Weekend Writing Prompt — Uncanny

I’m astonished by the large number of Republican members of Congress who are still willing to take their chances supporting Trump after all of his craziness. I just can’t digest how they could capitulate to his madness. It’s uncanny.

(39 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “uncanny.”Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (astonished), Ragtag Daily Prompt (chance), Word of the Day Challenge (digest), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (capitulate).

O is for “Ozark”

For the first time in this year’s A to Z Challenge, I’m writing about a current TV show. “Ozark” is an American crime drama streaming television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix. The series stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as a married couple who relocate their family to the Lake of the Ozarks for money laundering. Bateman also serves as a director and executive producer for the series.The first season of “Ozark” was released on July 21, 2017 and the show has completed three 10-episode seasons. Netflix has announced that there will be a fourth and final season, which will consist of 14 episodes split into two parts, but the actual release date of season four has not yet been announced.

Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. After a money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel goes wrong, Byrde proposes to make amends by offering to set up a bigger laundering operation in the Lake of the Ozarks region of central Missouri and moves his family to a remote summer resort community of Osage Beach, Missouri. They become entangled with local criminals and, eventually, with the Kansas City Mafia. In order to keep his family safe, Byrde must pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord. While the fate of the Byrde family’s fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force them to reconnect.

“Ozark” has received many accolades and award nominations, including acting nominations for both Bateman and Linney and two Emmy awards for Julia Garner, who plays Ruth Langmore, a young woman who is part of a local criminal family. Bateman also won an Emmy for directing as well as two Screen Actors Guild awards for acting.

If you haven’t seen “Ozark,” I suggest that you binge watch the first three seasons on Netflix in preparation for the final season.


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SoCS — M is for Mash

No, this isn’t a part of this month’s A to Z Blogging Challenge. It’s actually in response to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where she gives us the word “mash.” But since I’d already used my “M” prompt with “Mork & Mindy,” I thought I’d just highlight another great TV show that started with the letter “M” on today’s SoCS post.

“M*A*S*H” (an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) was an American war comedy-drama television series that aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983.

The show was an ensemble piece revolving around key personnel in the 4077th MASH unit in the Korean War (1950–53). The MASH team cared for the injured during the war and used humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077th’s people are Captains Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda), and “Trapper John” McIntire (Wayne Rogers), B.J. Honeycutt (Mike Farrell), Majors Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swift) and Frank Burns (Larry Linville), Corporals Walter “Radar” O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff) and Maxwell Klinger (Jamie Farr), and Colonel Sherman Potter (Henry Morgan).

“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen” was the final episode of “M*A*S*H.” It aired on February 28, 1983, and was 2 1/2 hours long and was watched by 125 million viewers.

FOWC with Fandango — Capitulate

FOWCWelcome to April 17, 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 “copitulate.”

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.