For some reason I haven’t been keeping up with things for the last week or so. Not overly busy, but just not feeling it for some reason. I did manage to send off a prompt last week even if I didn’t get around to creating a prompt response. It’s on the calendar to do for this week. I did, however, manage to get one done for this week. My prompt for Week 12 came from ‘nother Mike: She screamed, then smashed the bug in the shower stall in a tissue. Then she told her husband to unwrap it and find out what kind of bug it was. He unwrapped it, and found only a snarl of hair. Well crushed. My prompt went to AC Young.

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Our Manchurian President

In the original 1962 movie The Manchurian Candidate, a soldier returning from the Korean War is haunted by a nightmare that the sergeant he nominated for, and who received, the Congressional Medal of Honor, has actually killed two members of his own platoon. In fact, the sergeant has been brainwashed by the Communist Chinese (in Manchuria, hence Manchurian candidate) to be an assassin and kill on command. Turns out that the sergeant’s mother (played by Angela Lansbury) and stepfather may in fact be communist agents scheming to get the stepfather elected to the presidency so that the communists can have control of the U.S.

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Flying Rabbits

The weekly prompt challenge has had an unexpected and beneficial side-effect for me. In addition to getting me to write at least something, and to stretch my creative muscles, it has forced me to become somewhat organized. I try to answer the prompt challenge on Monday even though it’s not due until Tuesday. I spent twenty years of my life explaining to students why they shouldn’t start a project the day it’s due. The least I can do is follow my own damn advice! Now, I just have to make sure I can organize the rest of my week as effectively. But, I am pretty happy with getting Mondays organized!

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As of today (Saturday) about 15+ states have significantly lowered their Wuflu restrictions or eliminated them altogether. One CNBC story I found had as part of its headline “…despite warnings” and in the opening graf noted that the Biden administration had asked those states to slow down. I giggled at that. It’s not going to happen. We have reached the one-year anniversary of “two weeks to flatten the curve.” In my purely anecdotal scanning of Facebook, I noticed that the “wear your mask!” scolds had died out. BUT…as soon as the news started coming out that states were lifting mask mandates, the wailing and gnashing of teeth began anew.

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Immanentize the Eschaton!

This post was brought to my attention through a link elsewhere. Immanentize the eschaton means trying to create heaven on earth. Creating heaven by any means necessary…even if that means sending some of us to hell. It’s a long read, but well worth it. It covers everything I’ve been thinking over the last few weeks. The Left is out to ensure it has complete control of everything. And, I mean everything. Culture, politics, elections (of course), education, movement of people, everything. If you think I’m being paranoid and conspiracy-minded, I challenge you to read this piece at The Smallest Minority.

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Week 9 for 2021 prompts

Once again, I am astonished at how fast time flies. We are already at Week 9 for the MOTE prompts. My FB memories feed is filled with comments and stories about spring break. No more spring breaks seems strange. But, I like it. I am a bit scattered, and it’s been something of a challenge to organize myself according to an internal rather than an external schedule. It’s a bit of an adventure. Will this work? No? Okay, try this. But! The prompts continue. I will use that to begin my self-scheduling.

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Short Story Out!

I have a short story out now on Amazon! Inside Out & Upside Down is something that popped into my head a while back. I think it will become a series, and while this story has no fantasy elements in it, the series will have them. I’m not quite sure where this is going yet, and it’s going on the backburner for now until I get Book 2 out. But for now, I hope you enjoy it!

Moonbeams on the tide

I didn’t manage to send in a prompt on time this week for the More Odds Than Ends challenge. So I ended up borrowing the one that ‘nother Mike created and which was given to Fiona. This ended up being a snippet for Book 3 in my Academic Magic series and gave me an excuse to revisit Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland. It’s a picturesque little town on the Atlantic Ocean at edge of County Clare. It’s got a world-renowned links golf course, and tasty waves.

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