Prompt #351: Astonish

Someone I am welcoming back to the roundup with open arms and a little jump of love in my heart, is Chris McClennan. He knows I am a huge fan of his Savannah series, but that’s not the only thing with which he manages to give me warm feelings. Chris has done the roundup before, for week 295 (read it here). He doesn’t blog as much as he did before, as he’s working hard on his next book, but you can read some of his stories on his blog, and follow him on Twitter.

Top 3 for week 350 by Chris McClennan

The lovely Marie Rebelle was kind enough to offer me this week’s roundup for Wicked Wednesday and I failed miserably as I’m much later sending this to her than I should have been.

I used to be a writer. I wrote about how I felt and what I did. Then I let real world stresses take hold, and it’s been downhill for two years now. Stress is not a harsh mistress…it is an executioner.

You people, all 38, impress me as you are now doing things I haven’t been able to do for some time now.

So my top three…although I do protest and claim that there needs to be a top 38, but apparently that isn’t seen as acceptable.

Sax in the Shadows by Missy
Sax in the Shadows made this too easy. I’m a lover of both shades of gray (not the books) and good jazz. A shadowy saxophone is a very sexy image with a beautiful form wrapped around it. The reed, the bell, and the keys all lead to that lovely orgasmic sound it provides.

Photographer and Model by Marie Rebelle
Being she is the host, I was somewhat hesitant, but I have to mention Marie’s Photographer and Model. The mystery of this gorgeous person hiding behind their lens just has me intrigued.

How We Do (Don’t Do) Valentine’s Day by Jade
My third is Pieces of Jade. Something about that taboo smile on her face as the photo shows all of her. Something about knowing how much she has shared and yet, how much is still hidden. A gorgeous photo, indeed.”


The English language (and I am sure other languages too) is filled with beautiful words, and one of those words is ‘astonish’.

To astonish is to amaze and astound. Remember that astonish means more than surprised. It carries with it a feeling of being truly impressed. Astonish derives from the Latin tonare ‘thunder.’ When you are astonished, you’re thunderstruck.

As always you can also link stories that do not follow the prompt!

The roundup for this week’s prompt will be done by Honey.

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