Weekend Writing Prompt — Time to Go Gallivanting

344EDBC3-1CB6-412A-9D34-569DCCFA14EAHow much pain and misery

Can one virus inflict?

I’m tired of feeling pensive.

I’m tired of being cloistered inside of my house.

I’m tired of the isolation.

Maybe there’s a flicker of hope.

It’s finally summer!

It’s time to go wild.

It’s time to gallivant!

(46 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “Gallivant.”6F9A6778-4870-4F44-89BA-1BB440B77D8BAlso for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (inflict), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pensive), Ragtag Daily Prompt (cloistered), Word of the Day Challenge (flicker), Jibber Jabber (summer), and The Daily Spur (wild).

Another Liebster Award

87603A45-78E7-4350-815B-28FE3392A3B0A relatively new blogger, Zamadlomo Mkhabela, who blogs at My Soul In a Piece of Paper, graciously nominated my blog for the Liebster Award. So let me first thank her for her kindness. Thank you Zamadlomo.

Mine is an award-free blog, but I appreciate the recognition and I love to answer questions. So here are the questions that Zamadlomo asked the eleven bloggers she nominated:

What is your favorite food?

Having lost my sense of taste after having middle ear surgery late last year, my favorite food is anything that I can taste, and for some reason, one of the very few foods I can taste right now is lasagna. So by process of elimination, it’s lasagna. And, oh yeah, Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream.E60412E4-FC64-415F-B766-F146B8C254BE

What are your hobbies?

Blogging, reading, and watching TV. I’m a real man of action, I am!

Juice or soda?

I know I should say juice, but my honest answer is soda.

Coffee or tea?


Books or movies?

Books. No, movies. No, books. Both?

Poem or prose?


What inspires you?

These days, not much.

Who is your role model?

My late father-in-law inspired me. Well, except for his politics. He was a Republican. However, I’m fairly certain that if he were still alive today, he would be appalled by what has become of the Republican Party.

3 words that describe you.

Male, old, cranky.

What is your take on fourth industrial revolution?

I think it was better than the third but not as good as the fifth.

If I could turn back the hands of time…

I’d go back to nine months before Donald Trump was born and insist that his father, Fred, wear a condom before having sex with his wife.

Anyone else want to take a shot at answering these questions? Go ahead and take a shot.

SoCS — Catching Some Z’s

716CB467-3F46-4C2F-9398-D7AE99E36193“Great news,” Dan said, “I scored two mezzanine tickets to tonight’s jazz concert. This guy will absolutely dazzle you. He really makes that saxophone sizzle.”

“Oh wow,” Mack said. “I’ve heard all of the buzz about this guy. He’s still got a lot of pizazz for a guy who’s been around as long as he has. Count me in, buddy.”

“Terrific,” Dan said. “The show starts in an hour and a half, but I’m so hungry that I’m starting to feel a little dizzy. How about we grab something to eat before we head to the venue?”

“Great idea,” Mack said. “I know of a fantastic pizza place downtown. They have these delicious artisan pies and they don’t spare the mozzarella.”

After the two men finished eating, it had started to drizzle, so they walked briskly to the theater where the show was being held. But they were surprised when they got there to see a sign indicating that the performance had been cancelled. They gave each other a puzzled look and noticed a guy sitting at the ticket counter. “Why did tonight’s show get cancelled?” Dan asked him.

The guy shrugged. “I don’t know, dude,” he said. “All of a sudden the fuzz showed up and the next thing you know they’ve got this grizzly looking guy in handcuffs and they’re hauling him out of the building. He was really in a tizzy, yelling and screaming no matter how hard the cops tried to muzzle him.”

“That sounds awful, but what does that have to do with the show being cancelled?” Mack asked.

“Turns out,” the guy answered, “the old coot is the theater’s accountant and he was apparently embezzling a lot of money, so the venue has to shut down. And, unfortunately, because of that, I can’t give you your money back. Sorry, dudes.”

“Well, this night certainly fizzled out,” Dan said.

“No worries,” Mack said. “Anyway, I’m kinda frazzled and tired tonight. I think I’ll just head home and catch some Z’s. We’ll talk tomorrow.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where the prompt is “zz” and we are asked to “find a word with double-z in it and use it in your post.

FOWC with Fandango — Pensive

FOWCWelcome to June 20, 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 “pensive.”

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.