FOWC with Fandango — Sympathetic

FOWCWelcome to April 23, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “sympathetic.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

One Hundred Grand

Woo hoo! Sometime today my blog hit another milestone: 100,000 comments! Of course, more than 22,000 of them are my own comments, but still, that means that almost 78,000 comments came from you.

I am not sure what to make of that number — 100,000 — but it sure seems like a lot of comments. And I really do appreciate it when anyone chooses to take his or her time to comment on my my posts. So thank you very much. Your comments make blogging worthwhile.

Scratching My Head

I am scratching my head, wondering if I’m losing my mind or if WordPress is gaslighting me. As I announced in this post, I decided to embrace the block editor on my iPhone. Well, actually, WordPress decided for me when they removed the classic editor from their iOS app, as I explained in this post.

I’m not a novice blogger, but when it comes to using the block editor on my iPhone, I am definitely a neophyte. But I decided the best way for me to master the block editor is to just do it. And I was doing okay using the block editor without suffering undo agony. But I got to a point where I was unsure how to do something in the block editor, so I thought I’d call up the more familiar classic block. But the classic block was nowhere to be found on the iOS app. So I sent a message to the happiness engineers.

I’ve been trying to use the block editor on my iPhone, but I can’t seem to find the classic block in the latest version (17.1) of the app. It’s not listed as a block when I hit the plus sign and there’s no “search blocks” field that allows me to find it. So can you tell me how to add the classic block, as has been suggested, when it’s not there?

And this is the response I got.

I’m glad to know that you’ve taken the initiative to try out the block editor! I hope the experience was good. Regarding adding the classic block in the app, unfortunately, it isn’t supported in the latest version of the iOS app.

What? For months WordPress has been saying that we could use the classic block in the block editor in the iOS app to help us “bridge the gap” between the classic editor and the block editor, but now they’re saying that the classic block, which I know used to be in the block editor on the iOS app, is no longer there. Seriously?

I think we are being gaslighted.

Rory Wants to Know About Our Blogs

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has some questions about our blogs. He wants to know…

As a blogger how important to you is creativity in your blog?

I try to be creative when I’m writing flash fiction in response to prompts, but when I am writing about current events, politics, or the world around me, I focus more on being accurate with my information, objective in my analysis, and engaging in my delivery.

If you could describe your blog in one sentence only – what would you write?

My blog is about this, that, and the other.

With the content you produce for your blog, are there topics, genres of styles, which are favored more by your readership audience than others and if so, with everything you do produce what are your top 3?

I think this is more of a question for my blog’s readers than for me. That said, my daily FOWC with Fandango prompts seems popular among my readers, as are my Provocative Question Prompts and my Friday Flashback series. But my favorite posts to write are my flash fiction posts in which I try to incorporate a number of daily word prompts.

Which is your preferred reading in the main – books, blogs or other and what genre?

These days, I mostly read blogs, my iPhone’s newsfeed, The Week magazine, and the morning newspaper that is delivered to my door. So far this year I’ve only read one book. Tsk, tsk.

Thursday Inspiration — Cold Turkey

The time was just past 11:00 in the morning. The month was August. The year was 1983. I was sitting at my desk in my office on the twentieth floor of a high rise office building on Broadway and 53rd in Manhattan.

I took the last cigarette out of the pack of Marlboros that was in my shirt pocket and stuck it between my lips. I crumpled up the empty cigarette pack and casually tossed it into the trash can next to my desk. I reached into my front right pants pocket, pulled out my Zippo lighter, and with my thumb, I flicked the lighter’s wheel, which ignited the flame. I held the flame up to the tip of the cigarette, and inhaled deeply, drawing smoke deep into my lungs.

Then I noticed that there was another lit cigarette, half smoked, sitting on the edge of my glass ashtray on my desk.

I knew at that instant that it was time to quit smoking. I had two cigarettes going at the same time, having started to smoke a new cigarette before having finished the one I had already been smoking.

I snuffed out the old cigarette in the ashtray, took another drag off of the cigarette I had just lit, and then snuffed it out in the ashtray. I picked up the ashtray and emptied its contents of half a dozen smoked-to-the-filter cigarettes and their ashes into the trash can. I got up, empty ashtray in hand, walked to the men’s room, where I washed out the ashtray.

I walked back to my office, set the clean ashtray on the outside corner of my desk, and put my Zippo lighter next to it.

The time was just past 11:00 in the morning. The month was August. The year was 1983. I was sitting at my desk in my office on the twentieth floor of a high rise office building on Broadway and 53rd in Manhattan. That was the moment when I quit smoking. Cold turkey. That was the last time a cigarette touched my lips. That was the last time I inhaled cigarette smoke into my lungs.


Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the prompt word is “smoke” and the prompt picture is at the top of this post.