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Rated: 18+ · Book · Biographical · #1311011
A terminal for all blogs coming in or going out. A view into my life.
Started July 1st 2019 for contests, etc. as other blogs are filling up and have other purposes.

Ferry boat between Solvorn and Ornes across the Lustrafjord i Sogn og Fjordane.




I'm starting a new blog because
BOOK
L'aura del Campo  (18+)
Online journal capturing the moment and the memory of moments. A meadow meditation.
#982524 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
had over 1,200 entries and that's getting close to full. I don't want to trim it by deletion. I did that once, much to my dismay. Will be used more for poetry.

 
BOOK
Hoarfrosts from Hell  (GC)
Anything I'm not happy about or that I don't want in my main blog!
#997339 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
is still hidden from the public and will remain so. I don't post there often. It's more personal and full of angst. Was used for 30DBC for May 2020.

BOOK
Enga mellom fjella  (18+)
Enga mellom fjella: where from across the meadow, poems sing from mountains and molehills.
#1317094 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
was full... until the number of entries was increased. A mixed blog.

I'll be linking to
BOOK
On The Write Path  (18+)
ON THE WRITE PATH: travel journal for Around-the-World in 2015, 16, 18.
#2032403 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
as I need to post there about my travels.

 
BOOK
O Pinions!  (XGC)
May my opinions gather wind under their wings and fly, perchance to soar.
#1501776 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
is for my opinions. *Laugh*

 
BOOK
Nurture your Nature  (18+)
Look around. Let Nature nurture your Soul. I record images I sense and share them here.
#1439094 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
was set up for nature observations and musings.

 
BOOK
Watt's Gnus  (18+)
On topics and today's gnus. Definitely opinionated. Set to 18+ for a reason.
#1439092 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
come out of a need to share interesting stuff I come across. When I was young I did a small newsletter named as such. (or was it column in the newsletter? Been 30 years... I think.)

 
FOLDER
Flash Fiction  (GC)
Short 300 word, more or less, "stories" .
#2190336 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
is where I put my flash fictions. Maybe someday I'll figure it out and have enough good ones to publish. Ratings vary and some are hidden from view.

I've started an appendix (I no longer have one personally) to keep track of my Space Cadet journals for Space Blog. It's a work constantly under construction. Mind the mess.
 
STATIC
Space Cadet - the never ending journal  (18+)
Journeys of an Alien Space crew.
#2226611 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
Previous ... -1- 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... Next
August 11, 2020 at 3:57pm
August 11, 2020 at 3:57pm
#990541
Jindal spoke, "When I go back I will face what I have to face."

"What will happen?"

"What will be will be. Sorry to speak in tautologies but there are too many outcomes to contemplate. I will say what I need to say and let it be."

Jindal looked distant. As 90210 would later say, "as if he had stars in his eyes and galaxies behind them."

"We all have gifts and would suffer if we lost them. What would Kat be without her Dreams, Cook without knowing which herb kills and which one cures. What if Quip went mute?"

"It would kill me."

"Or at least give us some needed peace and quiet." [laughter] "What would make a shapeshifter suffer most?" [silence] "What if I were frozen into a form decided by others. I would be beautiful of course but unable to truly express my emotions. Worthless for traveling. Impossible to pass unnoticed. Dismissed ... perhaps."

"Would it kill you?"

"No. No more than taming a wild beast."

"Ouch."

"But just like I must face what I must face in spite of some trepidation, so my people will be tempted to avoid reality as they have for thousands of years."

"You'll be like Krishna."

[soft murmurs] "No, but will I be able to bring about change if my form is frozen? Regardless it is time to show them that without character beauty is merely a rose without fragrance."

On that note everyone began to eat. Kat merely smiled.

When Jindal left us a few days later, Kat took me aside and whispered, "There never was any physical danger. But 'change' ... that is more promising and dangerous than anything we will ever meet in Space. I will nap now in peace."


For:
 
FORUM
Space Blog  (ASR)
This will hopefully be a daily blog.
#2223838 by Chris Breva Congrats on 13!


Prompt: From
 
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Face what you must Face  (E)
Challenges are been given to you for a purpose - for you to become what you can become.
#2190160 by sindbad


"Face what you must Face"

"Krishna says – When you avoid what you must face in life, it becomes bigger than you and takes control over you." What do you think?
August 10, 2020 at 6:14pm
August 10, 2020 at 6:14pm
#990461
90210: "I remember a ride from childhood. We went up and down and zigzagged and then tumbled round and round. I wanted more."

Gomo the Kla: "Not me! I got sick but they made me do it again and again. It got better over time until training..."

90210: "Yes, I thought training would be 'fun' but it wasn't a joy to vomit after eating. Why did they do that to us?"

Quip: "Emergencies don't happen at our convenience."

Gomo and 90210 just glared at Quip.

90210: "So. you. en.joyed. it." [said with ice on her breath]

Quip: "Nope. "Not one minute. But when it ended I realized that if I could tolerate swallowing everybody's vomit as it washed over me I could survive worse."

Gomo: "Everybody's?"

Quip: "Two Vulches and an Yxwoorm."

Jindal laughed. I laughed. Quip just sat there non-plussed. Gomo turned a lovely shade of puke.

90210: 'So Jindal ... ever meet an Yxwoorm?"

Jindal stared straight at Quip: "Been one."

Now everyone laughed as Quip hurriedly excused himself.

90210: "That was cruel."

Jindal: "But harmless and fun. Quip will 'survive'."

Cook interrupted us with soup. Why always soup? He placed a blue bowl in front of Jindal and said: "Drink all of it and do not share. Medicine for you. Poison for them."

Quip came back looking like he could use some soup. Jindal just said: "Want some?"

Cook was there in a flash. "Don't touch Jindal's soup. Have this." A plate of crackers?

We never quite understood how Cook operated. Most newbies gave up quick.

When Jindal finished he spoke: "I have a story."

Quip offered him a cracker... Jindal laughed.

"No, you might need it. ... I had to travel across the Ice Planet. Most of the time we skated across the land. Frozen land but tranquil. ... One time though I needed to be in a form that may have pleased others but was uncomfortable for me. When the storm hit and we hit a bump that made us airborne ... I was in a somewhat compromised position. I would have changed forms right then but it would have destroyed my cover. I guard my secrets well."

My four ears immediately perked up to attention.

"I held on to my client, my form and the cabin as best I could. We spun round and round like water down a drain. And then ... ... we lost gravity. Floating and bumping and bruising wasn't part of the contract but the video screen lit up and what we saw was stunning. For a moment the sky and snow-clad ground reversed; we were on wings of wind upheld as if by feathers or skis, gliding as birds. We took advantage of the moment, thrilled at the sight, not even caring if we crashed. Later, counting my generous tip, I considered every ache and pain worth it. One can always clean up the mess later."

Quip just nodded and offered Jindal his last cracker.


From:
 Taking Flight  (E)
Winter Olympics ~ an image in verse
#2148093 by Kate ~ Reading & Writing


"For a moment the sky
and snow-clad earth reverse;
on wings of wind upheld
fleet skiers glide as birds."

Have you ever been snow or water skiing? Do you think you'd like to try?


For:
 
FORUM
Space Blog  (ASR)
This will hopefully be a daily blog.
#2223838 by Chris Breva Congrats on 13!
August 8, 2020 at 3:30am
August 8, 2020 at 3:30am
#990222
A weekly blog that starts skinny on Saturday and fattens up by Tuesday and is ready for slaughter by Friday ... if not before.

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            PORTHOLE           


SUMMER/WINTER: AUGUST 2020

"A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men. It is the bread of the spirit, it clotheth the words with meaning, it is the fountain of the light of wisdom and understanding." - Baha'u'llah

"Una lengua amable es el imán de los corazones de los hombres. Es el pan del espíritu, reviste las palabras de significado, es la fuente de la luz de la sabiduría y el entendimiento." - Baha'u'llah




*HeartBroken* MY THOUGHTS

August 8: Do I have the right to complain about the party outside my window at midnight?
August 9: Misted the plants in the hallway. I need to shave off my beard. Dust to dust.
August 10: Dull ... as if I have a headache. I'm going through the motions, feel abandoned.
August 11: To learn a language use it everyday. Time and patience brings rewards.
August 12:
August 13:
August 14:

*Mountains* WEATHER

August 8: 24° pleasant, dry; 25° in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 32/24 and rainy all week.
August 9: 26° and perfect; 21° in Cartago, Costa Rica. 23/17 all week with afternoon rain.
August 10: 19° but going up to 32, dry; 26° in Pak Chong, Thailand. 31/23 and rainy all week.
August 11: 23° but going up to 33; 29° in Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam. 31/26 and rainy all week.
August 12: ° ; °
August 13: ° ; °
August 14: ° ; °

*Tree2* IMAGES

August 8: multi-colored gondolas in the river south channel, fireworks at night.
August 9: didn't go out. Does scraping my feet while sitting in the tub count? (no pics)
August 10: there was barely a sunset out there. Just a calm non-descript day.
August 11:
August 12:
August 13:
August 14:

*TrophyB* CONTESTS

It's increasingly obvious that I will NOT do all of these in any given month. Priorities are given to sporadic contest. Blink and I may have to wait 3 months!

FICTION:
*Box* "No Dialogue Contest SS <700. No dialogue. B/E (no August yet)
*BoxcheckR* *Box* "The Trio Contest FF < 300 Flash Fiction Romance/Erotica by 7/14(Freedom) B/E "Before the showing (300 words) [139] (13.July.2020) July 15-July 29: Non-Fiction (Food)
*Box* "The Dialogue 500 SS <500. Covid-19in-progress "the certainty of water
*Box* "Science Fiction Short Story Contest SS <2000. August: heat {bitem:}
*Box* "WEIRD TALES CONTEST SS <1000, August: The phantom hand. CLOSED "RRmoxa
*Box* *Box* "Distorted Minds Contest 4 prompt ss 500-5000
*Box* "Coffee Calamity Writing Competition ss >4 font. AUG 15th "Letter to Maria [176] coffee in progress
*BoxcheckR* *Box* *Box* *Box* "The Frightmare Contest Weekly horror <1500 ss: 1-8 Romance; 8-15 Supernatural; 15-22; 22-29

POETRY:
*BoxcheckB* "Stormy's poetry newsletter & contest "Summer's storm [177] By Aug 8.
*Box* "Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest <50. Old or new not awarded. Limited to 20.
*Box* "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest Round 86 to August 14th. Old or new. Free verse <40
*Box* "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest Round 87 August 15th to September 14th.Old or new. Free verse <40 lines.
*Box*1 "Oriental Poetry Contest Round 76: triveni.
*Box*2 "Oriental Poetry Contest Round 77:
*Box* "A Story-Poem Contest!!! August New or old <50 lines
*Box* "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest <60. It's a dark month... State Fair

Whenever: "Pop-Poetry Contest
September: "Verdant Poetry Contest Nature. Autumn. Form and words by Sept. 30.
September: "The Humorous Poetry Contest <15 Humor. Round 33. B/E
Closed: "Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED) Romance. 12-20 lines

BOTH:
*Box* *Box* "The Writer's Cramp Daily noon-noon WDC = 10 a.m. MTT. Must be item.
*Box* *Box* "The Taboo Words Contest Monthly. <750 <40 August - Cookout In progress: "TABOO AUGUST 31

*Box* *Box* *QuestionW*"Kittiara's Writing Contest 1 ss, 1 poem. Theme: renewal
*Box* *Box* *QuestionP*"Second Time Around Contest Old non-winners! Got lots of those. Round 17: Aug 15th-Sept 14

EITHER/OR:

*QuestionW* "Butter My Buns Contest Erotica! <500 words, <15. August?
*QuestionW* "Inner Strength Contest <1000 or poem August?
*Box* "The PET NEWS CONTEST SS <2500, P <40. August?

NEITHER:
*QuestionW* "The 4 Controversies Contest Opinionated non-fiction essay >1200. Round IX?

VARIES:
*Box* "The Contest Challenge A contest of contests... every month.
*Box* "The Bard's Hall Contest SS <1000 GC+ August 31 Pet/human. "PET/HUMAN DIALOGUE Needs to be s/s

*QuestionW* "Share Your Faith
*QuestionW* "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest


*Chicken* POULTRY

THREE DAYS A WEEK: "24 Syllables by midnight WDC by: 10th *Boxcheck* 12th *Box* 14th *Box*

*EggV* "Summer's storm [177]

* *Egg6* "At Tussaud's [179] 24σ

Boiling:

*Egg8* "lodestar [182] 24σ

*Egg3* "this our fairy tale [175] a song

*Egg8* "Wind, where do you take me? [133]

Cracked:

*EggG* "Ombra mai fu

*EggV* "july 16 2 pm

Not yet laid: *EggB* *EggG* *EggR* *Egg10* *EggO* *Egg1* *Egg2**Egg4* *Egg5* *Egg7* *Egg9*

*Pig* PORK

DAILY: "Daily Flash Fiction Challenge

 
STATIC
Pool bot [172] (237 one syllable words)  (18+)
< 300 words prompt: wind, three, grass
#2228387 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville


 
STATIC
Blue Tower [180] (299 words)  (18+)
< 300 words. Prompts: blue, tower, heart. Our memories are beautiful...
#2229048 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville


*RibbonW* "Radish patch [178] (615 words)

Baking:

"Yokai 8/15

"Turn turn turn ... on me [181] by 8/15

"Hemorrhoids only-dialogue-July

*Reading* READING

*Video* MOVIETIME

I can't focus on audio-visual! I need to finish one movie and find one that works for me. I have 200 to choose from. May need to go on-line and watch some East Asian love story serials.

*CountryNO* LEARNING NORWEGIAN

NoW: 5KAMP *Boxcheck*, 5 Listening *Boxcheck*, 5KV *Boxcheck*, 5ME *Boxcheck*

*Camera* EDITING PHOTOS

8: 2/16 (Kaohsiung), 9: 2/16 (Kaohsiung), 10: 2/16 (Kaohsiung-fin), 11:

*Vomit* CHORES

8: 20 min, 9: *XW*, 10: 20 min, 11:

*Mask* OUT/WALK

8: walk, 9: *XW*, 10: out, 11:

*CoffeeG* MARKET *Coffee* SENIOR CENTER *CoffeeR* COFFEEHOUSE

August 8th: Stopped at N Higgins to get cantaloupe and peaches. Talked to McCormant; everyone fine. Chocolate-coconut shake at Butterfly Herbs.
August 10th: Sat outside the Senior Center eating mac&cheese.

*CoffeeO* MY FORMER LIFE

August 10, 2012: Day of the Writer in Costa Rica.
August 11, 2012: Wrote "Future imperfect. "Mold will move"
August 11, 2018: Torino, Italy.

*Cow* WATT'S GNUS

Teen wins transgender rights suit in federal court (NBC) 11th Circuit Florida for the win for Drew Adams.

*Earth* WATT'S GNUS INTERNATIONAL

Mauritius declares environmental emergency as shipwreck leaks tonnes of diesel and oil into the sea (CNN) France has agreed to help. Easy to forget how global these issues are.
Azar arrives in Taiwan amid tensions with China (The Hill) Talk about covid-19? Too little, too late.

*Raspberries* OPINIONS

"Homeless shit ... again and again. closed

*Martian* SPACEBOOK quotes (you can guess context):

*Penw* BLOGVILLE

Reference to challenges, contest and prompts (not all appearing on the same week):
BC: "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise (daily) (I'm not a member)
BCOF: "Blogging Circle of Friends using my Nlog (nature blog) "Nurture your Nature and "Hoarfrosts from Hell (daily)
JAFBG: "JAFBG (open rants)
JI: "Journalistic Intentions using my Blog "Enga mellom fjella (8 blogs from 16 prompts) "June post. I'm finished. "  
30DBC: "30-Day Blogging Challenge (July)
MHA: "WDC Mental Health Support Forum weekly prompts starting June 14th.
OP: "Oriental Poetry Contest using my Plog "L'aura del Campo
PP: "Promptly Poetry Challenge my Plog response to prompts as I missed the sign-up date.
Real: "Welcome To My Reality Forum 75 prompts *Box* August Prompts "REALITIES ... prompts and ideas
SB: "Space Blog

For August: 30dbcof is a combo of 30DBC and BCOF in my Tlog (travel blog): "On The Write Path

August 8 SB: "4157 55: My beautiful world is a paradise
August 8 30dbcof: "Perth on a bicycle? Not!
August 9: "Me and cleaning: the truce (closed)
August 9 30dbcof: "Siem Reap and Battambang
August 9 SB: "Blue Tower closed
August 10 SB: "4157 57: On wings of wind
August 10 30dbcof: "thailand closed
August 11 SB: "4157 58 Facing it
August 11 30dbcof: "Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam: "Lost to time" [182]

Visited this week so far and commented:

Robert Waltz Merit badge mini-contest re 'consciousness' till 8/11 midnight "Once More With Feeling
Chris Breva Congrats on 13! loves chocolate! So do I. Which is why I *Pig* don't buy it often.
Brian K Compton wrote an absolutely beautiful poem: "Inspired By Yellow Dusk Tonight
Lyn Just another C-day? A fierce warrior woman is defiant!
Queen Normajean vs grashoppers Cooler weather and grasshoppers. *Grasshopper* Small town drama.
Eric Wharton 12 years = a Jovian cycle, by Jove! *Planet* Eric is jovial.
IceSkating SugarCube Could use some help in promoting her romance trilogy. *HeartB**HeartP**HeartV*
BlueMoon Mentions taking a hot air ballon ride. *BalloonG* I'm full of hot air, so maybe not!
Prosperous Snow Wrote a poem about Angor Wat and points out climbing up on ones knees.
Apondia Linked some Cambodian instrumental music. *Music2* I linked some vocals of Sin Sisamuth.
Charity Marie Is sounding so much better! Burdens lifted. *HeartP*
SandraLynn Makes riding a bike sound like so much fun. *Bigsmile* "Mirth In Perth
Kit_Carmelite I made a long comment to an excellent essay on "Constraints catalyze creativity.
hullabaloo22 Managed to fit the line "the Dalmatian with the balls," into a poem. *Laugh*
LizCo252 Is thrilled about Kamela! "It's Kamala, Baby! and includes a video sowing why.
Joy Would love to go hang gliding. Would you join her? *Shock2* Me? Terra firma.
Bobturn Writes a lot of HORROR. A short but great example: "Squirrely Man
Jessica <3 her new ink To understand 'vaginismus' read "Love as a Change Agent.
Princess Megan Rose "I have beautiful memories of friends and family." *Smile*
Scottiegazelle Has been missing due to gallstones! Excuses...
StephBee A stunning doppelganger of a WW2 WREN photo dated 1941. "I Wish I was a Genealogist


Trying to keep up on blogs. Maybe 30 last week but 15-20 is a better goal.

*MailY* Postcards:

Aug 8: Gary in NY
Aug 8: Ann in WA

Sunset coming down the old railroad tracks, August 3, 2010 at 21:00.

August 3 2010 at 21:00 in Missoula.


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August 8, 2020 at 1:33am
August 8, 2020 at 1:33am
#990219
4157 55

"My beautiful world is a paradise."

Quip stopped talking as Jindal continued.

"We shaped it as we shaped ourselves. We are our own fantasy. It was harder to shape it to please everyone."

I sipped on my tea. I was time to listen. Even Quip got the cue. A miracle!

"Sounds dreamy." Kat just purred low and slow. Nothing to interrupt this magic moment.

"There were places as frigid or as warm as our forms could manage. Dry and wet. Plenty of mountains and water. A bit of everything for anyone to taste and test, a smörgåsbord of delights and dangers."

Cook quietly put plates of this and that in front of us and sat next to me without a word.

"I tried them all."

While we ate the only sound was a very soft purr from Kat. She knew how to set the mood.

"I was bored."

Behind us, someone dropped a plate and someone else shouted (no need to repeat what...). This broke the reverie.

"What bored you?" Quip asked.

"It was tamed. Nothing wild would be allowed to exist. Not plants, not people, not even real live thoughts. Everything was a fantasy. Dream it and it shall be."

Kat's ears perked at that. She knew how powerful dreams could be... and how limiting.

"I left to experience worlds where my kind was not in control. It takes courage to survive in the chaotic wild. Even more when others seek to control."

Cook slowly smiled, nodded at Kat and began to collect the plates.

Jindal had touched nothing.


STATIC
My Beautiful World  (E)
My first Roundabout Poem. My 9th assignment from "The Poet's Place Patio".
#1995654 by VictoriaHill


prompt: My beautiful world is a paradise.

For:
 
FORUM
Space Blog  (ASR)
This will hopefully be a daily blog.
#2223838 by Chris Breva Congrats on 13!

August 7, 2020 at 1:18am
August 7, 2020 at 1:18am
#990158
Stardate 4157 54:

We leave our cold dreams and nightmares behind. We carry one enigma with us.

For this short jaunt we again are a mixed crew. Some have decided to take a short nap but the Xenos among us have gathered.

Not all intrigue was left behind.

Kat is perplexed. She says, "I cannot see; I'm blind." Her eyesight's fine. Her vision however is blurred. Cook has been trying various herbs and soups. 90210 has been making inquiries. I keep all four ears scanning like antennae. Gomo the Kla comes in with Quip. I take one look and ask Cook to bring something to liven Quip up; he isn't talking.

Phylym the Psych sits at one end of the table. He asks our guest, "What are you."

"I'm me," Jindal replies.

"True, and yet that's a lie," Gomo murmurs.

"Here's some salad, 90210. Quip, drink this down fast; it's vile." Cook plops in a seat."I'd bring you something Jindal if I knew what you were. As it is you'll just have to put in an order and I'll do my best."

"We don't like to reveal anything other than our names."

"Well, you're no threat but unless you want to play games." Kat pauses. "And we kats know how to play games."

"Better to just tell us and be done with it." It seems Quip has revived. "We don't bite, except for Kat." Kat smacks him with her tail. "Ouch."

"You deserve worse." She turns to Jindal. "Quip is right. We don't bite but we depend upon knowledge and trust to survive." Kat almost purrs and softly adds, "What are you?"

"He's a shapeshifter." 90210 was tired of playing games. Gomo gave a toothy smile as he looked through Jindal. "That's obvious, but what kind?"

"I'm a Mo!a!e."

"Oh."

The room went silent.

"I assured the captain that I'd stay in this form until my voyage with you has ended.

"Why have you joined us?" I ask.

"When one falls a great distance it takes time to reassemble oneself. I was able to slow down my metabolism on the Land of Ice to give me time to heal. Now I must return to my people."

"And if they don't want you back?" Quip was nothing if not perceptive.

"Then I may be forced to travel the stars".

We look around at each other. In dismissal, Phylym just nods his head.

Prompt from:
 
STATIC
When you fall you get up  (E)
Life is full of difficulties and troubles we all of us must get enough courage to fight
#2112361 by K.HBey


"When you fall, you get up."

For:
 
FORUM
Space Blog  (ASR)
This will hopefully be a daily blog.
#2223838 by Chris Breva Congrats on 13!


August 1, 2020 at 12:24am
August 1, 2020 at 12:24am
#989627
A weekly blog that starts skinny on Saturday and fattens up by Tuesday and is ready for slaughter by Friday ... if not before.

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            PORTHOLE           


SUMMER/WINTER: AUGUST 2020

"At all times do I speak of you and call you to mind. I pray unto the Lord, and with tears I implore Him
to rain down all these blessings upon you, and gladden your hearts, and make blissful your souls,
and grant you exceeding joy and heavenly delights..."
- Abdu'l-Baha



Recorded in Brisbane, Australia.

*HeartBroken* MY THOUGHTS

August 1: Totally listless this afternoon. No poetry prompts due and the heat is opressive.
August 2: Naked all day? Heat and me have 'issues'. I need to go out for milk... but not naked.
August 3: My blogs are better when I'm inspired to write about what I WANT to write about.
August 4: Time to get back to work. I've been slacking. Keep dreaming I speak Chinese.
August 5: I'm not doing well. Physically okay but depressed, out-of-sorts, sluggish.
August 6: It's not wrong to splurge once in awhile.
August 7: I don't do groups. It's apparent here at WDC and IRL.

*Mountains* WEATHER

August 1: 31° under a grey pall, only going down to 17; 25° in Fayetteville, NC 32/22 this week.
August 2: 29° clear but uncomfortable; 29° and stormy in Daytona Beach, Florida.
August 3: 29° and dry, pleasant; 27° windy, rain moving into Myrtle Beach, SC.
August 4: 27° and sunny; 22° windy, heavy rain due to Isias in Albany, NY.
August 5: Up to 36° today; 47° forecast in Baghdad this week.
August 6: 29° but fine; 29° in Dakar, Senegal. Rain possible later. 30/26 all week.
August 7: 16° warming to 24; 26° and rain this afternoon in Greenville, SC.

*Tree2* IMAGES

August 1: Grey. Taste of cherry-chocolate milkshake, fresh cherries, a gooey bun.
August 2: Fizzy cola tablet in water.
August 3: Fly fisherman (from Sacramento), bridal wreath clematis, alpenglow
August 4: Geese on Silvers Lagoon. Fragrant pink lily.
August 5: Young people at Mobash gathering! Calm sunset along the river.
August 6: Lavender, roses, peanut butter pie.
August 7: Gentle pleasant breezes. Much nicer after the oppressive heat.

*TrophyB* CONTESTS

It's increasingly obvious that I will NOT do all of these in any given month. Priorities are given to sporadic contest. Blink and I may have to wait 3 months!

FICTION:
*Box* "No Dialogue Contest SS <700. No dialogue. B/E (no August yet)
*BoxcheckR* *Box* "The Trio Contest FF < 300 Flash Fiction Romance/Erotica by 7/14(Freedom) B/E "Before the showing (300 words) [139] (13.July.2020) July 15-July 29: Non-Fiction (Food)
*Box* "The Dialogue 500 SS <500. Covid-19in progress "the certainty of water
*Box* "Science Fiction Short Story Contest SS <2000. August: heat {bitem:}
*Box* "WEIRD TALES CONTEST SS <1000, August: The phantom hand.in progress "RRmoxa
*Box* *Box* "Distorted Minds Contest 4 prompt ss 500-5000
*Box* "Coffee Calamity Writing Competition ss >4 font. AUG 15th "Letter to Maria [176] coffee in progress
*Box* *Box* *Box* *Box* "The Frightmare Contest Weekly horror <1500 ss: 1-8 Romance; 8-15; 15-22; 22-29

POETRY:
*Boxcheck* "Stormy's poetry newsletter & contest "Summer's storm [177] By Aug 8.
*Box* "Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest <50. Old or new not awarded. Limited to 20.
*Box* "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest Round 86 to August 14th. Old or new. Free verse <40
*Box* "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest Round 87 August 15th to September 14th.Old or new. Free verse <40 lines.
*Box*1 "Oriental Poetry Contest Round 76: triveni.
*Box*2 "Oriental Poetry Contest Round 77:
*Box* "A Story-Poem Contest!!! August New or old <50 lines
*Box* "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest <60. It's a dark month... State Fair

Whenever: "Pop-Poetry Contest
September: "Verdant Poetry Contest Nature. Autumn. Form and words by Sept. 30.
September: "The Humorous Poetry Contest <15 Humor. Round 33. B/E
Closed: "Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED) Romance. 12-20 lines

BOTH:
*Box* *Box* "The Writer's Cramp Daily noon-noon WDC = 10 a.m. MTT. Must be item.
*Box* *Box* "The Taboo Words Contest Monthly. <750 <40 August - Cookout In progress: "TABOO AUGUST 31

*Box* *Box* *QuestionW*"Kittiara's Writing Contest 1 ss, 1 poem. Theme: renewal
*Box* *Box* *QuestionP*"Second Time Around Contest Old non-winners! Got lots of those. Round 17: Aug 15th-Sept 14

EITHER/OR:

*QuestionW* "Butter My Buns Contest Erotica! <500 words, <15. August?
*QuestionW* "Inner Strength Contest <1000 or poem August?
*Box* "The PET NEWS CONTEST SS <2500, P <40. August?

NEITHER:
*QuestionW* "The 4 Controversies Contest Opinionated non-fiction essay >1200. Round IX?

VARIES:
*Box* "The Contest Challenge A contest of contests... every month.
*Box* "The Bard's Hall Contest SS <1000 GC+ August 31 Pet/human. "PET/HUMAN DIALOGUE Needs to be s/s

*QuestionW* "Share Your Faith
*QuestionW* "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest


*Chicken* POULTRY

THREE DAYS A WEEK: "24 Syllables by midnight WDC by: 3rd *Boxcheck* 5th *Boxcheck* 7th *Boxcheck*

*EggB* "Broken neck [172] (24 σ)

*Egg1* "Dinner conversation [174] (24σ)

*Egg7* "Age does not become you [178] 24σ

*EggV* "Summer's storm [177]

Boiling:

*Egg3* "this our fairy tale [175] a song

*Egg8* "Wind, where do you take me? [133]

Cracked:

*EggG* "Ombra mai fu

*EggV* "july 16 2 pm

*Pig* PORK

DAILY: "Daily Flash Fiction Challenge

 
STATIC
Pool bot [172] (237 one syllable words)  (18+)
< 300 words prompt: wind, three, grass
#2228387 by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville


Baking:

"Hemorrhoids

*Reading* READING

*Video* MOVIETIME

I can't focus on audio-visual! I need to finish one movie and find one that works for me. I have 200 to choose from. May need to go on-line and watch some East Asian love story serials.

*CountryNO* LEARNING NORWEGIAN

NoW: G 7-10 *Boxcheck* 4K *Boxcheck* *XW* 4KA *Boxcheck* 4MP *Boxcheck* 4KAMP *Boxcheck*

*Camera* EDITING PHOTOS

1: 2/13 (Lukang - finished), 2: 2/14 (Lukang-600s), 3: 2/14 (Lukang-500s), 4: 2/14 (Lukang-500s-fin), 5: 2/14 (Lukang-400s-fin), 6: 2/14 (Lukang-200-300s-fin), 7: 2/15 (Kaohsiung)

*Vomit* CHORES

1: *XW*, 2: 30 min., 3: *XW*, 4: 10 min., 5: *XW*, 6: 30 min., 7: *XW*

*Mask* OUT/WALK

1: walk, 2: out, 3: walk, 4: walk, 5: walk, 6: walk, 7: out.

*CoffeeG* MARKET *Coffee* SENIOR CENTER *CoffeeR* COFFEEHOUSE

August 1st: Saw Irina, bought sticky bun; cherry-chocolate milkshake at Butterfly Herbs.
August 3rd: Sat with Bill and Kathi. Chat about peaches and strawberries.
August 7th: Laxmi, Dalton, Bill, Kathi.

*CoffeeO* MY FORMER LIFE

August 2018: Ljubljana, Slovenia. Remember eating froglegs and polenta.
August 2: Romeria in Cartago, Costa Rica. Went one year. Cancelled this year.

*Cow* WATT'S GNUS

Thousands to evacuate as Apple Fire grows in Southern California (USA Today) No Fire Season yet in Montana.
Trump claims right to issue executive order on vote-by-mail (Politico) Definitely Nazi Gemany and then some.
*Earth* WATT'S GNUS INTERNATIONAL

Hundreds join protests in Portugal after murder of Black man (Al Jeezera) You can't call it racism if the country can't see it.
Kosovo prime minister tests positive for coronavirus (The Hill) Lots of leaders everywhere are testing positive. Gambia is especially hurting.
England's first wild beavers for 400 years can stay (AFP) In Devonshire

*Raspberries* OPINIONS

"Gen Z good and bad closed
"why do i write closed
"Follow the money, the morals (or lack thereof) [re disease] closed
"homeless kindness closed
"A bit of drama from the traumatized blogger closed

*Martian* SPACEBOOK quotes (you can guess context):

TybeeTime: I’ll have to cite this for my thesis defense, “Earth’s Atmo: Biggerer Than Mars, But It’s No Venus.”

*Penw* BLOGVILLE


Reference to challenges, contest and prompts (not all appearing on the same week):
BC: "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise (daily) (I'm not a member)
BCOF: "Blogging Circle of Friends using my Nlog (nature blog) "Nurture your Nature and "Hoarfrosts from Hell (daily)
JAFBG: "JAFBG (open rants)
JI: "Journalistic Intentions using my Blog "Enga mellom fjella (8 blogs from 16 prompts) "June post. I'm finished. "  
30DBC: "30-Day Blogging Challenge (July)
MHA: "WDC Mental Health Support Forum weekly prompts starting June 14th.
OP: "Oriental Poetry Contest using my Plog "L'aura del Campo
PP: "Promptly Poetry Challenge my Plog response to prompts as I missed the sign-up date.
Real: "Welcome To My Reality Forum 75 prompts *Box* August Prompts "REALITIES ... prompts and ideas
SB: "Space Blog


For August: 30dbcof is a combo of 30DBC and BCOF in my Tlog (travel blog): "On The Write Path


August 1 BCoF: "The way of summer snow
August 2 SB: "White on white Day 2 closed
August 2 30dbcof: "Antarctica Day 2. Starry, starry night.
August 3 SB: "SB chase the clouds away closed
August 3 30dbcof: "Day 3 Sydney
August 4 BCoF: "A... choo... choo
August 4 SB: "Rain... SB closed
August 5 30dbcof: "Opals... closed
August 5 SB: "this our fairy tale [175] a song closed
August 6 30dbcof: "Katherine closed
August 6 SB: "SB a melody aug 6 closed
August 7 SB: "Stardate 4157 54: When you fall, you get up.
August 7 30dbcof: "Darwin ... we left too soon ...

Visited this week so far and commented:Wordsmitty ✍️ Elle Robert Waltz Innerlight Annette PurplePrincess WakeUpAndLive‍‍~August⊕ Mighty Eric Wharton Sum1 Prosperous Snow Queen Normajean vs grashoppers Jessica <3 her new ink Charlieeee 🌈 Richard ~ RL Bites! Kit_Carmelite TaH2o Apondia Carly hullabaloo22 IceSkating SugarCube ⭐Princette♥Pengthulu Emily

Trying to keep up on blogs. Over 30 last week but 15-20 is a better goal.

*MailY* Postcards:

Aug 1: Andra in ND.
Aug 1: Mary in TX.

Sunset coming down the old railroad tracks, August 3, 2010 at 21:00.

August 3 2010 at 21:00 in Missoula.


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July 31, 2020 at 1:21am
July 31, 2020 at 1:21am
#989566
GROUP
Blogging Circle of Friends   (E)
A group for WDC bloggers.
#1901868 by Lyn


What's your favorite color and why?

ORANGE and green

I was 10. I was tired of BLUE or RED ... I wanted something that spoke to ME.

It was the tree ... an elm ... that spread its branches . . . but that's another story. It was MY elm. And birds nested in elms. And there were so few birds other than robins and sparrows because there were no trees! I wanted to see an oriole, (or like the baseball team) a Baltimore oriole, the type that hung their nests high up in spreading elm trees.

I also like weeds and one of the small insignificant flowers that one only saw if one was short and sitting on the lawn had pale orange flowers. Later I learned it was the scarlet pimpernel ... way beyond tall people's notice or adults who thought lawns should be mown not sat on.

The orange oriole, the orange flower. The green elm, the green lawn.

There were no clothes for boys where I grew up that were orange. I wore brown and green like a druid wannabe.

But my heart was orange.

July 30, 2020 at 12:39am
July 30, 2020 at 12:39am
#989488
PROMPT July 30th: Congratulations on making it to the last day of the competition! What was your favorite prompt from the last month? What was the most rewarding aspect of participating in the competition?

There was quite a bit of interaction and about half were able to get through the month so that's a good sign. Always nice to meet up with old friends and get to know new ones.

Most of the prompts were very good but 3 triggered me and others I avoided. Prompts that ask people to 'revisit their life' can be difficult for those of us with mental health issues.

For:
FORUM
30-Day Blogging Challenge  (13+)
WDC's Longest Running Blog Competition - August Un-Official Month on Now!
#1786069 by Fivesixer

July 29, 2020 at 7:46pm
July 29, 2020 at 7:46pm
#989473
I want a universal translator that I can turn on, off and control (maybe imbedded). I travel too much and would love to talk to local folks. The languages I stumble in open hearts and doors. I've seen it!

I speak and think in Spanish (not the Spanish dialect though) so I can hold a conversation. But ... sometimes a word escapes me (happens in English too... old age?) . It would be nice to have a backup.

Those who speak French, Norwegian or Portuguese know I can't speak it well but it can open doors and we usually switch to English.

Even using a few words of Taiwanese brought smiles.

I'd love to have level A2 competency in a few other languages as well.

I have seen the ads for hand-held translators and I think that would be a nice tool.

So... I just went on-line! Under $200 and even uder $100. Awesome!

I need to consider buying one. Would help it help me learn a language as well? What languages and dialects does it support?

Back to the prompt. So they exist! But I want better than what is offered now and because I travel to specific areas I may want more languages ... although after English, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Hindi/Urdu, Thai, Russian, KiSwahili, Turkish and especially Arabic ... the top 24 should cover much of the globe. But what do I use when I revisit Kosovo? Will Albanian be supported?

Communication is important to any traveler. The opportunity to connect is important to me.

PROMPT July 29th: Write about an invention or technology that you wish existed that would make your life better.

For:
FORUM
30-Day Blogging Challenge  (13+)
WDC's Longest Running Blog Competition - August Un-Official Month on Now!
#1786069 by Fivesixer

July 28, 2020 at 5:02pm
July 28, 2020 at 5:02pm
#989381
From:
 Red, White, and Blue  (E)
A poem for George Floyd
#2224921 by Miranda Keening


"The anger is alive, and the fear, too.
In the land of the free, will justice prevail?"

To quote Prosperous Snow : "A sin that stains the soul of every person in America"

I responded: "I think this is one of the main barriers. Many of us have strived to get over racism but it surrounds us like air and water. We work on this as individuals but we are snared by the systemic racism found in our culture.

Some of us are going down the tracks; others are stuck at the depot; none of us have arrived."
[edited]

Brief examples:

We tend to be born in a family that looks like us. We tend to have family that looks like us and/or has the same customs.

As Americans, we are raised in homes where not everyone is welcomed, live in neighborhoods where not everyone is tolerated, go to schools where diversity is not embraced.

We apply to higher learning or jobs that are not open to us, so we go elsewhere, unaware that others face the same barriers as well, just higher, wider, thicker ones.

We wash ourselves of uniqueness to try to fit in. Some of us succeed while others don't or can't.

And every generation it's wash, rinse and repeat.

Yes, there is xenophobia, racism and religious intolerance elsewhere. But I don't live elsewhere. In my travels I've marvelled at both the openness and closeness of people around the world. In this Global Village there are many dark corners. Is America the light? No. But with it's great mix of people it could be.

Recent events should illustrate how far we have yet to go.

For:
 
FORUM
Space Blog  (ASR)
This will hopefully be a daily blog.
#2223838 by Chris Breva Congrats on 13!


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