Creative As Hell

“You’re a real rockstar when it comes to refurbishing surplus items in the stockroom, Calvin,” Dave, the warehouse manager said. “You’re not at all unimaginative, like your predecessor was. What’s your secret, son?”

“That’s easy, boss,” Calvin said, a big grin on his face. “I do a triple each morning before I come to the stockroom.”

“A triple?” Dave asked. “What do you mean?”

“I eat a cannabis-infused marshmallow, a cannabis-infused gummy, and I smoke a joint,” Calvin said, still grinning. “Believe you me, boss, after that triple, by the time I get here, I’m creative as hell.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (star), Your Daily Word Prompt (refurbish), My Vivid Blog (surplus), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (unimaginative), Ragtag Daily Prompt (triple), and Word of the Day Challenge (marshmallow).

Five Word Weekly Challenge — The New Release

We periodically release the latest update of our operating system to the general public, but before we do, we engage a small group of beta testers to check it out and make sure everything is working as intended.

This outreach allows us to identify and fix any bugs in the new features and functionality in the latest release as well as to verify that the coding in the new release hasn’t broken any of the functionality of the previous releases.

We used to name each release after a type of metal, like Tin and Copper and Brass. But starting with this release, we’re naming them after vegetables. We’re starting out with Cauliflower, and once that is out, we’ll be starting on the next release, Broccoli.

Written for Greg’s Five Word Weekly Challenge, where the five words are: periodic | beta | outreach | cauliflower | copper

TMP — Out of Sync

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

Lately, I’ve noticed while watching TV that the audio and the video are a bit out of sync. Sometimes the audio is a little ahead of the video; sometimes the video is a little ahead of the audio. Either way, it’s disconcerting.

It’s not all the time, but it’s often enough that it’s bothersome. I don’t know if it’s Roku Streaming Stick, the streaming channels, the DVR, or something else. I’ve turned the TV set on and off. I’ve resent the Roku device, the DVR, and exited and then returned to the streaming channels. Sometimes that fixes the problem. But not every time.

Well, maybe this is a good excuse to shut off the TV and pick up a good book.

Blogging Insights — Whatever Works For You

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.

The only truly universal writing advice is ‘If it works, it works.’”

Author and blogger Audrey Driscoll

You can’t argue with the statement, “If it works, it works.” Duh. And if it doesn’t work, unplug it, wait 30 seconds, plug it back in, and see if it works, then. If not, call your local Maytag repairman.

But what about in the context of writing or blogging? Well, let’s start by asking “works for who?” The writer? The reader? Have you ever written a post and thought to yourself that you’ve just created something really special and once you publish it, people are going to read it, like it, and comment on it like nothing else you’ve ever written? Wow, you think, this really worked. This post is going to go viral, for sure.

Then nada. It bombed. Few views, fewer likes, and even fewer comments. It may have worked for you, but it obviously didn’t work for your readers. And isn’t writing something that works for your readers what blogging is all about?

Except for those of you who claim that you write only for yourself and you don’t really care about whether or not it works for your readers. In that case, all I can say to you, if that works for you, it works…but only for you.

Share Your World — 12/12/2022

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 kid, did you have roller skates, a go-kart, or a push bike?

Yes, I had the kind of metal roller skates that you wore on the bottom of your shoes and used a key to tighten them up around the sole and heel of the shoes. A buddy of mine and I built a go-kart using wood, a wooden crate, and wheels from an old wagon. I never had a push bike, but I had a tricycle and then a two-wheeler with training wheels until I was able to ride it without the training wheels, which didn’t take that long.

2. Also, did you belong to a gang or just hang out with your friends?

No gang. Just a bunch of friends from the neighborhood.

3. What is the best present, birthday or otherwise, you can remember as a child?

That probably would have been my first two-wheeler bike.

4. If a friend stayed over, did you have a midnight feast or did you go to bed and sleep ?

I don’t recall having any midnight feasts, but we would stay up later than normal, play games, listen to records, or just talk. But usually, by around midnight or shortly thereafter, we would run out of steam and go to sleep.

Gratitude: What gives your day a kick start?