One-Liner Wednesday — Searching for a Plot

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“My life has a superb cast, but I can’t figure out the plot.”

Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant
British author and syndicated cartoonist

As a wannabe novelist, I can relate to this quotation. In my handful of attempts at writing the “Great American Novel,” I seem to be able to conjure up a whole cast of interesting, unique, provocative, and compelling characters. But then I get all turned around and mostly lost trying to figure out what to do with them. I get bogged down while attempting to develop the plot arc and end up abandoning my characters without reaching a destination.

Well, they say one’s journey is more important than one’s destination. So I’m going to go with that as my excuse for not being able to give my cast a decent plot in which to strut their stuff.


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Getting Warmer

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“I think that there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.”

Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Climate change denier Pruitt went on to say, “Do we really know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100, in the year 2018? That’s fairly arrogant for us to think that we know exactly what it should be in 2100.”

He’s right. What difference does it make what the surface temperature will be in the year 2100? Almost all of us will be dead in 82 years and the human race will likely be extinct by then as a result of global warming.

And this is the man that Donald Trump chose to head up the EPA, the federal agency whose mission it is supposed to be to protect human health and the environment.

Scott Pruitt, just another one of the swamp creatures of the Trump administration.


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

One-Liner Wednesday — English Makes No Sense

Doug Larson was a columnist and editor for the Door County Advocate from 1953 to 1964 and wrote a daily column, “Doug’s Dugout,” for the Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1964 to 1988.

He was known for his insightful, folksy quotes, like the one above, which resonates with me because English often doesn’t make any sense. If it wasn’t my native language, I’m sure I’d never be able to master it.

Another quote of his that I like is “To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.” Clearly, our president is not superhuman. I’m not even sure he’s even human.

Or how about this one? “A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.”

And then there’s “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”

But I digress. If you’re interested in reading more of Don Larson’s witty quotes, they can be found here.


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

One-Liner Wednesday — Despotism and the Free Press

“Despotism is the enemy of the people. The free press is the despot’s enemy.”

US Senator Jeff Flake

Yes, I’m as shocked as you are that I would choose to quote something said by the junior senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake.

Why am I shocked? Because he’s a Republican senator. And there’s usually very little said by any Republican politician that I consider to be quote worthy. However, when someone speaks the truth, it doesn’t matter to me whether that person is a liberal or a conservative, a Democrat or a Republican. If it’s the truth, it deserves to be quoted.

And in this case, what Senator Flake said is not an “alternative fact,” it’s not “fake news.” It’s simply the truth.


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