#WDYS — The Bucket List

I need you to remove that blackboard from the front of my building. Why? Well, first of all, it makes me feel uncomfortable and somewhat fragile. I’ve always been wary when it comes to creating a bucket list of things I want to do before I die. It would mean admitting that my time on Earth is coming to a close soon and that I need to hurry up and do all of the things I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet gotten around to doing them. And I’m reticent to make such admission, even though it’s true.

Second of all, I hate to blow my own horn, but I’ve been fortunate in my life to have carved a wide swathe, so to speak, over the years and there are few experiences that I haven already experienced or places I haven’t already been to. Thus, I would have to seriously puzzle over the delivery of such a list of things I want to do before I die, since I’ve pretty much done it all.

So please do me a favor and remove that damn backboard from the front of my funeral home. It’s seriously bad for business.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Google Images. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (fragile), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (wary), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reticent), The Daily Spur (horn), Your Daily Word Prompt (swathe), My Vivid Blog (puzzle), and Word of the Day Challenge (delivery).

Share Your World — 02/07/2022

It’s another Monday, the First one in February, and it’s time for another edition of Share Your World from Melanie.

What would be the most surprising scientific discovery imaginable?

The definitive discovery of intelligent life on other planets.

If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go?

If the Republicans take control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections and if Trumps is nominated for POTUS and wins in 2024, the answer would be YES! Get me the hell outta here.

What breed of dog would you be? If you’re more a cat person – what breed of cat?

Labrador Retriever.

Bubble gum? Yay or nay?

Only if it comes with baseball cards.

Feel free (no pressure) to share some gratitude from January of this year.

I’m grateful that I’m finally over the cold I had for the entire month of January.

Blogging Insights — Spammers are People, too

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Adrienne Smith.

“Successful people don’t spam.”

I don’t personally know any spammers, so I can’t say, one way or another, how successful they are. If the purpose of spammers is to lure people to their sites to buy whatever it is they’re selling, and if they actually do manage to get people to do that, then they may, indeed, be successful. After all, given the huge amount of spam being generated every day, whoever is behind it all must be achieving some level of success. Otherwise, why bother?

But my real question is this: are spammers even real people at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if most spam came from robots, or spambots, operating out spam farms in Russia or Belarus or China or New Jersey.

But maybe, just maybe, Adrienne was misquoted and what she actually said was, “Successful people don’t eat Spam.” And if that is, in fact, what she said, she’s 100% correct.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #155

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 painting below is called The Guitar Player by José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior and was found at Wikimedia Commons.

For the visually challenged writer, the painting shows a man sitting on the ledge of an open window playing a guitar and a woman standing on the street outside listening to him playing.

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.

FOWC with Fandango — Reticent


It’s February 7, 2022. Welcome 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 “reticent.”

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.