MLMM Photo Challenge — I’m Such a Klutz

Craig jumped up when he heard a loud thump on his apartment door. He swung the door open and saw a young woman, her face all bloodied, sprawled out on the carpeting outside the door. “Jesus, are you okay?”

Still kind of stunned and confused, she looked up at him and said, “I’m so sorry that I fell into your door. I was running up the steps, lost my footing, tripped, and, well, my forward momentum caused me to crash into your door. I’m such a klutz.”

“Your face is a bloody mess,” Craig said. “Come in and you can use my bathroom to clean yourself up.” He helped the woman up, led her to the bathroom, and handed her a washcloth. “Take your time,” he said. “I’ll be in the living room. Call out to me if you need anything.”

A few minutes later, the young woman emerged from the bathroom. She had washed the blood from her face, but a few nasty-looking welts seemed to be surfacing. She was also walking with a slight limp. “I thing I may have sprained my left ankle,” she said. “And I’m missing a shoe.”

“Sit down on the sofa,” Craig said. She did as she was instructed and Craig moved an ottoman and positioned it so she could extend her foot onto it. “I’ve got an icepack in the freezer. Let me get it and we can put it on that ankle to keep any swelling down.” She thanked him and he went to the kitchen to grab the icepack.

She gave him a weak, sheepish smile when he reentered the living room. He gently lifted her ankle and wrapped it in the icepack. He noticed how delicate her ankle was, looked at her long, shapely legs, and then up at her face. Despite the bruises emerging on her face, he could see that she was very attractive.

“So what brought you here to this building?” Craig asked her. “Oh, my name is Craig. What’s yours?”

Hi, Craig. I’m Cynthia,” she said. “My husband lives on the fourth floor. I was heading up to see him, but the elevator wasn’t working so I decided to take the stairs. He hates when I’m late.”

“So you’re married,” Craig said, a little surprised by his tinge of disappointment.

“We’re actually separated,” Cynthia said. “He moved out of our house and into his new girlfriend’s apartment in this building a few months back and he called me this morning and wanted me to come over and pick up the divorce papers.”

“Oh, I’m sorry,” Craig said.

“Don’t be,” Cynthia said. “It’s been a long time coming and when he said he had divorce papers for me to sign I rushed over here to get them. I just want to put that part of my life behind me. I haven’t exactly lived a fairytale life and it’s time for me to start a new chapter.” She winced and rubbed her left shoulder. “I think I slammed into your door with my face and my shoulder.”

“Let me get you some Advil,” he said. He stood up, went to the medicine cabinet, pulled out the bottle of Advil and brought it out to her with a bottle of water. “Take two of these,” he said. “I’ll go out to the hall and look for your missing shoe.”

When he came back a minute later with her missing red shoe in hand, she looked up at him, smiled, and said, “Just like Prince Charming, you found my Ruby slipper.”

“Actually, it was Dorothy who wore the ruby slippers. Prince Charming found Cinderella’s glass slipper,” Craig said.

Cynthia smiled again. “Well, my name is Cynthia, but you can call me Cindy, short for Cinderella, if you want.”

“Okay, Cindy, and you can call me your Prince Charming,” Craig said as he bent down to kiss her gently on her lips.

That was the day that Cynthia did, indeed, start a new chapter in what would turn out to be her fairytale life.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Brooke DiDonato.

Twelve Questions for October

Rory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, has posed a dozen questions for October that I thought were just weird enough for me to take on. Are you ready?

1. If another national lockdown was to occur, would you be better prepared for it today as in, have you been in a position to stockpile much-needed stocks? Or would you be no different to the last time?

I’d probably be no different than last time and then I’d use my blog to grouse about how there’s no toilet paper on the shelves in the stores.

2. What do you think makes for a really scary fiction story that would prevent you from turning off the lights before you went to sleep?

Pretty much any story written by Stephen King. Actually, that’s not true. I am not afraid of the dark. In fact, I like my room to be as dark as possible when I go to sleep and I even wear a sleep mask to keep everything totally black. And I’ve also been blessed with the ability to fall asleep within seconds of turning out the light. My ability to stay asleep through the entire night, though, is a whole nother story.

3. Which do you prefer to wear and why out of the following options?

Cotton, Denim, Cashmere, Chiffon, Lace, Leather, Linen, Wool, Organic Fabrics, Silk, Muslin, Polyester, Satin, Suede, Twill, Velvet, Moleskin, Mohair, Viscose.

Mostly cotton. Even my denim jeans, which I wear all the time, are made from cotton.

4. When getting dressed and you are putting on a dress, trousers, shorts, or skirts, and so on, which foot do you lead with, left or right … and why that way?

I just took off my pants and put them back on because I never thought about or paid attention to this. I stood on my right leg, lifted up my left leg and inserted into the left leg on my pants. Then I shifted my weight to my left leg and inserted my right leg into the right leg of my pants. Why that way? I have no clue and unless I just did what I did, I probably wouldn’t have known how to answer this question.

5. What is your blog’s primary genre and what are the secondary genres?

I titled my blog “This, That, and the Other” because it has no primary or secondary genre. I write about whatever occurs to me.

6. Has blogging and belonging to a community of fellow bloggers and writers alike, changed you as a person or inspired you in any way? Explain.

I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated the community of bloggers I interact with every day and these bloggers inspire me to continue blogging and to attempt to write engaging posts. So yes, blogging has both changed and inspired me.

7. Name 3 television programs that you watched and enjoyed as a child and then explain what made them good for you back then?

Only 3? Okay, I was really into Westerns when I was a kid, so it’s tough to choose just three. But I’m going to go with “Gunsmoke,” “Have Gun, Will Travel,” and “Maverick.” Honorable mention to “Wagon Train,” “Bonanza,” The Rifleman,” and “The Wild, Wild West.”

8. How do you celebrate you when you have time to pamper yourself?

I eat an edible, marijuana-infused marshmallow.Edible marshmallows

9. Do you listen to any Podcasts or Vlog Diaries on a regular basis, and if so, what are they and why are they so good?


10. Have you ever walked in on a couple having sex? If so, did you 1] Scream in horror make apologies and run out, 2] Make your way out but acting cool about it all, or 3] Laugh out loud and say “Alrighty then, game on!!” and join in?

None of the above. I did once walk in on the guy I shared a two-bedroom apartment with shortly after graduating from college. I thought my roommate and his girlfriend, who were in the throes of passion, didn’t notice me, so I just walked out and closed the door behind me. About an hour later, I was asleep in my room when I felt someone getting in my bed and cuddling up with me. She was my roommate’s girlfriend and she asked me if I liked what I saw. Then she reached around and grabbed my crotch. I stopped her and told her that I wasn’t comfortable having sex with my roommate’s girlfriend. She chuckled and said, “It’s okay, he gave me his permission.”

11. What do you think lives in the 80% of the ocean that is unexplored and unmapped?

Giant squids and octopuses, Godzilla, the Kraken, Hydra, the Lock Ness Monster, and all manner of sea serpents.Sea Serpent

12. Do you read book reviews before purchasing a book new to you or do you simply buy a book based upon what you have read on the sale description or back page. If you do, how influenced are you by those reviews? (Question inspired by Sadje of Keep it Alive.)

These days I read only ebooks. If I’m looking for a new book to read from an author I’m unfamiliar with, yes, I’ll read a review or two. If I read favorable reviews, I am probably more likely to download the book than I am to download one that has only mediocre or mixed reviews.

#100WW — The Long Ride Home

“I was dumbfounded when I found out that Harry had decided to cremate his remains,” Andrea said as they were driving back to the city from the crematorium. “As his wife, the onus was on you to talk him into a traditional burial at a cemetery.”

“Oh my God,” Rose said, “are you serious? It was his final wish to be cremated after he passed away. Who am I to tell him how to dispose of his body. And who the hell are you to criticize me for not abiding by his wishes?”

The drive home proceeded in icy silence.

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (dumbfounded), Word of the Day Challenge (cremate and crematorium), Your Daily Word Prompt (onus), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (serious). Photo credit: Bikurgurl.

One-Liner Wednesday — Seize the Day

Stay in bed

“Sometimes there is a fierce rivalry between the desire to not waste the best part of the day, and the desire to just ignore the day.”

This was written in a post from fellow blogger Jenna at RevivedWriter on Monday in her response to my FOWC with Fandango prompt (rivalry). It really rang true for me, especially in these days when the daily Donald Trump shitshow makes me want to just stay in my comfy bed, pull the covers over my head, and hibernate until this nightmare is over.

But then I feel guilty about wasting the day, so I get up and get out of bed, hoping to make the best of whatever the day has in store for me.

I go to the kitchen, fix myself a cup of coffee, read the morning newspaper, and scan my iPhone’s newsfeed. And that’s when I realize that, for my own health and well-being, I need to go back to bed and hope that this, too, shall pass.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #90

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 blog awards.You know the drill, right? Someone nominates you for an award and, as part of the “rules” to accept that nomination, you are asked to nominate, say, 10 other bloggers. Each of those 10 bloggers that you nominated must, themselves, nominate 10 more. So just twice removed from your blog being nominated, 100 other blogs (10 x 10) will have been nominated. If each of those 100 bloggers follows the rules and nominates another 10 blogs, just three degrees of separation from you having received a nomination, another 1,000 will have received one (100 x 10).

And then 10,000. And then 100,000. By the time you reach Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, one million blogs will have been nominated. Those million nominations will beget 10 million. And those 10 million will beget 100 million. ONE HUNDRED MILLION BLOG AWARD NOMINATIONS!

These 100 million nominations can potentially be generated in just eight iterations down an unbroken chain from the one blog award nomination you received if everyone pays it forward as instructed.

And that’s just one blog award. Think about how many different kinds of blog awards there are floating around the blogosphere!

So, now that we’ve gone through the mathematics of blog awards, my provocative question is simply this.

How do you feel of blog awards? Why do you feel that way?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.