Blogging Insights — Brighter and More Pleasant

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week Tanya has, once again, quoted Stephen King…

“Writing did not save my life, but it has continued to do what it always has done. It makes my life a brighter and more pleasant place.”

When Tanya quoted Stephen King in last week’s edition of Blogging Insights, I didn’t totally agree with the King quote she offered up. But this week I am 100% with him. Writing — or, specifically for me, blogging — does make my life brighter and more pleasant.

I enjoy writing and expressing my thoughts, perspectives, and opinions in my posts. I also enjoy exercising my imagination by creating short, flash fiction posts. And I love hearing from those of you who read, like, and comment on my posts.

So yes. Most definitely brighter and more pleasant.

Blogging Insights — Days Are Numbered

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week Tanya has quoted Stephen King…

“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”

This quote reminds me of the old saying, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.” Many of us bloggers express our thoughts, feelings, observations, opinions, and personal perspectives in our posts. Almost by definition, not all of our readers will agree with what we have expressed. Some might even take offense at what we wrote. That’s expected, especially given how fractured our world is today.

That said, I don’t think that truthfully expressing your thoughts and feelings about something results in no longer being a member of “polite society.” However, when it comes to comments people make on more “controversial” posts, polite society sometimes goes off the rails.

I try — albeit not always successfully — to avoid getting sucked into the vortex of negativity and nastiness when I comment on another’s post or when responding to comments others made on my post. I believe we can disagree with someone else’s opinion or perspective without being an asshole about it.

So bottom line, I don’t totally agree with Stephen King on this particular sentiment.

One-Liner Wednesday — Escapism

“Writing is like a little hole in reality that you can go through and you can get out and you can be someplace else for a while.”

Author Stephen King

I feel that, when I write a flash fiction post on my blog, I briefly sneak through a tiny tear in the fabric of the universe into a small world filled with characters I have created my mind. Sometimes, given the state of reality, I wish I could stay there longer.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fibbing Friday — Rock ‘n Roll

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as host for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in your responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

What musical group from the 1960s was known as “The Fab Four”?

The Four Tops. Or maybe the Four Aces. No wait, the Four Seasons. Possibly the Four Lads. Oh wait, it was definitely the Four Horseman.

What was the “British Invasion” in the 1960s?

It was an undeclared war between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. I think that was in the 60s, but it could have been the 70s or the 80s. Who knows and, more important, who cares?

What is Stephen King’s book, The Stand about?

It’s the heartwarming story about when Stephen King and his publisher had a major disagreement regarding royalties and King took a strong stand against his publisher that he ultimately won.

What was the TV show, Breaking Bad about?

It was the story of a lovely couple that, after 30 years of what to the outside world was a perfect marriage, turned out to be a very bad marriage, leading to a very acrimonious breakup.

Exactly who was Kilroy?

He was a Peeping Tom with a prominent proboscis.

What musical instrument is Phil Collins best known for playing?

Although few people know it, Phil Collins’ ancestors were originally from Australia and had Aboriginal roots. So, in order to pay homage to his ancestry, Collins became known for his ability to play the didgeridoo.

According to Genesis 1, what happened on the seventh day?

On the seventh day, seven swans went a-swimming.

What happened at the O.K. Corral?

When Wyatt Earp was a teenager, his mother caught him and his friends in the O.K. Corral engaged in a circle jerk. Earp’s mother yelled at him and told him that, despite the name of the corral, what he was doing there with his friends was not O.K.

According to Greek mythology, what was needed to cross the river Styx?

A boat made from large sticks, which back in the day, was spelled s-t-y-x.

What was the play, Inherit the Wind about?

It was the sad story of a lawyer who had, much to his chagrin, inherited his father’s tendency toward flatulence.

SoCS — Déjà Vu All Over Again

When I saw that today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill said for us to “start your post with any adverb and just run with it.” I thought “been there, done that.”

Sure enough I dug into my archives and just over three months ago, Linda gave us this SoCS challenge: “start your post with any adverb that ends in ‘-ly.’”

So, being the lazy bastard that I am, I’m going to essentially repost (with a few minor edits) what I posted on February 9th. Here goes.

D565E643-654E-4772-8799-BCA48E331BC7First of all, let’s define the word adverb. “An adverb is a part of speech used to describe a verb, adjective, clause, or another adverb. It simply tells the readers how, where, when, or the degree at which something was done.”

Apparently, the biggest issue with adverbs is that people tend to overuse them. Some say that of all of the parts of speech, adverbs are the most likely to clutter your sentences pointlessly. Therefore, it is often suggested that writers should use adverbs sparingly.

(Hey wait. Aren’t “apparently,” pointlessly,” and “sparingly” adverbs? Oh crap. I just cluttered up my last paragraph by using three adverbs in just three sentences.)

I remember reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing, where he goes on and on about how he feels about adverbs. I was surprised by his strong feelings. He admonishes writers to minimize, if not eliminate, their use of adverbs by suggesting that “adverbs, like the passive voice, seem to have been created with the timid writer in mind.”

King famously wrote:

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one in your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day…fifty the day after that…and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s — GASP!! — too late.”

Personally, I think Stephen King overuses ellipses…as do I.

I have nothing against adverbs. I don’t use them often, but I do use them in my writing. And I don’t think of myself as a timid writer.

But I’m not a best-selling author, like Stephen King. In fact, I’m not an author at all. I’m not even sure I’d call myself a writer. I’m just a blogger who writes posts on my personal blog.

So, as the old song goes, it’s my blog and I’ll adverb if I want to, despite how Stephen King feels.

Apologies to Linda and to those of you who read my previous SoCS post about adverbs for recycling an old post, but it’s Saturday and I have things to do, people to see, and places to go. So deal with it.