Share Your World — Crime and Punishment

Share Your WorldMelanie, at Sparks from a Combustible Mind, has Law & Order: Criminal Intent on her mind for this week’s Share Your World episode.

Have you ever ‘dined and dashed” (i.e., eaten the meal and then run out the restaurant door without paying)?

I’m ashamed to admit it, but back in high school, my buddy and I would go to a Hot Shoppes restaurant and we’d each order a Mighty Mo sandwich (a Big Mac precursor), French fries with gravy, and a Coke. When we were done, we’d go to the restroom, which was on the lower level, and then, after doing our business, walk back upstairs and exit the restaurant.F59043E5-B447-4F12-90FD-DA868FB68C1B

Have you ever been in a car accident and either left the scene of the accident (providing it was a fender bender and not serious) or denied culpability for causing it when you did, (if it were minor or serious)?

I’ve been in car accidents, but as to leaving the scene of the accident, no. Well, other than after lightly tapping another car’s bumper while trying to squeeze into or maneuvering out of a tight parking spot.

Have you ever found a wallet or purse or some money (over $20) in the street and just taken it, thinking ‘finders keepers, losers weepers’? Or would you be ‘good’ and hand it in?

If I found a wallet or a purse, and there was some identification in it, I’d either try to contact the owner or I’d take it to the nearest police station. That said, if I found a $20 bill on the sidewalk, I’d pick it up and go to the nearest convenience store and buy $20 worth of Powerball tickets.

What was the last thing you stole or shoplifted?

In high school I shoplifted a live chameleon from a pet store at a mall…and got caught.D4B35C74-39DA-4478-B920-2DDDA04738A9

Blogging Insights — What’s My Genre?

Blogging insightsFor this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Tanya wants to know our thoughts on writing genres. I’ll do the best I can to answer her questions even though I’m not sure, other than fiction and non-fiction or poetry and prose, what writing genres vis-à-vis blogging really means. So with that in mind, here goes nothing.

1. What is your passion with regards writing genres?

I Googled writing genres and saw a bunch of articles with different lists of genres, but it seems many lists break them down into these categories for fiction: fantasy, science fiction, mystery, horror, thriller, romance, realism, satire, tragedy, and drama. And, no doubt there are myriad sub-genres within each of them.

And for non-fiction, the genres most often noted are: fashion, food, travel, music, lifestyle, sports, instructional, art, photography, technology, health, etc.

Bottom line, I’m not sure I have a particular passion about any specific writing genres.

2. What is your chosen genre?

For purposes of my blog, my chosen genre is “miscellaneous,” hence the title of my blog, “This, That, and the Other.” I write non-fiction posts when I’m venting about politics, religion, society, or activities of daily living. I write short — or flash — fiction when I’m responding to prompts or am in the mood to tell a story. And I mostly write prose because, when I do endeavor to write poetry, it’s really bad.

3. What is the genre you might like to write about but lack confidence to start?

When it comes to blogging, I don’t really lack confidence. An idea for a post pops into my head and I just start writing and see where it takes me.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #71

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 Pixabay at Pexels.75CC2C96-B3F2-4D65-A2B6-971C47D3C999For the visually challenged writer, the image is of a lantern overlooking bushes and a field in the background.

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 — Disruption

FOWCWelcome to June 22, 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 “disruption.”

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.