Less Is More

Okay, this might be a really dumb post coming up.

This is Paula’s Tuesday Story prompt, where she gives us three pictures, and we conjure up a story.

Pictures this week:

The reason my post might be dumb is that the middle picture looks like a butterfly to me. So if I got that wrong, the story won’t make sense.

The bottom picture… I’ve a feeling that this is someone I should recognise. Is that Steve Martin? Cloueau? But, for the purposes of my short, I’ll play it safe and just assume “a guy”.

“I’m pooped”, thought Dave, as he settled into his first-class seat. Filming for his new sitcom had just finished three hours ago, and he was finally getting out of LA, headed back to spend Christmas in Cedar Rapids, where his wife and two children were due to meet him.

As his holiday season began, a well-dressed, greying man settled into the seat next to him. They greeted each other, and, relaxing, Dave kicked off his shoes, letting out a long sigh.

“Looking forward to the holidays?” the man asked. “You look like you could use some recharging.” The pair got talking. Dave explained that he was an actor, he was in the tv sitcom Flying Tonight. But that filming was long hours and he was looking forward to a couple of weeks break.

“I know that show”, said the man. “I thought I recognised you.” As they chatted, Dave asked the man what he did for a living. “Oh, I started this company. It does pretty well, so mostly these days I’m pretty hands-off. My training, I’m a doctor.”

“A doctor? What type of doctor?”, asked Dave.

“Well, there’s the thing”, said the man. “We discovered this serum, made from butterflies’ urine. We inject it into people’s asses. It helps them lose weight. I run a clinic in Beverly Hills.”

“No way he made that up”, thought Dave.

Blogging Insights (wb 21 December 2020)

Tanya over at Salted Caramel asks interesting questions this week in her Blogging Insights series:

How organised are you when it comes to blogging? Do you have a blog schedule or do you play it by the ear?
How often do you’ tidy up’ your blog? e.g. go through your Drafts Folder, or go through old posts checking for broken links etc.?

I try not to publish more than three times per day, for no other reason than I figure that people will get fed up if I post more often. Well, there’s also the matter of having time to write. That number is not hard-and-fast, so if I publish four times on a particular day, it’s not a big deal. But I aim for three.

Of those three posts, some of these are challenges I like to regularly take part in. I also have a regular post I put out each week.

I figure my week is as follows:

DayPlanned Posts

In addition, there are prompts I take part in occasionally, such as this one. So I figure, if I’m sticking to my 3-a-day, that only leaves a few slots per week for anything impromptu.

I tend not to schedule anything other than my regular post, because I like to publish privately first, which allows me to listen to the post. Then I can iron out as many typos as I can, before I make it public.

I use categories and tags to keep posts organised. That’s as much so I can find posts again, as anybody else finding them. With my poetry, for example, I’ve a mind to self-publish some of them, when I have enough good ones to choose from. So I’ll need to be able to find the poetry in amongst all the other stuff.

Regular housekeeping tasks include sifting through spam comments, and spam contact form submissions – I do all that a couple times a week.

I don’t check for broken links in old posts. Here’s why:

When I looked at 6PM, only 8% of yesterday’s views were on posts that were more than a week old. I assume that’s pretty typical. On those numbers, I’ll take my chances.

Keep Your Hair On!

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 22 December 2020, lucky.

In the French Revolution, was damned,
All around guillotine, peasants crammed,
Hoisted blade to the top,
Then it started to drop,
But two-thirds the way downward, it jammed.