Wordle 310: The Answer Was Askew

Wordle 310 had the solution of Askew. Really, the entire Wordle was Askew. Was it my waking later than usual and that I wasn’t fully awake? Maybe. I sure couldn’t come up with many words to begin with. 

Of course, Adieu, happened quick. It’s basically a reflex at this point. Aches however took me a little while. Though I did think it was a fairly solid choice given the fact that Adieu had given me a green A and E. Aches was a decent choice, adding a yellow S. 

Aspen was next and it turned that S green, but did nothing else. Now, I was thinking that was a double letter in there somewhere. Heck, I even thought there could be a triple S usage in Asses. However, I reviewed my previous choices and found that wasn’t possible. 

I went with Asset instead and got nothing for it. Well, nothing that wasn’t in grayscale. Finally, I chose Askew. Those pesky V and W are most certainly back.

Wordle 309: Inert Was The Answer

Wordle 309! I needed you to happen. It’s been a good long while since I felt like quite properly solved a Wordle. This one was quick and done in three, just like old times. 

Adieu started me off with a I and E both in yellow. Which was a fairly decent way to start. 

Tiers is a new addition that I’m going to continue to use in the future. It’s a great way to sort through the heavy hitters of consonants while dealing with E and I. In this case, the E went green and the T and R went yellow. 

After a minute or so of tryping, it became apparent that the word didn’t being with T or end with I. I also recalled a brief moment I’d had earlier where I thought the word could be Intern. Which it can’t due to length. Intern was my initial third guess word. Shortly after, I realized it was Inert. 

Wordle 308: Olive Was The Answer

Wordle 308’s answer was Olive and it was the second time this week that the Wordle began with an O. In order to figure that though I had to burn through a lot of useless guesses.

Adieu wasn’t useless and though I’m a little bored with it, I’m not changing Adieu anytime soon. Next was Swine. I figured a W or V had to be lurking. I was right and wrong at the same time.

Chime seemed like the next obvie choice. It wasn’t. Tripe didn’t seem on brand, but was there to fish out some letters. It did it’s job by letting me know those letters were out.

Two guesses left and stuff was getting real. I was also running out of letters. That’s when I changed tactics. Starting words with E didn’t work, but it did get me to think about O followed be realizing the V was still available.

Wordle 307: The Answer Was Plant

Wordle 307 was a much need break in nearly Wordle X’ing. It was nice not feeling my heart rate quicken as I role into my fifth guess with far more possible choices than two.

Adieu and Roast got me to the point of having A and T in the hue of green. With a lot of letters out of the running, I figured Chant would be a good choice. 

I also thought Chant may have already been an answer. If I only would have checked my chronicling I would have confirmed that feeling was correct and more of a fact than intuition. If I have that feeling again, I will be sure to refer to previous posts. 

Which would have made me choose Plant one guess sooner. Oh well.

Wordle 306: Oxide, Oxide, Oxide

Wordle 306’s answer was Oxide and, oh my goodness, did it take me awhile to figure it out. Once again, to whoever is choosing the words over at The Times, kudos.

Adieu I know I said I was getting a little bored, but I can’t stop using you. Not until you’re a solution to a Wordle. Also, Adieu was super helpful today. A green I with a D and E in yellow. 

I was off to a great start. I figure this was going to the a three or four guesser. Oh was I wrong! Pride, Glide, Chide, and Snide all flew from my fingertips in a matter of seconds. Each word was a point on the emotional hill I was journeying down. At first, I had Pride at my second choice, figured I’d Glide in for a three guesser, then I felt the puzzle Chide me, only to realize how Snide this Wordle was. 

Yet none of them were correct! I switched up tactics, trying to start the word with a D or an E. It wasn’t until tryping the non-word Exide that I realized that I was wrong about the O. 


Wordle 305: The Answer Was Cargo

Wordle 305 was quite the Wordle, even though I felt a little disinterested. Just a bit tired, that’s all. It’s not your fault Wordle. It’s not your fault. 

Maybe I’m getting bored of using Adieu as my starting word. Yet, it’s so useful. In this case it gave me a yellow A and nothing more. 

Which was a pretty good indicator that there had to be an O. So, I went with Roast. Which added that O and an R. Both in yellow. Croak kept those letters yellow and added a green C. 

It was Carol that finally turned A and R green. It also let me know that the O was at the end. Since Carbo probably isn’t respected by Wordle, I went with Cargo. I was right.

Wordle 304: Foyer Was The Answer: The Foyer of Phew

Wordle 304 dang near made me think I was going to Wordle X again. Which would have been just four Wordles from the previous time. Luckily, I got on the the wrong scent, that was short lived and covered a bunch of letters. In the end it could have been Mower or Foyer. Turns out Y is back on the menu. It also helps to assume that Mower just isn’t on brand for The Times. 

Adieu gave me a green E. Which was a decent way to start. I felt strongly that an O had to be in the puzzle somewhere. For some reason, once Otter was in my head, I couldn’t think of another word. I even let it sit for five minutes. Before hitting enter. I really just wanted to Otter to be the answer. At least it gave me a yellow O and a green R.

The fact that I couldn’t think of a better word than Otter was strange, as the rest of the puzzle went quick. Poser was entered before I could even fully grasp. The O went green, but that was all. Loner was my fourth guess and didn’t do anything for me except use a guess. Cover was next, giving into my paranoia around the letter V. Two consecutive guesses and not uncovered. It’s difficult to discover letters when there are only two spots available. 

I was on my sixth guess. How could I have gotten another Wordle X so soon? At least I didn’t have time to get my streak high before failing. There really weren’t many choices left. When Foyer was conjured, I knew it just had to be the Wordle. It’s so on brand.

Wordle 303: Flair Was The Answer

Wordle 303 was an emotional roller coaster. That was really short as it had one climb and one drop. 

I started strong with Adieu, getting yellow A and I. Next, I tried Stair and turned the yellow letters green while also getting a green R. 

Chair was the obvious first choice. I was sure I’d won. In only matter of seconds too. I was wrong. 

Then, I tried Glair. Which is a book binder made from egg white. At least I learned something new and got a green L.

Barely a beat had passed before I entered Flair. It was the only logical choice left. Admittedly far more logical than Glair was. In hindsight, Flair was the more obvious choice.

Wordle 302: Ample Was The Answer And The Answer Was Ample

Wordle 302’s answer was Ample.  I got it in four, should have been able to get it in three. Instead I went with the Apple first. Believing that there has to be some sort of letter trickery happening. Double letters or lesser used letters like W, Y, and V, have all made appearances recently. For me, I need to realize that these are usually the exception to the rule. Whomever’s plotting the word choices over at The Times has done fantastic job of turning me against myself.

I had a green A and a yellow E after Adieu. I went with Alert which added a yellow L. At this point, I’d figured that the E most likely had to be down on the end. 

For tryping I tried Aqqle. Which in a way looked like Apple. Maybe I should have looked around a bit more before hitting enter. I didn’t. At least Everything else went green except the first P. After that, I was certain the answer had to be Ample. It was the only answer the made sense. 

And it was.

Wordle 301: Cheek Was The Answer

For Wordle 301, I picked myself up and dusted off the Wordle X’ing that was Wordle 300. Which was much easier to do than last time. I guess Wordle X’s get easier the more they happen. That perfect 100% win stat, mangled beyond repair. Now, it’s at 98%. I’ve read that some people stop playing after an X. 

I got a green E right off the hop from Adieu. Which seemed like a win, but for some reason that placement of that E wasn’t working for me. I conjured up Beret for my next guess. Which worked pretty well. At least it let me know there was another E. Though it was in yellow.

Next, was a boneheaded move that was Queen. It’s been awhile since I made the mistake of re-using a gray letter. Still smarted though. However, both of the E’s were now green. 

H made a lot of since at this point. I gave Sheep a shot. Lo and behold the H went green. This was strange Wordle. Lots of green and gray. Only one yellow letter. 

I had to remind myself that Cheem probably wouldn’t be recognized by Wordle. Now, I kind of regret not hitting enter. I really wanted a win though. Needed it after yesterday’s X. I didn’t want to lose again and definitely wanted to continue playing Wordle.

I turned the other Cheek so to speak. 

Wordle 300: The Answer Was Shame : But I Didn’t Know It Yet And It Sure Was: A Note Found In A Cabin In The Woods

Wordle 300. If you find this letter, it means something bad has happened. I’ve probably been Wordle X’ed. I can feel it’s foreboding presence, lurking. Moving down the hall. Now, it’s at my door. I’m on my sixth guess and there are two possible ways for this to go. Shave or Shame.

As I posted my Wordle 299 post I realized that the next Wordle would be a noteworthy landmark. That’s a lot of Wordling. Sixty five days short of a year. For me it means I’ve done seventy-eight Wordles. This being the seventy-ninth. 

Adieu my Swiss Army knife of vowels gave me a yellow A and E. Stare turned them green and added an S in the same hue. I was doing pretty dang well. 

I thought Scale would be a good next guess. It wasn’t. Then there was Snake. Also, not a good guess. 

Shape was a fairly good guess. Just a little late as it was number five. That’s when I began writing this. I still have yet to Wordle X for the second time. My current streak is thirty-four my previos was forty-three. Just yesterday I was thinking of how close I was getting to surpass my previous streak. Now, I have to wonder if V has returned or if I’m just being paranoid. In all honesty, I know Wordle is just a simple little game, but this has been a bit agonizing to write. To draw out the finale. I don’t want to Wordle X. 

So, is it going to be a close Shave or a dang Shame?

I chuckled a little bit. To have Shame appear in a black box as I Wordle X’ed was humourously meta.

Wordle 299: The Answer Was Mince: Mince For Six Hours

Wordle 299 was tough. My first three guesses came in rapid succession. Guesses four and five occurred over a six hour period. Another Wordle playing friend asked if I wanted hint. I refused. However, as the hours went by I could feel my resolve – and my interest – waining. 

Adieu left with with a yellow I and E. Piers turned that I green. Eight offered no change.

I was concerned and stumped. Eventually I tried Mille. Everything, but the L’s went green. Which was still terrible because I wasn’t connecting the dots. I was sure that V or W would make their return. I was also sure Minoe was a word. No. It is. Not.

It would only be after taking the dogs out, mumbling words and none words alike to myself. In a effort to either get the current channel of thinking out of my mind or jar something loose. When I got back to my desk, the zoom window was sitting over the top of Wordle. Leaving only the bottom row of letters exposed. That was when I saw C and N.


The Dead Unleashed: Released

The Dead Unleashed is the third book in The Unleashed Anthology Series. It’s also the first book that I’m being published in. Which I still cannot believe is actually happening. 

If horror – particularly the zombie apocalypse – is your thing then check out The Dead Unleashed. There’s over six hundred pages of undead horror written by thirty authors. Each with their own unique take on the zombie apocalypse and the titular creatures themselves.

 The Walking Dead is almost over with, The Dead Unleashed is a great way to get that zombie fix. Available in print, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited.



Wordle 298: The Answer Was Chunk: I Really, Really Wanted To Write Chuck

Wordle 298 could have gone better. Except for one glaring issue. One thing that I just couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Something I just couldn’t help myself. For my fourth guess, I went with Chuck. Yeah, it was an inefficient and arguably stupid move. I really wanted to write it though. Oddly enough, so did a friend of mine.

Adieu. It’s kind of boring when Chuck is floating around out there somewhere. Right? I think so. U was yellow. Blah.

Next I tried Hours for a few reasons. It seemed like a good place to see where U was or was not. It would deal with O and S. Also, it was different. 

I was stumped. Which was ironically not a word choice at that point in time because S was out. After a good couple of minutes of tryping, I came up with Thumb. I was sure I had solved the puzzle. All I did was get a green H. Which is something I guess.

Wrong. So I went off script and hit enter on Chuck. Even though it was silly to have two C’s on a word that didn’t seem like a likely Wordle. I also knew that N was available. I just couldn’t help myself from guessing Chuck. Then I typed in Chunk.

I’m going to call this 4.5.

Wordle 297: The Answer Was Royal: Thankfully Not A Royal Pain, Just Moderate

Wordle 297 is the triumphant return of Y. Which experienced quite the heyday a few weeks back. Nymph being its crowning achievement. Wordle X’ing a lot of people.

I began with Adieu followed by Roast. Which was a good way to get three letters in yellow. A, R, and O. 

Looking back, I was really sold on Roman. It just didn’t feel right, but I was sure there had to be an N in there somewhere. Oh, was I wrong.

Royal took me a good while to get. Plenty of Q’s were tryped in as placeholders. There were plenty of weird ones. I was trying to make something inspired by Rocca. Which I doubt is even in the database of words, but who knows. Maybe I will find out one day.

Anyway, the answer was Royal.

Wordle 296: The Answer Was Squad: Finally Q and U Appear!

Wordle 296 is a milestone for me. As far as I can remember, this is the first time that I’ve experienced a Wordle that included Q and U. I know this mostly because Q is my go to placeholder letter when tryping. Many a time it’s lined up in front of a U. Which made me wonder if it would ever actually appear. Finally it did today!

Adieu gave me A, D, and U – obviously – all three in yellow. Which was a great start. 

Next, I tried Daunt. Which made the U go green and made me feel kind of bummed that I had chosen Daunt. Nothing else. Though I did have a pretty good idea that the A came after the U. 

Just to make sure I tryped Qquda. I looked over the available letters and didn’t get a good feeling. All I could figure was Gouda. I wasn’t vibing.

Then I tryped Qquad. A cursory double check on the status of the S, it was available. I punched in Squad hit enter. Then watched each and every letter go green. Far to excited that Q and U had appeared.

Wordle 295: The Answer Was Black: Holy Smokes B Appeared!

Wordle 295 was noteworthy because for the first time in awhile, B appeared in the Wordle. This is something I began to realize a couple weeks ago. In my opinion, B isn’t the most common letter but should appear more often than the time between March 5th and April 10th

Anyway Adieu, followed by Roast, gave me a green A and a bleak outlook. “Is this the puzzle where the other shoe drops and W and V come back with a vengeance?” I think to myself as the dog is sleeping and thoroughly uninvested in Wordle. I feel like they aren’t. The time of W and V is either over with or going to stay dormant a few more days. 

My third guess I sit on for a bit. Tryping all sorts of different words. Plenty of good ones, but they don’t feel right. I decide on Clamp. Which gives me a green L and a yellow C. 

Flack seems like a pretty obvious next choice to me. I can even recall think, “It’s not B. It’s never B.” To have everything beside the F be green was a pretty clear indicator that it was in fact, B. 

Add another fiver to my lifetime achievement board!

Wordle 294: The Answer Was Stair: My First Wordle Two

Wordle 294 was the first time I solved a Wordle in two guesses! Which feels gosh dang amazing. One guess is a fluke. Total luck. With two guesses there’s still a lot of luck involved, but if there are any yellow or greens kicking around there’s a bit of skill. 

At the same time it feels kind of, boring. That’s all the Wordle there is for the day. Luckily for me, I stretched out the play time for a bit while I got some more coffee and pondered. 

Without further Adieu, see what I did there? I had two yellows, A and I. I thought for a bit and tried a couple of words. Really trying to get some of my current fave letters in there. Waist was there, but I realized the I was no good. 

For a flitting moment Island was in my head. However, the D had already been eliminated. In the very next split second, Stair entered my brain. Covering my absolute favorite consonants, plus the yellow vowels I’d already uncovered. It was perfect!

It really was.

Wordle 293: The Answer Was Scare

Wordle 293’s answer was Scare. It was also another example of how we’re in the golden age of Wordle. Whoever has been picking the Wordles has been doing a fantastic job of picking out letters that aren’t so common and using them in a way that convinces me that I need to enter a W and a V in almost every puzzle for the last week. Even though it’s starting to look like that isn’t the case any longer. I’m onto you. The second I drop my guard, I know those letters are coming back. 

Adieu gave me A and E in the hue of yellow. My alternate take on Warts, Waste, kept the A yellow, but flipped the E to green. It also gave me a yellow S. 

Shave was my next guess. Convinced that one of those tricky letters had to be in there. Also, H has been making several appearances as of late. I was wrong. At least I know the word started with S.

Space seemed like a good choice. To some degree it was. While the P stayed gray, the C went yellow. Which at this point in time, it may as well be green. If you know what I mean.

I typed in Scale and almost hit enter. It just didn’t feel right. I backspaced a bit and hit enter on Scare. 

All was green and all was good.

Amazon Author Page: Chicken and Egg Experience

The setting up of my Amazon Author Page hit a snag right away. See, this is going to be my first published work through Amazon. I’m burying the lead a little their. It’s my first published work anywhere. The thing is in order to setup my account, I have to have a book listed on Amazon. However in order to be listed in the book on Amazon, I have to have a page. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

It’s a bit of tricky thing. I sent a message to them four days ago. Maybe they don’t work on weekends, but it’s Amazon. That message included a choice snippet of my agreement with the publisher as that is the best I could do. Hopefully that gets resolved before April 15th

In the meantime, I’m kind of kicking myself for not having self published something sooner. There are so many projects that I have that could have been tied off and slapped into something slim and affordable. I’ve been trying to make a plan as to how to proceed.

Also, it had to be the egg right? 

Wordle 292: The Answer Was Foray

Wordle 292 stayed in that vein of challenging. Who is picking the words now is doing a fantastic job of keeping us on our toes. 

Started with Adieu because that’s what I do. Heh. Got a yellow A for that and nothing else. 

Immediately I tried my new super word for this time of W’s and V’s, Warts. This one gave me a green R

By now I’d gone through a lot of letters so moved into my second line with C and L. Which are my second choices. Also, managed to work in O. Which I was sure had to be in this word. Coral turned the A green and added a green O.

I have to admit, I was a little vexed at this point. Which is good. That means I’m having fun.Wordle isn’t being obtuse with it’s word, but it isn’t picking something plain either. I was stuck on ending the word with M or N for a bit. 

Then, through the magic of tryping. I figured that F and Y made a lot of sense. There it was, Foray.

Wordle 291: The Answer Was Comma

Okay Wordle 290 and Wordle in general. You’ve done it! You’ve injected excitement and challenge into Wordle. It’s been tricky. Less common letters have appeared a lot and have thrown me off my game. 

Adieu. I just can’t quit you. The day I do, is that day that Adieu will be the Wordle and I will kick myself. Oh, and the A was yellow.

It was also yellow in Warts. Which was my new powerhouse S, T, and R word for this era and W and V. It gave me nothing. So I moved onto O, C and L. O came back green while C was yellow. 

Unwilling to let go of the double letter thread, I tried Coach. C went green, but nothing else of note.

I was completely certain there was a double letter still. There had to be. I tryped Coqaq and Coqqa. Comma just felt right. As right as any Wordle can feel on the fifth try. Lucky for me it was. While it wasn’t my best display, I had fun. Just the right amount of time and the right amount of challenge.

Wordle 290: The Answer Was Natal or Wordle’s Revenge

Okay, Wordle 290 you went and did. You got me back for all of my sassing I did in Wordle 289. Though some of it is my fault as well. Choosing my pattern was like making a reservation for disaster. 

I started with Adieu, as usual, and got a yellow A. I almost went with Woven. Maybe I kind of wish I had. However, I would have had other issues. 

Next, Rowan which was my compromise between Stare and Woven. I really should have just kept with one of my words with S, T, and R. Stare would not have been efficient, but Roast would have been good. At least I knew where the A went and knew an N lurked in there somewhere.

Feeling completely sure that V was in there somewhere and that there had to be double A’s. I went with Naval. I was pumped as I saw the first two letters go green. Totally bummed and stunned when V went gray.

So, I tried Nasal and got a big nope. Natal worked. If I’d gone with Roast.

Another Fiver!

Wordle 289: The Answer Was Shawl: I Figured You Out Wordle!

Wordle 289. I figured you out. I should have done it sooner based on what I said in Wordle 288, but I got you sooner than you would have expected. Four out of the last six Wordles have included W or V. 

Adieu gave me a yellow A. I felt compelled to try Roast. Which turned that A green and also gave me a yellow S. 

There were a few moments where I did some tryping. Have to admit, Shall crossed my mind, but that was from last week. Then I tried slipping in W or V. Boom! There it was.

I Wrote A Short Story


I’m gonna be published! A couple of months back, I got reacquainted with horror. Which is something I’d been actively avoiding during the last couple of years. With all the craziness in the world and the pandemic. I felt like the last thing I needed was to experience some poor soul’s no good, very bad day.

However, being trapped inside can change a person’s perspective. As mentioned, I’d been listening to the Magnus Archives. The podcast’s creator, Jonathan Sims, has said he was inspired by the works of M.R. James. Which inspired me to give M.R. James a try.

Which gave me an idea for a story that I started working on immediately. Wouldn’t you know it, that story gave me another idea for a completely different tale. To skip to the end, the newer one stuck and is finished. 

In fact, it’s actually been submitted to a publisher for review for the possibility of being included in an anthology. I’m post submission and feel weird. Not nervous. More like an excited calm. For some reason I really think I have a good chance of getting in.

I’m Gonna Be Published!

I’m gonna be published! Just got the confirmation email on Monday with all of the paperwork. What’s coincidentally weird is that on Sunday night I was thinking that I should have heard back. The publisher had given me the all clear to check in after month, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing so. Maybe I just didn’t want bad news. 

Lo and behold the very next morning as a check my email I immediately recognize the name on the email. I was so excited I could barely read the email. Nervous? No, excited. There was near immediate recognition that the email was positive and the news was good.

I’m thrilled that I’m actually getting a work published. Selected by someone else to be published. It’s an amazing feeling. The realization that I’m not officially a published author. That’s amazing.

Then the nerves set in because I realized that people are going to read this. Oh the nerves!

Wordle 288: The Answer Was Fewer: Which Meant More Guesses

Wordle 288. Seriously, I have to ask what the deal is with using letters from the last five letters of the alphabet? This entire week has been fraught with alternating W’s, V’s, and Y’s. Sometimes more than one is in the same Wordle. Sometimes it’s only one. They could appear back to back or take a break. Goodness! The thing is, I still haven’t realized that I need to work them into my guesses sooner. That changes tomorrow. 


Adieu and Often – quite the change up I know – gave me a green E and a yellow F. Refer kept that F yellow and added another green E and an R. 

Now that I knew where the F went, there was only one more letter to figure out. The third one. Fever. It was obvious. I didn’t even think twice before hitting return. Oh, lo and behold that V was gray. 

Because of course! Fewer. With a double you. Amazing. Argh!

Wordle 287: The Answer Was Trope: How Meta!

Wordle 287 was written live. Real time! Not fixed up in post or edited. Here we go!

Just hit cmd+R to refresh my page and get rid of Wordle 286. That’s right, I’m a Mac person!

Adieu as usual and it gives me a yellow E. Okay, not the best, but a good candidate to slap on the end of Store.

Store. Hot dog! I was right about the E. It’s green now as is the O. While T and R are in yellow. Things are going well. Keep it together don’t get cocky.

With tryping, I slap in Qrote which will address the yellow letters. At least one of them will go green. Given this weeks Wordles, I’m pretty sure there is a W kicking around. 

Wrote is what I go with and it is wrong. Dang! I was sure I had it. What I do have is a green R. The new possible solution hits me while I’m not even there in my chronicling. 

I know T is the first letter now. Which at first glance gives me Trove or Trope. Since Wordle has been on tear this week with W, Y, and V this week, I instantly assume it’s Trove. 

This is the aspect of Wordle that I do not enjoy. It’s luck more than anything else. I go with Trove. Which means I’ve fallen for a Trope. There is no W, Y, or V. Wordle went meta. Established a Trope this week and made me fall for it. Then it went in the other direction. 

Blast you Wordle! Another fiver!

Wordle 286: The Answer Was Snout

Wordle 286 wasn’t too bad considering the slump I’ve been in. So many five and six guessers lately. I’m pretty sure I did somewhat okay on Wordle 285, but cannot be certain. In that regard, Wordle 286 was my first good Wordle in awhile.

Adieu gave me a yellow U. Rusty kept it that way but added a yellow S and T. It also confirmed that there was no Y

Which is something that has happened three times in recent memory. Two times is enough. The third time was me guessing Lowly in three to four. 

Strum turned the S and U green and did nothing else. So, I had me a bit of think. Went and did something else for a bit. A thing called work. When I returned I’d figured it out. I knew there was an O lurking in there since my second guess, I just hadn’t put in there yet!