#100WW — Late Night Run

The uniformed officer flipped through his notebook. “Her roommate reported her missing at 7:30 this morning,” he told Detective Fred Morrisey. “She went for a run last night at around 9:30 and never came home.”

“And these are the missing girl’s sneakers?” Morrisey asked.

“Yes, I texted a photo of them to the roommate and she confirmed it.”

“I don’t see any signs of a struggle,” Morrisey said.

Detective Ron Hayden, Morrisey’s partner, walked up to Morrisey. He held out a smashed mobile phone. “We found this in the bushes. It might be the vic’s.”

“Damn,” Morrisey sighed.

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Bikurgurl.

A Way With Words

Words“My creative writing teacher is just trying to aggravate me,” Hal said.

“How so?” Martha asked.

“She gave me a D on my latest fiction story,” Hal lamented. “Can you believe that? It was a literary work of art.”

“Did she explain why she gave you a D?” Martha asked.

“Yeah,” Hal answered. “She said my story was full of extraneous stuff that added nothing to the narrative.”

“Well, Hal,” Martha said, “you do tend to be wordy in your writing. You’re a budding author, Hal. You wouldn’t want her to sugarcoat her constructive criticism, would you?”

“Oh come on Martha,” Hal said. “I need to set the scene for my readers by painting a picture with my words. I need to vividly describe my characters so the readers can visualize them in their minds.

“Maybe you should let your readers use more of their imagination rather than being so descriptive,” Martha said. “Perhaps your teacher is trying to tell you that you’re overdoing it.”

“Martha,” Hal said, “you’ve read my stories. You have to admit that I have a way with words.”

“Yes, Hal,” Martha said, “you do have a way with words, but perhaps you should listen to your creative writing teacher and do away with words…at least some of them.”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (aggravate), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (extraneous), Ragtag Daily Prompt (bud), and The Daily Spur (coat).

By Hook or By Crook

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned yesterday that “foreign malicious hackers” (i.e., Russians) will be spreading disinformation around election results later this year.

A CIA assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides “are aware of and are probably directing Russia’s influence operations” aimed at interfering in the 2020 election. Damn you, Putin!

The agencies specifically said that foreign actors will try to confuse voters by creating and spreading disinformation about “voter suppression, cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure, and voter or ballot fraud” after the polls close. Such disinformation is intended to create doubt about the legitimacy of the election.

Just like Donald Trump, with his lies and misinformation, and his Republican ass-kissers are doing.

Projections for this year’s election suggest that most Republicans will vote in person on election day, while many Democrats will be voting by mail due to COVID-19. That will lead to a significant increase in the use of mail-in ballots, which could mean that many states will have incomplete results on election night, since state and local officials typically require several days to several weeks to certify elections’ final results in order to ensure every legally cast vote has been accurately counted.

Donald Trump has repeatedly lied about voter fraud in U.S. elections and has questioned the legitimacy of the vote-counting process. White House officials have ignored warnings from election officials about delayed results and instead have stated that there should be a projected winner on election night, even if millions of mail-in ballots have yet to be counted.

Trump is going to do everything he can, with active help from his pal Vladimir, to stay in office regardless of the legitimate outcome of the election. He wants to be “re-elected” and he will do so by hook or by crook. Mostly by crook.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #88

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 week’s provocative question is about control — or lack thereof.I’ve never been someone who believes in fate or predestination. I’ve always felt that I am in control of my life. The decisions I have made, my actions, and my choices have, for better or for worse, gotten me to where I am. And because these decisions, actions, and choices were mine, I believed that I was in control.

But now I’m not so sure anymore. With all the shit that is going on around us — the pandemic, extreme partisan politics, social unrest, corruption at the highest levels of the government, the WordPress block editor — I’m starting to feel that I no longer am in control of my life.

Maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic about the way I’m feeling these days, and I don’t know if anyone else is feeling somewhat overwhelmed and out of control as I am. But I guess there’s one way to find out, and that brings me to this week’s provocative question:

To what degree have you been able to control the course that your life has taken? Or is being in control of your life just an illusion?

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