Undoing a Decision

Today's random Holidailies prompt is: If you could change, undo, or modify one decision in your past, which would it be and why? This is an interesting question. On December 21, 1972, I decided to put off writing a four-page term paper to go to the movies with a young friend who didn't have his driver's license. We went to see Camille, starring Greta Garbo, at a theater in Georgetown, DC. I dropped him off... Read more →

The Great Huberto

Remember when I wrote about Herbie Weber , his partner Marcella, and their wonderful low tightwire act? No? Well, go follow that link and catch up, then come on back. In addition to that amazing act, Herbie also had another great act, this one a solo. He was billed as The Great Huberto, and the act was called The Slide for Life. After being introduced, Herbie walked to the bottom of the thick rope that... Read more →

TV Watching Through the Ages

SonnyeBoy got us a Roku stick for Christmas last year, and I thought "Eureka! I can now catch up on Outlander! Not only that, I can watch Amazon Prime video on the big TV set instead of my computer/laptop/phone!" And so I have. I pretty much binged on the first two seasons of Outlander, and then I had to wait through Droughtlander until Season 3 began in September. Around this time, we switched up our... Read more →

Excerpt: Oatmeal or Grits

Okay, so here's a brief excerpt from this year's NaNoWriMo effort. (Remember, this is an unedited first draft.) The scene is the circus cookhouse. "We got mugs this year, ZZ?" I asked. ZZ nodded and handed over four chipped, ceramic coffee mugs. I took one and distributed the other three to Sam, Bebop, and Joany. Bebop looked surprised. "I get a mug this year?" Al grumbled. "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, Bebop.... Read more →

Ho Ho Holidailies

Well, November certainly disappeared quickly, which means that it's time for Holidailies once again! You'd think that, having just completed NaNoWriMo for the first time in years, I'd never want to touch a keyboard again, but here I am. At least I don't have to write at 1,667 words every day to finish this particular internet challenge! I wanted to complete another one of my circus novels that's been languishing on my hard drive for... Read more →

The Antietam Soldier

A bit of flash fiction, based on a true event. The entire cornfield was gone, decimated by rifle shot and cannon. The lone Confederate soldier, gray uniform tattered and streaked with blood, stared across the ragged stumps of corn, amazed at the sight. The battle had lasted three hours, three horror-filled, bloody hours. He couldn’t remember how it ended. All he remembered was the general yelling “Fire!” And so he had. He shouldered his rifle... Read more →

Decisions, Decisions

So. I had my regularly-scheduled bloodwork and CT scans, which keep an eye on my small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). The bloodwork came back fine -- my absolute lymphs are slightly high, but that's it. Good to go for bloodwork! My CT scans (neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis) show that my zillions of enlarged lymph nodes haven't gotten bigger and are unchanged when compared to my previous CT scans. Yay scans! But. I'm having multiple hot... Read more →

The Real Horror

Well. Once again, a deranged man with an arsenal has murdered people. How many will it take before we stop sending thoughts and prayers and start determining how we can stop these terrorists? And yes, I believe that these people are terrorists. They cause terror; their sole purpose is to kill as many people -- men, women, children -- as they can. I do not give a shit whether they are affiliated with a radical... Read more →

Let the Horrordailies Commence

Welcome to October 1, the first day of Horrordailies! For this challenge, you're supposed to write about Hallowe'en or other scary stuff. I need yet another jumpstart on my blogging efforts, so what the hell. So let's talk about Hallowe'en! When I was a kid, Hallowe'en was the next best thing to heaven. I loved planning my costume, wandering around the neighborhood, and collecting all that fabulous candy. Because, my friends, back in My Day,... Read more →

Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers

Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers (1982) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss? Does chatting with a server count? If so, then today. 2) In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have... Read more →