Writing Challenges

A Cheesy Beginning

It was a dark and stormy night.

No really.

It truly was. In fact, when I left the office at 11pm, the wind was blowing so fierce and cold, I just knew that I was meant to start off WWFC’s 28 day writing challenge with one of the cheesier opening lines ever pecked into an Underwood.

So I made my way home, thinking about, maybe for the first time, this writing challenge. But I didn’t make it home. I ended up at the bar with my smartphone, a pint of Alexander Keithโ€™s and a WiFi connection. And I started writing down ideas for this cheesy topic. The bar was playing a mix of 90’s rock and rap and when the Chili Peppers version of higher ground comes on, I fully enjoy it, especially that killer bass line.

Then it’s Duran Duran at full volume and I’m transported to the 80’s, pop music’s cheesiest (as far as I’m concerned) era, and I thank the Gods of Cheese because this is how I get to write my way out of this cheesy prompt.

For the next 27 days though, I think I’m screwed.

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  • You’re late. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And yeah, you’re screwed.

  • I think you should use that opening line for all 27 posts.

    No no, you don’t have to thank me for the idea, it’s my pleasure.

  • You should totally do this for every prompt. Well, the “I ended up at the bar with a pint of (insert whatever beer here) and a Wi-Fi connection.”

  • Barb

    I love stories that begin with “It was a dark and stormy night.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We’re ALL screwed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That’s the best use of “It was a dark and stormy night.” that I’ve ever seen. Only 27 more pints of Alexander Keithโ€™s to go…

  • Wow, getting screwed 27 days in a row? You lucky man, you!

  • Hey Mike! Wait, what? MIKE posted this?! But it was Nicky that suckered us all! Man, the nerve of the woman. And I’m out of ideas. Just give me 24 hours to come up with the next story; if you thought it was a mess today, you just wait ’til tomorrow. And hell yes to Duran Duran – “Cheese cheese tell me now!…” Indigo (nope, no kisses for you)

  • MikeWJ

    I dunno about the 80s being the cheesiest era for music, CheesyMike. Remember Billy, Don’t Be a Hero, Muskrat Love, Afternoon Delight, My Ding-a-Ling and Having My Baby?


  • Definitely some cheesy music came out of the 80’s. I have every confidence that you will find 27 days of clever inspiration for this challenge. If not…there’s always posts about cats.

  • Sheila LOVED Duran Duran. I didn’t know they were cheesy, Hon. Now you tell me.

  • Way to vamp, my friend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nice save! You really captured a bar mood. Sounds like the perfect place to write a post, not necessarily because of the booze. But it couldn’t hurt.

  • I dont know, the 70’s were pretty cheesy too as far as pop music goes…

  • Two of the chili peppers were in a mall I was at in Greenville NC. The lead got his hair done because it was so knotted he could not comb or brush it. Fun cheesy fact for the day!

  • What late? What happened to “no rules?”

    Don’t I know it.

  • I might just do it. That coupled with P.J.’s suggestion of using “I ended up at the bar..” for every prompt will make me a legend.

  • You know, I’m very tempted. The whole idea of doing the bare minimum in this challenge is very seductive right now with 27 days ahead.

  • Aren’t we? There’s no way out!

  • I don’t like to brag, but hey, I can only be me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks, Linda. If I’m smart, I’ll spread those out over the course of the month.

  • Yep. That’s the thing about WWFC challenges: we BOTH post. It’s twice the fun!

  • Oh they were cheesy alright, but then again, I was a metal head in those days so everything that I didn’t listen to was cheesy. The sad thing is is that many of the bands I listened to at the time are now considered cheesy as well ๐Ÿ™

  • I suspect it won’t be the last one this month either.

  • Yep. Cats are the old reliable standby ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I think you’re right, Mike. If there was a way to put 70’s and 80’s cheese music in a cage and let them fight it out, I wonder who would win? Remember there was a lot of toxic hairspray in the 80’s which may give 80’s cheese the upper hand. Then again, there was all that flammable 70’s polyester…

    This requires more thought.

  • What, recently? Pics? Autographs?

  • Yep, and now that you and Mike WJ have brought that up I’m going to be up all night trying to figure out which era truly had the cheesiest music.

  • Thanks, Lauren. I may need to head back for more inspiration.

  • MalisaHargrove

    Anyone who starts and ends in a bar is a friend of mine. Cheers!

  • I think you should just truly get sauced each night, and blog from the bar. After getting sauced. With a bowl of poutine. Beer and poutine. And cats. Don’t forget the cats. Beer, poutine and cats. Man. Would life get any better? Especially if you are sauced? Talk about this making sense!

  • Azara

    Definitely the cheesiest decade for pop music…actually for everything! If you’re going to be a mess, you might as well be a hot mess. Not so much in the 80s.

  • KZ

    If you keep running to the bar to take refuge from these prompts, then you might end up with an alcohol problem to supplement your cheese obsession. Pace yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Evil. Both of you.

  • I think you should post all of your blogs, from your smartphone while at the bar!

  • Lame Adventures

    Tried to comment here, but it seemed to enter the ether when I signed up with Disqus. I noticed that Alexander Keith’s is Canadian suds — your local brew? I like Brooklyn down here when I pound local. I only have a dumbphone, so I’m still stuck in the 20th century. Boo hoo.

  • Alexander Keith’s is local to Halifax, I think, but it flows freely here in Montreal. You should get a smartphone. You can blog from anywhere and give up the last of your privacy. It’s awesome!

  • Lame Adventures

    I can’t afford a smartphone. I like to go to the theater so I can only afford one or the other. If I ever see Alexander Keith’s down here, I’ll check it out!

  • Well that’s a sane and healthy compromise, although it’s not like we’re experts on sanity or anything. Thanks for visiting!

  • Lame Adventures

    You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by my site … I’m severely lactose intolerant so I’d sooner stage dive into a pit of asbestos before I ever go near cow’s milk again. I have no problem digesting goat or sheep’s milk cheeses — just thought I’d toss that out there. I particularly like one from Spain called Drunken Goat.


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