Rock Hopping

2AA0711B-C886-4020-8CA7-0B20D774D3F4“Come on, Steve,” Danny said, “Dazzle us with your rock hopping skills.”

“This will be a breeze,” Steve yelled back to the group of friends, although he didn’t feel as confident as he tried to sound. He looked at the rocks laid out before him. The first few were relatively level, but after that, not so much. He took a first tenuous jump and nailed it.

Steve looked at some of the rocks up ahead, then looked back at Danny and the other guys who were egging him on. Looking back again at the rocks, he worried that he may have overestimated his skills, but felt compelled to press forward. He managed to jump a few more rocks, much to the delight of his friends.

The more rocks Steve was able to hop, the more his confidence grew. Unfortunately, on his eighth hop, Steve’s foot slipped on the wet surface of the rock, and he took an awkward fall into the shallow, rocky water of the riverbed.

It was during the ambulance ride to the hospital when Steve, having suffered a broken leg and arm, acknowledged that he had underestimated the risk of rock hopping.

Written for the Opposites Attract prompt from Teresa (The Haunted Wordsmith), where the opposites are overestimate and underestimate. And for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (dazzle), Your Daily Word Prompt (breeze), Word of the Day Challenge (level), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tenuous).

Share Your World — Sound Mind, Sound Body

It’s Monday, and you know what that means. It means that Melanie graces us with another one of her Share Your World prompts. So, not wanting to keep you in suspense, here are her SYW questions and my ingenious — and somewhat tongue-in-cheek — answers.

What does a successful relationship look like to you?

One in which I always get my way. 😏

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

Binge-watching “Game of Thrones,” which I’ve never watched, from the beginning to the end.

What do you wish you knew more about?


What is better in your opinion – asking for forgiveness or permission?

Well, in a “successful relationship” where I could always get my way, it wouldn’t matter. But short of that, it’s definitely better to ask for forgiveness than for permission in most instances. The one exception would be when it comes to “touchy-feely” interactions with the opposite sex. Then permission is better.

What’s the best thing about your life right now?

At my advanced, the best thing about my life is waking up every morning and being of sound mind and relatively sound body.76268FE6-2ED0-4BBB-A688-D8F226D4FD2F

G is for Gender

A8EFD86C-21AE-44A8-B8FF-625B403FB877I haven’t conducted a definitive, scientific study, but it seems to me that I have more women — you know, people of the female persuasion — who read and comment on my blog than men. That made me curious to know if there are, in general, more female bloggers than male bloggers. Or if there’s something specific about my blog that attracts more females than males.

So I Googled “Blogger genders,” and came across this handy-dandy pie chart:ABCA3428-37F3-4E21-B1C5-C96BECE1E308The chart suggests that blogging is pretty much gender neutral, with only an ever so slight edge going to females. Of course, this survey was conducted a while ago, and, you know, feminism and all that.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe my blog doesn’t really have more female readers than male readers. Maybe it’s just my imagination. Or wishful thinking.

Just to be sure, though, I’m going to conduct this highly scientific survey. Please indulge me by voting for whichever item applies to you:

And remember: vote early, vote often!

Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #8

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for my eighth weekly Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge. And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Tenuous

FOWCWelcome to April 8, 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 “tenuous.”

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.