My Question and My Answer

FPQI rarely post an answer my own weekly Provocative Question prompt. I’m more interested in reading what you guys think than in posting my thoughts on the subject. But then I read Karyn’s response to today’s provocative question and I decided to give a brief, but heartfelt and somewhat depressing response to the question, “What is something you’ve long believed to be true, but you now realize is not true?”

I was taught in school and I’ve always believed that the United States is a representative democratic republic and that the U.S. government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. But now, in the age of Donald Trump and Trumpism, I realize that my long-held belief about what America is supposed to be is no longer true.

Blogging Insights — To Prompt or Not to Prompt

Blogging insightsin her latest Blogging Insights prompt, Dr. Tanya, at Salted Caramel, wants you know how we feel about prompts. She asks:

1. Do you like to respond to writing prompts?

Of course I do. After all, I’m responding to this prompt, aren’t I? And I, myself, regularly post one daily prompt (FOWC with Fandango), plus my weekly photo challenge, provocative question, and flashback Friday prompts. I try to respond to prompts that other bloggers post when I have the time. Unfortunately, with my recent move from the city to the ‘burbs and all of the many things that such a move entails, I haven’t been able to respond to as many prompts as I’d like to, but I’m hoping that within the next few weeks I’ll be able to get back to responding to more of them.

2. Do you feel that they add value to your blog?

I suppose that should really be a question posed to those who read my posts. But as far as I’m concerned, prompts spark my mind, kindle my imagination, and hone my creativity. So in that sense, I personally think prompts do add value to my blog.

3. What are your favorite kinds of writing prompts?

I like both word prompts and photo prompts. And then there are Q&A prompts, like this one related to blogging, and like Melanie’s weekly Share Your World prompt, that I enjoy.

4. Which ones are you less likely to do?

I don’t know that there is a specific type of prompt I’m less likely to respond to. As long as a prompt inspires me to write, and, as important, if I have the time, I’ll respond. Unfortunately, there are prompts that I would love to respond to more frequently, but, you know, life occasionally gets in the way.

Fandango’s February Expressions #26


Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t

Each day during the month of February, at around 6 am Pacific Time, I will be posting an old adage, an old saying, a familiar expression that we’ve all heard and have probably used during our lifetimes. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, will be to post a story, a poem, an image, an interpretation of what the expression means to you, or to do whatever it is that you want to do based upon the daily adage.

Please tag your post with #FFE and create a pingback to this post or include your link in a comment on each day’s post.

Have fun and be sure to read what others have posted in response to this prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #58

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This past Monday, my FOWC with Fandango one-word prompt was “myth.” A myth is “a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.” Myths are often widely held but false beliefs. So my question this week is simply this:

What is something you’ve long believed to be true, but you now realize is not true?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.