What Do You See? Blasphemy

7274B1DD-0114-412E-B146-8DC16CEB38F9“This is blasphemous,” the high priest cried out. “Those who defaced the holiest of our shrines must pay for their evil deeds.”

“Yes, your Holiness,” one of the squires said in deference. “What would you have us do, sire?”

“Round up all of the usual suspects,” the high priest said. “The Jews, the Muslims, the pagans, the Africans, and the non-believers.”

“And once we have them rounded up?” asked the squire.

“Fool!” admonished the high priest. “You get them to renounce their false gods. Get them to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Get them to repent, to convert, and to atone for their sins and for this act of blasphemy.”

“What if they refuse to renounce, repent, convert, and atone, Your Holiness?” the squire asked.

“Then you must do what must be done,” the high priest said.

“Sire, do you mean…?”

“Yes, that is precisely what I mean,” the high priest said. “Let those heretics and blasphemers spend an eternity burning in Hell.”

Written for this week’s What Do You See? Prompt from Hélène Vaillant.


Weekend Writing Prompt — Oblivious

B9BC02A6-835E-4EAB-8A92-D9F2BC44DA9FDo you remember that night?

I think it was on the 10th.

Everyone in the room turned to the door

And watched her slowly sashay across the floor

Believing it was her moment to shine,

She glanced around the room

And seeing everyone looking at her,

Flashed a gratuitous smile, as phony as she is.

Totally oblivious to the glacial stares

From all the other women who were there.

(Exactly 66 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “glacial” in exactly 66 words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (night), Swimmers (10th), The Daily Spur (door), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sashay), Word of the Day Challenge (shine, phony), Your Daily Word Prompt (gratuitous), and sammiscribbles (glacial). Photo credit: fashionnova.com.

SoCS — Social Media

EBC12785-8450-4D80-BC71-D3ED16E075FFLinda G. Hill has assigned us the word “social” for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. And that got me thinking about the fact that I’m not a very social person. It’s not that I’m antisocial, per se. But I have a very small real world social circle. And I have almost no presence on social media.

Yes, I do have a Facebook account and one on Instagram as well, but I only have them because my adult kids use them to post pictures about their adventurous and interesting lives. I lead neither an adventurous nor an interesting life, so I never post anything on either one.

I don’t do Twitter or Snapchat or Pinterest or any of the other so-called social media sites. I do, of course, use WordPress, but I call WordPress a blogging platform more so than a social media site.

Sure, I suppose one could argue that WordPress is a social media site because most bloggers who use WordPress feel they are part of a community of bloggers and interact with other bloggers by sharing posts and commenting on posts from others. But I don’t put WordPress in the same category as Facebook and Twitter.

And I must be right about that because I Googled “social media sites” and WordPress wasn’t listed as a social media site in any list I came across. But I did discover that there are tons of sites hawking plugins for WordPress. There are sites that explain “How to Turn Your WordPress Site Into a Social Network” or that inform you about the “10 Best Social Media Plugins for WordPress.”

But I’m not interested in turning my blog into a social media site. That said, I do enjoy being “sociable” with those whose blogs I follow and with those who follow my blog. So feel free to keep those comments coming!

FOWC with Fandango — Sashay

FOWCWelcome to June 15, 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 “sashay.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.