The Lonesome Pine

Bloganuary Day 30: OFFS! Describe yourself as a tree. What the hell is this? Have I stumbled into a Stanislavski drama workshop? Or maybe a primary school class where the supply teacher has no idea how to keep the little buggers darlings occupied until the bell goes? Oh alright then. if I was a tree:…

An acceptable counterparty

Bloganuary Day 29: roll on next Tuesday… How are you changing the world? Well I’m not, am I? The thing is, I have no aspirations to change the world. Heaven forbid that I should ever consider myself to be some kind of ‘influencer’. For a start, I don’t even have an Instagram account, TikTok is…

Lost in music

Bloganuary Day 27: The end is nigh Where do you go when you need solitude? We live in a decent-sized house with a fair bit of land attached, so I wouldn’t need to go far to find physical solitude if I really wanted to. It must be said that this has been quite a boon…

Give me strength

Bloganuary Day 25: thankfully entering the final week. Write about what makes you feel strong. Maybe I just have a suspicious mind [no, really? – Ed.], but to me this sounds very much like another sneaky attempt by WordPress to elicit something cloyingly inspirational. Well it didn’t work last time and it’s not going to…

Dream on

Bloganuary Day 24: Weird Write about a dream you remember. “Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives” Like most people, I remember very few of my dreams, not even fleetingly upon waking. This is probably just as well. I have had a few…

‘Frankly, my dear…’

Bloganuary Day 19: Warning – today I am wearing my ‘grumpy old man’ head. Write about something mysterious. I’m grateful to today’s instalment of Bloganuary for providing this opportunity to have a rant, thereby further cementing my carefully cultivated image of general misanthropy. Most thing are at least something of a mystery to me, so…

Logged and loaded

Bloganuary Day 14: a fresh challenge Write about a challenge you faced and overcame. Nice try, WordPress, nice try. Today’s prompt looks to me like a blatant attempt to get bloggers to big themselves up and boast about some achievement or other. Not happening here: this is a self-aggrandisement free zone. I know for sure…

A man can dream

Bloganuary Day 13: Entering the realms of fantasy… What does your ideal day look like? I’ve had longer than usual to think about today’s prompt. Normally, I first see it in my inbox when I wake up at the usual time, but today I found myself awake in the small hours, so took an early…

Smiley Face Hugs

Bloganuary Day 12: Down with the kids… What emoji(s) do you like to use? Back in the mid-sixties, I seem to recall a British High Court judge interrupting a speech by counsel to enquire ‘Who are The Beatles?‘ Unsurprisingly, this attracted a wave of derisive comments about old fuddy-duddies being out of touch with modern…

Where no man has gone before

Bloganuary Day 11: Ask a silly question… What does it mean to live boldly? Today’s prompt strikes me as an exceptionally silly question. With another 20 days of Bloganuary to get through after today, I hope this isn’t the start of a downward spiral into increasingly odd prompts. Anyway, if in doubt, start by going…