Whatnot Wednesday: Publick Occurrences of the Thud Kind

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It is time for another exciting episode of Whatnot Wednesday.

And by “exciting” I mean that it won’t actually cause you to lapse into a coma.  At least, I hope not.  I just finished paying off the last lawsuit from when someone slipped into a coma after reading one of my posts.

But today I’m not here to talk about comas or their use as an important literary device (i.e. handy for keeping important characters who are not needed at the moment in cold storage until they are needed later).

No, I am here to tell you that this is a very historic date and one that will reverberate with all of us here.

It was on this day in 1690, a mere 329 years ago (as the crow flies), that Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, published what would be both its first and its last edition.

Obviously, correct spelling was not high on their agenda.  (Much like today’s modern blogger.)

The writers of POBF&D posted their first post and then spent an agonizing 12 hours wringing their hands and wondering if anyone would read it.

When they did not receive even a single like (and certainly no followers), they gave up the enterprise as a complete waste of everyone’s time and shut down their fledgling B.L.O.G. (Balderdash, Libels, Outrages, and Generalities).

So here we are, 329 years later, repeating the mistakes of our forefathers (and foremothers).

But this time it will be different.

I just know it will!

(By the way, when one wrings their hands, is it left-hand-on-top?  Or right-hand-on-top?)



How To Play Whatnot Wednesday

  1. Write a blog post entitled “Whatnot Wednesday” (it can be about anything)
  2. Add these guidelines to the bottom of your post
  3. Add a link to this post in your post
  4. Add the tag #WhatnotWednesday to your post
  5. Post your post
  6. In the comments below in my post, leave a link to your Whatnot Wednesday blog post
  7. See how many bullet points you an end with the word “post”
  8. Most of all …. HAVE FUN!





  1. Okay! I’m signing up for Whatnot Wednesday. Nothing inspires me more than a wide open writing prompt that’s ambiguous and vague and that presupposes an outcome that will mean nothing to it’s recipients. Now that’s my kind of writing! Thank god I still have two working synapses. I can use one to write the story and the other to figure out the instructions. Wish me luck Biff . . .

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    • Woo hoo! Thank you, Linda! I’m so glad you’ve decided to play along.

      And don’t worry about following the rules to the letter. Like the writing prompt itself, they are mean to be somewhat vague and open-ended. (Kind of like me.)

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  2. Reading your post has brought to mind an awful book I read a few years back. (Please don’t take that personally.) Actually it’s the mention of slipping into a coma that flipped my recall switch.

    Anyway, the victim’s wife, in a fury because of his womanizing, shoots him in, er, the offending part. This happens in the back of a bar—while a party is in progress out front. The shooting takes place in the walk-in freezer actually.

    She leaves him to his fate and runs into a storage room, but our heroine discovers him bleeding there and hears whodunit.

    Off she goes to confront the wife, but of course has to be rescued by our handsome cop hero.

    Backup arrives, the heroine is rescued, the wife arrested, and the h+h go back into the restaurant. The writer leaves the poor man to chill. I don’t think he’s recovered in the next book, either.

    Anyway, I enjoyed your post. 😉

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    • I did not take it personally. I have often been told that my writing makes people recall the worst books they ever read. I take it as sort of a compliment, for I suffer from extreme sublimation with a side order of incognizance.

      At any rate, the book you describe sounds quite abysmal! I’m very glad I was able to remind you of it, so that you could relive the pleasure of reading it again. 😀

      I plan to lift that plot whole cloth and use it in an upcoming micro-fiction I am thinking about writing called, “Life, Love, and Freezer Burn”.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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