What does this post mean?

While browsing back through an old post, I discovered a reference (by me) to the “Island of Lost Toys”.

Now, you might be scratching your head, because it’s kind of a misquote, really. A sub-conscious combination of referents?

Somehow were combined, in the dark recesses of my memories, “Pleasure Island” (from Pinnochio) and “The Island of Misfit Toys” (from the Rankin-Bass claymation classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer).

Pleasure Island was a dark place, where ill-behaved boys are turned into donkeys.

The Island of Misfit Toys is more tragi-comic, where forgotten and unloved misfit toys live.

My brain also wants to mix in some Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang too.

Probably because of the Disney version of Pinnochio—which has a similar ‘sinister corrupter’ character. Is there some Fagin mixed in there, too?

Maybe it’s my subconscious cooking up a future Villain, I’m not really sure.

A while ago I started to do a lost-toys story. But after the first couple of paragraphs, I realized I was just rehashing Rankin-Bass, so I back-burnered it for a while.

I’ve always liked the Child Catcher. I’m on his side. I am sympathetic to his cause. Do I want to see “bad” children “get what they deserve”?

Probably means you shouldn’t ever ask me to babysit…heh.

RecDave Seal


A reprieve

And a last-minute phone call from the Governor reprieves the felon at the last moment. How dramatic is that?

(If you’re confused, see previous post. Jan 6 appeared on DP after all!)

So, on to today’s topic:


Welcome back everyone! It’s good to see you all again.

I’m Dave, and I write here quite often. You may know me from my long list of brilliant novels that have won Pulitzers, made me wealthy, and spawned movie deals by the score. Wait—that’s Stephen King.

I’m Dave, and I write here quite often. As you can tell from the general randomness thus far, I often write before being fully awake and caffeinated. And I set out upon the stormy seas of blog post creation in a leaky boat without satnav, sometimes in the near vicinity of rocky reefs. I hope you remembered your life jackets.

Today’s Daily Prompt is a high-concept piece, “Just write the post you want to be remembered by”. No pressure. Easysauce, right?

How is that going so far?

(Wah wah wah sound effect here)

I’m not much for high-concept pieces, as you can tell. I crack bad jokes. Obfuscate. Evade. Distract.

Did that work?

Because I’m not quite sure how to go about simulating the Most Entertaining Person writing his Most Memorable Post ever.

So the prompt today tells me that I’m an Internet Sensation! Go me!

How did I do that again? :head scratch: Aw, who am I kidding? None of the men made it past that video anyway.

Still watching it, aren’t you? Perverts.

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Your blog just became a viral sensation. What’s the one post you’d like new readers to see and remember you by? Write that post.

Viral. As in: cough, choke, wheeze.

So… (a needle pulling thread)

I honestly have no idea what’s going on with the folks over at DP.

But their performance level on our beloved Daily Prompts has been really shoddy, since just before the new year.

Missing prompt days…Jan 3, Jan 6 (so far). Following the fun with the non-functioning pingbacks… And according to Madame Angloswiss, the prompts they aren’t missing are “repeats” anyway.

Not meaning to sound ungrateful; they’ve provided an awful lot of good post fodder. But maybe they’ve moved on? Maybe they’re concentrating on other projects? Perhaps it’s a “set up this software to run on automatic” fault, and it isn’t running properly? Whole staff (even the remote crew) is still not back from vacations?

There’s something going on. If anyone has any light to shed, feel free.

But I’ve got other posts and topics to spend my morning coffee on, I suppose. It just seems a shame, to let a little ‘community’ they had started wither away to attrition.

I’ll keep an eye on DP and  hope for the best, of course. But now I feel sad. Odd how you can forge a little daily coffee habit from someone else’s site. Co-dependence, it’s bad bad bad anyway, right? Heh.

RecDave Seal