Drop Cap

I read with interest a post today from Frank, aka PCGuy, who was talking about the ability to incorporate a feature called the “drop cap” on his posts. Frank wrote:

With all the frustration that has come with the recent changes that WordPress.com has made to their blogging platform, I though it might be good to shed a little light on a good thing that I have discovered. It’s small, but it makes a big difference in the visual appearance of your text. If you take a look at the settings when you use the paragraph block in the new Gutenberg [block] editor, you’ll see an option for a drop cap.

As Frank noted, this ability to incorporate the drop cap functionality is accessible in the paragraph block within the block editor.

Oh well, I thought, that’s too bad because I hate the block editor and refuse to use it. So I guess I’m SOL if I ever wanted to incorporate a drop cap into my posts.

But then Frank pointed out that having to use the block editor is not entirely accurate. He wrote that one can accomplish inserting a drop cap using the classic editor by leveraging a simple HTML command, which Frank was kind enough to share with his readers:

<p class=”has-drop-cap”>

Now I can honestly say that I never gave much thought to using the drop catch functionality on my posts, but after reading Frank’s post, I figured I’d give it a try using the classic editor available in the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone. So I wrote this paragraph:

“This is a test to see if, within the classic editor on the iPhone’s WordPress iOS app, I can use the Drop Cap functionality without having to use the block editor.”

Then I copied that brief paragraph, selected the “Switch to HTML Mode” in the iOS app, and surrounded the “T” at the begging of the paragraph with the HTML expression that Frank offered. In HTML, here’s what it looks like.

<p class=”has-drop-cap”>T</p>his is a test to see if….

Then I pasted that edited paragraph below and this is what it looks like in the preview mode after I added the HTML to that line.

T

his is a test to see if, within the classic editor on the iPhone’s WordPress iOS app, I can use the Drop Cap functionality without having to use the block editor.

Pretty cool, huh? That said, I may or may not use the drop cap functionality in future posts. But thanks, Frank. It’s alway fun to learn how to do something on my blog that I didn’t know how to do before, especially when I can do it without using the goddam block editor.

The Monday Peeve — Peaking Your Interest

Through her The Monday Peeve prompt, Paula Light invites us to vent, to let off some stream, to get something off our chests. This week, my peeve is with people who use the wrong word in their writings.

This is especially tough when it comes to homophones — words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have totally different meanings. Hey, I know I sometimes am guilty of it, too, perhaps typing “your” when I meant “you’re,” “there” when I should have used “their” or “they’re,” or “to,” when “two” or “too” would have been correct. But sometimes, when I see people use a totally wrong word in a sentence, it drives me nuts.

Now, let me say upfront that you might think this ruckus I’m kicking up with this peeve is a bit much and that the vitriol I’m expressing is atrocious given the relative insignificance of the offense. Be that as it may, when I saw that today’s Word of the Day prompt was the word “pique,” it reminded me of a sentence that one of my coworkers (back before I retired) put in a formal email to me. That email read:

“I knew your email would peak her attention.”

OUCH! Hey, it’s not that I’m a grammar Nazi or anything, but seriously, one does not “peak” one’s interest or attention. The correct word in that sentence should have been “pique,” and not “peak.” A “peak” is a topmost point, such as a mountain peak. “Peek” is to take a glance or a quick look. “Pique” is to upset or excite someone or to stimulate someone’s interest. It’s not rocket surgery or brain science, folks.

Okay, I’m over my pique. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.


In addition to being written for Paula Light’s The Monday Peeve, this post is also written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (ruckus), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vitriol), Your Daily Word Prompt (atrocious), and Word of the Day Challenge (pique).

Share Your World — Metaphysically Speaking

Share Your WorldMelanie is back with her Share Your World prompt and she’s posed some very provocative questions. So let’s get right to it.

Are we “here” or do we just think we are? (A metaphysical question today folks.) Can you prove your point of view?

About three years ago I wrote a post about a philosophy called “solipsism.” Basically, solipsism is the belief that the person holding the belief is the only real thing in the universe. All other persons and things are merely ornaments or impediments to his or her happiness.

I’m not a solipsist per se. I don’t deny the existence of anything else in the universe outside of myself, or claim it to be non-existent or not real except in my own mind. I know that each and every one of you who may be reading my response to this question is real. You exist. You have your own mind, your own life, and your own very real experiences.

That said, if I don’t exist, neither do you. If I don’t exist, nothing exists. To put it another way, when I cease to exist (i.e., die), nothing would exist — for me. So everything that exists for me is dependent upon my continued existence.

As to my answer to this very intriguing question, I am “here,” and as long as I’m alive (and mentally competent), so are all of you “here.” But purely from my perspective, when I die and cease to exist, I won’t be “here” any more and, for me, neither will any of you.

From an identity stand-point, which would be the worst for you personally to lose? Your face, your body, or your voice? Which do YOU identify with most strongly for your own sense of self?

Jeez, Melanie, what’s gotten into you today? Are you auditioning to take over my Fandango’s Provocative Question prompt? Okay, well, of course I identify with my face, my body, and my voice. However, if I lost my sight, my hearing, my voice, or developed an inability to use my body (e.g., became quadriplegic), as long as I haven’t lost my mind (i.e., still have a functioning brain and the ability to think), I would still have a sense of self, although without those other senses, I might not have a very positive sense of self. But were I to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease or severe dementia, and be unable to recognize those around me and probably not even recognize who I am or once was anymore, I think that is what would cause me to no longer have a sense of self.

Do you have a ‘song’? If you’re part of a couple, you could use “your couple’s song” OR a song that’s just always resonated with you.

I’ve had various special songs throughout my life, but they’ve changed over time and the course of my life. At this point in my life, as a septuagenarian, the song that most resonates with me is this one.

Are ghosts real or has someone been smoking something and just imagines them?

I don’t believe in an afterlife, or life of any kind, after death. I believe that when you die, you’re dead and gone, fini, kaput, done for, no longer exist, either physically or spiritually — except maybe, if you’re lucky, in the fond memories of others. So, with that as my core belief, there can be no such things as ghosts. Like God and the devil, ghosts are figments of our imaginations.

Please feel free to share a moment of gratitude you experienced over the past week.

I am grateful every day that I’m still here, that I’m still of sound mind, and that I have this wonderful blogging community to share my world with.

Blogging Insights — Easily Distracted

Blogging insightsFor this week’s installment of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know about distractions. She asks…

What distracts you from blogging? Apart from family and work (unless yours is a business blog) what factors or forces prevent you from creating content?

What I find interesting about this question is that, for me, anyway, blogging, in and of itself, is the ultimate distraction.

Creating content for my blog serves to distract me from the political, social, economic, health, and environmental disasters that are happening all around me. I can escape from — at least temporarily — all that crap by creating posts in response to writing and photo prompts. And I can read the fascinating and imaginative posts written by other bloggers in response to my various prompts. For me, writing stories and tall tales and all sorts of flash fiction posts is a really effective way to take my mind off of the real world.

Even posting about the bigotry, hypocrisy, racism, white nationalism, divisiveness, and the unenlightened self-interests of Donald Trump, members of the Trump Administration, most Republicans in Congress, and how they are all destroying the country I love, helps me to cope. The very act of ranting, whining, and venting about their injustices, inhumanity, and immorality is cathartic for me.

So my answer is that nothing distracts me from blogging. Instead blogging distracts me from becoming overwhelmed and depressed by the harsh reality of the world in which we are living in 2020.

Oh wait, now that I think about it, there is one really big thing that distracts me from blogging: the WordPress block editor. But, surely, you knew I would say that, right?

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #87

Welcome 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 Janek-Sedlar at DeviantArt.For the visually challenged writer, the image is of two bare, misshapen trees deep inside a forest.

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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