Sunday Writing Prompt — The New Restaurant

“So, what did you think?” Anita asked.

“The food in the new restaurant was different,” Clark said. “I wish the chef’s style was more in line with my tastes.”

“You make me laugh, Clark,” Anita said. “Ever since you recovered from that mild case of coronavirus, you said you’ve lost your sense of taste. So how could the food have been more to your tastes?”

“That’s not the point,” Clark said. “All I’m saying is that it was a letdown. And this whole idea to trudge to this restaurant in the midst of a snowstorm because you read a good review on Yelp was your idea.”

“Hey, why are you taking a jab at me?” Anita asked. “We’re moving at the end of the month and we might not have had another chance between now and then to give it a try.”

“And since we’re moving anyway,” Clark said, “why even bother giving it a try?”

“You’re impossible,” Anita said.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, Creating Context. This week we are to selecting one of the highlighted words in the following sentence:

“The food in the new restaurant was” delicious/different/challenging.

Also for Pensitivity101 Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “food,” “wish,” and “style.”

Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (laugh), Your Daily Word Prompt (trudge), Word of the Day Challenge (jab), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (moving).

Who Won the Week? 10/04/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week’s winner is unabated media bullshit, with a nod to Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.Tucker Carlson For those of you who don’t know who Tucker Carlson is, he’s an American television news personality and political commentator who hosts a nightly political talk show on the Fox News channel.

This past week, a U.S. District Court judge in New York tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Carlson and Fox News brought by the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump.

McDougal had alleged in the suit filed late last year that Fox News host Tucker Carlson slandered her by calling the payout “a classic case of extortion.” But the judge ruled that McDougal failed to prove that Carlson was accusing her of an actual crime in a way that would back up a defamation claim. The judge said that lawyers for Fox News “persuasively” argued that “any reasonable viewer ‘arrives with an appropriate amount of skepticism’ about the statements” Carlson makes.

In other words, even Fox News’ own lawyers contended that no “reasonable viewer” would take most of what Tucker Carlson says seriously. I think the same thing could be said about all of the Fox News on-air personalities.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — Go Your Own Way

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us what he calls a “User Choice,” where he explains that we can “can go your own way or do your own thing.” So I thought I’d do just as Jim told me to do: “go your own way” by choosing the Fleetwood Mac song, “Go Your Own Way.”

“Go Your Own Way” was a song by the British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac, from their 1997 studio album, Rumours. Written and sung by Lindsey Buckingham, it was released as a single in December 1976, prior to the album’s release, and the song became the band’s first top ten hit in the United States.

These were turbulent times for Fleetwood Mac. Not only were Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks at the end of their romantic-turned-caustic relationship, the marriage of band members John and Christine McVie was also coming to an end. With two couples breaking up during the sessions, things could get quite tense, which is why, for most tracks on the Rumours album, none of the instruments were recorded live together. The tracks were instead completed through a series of overdubs.

Lyrically, “Go Your Own Way” was a breakup song, specifically directed at Buckingham’s bandmate and former lover, Stevie Nicks. Buckingham picked up an electric guitar and came up with the chord progression. In what he described as “a stream of consciousness,” he sang the opening line, “Loving you isn’t the right thing to do.”

When she listened to the song, Nicks demanded that Buckingham remove the line “Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do,” but he ultimately decided to keep those lyrics in the final song. Nicks explained her feelings about the line in an interview with Rolling Stone. She said, “I very much resented him telling the world that ‘packing up, shacking up’ with different men was all I wanted to do. He knew it wasn’t true. It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him. He knew it, so he really pushed my buttons through that. It was like, ‘I’ll make you suffer for leaving me.’ And I did.” Whoa!

Here are the lyrics to “Go Your Own Way.”

Loving you
Isn’t the right thing to do
How can I ever change things
That I feel

If I could
Maybe I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up is all you want to do

If I could
Baby I’d give you my world
Open up
Everything’s waiting for you

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day

You can go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way

FOWC with Fandango — Laugh

FOWCWelcome to October 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 “laugh.”

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. Please 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.