Shooting Clay Pigeons

“Why are you so nervous?” Sharon asked. “You’re perfect for the role. It’s almost as if you were typecast by for it.”

“Good grief, Sharon,” Trent said. “My jitters are certainly not intentional. It’s just that the producer is such a flake, you know what I’m saying? I can’t begin to predict what his response will be to my audition.”

“You just need to stay calm, Trent,” Sharon said. “I know you’ve been going through some changes in your life, but you should take satisfaction in the fact that you’re in a better place than you were last year at this time. Day-by-day, you’ve been successfully emerging from what was a pretty dark time.”

“Thanks for the reassurances, Sharon,” Trent said. “But a precedent has been set. I totally blew my last two auditions and I’m worried that I don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of doing any better at this one.”

“You got this, Trent,” Sharon said. “It’s like going trapshooting and knocking down those shooting clay pigeons. You can’t miss.”

“But I’ve never been trapshooting,” Trent said.

“Great,“ Sharon said. “That just means you have no negative precedents to worry you.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (nervous /calm), Your Daily Word Prompt (typecast), Ragtag Daily Prompt (grief/flake), Word of the Day Challenge (intentional/emerging), E.M.’ Random Word Prompt (response/satisfaction), My Vivid Blog (changes/pigeons), and The Daily Spur (precedent/snow).

Share Your World — 04/11/2022

For today’s Share Your World, we have a guest host, Tena Carr, from Jottings and Writings, standing in for Melanie. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Do you prefer salty foods or sweet foods?

I had surgery to remove a growth in the middle ear of my left ear in December 2019 that left me deaf in that ear. One of the unintended consequences of that surgery was that I lost my sense of taste. So these days, everything I eat — sweet, salty, savory, spicy, bitter, whatever — taste blah.

Would you rather be in a place where it is excessively hot or excessively cold?

One of the attractions of moving to San Francisco was that it never gets excessively hot or excessively cold there. We have since moved to the East Bay Area, about 35 miles east of San Francisco, and while it never gets excessively cold there, either, it does get excessively hot in the summer. And I hate that!

Favorite mode of long distance travel (bus, plane, train, automobile, or other?).

Unless I have to get someplace far away fast, I won’t fly. I prefer either driving or, if available between my starting point and my destination and time is not a consideration, train.

What was your favorite holiday growing up? (You can also use american holidays or appropriate holidays from your country.)

Fourth of July. I used to love cookouts with family and friends and going to see fireworks. But, since the pandemic, that’s pretty much been a thing of the past.

Gratitude question:

What gave you the most gratification this week?

I got my hearing aids. Now all I have to do is get acclimated to them, which could take a couple of months.

I is for Inherit the Wind

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “Inherit the Wind.”

“Inherit the Wind” was a 1960 American film based on the 1955 play written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. The film was directed by Stanley Kramer and starred Spencer Tracy as lawyer Henry Drummond and Fredric March as his friend and rival Matthew Harrison Brady. It also featured Gene Kelly, Dick York, Harry Morgan, Donna Anderson, Claude Akins, Noah Beery Jr., Florence Eldridge, and Jimmy Boyd.

In the 1920s, Tennessee schoolteacher Bertram Cates (Dick York) is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead of creationism. Drawing intense national attention in the media with writer E. K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly) reporting, two of the nation’s leading lawyers go head to head: Matthew Harrison Brady (Fredric March) for the prosecution, and Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) for the defense.

The film is based on the so-called “Monkey Trial” of 1925, that put a young high school teacher named John T. Scopes on trial for violating a state law, passed the same year, prohibiting the teaching of any theory that denied the biblical account of divine creation. Darwin’s theory of evolution was also therefore on trial. Two of the most famous lawyers and orators in the land contested the case. Scopes was defended by the legendary Clarence Darrow, and the prosecution was led by three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. Darrow’s expenses were paid by the Baltimore Sun papers, home of the famed journalist H.L. Mencken, who meticulously covered the trial.

In the movie, after his six expert scientific witnesses are not allowed to testify, Drummond boldly calls Brady onto the stand as a defense witness. The bombastic Brady is unable to refuse a chance to show off, and Drummond quizzes him on biblical details, more or less destroying his credibility in the process; Brady is finally reduced to agreeing with Bishop Usher that God created the Earth at exactly 9 a.m. on Oct. 23, 4004 BC. This impactful movie scene was an actual, masterfully performed reenactment of what Darrow really did when he called Bryan to the stand and methodically ground him down.

Spencer Tracy was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in “Inherit the Wind.” The movie was also nominated for Best Screenplay based upon material from another medium, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing. From my personal perspective, it is one of the best films ever, and I highly encourage anyone who hasn’t seen it to watch it.

Previous A2Z 2022 posts: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #164

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 photograph below is from my iPhone photo archives.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of people in the audience for a live performance by a musician and a man is getting ready to take his seat.

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 — Calm


It’s April 11, 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 “calm.”

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. Show them some love.