Truthful Tuesday — Star Wars

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

Are you a Star Wars fan? Why or why not?

I loved the first Star Wars movie that was released in 1977. Not so much the myriad sequels and prequels.

What is your opinion of the original trilogy (Star Wars, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)?

As I said, I loved the first movie of the trilogy. I think the follow-up movies were not as good.


As to the rest of these questions, my answer is the same: I have no opinion because I did not see any of the movies or TV shows listed below. Sorry Frank.

  • What is your opinion of the prequel trilogy (Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars, Episode II: The Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)?
  • What is your opinion of the sequel trilogy (Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker)?
  • What is your opinion of the ancillary stand-alone movies (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story)?
  • What is your opinion of The Mandalorian?
  • What is your opinion of the continued expansion of Star Wars based TV shows, such as the proposed The Book of Boba-Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi series?

Truthful Tuesday — R.I.P.

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, only this time, Frank has announced that he’s discontinuing this popular prompt. Frank writes that he has become quite disenchanted with WordPress.com, and that he will be looking for alternatives to keep blogging, alternatives that will fit his sensibilities and relatively nonexistent budget.

I can definitely relate, Frank. Between the block editor and unfixed bugs, I’m frustrated with WordPress as well. Still, it’s tough to see a fellow blogger end a popular prompt as he contemplates his next move.

All the best, Frank. Hang in there.

Truthful Tuesday — Playing With Blocks

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know if we enjoy playing with blocks. He wants to know…

How have you adapted to the complete removal of the classic editor from WordPress.com? Are you managing to get by with the block editor, or are you finding it difficult to want to blog now that your trusted tool is no longer available?

Oh man, don’t get me started on the block editor. I have been very vocal about how much I hate it. The classic editor was fine. It was unobtrusive and it enabled writers to focus on writing, not on mechanics. But, for whatever reason, the folks at WordPress decided to put all of their money (and our money, for those of us who have upgraded) into the block editor.

The good news is that several bloggers have posted a way to continue to access the classic editor on wordpress.com. And that’s great for those who use their desktops or laptops to blog.

Unfortunately, most of my blogging is done from my iPhone. As of now, the option to use the classic editor is still available on the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone, although WordPress is threatening to take that option away at some point in the near future. So I may have to try to embrace the iOS version of the block editor.

Preparing for that day, I’ve been using the block editor on my iPhone for about a quarter of my posts. It’s okay, but I feel like I have way less control. And then, when I look at the HTML code, there is so much more of it with the block editor than there is with the classic editor.

In order to get the final post to look the way I want it to, I often give up on the block editor and revert back to the classic editor. And then I have to go into the HTML editor and strip away a lot of that weird code. As a result, it has taken me two to three times longer to publish a post using the block editor than using the classic editor.

So, bottom line, I have mostly stuck with the classic editor mode on the iOS app.

Now to answer Frank’s question, if WordPress dumps the classic editor in the iOS app, I’ll either have to abandon blogging from my iPhone and blog exclusively from my laptop, try to make do with the block editor on my iPhone, or maybe just call it a day and stop blogging.

I guess I’ll make that decision when the time comes.

Truthful Tuesday — Reading is Fundamental II

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank continues his books and reading theme. He wants to know…

1. Are there any books that you can read over and over again, and never seem to tire of?

I’ve read Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy twice, once while in college and a second time when I was in my fifties. I may consider going back to the Middle Earth a third time.

2. Have any of your favorite authors written any books that you just didn’t care for?

I read Frank Herbert’s original Dune Trilogy, but after reading two other Dune books, I stopped reading any further Dune books as I found them to be tedious.

3. When it comes books, do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction? The genre is unimportant.

I prefer fiction, but well-written non-fiction can be a welcomed change every once in a while.

Truthful Tuesday — Reading is Fundamental

To be truthful, today is not Tuesday. However, yesterday Frank, aka PCGuy, published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and since I couldn’t get around to responding yesterday, I’m going to respond today. This week Frank wants to know…

1. Do you consider yourself an avid reader?

If you’re talking about books, I used to be an avid reader and would typically read at least one book a week on average. But lately, most of my reading is done on my iPhone’s newsfeed and on WordPress when I read posts from other bloggers.

2. What was the last book you read all the way through, and how long did it take you?

It was Octavia Butler’s The Patternist series. It’s a four book series and it probably took me about three weeks to read all four of the books.

3. Are there any books that, try as you might, you just haven’t been able to bully your way through?

After I saw the stage show, Les Mis, which I absolutely loved, I tried reading Victor Hugo’s book “Les Misérables,” the book upon which the Broadway musical was based. I have never been able to finish it…or even get too much further than the first few pages.