Reading and Writing

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, wants to know about our reading and writing habits lately. Let’s see what he wants to know.

1] How real do you need your reality reading or fiction reading to be?

I enjoy reading science fiction (e.g., Asimov), fantasy (e.g., Tolkien), and horror (e.g., King), where I know, going in, that I need to suspend disbelief. But I also like detective novels, suspense, intrigue, and even multigenerational sagas, and for those kinds of novels, the characters and storylines must be realistic or at least plausible.

2] Have you knowingly noticed over the last 9 months and since the arrival of Covid – 19 your writing style has altered?

My writing style, no. My topics, yes. I write a lot about the devastation and destruction due to the pandemic. I also write about the devastation and destruction due to Donald Trump and his GOP goodies.

3] Have you noticed any changes in the way that you personally blog – for instance your overall outlook and positivity reflects upon you differently now?

I’ve noticed that I personally blog about more things that are devastating and destructive in our world in 2020. And as to outlook and positivity? I’m afraid that’s been M.I.A. this year.

One-Liner Wednesday — Escapism

“Writing is like a little hole in reality that you can go through and you can get out and you can be someplace else for a while.”

Author Stephen King

I feel that, when I write a flash fiction post on my blog, I briefly sneak through a tiny tear in the fabric of the universe into a small world filled with characters I have created my mind. Sometimes, given the state of reality, I wish I could stay there longer.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Thursday Inspiration — The Ten Commandments

The object of Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt is to inspire us “to write something creative, perhaps a poem or a piece of flash fiction.” And most of the time, that works for me. Unfortunately, today is not one of those times.

Paula’s theme today is “written.” That should be easy for bloggers like me because that’s what blogging is all about — creating stories and poems and posts using the written word. But something popped into my head when I read today’s theme and there’s nothing I can do to push it out.

So I’m just going to go with it. So let it be written, so let it be done.

SoCS — Word Not Found

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill asks us about a word we have to look up. She says, “We all have words we can never spell. Use one of yours in your post and let that word drive your stream of consciousness wherever it goes.”

I used to be an excellent speller in my younger days. But then, as I got older, my brain started to shrink and has now apparently exceeded its maximum word capacity, requiring it to run some diagnostics and to perform a raw data purge. As a result, words that I used to absolutely know how to spell without doubt or hesitation, are sending me 404 Error – Word Not Found messages, forcing me to go to either Google or to figure out how to correctly spell the damn word.

The most recent example of this inability to spell a word that I’ve correctly spelled countless times was the word “aficionado.” I was actually writing an email to my brother-in-law when I typed that word — or at least what I thought was the correct way to spell that word — and that pesky squiggly red line appeared under the word I had typed, a sure sign that my email app was telling me I wasn’t spelling it correctly.

I had typed “officianado.” Then I removed the second “f” and the resulting spelling, “oficianado,” still had that squiggly red line under it. Dammit.

I went to Google and did a search on “oficianado” and this is what I saw:Of-fucking-course! It’s “aficionado” with an “a” and not an “o” at the beginning. And it’s “cionado” and not “cianado.”

I knew that! Or I used to know that, anyway.