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“Do you know who I am?” the woman screamed. “I am the heir to the Wintworth fortune and your attitude, young man, is felonious. You’re lucky I’m not going to report you to your superior, although I’ve got a hankering to do so, let me tell you.”

“Ma’am, I’ve checked the status of your shipment and I can assure you it will arrive on time for the symphony orchestra’s concert this weekend,” the logistics manager said.

“It had better, young man,” the woman said, “or I’ll have your head on a platter. And I can assure you that this is not an idle or harmless threat.”

“Listen you shriveled up old bitch,” the logistics manager snapped, “I don’t care who you are or how much money you’ve got, your threats do not intimidate me. I know what I’m doing and when all is said and done, despite your extremely obnoxious behavior, all you’ll have to say is all’s well that ends well.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (heir), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (felonious), Ragtag Daily Prompt (lucky/head), Your Daily Word Prompt (hankering/shrivel), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (shipment), Word of the Day Challenge (orchestra), My Vivid Blog (harmless), Weekly Prompts (extreme), and Wednesday Thoughts (all’s well that ends well(.

One-Liner Wednesday — Injustice and Hypocrisy

“Of all forms of injustice, none is more flagrant than that of the hypocrite who, at the very moment when he is most false, makes it his business to appear virtuous.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman lawyer, writer, and orator

Cicero was famous for his orations on politics and society. He was beheaded by order of his political rival, Mark Antony, in December 43 BC.

These words, spoken by Cicero more than 2,000 years ago, seem to be quite relevant in the second decade of the 21st century in the United States.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #174


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Today’s provocative question was prompted by blogger Melanie over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind. In this post, Melanie wrote on the subject of brevity. She brought up “the old debate about length versus brevity” in blog posts.

Melanie wrote that she is a “long” post writer, noting that her word count often nudges 1,000 words. But she pointed out that a blogger she follows is of the opinion that anything over 350-500 words is just “too long.” (I don’t think that was me, but it could have been me.) And then Melanie wrote, “Length should never factor into a creative process,” and “saying something is too long or too short is to try to put a limit on creativity in someone else.”

I don’t usually express my own opinion on my provocative question prompts because I don’t want to influence how others might respond to these prompts. But today I’m making an exception.

Are you familiar with “TL;DR”? That’s an abbreviation for “too long; didn’t read.” I’ll be honest. Once a post approaches the 500+ word range, unless it’s extremely compelling, I consider it to be TL;DR, and I’ll end up either skimming or skipping the rest of the post.

When I first started blogging back in 2005, my posts were long and meandering. In 2006, my average post was 1,072 words. By 2009, it was down to 772 words on average. In 2014, 556 average words per post. I noticed that as the lengths of my posts decreased, my blog’s traffic increased. Cause and effect or coincidence?

I remember taking note, before I started this blog in 2017, that none other than than The Bard, himself, William Shakespeare, said that “Brevity is the soul of wit,” and I do endeavor to be witty in my posts. The late Al Neuharth, founder of, and columnist for, USA Today, wrote that “long-winded stuff loses the attention of listeners and readers.” His “magic number” for his editorials was around 300 words.

I decided to embrace brevity in my posts when I started This, That, and the Other five years ago. These days, as can be seen in the table below, my average post is just under 240 words.

Anyway, my provocative questions to you this week are about whether or not size matters to you. The long and the short of it is…

Do you have a preference with respect to the length of blog posts you read? Does the number of words in a post affect how you read it or even if you will read it? What is your average post length?

By the way, in case you’re wondering, this post contains 585 words.

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Shipment


It’s July 20, 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 “shipment.”

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.