Record Breaking

Pardon me while I toot my own horn. Oh wait. That sounds kind of kinky. Let me start again.

Pardon me while I take a few minutes to brag a little.
92B413DD-0AB3-4DB7-8866-C0BBEBFC609EYou see, my blog broke all kinds of personal records in August. It accrued 14,306 views from 2,820 visitors, 4,699 likes, and 2,281 comments. Woo hoo!

That compares with 11,397 views in July and 9,997 in June. Prior to June, my max views in any month was only 4,741 in March 2018.

From May 2017, when I started this blog, through May 2018, my blog received a total of 39,805 views. But in just the past three months, it got 35,700 views. So almost as many views in the past three months as my blog got in its first twelve months!

To what do I attribute this exponential growth?  No question that it was my decision to start my own daily one-word prompt, “FOWC with Fandango,” after the folks at WordPress announced the demise of the daily, one-word prompt.
Before and After FOWCOf my top 10 posts in August, eight were FOWC with Fandango prompts. My post, “Better Than Sex,” was the second most popular post of the month, while “SoCS Badge Contest” came in eighth.

A number of my fellow bloggers jumped in to fill the gap left by WordPress and I would venture to say that each and every one has seen a significant spike in views as a result. It turns out that many bloggers, myself included, are combining multiple one-word prompts into their posts, which can be challenging given the diversity of the daily word prompts.

Anyway, I know I’ve said this before, but I want to thank everyone who has participated in Fandango’s One-Word Challenge each day. I love reading the incredibly wide variety of creative and imaginative responses.

So, the next question is how long will I be able to keep this daily one-word prompt going? Well, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the English language contains 171,476 words in current use. But it also notes that a vocabulary of just 3,000 words provides coverage for around 95% of common texts. So even if I limit my daily posts to the 3,000 most common words, I can potentially keep this going for another eight years…if I live that long!

But the key is for me and for all of you to have fun, so as long as that’s the case, I’m good.

Welcome to 1984

896BBA2F-2D65-4186-92DF-DAFC5EA76EA3Fox News host Laura Ingraham is at it again. The last time we heard the twisted “wisdom” of Ms. Ingraham, as I noted here, was a few weeks back when she lamented that, “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like.”

Well, Ms. Ingraham is back at it again. Only this time, she wants to turn America into China, where the state controls what its citizens can see and read on the internet by strictly controlling social media.

Ingraham suggested on her Friday night Fox News show that the American government should take over private social media networks so that they can be regulated.

“There’s a thought that, given the enormity of these corporations [Facebook and Twitter], and this is a public square today. This is the equivalent of what we used to see in the old town square was people with a bull horn. And so could there be a movement to treat them more like public utilities, so they have some quasi-government oversight of these entities?”

Ingraham claims that the tech industry is controlled by “intolerant” liberals on the West Coast. “The west coast,” she said, “otherwise known as the ‘left coast,’ is overwhelmingly left wing, overwhelmingly probably voted for Hillary. They say, this is just an algorithm.”

So Laura Ingraham wants the government to run Facebook and Twitter so that they won’t be biased against conservatives and Donald Trump.

And this follows the path set by her Dear Leader who, earlier this week, as I pointed out here, railed against how how searches for Donald Trump on Google always show negative news about him. So Trump directed Larry Kudlow, his Director of the National Economic Council and his chief economic adviser, to “take a look” at whether Google and its search engine should be regulated by the government.

So look out, America. Donald Trump and Laura Ingraham want to turn Facebook, Twitter, and Google into Fox News and to turn American media into a propaganda machine like those in China, Russia, North Korea, and other autocracies where the government controls what you see, hear, and read.

Welcome to 1984.

Time To Write/First Line Friday — The Setting Sun

152DC6B8-37B0-4D98-9D0E-FDE09C543217“Summer died that night,” Amanda said to her son, Clint, who was staring blankly out across the lake as the sun was slowly setting.

“You mean that night two years ago, the last time we were here at the lake house?” Clint asked. “We’re doing okay you and I, aren’t we, Mom?”

“Yeah,” Amanda said. “We are. But I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was a night just like this one.”

“It was a hot, sticky night, I know that,” Clint said. “I still can’t believe she texted you. What kind of shithead would do that?”

“She was never one who could deal with confrontation,” Amanda explained. “In fact, for a successful editor of popular romance novels, she was abysmal when it came to communicating how she was really feeling inside with real people.”

“But to send you a text telling you that you that had to kill Summer, the wildly popular heroine of all of your novels, in your next book,” Clint said, “I mean that’s just cold.”


Written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write Picture Prompt and for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt where the first line is “Summer died that night.”

SoCS — Round and Round

When I saw Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, which is to “use the word ‘round’ as a word by itself or find a word that contains it,” the first thing that came to mind was “a round tuit,” as in “I’ll get around to it.” But then I realized that I already wrote a post about round tuits. In fact, that post, which you can read here, was written for one of Linda’s One-Liner Wednesday prompts. So there goes that idea.

The next thing that came to mind was the saying, “What goes around comes around.” But guess what? I wrote this post for a Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt. Sheesh! Another idea down the drain.

So now what? Think, Fandango. Oh wait, I got it! And I bet only those of you out there who are as old as I am will relate to my SoCS response to the word “round.” Are you ready?

Do any of you remember that mellow crooner, Perry Como? C5816E15-CFDA-4D75-92A1-D2E236B05F2CHe was an American singer and television personality whose career spanned nearly half a century, from the late 1930s through the mid 1970s.

So why am I bringing up Perry Como? Well, it’s because in 1957, Perry Como had a huge hit with a record titled “Round and Round.” The song was written by Joe Shapiro and Lou Stallman and published in 1956. Como’s rendition was a big hit in 1957, proving to be his last over-all number one song on the Billboard charts.

Here are the lyrics to that very simple, delightfully upbeat song:

Find a wheel and it goes round, round, round
As it skims along with a happy sound
As it goes along the ground, ground, ground
Till it leads you to the one you love

Then your love will hold you round, round, round
In your heart’s a song with a brand new sound
And your head goes spinning round, round, round
’cause you’ve found what you’ve been dreamin’ of

In the night you see the oval moon
Going round and round in tune
And the ball of sun in the day
Makes a girl and boy wanna say

Find a ring and put it round, round, round
And with ties so strong that two hearts are bound
Put it on the one you’ve found, found, found
For you know that this is really love

Find a wheel and it goes round, round, round
As it skims along with a happy sound
As it goes along the ground, ground, ground
Till it leads you to the one you love

Then your love, you’ll hold her round, round, round
In your heart’s a song with a brand new sound
And your head goes spinning round, round, round
’cause you’ve found what you’ve been dreamin’ of

In the night you see the oval moon
Going round and round in tune
And the ball of sun in the day
Makes a girl and boy wanna say

Find a ring and put it round, round, round
And with ties so strong your two hearts are bound
Put it on the one you’ve found, found, found
For you know that this is really love

Find a ring, put it on
For you know that this is really love, really love,
Really love

FOWC with Fandango — Highway

FOWCYikes. Is it really September 1st already? That means that summer is just about over (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway). It also means that I’m starting my fourth month hosting Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC).

FOWC was designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt at the end of May and I want to thank each and every one of you for being so supportive and for participating in these prompts. I wasn’t sure when I started FOWC if it would be embraced by you, my fellow bloggers. So thank you all for making it work.

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

Today’s word is “highway.”

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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

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