Fandango’s Provocative Question #12

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question deals with exaggerations, embellishments, and lies.

“How do you feel about people who always seem to exaggerate when relating a story? Do you equate embellishment with lying? As a blogger, when, if ever, is stretching the truth, other than when writing fiction, permissible?”

I wrote a post about this back in September 2017. You can read it HERE if you want to, although I’m more interested in your perspective, so feel free to skip the link.

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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 most important, have fun.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Quit Trying

67BA2C17-81BB-44C4-971A-4062398EB6C2.jpegOkay, I’m addicted (or obsessed, compulsive, hooked, whatever). I went to my Reader this morning, opened up this post from Rory (A Guy Called Bloke), and saw a series of questions. I read it and then told myself to move on to the next post in my Reader. But I couldn’t. I commanded myself to step away from the iPhone, to take a cold shower, to masturbate, to do something else. Anything but answer Rory’s questions.

Alas….

What inspires you to write every day, every week or even every month in your blog?

What inspires me? Life, the news, politics, people, society, nonsense, prompts, photographs, imagination. Shall I go on?

Why do you do it? There are other ways to express how you feel, so why ‘blog it?’

As my wife said to me, “I’m tired of hearing you rant to me and the kids all the time. Go rant on your blog, where no one can hear you.”

Truth is, I spent almost 50 years of my life getting up each and every day and going to work. A lot of my work involved writing proposals, presentations, analysis documents. I also interacted with coworkers, clients, prospective clients. I even tried to find some time on weekends to write The Great American Novel, but never got very far.

Then, two years ago, I retired. No more proposals, presentations, coworkers, clients, prospective clients. Just me and my wife (and the kids when they found time in their own busy lives to spend time with us). So, what to do with myself, I wondered. After a month or so, my wife apparently got tired of me just hanging around and said, “Hey, you like to write. Why don’t you start a blog? That will keep you busy and out of my hair.”

What’s your story or is it your journey? What inspires you to reach out to an unseen audience and tell the world your innermost feelings, share your observations on life, highlight your opinions on your chosen topic or genre?

My story? It’s actually pretty average, nothing special, very ordinary. But I have opinions, perspectives, and a desire to write, so that’s why I use my blog to share my observations, opinions, perspectives, and tales. And my wife doesn’t want to hear them anymore, so….

Is your blog a message? Or is it a way to fine tune and hone your writing skills? Is there more for you with your blog, greater heights to be scaled, a ladder and doorway to success?

No, my blog isn’t a message. It’s a diversion, a distraction from the insanity that is swirling all around us since November 2016. But yes, I do use it to hone my writing skills and I’ve come to love writing flash fiction. Is there more for me with my blog? Nope, this is it. Just my way of expressing myself and hearing others do the same.

What inspires you to do so every time to sit poised ready to make a new post? 

My innate desire to not shrivel up and die.

Share Your World — Thanksgiving Edition

6199B391-43FC-4852-87B0-86F893DC656B.jpegIt’s once again a Monday and that means that Melanie, from Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has challenged us to once again Share Your World. Her theme, given that this is Thanksgiving week in the US, is, well, thankful.

Here are her questions for this week:

Are you an early to bed, early to rise person, a night owl and day sleeper/dozer, or an ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’ person?

In my old age I have become an early to bed (usually around 10 or 11 pm) and an early to rise (usually between 6 and 7 am) person. Sadly, I’m not healthy, wealthy, or wise.

What are some misconceptions about your hobby, should you have a hobby?

Well, since other than blogging, I don’t actually have a hobby, the biggest misconception is that I do have a hobby (other than blogging).

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

He thinks he’s in Tijuana and says, “Got a pack of Kool’s for me?”29CE5447-B4D7-4D90-9D8A-7D03B62AC268

Aliens have landed…do they come in peace?

No, they come in flying saucers.

What are you really, incredibly thankful for this week?

We’re having the whole fam damily coming over for Thanksgiving dinner.

Sunday Writing Prompt — Fuhgeddaboudit

34DCC9D3-27D1-4D90-993B-561EA80AC8E1For this week’s Sunday Writing Prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, the challenge is to try something new. Like using a different medium for your creative expression, tackling a new and perhaps controversial topic, challenging one of your own fears and writing about the experience, or stepping outside of your comfort zone. You get the idea, right?

Well here’s what I have to say about that: fuhgeddaboudit. Why would I want to do that? I’ve challenged myself my entire life. Now it’s time to relax. I’ve earned it. Listen, I’m an old guy, a septuagenarian. I like things the way they are. And I’m actually quite comfortable in my comfort zone. I neither want to nor need to change.

Besides, I do challenge myself with my blog. I post between three and six times a day. I respond to word prompts, to photo prompts, to some of these crazy Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie prompts. I even host my own daily word prompt.

I regularly post my thoughts, observations, and perspectives on what is going on around me. I read what other bloggers have to say and often comment on their posts. I respond to comments that others have made on my posts.

And I also have other activities of daily living that I have to manage, ranging from walking the dog multiple times a day to chores around the house to keeping my wife happy to paying the bills and to reading books and watching TV.

Seriously, the last thing I need right now is to take on any new challenges. This old dog doesn’t want to learn new tricks.

So Many Questions

9A507F46-4A95-4A91-A61E-941F76D813A6Sadje over at Keep It Alive was just nominated (again) for the Sunshine Blogger Award. She dutifully answered the 11 questions asked of her and, per the instructions, posed 11 new questions. But rather than nominating 11 new bloggers for the award, she instead wrote, “My nominees are anyone who likes to answer my 11 questions. You all are invited to participate!”

So thanks for the “nomination” and invitation, Sadje. Here are your questions and my answers.

  1. What made you start your blog? I retired at the end of 2016. By May of 2017, my constant presence around my wife (i.e., always being underfoot) prompted her to say to me, “Why don’t you start blogging?”

  2. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I enjoy exercising my imagination when I write flash fiction and expressing my utter disgust for Donald Trump, his administration, cabinet, and the Republicans in Congress.

  3. What is your dream? That there will be an enormous “blue wave” in Tuesday’s elections, that Robert Mueller will find irrefutable evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by Donald Trump, which will result in his removal from office, that America will be able to recover from the damage that he’s done to our country and to the environment in my lifetime, and that, when I go to sleep each night, I’ll wake up the next morning.

  4. How do you find inspiration to write? You mean aside from my wife urging me to get out of her hair by blogging? I find inspiration from word and photo prompts, family and friends, and the news.

  5. Which is your favorite place on the planet? My home.

  6. Coffee or tea or…..? Coffee, for sure.

  7. If you had to cook dinner, what will you cook? Probably pasta.

  8. What do you think of climate change? It’s real and it worries me.

  9. Who is your role model? To be honest, I don’t really have a role model at this point in my life.

  10. Which is your favorite time of the year? Fall.

  11. Books, TV, or movies — how you spend your free time? Sadly, of the three, it’s TV. But I probably spend an equal amount of time writing and reading blog posts, which makes my wife very happy (see question 1.)

As Sadje did, I now invite anyone who wishes to answer these questions to feel free to do so.