Ursula Asks; Fandango Answers

2ed17876-b8e3-4f98-a0c9-ab49e3ab544eUrsula, An Upturned Soul, was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Sadje. Oh Ursula, we have so much in common (cuz Sadje also nominated me for that very same award).

So Ursula has posed five questions in her response to the blog award for which she was nominated and has opened them up to anyone who would like to answer them. And I do, indeed, wish to answer them.

#1 – What is the best compliment you could get or have received for one of your creations?

“Oh wow, I wasn’t expecting that.” Because I like writing posts with a twist and I hate being predictable (except when it comes to my feelings about Donald Trump).

#2 – Which creative person has had the most influence on you and your creativity?

My answers to this question will demonstrate just how shallow of a person I am. In terms of the written arts, it’s columnist, humorist, and author Dave Barry. I love the wit and ingenuity of his work and and he always brings a smile to my face when I read him. At one point in my early days of blogging I tried to emulate his style and I failed miserably.cace55c5-2f80-40e6-9d1e-5a1cc62ca332

In terms of visual arts, it’s M.C. Escher. His graphic art always blows my mind.5cf21db9-ed99-43d8-9224-bf3e6dcacf78

#3 – Which work of art, literature, invention, song, film, etc, which has already been created do you wish you could have created?

Anything written by Dave Barry or drawn by M.C. Escher. Duh!

#4 – Do you have a creative muse, someone who or something which never fails to get your creativity flowing? Do you want to share your muse or keep them a secret?

Donald Trump. Just kidding. No, come to think of, I’m not.

#5 – You find a book and begin to read only to discover that it is your life. You get to the point that you are at now, do you turn the page knowing that you will not be able to change the events to come?

Whoa. I wish I would have thought of this question for one of my Fandango’s Provocative Questions posts. Actually, that book about my life would be so damn boring that I would have stopped reading it and put it down way before getting to the “now.”5eb98113-7e20-4a8f-80a6-f9763661c654

100 Word Wednesday — Notions

img_1776“Aw, Ma, do I have to?” Jenny whined.

“Yes you do,” Arlene said. “You’re too young for me to leave you here by yourself and I promise it won’t take long.”

“Where are we going?” Jenny asked, arms folded defiantly across her chest.

“The notions store,” Arlene answered.

“What are notions?”

“They are things like pins, cotton, ribbon, and similar items for sewing,”Arlene explained.

“That is so boring,” Jenny said.

“How about this,” Arlene said. “When we come back I’ll teach you how to sew. We can start by sewing a dress for you.”

Jenny smiled. “Cool,” she said.

(100 words)

Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.

FFfAW — The Cruise

CEDE7017-62BE-4BA9-B1AC-76FCEDC12B51“I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise ship,” Rebecca whispered to her husband, Kenneth.

Kenneth looked over at his wife. “Why have you never mentioned this before?”

“I don’t know,” Rebecca said, somewhat absently.

Kenneth chuckled. “So why mention it now?” he asked her.

“I was looking at all those people out there on the pier,” Rebecca said. “They’re in line to get their ship’s boarding passes for an ocean cruise they’re all taking. I am excited for them. I wonder what far away places they’ll be sailing to, what amazing sights they’ll be seeing, how much fun they’ll have on their excursions. And that makes me wish that I could go on a cruise, too.”

“You mean that we could go on a cruise, right?” Kenneth asked.

Rebecca turned to Kenneth, reached out for his hands, and with tears welling up in her eyes, she said, “No, Kenneth, not with you.”

“What do you mean not with me?” Kenneth asked, pulling his hands from hers.

“First,” Rebecca said, “you never asked me if I would like to go on a cruise. And second, Kenneth, life with you is tediously boring.”

(193 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Dorothy.

B is for Baseball

img_0943Great news! The 2018 Major League Baseball season started this past Thursday. And I’m stoked.

Yes, I know. Some of you might suggest that, when it comes to baseball, B should be for boring. A lot of people seem to find watching baseball to be a yawner. Of course, many of these same people love watching golf. Go figure.

Sure, baseball isn’t as brutal as football. It’s not as fast-paced as basketball. It’s not as violent as hockey.

But it’s not at all boring if you take the time to really understand the game. Instead, baseball is a nuanced game. It’s a game of strategy. It’s a game of finesse.

Baseball is high drama — there’s drama with every at bat, with every pitch, every hit, every steal, every play in the field.

What can be more thrilling than a pitcher’s duel? How about a walk-off, game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth? Is there anything more exciting than an inside the park home run or a runner stealing home?

When should the manager pull the pitcher off the mound? Call for a pinch hitter? Put in a pinch runner? Call for a squeeze play or a steal?

It’s been a long winter and I’m so ready for baseball season to commence. So B is for baseball and B is for boom chuckalucka.

I’ll be back tomorrow for my C-post.