Friday Fictioneers — Constant Flow

“Ta da!” Ryan said, extending his arm toward the end of the corridor at the shopping mall. “What do you think?”

Fran looked where Ryan was pointing and then back at Ryan. “What is it?”

”It’s a work of art,” Ryan said. “The owners of the mall commissioned me to create something for this dead space.

“Oh,” Fran said.

“I call it ‘Constant Flow’ because it uses a recirculating pump to keep the water flowing from the fire hose nozzle to the pool below and back up,” Ryan explained.

“I’m impressed,” Fran said, “that anyone would pay you for that.”

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisigoths-Fields. Photo credit: Anne Higa.

Three Line Tales — Ready For Prime Time

Samuel stepped back, looked at the walls all around his loft, and admired his work. “Practice makes perfect,” he said aloud, even though no one else was around. “It’s time to take it to the streets.”

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales prompt. Photo credit: Matthieu Comoy via Unsplash.

Modern Art

“Did you make your reservation yet, Jerry?” Annie asked.

“What reservation?”

“Joseph is putting his unique abstract paintings on display at the Museum of Modern Art,” Annie said. “Did you forget?”

“Well,” Jerry responded, “I thought they had shuttered the museum due to the statewide stay-at-home order.”

“Actually, the governor has opened up some businesses and services across the state, including museums, as long as proper protocols are observed,” Annie said. “So they’ve moved forward the date of the museum’s reopening.”

“That’s great, Annie,” Jerry said. “I bet Joseph must be thrilled.”

“Yes, he’s thrilled,” Annie said, “although he’s still having trouble getting his head around it. It’s all a bit of an abstraction to him.”

Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (reservation), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (unique), The Daily Spur (display), Just Jot it January (shutter), Ragtag Daily Prompt (forward), and Your Daily Word Prompt (abstraction). Image credit: Tom Fedro.

Blogging Insights — Art or Science

Blogging insightsThe latest edition of Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights prompt asks us three questions about the nature of blogging.

1. Is blogging an art or science?

Having a blog requires bloggers to possess the technical skills to use a personal computer, a tablet, or a smartphone and to access the internet and to use the website or app of the blog hosting platform to create and publish posts. That said, blogging, to me, is not a science. You can know how to do all of what I just described, but that doesn’t mean you can put two coherent sentences together or craft a post that anyone would be interested in reading. So my answer is that blogging is not a science, it’s art.

2. Can people without a “natural talent” for writing become bloggers?

I suppose it depends on the nature of the blog. If the blogger is using his or her blog as a personal journal or a diary of their lives, or if it has a very specific, narrow niche, then I’m not sure a “natural talent for writing” is a prerequisite. But I do believe that in order to be a successful blogger, you do have to have the talent to be a storyteller and you have to have a talent for telling your stories in a compelling way that grabs the reader.

3. Have you ever taken or taught a blogging course?

My one word answer is “nope.” Okay, that was actually a six word answer. No wait, now we’re up to 22 words. No, 24 words. Damn. 26 words. Fine, I need a blogging course on how to give a one-word answer. But there’s a pattern here. My response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompts are never just one-line. Anyway, my answer is still “nope.” It just took me 71 words.

Weekend Writing Prompt — A Night at the Museum

2BDD04FA-F8F9-4390-8587-31587AA31AADEveryone who worked at the fine arts museum was aghast at what they saw when they arrived that morning. Someone apparently broke in during the night and used a Sharpie marker to deface all of the paintings featuring nude subjects by blacking out all of the exposed private parts, including genitals and bare breasts, shown in the paintings.

The media showed up to report on what happened. The head curator was livid about what happened. “This is a new one on me, and it’s not funny,” he told the reporters. “Sharpie markers are permanent. These beautiful works of art have been destroyed by some fanatic who apparently believes that nudity is pornographic and wanted to cover what he or she found offensive. This act has ruined the concinnity of this great museum. I have some advice for this disturbed person. The naked human body is not pornographic.”

(147 words)

9FB50980-1E25-4A6E-9604-084EDCA9533EWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “museum” in exactly 147 words. Because Sammi was generous with the word count for this prompt, I’ve included these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (marker), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (nude), Daily Addictions (new), The Daily Spur (funny), Your Daily Word Prompt (concinnity), and Word of the Day Challenge (advice). Image credit: The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel. Metropolitan Museum of Art.