FOWC with Fandango — Optional

FOWCWelcome to February 17, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “optional.”

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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Take a Better Look

1FA321F9-1681-4FBB-A1DD-8C1B762B4515A blogger, Efisoul63, came up with a series of “getting to know you better” questions that I thought were kind of interesting. And knowing how eager all of you want to know Fandango better, I decided to post my answers.

What keeps you up at night?

Insomnia.

What’s the most surprising self-realization you’ve had?

I’m not extraordinary.

What’s the most illegal thing you’ve done?

Smoked pot before it was legalized.

What lie do you tell most often?

I’m extraordinary.

What do you regret not doing?

Not having sex with Carol N. in the 11th grade when she offered.

What gives your life meaning?

The dictionary.

What do you most often look down on people for? What do you think other people look down on you for?

For voting for and continuing to support Donald Trump. For not voting for and not supporting Donald Trump. 

What bridges do you not regret burning?

What? Do you think I’m a pyromaniac? I’ve never burned a bridge in my entire life.

What are you most insecure about?

Taking things too literally.

How do you get in the way of your own success?

Ignorance and apathy. But just between you and me, I don’t know and I don’t care.

What’s one thing you did that you really wish you could go back and undo?

Never sitting down with my parents and talking to them about their lives when they were growing up and how they met each other.

What are you afraid people see when they look at you?

That I look as old as I am.

Time To Write/Tell The Story

8708F05E-E327-4F5C-A6BF-02FAECD2F178Denise had a love/hate relationship with camping. She loved the idea of getting away from the hustle bustle of city living and heading out to paradise to commune with nature. But she hated having to deal with critters, ranging from bears to raccoons to snakes. And most of all, she hated bugs, especially spiders. They terrified her.

But camping was her husband’s passion. If he could, he would be very happy selling their nice, comfortable home and moving into a large tent or a yurt in some secluded spot in the forest next to a bubbling brook. He would occasionally get irritated at Denise over her indifference toward camping. So, in order to promote peace and harmony in their household, Denise had agreed to go camping once a month. She felt it was worth the sacrifice to hold their marriage together.

Unfortunate, that all ended on their last camping trip when Denise was using the campground outhouse to do her business and a humongous spider crawled up and sat staring at her with its eight nasty spider eyes. Denise ran screaming out of the outhouse and told her husband that she was never going camping again.

“But this is paradise,” he said.

Denise looked at him and said, “Yeah, paradise lost.”


This post was written the Tell The Story prompt for which Melanie, at Sparks from a Combustible Mind, tagged me. Also for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write, where the prompt is “love & hate.”

Also written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (paradise), Your Daily Word Prompt (indifference), Word of the Day Challenge (worth), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (lost).

SoCS — Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite

2E28B5F9-F8B1-4A83-89D4-E1DE6116F8FCFor today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we are asked to “write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘yawn,’ when you sit down to write your post.”

I have to admit that when I read that the prompt was “yawn,” I let out a big one. A yawn that is. Probably because it’s almost midnight and I’ve been up since 6:30 this morning.

But then I thought about why we yawn. Everybody yawns. And it’s not just people. Animals do, too. But why?

One theory is that when you’re tired or bored, you don’t breathe as deeply as you do when you’re awake and engaged. As a result, your body takes in less oxygen because your breathing has slowed. Yawning, therefore, helps you bring more oxygen into the blood and move more carbon dioxide out of the blood.

Another theory is that yawning cools the brain. When you start to yawn, powerful stretching of the jaw increases blood flow in the neck, face, and head. The deep intake of breath during a yawn forces a downward flow of spinal fluid and blood from the brain. The cool air breathed into the mouth cools these fluids. Together these processes may act like a radiator, removing warm or hot blood from the brain while introducing cooler blood from the lungs and extremities, thereby cooling the brain’s surfaces.

Yet another reason you may yawn is to wake yourself up. The yawning motion stretches your lungs and their tissues and causes your body to flex its muscles and joints. It may also force blood toward your face and brain to increase alertness.

These are all theories about why we yawn. But one thing is certain. Yawning is contagious. Even thinking about yawning can cause you to yawn. How many of you yawned when you started to think about what to write for this post? Be honest.

Yawning is one of the most contagious, uncontrollable actions a body does. In fact, 60-70% of people find that seeing a person yawn in real life or in a photo — or even reading about yawning — compels them to do the same thing.

Some studies suggest that people who yawn when they see other people yawn are actually unconsciously demonstrating empathy and bonding. According to these studies, the less empathy a person has, he or she is less likely to yawn after seeing someone else yawn.

I don’t know if yawning is caused by the need for more oxygen, the need to cool down a hot brain, or because you see someone else yawn and you empathize with them. All I know is that it’s past my bedtime and I can’t stop yawning.

So good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bedbugs bite.

FOWC with Fandango — Paradise

FOWCWelcome to February 16, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “paradise.”

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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.