Share Your World

Di is the wonderful host of Share Your World. She is honoring Melanies memory very well, if I don’t say so myself! Join in here: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/share-your-world-30th-january/

Here are this week’s questions:

1.  Do you consider yourself to be romantic? I think being romantic is subjective. I mean I do like cozy dinners and candles. But what is romantic really? If I had to give a definitive yes or no, I’d probably say no since I don’t feel I have the right personality.

2.  Do you send cards on Valentine’s Day? Not anymore. My late husband always said that cards were a waste of money since they were costing upwards of $4 each and in my opinion, the quality was going down. Now I would rather send a card on a non-holiday since I think that is more special.

3.  Would you spend a considerable amount of money on a single red rose for your beloved? I guess if they really loved them. I always said that it was a shame that the price nearly doubled or tripled just because of Valentine’s Day. That I felt was a waste of money. But, that being said, I am always happy to receive any sort of beautiful flower any old day.

4.   What is your idea of a romantic evening? I guess maybe a quiet dinner at the table (versus in front of the tv) with a candle and some soft music playing in the background.

Gratitude: I am so grateful that there are people who truly love me, no matter what.

WordPress Question of the Day

What are your favorite sports to watch and play?

I have always enjoyed watching Football, American Football. I grew up watching it and have always seen at least some of the seasonal games. Now that I am understanding the rules more and more I do admit I like it more. My favorite team used to be San Francisco 49er’s until Dion Sanders left and went to Dallas. I didn’t have a favorite team for a long time after that. Then came a year that I decided I really needed to pick a team so I could cheer appropriately. I chose the Vikings because I love their colors.

This year as any football watcher knows, the Vikings are out. Throughout the season I did like Kansas City because I like Mahomes. I grew up in the northeast so I grew up listening to people rave about Tom Brady. Yes, he is fabulous, or was in his day, but he needs to retire. Mahomes on the other hand is good and young and has a good thing going.

My favorite cousin is an Eagles fan. I am technically a Kansas City fan for the Super Bowl. I still love my cousin!

From my desk: 01/31/2023

About two weeks ago David and I went to a home show in Sarasota. We walked around and of course got bombarded by sales people. We agreed to have an inhome consult with three companies.

The first was Solar. They never showed up, never called…

The second was windows and doors. Well, we had everything confirmed and when the sales person was more than 15 minutes late with no call we left a note on the door that we were not interested in working with them and gave the reason. If we are going to plan our day to include a sales call they can show respect and call if they will be late. Anyhow, we got calls after that for about 1/2 hour to an hour and text messages. One person said the guy didn’t show up on time and was unable to call because he dropped his phone in the toilet earlier that day. TMI and sounds stupid for a company to say that. Another text said they were sorry, the guy. was just running late, would we reconsider since he was still in the area. There were one or two others along with a few voice messages. I did not answer. I had given my reason on my note.

The third was also windows and doors. The meeting was supposed to be on a Thursday or something and that particular day I had not been feeling well. In addition, I had been to a number of different doctor’s appointments. We had not confirmed the meeting for that night but I did not answer the phone calls as I was in the doctor’s most of the day. Well, they called me 14 times that day between maybe noon and six oclock. The following day there were maybe 4 calls. Since then, every day except Sunday I have gotten a call from them at around 8:30 am. There is never a message with it. I don’t answer. I am starting to get annoyed. I do apologize telepathically that we did not confirm nor cancel but I think they should have gotten the hint. Now it is just harassment. I tried blocking the number but I am still getting calls. By that afternoon and after about 10 calls we had decided we didn’t want to work with them as they had no idea why we weren’t answering and I think that is too many calls. They could have sent a text.

I’m done with salespeople for a while. Sorry if you are “one of them”

6 Minute Story- Stealth

Insight into the real thoughts of a cat!

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This is a picture of logs piled high. There is a cat hidden somewhere in the picture.

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially…

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Split and Stacked

Jim explains the different wood to burn

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This is your cord of wood and the price that we agreed on was $300 Mr. Williams.  It is all seasoned hardwood and mixed with oak which produces a slow-burning fire that lasts longer and burns more evenly and hotter.  I included some maple which is heavy to lift, but it burns slowly so your fire will last a long time.  You should probably start your fires with the birch, as that burns quickly, and it gives off a beautiful flame.  I put in some cherry in your pile, which has a very pleasant, non-smoky aroma, although it does tend to spark a little more.  There is also plenty of hickory which in my opinion is the best smelling wood and it is even hotter burning than oak.  Your wife said that she didn’t want any firewood with bugs on it, but you know that I can’t guarantee that.  When…

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Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 01/31/2023

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

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This is a picture of logs piled high. There is a cat hidden somewhere in the picture.

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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From my desk: 01/30/2023

Hahaha, I’m not really at a desk…I am standing on my vibration machine! Yes, I mentioned in some post that I would try this and I moved stuff on a shelf that was the perfect level and here I am. My eyeballs are jiggling a little so I will have to get used to that but I can get used to this. At least I know I will NOT fall asleep blogging. Disclaimer: If I do fall asleep I may be away from my blog for a while as I will probably have sustained a few injuries. My house is not that big so I moved things to fit, I didn’t have a good “extra” space.

Peace and have a good day!

New Book: And I was like November (Womens Fiction/ Black Humor/ Short Stories)

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Welcome to the book tour for And I Was Like November, a “beautifully written bummer” by Rachael Biggs. Read on for more info!

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And I Was Like November

Expected Publication Date: January 31, 2023

Genre: Womens Fiction/ Black Humor/ Short Stories

20 October 2022… In a world where hyper-positivity and woke culture abounds, Rachael Biggs’ And I Was Like November offers a glimpse of the other side, while navigating themes of isolation and longing.

These are stories of what happens to the women that didn’t get their happy ending—the ones who don’t believe the cliches about family being everything and who know that live-laugh-love isn’t the cure all. Taboo topics that embrace a gritty reality include transactional sex, romantic obsession, maternal disdain and teenaged drug dealing are linked by the need to survive in the midst of questionable sanity and deep loneliness. 

“This is what happens when things don’t work out and the consequences and feelings we have in private as a result. They’re stories about women whose lives aren’t glossy, filtered, and Instagram ready, and the contrast of their brushed-under-the-rug realities is maybe more interesting and relatable. In a world where we’re bombarded with shiny fallacies, this is the beautiful side of ugly,” said Rachael.

Available on Amazon starting January 31st!

About the Author

Rachael Biggs is an author, screenwriter, copywriter and journalist. She studied creative writing at UBC, UCLA, and with masters of the craft Syd Field and Robert McKee. In 2016 she earned a screenwriting diploma from Vancouver Film School with a focus on television. 

Her memoir Yearning for Nothings and Nobodies debuted to critical acclaim and was adapted for the screen as Behind the Eight Ball.

She is a frequent contributor to print and on-line publications and her short fiction appears regularly in literary magazines including Door is a Jar, Angel City Review and Charge Magazine. 

She divides her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles. 

Rachael Biggs

Twitter: @biggsybiggs @DeborahBrosseau @RRBookTours #RRBookTours

IG: @rrbooktours #rrbooktours #andiwaslikenovember #shortstories #womensfiction

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PROMPT #423 – HOW TO __________

So this week we look to you to provide poetic information on how to do something. https://poeticbloomings2.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/prompt-423-how-to-__________/

Take a big bowl and a very large spoon
don’t think about dinner, its never too soon
Open the lid and see how much’s left
If there’s not much you just might think theft
‘Cause nothing comes close at times just like this
Ice cream needs eating, not a day should you miss.
Scoop out a lot and fill up your bowl
No matter the flavor, it touches the soul.

©2023 CBialczak

MM Music Challenge

Join in here: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/11/13/rolling-in-the-deep-challenge-169/

The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community. 

See how I leave with every piece of you
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do

Adele said that the phrase “Rolling In The Deep” is a kind of slang in the UK called ‘roll deep’, which means to have someone, always have someone that has your back, and you’re never on your own, if you’re ever in trouble you’ve always got someone who’s going to come and help you fight it or whatever like that.

See how I leave when I say goodbye
with every piece of you I quietly cry
Don’t underestimate how much I feel
or the things I will do until you appeal
I do want you back, more than I should
But things have been done and I should feel good.

©2023 CBialczak