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Six Word Fortune Cookies

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Why six words?  I have no idea.

No chinese food was consumed to compile this list of six word fortunes, but I’m here to tell you there are some really lame free fortune cookie apps floating around out there.

So close your eyes and pick a number between one and twenty.  Good Luck.  The only thing I’m taking credit for here is the word count.

1.  Keep searching:  you will find it.

2.  Change your attitude to change reality.

3.  See what you want to see.

4.  Never bring sorrow into your home.

5.  You are stronger than your challenges.

6.  Always let your intuition guide you.

7.  Your generosity will be repaid soon.

8.  Do not swim with sharks today.

9.  You have many talents awaiting expression.

10.  Today will be better than yesterday.

11.  Don’t just give advice, take it.

12.  Nothing is free:  bill to follow.

13.  Being happy doesn’t mean being perfect.

14.  Look your fear in the eye.

15.  Happy news is on the way.

16.  Great thoughts come from your heart.

17.  Do nothing in life without passion.

18.  Every exit is a new entrance.

19.  Try listening to yourself more often.

20.  You choose what happens to you.

I sincerely hope this was a helpful and rewarding five minutes of your life that you will never get back.  I am especially fond of number eight and taking it to heart.  May good fortune smile upon you, even when it can’t be summed up in six words.

nano

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Murder on the Beach

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Yellow crime scene tape flutters and flaps in the cold wind off the lake.  Shutters click,  red lights flash.  The detectives unblinking eyes sting and tear, mesmerized by the bludgeoned body lying face down in the sand.  Seagulls slowly circle and cry.

 

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Written for Yeah Write # 156 Gargleblaster – 42 words – Who Dunnit?

Stargazing

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Surrender,  let the night embrace us

There is light in deep dark spaces

Inky, pitch black, sunless places

See the truth in the cold night sky

Where Pegasus and Auriga fly

Transforming harsh to calm and kind

Tracking moonbeams where dreams unwind

 

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 What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?

First Gargleblaster Writing Challenge

Got 42 words?  Click on the link and join the fun.

I Want to be a Trifectan

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It’s been educational and fun taking some Trifecta Challenges, and now I will attempt to contribute to the community of Trifectans by joining their (at this moment) 248 members, whether they want me or not.  Because really, who would not want to add another two hundred blogs to their daily reading list???  To be a true Trifecta member I think you have to be a little bit nuts, so probably I will fit right in.  All it takes is answering some questions and adding the link here.

  1. What is your name (real or otherwise)?   I submit my links to these challenges in the name of grandmalin.  And in the name of love.
  2. Describe your writing style in three words.  Here, there, everywhere.
  3. How long have you been writing online?  Since 2006, so seven years.  Seven YEARS.  I should be very good at it by now, hey?  Yes, I should be.
  4. Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in?  Used to do Plinky until they started recycling their questions, try to do some WordPress Daily Prompts, Prompts for the Promptless by Rarasaur (two so far, and the next prompts will no doubt be equally awesome), and a monthly Post for Peace with Bloggers for Peace (and this one I’m very happily committed to, because it’s connected me with so many incredibly beautiful souls.)
  5. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing.  I could leave my house and have some new experiences to write about.   I might even try that one of these days.
  6. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?  Read, read, read.  Read everything. Read the best of it again.
  7. Who is your favorite author? Absolutely impossible to choose, or even to make a list. Maybe my favorite has yet to be discovered.  
  8. How do you make time to write?  By never getting anything else done.
  9. Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. Remember–it must have a third definition.  Canny.   1.  shrewd, astute or wary, knowing.  2.  (Scot, Northeast English)  good or nice, used as a general term of approval.  3.  (Scot) lucky or fortunate  4.  quite, rather:  a canny long while.
  10. Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading.  This Star Crossed Lovers  reblog was fun.  However, if you do miss reading it, your life probably won’t suddenly be over.  For something more serious (I do have a sort of half-assed serious side) click on the Posts for Peace category.  And have a perfectly trifectally canny day.

    Cheers..!!
    Cheers..!! (Photo credit: Animesh Singh)

Reality Show

“Reality Show” is an oxymoron. Sounds like it should be unscripted drama by ordinary people. The truth is, most of these shows are set in exotic locations where the people are placed in abnormal situations. They are persuaded to act in specific ways. Scenarios, events, conflicts and challenges are carefully chosen for them. People tend to act more emotional and crazy than they normally might, just to get extra camera time. Many of them are humiliated. Then the whole thing is selectively edited to make an entertaining story for the tv audience. How REAL is that when it’s all said and done?

Even for the makeover shows there has to be something completely pathetic about your appearance or your life situation or your home to qualify. Is my wardrobe deplorable enough to get me a spot on “What Not to Wear”? Is my house so dilapidated or my decorating skills so crappy and godawful that “Trading Spaces” might consider me for an episode or two?

Well I hope the answers are no to both of those questions, but who knows. Hopefully I am never in the position where I care to find out. I’ve got no marketable tv talent and very little desire to participate in some glorified soap opera.

I’m living my own reality, and trust me, it’s not bizarre enough to be on tv.

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