The Hook-up

“Did you hear that juicy bit of gossip about Bethany?” Carla asked her BFF Andrea. “Bethany has been a very naughty girl.”

“Jeez, Carla,” Andrea said, “have you no filter? I’m not interested in hearing your gossip, juicy or otherwise, about your cousin. She’s your family and it’s just not right to dis a member of your own family.”

Well, that’s just it,” Carla said. “You know that her mom, my Aunt Rose, remarried last year and Bethany absolutely hates her stepfather. But she was crushing the guy’s hunky son.”

“Uh oh,” Andrea said. “That’s trouble.”

“So Bethany told her mom about her crush and her mom got really pissed and told her that her stepbrother was absolutely off the menu and that Bethany need to pare back her teenage lust.”

“Good motherly advice,” Andrea said.

“Yeah, well you know Bethany,” Carla said. “Tell her something or someone is off limits and she covets it or them even more.”

“So are you telling me….”

“That’s what I’m trying to tell you, girl,” Carla said, a sly grin on her face. “About four months back our dear, sweet Bethany finally started hooking up with her new stepbrother.”

“Wow.”

“And the the latest rumor going around is that our little Bethany is preggers,” Carla said.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (juicy), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (naughty), Ragtag Daily Prompt (filter), The Daily Spur (menu), and Your Daily Word Prompt (pare).

Share Your World — 8/2/2021

It’s time for another Share Your World prompt from Melanie. This week Melanie wants to know…

If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?

I’m actually fine being right where I am at the moment.

What wastes the most time in your day to day life?

I don’t consider it a waste of time, but what takes up most of my day to day time is blogging.

How would you describe your greatest enemy? If you don’t have one, share your secret! 🙂

Hmm. My greatest enemy is not so much a personal enemy, but an enemy to my way of life. And right now that includes everyone who still supports Donald Trump, all federal, state, and local Republican politicians who put party politics and Trump over the interests and welfare of their constituents, and those who stubbornly refused to get vaccinated.

If you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be?

An eagle.

Melanie has asked us to share a thought or a meme about kindness.

Blogging Insights — Quantity Versus Quality

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

Here’s this week’s quote. It’s from Jon Morrow.

Blogging isn’t about publishing as much as you can. It’s about publishing as smart as you can.”

As a blogger who posts anywhere from three to six posts a day — I averaged 4.6 per day in July — I struggle with this question. Is publishing high quality posts while also publishing a lot of posts even possible?

I enjoy blogging and probably spend a few too many hours a day doing so. There are a number of prompt posts I host each week and many of the posts I publish are in response to prompts from other bloggers. So I think I’ve got the “publishing as much as you can” part of the equation down pat.

As to the other part of Morrow’s quote, I like to believe that my posts are “smart” as well. And by “smart” I mean well-written, articulate, witty, engaging, and reasonably intelligent. But I do worry that the volume of posts I churn out each day makes it tough to publish high quality posts to extent I’d like them all to be.

To use a baseball analogy, I know I’m not going to get a hit every time I step up to the plate, but I at least hope that each at bat is a quality at bat.

Bottom line, I think Morrow is right. Personally, I’d rather be recognized for the quality of my posts (i.e., “smart” posts), than for pushing out a bunch of crappy posts. I suppose I have to figure out where that fulcrum is for me and for those who read my many posts.

I suppose, too, that all of you have to figure that out for yourselves as well. I can’t wait to read what you have to say.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #129

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photo below is from the Google Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a small, remote, costal village at the foot of a mountain. It’s nighttime and the street lights are on and the Northern Lights illuminate the night sky.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Naughty

FOWCWelcome to August 2, 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 “naughty.”

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.