The Holiday Fair

69FC55F6-E31F-4737-B6FE-947369D47BDAWe have this annual tradition in our family. I’ll admit that it’s a bit of an indulgence, but our town holds a holiday fair each year, and on the day after Christmas, we all go there, let loose, and have so much fun.

They have amateur boxing matches. There are caricature artists sketching imaginatively drawn portraits of all of us. All kinds of craft booths dot the fairgrounds, and there’s plenty of great food, fun rides, and games of skill. And so much beer!

Of course, once we come home after a day of revelry, we realize that some of us may have gone a little overboard, eating, drinking, and playing to excess. And then we must confront our stuffed bellies, sore muscles, aches and pains, and the inevitable hangover we’ll have tomorrow.

But it’s all worth it.


Written for these one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (tradition), Your Daily Word Prompt (indulgence), Word of the Day Challenge (boxing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (caricature), Nova’s Daily Random Word (imaginatively), and Scott’s Daily Prompt (confront).

To Prompt or Not To Prompt

89D7CF32-2469-41AB-A53A-BE1D5F14D087I saw this comment below on another blogger’s post yesterday:

“I have no real interest in posts that are a result of prompts by others. The pleasure (to me) of this community is to read about the bloggers — their lives, challenges, wants, dreams, and myriad of things that go into their typical day.”

Do you agree with that commenter? Do those of you who are reading this have little interest in posts that are written for prompts from other bloggers? Would you prefer posts that are more about life, challenges, dreams, wants, and daily activities?

I haven’t made any definitive counts, but I’m guessing that the vast majority of my posts over the past year have been written in response to prompts. Photo prompts, word prompt, and other writing challenges. And aside from my political rants about Donald Trump and the Republicans, not very many of my posts have been about my personal “life, challenges, wants, dreams, and myriad of things that go into my typical day.”

I enjoy writing flash fiction, particularly in response to photos/images. It gives me a chance to let my creative juices flow as I interpret the images that serve as the prompts and craft short stories around them.

Likewise, word prompts, and other writing challenges also allow my imagination to run wild and to write tales leveraging the words that are offered up for inspiration.

It was nice when WordPress had its daily word prompt and its weekly photo challenge. One word prompt a day and one photo challenge a week, plus a few other bloggers’ prompts, was perfect. But since WordPress stopped its prompts at the end of May, a whole bunch of bloggers — myself included — have stepped up with their own word prompts and photo challenges. And I have been doing my best to post in response to many of them.

Which then begs the question: have I gone overboard with respect to prompts? Should I instead be writing more personal posts dealing with my real world life and daily activities?

Well, I’ve made a decision and I want to thank you all for listening and for helping me think through this conundrum. After giving this a fair amount of consideration, I have decided to continue writing flash fiction in response to prompts. And I’m going to continue ranting about Donald Trump and all the shit he’s doing and saying. In other words, I’m not going to change the way I blog.

If you have anything you’d like to say on the matter, please leave your thoughts in the comments section.