Finagle – FOWC with Fandango

For Fandango’s Daily challenge:


  1. obtain (something) by devious or dishonest means.”Ted attended all the football games he could finagle tickets for”
    • act in a devious or dishonest manner.”they wrangled and finagled over the fine points”

Good Acting

When we walked out to the mezzanine 

My eyes were filled with joy 

For there upon the stage below 

Was my own born baby boy. 

He had his hair brushed to the side 

As his father taught him how 

He had his tie done up real tight 

To stay tied while he took a bow. 

He knew that he was there to act 

And acting is what he did 

He didn’t have to finagle his crew 

They were proud of this young kid.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — October 2

Here is my post from October 2, 2019
It’s sort of dumb…

During my fairly short writing career I have come to love writing poetry. Yes, I know, yuck! Well, to tell you the truth I find my poetry silly and fun to read.

It seems that poetry is not a popular type of literature for children. I know that so many books that are published incorporate rhyming but the anthologies like I read when I was a kid. Have you read “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein? I think I read that anthology a hundred times, as well as his other works. He is my inspiration because without knowing his writing style I don’t think I would ever imagine myself writing poetry.

I hope to put out a Poem Anthology. What do you think? I would love feedback on whether this is a considered a good idea or not. I will still do whatever I eventually decide, but the feedback may help determine when and how I present it to a literary agent.

tag #whataboutpoetry in your response. I think that sends it back to me. I’m still learning how to blog and if you have any pointers on a way I can improve, and you know how to blog, please send your suggestions my way. Email me at


Fandango holds the Friday Flashback:

Your Blogging Space: Fandango’s Dog Days of Summer

Written for Fandango:

Where do you blog?

I blog in my family room. I sit in my big chair with my matching ottoman that we got from David’s brother’s girlfriend. My big comfy chair is situated right next to my guinea pig habitat so I can sit and watch them and talk to them while I am working. I can see out the slider, which looks out onto the deck and then a bit of yard then a lot of trees.

I am in front of the television but don’t watch TV until David comes home or Lindsay comes over and turns the TV on. I have a few favorite shows but don’t care to watch TV by myself.

I have my small table where I can put my drink. There is a mug with pens and pencils, a ruler, and scissors. There are a bunch of things like a small pencil sharpener, toggle for my mac, tissues, extra paper, all near me. If I didn’t want to move all day I could stay in my spot and survive for quite a long time.

Thanks for stopping by to see my blogging space.

Perfunctory: FOWC with Fandango

Written for:

Say Goodbye

It was just as we left and were saying good bye
with a perfunctory wave and a wink of her eye. 
We knew right then we would never see her again
and that kind of outlook is the best kind there’s been.
She is snide like a child, rude like some sort of brat 
Some call her a thief, what do you think about that?
The things that she does during her days and her nights
you’d be smart just to bid her farewell ‘fore she bites
The time that you spend with her is truly a waste
But it is good thing to learn as you got a small taste.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Cranky – fowc with fandango

Thanks Fandango for hosting the challenge:

little Milly

When Milly comes up to the house 

We hear her all the way. 

She’s always whining to her mom 

We wish she’d walk away. 

Her cranky ways and teary eyes 

No longer make us sigh. 

We’d like to take her little butt 

And kick her to the sky! 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Fandango’s Provocative Question #68

Do you think it’s premature for states to be lifting the stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, and social distancing restrictions? Or do you believe that it’s about time they were rescinded? Once they are removed, how quickly are you likely to resume living your life as you did in the pre-pandemic days?

I think that people need to get out and about. I am worried about the people who are home alone, perhaps with increasing depression, not getting enough sunlight and fresh air. I think that there still has to be some precautions, like distancing, but I think it has to be open a bit. My fear with the fact that only some states are doing the openings it is going to draw people from far away to come because they want to be outside. It would be better for everyone if the entire country did the same thing. This way people are going in hoards to one place.

The other day on the news they showed everyone down in Washington in the mall watching the planes flying over. Well, it seems like everyone is in an uproar that so many people were there. Part of me thinks, hello, it is outside. If the virus is floating in the air you can get it just walking by. But does that mean no one even goes outside?

I think we should, as a country, open slowly, each state the same time, the same way, so that it can be followed more consistently. When this whole thing started I was in Florida and when I talked about the virus everyone said I was panicking out of control. At that time New York and Washington State were taking it seriously but Florida wasn’t. It was a couple of weeks until Florida took it seriously. We need to come together as a country, not fight about who is right and who is wrong.

My daughter has been living with her roommates and they have their friends over, They have the same group everyday. I think that her and her friends are probably building up an immunity that everyone who is staying isolated is not.

This is all my opinion.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #61


Baxter stood there, looking up. How did he get down here? How was he supposed to get back up there? Will Ma know he is down here? Will Pa look for him when he comes home from nut-hunting? What about his siblings? Where were Jackson, Marcus, Tammy, Randy, Maxi, Vera, or Stanley?

Baxter realized for the first time in his short life that the world was bigger than he was used to seeing. The ground was bigger, the tree trunk was longer, and the way home was impossible!

Fandango’s Provocative Question #63

When we finally get through this COVID-19 pandemic at some point in the future, do you think the world is going to change from what is was like before anyone ever heard of coronavirus? Or will things quickly return to “business as usual”?

I guess my answer to this question is a little of both! I think there are going to be the people who realize that life doesn’t need to progress at the speed it was and there will be people that are anxious to get back in the saddle.

I think for a lot of older folks, this is going to be an eye opener to how much we have lost in family ties and all that. Now that I can’t just fly to see my dad I wonder what he is doing and how he is much more frequently. Not just because of the virus but because I don’t know when I will get there again. That is a scary thought, which I don’t think I am alone in. There may be family members that we never see again or never get to say goodbye to. My father has dementia so trying to show him how to facetime or anything like that is an ongoing struggle. When I have showed him it was great until the next time… Anyhow, I think there will be a lot of people looking at their lives wondering what is really worth something.

I think for younger adults and kids, life will go back to their normal. Kids now don’t understand what it means to spend a night at home alone. If they aren’t in the physical presence of someone else, they are in the virtual presence of lots of people. I also think people want to move about and do what they please. That is why all the stores are open 24 hours and everything is accessible all the time, or so it seems. They have been growing up in a time where you don’t have to wait for things. You barely have to wait to buy something because someone is always offering a payment plan. Look at cars! I see young people driving super expensive cars. Yes, they pay out the ass every month but they get what they want. I don’t think this is a good thing, though. Many people don’t understand what it means to save for something.

Well, I shall step down from my soapbox and offer how I will be…I like the slower pace. I like being able to be home and busy at home without people wondering what is wrong with me! I like buying less and shopping less. I am actually running out of things that I have had for way to long. I also like the social distancing a little. I am not a fan of the proximity of people when I am out and about. “Please step out of my personal space!”

Thank you Fandango for making me think so deeply about something that is going to be reality eventually!