Know Your Audience

84BC8F8E-2C46-4AC0-820D-3C015A4461E1“So did you think I was able to effectively connect with the audience with my presentation?” Harold asked.

“I think your subject matter was pretty much on target,” Joyce, his assistant said, “although I’m not sure that your somewhat venturesome style was a sapient choice.”

“Really?” Harold said, surprised by Joyce’s criticism. “Why do the think that?”

“I think in the future you need to make sure you know your audience,” Joyce said.

“What do you mean?” Harold said. “My audience was a group of mostly conservative women. I knew that.”

Joyce sighed. “I think talking about the president paying off women with whom he’s had extramarital affairs to keep them silent, reminding these women about his misogyny and abusive behavior toward women, and bringing up the golden shower allegation with hookers during his stay in Moscow may not have been wise.”

“So you think that was a liability?” Harold asked.

“As I said, know your audience.”

Written for these one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (connect), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (target), Word of the Day Challenge (venturesome),  Your Daily Word Prompt (sapient), and Scotts Daily Prompt (liability).

Rory’s Making a Liar Out of Me

24CB1662-3D24-41B9-BCCE-DC7508017447Damn you, Rory. I just posted yesterday and again earlier today that I was going to stop answering questions from bloggers who received blog award nominations who then nominated me. But then, sure enough, Rory got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award, tagged me, and asked five questions.

And, seriously, who can resist the allure of A Guy Called Bloke? So, here we go.

Tick or Tock, which is best that describes your personality and why?

Hmm. Well, Tick always comes before Tock, right? That means someone who is a Tick is a leader, while someone who is a Tock is a follower. I know myself well enough to admit that I’m more of a Tock than a Tick.

With regards Passion Fashion and Fabric which is your go to for 199% comfort – Rubber, Silk, Canvas, Pollycotton, Linen, Jersey, Crepe, Lycra, Lace, Velvet, or simply all bare – and why?

For 199% comfort? Rory, Rory, Rory. Not to pick nits, but you can’t exceed 100%. Of that I am 110% positive. With that out of the way, there’s nothing more comfortable for “passion fashion” than simply bare. (Although for “sleep fashion,” I’m all about a cotton T-shirt and sweatpants.)

What is the routine you undertake each day when you log into WordPress before you start to create a post?

I check my stats, read and respond to comments, and read and comment on some of the posts in my Reader that the bloggers I follow have posted.

What is your best time of the day – night, morning, afternoon, dusk or dawn and why, what makes it special for you?

I wake up pretty early each day, so the time between my first cup of coffee and when I start hitting the mid afternoon drag, is my best time. That’s also when I’m most production the blog, although I often compose and schedule a post for early the next morning right before I go to sleep each night.

What is an ideal Christmas day for you and your family if relevant?

Usually it’s a family get together that winds up with all of us going to see a movie that we can all agree on, which can be a challenge, and then out to dinner at whatever restaurant we can find that is open on Christmas night, which is most often a Chinese restaurant.

No nominations from me, but if anyone wants to take a shot at answering Rory’s questions, I don’t think he’ll mind.

FFfAW — Dangerous Game

A592EBCC-888A-443E-86D0-EC250CAD61AAAs the sun began to surface above the horizon, George was worried that something was awry. This was a dangerous game he was playing, and if anything went wrong, he was a dead man. The crew he was running with didn’t fool around.

It was just past dawn when he saw the car’s headlights in the distance heading in his direction. The road was a rarely used country road, so he was sure this was them. The knot in his stomach grew tighter as the car got closer, and even though there was a chill in the early morning air, George could feel the perspiration beading up on his forehead.

The car came to a halt about 100 feet away from where George was standing. The headlights remained on, preventing him from seeing who was in the car. He heard the car doors open, and the sounds of footfalls walking toward him. He was till unable to see who they were.

Then he heard someone say his name. It wasn’t the voice he was expecting.

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Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Photo credit: Jodi McKinney.

Timing Is Everything

BFC3BF54-7478-45C1-BD37-8A0D976CB273Yesterday, Nova, over at My Namaste 365 Online, got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award and then she was kind enough to nominate me, along with nine other bloggers for the same award. So thank you, Nova, for nominating me.

Nova also just started her own Daily Random Word prompt yesterday. Her first daily random word was “path.”

It’s interesting timing that on the same day I posted this post, in which I said that I was going to slightly change the “path” of my blog by cutting back on (1) writing posts with questions asked by other bloggers and on (2) responding to some prompts, that Nova nominates me for an award where I’m supposed to answer questions she posed, and she also starts a brand new one-word prompt. (Whew, that’s a long sentence, isn’t it?)

Well, I have decided that, because of the strange timing, I’ll go ahead and answer Nova’s five questions, but these will likely be the last such blog nomination questions I will answer before taking my blog on that different path.

So here are Nova’s questions along with my answers.

  1. Who’s the most influential on you as a writer? It’s not so much a “who” as it is a few “whats,” like politics, society, and life.

  2. What are your writing goals for 2019? As I mentioned, I plan to cut back on doing blog award nomination Q&A posts, I will probably be responding to fewer word and photo prompts, and I will try to post no more than 3-4 posts per day.

  3. Which 3 YouTube channels do you visit often? I actually don’t go to YouTube at all except when I need to post a music video for prompts like Song Lyric Sunday.

  4. How do you eat your eggs? Mostly over easy and with a fork.

  5. Which came first, the chicken or chick? The chicken or the chick? I thought it was the chicken or the EGG! Well, since I’m more likely to eat eggs for breakfast and chicken for dinner, based upon a typical day, I’ll have to go with eggs came first.

Twittering Tales — Time Machine

2ADA9925-641B-42D9-AD33-3E6FABDC9F4A.jpeg“Do you know what a time machine is, Ben?” Mikey asked his brother.

“No,” Ben said.

“We take this shoe box and bury it by this tree,” Mikey explained. “Then in 50 years, we come back here, dig it up, and see what’s inside.”

“What’s inside?” Ben asked.

“Time, of course,” Mikey said.

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: MabelAmber at