An Interlude on FaceBook (Or Why I Choose Word Press)

This blog from time to time does contain rants or pithiness concerning the small and the confused folk who inhabit FaceBook and slosh around their limited perspectives with all the appeal of ‘that drunk’ who is ruining your evening or disturbing your train/bus journey home. As a consequence, I don’t use it much apart from a few writers, and of course family & friends. But from time to time I amble about making the odd throwaway remark as takes m’ fancy.

Well for those of you not British, we in typical British style have embroiled ourselves in a messy farce, this time Brexit many on both sides tackling the debate t like a re-run of the Thirty Years War and the Government’s approach does seem to be rather disjointed, disunited and a bit chaotic. So anyway there was this relatively harmless item and I just added a like-hearted  comment, reflecting what I thought was the average person’s opinion of the current state.

 

Annnddd I attracted one of the Huff ‘n Puff brigade which has no particular political stripe being dedicated to being rude to those who do not agree with them.

This guy seems to spend a lot of his time dashing from one site to another making derogatory remarks to Remainers (ie folk who want the UK to stay with Europe), so there was a good chance we would bump into each other. Here is the exchange that followed. (His name has been changed, after all it wouldn’t be fair to print it without his permission, would it now?)

 

ME: As a devotee of the Marx Bros. and Three Stooges Films I would like to thank the Govt, The Daily Mail, The Express, The Sun and the Hard-Line Breixteers through Brexit for keeping the spirit of that style of zany, knock-about comedy alive (Mr J Rees-Mogg does need some better writers though, he’s not as funny as Boris Johnson)

 

HUFF ‘N PUFF: Let’s face it, it isn’t the method you’re upset about. It’s only the result.

 

ME: You’re not sitting where I am. I’ve witnessed foolishness in comments and attitudes from both sides which places me way beyond upset. Quite detached in fact. If another vote turns up I’ll vote Remain because our time as a player on the World Stage is over; it happens it’s our turn to decline. In the meantime, I will choose to ridicule the shriller voices on both sides. Too many folk going around on rocket-powered tricycles yelling their heads off (that is allegorical by the way)

 

HUFF ‘N PUFF: Change your medicine. LSD is reputedly good.

 

ME: Oh dear, oh dear. The predictable insulting response. And not even an original one either. Doesn’t matter whether the reply comes from The Right or The Left it soon comes down to this. Straight out of the blocks, no conversation no discussion, The Same Old, Same Old. Alt Right. Momentum. Brextiteers. Remainiacs. I get the same response to any comment be it serious or humorous. ‘Ugh they disagree with me. Ugh me throws rocks.’ I used to get really angry, these days I have to laugh. You are all so damn predictable.

 

That was three days ago, no response

So remember folk when confronting one of these uninvited folk adopt the following:

Dismiss their remarks as predictable and unoriginal

Admit that there are idiots on your side of the argument.

Say you’ve been insulted by idiots for not having exactly the same opinion as them.

Despair of idiots in general.

Suggest they are also an idiot for behaving this way.

Wait for their response.

HA!

In the meantime if you really want to see how Mature is done, check out:

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/15107025/posts/43878- “Give-And-Take on philosofa”

Advertisements

When I Ask You The HARD Question

SPLC-Fighting-Hate-670x370_0

 

Oh my God, sonny you really do not have a clue do you?

Tell you what kiddo…….

Are you ready for this…..dead-german-soldier-near-stalingrad-1943-CPM84B

He proudly wore the swastika.

And this is him in Stalingrad 1943.

Are you ready to follow; Carrying that flag

Are you ready for this?

Are you ready to gladly walk this path?

Are you ready for what he went through to get there?

Blood and Soil?

Yeah?

Huh?

(And don’t give me your Fake News crap sonny. This is Reality, kid. Are you ready for Reality?)

O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44173954

 

Unit2_Lesson2

God!

Make it stop!!

And for those whose deaths by bombings and shootings never make the main news.

Killing?

What is wrong with you people????

The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Creating Hyperlinks

Simon’s blog is a treasure trove of many types of gems. Here’s one on navigating WP

Planet Simon

As I’ve been doing this blogging thing a little while now and it seemed a good idea to pass on a few of the things that I’ve learned over the five years that I’ve been doing this. In easy and often geeky steps you’ll be taken through the steps and point out the pitfalls of taking your blog seed and growing it into something really amazing.


Adding a Hyperlink

In the blogging world we might want to create a link to another post in our blog or to some other material elsewhere, this is done by creating hyperlinks. In case anyone reading this needs to know, a hyperlink is a link to some other part of the internet, a shortcut if you like, in a blog post they usually appear as blue text.

Needless to say as with everything else in the blogging world there are some guides to hyperlinks.

View original post 508 more words

Self-Publish Your Novel – Social Media for Writers — CookieBreakS

Social media for writers is mostly the same as regular social media for anyone else. There are some small differences and points to consider–being professional* is perhaps more important than on your personal account–but otherwise? Chances are you don’t need to worry. If you’re already using social media, you’ll rock social media for writers, too!…

via Self-Publish Your Novel – Social Media for Writers — CookieBreak

The Warrior’s Fire

Now here is some vivid imagery with powerful sentiments.
Well worth a read

~Burning Woman~

[an allegory by    ~burning woman~   ]

After the dark night of the soul, when the battle is won, morning comes. But the sun does not shine that day.

You’ve won the battle, you know this, but all around you are the bodies of friend and foe alike and in this twilight you can no longer tell the difference, nor care who the dead are, except that they are dead and so are you.

In your own eyes; in your feelings, you’re not the great winner; the hero; the one who took the day. You’re the survivor while the best things of your life lie dead at your feet.

You don’t know what to do. You feel blood on your hands; on your body. Though most of it isn’t yours, yet you well know it is an indelible mark that will never wash away. You remember. You’ve been here before.

View original post 359 more words

I’ve been talking about short stories a lot this week. WHY do you think that is?

Now here are some stirring words. You ready to give it a go? It’s the taking part is ‘the thing’

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

img_2351-12 your humble host

Well, short stories build writer muscles.

Writing short stories forces you to get the story up and running quickly, thereby grabbing your reader’s attention.

Short stories that get published in an anthology are a great way to get your name out there and start building a following while you finish your novel.

Ditto for a chapter or scene from a short story. 

But while all of those are good reason, they are not THE reason.

Money.

No, that’s not it, either.

CONFIDENCE.

Writing short stories the way we do it here gets your story into a contest and possibly an anthology, but in the process it gets you to let someone else see it (me) and get input on it (from me) by a nice person (me).

Then a lot of those stories or scenes go from potentially never being seen by eyes other than you and…

View original post 369 more words

Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest 2018: Rules, Guidelines, Entrance and Prizes

Yecheilyah’s blog sparkles with all manner of interesting aspects.
Here’s a good one for anyone to consider

The PBS Blog

Yess people! It’s that time! Time to reveal the guidelines to this year’s contest and our amazing prizes! Read on…


Yecheilyah’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest 2018

Theme: Self-Care, Self-Love – Our theme this year is on self-care and self-love!

Submissions Accepted: Thursday, July 12th – Tuesday, July 31stWinners Announced: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Guidelines

bitmoji-20180507070950

  • The poems submitted must be original work. This means that the poems must be written by you. If we find a poem that resembles any previously published poem in any way that poet will be disqualified from the competition. Poems must be your own work.
  • The poem must not be previously published in a book or anywhere online (including your blog)
  • The contest will be judged based on writing, style and how closely the poem adheres to the theme.
  • We are judges of the competition only. All poets…

View original post 613 more words

Good People Doing Good Things — Youth

My good friend Jill’s blog is often political but she also make valuable contribution to feel-good and more importantly HOPE with her Once-a-Week ‘Good People Doing Good Things’.
Here is an example of the truly news worthy items she finds

Filosofa's Word

Yesterday, I was literally in a fit of rage, even my fingertips were spitting and sputtering, as the man-who-would-be-king did his best to send me to my ash bottle in a fit of apoplexy.  And then … I remembered that today is Wednesday and that I needed to start work on my weekly ‘good people’ post.  At first, I thought “No way!!!” … but then I remembered the words of several of my friends and fellow bloggers who, just last week, told me that this feature may be among the most important things I do – reminding us all that there are, indeed, good people out there who care about others.  And so, I picked myself up, dusted my knees, took a deep breath, and went in search of.  And today, I find my inspiration to be better, to do better, comes from young people, as it so often does…

View original post 947 more words

The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Understanding your Stats

Simon has taken the time to supply some very useful insights into the Word Press stats system.
Well worth a read and a study.

Planet Simon

As I’ve been doing this blogging thing a little while now and it seemed a good idea to pass on a few of the things that I’ve learned over the five years that I’ve been doing this. In easy and often geeky steps you’ll be taken through the steps and point out the pitfalls of taking your blog seed and growing it into something really amazing.


Every new blogger at some points looks to the the stats page and wonders… What the hell does this all mean? Let me do my best to help, I say I’ll do my best becasue some things I will be honest still confuse me.

Traffic

Looking at the traffic tab we can see a nice graph with hopefully lots of views, or maybe not. It doesn’t matter. The bar chart is showing you the views your page has received on that day in the…

View original post 484 more words

Here to make other writers feel good about their work