Spring Inspiration and the IWSG

Welcome to May!

Not coincidentally, this month’s IWSG prompt is about Spring.

The IWSG asks: Does Spring inspire you to write more than other seasons?

My answer is no. 

I’m a writer. It’s my job. And not a seasonal job. Hey, if I waited for inspiration to strike, I wouldn’t jot so much as a store note. Imagine calling the plumber and they say, “Sorry about your rusty pipes, but I’m not feeling the muse.”

Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. I show up. Writing happens.

That’s not to say that Spring isn’t a special time of year. I live in the northeastern US. In these parts, we claw out of Winter like Uma escaping the grave.

Uma Thurman in Kill Bill
Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.

My writing habit won’t change with the arrival of Spring, but–but–I will generate more. More energy.

You see, the Grehans are friendly with the sun.

That’s right, we’re solar.

In the spirit of the IWSG prompt, my solar panels have found their muse and, man, they are churning out the juice. In Springtime, the sun climbs higher and the days begin to stretch. These are happy times for those of us who dwell beneath the bright blue tiles.

In my part of the US, solar is still rare, though I’m lately seeing more shiny roofs. Because I’m often asked about my experience with solar power, I’ll use the IWSG prompt to launch a solar report feature.

Solar Fool! The Fool avatar and The Dog stroll on top of solar panels. I created this photoshop mashup for the May 2018 IWSG post. Fool components are by artist Xochicalco on canstockphoto, csp6440045
Fool on the Roof

Our panels were installed in 2016 to take advantage of a federal tax incentive, called the Investment Tax Credit, that was due to expire at the end of that year.* The ITC allowed taxpayers to deduct thirty-percent of their installation costs, with no cap. That was a decent incentive.

Beginning today and until I lose interest, I’ll post sporadic regular updates about our energy production.  To make sense of the stats, it might help to know that The Grehans enjoy living small. We occupy a meager 1200 sq ft. We own one television, no cable, dish or fios, so most of the time the TV is dark. On the other hand, we’re tech heads so computers abound, as well as other smart toys. Even though we love gadgets we’re not big consumers of anything (save whiskey) and our solar is sized accordingly.

In other words, your results may vary.

Solar generation, 2018 April

I’m saving trees, baby! Except for the ten I chopped down cause they gave too much shade — just kidding! Am I?

Thank you to May’s IWSG co-hosts:

E.M.A. Timar,  J. Q. Rose

C.Lee McKenzie,  Raimey Gallant!

Click here to enter your link in the IWSG Blog Hop and to view a list of participating bloggers.

*According to Solar Power Rocks, the ITC was extended in some fashion. Do more research if this is something you’re interested in, because I gave it only a cursory search.


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A-to-Z Challenge: Z is for Puzzle

Writing bliss. And writing risks. The Fool has it covered. The flowered Z is by artist tr3gi on canstock. CV Grehan here. 

My X and Y posts are still simmering on the stove. I put them aside to focus on the Challenge’s Grand Finale Day.

Z-Day!

Entering this month, I had planned to write more and doodle less but, five days into the challenge, a bolt shot out of the sky. Despite the plot twist, I did accomplish my primary goal for this challenge: I met many talented, generous and inspiring writers. Thank you for your hard work.

I finish the month with a doodle. A summary of my A-to-Z posts in the form of a game. I call it a ‘puzzle’ but it’s not tricky. The background image is fitting for the April I’m leaving behind, and for May which feels so hopeful.

Crossword puzzle doodle based on April posts. Writing humor. Background image is by firewings on canstock.

I’ve used The Fool image, in various forms, many times during the challenge. Once again, credit goes to artist Xochicalco. You can license the image at canstockphoto#csp6440045.

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For the solution to the puzzle, scroll down …

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You’re not really doing the puzzle, are you?

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I can’t believe you’re still scrolling.

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Time Better Spent

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The solution:

Across:

2) Power, 5) Blogroll, 6) Scifi, 7) Writerdearest, 9) Spellchecking, 11) Fantasy, 13) RIP, 19) ImPagination, 20) DaBait, 21) Sock, 22) Bio.

Down:

1) Memoir, 3) Horror, 4) WomensFiction, 6) Suspense, 8) Interrobang, 10) Mashups, 12) Typos, 14) FengShui, 15) Western, 16) Epigraph, 17) Dogged, 18) Haiku.

Thanks for playing! To show my appreciation, I will write the names of all players on the wings of captive mayflies and release them into the wild. Granted, mayflies don’t live more than 24-hours, but this will require a considerable amount of work on my part.

Happy Spring!

 

A-to-Z Challenge: V is for Visit

I am humbled by the talent, skill and plain hard work brought to this month’s challenge. Sure, I had a lousy April but life happens, and I didn’t prep. I appreciate your dropping by to check on my post, but now look to the column on the left.

<– Look to my A-to-Z blogroll.

Graze in lush green fields!

You will not be disappointed.

 

Copyright © CV Grehan

A-to-Z Challenge: T is for Traveling Haiku

Day 20 of the A-to-Z finds the Fool on a trek to an exotic locale.

To celebrate the journey — and all journeys, really — I’ve composed a haiku:

May the skies be friend-

-ly, and the flight attendants

swift with potent drinks.

See you Tuesday, Blog Follower(s)…

Haiku Humor. Writing Humor. Travelling humor. Traveling Fool on Air Interrobang in a photoshop mashup. How do you like my haiku? Deconstructed Fool from canstock image csp440045 by artist Xochicalco. Plane illustration is csp3483460 by artist realrocking. Rainbow background is csp4542256 by artist basel101658.
Oklahoma, here we come!

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A-to-Z Challenge: O is for TypO

CV Grehan gettin’ minimal here.

I’m present, with pencils, just like high school–back when school buses were powered by oxen.

(Time permitting, here’s where I’d insert a team of oxen with a photoshopped bus number on their flanks, and a stop sign that flips out. What a chuckle we’d all have.)

Minimal.

Mock memoir title.Writing, editing humor. Text and dog art by CV Grehan. Blank yellow pencils by canstock photographer Leaf, csp0009019.

 

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