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Friday Fictioneers – “A Matter of Taste” – PG13 Humorous

Well, Rochelle brings us Friday Fictioneers again.  My contribution is below the prompt.  For the rest > Here < Enjoy!!!

Source: Copyright-Kent Bonham

“A Matter of Taste”

By Scott L Vannatter – 100 Words

Toby licked the treat cautiously. He swirled his tongue around the edges, then straight across the front of the delicious morsel. It was between his meals, but who could pass up such a great surprise?

He stopped several times, swirling the taste around with saliva in his mouth, trying to figure out what flavor the delicacy was. He was stumped. He stared at it for several minutes before deciding.

In the end, he did not really care much. After all, for a tom cat like himself, it was not important if the sucker was swallow delight or mouthful of mouse.

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Namaste,

Scott

 

I Would Like to Thank…

***OOOh!  Gotta say it!  My story (included in “The Dead Sea” anthology is now on Amazon.  It is or will be on Kindle very soon!) at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478310596 . Okay, done.

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I was given nomination for two awards by Ruby, for the Very Inspiring Blogger and the Versatile Blogger. I passed the torch on to the very lovely and talented Katrina Perkins who gave it to John W Howell.  He, then, gave it back to me.  No Problem!  I enjoy this very much.

The rules that need to be followed are:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website

  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award

  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers

  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post

  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Since I have already been nominated for each of the awards, I will nominate as many new people as I can, but I may not hit the 15 mark. JMMcDowell mentioned that often combining awards is the way to go.  I can’t take any credit for that as Ruby sent the combination to me.  As for the wonderful pic of the “Dragon Loyalty Award” that needs some explaining.  I enjoy starting my posts with a pic.  I looked up awards on Google and enjoyed this one.  So, I just wanted to clarify that I really didn’t mean for it to become a new award!  However, let me give it fair credit as the pick came from:  Parajunkee  .  Now, if it is legal and all to continue passing the picture, I love it.  I would ask that you embed or give the credit mentioned above.  There, I think we have covered the basis.

Now for number 5 – the 7 more interesting things about me:

1)  On my European concert tour with Sounds of Hope in 1976, I was in England and they had dumpling balls of some sort.  I popped one in my mouth and bit, only to find that the center was almost boiling.  It put a large blister on the roof of my mouth!

2) I once was playing a round of golf and a worm deflected my ball on a long putt.  It was going to be in, too!

3)  My favorite colors used to be midnight blue, but in the last few years, it has changed to powder blue.  I also have gained an intense like for earth tones.

4) I was in the restroom at work once when the Halon (fire extinguishing equipment) was set off in our computer room.  The equipment was located in a space next to the bathroom.  The noise was so loud…well, I am glad I was already sitting.

5) Twice in my life, as a security guard at two different companies, I tripped and nearly fell off the roof of 8 story buildings.

6) One of my dreams growing up was to attend a John Denver concert.  Sadly, his death came before my dream was realized.

7) I was, once, instrumental in bringing a theft ring to justice.

The nominees for the two awards are: (loud drum roll with full orchestral accompaniment)

1) Rian at Truthandcake – Truth be told, Rian was one of the very first bloggers I followed.  I read her on “Freshly Pressed” and really liked what she had to say.

2) Soma  – Soma has been extremely busy lately, so I don’t know if she will be able to accept this, but I wanted to send it anyway as she has always been able to make me smile.

3) Mollie Player – Mollie has become, at least to me, one of my better friends here on WordPress.  Her devotion to her stories and books keep me reading and enjoying her blog.  We share a lot of beliefs in the positive and in visualization and creating what you choose in your life.

4) JMMcDowell – Whether it is through her character, Meghan Bode, and the in post mysteries she presents or through her up-and-coming books, JMMcDowell is a joy to read and to follow.

5) Susie Lindau –  Susie is a hoot!  I laugh repeatedly when I read her posts.

6) Magsx2 – Margaret is another blogger who I haven’t heard from in awhile.  I know she is busy, so she may not be able to accept this award either, but I had to try!

7) PFPT (Pretty Feet, Pop Toe) – This young lady has been a favorite of mine for quite awhile!  As you can see by the post I am directing you to here, she has quite a biting sense of humor.

8) Buckwheatsrisk – Zoe is a great blog-friend of mine.  We have hit it off very well and, often, hold short conversations in our comments.  Her blog is important as it covers the nature of parental abuse and the consequences on the children.

I know that I only did 8 of 15, but, to tell you the truth, I am to the point that I may be nominating people I have just nominated.  So, to give them a break (and me) I will stop.

If you aren’t in the list above, just know that I thought of all of you.

If you are, don’t feel obligated to accept.  If you have won before, so what?  I did, too.  If you don’t know 15 blogs to nominate, you have two choices – nominate who you do know, or follow some more.  The other 14 above would be good choices 🙂

Please visit the blogs that aren’t yours and enjoy.  Following them wouldn’t be a bad idea!

Namaste,

Scott

And the Nominees are…

Nah, not this award, but it’s a great picture!

I was given nomination for two awards by Ruby, for the Very Inspiring Blogger and the Versatile Blogger.  I happily accept both.  It is my second time around for the Versatile Blogger.  The rules, I believe, have been combined and are as follows:

The rules that need to be followed are:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website

  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award

  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers

  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post

  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

The two awards are now on my posting page.  The second one goes to Ruby if you click on it.  I left the first one still pointing to the person who nominated me the first time.

That also took care of number two.  To visit Ruby, just click on the second award pic.

Three and four are handled below.

Now for number 5 – the 7 interesting things about me:

1)  Mom and Dad were deciding between Scott and Mickey for my name before I was born.

2)  I lettered twice in Golf in High School, was team captain, and most valuable player.

3)  I had an outdoor cat which would wake me up each morning when I was in school.  One day he stepped in my mouth as I yawned.

4)  While working as a computer programmer, I wrote most of the company’s programs for the Purchasing, Back Order, Customer Overdue Payment, Salary, and portions of several other departments.

5)  I wrote one of my first poems back in grade school.  It was titled “I Love the Ocean”.  It was a horrible little poem and…I don’t like the ocean.

6)  For many years, my favorite actress was Jessica Alba.

7)  I played “Magic the Gathering” for many years and still have over 39,000 cards.

The nominees for the two awards are: (loud drum roll with full orchestral accompaniment)

1) Christina Strigas

2) KZ

3) Katrina Perkins

4) My Mending Wall

5) One Thousand Single Days

6) This, That, and the Other Thing

7) Trancendingborders

8) Insidethebirdcage

9) Boomiebol

10) Karmic Diva

11) Whoisbert

12) Tryingtobeconscious

13) Wakeupandsmellthereality

14) Ithinkincomics

15) Swirlingturnip

If you aren’t in the list above, just know that I was told to limit it to 15 and I thought of all of you.

If you are, don’t feel obligated to accept.  If you have won before, so what?  I did, too.  If you don’t know 15 blogs to nominate, you have two choices – nominate who you do know, or follow some more.  The other 14 above would be good choices 🙂

Please visit the 14 or 15 blogs that aren’t yours and enjoy.  Following them wouldn’t be a bad idea!

Namaste,

Scott

At Last! (Mixed Blessings)

Well, last night and today have been mixed blessings.

I found out last night that I am, finally, published!!!  That’s right.  Finally, after waiting since around June 2012, the online magazine “Atomic Avarice” published my work, “The  Way It Is.”

Just go to http://www.atomicavarice.com/ , then click on “Fiction” and I am in the bottom row (as of 7:00pm).  I am both pleased and proud of the story.  It concerns the dealing of a union for haunting houses.  I was supposed to write something that was a type of political satire and horror.  Apparently, I did well enough.

That was the great thing.  The not-so-great thing?  The magazine published the story and didn’t pay me.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  It’s not a lot to begin with.  But the idea is that I have a signed contract that stated they would pay me before they published the story.  So, I don’t truly even know when they did so.

I am not angry.  After all, it is my first story and I, probably, would have sent it to them even without pay in the deal.  However, I do have a contract; they sent it; I returned it; and I will honor it, so they should, too.

Now, do understand.  I am fairly easy-going.  I sent them a rather nice letter and told them about my concerns and asked them to fix things (I used the word “rectify” as that sounds much more important, don’t you think?).  There are several things I can think of that might have gone wrong and I am not screaming at them about this.  I just want what I was promised.

So, we shall see.  The other publishing company (in England) sent out notices that the first of my 4 anthologies, “The Dead Sea,” is, finally, done at the printers.  The publishers are being sent a hard copy to approve, then it will be out in 7-10 days.  He felt certain that this one would be done and out to read by March 1st.  I know he is frustrated; you can just tell.

After that, the other 3 anthologies are supposed to come along quickly.

So, as I said, mixed blessings.

I will end the post with a wonderful picture of my cat, Tamika, who is ever vigilant and attentive, especially if birds are involved.  Enjoy.

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Namaste,

Scott

My Cat is a Bird

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Yeah, you got it; Tamika, my cat, is a bird.  By that, I mean she is a little “cuckoo” – nuts – strange – off it.  I have always thought so, but never had such a good reason to, actually, post the thought until now.  Here’s the event that spawned this “cat”astrophic “cat”aclysm:

This morning, as usual, I woke up too early.  I staggered through breakfast and emails and blogging stats at my computer.  Tamika HAD to be in the room with me.  I am used to this.  A lot of times, she will do that thing where they bend all four paws under them and squat sit.  I don’t see how it is comfortable, but okay.

Today, she was meowing at me.  She wanted attention and left no doubt about it.  I leaned to the side and petted her, well, attempted to pet her.  Each time I would reach, she would move just out of the way, so I would miss her.  The only way to really touch her was to ignore the computer and really tip to the side before she could step out of the way.

Bad enough, you say?, well not done.  Then, as I would stop and go back to work, she would repeat the maneuver of meowing and walking to the chair to be petted.  Yes, then the last paragraph would repeat itself.

I put up with this about 3 times; then, I was done.  I reached out, grabbed her, and sat her on my stomach so I could hold her and pet her.  She would twist and squirm.  She would let me pet her, but only with one hand as the other had to hold her in place.  Every time I would loosen my grip she would try to jump off.  After a minute or two, I would release her.  She would immediately turn and jump to the floor.

About 3-5 minutes later, we would begin this entire process again.  I went through this entire repetition 3 full times before just plain ignoring her.  A lot of times when I ignore her, she will go to the chair, sit up on her back paws, and pat my shoulder and meow to get my attention.  She did not do this today, but if I got up, she tried to guess where I was going and get there first.

Current shot - her favorite place - next to the window.

Current shot – her favorite place – next to the window.

I don’t have a big problem with all of this other than nothing much gets accomplished and I still don’t know what she really wants.  She has problems.  Here is my main cat gripe list:

1)  The situation above.

2)  Goes in the same exact spot in the litter box all week.

3)  Does not cover her litter, but scratches the wall instead.

4)  Puts her paw in her water dish and splashes a lot of the water out.

5)  Likes to wind between my legs when I am walking.

6)  Insists on having tuna anytime I go to the kitchen sink (no, she doesn’t get it all the time).

7)  Walks in front of me and suddenly drops to a lying position without warning.

8)  Likes to eat and drink when I go to sit down in the bathroom.

9)  Can’t be in my bedroom because she likes to climb on my head when I am trying to sleep.

10)  Likes to hide behind my computer and in my bookshelves.

Do you have a pet?  How does he/she/it drive you crazy?

PS – As of the finishing of this article, she has come back in to start again!

Namaste,

Scott

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