Twenty Word Tuesday — The Opium Den

In the opium den I feel sedate.
But I need to take a break.
In that regard, I must expatriate.

(20 words)

Written for Bulbul’s Twenty Word Tuesday prompt, where this week’s word is “opium.” Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sedate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (break), Your Daily Word Prompt (regard), and Word of the Day Challenge expatriate).

Truthful Tuesday — Simulation

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank points out that it has been theorized that we are actually living in a computer simulation, and that nothing we experience is real. Hence, he wants to know…

Do you believe that this is a legitimate theory, or is it just a bunch of nonsense that has been foisted onto the scientific community by the “tin-foil hat brigade” due to the less-than-absolute repudiation, and borderline credence given to it by a few well-known and well-respected individuals within the scientific community? Would solid proof of this being true or false change how you lived your life?

I’m a fan of science fiction, but this theory that we are living in some sort of computer simulation that was set up and is being directed by a God-like, Wizard of Oz-like being, or that we are players in a SimCity or Matrix-like simulation and being manipulated by some super-intelligent, advanced alien creatures is, to me, ludicrous.

So, to answer Frank’s question, no, I don’t believe in this cockamamie computer simulation theory. And since there has yet been no definitive proof that even God exists, I don’t think there will ever be solid proof of a “life is a computer simulation” theory. So I’m not going to give it another second’s thought.

Fandango’s Story Starter #3

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (poetry or prose) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

I’d imagined this moment so many times, but I never expected…

If you care to write and post a story built on this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with this teaser.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Sedate

FOWCWelcome to July 20, 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 “sedate.”

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.