won’t have a hanger crease, but my leg crease might not be straight. I’m not the hottest ironer at the board. 🙂

  12. […] ‘Say cheese’ by John W. Howell © 2018 […]

  13. I’d vote for Roberto.

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