Monday, January 30, 2012

Microfiction: Choose How You Cruise

What's up with Google? First the commenting on my blog was hinky, and now my email is being inundated with comment notifications from "anonymous." Yes, Blogger is catching the kooky comments and sending them to the spam file, for which I am grateful, but I'm collecting them by the dozens. Until about two weeks ago, my spam file remained blissfully empty most of the time. Now I'm forced to purge it daily.  At first glance, the comments appear to be valid, but they end up hawking Cialis or Viagra which---unless that stuff will beef up my submission rate---is of no interest to me. Has anyone else seen an upswing in Blogger spam?

Welcome to today's microfiction!  

Grandma's Goulash graciously hosts Succinctly Yours, the wonderful meme for those of us addicted to microfiction. The trick is to write a story in 140 characters or less using the photo below as inspiration. To add to the challenge is the word of the week, "hibernate."  My stories are below.

Cruise Control
(135 characters)

Unlike his cousin, Capt. Schettino, Luigi refused to abandon his vessel. Sinking in quicksand, he prepared to go down with his Schwinn.

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Choose Control
(134 characters)

Hibe R. Nate, the famous Zen master regaled as the Guru of Calm, instructed his students in the divine art of Transcenpedal Meditation.

To read the microfiction stories of others participating in this meme, please click HERE.

Thanks for visiting! See you on Wednesday for the naked truth about . . . Submitting.

Have a great week!


  1. Transcenpedal...Lisa, you were responsible for my first laugh this morning. Thanks.

  2. Oh, man, that first one is deliciously and evilly funny. Thanks, Lisa!

  3. So clever! Enjoyed your word play and your timely story in the first one.


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  5. Both were excellent today. I'd like to meet that Zen bloke.

  6. No probblems to speak of on my end, regarding unwanted bulk mail. Here's the thing though: I ingest a tablespoon of THIS, straight out of the can, every morning to ward off the You-Know-What.

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    Love the "Transcenpedal Meditation" word play. BRAVO!

  7. I like the first one best, Lisa. This ship's sinking and also your micro-story bring memories of our Mediteranean cruise and Holy Land tour.

    We cruised on the Greek ship, Oceanos. Several years later (1991) that ship sank off the east coast of Africa. The crew abandonned ship.

    "Realizing the fate of the ship, the crew fled in panic, neglecting to close the lower deck portholes, which is standard policy during emergency procedures. No alarm was raised. Passengers remained ignorant of the events taking place until they themselves witnessed the first signs of flooding in the lower decks. At this stage, eyewitness accounts reveal that many of the crew, including Captain Avranas, were already packed and ready to depart, seemingly unconcerned with the safety of the passengers.
    from Wikipedia, MTS Oceanos

  8. LOL--Transcenpedal Meditation! Luigi is an honorable man, in contrast to that captain. Love the rhyming titles and witty stories, as always, Lisa!

  9. Hi Lisa, first of all, I really enjoyed both of your micro fictions and love your play on words. The first one does look like he is just sitting there sinking! Remember that scene in the first Austin Powers where he tries to turn the golf cart around instead of just getting off of it? Lol.

    As far as Google goes, I think we are in for more changes. I don't use my G mail email, except my phone required me to set one up. I have been getting notifications on it saying that Google is going to change its 60 privacy policies and that it is very important that we know about what this means. I have to read it when I have larger print than my phone allows.

    I think that Google wants us all to go to Google+ and I need to check that out too. If you go all the way in, I think you can use it as we use FB, but I don't want to start a whole other chapter on that.

    Can't wait to see what your other readers have found. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me.

    Kathy M.

  10. Both of these are creative...I am too literal usually. Your mind seems to bounce all over gathering great ideas! You must be fun to live with!!!!

  11. An awesome duo, I am still laughing.

    I've found spam rates can vary a lot. Grandma's Goulash is on a wordpress blog, but last fall the filter was catching almost 200 spam comments a week. Now I'm only getting about 25 a week. One thing that helped was to turn off the ability to comment on a post after it was two weeks old. I don't think Blogger has that feature though. On the bright side, your blog is getting enough traffic to bring it to the attention of the spammers.

  12. No extra Spam to speak of here. But oh, Lisa, those microfiction offerings are two more winners. I am still giggling and will be for a while....

  13. Queen Queen of Microfiction - I'm so boring with my comment... always calling you the Queen of Microfiction. I added another Queen this time. You are really the Queen.

  14. Sioux - Mission accomplished. :)

    Sarah - Thanks.

    Pooch - Thank you.

    Anthony - Yes, so would I! LOL

    Sparkle - That old spam just pops up everywhere, doesn't it?

    Jim - We've been on several cruises that were, thankfully, uneventful except for the requisite fun and relaxation. The article you shared is chilling.

    Pat - Thank you.

    Kathy - Thanks for your comments.

    Claudia - It's more likely I drive my family nuts! LOL

    Grandma - Well that's a positive spin to it. I like that. Thanks!

    Tammy - Happy to oblige!

    Lynn - Aw, thanks. Blushing. :)

  15. Funny and point on, as always!

    BTW, Blogger has not been playing nice on many levels lately. Hopefully things will improve soon!

    Critter Alley


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