A Taxing Day

56C7A5FB-3583-4D1D-8D62-F2B7716867F2I saw an advertisement for TurboTax today and that ad reminded me that I needed to begin my tax filing process. I still have almost two months — April 15 — before I actually have to file, but I envisioned getting off to an early start, the key to which was to download the tax preparation software.

Once the download was finished, I opened up the software program on my laptop (yes, I was using my laptop and not my iPhone, although I’m back on my iPhone now as I write this post), and completed entering the indicative information, like name, address, Social Security number, etc.

Then I gathered all of my 1099 forms. I’m retired, so I don’t have any W-2 forms since I’m not earning wages. Once I had all of the relevant forms on my desk, my eyelids started to feel heavy, I found myself yawning, and I genuinely began to feel quite lethargic.

I got up, walked into the kitchen, poured myself a fresh cup of coffee, walked back into my office, sat back down in front of my laptop, and decided, fuck it.

I still have plenty of time before my taxes are due. I’ll pick it up again on March 1st.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (advertisement), Word of the Day Challenge (envision), Ragtag Daily Prompt (key), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (lethargic).


Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #1

FFFCFive days ago I wrote a post (here) in which I mentioned that I was thinking about starting a new photo-based prompt, “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” I asked for your feedback on that idea in the comments on that post. Most of the comments were encouraging. And so I thought I’d give it a go and see what happens.

I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and will challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no style or definitive word limits, I suggest trying to keep your stories to under 300 words.

Here’s my first weekly Flash Fiction Challenge. This image is from Watanska at DeviantArt.com.ab50add1-d03e-423a-bc9a-ef37b8ccc7f1.jpegIf this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Lethargic

FOWCWelcome to February 18, 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 “lethargic.”

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.