Photo Challenge 335

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/photo-challenge-335/

They say to go with it.
I’m trying.
Why is this going in slow motion?
What was I thinking anyhow?
Did I really need to run that fast up the stairs.
Damn carpeting.
I told Bruce the wood was better.
I guess Bruce was thinking of me at a time like this.
Carpet is softer.
How will I land?
I don’t want to get hurt.
Go with it.
Let it happen.
It hurts less.

WTF! Ouch!

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Twelve Questions for October – Game #6 – October 2020

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has given these questions: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/10/06/12-bloggerz-october-2020/

1. If another national lockdown was to occur, would you be better prepared for it today as in, have you been in a position to stockpile much-needed stocks? Or would you be no different to the last time?

I think I would be almost the same. When COVID started becoming what is now the Pandemic, I had been in my car driving to Florida to visit my dad. I stopped at three Dollar Generals on the way down to buy toilet paper. The first store I had no problem, the second TP was limited, the third and they were down to single rolls. I like my brand of toilet paper. Besides that…I’m okay with how I handled it.

2. What do you think makes for a really scary fiction story that would prevent you from turning off the lights before you went to sleep?

That the main character is getting ready for bed, maybe reading, and there is a clown or a creepy doll under the bed.

3. Which do you prefer to wear and why out of the following options?

Cotton, Denim, Cashmere, Chiffon, Lace, Leather, Linen, Wool, Organic Fabrics, Silk, Muslin, Polyester, Satin, Suede, Twill, Velvet, Moleskin, Mohair, Viscose.

Cotton is sort of a typical choice. Denim is a regular go-to for me, I like my jeans. Cashmere is dreamy soft but requires hand-washing and I’m out. Chiffon is actually one of my favorites because it goes nicely over a fitted shirt. Lace, well maybe my underwear. Leather is for pocketbooks and wallets. Linen is super thin and shrinks. Wool is too itchy. Organic fabrics are a little expensive and I don’t know how well they hold up over time. Silk is wonderful but slippery. Muslin, for clothes? Polyester is a definite option for being a long term clothing item. Satin is like silk. Suede is for shoes. Twill is for men’s coats. Velvet is okay for a fancy holiday dress. Moleskin, keep it on the mole. Mohair, let whatever a Mo is keep it’s hair. Viscose…is that something to do with veins?

4. When getting dressed and you are putting on a dress, trousers, shorts, or skirts, and so on, which foot do you lead with, left or right … and why that way?

My right foot goes first. The main reason besides being right handed is my prosthetic hip is on the left so I have to make sure I am in before putting that leg in. Not sure why but maybe a balance type of thing.

5. What is your blog’s primary genre and what are the secondary genres?

My blog is primarily Poetry and secondary Flash Fiction.

6. Has blogging and belonging to a community of fellow bloggers and writers alike, changed you as a person or inspired you in any way? Explain.

Being part of the WP community has totally changed me. It has given me the confidence to write what I think I want to write. I take chances. It makes me recognize the importance of showing other people that you are listening to them. Leaving comments is important.

7. Name 3 television programs that you watched and enjoyed as a child and then explain what made them good for you back then?

The Brady Bunch: It was so real life, except for the amount of kids. They had real life issues. Especially the one with the Tarantula in Hawaii!

Gilligan’s Island: I always wanted to show up on a deserted island. I loved the way they invented things, supposedly out of nothing but the natural resources. It was sort of the MacGyver feel.

The Muppet Show: I love, love, love Muppets. I wrote to Jim Henson back in middle school. I used to know all of the names of the muppets…even the weird ones you don’t see much. One of the things I did love was the music. Watching this was my introduction to Paul Simon and other great artists.

8. How do you celebrate you when you have time to pamper yourself?

It depends on where I am. If I am in Florida it is great to just sit on the beach with a book then go and get a pedicure. At home pampering myself isn’t really necessarily pampering…Playing with my dog and guinea pigs is sort of my idea of pampering.

9. Do you listen to any Podcasts or Vlog Diaries on a regular basis, and if so, what are they and why are they so good?

I don’t listen to Podcasts. I signed up for Audible and I don’t even like listening to books on “tape” or whatever it is called. I like to read, not listen.

10. Have you ever walked in on a couple having sex? If so, did you 1] Scream in horror make apologies and run out, 2] Make your way out but acting cool about it all, or 3] Laugh out loud and say “Alrighty then, game on!!” and join in?

I never did but my daughter stopped home one day to say hello when we were “hanging out”. I saw her and screamed, then tried to get sheets on me. Then I laughed.

11. What do you think lives in the 80% of the ocean that is unexplored and unmapped?

I think there are really weird looking fish. There are probably a lot of large squid in all the giant caves (I am assuming there are caves).

12. Do you read book reviews before purchasing a book new to you or do you simply buy a book based upon what you have read on the sale description or back page. If you do, how influenced are you by those reviews? (Question inspired by Sadje of Keep it Alive.)

I never read reviews until I started writing them! I usually go by the picture on the cover, yeah immature but I do…I also go by the blurb on the back or in the front jacket.

©2020 CBialczak

From my desk: 10/07/2020

Apparently, when I read posts and go to links I don’t always look at the dates! Today I completed a September Word of the Day Challenge word. https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/sustain/

This morning I participated in 100 Word Wednesday from Bikurgurl but had the wrong photo…https://bikurgurl.com/2020/09/09/100-word-wednesday-165/

So…I’d like to apologize to all the hosts who put time and energy into hosting and I keep screwing them up! I get so involved in the prompts I forget sometimes to look to see when the prompt was posted. A few months back I participated in a prompt that was a few months old. I will have to be more careful.

Thank you for your time.

Peace to you all.

Sustain: Word of the Day Challenge

For: https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/sustain/

Your Future

Can you remember a time 

When you were able to see 

What your future would hold 

How successful you’d get to be? 

When you are able to say 

That you can aptly sustain 

All of the things that you’ve learned 

All of the things in your brain 

You will be a huge success 

You’ll go as far as can go 

You’ll find yourself in the clouds 

Success like the sun will glow.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

100 Word Wednesday

***disclaimer: This is the wrong prompt for October 7, 2020***
Please check Bikurgurl’s site for the correct picture.

Image by Bikurgurl

What 100 words would you give this image?

Interested in joining us? Check out the guidelines below and ping back to be included in the Writing Wind-up!

Let the writing begin!

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How to participate? A few guidelines as we begin….

  1. Simply check my feed, or search the reader, for the 100WW or tag #100WW, post each Wednesday. I’ll also be posting on my InstagramTwitter, and Facebook Feeds.
  2. Write your submission on your blog, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook Feed and ping back to the weekly blog post. Feel free to use the image provided or your own. Please do credit the artist whose image we use — Links provided.
  3. I have not enabled automatic pingbacks due to a plethora of spam messages attempting to link up. Do feel free to also continue posting your links and I will enable your pingbacks as I check my blog. Thank you for understanding!!
  4. I’ll provide a Weekly Summary, or Windup, of posts on or by Tuesday; take the opportunity to read and comment on your fellow bloggers posts {keeping in mind to give each other grace and space}. I try to read them all and post your submission in the Weekly Windup.
  5. Have fun! I enjoy reading your challenge submissions!

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Hiding

Peter? Peter? Where did you go? I thought you said this game was for me to hide and then you find me, but if I’m here, in some tube with the openings covered, how is that any fun?  

I don’t know why you won’t answer me!  

Peter? Come on, are you there? I can’t even get out of here on my own! You took the stool.  

Whose idea was it anyway that I hide in some tube? 

Whose idea was it to cover the openings?  

Peter, if you are out there, this is a warning, we are no longer friends. 

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

The Outsider’s Mind: Book Review

The Outsider’s Mind : A Collection of Short Stories and the Quotes They Inspired by Sean Aeon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Outsiders Mind by Sean Aeon sends your mind on a journey to places you have only briefly ever thought about or never even knew existed. This collection of quotes and short stories leaves you wondering why you never looked closer at life.

The less conventional set up of this book is constructed with a series of quotes and short stories that probe into the minds of people and creatures alike. Stories have been fabricated with a spark of science fiction meets psychoanalysis mixed with modern day vampire stories. Aeon presents abstract ideas through a plethora of characters, often leaving you wondering who or what the passage is really referring to, or who is being influenced in these peculiar situations. You are given the starting point and led in obscure directions that revolve around simple intentions. For example, have you ever thought of time travel or traveling to another dimension? Aeon tries to address this idea but makes you think even deeper; how would I get there, and could I get back? He presents, through his stories, ideas that make you wonder who really has a true grasp on the facts. In another story you learn what might be going through a bee’s mind if it could think as logically as humans can.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for its unique interpretation of the study of the mind. Some of the stories start out straight forward while others require you to go back to the beginning of that short story to find out if what you have just read is really about what you are now reading. Characters are vague in certain passages, leaving you wondering if you even know who or what you were reading about! Overall, the thought-provoking aspect of this story is original and keeps you reading until the end of the book. Aeon keeps you captivated with stories that will boggle your mind.



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