Thursday Inspiration — Red or White?

Friable? Exsiccate? Are these real words or is someone trying to pull a fast one on me? I had to Google both of them to find out what each meant.

“Friable” means easily crumbled. Hey, I can build a whole story around “easily crumbled.” But “friable” is not a word I’d ever use in a conversation, much less in blog post. I don’t want my readers to have to go to Dictionary.com to figure out what the hell I’m talking about.

And then there is “exsiccate.” This means to remove moisture or to dry out. So why not use a more accessible word that is akin to “exsiccate” that your average reader would understand, like dehydrate?

Okay, this is exhausting. I’m beginning to feel king of exsiccated myself and if I don’t have something to drink soon I think my skin will start to become friable.

How about we treat ourselves to a glass of wine or two. I’ve got red or white. Which would you prefer?


Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the word is “wine” plus the photo at the top of this post. And for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (friable), Ragtag Daily Prompt (exsiccate), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (real), Word of the Day Challenge (akin), and The Daily Spur (treat).

A Word Prompt Conundrum

Each day at least a half dozen of us come up with daily word prompts that are meant to inspire our fellow bloggers.

We each throw our prompt words like strands of spaghetti up against a metaphoric wall to see which ones stick. And as a blogger, I enjoy the challenge of taking the words that these five other bloggers and I toss out and try to create a cohesive story or poem that my readers will enjoy and appreciate.

But today I must concede that I feel burdened with a strange distribution of words that when thrown upon the wall, fall flat to the floor below.

How am I supposed to write a post that combines words like “lade,” “spruiker,” and “callithumpian”? Words I’ve never heard of, much less ever used. How can I fit such words into a post in a way that doesn’t sound unnatural and contrived?

And so, at this juncture, I am throwing in the towel…for today anyway. Maybe tomorrow the words presented will be more common words that people would use in everyday conversations and that can be used to weave into an entertaining, engaging tale that won’t require a dictionary or thesaurus to understand.


Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (concede), The Daily Spur (distribution), Your Daily Word Prompt (lade), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spruiker), Word of the Day Challenge (callithumpian), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (juncture).

Four Years

WordPress sent me a notification this morning that I registered this blog on WordPress.com four years ago today. It took me four days to publish my first post.

Since I was just returning from a two-year blogging hiatus after I abruptly ended my previous blog, I wasn’t sure how frequently I would post to my new blog or even how long I would keep it going. Well, I know now that I’ve kept it going four four years!

And over that four years (if you can trust the stats that WordPress compiles), my blog has had:

  • 6,257 posts published
  • 1,446.8 words in those posts
  • 544k views
  • 153k visitors
  • 4,481 followers
  • 101.6k comments
  • 164.5k likes

Not too shabby, huh?

So thanks to all of your who have visited my blog, who have chosen to follow my blog, who have liked my posts and commented on them, and for reading my nearly one-and-a-half million words. You have made my four years of blogging here worthwhile.

Thursday Inspiration — Words Matter

When I first started blogging way back in 2005, I wrote long, rambling, meandering posts. My average post length back then probably ranged from around 1100 to 1400 words. To say that I was verbose would have been an understatement. I was never at a loss for words.

I enjoyed writing those long winded posts, but no one — other than me — ever seemed to read them. I put a lot of time and effort into my posts and I thought most of them were pretty plum.

So I asked myself why I wasn’t getting either traffic or traction on my blog. Was I on the wrong blogging platform? Was I letting my words runaway with me, resulting in boring, meandering posts? I decided it was time to set in motion some fundamental changes to the way I blogged. If I were to continue blogging, I needed to give my blog a shot in the arm, kind of like a vaccine.

First, I moved my blog to WordPress. Then I decided to write more concise, focused posts. No more rambling, multi-topic posts. I was going to keep my posts short and simple. Ideal for the short-attention-span blogging community.

The results of these adjustment were illuminating. My shorter posts — rarely exceeding 300 words — published on WordPress began to get read. They started receiving likes. And comments. And followers. I started interacting with people from all around the globe via our blogs. Woo hoo!

Lesson learned: words matter…and apparently so do word counts.


Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the word is “why” and the musical inspiration in Del Shannon’s song, “Runaway.”motion never verbose plum vaccine illuminate
Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (verbose) , The Daily Spur (never), Ragtag Daily Prompt (plum), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (motion), Word of the Day Challenge (vaccine), and MMA Storytime (illuminate).

Fibbing Friday — Across the Pond

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts 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 our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1. What’s the difference between “going on holiday” and “taking a vacation”?

A holiday lasts one to three days. A vacation lasts one to three weeks.

2. What’s the difference between a “rubbish bin” and a “trash can”?

A rubbish bin is where you store worthless stuff that you don’t want to throw away, whereas a trash can is where you put worthless stuff that you do want to throw away.

3. What’s the difference between the “boot” of a car and the “trunk” of a car?

You load boots and shoes into the car’s boot, but you load suitcases (aka luggage) into the car’s trunk.

4. What’s the difference between a “nappie” and a “diaper”?

A nappie is what you take when you’re tired. A diaper is what you wear when you’re incontinent.

5. What’s the difference between the “pavement” and a “sidewalk”?

Pavement is the surface material for a street. Sidewalk is a way of walking like a crab.

6. What’s the difference between “chips” and “French fries”?

Chips are small, flat, round pieces of plastic used for playing poker. French fries are people from France who have consumed excessive quantities of alcohol and are “fried.”

7. What’s the difference between the “bonnet” of a car and the “hood” of a car?

The bonnet is another name for the retractable top on a convertible. The hood is the part of a sweatshirt you wear over your head to keep your head warm and your hair from blowing around while driving in a convertible with the bonnet down.

8. What’s the difference between a “rubber” and an “eraser”?

A rubber is another name for a condom. An eraser is another name for the morning after pill when you forgot to wear a rubber.

9. What’s the difference between a “flannel” and a “washcloth”?

A flannel is a soft, warm shirt, often with a plaid-like design. A washcloth is what you use to wash your baby’s butt after he or she has had a messy diaper.

10. What’s the difference between a “pram” and a “stroller”?

A pram is a type of plumb jam. A stroller is what they call an elderly person who goes to a shopping mall before the stores open and who strolls around the mall for exercise.