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Blog attempt 1.
The first few entries come from a private journal I have kept for a few years now.
also home for my entries for

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30-Day Blogging Challenge ON HIATUS  (13+)
WDC's Longest Running Blog Competition - Hiatus
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Andre The Blog Monkey's Banana Bar  (18+)
It's a cyber bar owned by an imaginary monkey and operated by his minions.
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April 6, 2022 at 12:17am
April 6, 2022 at 12:17am
Hello bloggity blog, blog, blog. I am celebrating my second day in a row. I did day two of the 5-day prompt challenge. Can't wait for today's prompt. here is a piece of news, I am two items away from justifying my premium membership in terms of item storage. Yay, boy that didn't take long. I read a piece today about taking time to write something creative every day. It was a static item, in my review I suggested the author start a blog. Did a lot of reviewing today. The mega review challenge is open again and they are offering a new custom merit badge for 100 reviews this month. I already logged 31, on day six of the month. I got this in the bag.

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Gracie and I sleeping
Gracie Ginger Cuddlebug Supreme
April 5, 2022 at 12:19am
April 5, 2022 at 12:19am
It's past midnight, I broke my streak. How could I forget my goal? If only I had gotten around to it sooner... well nothing to it but to keep trying.

I have two scenes left in chapter 12 of emancipation. I finished the micro-fiction challenge today and started the 5-day prompt challenge. I am on week 44 of the promptly poetry challenge. just a few more weeks to go.

Man even have accomplished that I am really disappointed to have screwed up the challenge I had given myself. At one point I had a streak of one hundred twenty seven days of writing in a row. I barely made it over a week in blogging. What is my problem? I may not have blogged, but I did write. I have written almost every day for over three months. come on I have a lot to be proud of.
April 3, 2022 at 1:26am
April 3, 2022 at 1:26am
Hi again.

Yesterday after my post I entered the Whatever Contest three times, with three poetry forms I just learned enough about to write for the first time. It was fun. I finished chapter 11 on Emancipation. I'd write more but I am tired and I think I'll just head to bed now. Yeah it's midnight my time. I am almost ahead of the game on posting every day this month. Ain't it cool!

I just checked and I have posted every day in a row for over a week now. Now all I have to do is start posting interesting content daily...
April 2, 2022 at 2:38pm
April 2, 2022 at 2:38pm
Good day all...

I didn't manage to finish any scenes last night so the chapter didn't get done. It'll get done. Today possibly. It'll be chapter 11 but given I have parts of most of the chapters going forward done I am more than halfway through the 21 chapters planned for Emancipation. This is the point where I start to feel anxiety. First, there is the anxiety that I won't ever manage to finish. My first two attempts at writing a book fizzled out after 6 years of work and like ten to fifteen chapters. So there is reason to fear. Although I haven't had any problems finishing since I started doing a detailed scene-by-scene outline.

The second wave of anxiety is that I will finish, but that I will never be able to write another book. Like the last fifteen were mere flukes and I don't really have the capability to do it. I shouldn't worry about this really. It is probably an extension of the thought that I can't finish the one I am working on...

The third wave of anxiety is that I have been working and hanging out with these characters for X months and I am going to miss them. The way they whisper dialog at me as I am just falling asleep or am laying in bed pretending I haven't woken up yet. The characters are like friends and there is no guarantee that they will be in the next book or that I will ever write about them again. Even if I do, so often they have been changed by events between the books that I didn't write about. It just isn't ever quite the same.

Thanks for letting me vent.
April 1, 2022 at 6:59pm
April 1, 2022 at 6:59pm
Hi, everybody! I am attempting to blog every day this month, on my own, mostly without prompting. Let's all find out how successful I am.

This week I have gotten a lot done. I entered several contests, I'll figure out how many if I win any of them... I've finished three chapters of
Emancipation   (GC)
file for pieces of my story - I am reworking this for a book - the outline is done!
#2260285 by Clean Green Sox
in the last seven days with another one probably finished tonight. (I only have one scene left to write and I have managed 3 scenes per night the last two days."

I have read and reviewed quite a bit this week including two fairly in-depth reviews, Review of "Renegade in Green" and Review of "Renegade in Green" I am going to look over the other chapter later.

Outside of my writing... I was caught up on the laundry at one point until the dog threw up... That was a win.

Ordered Village Inn delivery for dinner so I don't have to cook. This gives me time to try to write four or five scenes tonight. I could finish an extra chapter tonight if I did.

Did the shopping today, got something we wanted pretty bad for almost 50% off original price, stoked on that.

This has been really boring and I am terribly sorry.
March 31, 2022 at 4:16pm
March 31, 2022 at 4:16pm
March is History and April is a Mystery

*Think* February won't March, but April May. I just thought of that now. Little blogging tip for y'all - If you think of something, write it. *FacePalm*

March is going out like a lion where I live. April can't get here soon enough. The last day of March is like garbage day for me. I'm so happy to be rid of March and all the ides, the bitter cold, the wind, all of it. Just go!

Get outta here March, and here, take this with you. (as I toss a bundle of shirts in a box) While you're at it, take this pile of renovations debris and this broken space heater.

I like to de-clutter and rid myself of excess personal items at the end of March, it's almost religious.

So, if you want... The Banna Bar Barge is stopping in your driveway on March 31st. You can toss anything and everything in it. What are you going to send to the bin?

On the other hand... I love April. It's a rebirth. Its Spring, Easter, April showers bring May Flowers, and so on.

*Think* I may be over-thinking this.

What are your thoughts on the March-April transition? Maybe we can invent some sort of conspiracy theory.

You can take my excess yard waste I forgot to get into the barrel on Tuesday. Tomorrow is the deadline here for getting it hauled with our trash. To get it hauled now I have to subscribe to yard waste removal and have another barrel added to the collection on my driveway. So take it! It is mostly rose bush trimmings. You could spread it around the banana rum reserves and keep barefoot Andre away for a while.

Hm, March into April conspiracies? This March has just been the posterboy for furthering the cause of Global warming! I froze my asterisk off.
March 30, 2022 at 9:06pm
March 30, 2022 at 9:06pm

The last few days of this month are dragging like taking a dog with no legs for a walk.

Coming up with blog prompts is getting tough as eating plastic fruit salad.

Today it was as cold as an ice cube in a snowball shoved up a snowman's ass.

No! You can't write that here, Andre. Bad monkey! Bad!

Sorry about that. Having a drunken blog monkey helping write is about as helpful as a headache.

Today's blog prompt strives to inspire you to write *analogies throughout your blog entry.
Try to write at least three. Try to keep them decent, don't be an Andre!

Select a part or parts from any of your previous three entries in this challenge then, in today's entry, provide a bit more information or details and try to slip in a few analogies.

Make sure to visit the other challenger's blogs to read and comment on their analogies. I may use some of the analogies from this prompt in a follow-up prompt.

I hope this is as much fun as blind fly swatter tag. (naked) ANDRE!!!

Good luck!

[ uh-nal-uh-jee ]a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based:
the analogy between the heart and a pump.

This prompt is as hard as a snowcone before the shave. That doesn't quite work...
This month is ending as badly as Rosanne Barr sings, the stuff of armageddon.
The estimate for my couch delivery is like expecting Punsxutawny Pete to tell the weather, theoretically possible but highly unlikely.
This entry is like a charred pizza, dark and inedible.

March 29, 2022 at 7:45pm
March 29, 2022 at 7:45pm
In the spirit of March, I borrowed this from the internet.

Daily Calendar for Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Borrowing Days
The last three days of March have a reputation for being stormy. Scottish folklore proposes that these three days were borrowed from April so that March might extend his power. The Spanish story about the borrowing days is that a shepherd promised March a lamb if he would temper the winds to suit the shepherd’s flocks. But after his request was granted, the shepherd refused to deliver the payment. In revenge, March borrowed three days from April, in which fiercer winds than ever blew to punish the deceiver.

A Scottish proverb describing these days:

March borrowit from April
Three days, and they were ill:
The first was frost, the second was snaw [snow],
The third was cauld [cold] as ever’t could blaw [blow].

Today's blog challenge is to write: A (your choice) proverb describing these days of your own.
You may be inspired to write about folklore in addition to your proverb or instead of a proverb.
Have fun with the borrowed time.

Dogs believe that the end of March is the worst time to have puppies. They are liable to be blown away by spring winds. Long long ago, Dogs and cats were just beginning to war with one another. The dogs were friends with the rain because it brought mud. Cats befriended the wind because it dried things off. The war took a turn for the worst and the cats took the upper hand at the end of March throwing their own breath in with the wind to blow the dogs from the face of the earth. Every year about that time the cats kick their breath in with the wind but no matter how hard they try they never manage to blow away a single dog.

Not really satisfied with that but it is the best I could come up with today. I am in a bit of a funk. I have been trying to finish the same scene for three days now. I just end up restarting it. It is pretty critical to the plot, I just can't seem to get a handle on how the character is going to to what I need him to do...
March 28, 2022 at 9:52pm
March 28, 2022 at 9:52pm

Today Andre's Banana Bar will surpass 14,000 views. Not that I keep track of that sort of thing; It's Andre, he's OCD about it. We are going to give 14,000 GPs to a randomly selected blog entry to celebrate.

We have a few entries into the design an award contest, but there is still time to enter. I'm looking forward to
having custom awards and ribbons and a new custom merit badge by late April. It would be pretty cool to have a designer credit on one of those awards.

The original custom MB will always be special to me, and I'm planning to give a bunch out in the next four days.

And because I'm all of a sudden making announcements instead of writing blog prompts
I want to give a shout-out to Ms. (556) Welcome back from rehab. *Sly*

OUT with the Old and IN with the NEW

My latest purchase is a Swift 3 14" laptop. The black screen of death consumed my previous laptop.
We may look into purchasing a travel trailer this summer. Okay, finally, here comes the prompt.

Did you recently make a significant purchase? (Gasoline doesn't count)
Is there something you have that has reached its end-life?
Are you planning any major purchases or changes to your lifestyle?
What's your take on this 'New Normal' we hear about?

We just bought a couch. Our old one met our cats, and our cats... took it out. It took them a year, but they shredded the arms and the front. Then the dogs took to eating the cushions. It is just... we NEEDED a new one. We ordered it a week ago and are still waiting for it to arrive. It should be here sometime within the next two weeks. That is as accurate as the eta is right now. I'll get to set up a delivery time closer to the date. At least that is supposed to happen. For all I know, they'll dump it on our lawn in a rainstorm.

Sorry, pessimism is kicking in.

This new normal is the weirdest normal I have ever encountered. No more handshakes or hugging strangers or friends you haven't seen in a while. I remember when you could tailgate in the store and not be treated as though you were typhoid Mary. The biggest planned change in our house is we are getting one of our dogs spayed next month. No more humping my arm... I hope. The vet is thinking it's a hormonal imbalance. Which is fine, as long as the humping isn't a new expression of her anxiety issues...
March 27, 2022 at 2:11pm
March 27, 2022 at 2:11pm


When I was growing up, Sundays were a noticeably different day than the other days of the week. I concede that Saturday night was alright for fighting, but Sunday was truly a day of rest. On Sundays, most businesses closed. Mom & Pop groceries stores were open, recreation facilities and entertainment choices opened on Sundays. Sunday evening there was nothing open after 9:00 PM.

What about the Fast food drive-thru windows you ask? There were no Fast food drive-thru windows!

Sundays aren't like that these days. Sunday is basically like Saturday without the fighting at night, because most people take it easy Sunday night because Monday morning is still the same. Monday morning sucks!

I miss the old Sunday. It just doesn't seem as peaceful as it once was, and couldn't we all use a little peace in our lives?

I enjoyed posting a 'Read it in the Sunday Papers' prompt on Sundays. It was fun to write and read about local and international news stories, but the news lately is not good. That's what got me thinking about peaceful Sundays long past.

*Think* So, the blog prompt is... What do you do to relax? Are you able to have a dedicated family day or day of rest in your home? Share a memory of a peaceful, restorative Sunday from your past. Then finally, tell us... What keeps you up at night?

Andre The Blog Monkey's Banana Bar
Andre The Blog Monkey's Banana Bar  (18+)
It's a cyber bar owned by an imaginary monkey and operated by his minions.
#1985857 by Brother Nature

I used to love Sunday mornings because our PBS channel played Doctor Who on Sunday mornings. I would rush getting ready for church so I could see that week's episode. I usually managed to see the recap episode before it too. It was absolutely my favorite time of the week. I should have been getting excited by going to church but I loved my TV show. After it was over we would pile into the car and go to church. After church we would go across the street to Pizza Alley. My parents both told me that Pizza Alley pizza was my first experience with solid food, when I was three days old I sucked a fingerfull of cheese and sauce off my dad's finger. My mom was ready to kill him for it. She was sure I would choke. Naw I just looked around for more... Pizza alley had a booster seat for me that was made out of three old telephone books wrapped in duct tape and contact paper. I would go in there on Sundays and and go into the kitchen to fetch my own booster seat. The saddest thing was when the restaurant burned down. It was out of commission for six months. That is a long time for a kid.

The thing that kept me up at night was one of the creatures off of Doctor Who that killed you if it bit you I think it was some kind of cyber rat. It has been a long time and I still can't watch those episodes.

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