Back to the Drawing Board

I was thinking about using that old platitude about men being from Mars and women being from Venus for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday post. But then I remembered that that was a book title, not a quote, so what I thought was a super idea began to crumble like a box of old, stale spaghetti noodles.

So now it’s back to the drawing board. I’ll see if I can come up with a better one-liner quote, one that is both inscrutable and relatable.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (platitude), The Daily Spur (Venus), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (Wednesday), Word of the Day Challenge (super), Ragtag Daily Prompt (crumble), My Vivid Blog (noodles), and Your Daily Word Prompt (inscrutable).

SoCS — Let Me Make One Thing Clear

I love using the daily word prompts that a number of bloggers post daily and weaving together a piece of flash fiction. In addition to my own FOWC with Fandango prompt, I frequently craft posts that incorporate prompt words from the Word of the Day Challenge, Your Daily Word Prompt, the Ragtag Daily Prompt, E.M.’s Random Word Prompt, The Daily Spur, and My Vivid Blog’s Daily Prompt.

But sometimes the bloggers behind these word prompts seem to want to fuck with us. For example, just yesterday, the Your Daily Word Prompt word was “gasconade.” Seriously? Have you ever heard of that word, much less used it in a normal conversation?

Or how about yesterday’s Word of the Day Challenge prompt word, “pareidolia”? Just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it?

And not to be outdone, The Ragtag Daily Prompt word yesterday was “frowzy.” Come on. Frowzy?

Even I am guilty. My own daily prompt word yesterday was “per se,” which had a number of bloggers a bit flummoxed. And the day before yesterday my FOWC with Fandango word was “bodacious,” which is not that unusual of a word, but some of you, based upon a few comments, were not big fans of bodacious.

So, I want to make one thing clear. I will not jump through hoops or twist myself into a pretzel trying to write posts that incorporate such unusual, archaic words like gasconade, pareidolia, or frowzy. It hurts my head too much.

I don’t mean to offend those who chose these words, but the idea of prompt words is to inspire, not to frustrate.

So, I leave my fellow daily word prompters with this piece of advice…

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the word is “clear.”

Your Money and Your Life

“I’ve been thinking about building a home theater in my basement,” Randy said.

“Wait,” Clark said, “I thought you said you were putting a home gym in your basement.”

“Yes,” Randy said, “I will collocate the gym and the theater down there with the gym on one side and the theater on the other.”

“Is the ceiling of your basement tall enough to accommodate a gym and a theater?” Clark asked. “I’m not that tall and last time I was down there I almost bumped my head on some of the exposed plumbing pipes.”

“I’m going to have to do some excavation to lower the floor by about a foot to create more headroom,” Randy admitted.

“Won’t that cost a shitload of money?” Clark asked.

“Yes, but at the end of the day, the allure of that finished basement with the home theater makes it worth the expense.”

“I have to tell you, Randy,” Clark said, “you’ve got a large family room with a 45-inch high def TV on your main level. It eludes me why you’d want to spend all that money on a home theater in your basement.”

“That family room setup is so primitive,” Randy said. “My home theater will have a 100-inch state-of-the-art TV, a surround sound system, and plush movie theater seating. And best of all, my wife can watch her soap operas and romantic comedies in the family room and I can watch my action, horror, and science fiction movies in the luxurious basement theater room.”

“Well, Randy,” Clark said, “it’s your money and your life.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (theater), My Vivid Blog (basement), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (collocate), The Daily Spur (excavation), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (allure), Your Daily Word Prompt (elude), and Word of the Day Challenge (primitive). Photo credit: @allhomeaesthetics

A Force of Nature

Nanette was the epitome of a clubwoman, enthusiastic in her pursuit of women’s social, civic, and political issues of her time at the several women’s clubs she ran.

Some felt that her pulchritude, which took focus away from her noble causes, would be a distraction that could lead to her ultimate downfall, but their attitudes and petty jealousies were archaic. Nanette’s allure was magnetic and her degree in behavioral psychology, so unusual for women at the time, allowed her to kibitz with anyone, up and down the social scale, without offense. She was a force of nature.

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (clubwoman), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (enthusiastic), Word of the Day Challenge (pulchritude), The Daily Spur (fall), Your Daily Word Prompt (archaic), Ragtag Daily Prompt (behavioral), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (kibitz).

A Break From the Modern World

“That’s quite a snazzy pattern you have on that shirt,” Ed said. “Let me guess. It’s an African or Asian design, right?”

“Actually, it’s a Native American design,” Alan said. “I got it on a camping trip my family took to Nevada last year.”

“Oh, right,” Ed said. “I remember now that you and your family are rabid campers.”

“I wouldn’t call us ‘rabid’ campers,” Alan responded. “We just enjoy being in nature. There nothing like the smell of the dew on the grasses in the morning, frying fish you caught yourself in the lake or river over an open campfire, looking up at the millions of brightly shining stars in the Milky Way, and being able to schmooze with other campers who love it as much as we do.”

“But don’t you miss all of the conveniences and luxuries of the modern world?” Ed asked.

“Actually,” Alan said, “if I could, I would love to isolate myself and my family from what you call ‘the modern world.’ It has become a dangerous, corrupt place and with the way things are going, even the idyllic nature we experience when camping will soon disappear.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (snazzy), My Vivid Blog (pattern), The Daily Spur (guess), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rabid), Your Daily Word Prompt (dew), E.M.’s Random Word Challenge (schmooze), and Word of the Day Challenge (isolate).