2020 A to Z Challenge Reflections

D6F1F62B-0CE3-48FE-8548-5743E62D2BDAWhen I first signed up for this year’s A to Z Challenge, I said that my theme was going to be “Other and Miscellaneous,” which meant that my A to Z Challenge posts would be whatever struck my fancy on a particular day. But at some point before April began, I decided to do something different.

For the whole month of February, I posted a daily common expression or saying that most people are likely familiar with. I called that series Fandango’s February Expressions. People seemed to enjoy that series, so I thought, Let me post a daily old adage every day in April, but do it in alphabetical order through the whole month — every day but Sundays.

Mission Accomplished

I figured it would be a challenge, particularly for some letters, like Q, X, and Z, but I managed to zen my way through the month and I do hope everyone enjoyed seeing those old adages throughout April. Thanks so much for reading them.D73C3896-B359-424D-980B-BC6267712B1ABy the way, if you’re really bored and have absolutely nothing better to do, you can go to the sidebar on the right (on a laptop) or scroll to the bottom (on a smartphone or tablet) and, under “Topics of Interest,” click on “A to Z Challenge 2020” to view all of my posts for this year’s challenge.0B8DF25A-0603-428C-A799-521B3DD95639

Share Your World — Size Does Matter

Share Your WorldWelcome to another Monday and another Share Your World prompt from Melanie at Sparks From a Combustible Mind.

What can you break even if you don’t touch it?

My first answer was going to be “a heart,” but then I thought that, in order to break someone’s heart, you had to touch it, at least emotionally. So after eliminating “heart,” the only other thing I could come up with was “a promise.”

What’s the most useful thing you own?

My iPhone. Hey, don’t judge me. Were it not for my iPhone, which I use for blogging (writing, posting, and reading), I wouldn’t be responding to Melanie’s Share Your World prompt.

What’s the silliest reason you’ve ever gotten into a fight with someone over?

My wife was going to be making paella for dinner and, knowing that, and thinking I was being helpful, I took the frozen shrimp out of the freezer the night before so it would be thawed for the next day. When she saw the shrimp in the refrigerator the next morning, she went ballistic, yelling at me that she likes to thaw the frozen shrimp before she cooks it by placing them in a colander and running them under cold water. She didn’t speak to me for the rest of the afternoon, but she did cook the paella and it was delicious. I told her so and now she’s talking to me again. This shelter-in-place thing better end soon!

If you were a snake, how long would you want to be? No, size does not matter.

I’d want to be long enough that I would scare the shit out of anyone who saw me and they would just leave me alone. So, yeah, size does matter.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #64

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from Google Images.E00FA19F-0DBE-4589-8516-80352832A7F8For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows The front of a man’s head with multiple electrodes attached.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Education

FOWCWelcome to May 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 “education.”

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.