Stand Up and Be Counted

I have to dig deep to ask myself what I can do about the issues of our times, like climate change, runaway inflation, the erosion of democracy, political corruption, right-wing extremism, income inequality, women’s rights, gun proliferation, and racism. These are issues that have our way of life under siege.

I, of course, feel empathy for those most impacted by these matters, even though I’m not directly or personally affected at this time. It would be easy for me to stick my head in the sand, to filter them from my consciousness. I could rationalize and ascribe these issues my fellow citizens face to external factors over which I have no control and little influence.

But I need to sum up the courage to stand up and be counted, not just in words, but in actions.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (ask), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (inflation), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (empathy), The Daily Spur (filter), Your Daily Word Prompt (ascribe), and My Vivid Blog (courage). Illustration credit:

A Way With Words

He was, in his time, a prolific writer of mystery novels. He was quite good and was known to have elevated the genre. But then one day, in a published interview in a literary magazine, he made a politically inappropriate gaffe, and suddenly his career was in retrograde.

He attributed the gaffe to a miscommunication, a misquote, he insisted. But the interviewer stood by the quote. He even had it on tape.

And thus it was that this best selling mystery novelist was ejected from the literary scene. For a writer with a way with words, his spoken words sent him away.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (prolific), My Vivid Blog (mystery), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (elevate), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (gaffe), Your Daily Word Prompt (retrograde), Word of the Day Challenge attribute), and The Daily Spur (eject).

SoCS — Let Me Make One Thing Clear

I love using the daily word prompts that a number of bloggers post daily and weaving together a piece of flash fiction. In addition to my own FOWC with Fandango prompt, I frequently craft posts that incorporate prompt words from the Word of the Day Challenge, Your Daily Word Prompt, the Ragtag Daily Prompt, E.M.’s Random Word Prompt, The Daily Spur, and My Vivid Blog’s Daily Prompt.

But sometimes the bloggers behind these word prompts seem to want to fuck with us. For example, just yesterday, the Your Daily Word Prompt word was “gasconade.” Seriously? Have you ever heard of that word, much less used it in a normal conversation?

Or how about yesterday’s Word of the Day Challenge prompt word, “pareidolia”? Just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it?

And not to be outdone, The Ragtag Daily Prompt word yesterday was “frowzy.” Come on. Frowzy?

Even I am guilty. My own daily prompt word yesterday was “per se,” which had a number of bloggers a bit flummoxed. And the day before yesterday my FOWC with Fandango word was “bodacious,” which is not that unusual of a word, but some of you, based upon a few comments, were not big fans of bodacious.

So, I want to make one thing clear. I will not jump through hoops or twist myself into a pretzel trying to write posts that incorporate such unusual, archaic words like gasconade, pareidolia, or frowzy. It hurts my head too much.

I don’t mean to offend those who chose these words, but the idea of prompt words is to inspire, not to frustrate.

So, I leave my fellow daily word prompters with this piece of advice…

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the word is “clear.”

Blogging Insights — Words

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Emily Dickinson.

I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and look at it, until it begins to shine.

I am one of a number of bloggers who posts a daily word challenge, the purpose of which is to inspire other bloggers to be creative and to use my daily word to forge a story or a poem of their own. To that extend, each of my chosen daily words has the power to be a spark to light up a writer’s imagination.

Blah, blah, blah.

Sure, choosing the right word to use each day is important to me and I’ve been doing it every day for almost four years. But I can’t go as far as Emily has in claiming that nothing has more power than a word. And unless I just finished consuming a cannabis-infused marshmallow, the words I select don’t shine.

What gives a word power, what makes it shine, is the context in which it is used. And it’s how my fellow bloggers incorporate my daily words into their posts that brings me joy and keeps me searching for just the right word to use each day.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #106 Revisited


Note: Because I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge this month, I will not be posting any new provocative question until May. Instead, I will be revisiting some previous provocative questions that you might have missed. This one was originally posted on January 27, 2021 and can be found here. Please feel free to respond to it if you haven’t already.

Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Blogging is a medium of words. All of us who blog are wordsmiths. We use words almost exclusively to express ourselves, to tell our stories, to weave our tales, to write our poems, to help others to understand and possibly even appreciate our perspectives.

In the real world, words can take on different meanings depending on context, inflection, facial expressions, body language, and other countless factors. But in blogging, such visual cues are, for the most part, absent. Thus, the challenge of conveying your intended tone and the underlying meaning of what you write can be daunting. It gets down to the age old writer’s dilemma. Is the content what matters, or how the content is portrayed or presented?

So, as we are all writers who use words to paint pictures, my provocative question is simply this:

In the context of blogging and writing, what do you think is more important: what you say or how you say it?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.