Cellpic Sunday — 2/5/23

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.

When I saw the picture John posted today, one showing a snowy view outside of his office window in Fargo, North Dakota, I looked back at my archives and found this snowy photo taken in March of 2010 looking out of my front door when I was living in wintry Massachusetts.

Truth be told, it was snowy scenes like this, not uncommon where I lived in Massachusetts, that prompted my family and me to move, later that year, across the country to San Francisco, where such a wintry scene outside one’s home is never seen.

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.

Rory’s Morning Dawdler — 02/05/23

Rory, the king of questions, also known as the Autistic Composter, has come up with a new series of questions that he calls “The Morning Dawdler.” He poses four questions three times a week, questions he says are “inspired by life, humor, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment, and human curiosity, and so on.”

Here are Rory’s four morning dawdler questions for today.

Have you learned anything new about your personality that you didn’t know beforehand whileon your blogging journey?

Yes, I didn’t know how much I enjoyed writing flash fiction, that I liked responding to other bloggers’ Q&A posts, or that I’d enjoy hosting my own prompts as much as I do. But most important, when I started my very first blog in 2005, I had no idea that 18 years later, I’d still be at it.

What are your last thoughts of the night before you turn your lights off, ready to sleep?

The last thing I do at night before turning off the lights is read and respond to comments that I hadn’t gotten to during the day. Then I shut off my iPhone, close my eyes, and start drifting off into dreamland almost immediately.

What is the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard anyone say, write, or blog about?

Anything positive about Donald Trump and/or about today’s Republican Party.

What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?

I think I’ll flip this question over and answer, “What can I no longer do today that I was capable of a year ago?”

Having busted my hip and undergone partial hip replacement surgery three weeks ago, I can no longer:

  • Walk without the use of a walker or without pain
  • Run
  • Ride my ebike
  • Walk or play with my dog
  • Be independent (I am depended upon my wife to assist me with many of my activities of daily living)
  • Do anything quickly
  • Have the energy to put into blogging (or much of anything else for that matter)

Hopefully, over the next few months, I should regain the ability to do most of these things.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Key

A key does so much more
Than lock and unlock doors
It’s symbolic
It can unlock new opportunities
It can open up a world of knowledge
It can lead to new beginnings
New relationships
It’s new adventures

A key can unlock the truth
Lock away injustice
Solve a mystery
Open up new freedoms
It’s the key to a kingdom
The key to success
The key to happiness
To key to life

(Exactly 71 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “key.”

FOWC with Fandango — Heckler


It’s February 5, 2023. 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 “heckler.”

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.