Twiglet — I’m Tired of Being a Pussy

I don’t want to feel scared anymore. I don’t want to be afraid of my shadow. I’m tired of being timid. I’ve got to stop choosing flight over fight all the time. I’m a wimp. I’m gutless. I let people walk all over me, as if I’m a doormat. It’s got to stop! I don’t want to be a pussy anymore.

I want to be a wolf. An alpha wolf, the leader of the pack. A warrior, a wild, ferocious epitome of masculinity. I will be aggressive, savage. I want to howl at the moon and for people to shake in fear at the sound.

Here’s the new me. Hear me howl!

Written for Misky’s Twiglet, which is “to be a wolf.”

WDP — Weather Extremes

Daily writing prompt
How do you feel about cold weather?

One of the reasons my wife and I moved from New England to San Francisco in 2010 was because of the weather. New England summers are hot and muggy. New England winters are frigid and snowy. In contrast, San Francisco summers are relatively cool and dry, and San Francisco winters can be wet, but they are mild. Snow in the city of San Francisco is almost unheard of.

We no longer live in San Francisco. In 2020 we moved to the East Bay to a town about 35 miles east of San Francisco. It’s climate, though, is very different from San Francisco’s. The summers here are hot, hot, hot. I’m talking about a lot of days at or above 100°F. Fortunately, it’s typically a dry heat, so it’s not as oppressive as it is back east, when the humidity is close to 100%. The winters here are colder than in San Francisco, but not nearly as cold as they are in New England. It rarely gets below freezing (32°F) where we live.

Okay, yeah, I hear you. I haven’t answered the question. So let me do that. I prefer cold weather to hot weather. When the weather is cold, you can dress for it — jackets, scarves, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc. — to keep warm. But in the summer, when it’s really hot and muggy, short of staying inside an air conditioned building, there’s not much you can do to escape the heat and humidity. Sure, can strip naked, but you’d be likely to get arrested for doing so in most places.

Of course if I lived in the upper Midwest, I might have a different answer. I lived in Chicago for three years and when the temperatures dipped down to forty below zero before windchill, which they did a few times while I lived there, I didn’t like that one bit.

But I’m okay with the snowless, relatively mild winters here in the coastal regions of Northern California.

Truthful Tuesday — Space

Di, of Pensitivity101, is our host for Truthful Tuesday. This week Di wants to know:

Would you like to go up in space?

Actually, it’s just my wife and me. We live in a 2400 square foot, four bedroom, three bathroom home. So I don’t think we need to go up in space. If anything, we ought to consider downsizing and going down in space.

Oh wait. Am I misinterpreting Di’s question? Yes, she’s asking about going up in outer space, isn’t she?

Okay, now that we’re on the same page, my answer is still no, I don’t want to go up in space. It’s not one of my bucket list items. I’ll leave that experience to some younger folks, like William Shatner.

Wait, what? He’s 92? Okay, well, he’s already spent so many years in space galavanting around the universe in the Starship Enterprise that he’s used to it. Me? I’d rather keep both feet firmly planted on the ground.

Fandango’s Story Starter #98

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you a “teaser” sentence or sentence fragment and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that sentence/fragment. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

When the driver suddenly turned left instead of right, I realized that

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Subside


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 “subside.”

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.