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Todays Inspiration

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Helen Keller

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Cuppa Community Chat
The new mini-interview series’.

9 Lifestyle orientated questions with a leaning also towards your blog genre will be asked of you and appear in the Wildlife Greetings series published Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings at 06.55 am GMT.

If this appeals let me know below or alternatively email me direct your interest to theautisticcomposter@gmail.com with CCC as the title.

Many thanks.
Rory Matier

This, That, and the Other
Today’s Cuppa is with Fandango of This, That, and the Other

I first started blogging in October 2005. I enjoyed writing, and a friend of mine suggested that I give blogging a try. It was love at the first post and, except for a two-year hiatus between April 2015 and May 2017 when I started this blog, I have been blogging continuously since 2005.

I titled my blog “This, That, and the Other” because I don’t have a specific niche. My blog is eclectic. I host several prompts to offer inspiration for other bloggers. I also participate in prompts hosted by other bloggers.

Many of my posts are flash fiction, typically 400 words or fewer. I will also post opinions and perspectives on politics, religion, science, and current events. Almost all of my posts are prose because I suck at poetry. My writing style is casual, and I often use dialogue to create and move the story along.

What do you do for relaxation?

I’m a retiree, so there’s very little I do that isn’t for relaxation. But blogging — which to me includes writing and publishing my posts plus reading the posts of other bloggers that I follow — is my great escape, so my answer would be blogging.

How many cups of tea, coffee or other [what] do you drink a day and when?

I am not a tea drinker. Coffee is my preferred morning beverage, and I usually have two cups, but on days when I feel like I’m starting to fade by mid-afternoon, I might treat myself to a third cup. At lunch and dinner, I will typically drink a caffeine-free Diet Coke. I go with caffeine-free because I get enough caffeine in my two to three cups of coffee each day. I don’t drink wine or mixed drinks, but I occasionally have a beer or two.

A book you could read over and over and why?

I generally don’t read books over and over. There are some books that I may have read a long time ago that I might read again to refresh myself, but for the most part, I’d instead read something I’ve never read before than reread something I’ve already read. That said, there have been times when I’ll start reading a book that I think I’ve not yet read and suddenly realize when I’m maybe a third or even halfway through it that I’d already read it.

What is your favourite way to while away an hour?


Which would you prefer to be involved in more and why – a murder mystery or an adventure story?

This is a tough one. I enjoy detective stories/murder mysteries a lot, but I also like adventure stories. So maybe an adventure story where the protagonist is a detective trying to solve a murder or two.

Related, I like suspense and intrigue books by authors like Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Ian Fleming, James Patterson, John Gresham, James Clavell, etc., that are adventure stories where many characters are murdered.

For your writing style, which would you prefer for six months – a cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere or a busy metropolitan hotel and why?

I would love to spend time alone at a cabin in the woods. Still, for writing inspiration, if I had to choose one or the other, I’d opt for the stimulation at a busy metropolitan hotel, especially if it offered 24-hour room service. Hey, how about three months at that cabin in the woods and three months at that metropolitan hotel? Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Can you separate political issues from the people who hold them?

I used to be able to do that, especially before I retired, as I had to interact with people whose politics and political ideologies were different from mine. But these days, I’m not inclined to waste my time with people whose political views are diametrically opposed to mine.

Do the opinions of others matter to you, and if so, why? If not, why?

I’m always interested in what other people have to say. Suppose they express informed, well-thought-out, and effectively articulated opinions. In that case, I will respect their views even if I don’t share them as to whether or not the opinions of others about me matter to me, not really. I’ve reached the age where people should accept me as I am or move on. I’m not about to change my nature, perspectives, or beliefs based on what others think of me.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Late last year, my wife and I sold our traditional bikes and got e-bikes. I’ve ridden bicycles all my life, but this was the first time I rode an electric bicycle.
There we go folks, l hope you enjoyed this morning’s Community Chat with Fandango as much l did. Until the next time.

We both wish you a lovely Sunday and a great New Year too!

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