Prompters, Panic & Sharpened Pencils

7 Mar


I’ve watched through his eyes, I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you he’s the one.

I hope you don’t mind another prompt post.  I had  42 prompts sitting in my inbox, begging to be answered.


Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.

I don’t think you thought this through, dear prompter: the first line of this post bears no relation to the rest of the post; shouldn’t you have instructed me to carry on the story?  As it is, all I have is a confused reader and a line from Ender’s Game – being made into a movie at last, at last, at last! 


What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?

Front garden of the Big Breakfast house

Front garden of the Big Breakfast house (Photo credit: Ben Sutherland)

Meeting a pretend stripper and a pretend gangster on The Big Breakfast.


Now that you’ve got some blogging experience under your belt, re-write your very first post.

The original post:

[I didn’t know how to use the colour icon back then]

I’ve just had my teenage son sort me out with my own blog; now I have to hope
1. I can think of something interesting to write and
2. I can get some people to read it.

Mission Statement: to be amusing (mission: impossible)

Welcome, new reader;  I hope you enjoy this as much as I expect to.

Now for the official bit: you can’t reproduce anything on this site without my permission; it all belongs to me…nnnhhhaahhhaaahhaaaaa! (Wicked laughter, not a raspberry)

The re-written post:

I swear I’m funny; please like me.


Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

Mr Lever marked down my English essay because I used the word ‘amoral’, which he said did not exist.  I looked it up in the Oxford Dictionary.  It did and does exist.  I did not have the courage to prove my point.

I now have a compulsive obsession to make fun of WordPress prompters who make grammar and punctuation errors* and if they dare misspell a word…well, let’s just say it’s not pretty.

*Should that be ‘grammatical and punctuational errors’?  I’ve lost my Cassell Guide To Common Errors In English so I can’t check.


GrammarlyonFB (Photo credit: tengrrl)


You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

An angry WordPress prompter with a grammar handbook in one hand and a well-sharpened pencil in the other.  I suspect they suffer from dacnomania, brought on by pedantic bloggers and evil dentists.


Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?

  •  If it’s a bomb threat, I have no problem speaking quietly to the store manager and calling for an orderly evacuation.
  • If the building is on fire when I am seven months’ pregnant, I have no problem ensuring all students have been evacuated from the classrooms before evacuating myself.
  • Ahem.  I mean, I have no problem ensuring all students have been evacuated from the classrooms before I leave the building in an orderly if somewhat clumsy fashion.
  • If the door is locked and there’s an angry prompter with a sharpened pencil, I have no problem screaming as I scratch at the window in a  futile attempt to avoid being…well, let’s just say it’s not pretty.


I’m pleased to see you had no trouble spotting yesterday’s word, cunctation (procrastination; delay).  I hope my use of it didn’t put you off.




28 Responses to “Prompters, Panic & Sharpened Pencils”

  1. SchmidleysScribbling March 7, 2013 at 19:02 #

    It is a truth universally accepted that Tilly with a handful of pencils must be in want of a post.


  2. SchmidleysScribbling March 7, 2013 at 19:05 #

    I react to panicky situations with sang froid. All the other mothers loved me because I never passed out at the sign of blood.

    The professor who had the most effect on my life was a biostatistican. If he had not called me to his office after i hyper-ventilated in his classroom, I would have become a great author instead of a mediocre statistician. Dianne


  3. laurieanichols March 7, 2013 at 19:17 #

    I like dacnomania. I’ll have to look it up but it sounds horrible, like something from an evil dentist a la Marathon Man. I think that you have lived up to your mission statement and far more.:)


  4. laurieanichols March 7, 2013 at 19:19 #

    Found it, yes it is horrible, worse than an evil dentist, almost a cross of a werewolf and an evil dentist, got to keep those teeth sharpened and strong.


    • The Laughing Housewife March 8, 2013 at 10:21 #

      This might have been a very different post. It was my second choice word. I had ‘darkle’ in my notebook for months but, when I came to use it, I had to change it to ‘darkling’ and I realised I knew that word. I hadn’t made the connection.

      I had to Google ‘unusual words beginning with ‘D’ ‘ to come up with today’s word.


  5. Al March 7, 2013 at 20:16 #

    Yes, you are funny and yes, I do like you.


  6. Tom (Aquatom1968) March 7, 2013 at 21:45 #

    Tilly, I never mind a prompt post.


  7. vivinfrance March 7, 2013 at 21:55 #

    Nice dentists don’t bite They sometimes get bitten by evil patients. Please promise you won’t bite me to death when we meet next week.


  8. robincoyle March 7, 2013 at 22:37 #

    I think I’ll change my “About” page to read, “I swear I’m funny. Please like me.”


  9. Elaine - I used to be indecisive March 7, 2013 at 23:21 #

    Oooh, nearly missed today’s new word – sneakily introduced where I wasn’t expecting it. I admit I had to look the meanin up though.


  10. Maddie Cochere March 8, 2013 at 02:47 #

    “Mission Statement: to be amusing” … you have far surpassed amusing. There is laugh out loud funny stuff going on here. Thank you for causing me to google The Big Breakfast and succumb to several YouTube videos. 🙂


    • The Laughing Housewife March 8, 2013 at 10:25 #

      You’ve probably seen more of TBB than I have! I never watched it and got on it by accident 🙂


  11. jmgoyder March 8, 2013 at 05:25 #

    Too good to be true – haha!


  12. bluebee March 8, 2013 at 11:10 #

    “Should that be ‘grammatical and punctuational errors’?” Do you lie awake at night thinking about this stuff? (Mmmmm, hang on a minute…perhaps that should be, ‘Do you lie awake at night, thinking about this stuff?’)


  13. bevchen March 8, 2013 at 11:58 #

    I’m guessing today’s word is dacnomania… which I’ve just had to look up.

    The first prompt is mean… how can I pick just ONE favourite book?!


  14. mairedubhtx March 8, 2013 at 14:17 #

    I missed yesterday’s word but I caught dacomania. I have no idea what it is and neither does spell-check.


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