It’s amazing how much a loss of reliable internet connection can hinder one’s blog posting! And not just in the ways you might think…
I had a brief look at Madison’s prompt photo for the Friday Fictioneers when she posted it on Wednesday, but saved writing my piece until Friday, by which time I was victim of a complete lack of internet. Once I was back online on Saturday, I typed it up, and began to edit. Unfortunately, when submitting the blog post, my connection died and I lost the edits. So, I re-wrote, and posted it – without the picture and without being able to post a proper link of her website.
Now it’s Monday and I’m somewhat concerned the same thing may happen with this post. So I’ll keep it short 😉
But the biggest problem is actually the fact-checking of the buzzard post. I realised as I wrote it that…
1) I don’t know for sure the picture is a buzzard (although I had a vague feeling Madison entitled the picture as such).
2) I think of buzzards as scavengers, but I described this one as a hunter. I don’t know if this is a factual error and without the internet (or a bird book) I couldn’t check.
3) I talk about the “tundra lands” and I don’t know if that’s a fair description of terrain where a buzzard would live.
4) This buzzard caters to the whims of chicks, but is male. Again, I don’t know if that’s realistic.
Ultimately, I left the post as it was without checking these facts, but it made me realise just how much I rely on my internet connection, and not just to put up my posts! In spite of its limitations, do take a look at the story if you haven’t yet. It’s at https://elmowrites.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/friday-fiction-the-buzzard/
I won’t be back with my best level internet until NEXT Tuesday, so if things are a bit ragged until then, please bear with me…