|"Too Hot..." (photo by C. Fries)|
It's a hot Monday here. After an unseasonable cold spell last week, the temperature is building into the upper 80's and will go higher throughout the week.
I'm like my dog Max in the photo above. When it gets too hot, I don't want to go out and play Frisbee -- I don't even want to be outside.
So today, I'll stay inside and offer you some hot blog updates.
A while ago, I experimented with a blog idea I called "Tuesday Newsday Two-Hundred." It was a feature I would post on a Tuesday, where I'd take a recent news story and create a short 200-word story about it. Not 199 words, not 201 words -- 200 words exactly.
I enjoyed putting them together, but as anyone who visits here a short while realizes, my posting is far too erratic to have a regular weekly feature.
But it doesn't mean I can't still do them, right? No! (...and there was much rejoicing...)
I'll just take the "Tuesday" part out and post them as the mood strikes me. Well, the mood has struck. So, today, I offer you "Burning Fear" -- a 200-hundred-word story about a recent news item. I invite you to read the story below, and then click the link to check out the original news piece:
Tom had a burning fear of spiders.
He couldn't stand the sight of them. He would rather stick his hand into a roaring fire than touch one of the vile things, even to kill it.
An all-consuming hatred and loathing that constantly smoldered, Tom's phobia threatened to blaze into full-blown panic at the mere thought of a spider.
It was one reason why he put off doing laundry. He'd rather wear dirty clothes than have to spend time in the basement laundry room of the house he rented. It was dark and dingy, with plenty of shadowy corners for spiders to hide in. Tom's landlord used the basement for storage, and shelves of paint cans, bins of stray hardware, and dust-covered tools provided ample cover for spider nests.
But he could put it off no longer. Taking his overflowing basket of clothes down, Tom scanned every corner for any spiders. All seemed clear as he set his clothes on the rickety table. Until he saw a huge, black spider on the wall above the washer.
Tom knew he had to kill it. But no way was he going to squash it.
Then he got the spark of a bright idea...
Original news story: Man Using 'Blowtorch' to Kill Spider Started Fire
Hot Blog Hop
Dianne Salerni, author of many wonderful books including "We Hear the Dead," "The Caged Graves," and "The Eighth Day" has today named me to take part in the "Not So Accidental Blog-Tourist Hop."
I have to admit that I'm normally not one for blog-hops, tagging, or blogging awards. Not that I'm some sort of elitist snob who feels I'm above all that frivolity -- I don't. It's just that my sporadic blogging limits the amount of time I have to devote to those kinds of things, so I generally say, "no, thank you."
But I respect Dianne and her writing, know her as a really nice person, and I like the idea of the blog-hop being short and simple and open to any kind of "Creative" work, not just writing. Plus, I admit it -- I was flattered when she asked me. Really? You mean you want me to take part??? This still-unpublished writer who dabbles in basement-recording? Uh, wow... Okay, sure.
You can read Dianne's answers to the blog-hop questions about her current creative project at her blog HERE.
And then -- next week (July 28), stop by here to read my answers to the same questions, and to also see the three talented people I nominate to take part. I'm not even going to give them a heads-up. Because I don't want to them to feel obligated that they have to keep the blog-hop going. I just want to recognize three creative people and perhaps get you to visit their blogs.
Hot Blog-Hop II
In another nod to some former blogging activities, I'm giving some advance notice that I'm again going to take part in the Battle of The Bands blog hop on August 1st.
I did several of these before, but then stepped aside. It's the same old story -- no time, limited blogging activity, rarely post, eratic schedule, yada-yada-yada...
I may not take part every time the semi-monthly blog event is held. Heck, I may never do another one after the one I post on the 1st. Who knows? I've given up trying to figure me out.
But after seeing some of the songs featured on the 15th, I've been inspired to feature a song that I've always loved. It's like cool water on the sensitive skin that's been out in the hot sun for too long.
Stop back on the first to take part and vote for your favorite version of the tune!