I Need Some Advice

Back in August, my wife and I made the move from a gas-powered car to an electric vehicle (EV), and we couldn’t be happier with that decision.

Now we are thinking about moving from our human, pedal-powered bicycles to e-bikes. We are senior citizens and we live in a fairly hilly area, and managing those hills on our traditional bikes ain’t so easy anymore. So we hardly ever ride them.

But with electric bikes, we can use the power-assisted functionally to help flatten some of those more challenging hills while still giving us a nice cardio workout using pedal-power on the more manageable terrain.

So I’m reaching out to you all. If you own, have experience with, knowledge about, or recommendations to offer regarding electric bikes, I’d love to get your advice or hear your stories.

Truthful Tuesday — Change

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Frank is changing things up a bit on this Truthful Tuesday prompt. Instead of asking us specific questions, he is giving us a topic and asking us to discuss it. This week’s topic is “change.” But interestingly enough, after explaining that he wants to make this prompt a bit more fluid, he ultimately ended up asking some pretty specific questions. Frank wants to know…

If you run a prompt, how much have you tweaked and modified your prompt from what it initially started as?

If you don’t run a prompt, what deliberate changes have you made to your blog since you first started blogging?

In either case, have there been any unintentional changes that just sort of happened on their own?

I host a handful of prompts. When I started this blog, I never intended to write prompts for other bloggers, but I enjoyed responding to the WordPress Daily Prompt. Then WordPress announced that it was no longer going to be posting a daily prompt and I decided to try to fill that void with Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (“FOWC With Fandango”). That prompt hasn’t changed since I started it in June 2018.

As to the other prompts, I tend toward consistency and unless I find a compelling reason to change things up with any of my prompts — and I haven’t yet found a compelling reason to do so — I’m leaving well enough alone.

I don’t believe in change for the sake of change. Hence, with respect to the part of the question about deliberate changes to my blog, I’d say there have been none. My blog has no specific niche, so I write and post about whatever occurs to me. I write a lot of flash fiction in respond to prompts and I express my opinions and perspectives about what’s going on in my life and in the world around me.

So, from the perspective of changes to my blog over time, it’s pretty much the same as it’s always been.

Fandango’s Story Starter #21

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:

Shaking, I grabbed her hand and said…

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 — Mayhem


Welcome to November 23, 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 “mayhem.”

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.