In Other Words — Give and Take

D0067F8A-28E8-4779-A2A9-356137A8A178Since I met you, you’ve caused me nothing but heartache.

You’ve done almost everything you could to make my heart break.

Now yow want me to take you back when you were no give and all take.

So I hope you’ll understand, since you made my life a total mess,

Why I am telling you no in five lines or less.

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 “heartache.” Photo credit: Pexels@Picabay.

Dropping Like Flies

69473D7F-D573-4B5A-8F30-73A6CC5B8C0FYes, they’re dropping like flies, as opposed, I suppose, to flying like flies. I’ve noticed that some long time bloggers who have been hosting prompts have thrown in the towel. Scott Bailey ended his Scotts Daily Prompt. Also, Roger Shipp announced yesterday that his Daily Addictions prompt is ending, along, apparently, with his Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner prompt.

Priceless Joy has also announced that she is retiring her Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt. And I noticed that Bikurgurl didnt publish her 100 Word Wednesday prompt today. I don’t know if she just missed this week or if she, too, is calling it quits.

Have blogging prompts reached the saturation point? Are there too many word and photo prompts out there? I have two: My daily Fandango’s One-Word Challenge and my weekly Fandango’s Provocative Question. But I also participate regularly in a bunch of other word and photo prompts.

Anyway, I was thinking, which is always a dangerous thing, whether I should start a new prompt, “Fandango’s Flash Fiction.” It would be a photo prompt, like Priceless Joy’s, Roger Shipp’s, and Bikurgurl’s. I’d post it on a day that doesn’t have a bunch of other prompts. Maybe Mondays or Fridays. And I’d impose a 200 word limit.

But before I do, I have some questions. Are you sick of writing prompts? Are there already too many out there? Or is there room for one more? So basically, the question is this: should I start yet another writing prompt based upon a photo or image, or is this a terrible idea and I should just leave well enough alone?

Please let me know in your comments.


One-Liner Wednesday — Harassment

3837CC44-1F44-4665-B6E7-F50454D29053“President harassment: it’s like sexual harassment, only the Republicans take it seriously.”

Comedian and TV host, Stephen Colbert 

Donald Trump has been throwing around the term “presidential harassment” to describe what the Democrats in the House of Representatives are doing by opening up investigations into his finances, his inauguration expenditures, his obstruction of justice, and his collusion with Russia to win the presidential election.

During his State of the Union speech last week he even had a cute little rhyme that one of his speechwriters cooked up: “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.”

Of course, he still wants “his” Justice Department to investigate and prosecute Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey for some perceived crimes that only he knows about. I guess, in Trump’s demented mind, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander.

Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #14

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. 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 asks about how we perceive the world in which we live. There is a philosophical and psychological concept called qualia, which states that our surroundings can only be observed through the filter of our senses and the ruminations of our minds.

Examples of qualia are the pain of a headache, the taste of wine, or the perceived redness of an evening sky. In other words, everything you know, everything you’ve touched, seen, and smelled, has been filtered through any number of physiological and cognitive processes. And that brings me to this week’s question:

“Do you believe that anyone can really experience anything objectively? Why or why not?”

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 — Tribute

FOWCWelcome to February 13, 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 “tribute.”

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.