TMP — iOS 16.0

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is about some strange “enhancements” Apple made to its latest upgrade to its mobile operating system.

I upgraded to iOS 16 for my iPhone a few days ago. Why? Because it has some neat features to it and I thought it would be the right thing to do. But when it came to using my iPhone for my blog, Apple made some changes that I just don’t get.

For example, if I put the cursor on a word and tap it, the first option the prior iOS version gave was “select.” That made sense, since before you do anything with a word or phrase, like cut or copy or paste it, you would select it, right? But for some strange reason, the “select” option in the updated version of iOS comes after the “paste” option. (See below).

That has screwed me up a few times when I, out of habit, hit where “select” used to be, but I ended up pasting unwanted text instead.

Another example is when I want to underline a word. Unfortunately, underline is not an option in the iOS version of the WordPress app (but strikethrough is — like you use strikethrough a lot), so I have to select the word and use Apple’s underline functionality. In the old version of iOS, when the “select” menu came up, there was a little arrow to the right and when I tapped that, I’d get an option to apply bold, italics, or underline to the selected text.

But now, there’s an extra step. I see “format” and I have to tap that in order to see the bold, italics, or underline selection. Why add that extra step? Is that supposed to be an improvement?

Finally, if I wanted to add a link to my post, I used to select the text and then click on the “link” icon. And, viola, the link was established.

But now I get this:

Of course I want to allow the paste. Why else would I have clicked on the link icon? Sheesh! I guess it’s not just WordPress that makes things more difficult with each new release.

Okay, I’m done.

Blogging Insights — True Empowerment

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 Su Layug.

“We must not only blog what is popular. We must blog about our passions, no matter how quaint. This is true empowerment.

My philosophy about blogging is that you can and should blog about whatever the hell you want to blog about. Blog about what is popular if you want to. Blog about your passions, about politics, life, religion, science, entertainment, sports, your family, your pets, your job, your health. Express your opinions, share your perspectives, and elaborate on your thoughts.

Write flash fiction, poetry, display your photography. Respond to prompts. Host prompts. In fact, blog about whatever floats your boat. That, in my opinion, is what true empowerment is.

Cellpic Sunday — 09/18/22

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

Yes, I know it’s Monday and I’m late again for Cellpic Sunday. Well, my excuse for being late is that we had rain here in Northern California yesterday, which is highly unusual in September, and I was preoccupied by that and never got around to responding to this prompt. But better late than never, right?

This photo was taken the night of September 10th with my iPhone. I had just stepped into my backyard after having taken my dog out for her final walk of the day when I looked up and saw the full moon and decided to snap this photo.

I haven’t yet figured out how to get any details (i.e., craters) of the moon on my iPhone. It always comes out like a circle of light. But nonetheless, I thought this was an interesting photo.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #185

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 image below is from the WordPress Free Photo Library.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows an upset or angry woman squeezing her head with her two hands, fingers outstretched.

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 — Beginner


It’s September 19, 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 “beginner.”

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.