#writephoto — The Castle Steps

“Well this looks interesting,” Todd said to his two friends as they stood at the opening in the old castle wall that seemed to lead down a set of stone steps to an underground tunnel or chamber. “Who’s ready to follow me down those steps and explore whatever is down there?”

“Are you sure it’s safe to go down there?” Mary asked.

“I agree,” Brad said, “it looks a little sketchy to me.”

“You two are such a disappointment,” Todd said. “Can’t you see how discovering what these steps lead to is our destiny? I say we head on in without any further delay.”

“So what’s your plan, Todd!” Brad asked.

“I don’t need no stinkin’ plan, Bro,” Todd said. “Let’s just wing it, okay?”

“You two macho men can go down there by yourselves. I am not going to risk life and limb on this cockamamie misadventure. Who knows what will befall you if you go down there?” Mary said. “Besides, if I stay behind, when you get stuck or injured down there, I’ll be here to call for help.”

“Mary, you astonish me,” Todd exclaimed. “I thought you were adventurous.”

“I am, but I’m not foolhardy,” Mary said.

Todd and Brad stepped through the opening and started down the stone steps. That’s when Mary heard the screams. Then she heard Brad yell up at her, “Mary, get help quick!”

Written for KL Caley’s #writephoto prompt. Photo credit: KL Caley. Also for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the theme is “follow.”Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (disappointment), Ragtag Daily Prompt (destiny), The Daily Spur (delay), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (wing), Your Daily Word Prompt (astonish), and MMA Storytime (exclaim).

Thank You Fellow Bloggers

On Sunday, in this post, I asked a question to the WordPress blogging community about how to create single-spaced text within the paragraph block in the block editor instead of having to use the verse block. A number of you offered suggestions.

Some suggestions could work on a Windows computer with a full-sized, physical keyboard, but not on the virtual keypad of an iPhone. Others suggested going into the HTML and making changes using the <br> tag, which inserts a single line break. And still others suggested using an external text editor to draft the text that I wanted to single space and then cut and paste it into the paragraph block.

Well, I ended up going with the external text editor, writing my seven-line “poem,” and copying the text into the paragraph block. And here’s what I got:

This is a test
Of some HTML code
Within the paragraph block
To see if it permits
Me to single space
Without using the
Verse block

Woo hoo! That is exactly what I wanted to do. Yay!

So I want to offer a huge thank you to those of you who took the time to respond to my post and to offer help. I am now more determined than ever to master this block editor because I can’t imagine blogging anywhere other than on WordPress because of all of you. You are the most generous, supportive, encouraging, helpful, and most sincere community of bloggers there is. Thank you for being who you are.

And for those of you who are interested in this sort of thing, here is what the HTML view looks like for the six lines of single-spaced, center-justified text.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #97

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each 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.

I have a confession to make. It’s getting more and more challenging for me to come up with unique and truly provocative questions each week. I’m not sure how much longer, after almost two years of posting weekly provocative questions, I’ll be able to keep this prompt going. But I’m going to continue as long as I can to come up with something that will stimulate you to respond.

That said, if any of you have suggestions for provocative questions that you’d like me to pose here, please reach out to me using my contact page or email me directly at fivedotoh@outlook.com.

With that said, here’s this week’s provocative question:

Is it more important to you to be able to help yourself, help your family, help your friends, help your society, or help the world?

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

Hide the Body

The ever inquisitive Rory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, wants to know…

How many friends do you have in either real life, social platforms, and WordPress, that would help you hide the body?

Rory was kind enough to categorize “friends” into these brackets:

  • Intimate Friends
  • Bestest Friends
  • Close Friends
  • Friends
  • Casual Friends
  • Casual Acquaintances

First, let me say that I have a very small circle of friends in real life. I probably have fewer than twenty, excluding family members, across the top five categories Rory itemized. And as to “casual acquaintances,” helping me to hide a body is probably the last thing I’d ask a casual acquaintance.

Second, I assume that Rory’s question serves as a metaphor for someone who would do virtually anything you would ask of them and is not literally about hiding a body.

Operating under that assumption, I think the answer is one, and that one would be my one and only intimate friend, my wife. Note I said “I think” because I can’t be 100% certain that even she would go along with something she thought to be a bridge too far, such as, perhaps, hiding a dead body.

As to social media friends, the only Facebook friends I have are extended family members. I have no other “social platform” friends. While I have a lot of people I know from WordPress, many of whom I’d like to think are at least casual friends, I have never met any of them in real life. And since I blog anonymously, none of them even knows my real name. So I would hardly expect any of them to help me hide the body.

Bottom line, if I had a body to hide, I think I’d be on my own.

Blogging Insights — A Mixed Bag

Blogging insightsDr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights today is about getting help or assistance or tips on how to blog on WordPress. Here are her questions.

How helpful did you find the WordPress tutorials on blogging?

WordPress has tutorials on blogging? Who knew?

Did you contact the WordPress support staff (Happiness Engineers), if that was included in your plan, and what was your experience with them?

I have opened help “tickets” probably about a dozen times since I started this blog three years ago. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is totally worthless and 10 is extraordinary, I’d rate the WordPress “Happiness Engineers” a 3.5. Sometimes they respond quickly with a good response that addresses whatever problem initiated the ticket. At other times their response was essentially “Too bad, so sad. Now get over it.” And there have been a few times where my inquiry never received a response at all. So, bottom line, in my opinion, it’s a mixed bag.