Weekend Writing Prompt — New Life

New LifeIt’s a brand new year and it’s time for new beginnings. I need to change my whole outlook on life. I need to stop being so vulnerable. I have to cease being such a lollygag. I must try a novel approach that will enable me to ascend to new heights in this coming year.

This is my resolution for 2020.

(60 words)

A089FB0A-81EC-41B9-9655-ABB50D8325C1Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “lollygag” in exactly 60 words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (new beginnings), Daily Addictions (stop), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vulnerable), The Daily Spur (novel), Your Daily Word Prompt (ascend), and Word of the Day Challenge (resolution).

SoCS — Must See TV

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill gave us “ow.” She said, “find a word that contains ‘ow’ or use it as a word in your post.

I know that I said no less than three times in my Share Your World post earlier this week that, in order to reduce stress and maintain my sanity in 2020, I was to going to stop watching so much cable news. And that is, indeed, my plan.

That said, though, there is one cable news show I consider to be “must see TV,” and that’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” 7D2AE061-2099-4419-B4BF-7BD83C688265If you’ve never watched Rachel Maddow, who is on MSNBC weeknights at 9 pm Eastern time, you should tune in. She’s different from most other cable news hosts. She doesn’t have half a dozen talking head pundits trying to get themselves heard above the din. Most nights she’s alone, although sometimes she’ll bring in one big name in political circles for what she calls “The Interview.” And when she does have guests on her show, she doesn’t kowtow or bow down to anyone. She asks the really tough, hard hitting questions, the kinds of questions you want answers to.

Rachel connects the dots. She typically begins her show with a 20 to 25 minute segment that takes a deep dive into one of the day’s pressing political matters. That segment is educational and enlightening. She tries to tell those who watch her show something that they may not have already heard on other cable news shows. There are many nights when I say to myself, “Wow, I had no idea.”

And when it comes to how she covers the Trump administration, her mantra is, “Don’t pay attention to what they say, focus on what they do.” Because, she adds, “it’s easier to cover a fast-moving story when you’re not distracted by whatever the White House denials are.”

So if you have any interest in politics but only have time to watch one cable news show, give “The Rachel Maddow Show” a shot. I’m sure, like me, you’ll be wowed. Well, unless you’re a Republican or a Trump fan.

Or maybe especially if you are a Republican or a Trump fan.

FOWC with Fandango — Vulnerable

FOWCWelcome to January 4, 2020 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 “vulnerable.”

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.