Ursula Asks; Fandango Answers

2ed17876-b8e3-4f98-a0c9-ab49e3ab544eUrsula, An Upturned Soul, was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Sadje. Oh Ursula, we have so much in common (cuz Sadje also nominated me for that very same award).

So Ursula has posed five questions in her response to the blog award for which she was nominated and has opened them up to anyone who would like to answer them. And I do, indeed, wish to answer them.

#1 – What is the best compliment you could get or have received for one of your creations?

“Oh wow, I wasn’t expecting that.” Because I like writing posts with a twist and I hate being predictable (except when it comes to my feelings about Donald Trump).

#2 – Which creative person has had the most influence on you and your creativity?

My answers to this question will demonstrate just how shallow of a person I am. In terms of the written arts, it’s columnist, humorist, and author Dave Barry. I love the wit and ingenuity of his work and and he always brings a smile to my face when I read him. At one point in my early days of blogging I tried to emulate his style and I failed miserably.cace55c5-2f80-40e6-9d1e-5a1cc62ca332

In terms of visual arts, it’s M.C. Escher. His graphic art always blows my mind.5cf21db9-ed99-43d8-9224-bf3e6dcacf78

#3 – Which work of art, literature, invention, song, film, etc, which has already been created do you wish you could have created?

Anything written by Dave Barry or drawn by M.C. Escher. Duh!

#4 – Do you have a creative muse, someone who or something which never fails to get your creativity flowing? Do you want to share your muse or keep them a secret?

Donald Trump. Just kidding. No, come to think of, I’m not.

#5 – You find a book and begin to read only to discover that it is your life. You get to the point that you are at now, do you turn the page knowing that you will not be able to change the events to come?

Whoa. I wish I would have thought of this question for one of my Fandango’s Provocative Questions posts. Actually, that book about my life would be so damn boring that I would have stopped reading it and put it down way before getting to the “now.”5eb98113-7e20-4a8f-80a6-f9763661c654

In Other Words — If You Will Have Me

85b7634e-edb9-45a2-b48d-886ed897db2a.pngThere is a lightness to your touch that takes my breath away.

You possess a patience I’ve never experienced from any other.

You have a voracious appetite for knowledge and a crystal clarity to your thinking.

You have an ambition for greatness and you will never settle for anything less.

Nor will I if you will have me.


This post was written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the word “lightness.” Also written for these prompts: Weekly Prompts (patience), Word of the Day Challenge (appetite), Your Daily Word Prompt (clarity), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ambition), and Daily Addictions (settle).

One-Liner Wednesday — Corruption

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“If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.”

Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley

I believe that many of our elected representatives have been corrupted by money from Super PACs (thanks to Citizens United) and by the influx of under-the-table, laundered money from foreign countries, large corporations, and lobbyists.

Do you agree or disagree?


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, which during the month of January, is also part of her Just Jot It January prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #9

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question gets a bit personal. All of us have things we have to deal with as we live out our daily lives. So the question this week is:

“What are you struggling with the most right now?”

Some of you might be uncomfortable answering such a personal and possibly intrusive question. And that’s why I’m going to pose an alternative question:

“As a blogger, do you enjoy ‘virtual relationships’? Do you consider them to be real?”

Feel free to answer either question. Or both.

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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 most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Ambition

FOWCWelcome to January 9, 2019 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 “ambition.”

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.