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About trentpmcd

Trent P. McDonald Musician, composer, author, photographer, general creative.

The News… or Not? (Rant ;) )

A few months ago, I started to do a series that was a little more political.  At the time, I put out a proposed agenda of other topics I would take on.  Well, it obviously didn’t happen.

My first big topic was supposed to be “media”, ie, “The News”.  Wow, the more I dug, the deeper down the rabbit hole I got!  And I did not dig far enough for my liking.  Sigh.  Oh well, I will do just a quick overview, but no footnotes or anything that I had originally planned.  And no stories showing how far out a lot of “news” really is! This will be a very small, light, scratching of the surface.

As I talk to people, read things and watch “The News”, I have some interesting observations.  OK, none of this is original and many have talked about it before, but seeing it first hand and hearing someone tell me, well, it is two different things.

Right now, in the US, people live in completely, diametrically opposite worlds.  These worlds are created by the news people pay attention to, or the news that the people they talk to watch/listen to/read.

First, I have several news sources that I rely on.  I will not take the word of just one.  These sources do fact check and actually fire people for not following the proper fact-checking procedures.  Contrary to what some may say, this does not “prove they are misleading us”, quite the contrary, it proves that they take getting it right serious.

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On the Set


“We’re going to need a pinker boat.”

“Cut! ‘Bigger’, ‘a bigger boat’; ‘bigger’! OK, back to your places. Let’s try this again.”

Jennifer didn’t move. “What’s up with the pink boat anyway?  The Orca looks more like the Dorka.”

“It fits the rewrite.”

“And the new ending?  I mean, come on, ‘Bruce’ is the monster.”

“The original was idiotic. Who would ever believe it?  I didn’t.”

“As long as we are talking rewrites,” Kim said, “I want more swearing, damn it.  Quint is a nasty woman…”

Cheryl shook her head. “Why did I ever take on this all-female version of Jaws?”


I did not watch the all female version of Ghost Busters…. As a FYI – ‘Bruce’ was the name they gave to the mechanical shark while filming Jaws.


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © C.E.Ayr. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

The Weekly Smile for the 12th of October, 2020

I had a pretty good week last week. There were a few bad things, like my parents were supposed to visit me but were not able (it has been well over a year…), but over all it was good.

I drove down to Cape Cod on Wednesday evening. I took an hour off of work on Thursday and took the entire day off on Friday. I was able to take long walks on a couple beaches, walks in the woods, a long paddle on the kayak, etc. Over all it was a very nice very long weekend. Very relaxing.

Yeah, I know, I’ve used “time on Cape Cod” as a smile quite a few times, but it is a great smile :)

So, yes, my smile for this week is a long weekend on Cape Cod.

What made you smile?


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

That’s a sunrise :)

The Weekly Smile Recap – 19/5 – 10/11/2020

Hi all! We had some great smiles last week! Do you need something to smile about? Click on one of the links below. Or click two, they’re small ;) Or three. Or all of them!

Trent’s World
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Natalie the Explorer
Nut House Central
Natasha Musing
A Day in the Life

A few less than some weeks, but they are all great!

I will post this week’s smile in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on 10-10-2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. It is relatively warm out, though super windy. Back here, behind the house, next to the barn, is protected and not too bad. Where are we? Some may recognize that Edward Gorey mug as being from Cape Cod.

I drove down here to “The Cape” on Wednesday evening. I had to work Thursday, but that got me up in time to walk to one of the landings and watch the sun rise.

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Fibbing Friday (October 9)

I have never done the Fibbing Friday before, but as I read the questions on Di’s blog, Pensitivity 101, the answers sprung to mind and I had to play along!

The idea is to give false answers, even if you know the truth. You can be subtle or outrageous or whatever. If you really don’t know and guess it right? Oh well, nobody will every know ;)

So here goes:

1 What tax did Henry VIII introduce in 1535? – A Head Tax – you pay it, or he takes it… your head, that is.

2 Who entered a contest for his own lookalike, and came third? – Elvis.  Now, I’ve seen some Elvis impersonators that look more like Elvis than Elvis ever did, so it is a natural.

3 What sort of creature is a mountain chicken? – Not so much “creature” but a “part”.  Have you ever heard of “mountain oysters”?  Yeah.  Everything that is disgusting “tastes like chicken”, so, uhm, given those two hints, go ahead and guess…

4 In which city is the UK’s Dyslexia Research Trust based? – Nodnol

5 What is Scooby Doo’s full name? Scooby Delano Doo, the Third.

6 What is a zeedonk? !!!!! Are you kidding!  This is a family blog!  (See “Mountain Chicken” above!)

7 Coprastastaphobia is the fear of what? (and no, I can’t pronounce it) – The fear of having a police officer sing “O Sole Mio” while stuffing you in a very confined space.

8 What is an orange pippin? – So, Willy Wanka visited Middle Earth and bad things happened.  The Hobbits?  No Oompa Lumpas.  So there is an orange Frodo, and orange Sam, an orange Merry and an orange Pippin.

9 What is a Royal Flush? – I’m going to keep my poker face and play my cards close to my chest, and… well, if the moat water gets stale, you need to divert the river in and push that nasty water out, replacing it with fresh.

10 Who is currently 15th in line to the British Throne? – Ringo Starr

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Final Word on Pushup Challenge (I Promise)

OK, I mentioned the pushup challenge on several posts, including using that it is finally over as my Weekly Smile, but I really haven’t talked about it. What was it, how did I get into it, what were my experiences and what are my final thoughts? Well, if you were curious…

About a month ago my brother tagged me on FaceBook for the challenge. It was to do 25 pushups every day for 25 days, video it, and post on FaceBook with a little blurb about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I was also supposed to tag someone every day, but, just NO.

I’m in pretty good shape. I have been very consistent in my exercise routine through 2020, including a full body weight training that I do at least twice a week. I almost never do pushups, but it should not have been hard, right?

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The Best On-Water Dining!

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

“I finally got us a table at Poseidon’s Paradise!  We’re booked for 4:15.”

“Whoo-hoo, the most talked about restaurant on the coast!  Uhm, isn’t that an odd time for dinner?”

“Their hours of operation change from day to day and that is the latest opening I could get before they shut for the evening. As it is, we’ll have to be out of there by 5.”

“Why are the closing so early on a Friday?”

“You know how they say it is the closest to the ocean experience anywhere?”


“The dining room is underwater four hours per tide cycle.”


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Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Sandra Crook. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

Last Day for Free Embers!

Today is the last day you can pick up a free Kindle version my my book of short stories, Embers! Get a copy today while it is free! (And leave a review ;) ).

Embers is my second book of short stories.  There are two novellas, plus two more stories that are almost novella length.  Even though there are a few very short stories, the average length of story is more than double those in Seasons of Imagination.


Meeting at that corner of time where day and night become one, where dreams and reality mix, let’s stir the coals of that fire called ‘imagination’ to discover an eclectic mix of short stories.  Each story is a bit of frozen flame, an ember, that can flare up in your mind.

These embers form a collection of “tales that cover a wide range of genres, moods, and characters, from heartbreaking and heartwarming trials of love and family to thought-provoking journeys into the future. Most importantly, the stories are peopled with richly-drawn characters gifted with unique voices, emotional depth, and the power to capture the imagination. They’re stories that will stick.” – Author D. Wallace Peach

So whether you only have time to warm yourself with a very short work of flash, or you want to get cozy and lost in a novella, there is a story, an ember, in here for you.


Some posts about Embers:

Cover Reveal – Embers
Embers – The Blurb
More on Embers – Short Stories
Embers – Kindle Preorder
The Foreword
The Release!


You can get Embers – Short Stories here:



If you live somewhere else, you can try searching on your local Amazon.