Weekend Writing Prompt — I Wanna Be a Writer

“You call yourself a wordsmith? That’s absurd. If anything, you’re the antithesis of a wordsmith. You may strive to be one, but you can’t spell, you’re lousy at grammar, and you can’t put a coherent sentence together. You’re a basket case.”

“I want to be a writer like you, Grandfather. You must have patience with me. I’m only seven years old.”

(61 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “absurd” using exactly 61 words.Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (wordsmith/antithesis), Your Daily Word prompt (strive), MMA Storytime (basket), The Daily Spur (grandfather), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (patience). Photo credit: Getty Images.

C is for “Cheers”

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. This is my third post in a row for an ensemble-cast TV sitcom. Yes, that’s true, but I love me my classic sitcoms, and “Cheers” is definitely one.

“Cheers” was an American sitcom that ran on NBC from September 30, 1982, to May 20, 1993. It was created by the team of James Burrows and Glen and Les Charles. The show, a mixture of comedy and soap-opera romance, followed the lives of the staff and patrons of Cheers, a fictional bar in Boston.

Bartender-owner Sam Malone (Ted Danson), a witty former Major League Baseball pitcher, was forever on the make. Graduate student–waitress Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) was the primary object of his affection, and their sparring, filled with sexual tension, provided plenty of humor over the course of their on-again, off-again relationship. After Long left the show in the fifth season, her character, Diane, was replaced by and Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley).

Joining Sam behind the bar was the absentminded but lovable Coach (Nicholas Colasanto), an associate from Sam’s days with the Red Sox. After Colasanto died in 1985, Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson), a naïve, dim-witted Hoosier replaced Coach. Rounding out the staff was the tiny acid-tongued waitress Carla (Rhea Perlman). The other regulars in the bar “where everybody knows your name” were Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), a haughty, insecure psychiatrist, Dr. Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth), a frosty psychologist who married and then divorced Crane, accountant Norm Petersen (George Wendt), and his best friend, salt-of-the-earth mailman Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger).

Cheers became one of the most popular series in history and received critical acclaim from its start to its end. It was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for all eleven of its seasons on the air, and earned 28 Primetime Emmy Awards from a record of 117 nominations. A true classic sitcom.

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SoCS — Whom Did It?

“Whom was that on the phone?” Eleanor asked her husband when he walked into the kitchen.

“You mean ‘Who was that on the phone?’ don’t you, Eleanor?” Edgar responded.

“Stop evading. It was that woman, wasn’t it?” Eleanor asked, although it was less a question than a statement. “Whom do you think you’re fooling?”

“You mean who do I think I’m fooling, don’t you, Eleanor?” Edgar said, a sly grin on his face.

“It was that new, sexy assistant who you just hired, wasn’t it, Edgar?”

“You mean it was the new, sexy assistant whom I just hired, don’t you, Eleanor?”

With that, Eleanor picked up a carving knife and stabbed Edgar repeatedly in the chest. Eleanor looked down at Edgar’s lifeless, bloody body sprawled out on the kitchen floor and, admiring her handiwork, said aloud, “I wonder who will be the first to find your dead body, Edgar, and whom the prime suspect in your murder will be, you pompous asshole.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the charge is to “begin your post with either who or whom and go from there.”

FOWC with Fandango — Antithesis

FOWCWelcome to April 3, 2021 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 “antithesis.”

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.