Friday Funny: Nihilistic Passwords

screenshot_2016-05-09-18-35-34-1What year did you abandon your dreams?
What is the name of your favorite unpaid internship?
What is the maiden name of your father’s mistress?
What is the name of your least favorite child?
At what age did your childhood pet run away?
In what city did you first experience ennui?
What is your ex-wife’s newest last name?
On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder?
What is the name of your favorite cancelled TV show?
What was the middle name of your first rebound?

When did you stop trying?

(according to the internet) by Soheil Rezayazdi

Oh, yeah…writing prompt? Anyone?

Not today

The OLWG prompts are: Not today, thank you; Don’t know enough about it; Hush

Sunday. Online Writer’s Guild prompt day. A day to write. All day, if I want, which I do some days, but not today. Oh, now, hush! Today, I have other things to do! I have coffee that needs drinking, and a shower that needs taking, and hair that needs washing, and clothing that needs to be put on, and a car that needs driving, to the grocery store to buy food that needs eating and to the hardware store for the door handle that needs replacing. I’m told it’s a cinch to replace a door handle, but I know next to nothing about how to get stuff that needs doing around the home done, so the plan is to go to one of those huge places where people in orange aprons tell you how to do things, like, install door handles. After all that, and after the new door handle is in its place, there’s a couch that needs sitting on, and a television that needs watching to see people who seek the thrill of victory but end up with the agony of defeat. Or if they’re lucky, the Bronze.


pen florish“[An artist] cannot create a drama of conflict between points of view unless he can imaginatively put himself in two positions. . . . Any work of art is going to be dangerous to a point of view. If you are an artist, you have to see not only why you can’t walk on air, but also why people who think you can, think so.” – William Gass

“Writing is my way of expressing – and thereby eliminating – all the various ways we can be wrong-headed.” – Zadie Smith

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” – Gloria Steinem

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents” – Bob Ross

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance” -Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbs cartoon

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas” – Donatella Versace

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw

OLWG #17: An australopithecine’s writing evolution

meditative rose 17For every season—turn, turn, turn—there is a reason—turn, turn, turn…

Oh, wait…yeah. Okay. Something original. By me. Let’s see…
Actually, the problem is, I mean, my problem is, no imagination.
I cannot imagine writing a post using an imposed structure.
Grammatically correct sentence structure notwithstanding. Of course.

Nevertheless, I tried my hand, in my journal, and with online help.
In the effort at trying something new, I discovered something.
I unwittingly unearthed an emotional “simple,” if you will; a basic expression of just one emotion, sans embellishment.
(Yes, I cheated there a bit, creating two within one, but it still adds up!)

Anyway, the point is this: Emotions are running high as of late.
Two family members are in crisis and we’ve no solutions.
I turn to my journal to process the grief, as one does in such times.
But this time, with the seventeen syllable rule, I found solace.

An australopithecine continues her writing evolution.

(And by the way, seventeen just happens to be my lucky number).
and…I absolutely did
not write this in twenty-five minutes. 😉

One Bad Apple

As the saying goes: One bad apple spoils the whole bushel.

I don’t have a lot of followers, and I only get a  handful of hits, a couple of likes and maybe a comment when I post. Nevertheless, I enjoy posting and hearing back from those few who read my blog. But not from a troll.

I didn’t do anything to deserve a troll; it’s not personal. WordPress features several ways to keep trollers at bay, but if they are persistent, they devise ways to work around these features. The recommendation I received from WP and friends is either to make this blog “private,” or consider starting over with a new site.

Turning this blog into a private/by invitation only site is a lot of work. For you, that is.  It means you have to login to read a post. I may enjoy writing, but my posts are not so amazing it’s worth the effort. And, after long consideration, as much as I have enjoyed blogging, I’ve decided not to start over. So, the time’s come to move on.

Thank you for following “by LRose.” I will continue to follow all of you and look forward to your future posts. Happy blogging!

A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”

– Graham Greene

PS – The only posts left on this site are recent posts in response to Online Writer’s Guild (OLWG) writing prompts. A Good-Apple blogging buddy launched OLWG earlier this year, and in an effort to encourage others to participate, I’m leaving those posts published. If you followed The Blog Propellant, you’ll remember these prompts. Try it! It’s fun!