#WDYS — The Breakfast Club

“I think our eyes were bigger than our stomachs,” Sandra said. “We ordered way too much food.”

“There’s no law that you have to eat everything they put on the table, although I must confess it all looks so spectacular,” Jenny said.

“I don’t know which dish is my favorite,” Marianne said. “My intent is to sample a mix of everything.”

Karen reached over to grab the waffle plate. “Hey girl,” Andrea said, “we’re sharing, so get your selfish hand away from that waffle.”

“I concur,” Sandra said. “No way you’re going to hog that waffle.”

“Fine,” Karen said. “Don’t get your panties in a bunch. “There’s plenty here for everyone.”

“Okay, girls,” Jenny said. “Hold up your mimosas ladies, and let’s toast one another and give thanks for the good food, and the company of good friends.”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (law/spectacular/thanks), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (confess/favorite/concur), Your Daily Word Prompt (intent), and The Daily Spur (mix). Photo credit: unattributed.

TMP — DNA Badgering

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

Paula’s peeve today was about being badgered by people and by companies into making charitable donations. Yeah, this is the time of the year that everyone has their hands out. And like Paula, I’m none too happy about that.

But my peeve this week is about a different kind of badgering. It’s about being badgered to take more DNA tests. I did a DNA test with 23andMe a few years back. They keep emailing me with lists of distant relatives and then asking if I want to reach out to them. No, I don’t. They are also encouraging me to have my parents submit their saliva for DNA testing. Both of my parents are dead. They also want my siblings’ saliva for DNA testing. They’re both dead, too. Just leave me alone.

When we rescued our dog from the shelter this past March, we decided to get her DNA tested. We did it with two different doggie DNA testing services, Embark and Wisdom Panel. Both keep sending me emails notifying me of DNA testing sales and asking me to swab our dog’s mouth and send it to them for updating testing. Do they think our dog’s DNA has changed over the past eight months since got the results from the first tests?

Sorry, DNA testing services, but I do believe that DNA testing is a once-and-done kind of a thing. That might not be great for your business model, but that’s the way it is.

So stop badgering me, dammit.

Blogging Insights — Distractions

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 unattributed, but given the quote, it’s a little ironic because I’m sure it’s something Tanya got on the internet. Here’s the quote:

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.”

It’s no wonder this quote is unattributed. It’s an awful quote. I hate it when people quote percentages for qualitative factors that are impossible to measure quantitatively. Where did the 3% number come from? Are there only two attributes that make someone a good writer: talent and the ability to avoid being distracted by the internet? Must be, according to this quote, because 3% plus 97% adds up to 100%, leaving no room for any other attributes for making a good writer.

Im not a professional or even a “serious” writer. Im a retiree who enjoys writing, and blogging gives me that opportunity to exercise my mind, express myself in writing, and have fun. It also enables me to interact with people around the world. And what enables this? The internet!

I rely on the internet. It’s where I can find interesting, timely subject matter for my blog, as well as photos, music videos, quotes. It provides a wealth of information so I can research my topics that I post about. And WordPress.com is accessible through the internet.

I do agree that being a good writer (and a good blogger) does take talent, but it takes a lot of other attributes, including leveraging the internet as needed.

Share Your World — 11/22/2022

Share Your World

Di, at Pensitivity101, is our host for Share Your World each week. Here are her questions for this week.

1. As a child, did you prefer to watch TV, play games outside on a nice day, or read?

At various times, all three.

2. What would you rather do now, read a book, watch a movie at home, dine out with friends, or go down the pub?

These days it’s watch TV (movies or binge-watch TV series). Other than that, blogging and reading. Since the pandemic, dining out with friends is rare and going down to the pub is never.

3. Are you fashion conscious?

Not in the least. My wardrobe consists exclusively of Levi jeans, T-shirts or sweatshirts, or an occasional casual sports shirt. There is nothing at all fashionable about me.

4. Do you wear slippers, clogs or go barefoot indoors?

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #194

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 shutterstock.com

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a skeleton wearing a tie sitting behind a messy desk typing on a keyboard. There are cobwebs s between the skeleton, the desk lamp, and the papers on the desk.

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.