Weird Wednesday: What a Waste / Cartoons

I was flossing last night—as I always do— and I was struck by not how much I use, but how much I don’t use. Let me explain:

After I pull out the desired length, I wrap some around my finger, then, as it slips off, I proceed to wrap more because of course, floss slips. Gripping the other end tightly, but not tightly enough, forces me to wrap the end around my other finger until only a short length it available for use.

Now, flossing requires an orchestrated ballet of movements, as the used potion is wound, while the other is unwound. In the end, most of the floss has been used only to maintain tautness. I would suspect that 50% of all floss never experiences the joy of the dance of oral hygiene.

At least my dentist gives me free floss.

-Leon

This reminded me of another dental related post:

Weird Wednesdays: Not so Super Superpowers (Posted on Oct 6, 2021)

Some superheroes use their powers for evil—[boo, hiss]—others for the good of humanity—[Yay!]. Superpowers come in all forms: genetic, accidental, mutation, experimental, or otherworldly intervention.

We can’t all be so lucky (unlucky?), but we all have some hidden talent. Maybe not talent enough to be on that show—or that other show that’s kinda like that show, but something that when harnessed can only be described as…well, meh.

Some people may use their talent for evil—[boo, hiss]—others for…well, for themselves, never to be revealed to humanity. Sometimes people just need to know, so here is your chance. I’ll go first.

My not-so-super-superpower is the ability to get toothpaste out of the tube long after most people would have given up and tossed it away. How long, you ask? Days? Yes. Weeks? It’s been done.

What’s your not-so-super superpower?


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Weird Wednesday: Spam, Spam, Spam, Wonderful Spam.

To quote Monty Python, “I’ll have your Spam, Dear. I love Spam.”

Well, I don’t love it, there’s just an odd ‘like‘ there. I haven’t had it in quite some time though. As a child, there was often the knock-off, Klik in the cupboard, usually after dad’s hunting trip. Beans and Klik. There’s a tent you don’t want to be in.

But, potted meat is not want this is about.

Dear Occupant, 1-877 numbers, “Lovely ladies waiting”—that kind of spam.

The phone calls are incessant. If I don’t answer, it will often go to voicemail. Apparently, I have either:

  1. Won a cruise (Yeah, I’m going on one of those at this time)
  2. Have an inheritance to collect
  3. I’m in arrears
  4. Something’s wrong with my banking/tax information

There is also an odd countdown from 10 that ends anticlimactically.

Sometimes I’ll answer because the number appears to be local, but if there is no response, I’ll hang up and block the number. I still get at least one or two/day.

As an author, I get many emails from “reviewers”, “SEO experts”, “promoters”, “screenplay adapters”. As a blogger, well . . .if you blog on WordPress, then you know that the system does redirect spam comments.

I think it does a pretty good job because I don’t seem to let any through on my posts, and there are a lot of them. I forgot to clean them out for a while—which is the impetus for the post.

So, I’ll do some cleaning today, recycling junk mail and flyers, erasing my voicemail messages, deleting my spam emails.

But first, by looking through my blog spam comments, apparently there are some lovely ladies waiting to show me their naughty bits.

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Weird Wednesday: Just Cartoons

Got my 3rd shot this morning. With the first two, I didn’t feel too bad, just a bit achy and blah. At least it’s cold out (-30 C), so there is no reason to go out again.

The Untitled

The Miniscules

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Weird Wednesday: Recurring Numbers

I sent my newsletter out to my subscribers. How many? 222. What day is it? the 22nd. What time? 7:22 AM.

I’ll leave it at that.

Update: I just noticed this on my notifications:

Getting weirder.

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The Miniscules

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Side note: Sold my first cycle design!

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Weird Wednesday: Poem/Cartoon

I try to cycle as much as I can. Sometimes in winter it can be challenging, but it is exhilarating. Here is a poem the will be included in my newest collection: A Wonder of Words*

Winter Biking 101

You may choose to bike in winter’s throws
Reading rules set down in prose

If you wish to cycle in the winter’s curse
Listen to these tips presented in verse

To stay upright is what you aspire
Get yourself a studded tire

One in front is minimum
Add the back for more traction

If the trails are hard-packed snow
Then winter biking is a go

Fresh snow? I think an inch or two
Any more will feel like glue

Always pay attention to
What’s on the ground in front of you

When on the ground is a layer of ice
Rest assured the ride will not be nice

If you find yourself on an icy sheet
Go straight and keep weight upon your seat

Take the corners slow and wide
Or a slip may coincide

Never overcompensate
Turn too fast and meet your fate

Getting stuck should not be feared
As long as you stay in the lowest gear

The following tip may not make sense
You need to stay loose—but tense

If you don’t like the cold or have a fear of falling
Then winter biking is not your calling

But answering the adventure call
Can be fun for one and all

Unrelated Cartoon*

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**Unrelated? Both involve transportation. OK. you got me there.

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Weird Wednesday: Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast

As I wait for my sourdough to rise, a thought came to mind:

Flour + water = glue

Flour + water + salt = glue the kids won’t eat

Flour + water + salt + yeast = bread

Where did the glue go?

I have several recipes for bread, and most of them have just those four ingredients. Yet, they all have subtle differences. I have gotten to the point where I don’t often refer to them anymore, preferring to go by look and feel . So yeah, I have turned into my grandmother. Just the right amount sticking on the spoon, sprinkle flour and kneed until it is only slightly tacky, yet smooth.

Hint #1: You can always add more flour, adding more water is messy.

My go-to bread is either a baguette (sometimes with a bit of rye flour) or a French loaf, followed by tray buns, whole wheat, and rye bread (like grandma used to make – Read more about that in this post: Food for Thought: Fitter or Fatter?), and of course, pizza dough.

Well, my dough is almost ready to shape, so I’ll end with these words of wisdom:

“Don’t make bread unless you are prepared to eat the whole loaf.”

-Leon

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Weird Wednesday: The Very First One

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I did alright this month. [pats self on back]

NaNoWriMo is over (whew!). I wrote more than I did last year, and I use it as some extra motivation to be more diligent in my writing. What did I work on, you ask?

Well, last year, I started a novel which wound up being a novella, using the short story, The View from Here as a starting point. When I wrote that story, I wanted to leave it open ended, not that I was planning on continuing it, but because I think that some short stories should leave that reader wondering, which many of mine do.

Anyway, it took me 7 months to complete it, and a few more to reread and revise before sending it off to my editor, Doreen. I just received it yesterday (Monday), so I’m reviewing her changes (oh, those comma rules and split infinitives) and suggestions. 

That story could stand on it’s own, but I got to thinking about what Thomas and April might be up to, so when I began to plan my next story, they needed to be part of it.

Stay tuned for an ARC of my latest book (title TBA), and of my new poetry collection, A Wonder of Words. You can contact me if you would like to be an advance reader/reviewer. There’s an email link at the bottom of the page.

My mind was elsewhere this week, so here is the final look back for a while:

I forgot to reset my price so the paperback will be on sale for about 24 hours

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Weird Wednesday

The paperback is actually on sale right now.

Amazon only allows me to discount my Kindle version on the US and UK sites. Why? I have no idea. But, maybe check in your region on Friday—maybe they had a change of heart*.

NaNoWriMo Totals to Date: 15 380 words**, 23 cups of coffee, one cup of Earl Grey, one cup of tea (unknown), two glasses of Rum & Coke, one glass cabernet, and a half pint of Session IPA.

Cartoons

The Untitled

The Miniscules: The Very Latest One.

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*HA! I say. HA! You’re so funny Leon…
**Bonus points if you noticed that I didn’t write anything yesterday.

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Weird Wednesday: NaNoWriMo/Cartoons

I woke up this morning and realized that I had not fully prepared my newsletter for today, or my post. Why am I telling you this? Probably because I am obsessed with word count (not really) during NaNoWriMo. I also realized that I missed posting my Miniscules cartoon to Instagram. Actually, I missed drawing it completely, so there is a special one (Special? That’s a bit of an overstatement) included today.*

NNaNoWriMo Totals to Date: 11 772 words, 16 cups of coffee, one cup of Earl Grey, one cup of tea (unknown), two glasses of Rum &Coke, one glass of cabernet, and a half-pint of a Session IPA.

Cartoons

The Untitled

People have been asking me, “Leon, what is the first cartoon you drew?” (Well, that’s a lie.) But here it is:

The Miniscules: The Very First One.

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*71 words

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Weird Wednesday: Cartoons/NaNoWriMo

I realized that my update could be a bit misleading. One reader may have thought that it was a previous day’s total (not monthly) which would be good for word count, but the coffee/beverage intake is quite alarming. So, here are the monthly totals:

NaNoWriMo Totals to Date: 6400 words, 10 cups of coffee, one cup of Earl Grey, one glass of cabernet, and a half-pint of a Session IPA.

In the “that’s just mean” category:

I went to the NaNoWriMo site to update my progress. Now I know I am a slow writer, and I’m nowhere close to the 1666 words/day required to reach the goal by the end of the month (and, I’m OK with that), but c’mon, when this graphic shows up on my stats page:

Want to rub more salt in the wound? Thanks a bunch for the words of encouragement*…

The Untitled

The Miniscules

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*It made me laugh.


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