Tale Weaver 07.10.21 – What You Want? What You Need?

I was watching (listening more like) to The Princess and the Frog earlier – even as I was writing a cover letter (multitasking is bad) – and there are a couple of lines that always stick with me.

Facilier’s song ends “You got what you wanted, but you lost what you had.”

Mama Odie’s song starts “And they all knew what they wanted, what they wanted me to do. I told them what they needed, just like I be telling you.”

Obviously there’s the Queen of Soul’s “What you want, baby I got it, What you need, you know I got it…” Although it’s not quite where I’m going, I couldn’t not quote that song – I love it.

And there’s also the saying “Be careful what you wish for.”

We are so good about wanting things that we don’t necessarily need; and consumerism hasn’t helped. We want the newest phone, the newest computer… It’s not just kids. We are also guilty of that; at least a few times a year ;-). Sometimes we don’t even quite know what we need, do we? 

So today I’d like to invite you to write a tale about a wish gone wrong, or not like you expected (but in a challenging sort of way). Did you get what you wanted but lost what you had? Did you get what you wanted but not what you needed? 

If you decided to write from a fictional set up, how wrong could the wish go? Could it be a way for your character to realize what they do need? How does it impact their lives? The lives of others?

So many opportunities.

In summary

  • Go where the prompt takes you and have fun!
  • Prose, poetry, fable… please share your stories in whatever style works for you.
  • Keep your stories/quests/tales below 1000 words 
  • Post it on your blog and tag it MLMM, Tale Weaver, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie
  • Be sure to leave a pingback or a link so we (I) can read your contribution


  1. What came to my mind:

    and how a friend and I, in high school, used to sing:
    You can’t always want what you get
    But if you try sometimes, well, you might find
    You need what you get.
    Just to be contrary, of course.
    Great prompt. Oh, where to begin.

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