Weekend Writing Prompt — Paradox

“Today’s Weekend Writing Prompt from Sammi Cox is ‘paradox.’ That’s the same word I used for my one-word challenge yesterday,” I told my wife.

“That’s a paradox,” she said.

“No,” I said. “A paradox is a self-contradictory statement.”

“Okay,” she said, “Then it’s plagiarism. She copied you.”

“No, it’s just a coincidence,” I said.

“But you keep telling me you don’t believe in coincidences,” she said.

“Whatever,” I said.

(71 words)


Fandango’s Friday Flashback — March 20

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 20th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on March 20, 2018.

Honor Code

8C500266-EEB4-46B5-9B31-4BF29D21C18CChris had no idea why he’d been summoned to the Dean of Students’ office. With some trepidation, Chris knocked at the dean’s door. “Enter,” he heard the dean say.

As Chris walked in, the dean removed his reading glasses, set them down on his desk, and looked at the nervous student. “Please have a seat, Mr. Atwater,” the dean said. Chris did as he was told.

The dean looked at Chris for a long moment. “Mr. Atwater,” he finally said. “You’re aware of this university’s honor code, are you not?” Chris nodded his head in acknowledgment. “And you, therefore, must know about the strict policy regarding plagiarism.” Once again Chris nodded his head.

The dean handed Chris his philosophy course term paper. Chris’ forehead started to bead up with perspiration. The dean then handed Chris another document. The title page had been removed, but the evidence of plagiarism was clear. Chris felt like he was about to pass out.

“Mr. Atwater, your term paper is identical — word for word identical — to this paper prepared by another student who took this same course taught by the same professor three years ago. How do you explain this, Mr. Atwater?”

Chris realized he was caught. “Sir, I admit that I hired a paper-writing service to write this paper for me. I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I have had some personal problems this semester and didn’t have time to get my paper written and submitted,” he confessed. “And the service offers guarantees against plagiarism.”

“Mr. Atwater,” the dean said quietly, “I suggest you seek a refund from the service. Or perhaps you can get them to give you a credit for the admissions paper you’ll need to submit to the next university you plan to attend, since your time at our august institution is over.”


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “identical.”

Share Your World — Copy and Paste

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday. And that means it time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. This week she asks about plagiarism, pets, and dancing. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Is copying and pasting images or information off the Internet plagiarism? Do you credit those whose work you ‘borrow freely’ or do you think the idea is repugnant?

Uh oh. I copied and pasted Melanie’s questions right from her post into mine. I’m so sorry, Melanie. I promise it won’t happen again — until next week.

As far as images are concerned, I’m going to copy and paste from my own post in response to Dr. Tanya’s question about images. I wrote, “When I write a post I will generally search Google, Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, DeviantArt, and/or my own photo library for an image that perfectly illustrates or complements my written words. … It’s important to credit the artists or photographers whose images you use in your posts.”

Do you let sleeping dogs lie?

If you’re talking literally, then of course I do. Give that damn dog a rest.4B1C3964-757E-4F56-BCDF-B088EB6BD08DIf you’re talking metaphorically, then no, I can be like an attack dog and I always stir up that sleeping dog

What’s the strangest pet name (for adults) that you’ve ever heard someone called?

When my wife and I first started dating, her “pet name” for me was “Poopie.” I told her that was a dealbreaker and she had to stop referring to me as a bag you pick up dog shit with. I guess she liked me enough to stop calling me “Poopie.”

Do you like to dance? If yes, what’s your favorite and if no, why not?

I used to like to dance the night away when I was younger. Now, on those relatively rare occasions when I find myself on a dance floor, I usually just shift my weight from one foot to the other in time to the beat of the music. It’s something to behold.

Share some traditions you observe around Thanksgiving or if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what are some traditions you have?

We invite our adult kids and their significant others over to our house every Thanksgiving. We usually alternate between a large turkey and individual Cornish hens. And Thanksgiving dinner staples include stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, green bean casserole, salad, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie!