Know Your Audience

84BC8F8E-2C46-4AC0-820D-3C015A4461E1“So did you think I was able to effectively connect with the audience with my presentation?” Harold asked.

“I think your subject matter was pretty much on target,” Joyce, his assistant said, “although I’m not sure that your somewhat venturesome style was a sapient choice.”

“Really?” Harold said, surprised by Joyce’s criticism. “Why do the think that?”

“I think in the future you need to make sure you know your audience,” Joyce said.

“What do you mean?” Harold said. “My audience was a group of mostly conservative women. I knew that.”

Joyce sighed. “I think talking about the president paying off women with whom he’s had extramarital affairs to keep them silent, reminding these women about his misogyny and abusive behavior toward women, and bringing up the golden shower allegation with hookers during his stay in Moscow may not have been wise.”

“So you think that was a liability?” Harold asked.

“As I said, know your audience.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (connect), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (target), Word of the Day Challenge (venturesome),  Your Daily Word Prompt (sapient), and Scotts Daily Prompt (liability).

Theater of the Absurd

FFA7F033-CE03-40EA-AC3E-BD5D1ACE0710“Honestly,” Larry said, “we are experiencing a real-life theater of the absurd.”

“A real life what?” Mark asked.

“You know, it’s theater in which standard or naturalistic conventions of plot, characterization, and thematic structure are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrational nature of reality and the essential isolation of humanity in a senseless world,” Larry explained.

“I still don’t know what you’re talking about,” Mark said.

“Our president participating in a golden shower in Moscow is what I’m talking about,” Larry said. “Our president as a barrier standing in the way of doing anything to combat climate change is what I’m talking about. Our president creating chaos….”

“It’s a good thing we have such a solid friendship, Larry,” Mark interrupted, “because I think you’re starting to lose it.”

“Don’t you get it, man?” Larry asked. “We need someone inspiring, someone who can perform a freaking miracle, someone who can restore sanity and stability to this great country of ours.”

“So basically you’re saying we need the second coming of Jesus to get us out of this shit,” Mark said.

“Whatever it takes, man.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (theater),  The Wacky Weekend Challenge (shower), Scotts Daily Prompt (barrier), Ragtag Daily Prompt (friendship),  Word of the Day Challenge (inspiring), and Your Daily Word Prompt (miracle).