Stalled


I seem to be stalled in my writing.  Not that I write anything necessarily profound, but I have felt that my posts as of late, have been lacking, uninspired, blah.  Nothing seems to spark me.  The weekly prompts I participate in, the daily prompts, nothing seems to grab me.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to do one of those “Post-A-Day” things.

This has worked for me in the past and I guess it’s time to do it again.  I think that most people find it to be true that the longer you are away from writing the less inspired you are to write.  For me, if I push myself to write every day, even if it’s crap, eventually the juices start flowing and I’m back in the pink again.

So here’s your warning:  For the next 30 days, I am going to post Something everyday. I say that this is a warning because the last time that I did this, believe me, those 30-some posts were NOT my best work.

For those of you that follow my blog on a regular basis, I apologize.  What you are about to see here will most likely be a whole lot of junk, crap, shinola and garbage.

I hope that this exercise will put me back in good writing form.  Wish me luck my dear friends and I thank you in advance for your patience.

(C) 2018 Penny Wilson

Stats


I feel a little like the poor wounded potato in the picture above.  (I like this picture and this gives me another excuse to use it!) I took a couple of days off work in order to have a medical test done.  No worries, routine stuff.  And Boy have I ever paid for it!

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Guest in Jest #9 Jessica Bakkers


A real treat! 2 of my favorite bloggers in one post! Linda at https://mainepaperpusher.wordpress.com/has a blog that features an amusing story by a guest Author.  They are always wonderful posts, so be sure to have a look around at her blog while you are visiting!  You also get the added treat of https://jessicabakkers.com/ her sense of humor is amazing and I know you will love this piece.  Please be sure to spend some time at her blog as well.  You won’t be disappointed!  🙂

Everyone Else Has the Best Titles

G’day, I’m Jess from Down Under and I decided to write this whole post in ‘Strayan (that’s Australian).

Youse blokes reckon we speak English down here but you’ve got the wrong end of the stick, mate. Down under we speak ‘Strayan. When the pommes and yanks come over for holidays they look at us like we’re batshit crazy when we open our mouths. Probably because they only understand one word in ten but also because we let rip with a few ‘bloody oaths’… and worse! See, swearing down under isn’t quite the nasty it is overseas. Two mates will often refer to one another affectionately as “Aw, you sick c**t”. And if we’re unsure of something, we quite happily proclaim “Buggered if I know!” Even when we’re trying to be polite, swearing just pops into the Aussie drawl… “I’m busy as a blue-arsed fly today.”

But, no worries mate, we…

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What a Blabber Mouth!


WordPress tells me that I have 200 Posts!  I had no idea.  Who knew I had so much to say!  I consider myself a pretty quiet person.  What a Blabber Mouth I am!  🙂

I enjoy my time on WordPress and have made some good connections and what I consider friendships.  I enjoy checking in on my Favorite Bloggers to see how they are doing.

I’ve been doing my best (although it seems incredibly slow, I am making progress) to spend more time on my WIP novel.  So I don’t get here as often as I used to.  I know that I miss a lot as I scroll through the Reader.

So if you wonder why you haven’t seen the Likes or Comments from me that you used to, that’s why.  Please know that I’m still here.   I’m a little further in the background.  But I’m still here, cheering you on!

THANK YOU to all of you that follow me.  I’m a little overwhelmed and extremely flattered that you would bother to look in on me and my life.

Desert Island Music


I want to thank Robin at Robin’s Nest https://therobinsnest2017.com/ for tagging me for this post.  Here is Robin’s post:  https://therobinsnest2017.com/2017/07/07/desert-island-discs-blog-tag/

I’m going to change things up a bit though.  Robin is a sweetheart to nominate me for this but I’m afraid that my choice in albums would be quite Old School.  I have a feeling that I am a year or two older than Robin is! 🙂

It has been a long time since I bought an album.  In fact, when I moved this last time, I never even bothered unpacking my CDs or my stereo.  The stereo is out in the garage and the CDs are still in a cardboard box in the spare room.

Most of the time I listen to Internet Radio; either Pandora or Accu Radio.  I bounce around in what I listen to a great deal.  I listen to everything from Country, to Lite Rock, to Smooth Jazz, to Oldies.

I get tired of the same old thing and although I do have favorites, I crave hearing new music.

Here are the Robin’s rules:

If you are cast away on a desert island:

  • You can bring 5 albums – what are they?
  • You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/ other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

So, in light of my eclectic tastes and listening habits, these are the rules I have come up with:

  •  Name 5 songs you love and why they are so special to you.
  • What is/are the book, writings or story that you read as a child and loved that would surprise some people?
  • What is the one luxury item you have in your life now that you feel you couldn’t do without? 

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Versatile Blogger Award


I’ve been nominated by Adam over at Write Thoughts https://writet.wordpress.com/ for the Versatile Blogger Award!   Adam, you are so sweet to think of me!

What is a Versatile Blogger Award?

Bloggers nominate other bloggers who they believe deserve recognition for their high quality standard of writing and uniqueness of content.  Is this your way of saying I post random crap? I’m kidding!  🙂  Besides, I DO write random crap!  I’m honored and humbled to think that anyone would think my writing was of high quality!  Bless you Adam!

Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award

Thank the blogger that nominated you and share their link.  Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide their links to their blogs.  Also, inform them about the nomination.  Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

My 7 Fun Facts

  1. I was actually born with the name Penny Nichols.  Try living up to that without any change!  (yuk yuk)
  2. I LOVE old black and white TV shows and movies.  Andy Griffith, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, James Stewart.  Stuff like that.
  3. I do not like strawberries or tomatoes!  I know, weird.
  4. I turned 60 in March!  Yikes!
  5. I would love to live in Mayberry!
  6. I dropped out of school my freshman year then went back and earned my GED so I could take college courses at the age of 40!
  7. I’ve recently broken my addiction to yard sales and flea markets!  🙂

My Nominees

Jason over at Harsh Reality https://aopinionatedman.com/

Robin at https://therobinsnest2017.com/

My friend Trent at  https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/

My new friend at Living In Stigma https://cherished79.com/

SauceBox at https://sauceboxsite.wordpress.com/

Lucky Otter at https://luckyottershaven.com/

Of course you are under no obligation to participate!  But I hope you all have as much fun with this as I did!  

Writing in May 2017


I set out to write a post every day this month and so far I’ve been able to do that.  I don’t know if the “exercise” has strengthened my writing muscles, but I’ve had a good time doing it anyway.

Since I’ve been spending more time on WordPress, I’ve been poking around and looking at different tutorials & things.  I’ve submitted some writing  to other bloggers and I added a Contact Page to my blog.  Just in case you wanna chat.  🙂

So I guess my exercising has done me some good after all.

I’ve been looking at different Themes and Headers.  So you May see more changes to my blog coming up.  Don’t hold me to that.  I like what I’ve got and the last time I made a major change, it was like turning your back on a friend!  So we will see…

I thank each and every one of you that spend a little of your time here.  The WordPress community is filled with a lot of wonderful people and I’m so glad you’re here!                     — Penny Lane

My Neglected Blog-100 Posts!


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I’ve finally reached the milestone of 100 posts on my blog!  I know I should put more time into it, but I just don’t seem to be able to.

I want to take a minute and thank every one of my followers!  You have been there through a lot of ups and downs and a lot of silly ramblings.  Thank you, Thank you!  I sincerely do appreciate the support!

It’s going to be 101 degrees here today.  I hope you are having a cool summer!

Follower VS. Stalker


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Has anyone else ever had the problem of a follower becoming a bit of a stalker?  A person that gets WAY too involved in your posts, your life, etc?  Why won’t WordPress make it so that we can BLOCK an inappropriate follower?

What do you think about the subject?