Genie Us

This messy kitchen’s looking awfully heinous.
It’s so depressing, it’s begun to drain us.
But washing dishes, that is sure to pain us.

Your papal “we” makes you sound like a weenie, Gus.
By use of magic bottle this demise we’ll suss.
A gentle rub and out comes jinn to genie us!

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Mystery Blogger Award!

Check it out! My little site of bare-bones snarkiness has garnered a Mystery Blogger Award!

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This is an awesome and fun honor invented by Okoto Enigma. My humble thanks to Stories for All  for the nomination.

Things About Me

With rewards come responsibilities, though of the friendliest sort. The award asks nominees to share 3 things about themselves (can be anything), and answer 5 questions about themselves.

1. I love watching Korean dramas and am currently studying the Korean language. I’m also a huge fan of K-pop girl groups (AOA, SISTAR, Red Velvet, Mamamoo, 2ne1, . . .).  And I almost always read something in Korean in bed before dropping off to sleep, even if I don’t understand all of it.

2. I love to play TitanFall, and play on an 8′-wide projector screen. (K-pop girl groups look great on such a huge screen too. 🙂 )

3. I’m remarkably stubborn when I feel something is a matter of principle. I would rather risk the displeasure or even enmity of 1000 people than bend on something that seems just plain wrong to me. This limits my opportunities for lunching and parties, but helps me sleep better.

The 5 Questions posed by the author of Stories for All

1. What is your dream?
To overcome the overwhelming odds against success and actually *sell* a few volumes of poetry–for money! And to publish some volumes of Korean poetry, and maybe even a manhwa or several. (Am writing a bit of each currently.)

2. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
Hmm, that I can admit on the Internet? I once streaked naked around a friend’s house on a dare. Without chemical aid.

3. If given the choice, what super power would you want and why?
The ability to magically induce people who over-examine and criticize the lives of others to turn inward and focus more on their own lives. Next to that, the ability to induce other males to understand and treat the women around them better.

4. How would you like to spend a day with your favorite fictional character?
I’d like to hang out with Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, just to hear her dry, witty commentary on the world around her, and to enjoy being in the proximity of her wholesome girl-next-door beauty. We’d have tea, be visited by suitors seeking hers or her sisters’ favors, and so on. All amidst the pretty English countryside.

5. Do you believe in ghosts?
No. I believe ghosts are actually an attempt to understand natural or psychological phenomena that our conscious minds can’t quite get a handle on. But I also think some of the greatest artistic creations come from the same place.

Blogs I Wish To Nominate

This is a pay-it-forward sort of plaudit, and so I in turn nominate these fine blogs, which are my current favs (in no specific order):

Award Rules

  • Feature the award logo/image on your post.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Tell the readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers and notify them by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask the nominees 5 questions of your choice with at least one weird / funny question.

My questions for the Nominees

  1. Do you prefer poetry or prose and why?
  2. What super power would you want and why?
  3. How would you like to spend a day with your favorite fictional character?
  4. What language that is not your native language or languages are you most interested in?
  5. What do you read when you are doing number 2?

Footnote in the Book of Life

From flesh rent fresh adrift, from breath unmoored;
Now frantic search for where my goodwill’s stored.

My mortal span on Earth has reached its end
And now to final judgement I descend.

Is there enough to mitigate the ill?
For demon-feast will I provide new fill?

Not every life that’s lived can be called glorious.
But tell me mine at least proved foot-notorious.

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From Dread to Bed by Merest Thread

Theseus:
King Minos, this whole banquet is a farce.
You’ve brought us here to take it up the arse.
The legend of your bull falls far amiss-
This nonsense runs straight over precipice.

Minos:
Yet no such luck, young lad, there’ll be for you;
My Minotaur shall gore your flesh straight through.
As children go, he’s been an aberration,
Of Pasiphae and bull collaboration.
When Neptune’s beast such hospitality she gave
I knew of such must issue be depraved.

Ariadne (aside to Theseus):
They keep the creature trapped in walls that maze;
On youths like you in batches does he graze.
All final qualms do swallow now and dread
The creature’s wrath–or mine; here, take this thread,
And after you have gored the creature’s head,
Use this to find your way to me–and bed.

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Half-glassed Views of Life

Half Empty

“Life is a turnstile.
You stand in a file,
And waiting, you wile
While watching the dial
To join the big pile.”

Half Full

“You live in denial
And lie with a smile.
Be bold; dare to rile,
Cross tile extra mile.
Now that’s a lifestyle.”

WordPress daily writing prompt: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/lifestyle/