Truthful Tuesday — Time is of the Essence

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

Regardless of the media, when it comes to stories, do you prefer those that are perfectly sequential in their writing, such as the seven original Harry Potter books or Frank Herbert’s Dune series, or do you find stories that skip around in the timeline, such as the nine central Star Wars films to be more entertaining?

I’m a chronological order kind of a guy. That’s just the way my mind works. I prefer stories that happen sequentially. At least when it comes to visual media, like movies or television shows. Shows like “This Is Us,” where the story line can be in the present, can skip back a few decades, or occasionally even jumps forward into the future, irritate me. But my wife loves that show and she thinks such out of sequence timelines irritate me because they confuse my addled mind. But that’s a whole nuther story.

There are exceptions, though, such as when the the main premise of the story is time travel. And I don’t mind it so much in books, especially when the author makes it clear that we’ve been transported to another time.

As to Dune and Star Wars specifically, I got tired of Dune after the forth book and I only saw the first three Star Wars movies anyway. With respect to Harry Potter, I read the first book and saw the first movie and then lost interest.

TMP — Oh Deer

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 wildlife.

For the past six months my wife and I have been involved in a major landscaping and hardscaping project in our backyard. We planted a whole bunch of new trees, shrubs, and native California, drought-resistant plants. And it all looks beautiful.

So what’s my peeve? Here’s my peeve:

Deer! Yes, deer. We have a family of deer coming into our newly landscaped backyard and they are destroying our plantings. They’re eating all of the leaves on the lower branches of our young trees and they’re basically devouring the shrubs and other plants in our backyard.

I admit that deer are beautiful, elegant creatures whose movements remind me of poetry in motion. But come on, deer. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Maybe your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners do, but seriously, deer, your destroying our beautifully landscaped yard.

Share Your World — 6/21/21

Melanie is back with another edition of Share Your World. Here are today’s questions.

What’s one question you wish more people asked you?

There is no question I wish more people would ask me. I think everyone should just mind their own business.

Do you like eggs? What’s your favorite way to have them served?

Yes I like eggs. I like them over-easy or in an omelette or cooked in “hole in the wall” style.

Thoughts on scary movies? (not horror necessarily, but suspense or action/thrillers)

I used to be into horror movies, but my wife is not a fan, so we hardly watch them. I do like science fiction as well as suspense thrillers, mysteries, and some action movies.

Do you believe in Karma?

I don’t believe in the notion of karma as what you’ve done in previous states of existence, or in your current life, deciding your fate in future existences. That’s because I don’t believe in previous or future states of existence. Nor, as a pragmatist, do I believe in destiny or in fate. But I do believe in cause and effect, so, from the concept of karma as current actions having an impact on one’s future in this lifetime, yes, I will concede to that.


At this moment, what you are most grateful for?

I’m grateful that it seems that the worst of the pandemic appears to be behind us and that things are slowly returning to normal. Or at least to a “new normal.”

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — June 18th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 18th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on June 18, 2014 on my old blog.

A Day in the Life

I wake up
I wash up
I brew a cup

I log on
I blog on
I work on

I eat
I meet
I greet

I stare
I share
I care

I eat some more
I do a chore
I’m such a bore

I read some blogs
I drop some logs
I fix some clogs

I earn my pay
I end my day
I hit the hay

This post is in response to yesterday’s Daily Prompt, Rare Medium. We were asked to “describe a typical day in your life — but do it in a form or in a medium you’ve rarely — if ever — used before.” I rarely write poetry primarily because…

I am not good at poetry.
What I wrote above was a poem.
Or my version of poem.
It had no set meter.
But it had a rhyme.
Albeit forced at times.
And it had stanzas.
So it was a poem.
Or not.
I don’t know.
I am not good at poetry.

Truthful Tuesday — Whatever Floats Your Boat

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

Aside from those with physical limitations that would impair their ability to actually read, does listening to audio books count as actually reading in your mind? Why or why not?

I’m not a purist when it comes to reading books. There are those who say that the only way to read a book is to pick up the book in your hands and physically turn the pages. They say that reading an ebook should not count as reading a book. I think that’s ridiculous. My entire book collection, these days, is on my iPhone in my Kindle app. And when I read an ebook, I consider it to be reading a book, even though I’m not actually holding a printed, physical book in my hands.

As to audio books, I haven’t partaken in that form of book reading. But I don’t see that there’s any big deal to be made of listening to someone read a book to you versus reading the book yourself. It still counts as having read the book.

To my mind, the point is to enjoy the contents of the book, so whether you require the feel and smell of a printed book, would rather enjoy the convenience of reading a book on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or would prefer to hear someone’s voice reading it to you, it’s fine with me. I am pro-choice and as I often say, “whatever floats your boat.”