Share the Spotlight

Why do you always feel that you need to monopolize everyone’s time when we’re together? I can’t get a word in edgewise. It makes me feel like I’m some nearly invisible, insubstantial wraith who is just tagging along with you, instead of as your partner. Have you no moral compass?

I know I can’t impel you to share the spotlight with me, but maybe you could at least give me a handout, a scrap. What a present it would to be to me for your to recognize that I am present, standing right by your side, instead of ignoring me.

Is that too much to ask?

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (monopolize), Word of the Day Challenge (wraith), Ragtag Daily Prompt (compass), Your Daily Word Prompt (impel), The Daily Spur (hand), and My Vivid Blog (homonym — note, I didn’t use the word “homonym,” but I used the word “present” in the last sentence with two different meanings).

Truthful Tuesday — At the Movies

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

Have you been to any movies that you absolutely expected to enjoy, but ended up hating? Or perhaps you went begrudgingly to a film with someone else and ended up enjoying it despite your expectations? Let us know about a time when a movie defied your expectations. What made it better or worse than expected?

It’s been nearly two years since I last went to a theater to watch a movie, so I’m going to substitute “been to” with “watched,” as on TV.

Back in the day, I was a big fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels. I read a bunch of them until I finally got to the point that I thought Herbert had squeezed as much out of the idea as possible and so I lost interest.

So when I saw that a new Dune movie was released, I was psyched to watch it.

I read some reviews of the movie and they were all quite positive. I also saw that it was available on HBO Max as well as in theaters, and since we don’t go to movie theaters anymore, but do subscribe to HBO Max, I convinced my wife, who is not a SciFi fan, to watch it with me this past Saturday.

About a third of the way through the movie I noticed that my wife was on her smartphone, probably on Twitter. Obviously she wasn’t thrilled with the movie. Neither was I. It was, at times, slow moving and I found it confusing. The acting was okay, but not enough to overcome my disappointment in the movie overall. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it, either.

Now I admit that I read the Dune series of novels when I was in my twenties, so it’s been a long, long time since I read the books. I don’t vividly remember all the details from the first book. So I’m going to reread Herbert’s original Dune novel and then rewatch the movie to see if that makes a difference. But to be honest, my experience has been that most movie adaptations of novels don’t live up to the books. And this movie adaptation of Dune is no exception.

I’d be interested to hear what any of you who watch the movie think.

Time To Go

She was very depressed about her boyfriend’s deceitful ways, but after her therapist suggested that she start recording all of his lies and betrayals in a notebook, she has really gotten her act together and is feeling much, much better now that she has thrown him out of her house.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (depressed), Your Daily Word Prompt (deceit), Word of the Day Challenge (notebook), My Vivid Blog (together), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (better).

Fandango’s Story Starter #17

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 (prose or poetry) 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 heard a voice calling out my name from inside the house, and when I opened the door…

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 — Monopolize


Welcome to October 26, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “monopolize.”

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.