Strange, but I got nuthin

strangerLots of lovely posts about strangers. But, I got nuthin.

Of course I’ve had my share of strange encounters with people I don’t know. A couple of them were even not-so strange. But, I got nuthin.

Nothing about any of those encounters has ever stood out enough that I tucked it away in my “future file” mind, in the event I should need an anecdote during a conversation. Or for a writing prompt.

WordPress Daily Prompt has asked about the Stranger Encounter a few times over the past three years, and I replied to two with fictional stories: Apartment #404 Error and Spite and Malice. Another fictional story I wrote in response to a prompt (Rain’s Respite) was also about strangers, though that’s not precisely what was prompted. (more…)

Blog-aliciousness

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Cat having worked real very hard to get somewhere, now wondering where it is she really got
by artist Richard Stine

I started blogging because I like blogging. Writing’s a kind of lonely thing to do, and I liked the idea of demystifying the process…
~Neil Gaiman

I agree. But, good God, what have I gotten myself into?

About ten years ago, I had a humorous blog about suffering the humiliating slings and arrows of being back out in the dating world. The blog had all of 5 followers. I kept up with it for just a few months, but discovered after I shut it down that it had a pretty wide readership. Several people emailed asking me to keep going with it.  I was certainly flattered, and glad I was giving a few kindred spirits a good laugh, but I didn’t feel I had anything more to say on the matter. Plus, I thought it was a bit unfair to the chumps I’d been out with. I didn’t use my name or theirs, but I worried someone would eventually find the blog and get their feelings hurt. So, I pulled the plug.

Fast forward seven years to the fall 2012. All things Social Media had completely overtaken just about everything in society. I embraced all of it: web sites, social media…all of it. Over time at work, I became known as the person who knew a few things about social media and was willing to learn more, so I ended up managing various social media platforms for work. It became part of my job description.

I was introduced to WordPress through our company’s web designer. Finding it pretty easy to use, and recalling that I had liked having a blog at one time, I launched this blog, by LRose. I published one post, and started drafts for several others, but between my demanding job and life suddenly falling down on my head, I quickly forgot I had launched by LRose.

A year later, I was no longer employed, thanks to the recession, but at least my other situation had stopped bashing me around.  Looking for something to entertain in-between efforts to find a new job, I remembered I had started a blog. I published little bits of this and that, most of which I have since deleted, and went from 1 follower to 14.

Then I posted a long opinion piece about a TV show, and BAM! I had almost 200 hits in one day. Shortly thereafter I discovered WordPress Daily Prompts and even more followers started signing up…and that was that. I was hooked.

Almost three years later, I have 4 more blogs I manage, the most recent being the Occupy Daily Prompt, created with blogger Mr. Atheist. There are my two other personal blogs: Photography by LRose and by L.D. Rose (see my Blog Roll for links), and lastly, a blog I manage for work, again, because I know more than others at the office about these things. (more…)

Lying Down on the Job

SOME CITY, USA

March 20, 2015

a little lie downAn interesting twist in the Some City School District labor dispute between the teacher’s union and district officials occurred today in the lobby of Some City High School cafeteria where contract negotiations are being held this week.

At 9:25 a.m., 55 of the district’s Nursery School and Kindergarten teachers walked into the building and stood in front of the doors to the cafeteria. At 9:31 a.m. Elizabeth Adams, a Kindergarten teacher at Some City Elementary School, announced over a mega phone, “Nap time.” The teachers, in unison, lay down on the floor. (more…)

Anthem

In response to Quotations #1 prompt

ODP Quote: “I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” Carl Sandburg

Road-Trip-540x361Olivia started singing at the top of her voice when the chorus came around.

“Well I’m on my way, I don’t know where I’m going…I’m on my way, I’m taking my time, but I don’t know where…Goodbye to RO-OWZEE, queen of Corona…See’n me and Julio down by the school yard…See’n me and Julio down by the school yard!”

Olivia continued humming along, her head slightly pulsing to the rhythm, staring out the window as they made their way down the freeway. She and her father had cleared the city about 20 minutes before; the endless buildings, houses and roads gradually falling away to nothing but empty rolling hills and the line of freeway stretching in front of them. It finally started to feel like all that was really going to be left far behind. (more…)