One-Liner Wednesday — Man and Dog

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you, which is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”

Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, publisher, and lecturer

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Getty Images.

X is NOT for “The X-Files”

Of course, when I think of a TV show that starts with the letter “X,” I think of “The X-Files.” Unfortunately, “The X-Files” doesn’t start with the letter “X.” It starts with the letter “T,” for “The X-Files.” So being the stickler that I am, I had to find another TV show that actually started with the letter “X,” and there aren’t many to choose from. But choose I must. So the show I’m going with is one I never actually watched: “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Thus, all of the information about it below was gleaned from Wikipedia and a few other websites.

“Xena: Warrior Princess” was an American fantasy television series filmed on location in New Zealand. The series aired in first-run syndication from September 4, 1995 to June 18, 2001. It starred Lucy Lawless as Xena and Renee O’Connor as Gabrielle. Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, set out to redeem herself. She was joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journeyed the ancient world and fought for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods.

The show was set primarily in a fantasy version of ancient Greece., which, as depicted in the show, was largely derived from historical locations and customs, modifying known places and events to generate an attractive fictional world. The settlements were presented as a mixture of walled villages and rural hamlets set in a lush green, mountainous landscape. They were often seen under attack from warlords, and travelling between them involved frequent encounters with small bands of outlaws. All of the main towns were named after historic towns of ancient Greece, and exhibit some of their essential characteristics.

Critics praised the series for its strong female protagonist, and it acquired a strong cult following, attention in fandom, parody, and academia, and has influenced the direction of other television series.

As I said, I never watched this show, but I’d be interested to hear what others of you who have seen it thought about it.

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #25 Revisited

FPQDuring the month of April, in addition to my regular topical posts as well as my prompt posts, I will be participating in the 2021 A to Z Challenge. I will post my A to Z post daily at 6 a.m. my time (Pacific). During this month, I will be revisiting four of my Provocative Question posts, which will be published on the four Wednesdays in April at 3:00 a.m. my time. If you didn’t respond to the original provocative question post, or would like to post a new response, please feel free to do so. Or you can read the responses of other bloggers who did post responses to the original. Anyway, here goes:

Welcome 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.

Today I am borrowing my provocative question from Ursula at An Upturned Soul. In a recent post she indicated that one sign of “existential intelligence” is that you “regularly wonder what happens to us after death as well as where we were before we were born.”

I’m not sure I even understand what “existential intelligence” is, but I do have a position on where we were before we were born (nowhere, we didn’t exist) and what happens to us after death (poof, we’re gone and no longer exist). I guess that’s not very existential of me. Oh well.

But I thought it would be fascinating to find out what all of you think.

So today’s provocative question is all about the before and after:

“Where do you believe you were you before you were born and what do you believe will happen to you after you die?”

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.

And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Vacant

FOWCWelcome to April 28, 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 “vacant.”

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.