Santa’s Favorite Ho

3E3AE923-AA60-446C-BA64-FC4B3CEB05EE“You want me to wear that to the holiday party?”

“Yeah, I bought it special for you to wear tonight. You’ll look amazing.”

“That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen and there’s no way I’m wearing it.”

Oh come on, it’s pretty and it’s funny. You’ll be the hit of the party.”

You must be totally unhinged if you think I’m wearing a Christmas sweater that labels me as ‘Santa’s Favorite Ho.’”

Written for the First Line Friday prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, where the first line is, “That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen.”

5 linesAlso written for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s words is “holiday party.”

And for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (unhinged).

It’s Good to be Recognized

90078FE1-5D40-43EE-903C-3701C03670FFBeckie, over at Beckie’s Mental Mess, was kind enough to recognize me and my blog with the Blogger Recognition Award. I’m very pleased and appreciative that she selected my blog as one of those she tagged for the award.

Of course, like every other blog award, there are rules to be followed.

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. DONE.

2. Write a post to show your award. THIS IS IT!

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started. SEE BELOW.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. SEE BELOW.

5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to. FUHGEDDABOUDIT!

6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created. SEE ABOVE.

How my blog started

Once upon a time I told someone that I like to write. He asked me if I’d ever tried blogging. I said that I hadn’t. He said that, if I like writing, I ought to give it a try. So I did. That was in 2005.

Two pieces of advice to new bloggers

  1. Be true to yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Your readers will see right through that.
  2. Enjoy yourself. Don’t become obsessed with or addicted to your blog. And if it ever becomes more burdensome than fun, give it a rest for a few days so you can take some time to catch your breath.
  3. Bonus piece of advice: Blogging is not just about writing your own posts. There is a wonderful community of bloggers out there. Take advantage of that by interacting with your fellow bloggers. Respond to their comments on your posts and read and comment on their posts. That’s what makes blogging so rewarding. And addicting (see #2 above).

Anyone else want to play? This blogger recognizes you and to you I yield the rest of my time.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — December 20

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember?

Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 20th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on December 20, 2017 in response to the WordPress Daily Prompt, “calling.”

Is There Something You Want To Tell Me?

Dave was fixing a quick dinner for his kids, since his wife, Maggie, had worked late again and had just gotten home a few minutes earlier. That’s when Dave’s cellphone rang. “Honey, can you answer that?” he asked his daughter, Darla, who dutifully got up, ran into the living room, and answered the phone.

As Dave was setting out the plates on the kitchen table, Darla handed him the phone. “It’s your lawyer calling,” she said.

“My lawyer? I don’t have a lawyer.” Dave put the phone next to his ear, “Hello, this is Dave. Who’s calling?”

“Hello Dave,” the voice said. “I’m sorry to bother you at dinnertime, but I’m Clarisa Ridgeman, attorney at law. I’m calling you because your wife has engaged an attorney, Daniel Dorfman, to represent her in your divorce. He contacted me and suggested that I call you, since you should engage your own lawyer.”

“What?” said Dave in shock. “You want to be my lawyer in a divorce case? My wife never mentioned wanting a divorce.”

“Yes,” said the lawyer. “And that’s why I’m calling you. You need to be represented.”

Just then Maggie came walking into the kitchen. “Hi hon, sorry I was late again,” she said.

“Hold on a second,” Dave said into his cellphone. “Maggie, is there something you want to tell me?”

FOWC with Fandango — Unhinged

FOWCWelcome to December 20, 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 “unhinged.”

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.