Blog attempt 1.
The first few entries come from a private journal I have kept for a few years now.|
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|DAY 3 PROMPT
It's a funny thing now that we are all gathered here in The Banana Bar with our muses, waiting for the Day 3 prompt to finally be revealed, when all of a sudden the lights went out, and when the lights came back on you find yourself in the Banana Bar Basement.
Oh No! That's not good. Luckily there was a pen and paper left behind, probably by the last group of bloggers I trapped in the basement somehow. Write about what you find or discover in the basement, and how you find your way out. or if you find your way out Do you meet anyone down there? Is your muse helpful in helping you navigate a path back upstairs?
Ref- The basement guy in the Banana Bar staff intros.
I hate basements, they always seem to be full of spiders, snakes, and or rats. Did I mention ghosts? Basements have ghosts too. Or worse ghost spiders, snakes, and or rats. "Daisy, I don't suppose you saw how we ended up down here did you?"
What a pretty spiderweb. Sorry, what? No. Though I think I heard a door slammed and locked in that direction. She pointed lasily off towards several rows of bottle racks.
I left her to get bitten by a black widow and began investigating in the direction she had waved. In her haphazard way of remaining corporeal, Daisy appeared from behind a rack of bottles.
I sure hope wine doesn't go bad, some of these bottles are hundreds of years past their expiration dates.
That's weird I didn't think Andre was the kind of classy that had a wine cellar. I examined the nearest bottle. It had a screw top. That was exactly the kind of class I expected from Andre. "Hey Daisy, Why don't you just do that moving through space thing you do and find the way out of here, I think I am going to check some of these bottles to make sure they haven't gone bad," I picked up a Chateau Lafite Rothschild - Pauillac 1978 and swore. It was a good vintage, definitely no screw top on this one. My loss, I didn't have a bottle opener. I went and opened a screw top bottle and took a swig. My mistake the harsh burn of cheap banana rum burned the whole way down. How can this possibly be? So I checked another screw top bottle. Slightly better banana rum. I considered breaking open one of the expensive bottles, but it would be a waste of good wine if I was wrong, and good rum if I was right. Why would someone go to the trouble of putting banana rum into wine bottles? Lilli must be hiding it from Andre, it's the only explanation. Well I am not going to tell him. I like having a banana daiquiri every once in a while.
Uh, there's a hatch and a ladder this way... Do I smell rum?
"Just lead the way out now please."
Daisy ran me around in circles finally coming to a stop in front of a rickety ladder leading up into the darkness. I began climbing. The higher I got the worse the idea looked. I got to the hatch and just as I pushed it open and climbed through the ladder collapsed. I sat panting behind the bar and looked down into the deep dark hole I had just escaped. I closed the hatch. The bar was stocked with all manner of good banana rum. I poured myself a shot. Two sips told me it was more water than rum. I looked at the hatch and considered the idea of going back down into the basement.
|Blame it on my Muse a 5 DAY Blog Challenge
DAY 2 PROMPT
Because Writing.com is an American-based web business all muses are deemed American citizens regardless of the nationality and location of the author. I don't make the rules.
Your muse just announced its candidacy for president of the United States of America, and you are the campaign manager.
Write a winning rally speech for your muse.
You can be the campaign manager for Andre the Blog Monkey if you'd like.
I, Daisy Flowerbottom, am an American Muse. I can surely inspire the other leaders of this country to make it stronger, greater, and more creative than it has been at any time in the history of this continent. I want to be the next president to restore our reputation with the rest of the world. Creativity is not a job that can be outsourced. Only a great American can write the Great American Novel.
I would bring new jobs to this country. Good jobs, creative jobs, jobs no other country could possibly take from us. We are a country of dreamers, writers, and artists. Let's monetize that stuff! We are irrepressible and and relatable. Each and every one of us in this country are someone's muse. Whether we are mothers or daughters, fathers or sons. We inspire one another to greatness and if we pull together as a nation we will be great. We are great. Isn't it about time for a president that believes in what this country is rather than thinking we need to change everything completely.
Sure some things should change, but not everything that has made us great. Our American Dream is for a better future for all and working together we can achieve it.
Vote Daisy Flowerbottom, for creativity, for togetherness, for our future.
|DAY 1 PROMPT ~ Jan. 24th 2022
You have to prepare a complex meal for a special occasion, all of your family and friends will be in attendance.
Oh, oh... You are completely out of every ingredient and you don't have time to go shopping. You have to send your muse out shopping, there's no other option.
What do you send your muse to shop for? What does your muse return with, and how does your dinner party turn out?
"Hey Daisy, could you please run to the store for me, I have a huge dinner to prepare in the next hour and I can't leave these people to shop for it?"
Sure, but you do realize I have no concept of the value of money right?
"Yep, but my budgeting sense is busy making a gallon of bottled water stretch over twenty people. Can't send him now can I?"
Good point, inspired idea, you order it online and pay and I'll just pick it up!
"Ah, be right there Uncle Joe. You go online find the stuff in the recipes pick out the cheapest version and put it in the cart. I'll come back in a minute, check the cart and pay Okay?!"
Peanut butter? here's peas, nuts, and butter I can do this...
"Daisy I'm back, add cold beer. Other than that is the cart done?"
Yes, but you should check it out...
"Great, looks fine, card info entered, just go pick it up at the Walmart north of Superior St."
"Why are there peas?"And walnuts? How am I supposed to make chicken satay with peas and walnuts?"
There is butter too! Everything on the list. I got spumoni instead of spaghetti because noodles are gross. And I didn't think you would mind chicken nuggets it didn't say what part of the chicken you needed...
"Thank god I didn't send Whimsy. We'd be eating buttons and rubberbands. I will make do Daisy. How about you go back to brainstorming for my novel."
|5 DAY MINI CHALLENGE PROMPT
Mysterious Mysteries Adventure [#2264954]
It's an adventure because it says so in the title.It's an adventure because it says so in the title.
What's Written On Dighton Rock?
In the 1950s, workers uncovered a huge 40-ton rock near Berkeley, Massachusetts with strange marks and symbols carved on it. It had first been described around 1680 and was studied many times by scholars in the centuries after, as per New England.
Because it appears to have both pictorial inscriptions as well as some letter-like carvings, not everyone thinks it is the work of Native tribes in the area, but possibly the work of sailors from Portugal or even proof of Viking or Phoenician visitation.
Andre says, "If anyone can decipher this message, it would have to be a writer."
Share your theory, and solve the message in the marks and symbols. Convince your readers that your theory is the only factual solution.
It is a future Arbys Drive through order. At some point in the not too remote yet not too close future an Arby's franchise will be built across from the boulder. In that future time the English language will have been replaced with Middle Nuevo Anglico and this boulder is covered in the shorthand version of this language. Precisely Ten years after the opening of this drive through franchise One Andre Monke will knock on the dining room door and request the order on the stone. It will then become the Andre Monke special which will consist of one Trump Salad including macaroni, cheese and curdled soy milk dressing on transgenic broccoli lettuce. and a grilled tofurkey sandwich on rye which is the only real bread accepted as edible in that time period. The beverage most often served with it is Marajuanna Tea which by then is perfectly legal.
As to who inscribed this order on this stone centuries ago, see the previous entry about time cruises and missing calculators.
|DAY ONE PROMPT
Ancient Technology - Antikythera Computes A Mystery
January, 2022 5 Day Mini Challenge [#2264800]
The first prompt for the 5 Day ChallengeThe first prompt for the 5 Day Challenge
Named after the island near where it was found by sponge divers 115 years ago, the Antikythera mechanism is an incredible machine of finely calibrated gears that appeared to be technology not available until at least the 10th century—but the mechanism was at least 2,000 years old.
Then in 2016, it was found in Andre the Blog Monkey's luggage when he returned to Canada from a magical mystery ship vacation.
Can anybody shed some light on this mysterious object?
So that is where I dropped my calculator! I knew I shouldn't take it on that time cruise to ancient Greece. I just needed somewhere the IRS couldn't see me doctor my tax forms. Oh god, They didn't find a chest of w2s with it did they? I could end up next to Al Capone for this s***! Man, I hope they didn't find the place on the forms where I deducted the time cruise as a business expense.
Wait I am posting this on the internet. Does the IRS check all social media sites? AM I SCREWED?
Wait, this is a writing website, all of this was fiction, total fiction. There was no time cruise, I have never had to file taxes. But of course, if there were a time cruise it would be a business expense, right? They wouldn't spend the extra money to incarcerate a modern tax evader with Al Capone. Time trips aren't cheap, am I right? I wouldn't know I have never taken one.
I could probably escape alcatraz anyway. I have been on the tour. I know how the other dudes did it.
That's it the monkey did it all, he doctored my taxes, lost the calculator, forged the w2s, It is all the Damn monkey's fault!
|DAY 2455 January 8, 2022
Let's try another group of words that are a bit more challenging to use: death, frame, promise, wave, earthflax, bloody, concrete, disappearance, and emotion.
I had to copy the prompt. the words were just so tempting I don't know what else to do with them right now. They just sounded so cool and so like some words Beaoul or Raen might find crossing their paths. I can almost picture the scene, but not quite at the moment.
I had a really cool set of dreams last night about a superhero school where a lot of the cool kids are more villains than heroes I wrote three pages down in description in my dream journal. the last time I had a dream this cool Raen and Beaoul came of it and I am really happy with where they are going. That is the problem the idea is so cool I want to drop what I am working on and play with it, but that would be bad news for Raen and Beaoul. I just got them worked into the outline of the Hellhounds sequel. I am calling it Emancipations because the overall theme is of characters finding their way out of proverbial slaveries of sorts they have found themselves in. Raen is trapped by her society, Beaoul starts out as a hellhound slave of the mistress of darkness, Mae starts out enslaved by duty to the preserve. Tyrulan starts out as a sanruphrup slave to Mira like Beaoul. all of the other characters have ideas or other less tangible things holding them back from being who or what they want to be. Sometimes the characters are stuck because of cultural expectations and prejudices found in the supposedly utopian society of the Preserve.
|I don't know what today's prompts are but I am trying to start a habit of blogging daily so...
I am working on turning Raen and Beaoul's story into a book. I am blending it into a book I have been stalled on for over a year. I have finished the outline now I just need to deal the scenes out into the proper places in the manuscript.
I am also working on a couple of new scenes for it.
That's it for today so... yeah... bye.
Looking back: What did you lose and what did you gain in 2021 and how did you events of the world affect you?
We lost over half of our furbabies in 2021. It was a mess we were a mess, we had way too many and don't ever intend to let it get that bad again.
What did I gain? Five lbs? A more manageable lifestyle? I don't really know. I am still not in a good enough place about last year to see the positives of it.
Inflation has really kicked our behinds. We're on a fixed income and even with a COLA it seems more broken than fixed. Let's just say my financial goals include winning the lottery to get out of debt.
|So very frustrated with Amazon. They won't let me post here and publish it on Kindle Vella. It is upsetting. The thing of it is the only reason in my mind to publish on Vella is the hope of finding a wider audience. The only people that checked out the vella story though are people who found out about it here, so it makes sense to cut out the middlemen and just post here. I wish I could get paid for my writing, but to be honest, I am just writing to be read, I get that here. People here both read and review me which helps me become a better writer. Maybe someday I'll get paid for it but for now, being read is enough for me.
|PROMPT November 30th
Wow, it's the end of the month! With Thanksgiving behind us (here in the States), and Christmas on the horizon, what, if any, are your Christmas traditions? If you have no holiday traditions, do you have any plans for this month?
Crying, missing family, meltdowns, more crying, eating too much, sleeping too much. A lot of triggers...