TMP — Frozen

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

WordPress is pissing me off today. Or maybe it’s Apple. Or maybe it’s WordPress and Apple. I don’t know.

I blog on my iPhone. I use the WordPress app for iOS. And, of course, the Apple iOS for iPhones. Most of the time, especially now that I’ve gotten used to and have actually embraced the block editor, the WordPress app works fine. But twice in the past two weeks, right in the middle of saving a draft post, the app froze up. I hit “Update” and got the icon showing that it’s updating. But then it doesn’t stop “updating.” I can’t do anything, including closing the app. The screen, except for the that little circle going round and round in the black Updating box, is frozen.

I can move to a different app on my iPhone, but when I return to the WordPress app, it’s still updating and I can do nothing within the app. So then I go back to my iPhone’s home screen and delete the WordPress app. I then reinstall it from the App Store and it’s working again. Except the updates to the draft post I was working on were never saved.

I just got notified that Apple iOS 15.0 is available to install. I think I’ll wait and give the WordPress happiness engineers a few weeks to figure out how to make sure the WordPress iOS app and iOS 15.0 can live together in harmony before I install that update.

And that’s what’s pissing me off today.

Share Your World — 9/20/21

Melanie is back with another squirrelly Share You World prompt this week. She is posing her questions based on offerings from blogger Evil Squirrel, who is tossing out five different questions this week for you to answer. Here we go.

If you were to be cast as part of a comedy double act, which part would you play: the straight man or the funny one, and why?

While I always pictured myself as a leading man, I’d probably be more well suited to offer comic relief by playing the funny one.

If you were to be reincarnated on Earth as any non-living/inanimate object of your choosing, what would you come back as and why?

A refrigerator in someone’s home. Why? Because I’d never go hungry.

We all know how dogs mark their territory. How do you mark your territory?

If you were on a trivia show and had to correctly answer ten questions in one subject to win a million dollars (or whatever currency is used in your locale), what would you hope the category would be?

60s and 70s classic rock bands. I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but let’s talk about classic rock!

In democratic societies, do you believe that the right to vote is merely a privilege or a duty for all citizens? This should not be thought of as an “Americans only” question. ANY ONE is welcome to answer.

I think it is a right, a privilege, and a duty for every citizen to vote.

Blogging Insights — Reformed Grammar Nazi

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

This week, quoting author Ruth Rendell, Tanya wants to know if we are grammar Nazis.

“What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar.”

When I was in elementary (aka grammar) school, I spent a lot of time diagramming sentences. Grammar rules, proper punctuation, and correct use were emphasized. As a result, I grew up with much the same attitude that Ruth Rendell expressed. It drove me nuts to encounter grammar, punctuation, and usage errors. I used to get really annoyed and would actually stop reading anything that displayed poor grammar. I thought that there was simply no excuse for such errors, especially when I found them in published works where, presumably, an editor, or at least a proof reader, was involved before publication.

I will admit that I have mellowed quite a bit vis-à-vis poor grammar. While it still bothers me when I come across blatant grammar, punctuation, or usage errors, I try, like the proverbial duck, to let them roll off my back.

That said, if a blogger’s posts are regularly filled with grammatical errors, incorrect punctuation, or inappropriate usage, I will likely stop reading his or her posts. Especially if he or she uses an apostrophe to make a word plural.

Shame on You

When did you put our relationship on cruise control?
When was behavior like this ever appropriate?
I was sure that we were on the same page.
I felt safe when we were together.
But now I feel like that was the exception.
Like I’m living in some kafkaesque nightmare
Where you’re treating me like an adversary.
And what hurts is that you’re not even contrite.
What a waste.
Shame on you.

Written for the following daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (cruise), My Vivid Blog (appropriate), The Daily Spur (safe), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (exception/kafkaesque), Ragtag Daily Prompt (adversary), and Your Daily Word Prompt (contrite).

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #136

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 Sebastian Czubachowski at

For the visually challenged writer, the black and white photo shows a dog and a young boy expectantly looking out of windows.

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.

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