MLMM Sunday Writing Prompt — The Fortune Teller

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For this week’s Sunday Writing Prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie we are asked to try our hand at fortune telling. I chose to write what I desperately hope to be a fictional fortune told to my narrator by an animé fortune teller. This prediction of a nightmarish, yet actually possible, worst case scenario is based upon reading this article in The Independent.


“Our future is at stake,” I said. “I need to know what’s going to happen.”

“Sit,” she said. “My stones will show the path.” She tossed the stones on the board. Her brow furrowed. “I’m afraid you’re not going to like this,” she said.

I let out a defeated sigh. “Tell me what you see.”

“Trump will lose the election,” she said.

“That is great news!” I exclaimed.

“But he will remain as president,” she said.

“How is that possible?” I asked, deflated.

“He will cheat and he will lie,” she said. “The Republicans will aggressively pursue a policy of voter suppression in all of the states that they control, which will cause the election to be much closer than anyone thought it could be, but Biden will still win the popular vote and seemingly the Electoral College vote.”

“Seemingly?” I said. “What do you mean by that?”

“Biden will beat Trump in the swing states of Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, but not by significant margins,” she predicted. “Trump will claim that the vote was rigged, will blame mail-in ballots, and Chinese election interference for the loss. Then he will invoke emergency powers to launch a Justice Department investigation into alleged election hacking in the swing states.”

“He won’t get away with it though, will he?” I asked.

She looked at me with a very sad expression. “The investigation that Trump demanded and that Bill Barr will lead is intended to tick down the clock toward December 14, the deadline when each state’s Electoral College electors must be appointed. All four swing states have Republican control of both their upper and lower houses of their state legislatures. Those state legislatures will refuse to allow any Electoral College slate to be certified until Trump’s ‘national security’ investigation is complete.”

“Can they do that?” I asked.

“Theoretically,” she said, “they can and they will. The Democrats will naturally sue in order to certify the appointment of the Biden slate of electors, arguing that Trump has manufactured a national security emergency in order to create FUD, or fear, uncertainty, and doubt. The matter will ultimately wind up at the Supreme Court, where the conservative justices will rule that the December 14 Electoral College deadline must be met and that the president’s national security powers legally authorize him to investigate potential foreign country intrusion into the national election.”

“Yikes,” I said. “Then what happens?”

“If no Electoral College slate can be certified by any state by December 14,the Electoral College must meet anyway and cast its votes. Without the electors from those four states being represented, neither Biden nor Trump will have sufficient votes to get an Electoral College majority.”

“But then it would be up to the House of Representatives, which has a clear Democratic majority, to vote for who wins,” I said.

“The way it would work, according to the Constitution,” she explained, “is that the vote in the House is by state delegation, where each delegation casts one vote as determined by the majority of the representatives in that state. Currently, there are 26 states that have a majority Republican delegation. Only 23 states have a majority Democratic delegation. There is one state, Pennsylvania, that has an evenly split delegation. Even if the Democrats were to pick up seats in Pennsylvania and hold all their 2018 House gains, the Republicans would have a 26 to 24 delegation majority. Thus, Trump would lose the popular vote and not win the Electoral College vote, but would retain the presidency.”

“Oh my God,” I said. “Now I wish I’d never asked.”

Share Your World — Smelly Magic

Share Your WorldToday’s edition of Melanie’s Share Your World prompt covers everything from magic to smells to compliments that are insults to things we’ve never done.

In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic?

For me, being present for and witnessing the birth of my two children was real magic.

Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been?

A friend of mine bought an old house, sight unseen, as an investment. He invited me over to take a look at the place and, upon going down to the basement, the stench of dead critters — from rats to raccoons — was so overwhelming that we both ended up tossing our cookies right then and there.

What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults?

“Some men can really pull off the shaved head look,” she said. I was waiting for her to say, “…and you’re one.” But she didn’t.

What incredibly common thing have you never done?

I don’t know that there are too many “incredibly common” things that I’ve never done. That said, I’ve never scuba dived, bungee jumped, or jumped out of an airplane.

Reblog: Indivisible, One Nation

Good Monday morning everyone. As those of us who live in the United States are coming out of what many of us are feeling was the strangest Independence Day/Fourth of July holiday in our lifetimes, I think that this post from Mary J Melange is a must read. I’m reblogging it and I encourage you all to take a few minutes to read it.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s…

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Blogging Insights — The Gutenberg Editor

Blogging insightsIn this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know what we think of the WordPress Gutenberg (aka Block) editor.

She asks:

What is your experience with the Gutenberg editor?

I use my iPhone for blogging and I use the Classic editor. I tried using the Block editor on my iPhone, but I’ve found it very difficult to use because of the relatively small amount of screen “real estate.” Perhaps if I were using a laptop with a regular, full-size screen, my experience with the Block editor would be more positive, but I don’t, so my experience attempting to use it on an iPhone has been quite negative.

Do you prefer it over the previous editor?

No, for the reasons noted in my previous answer.

If you are not satisfied with Gutenberg, what suggestions can you make to WordPress to enhance your blogging experience?

My advice to WordPress is to continue to offer and support the Classic editor as an option for those of us who prefer it over the Block editor. If the day ever comes when WordPress no longer offers the Classic editor, that will be the day I will either find a different platform for my blog or I will just stop blogging.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #73

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 Tatyana-Sanina at DeviantArt.com.AFDF5500-E79C-4997-B729-1E116C7E676DFor the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a young woman walking through a dark, underground passageway toward two sets of stairs leading up toward to surface.

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.

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