Back to the Drawing Board

I was thinking about using that old platitude about men being from Mars and women being from Venus for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday post. But then I remembered that that was a book title, not a quote, so what I thought was a super idea began to crumble like a box of old, stale spaghetti noodles.

So now it’s back to the drawing board. I’ll see if I can come up with a better one-liner quote, one that is both inscrutable and relatable.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (platitude), The Daily Spur (Venus), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (Wednesday), Word of the Day Challenge (super), Ragtag Daily Prompt (crumble), My Vivid Blog (noodles), and Your Daily Word Prompt (inscrutable).

Share Your World — 05/23/2022

Here it is, another Monday and another Share Your World prompt from Melanie. Let’s get right to it.

If you could be best friends with a celebrity who would it be?

I dunno. I’ve never really had a hankering to hang out with a celebrity, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be Stephen Colbert. I like his ice cream, too!

What is, or should be, the main purpose of law?

Law is defined as a body of rules of action or conduct prescribed by a controlling authority, and having binding legal force. Laws must be obeyed and followed by citizens, who could be subject to sanctions or legal consequence if they disobey the laws. They are intended to protect our general safety, and ensure our rights as citizens against abuses by other people, by organizations, and by the government itself. And without law, what would Dick Wolf, creator of the “Law and Order” TV dynasty, have named his shows?

Do you care about reviews?

Are we talking about job performance reviews? If so, as a retire, the answer for me is that performance reviews are a thing of the past. If we’re talking about movie reviews, TV show reviews, book reviews, etc., I may read them to get a sense for what they’re about and, in the case of movies and TV shows, whose in them. However, reviews are so subjective, and I’ve found that I’ve loved some movies or TV shows that the critics panned and hated some that they raved about. So other than to get basic information, I really don’t put too much stock in reviews.

Is the ‘mind’ different from the ‘brain’? If so, in what ways?

I think of the brain as hardware and the mind as software. The brain is an organ, a physical thing made up of blood vessels and nerve cells. It serves as the center of the nervous system. It coordinates our movements, feelings, and bodily functions. The mind is a mental thing. It refers to a person’s conscience, understanding of things, and thought processes. You can’t see it or physically touch it. So just like you can’t run software without hardware, you need a brain for your mind to function.

Overall how sunny is your nature?

I used to be an optimist with a relatively sunny disposition. But that has changed over the past six or seven years. These days I’m more doom and gloom than I am bright and sunny.

The Letter H

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter H.

Here are Deb’s H-words:

Place – harbor
Emotion – happy
Adjective – headstrong
Verb – haggle
Animal – horse

Sure, I may be a bit headstrong and I like to haggle at the flea market, but that makes me happy. So please don’t harbor any ill will toward me just because I like to horse around.

Blogging Insights — Extreme Writing

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She 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 author, editor, and blogger Andrew Sullivan.

Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.

I don’t know that I’d go so far as to equate blogging with extreme sports. But I agree that blogging is free-form, can be accident-prone, and is, relatively speaking, informal.

It is said that writing a book can be a lonely occupation, whereas many of us bloggers persist because of the interactions we have with other bloggers. So I also agree that blogging, in that sense, is more alive than traditional writing. And since I have a tendency to read my posts aloud before hitting “publish,” I suppose “writing out loud” fits, in my case, anyway.

But when it comes to claiming that blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics, I have to ask this: how many extreme sports athletes can perform their remarkable feats while lying in bed and tapping away with their index finger on their smartphone’s virtual keypad, as I am doing right now while composing this post?

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #170

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 lauramusikanski @ Morguefile.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a sculpture showing the hands, shoulders, and head of a woman with a frightened expression on her face. Her hair grows straight above her head like the trunk of a tree and branches out with small, humanoids emerging from the blossoms on the branches.

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.