A Word Prompt Conundrum

Each day at least a half dozen of us come up with daily word prompts that are meant to inspire our fellow bloggers.

We each throw our prompt words like strands of spaghetti up against a metaphoric wall to see which ones stick. And as a blogger, I enjoy the challenge of taking the words that these five other bloggers and I toss out and try to create a cohesive story or poem that my readers will enjoy and appreciate.

But today I must concede that I feel burdened with a strange distribution of words that when thrown upon the wall, fall flat to the floor below.

How am I supposed to write a post that combines words like “lade,” “spruiker,” and “callithumpian”? Words I’ve never heard of, much less ever used. How can I fit such words into a post in a way that doesn’t sound unnatural and contrived?

And so, at this juncture, I am throwing in the towel…for today anyway. Maybe tomorrow the words presented will be more common words that people would use in everyday conversations and that can be used to weave into an entertaining, engaging tale that won’t require a dictionary or thesaurus to understand.


Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (concede), The Daily Spur (distribution), Your Daily Word Prompt (lade), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spruiker), Word of the Day Challenge (callithumpian), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (juncture).

Truthful Tuesday — Whatever Floats Your Boat

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

Aside from those with physical limitations that would impair their ability to actually read, does listening to audio books count as actually reading in your mind? Why or why not?

I’m not a purist when it comes to reading books. There are those who say that the only way to read a book is to pick up the book in your hands and physically turn the pages. They say that reading an ebook should not count as reading a book. I think that’s ridiculous. My entire book collection, these days, is on my iPhone in my Kindle app. And when I read an ebook, I consider it to be reading a book, even though I’m not actually holding a printed, physical book in my hands.

As to audio books, I haven’t partaken in that form of book reading. But I don’t see that there’s any big deal to be made of listening to someone read a book to you versus reading the book yourself. It still counts as having read the book.

To my mind, the point is to enjoy the contents of the book, so whether you require the feel and smell of a printed book, would rather enjoy the convenience of reading a book on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or would prefer to hear someone’s voice reading it to you, it’s fine with me. I am pro-choice and as I often say, “whatever floats your boat.”

#WDYS — The Maverick

He took a leap of faith
He crossed the line
He didn’t think twice
He knew it was time
He had to choose
He had to switch sides
He had to do what was right
Not just what was expected of him


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Warren Wong @ Unsplash.

FOWC with Fandango — Juncture

FOWCWelcome to June 15, 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 “juncture.”

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.