I Need a Break

E219EC84-BC19-4424-ACE3-4F96DC9A9A2F“How’s the book coming along, Sheri?” her agent asked.

“I think my next few chapters are going to be delayed a bit,” Sheri answered.

“Delayed?” Jonathan said. “You know that we committed to the publisher to deliver a chapter a month.”

“I know,” Sheri said, “but I need a break. I have this craving to travel to Asia. I only need about a month to clear my head, and when I get back, I promise I’ll work extra hard to get the book done by the end of the year.”

Well, if you don’t deliver, I am sure the publisher won’t renew and we’ll both be screwed and maybe even sued for breach of contract,” Jonathan, clearly angry, said. “So you go ahead and run to Asia, satisfy this crazy craving of yours, but when you get this nonsense out of your system, you’d better be prepared to work your little butt off.”

“I will, I promise,” Sheri said. Then she jumped up and hugged Jonathan. “I love you, Daddy.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (book), Word of the Day Challenge (delayed), Weekly Prompts (craving), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (extra), and Your Daily Word Prompt (renew).

In Other Words — Win or Lose

15601D10-79C3-4EBC-AA8E-33B3D9E9C3C8The first of many times I had to choose which path to take.

Do I go to the left, to the right, or do I just turn around and go back from whence I came?

Does it really matter what decisions I make and which directions I go?

Or will I end up in the same place, regardless of what decision I make?

I might as well just flip a coin, since either way, it’s only my future at stake.

In other wordsWritten 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 picture above and/or the word “decisions.” Photo credit: Arek Socha @ Pixabay.com.

A Tricky Problem

49872735-bf2a-41f9-bae5-dac16d379442.jpegWhen we last discussed this issue a few days ago, I was pretty stoked. As I told you here, the WordPress happiness engineers finally acknowledged that my iOS app issue — the one with huge time gaps (3-6+ hours) in posts that show up in my Reader overnight — was not unique to me. They said, “This issue (or something similar) does appear to be affecting other people than just yourself.”

That was a relief. After all, WordPress boasts 75 million blogs on its platform, about half of which are on WordPress.com. I found it comforting to know that I wasn’t the only WordPress blogger out of 75 million (or even out of 37.5 million) who was having this issue.

I was also encouraged to hear that, “Fixing this has been escalated to high priority for our developers….” Great! Help is on the way.

But as John Wayne was wont to say, “Not so fast, Pilgrim.” Today I received another message from WordPress.

“I wanted to update you on the progress of this fix. I have checked in with our developers who have confirmed there is currently no ETA for this fix yet, but it’s something we are aware of and is high priority to get resolved.

However, this is a tricky problem to solve because it’s hard to pin down the exact steps to replicate the problem. We are continuing to do our best to work on this, and hope to have a solution for this as soon as possible.”

No ETA for a fix? A tricky problem? You want the exact steps to replicate this problem? Simple:

  1. Pick up an iPhone 8 Plus that has the latest version of Apple’s iOS installed.
  2. Go to the App Store and install the WordPress app for iOS.
  3. Follow about 175 bloggers, most of whom post multiple times a day.
  4. Go to bed.
  5. Wake up in the morning, reach for your iPhone, open the WordPress app, and go to the Reader.
  6. Marvel at how you see a post from one of the bloggers you follow that was published 8 hours ago and the very next post you see in the Reader was published 3 hours ago.
  7. Go to your web browser on your iPhone, log into WordPress from said browser, and then go to your Reader.
  8. Marvel at all of those missing posts in that 5 hour gap that aren’t showing up in the Reader on the WordPress iOS app, but which are miraculously showing up in the Reader in the browser.
  9. Get really pissed that this has been going on for at least six months and the happiness engineers at WordPress have no clue how to resolve this “tricky problem.”

U is for Unbelievable

FC5E22B5-CDE1-48D8-BF05-36AA79011F28Donald Trump is once again not going to the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner this coming Saturday, calling it “too negative.” This will be the third year in a row that the President has refused to attend the dinner.

But this year he is expanding his boycott of the annual press gathering. White House aides told administration officials and staff, some of whom attended last year’s event, that Trump did not want them to attend this year’s.

“The President and members of his administration will not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner this year,” the White House said in a written statement. And it appears that officials will heed the president’s order.

Unbelievable. Trump is the first president ever to order administration officials to boycott the dinner. He is also the first president since Ronald Reagan to not to attend the dinner. Reagan missed the event in 1981, when he was recovering from an assassination attempt.

So why the boycott by Trump, members of his administration, and White House aides?

First, Trump hates the free press, calling reporters and journalists “the enemy of the American people” and purveyors of “fake news” (i.e., anything not flattering to Trump).

Second, Trump is extremely thin-skinned and hates it when anyone pokes fun at him or makes jokes about him.

I saw a quote the other day from Arthur Koestler, a Hungarian-British author and journalist. He wrote, “Dictators fear laughter more than bombs.”

There’s little more you need to know in order to understand why Donald Trump, as President, has never attended the White House Correspondents Association dinner. He fears being laughed at.

I’d say that this is unbelievable, but in the Trump era, it is all too believable.

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One-Liner Wednesday — Liberty


“If Liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.”

English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic,
George Orwell

The current President of the United States of America does not want people to tell him what he doesn’t want to hear.

So much for “with liberty and justice for all,” the phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. Liberty and justice seem to be no longer relevant in Trump’s America.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.