The simplicity of my day to day.
This is where I write my thoughts, feelings and my daily trials, tribulations and happy things
Long gone are the days when young boys used to stand on street corners shouting, “ Read all about it!” The headlines would be printed on a board next to him in large print just to emphasise the Earth-shattering news event of the day. It was exciting and colourful.
That was then. Now we have news, morning, noon and night from all over the world, not just locally anymore.
It’s tedious and sometimes frightening as it makes the world appear to be a threatening place. It gives the impression we’re all unsafe, everyone is out to scam us, kill us, or rob us.
Women’s magazines are the worst for their outrageous headlines. They are untrue, made up, manufactured from, at best, a sliver of truth.
Photographs of celebrities are deliberately photoshopped either to make them appear, sad, bad or angry. Or the reverse, more beautiful than they really are or could possibly be.
This is all for a story. Whether it is true is immaterial, the story is the most important. Whoever may be hurt or scandalised doesn’t matter so long as people are sucked in enough to buy the magazine.
The story is everything.
They say: “He’s a lovely guy, so nice to his wife and kids.”
The guy you just can’t trust in movies and in books.
The hero, someone who helps us all, but at home, forbids.
Always smiles, even featured, everyone likes his looks.
Outside the home, upon the streets,
Old ladies he assists.
He smiles at everyone he meets
His personality, he twists.
His wife, not allowed to live the life she had envisioned.
Protects herself, disallows her feelings.
In her home she is imprisoned,
Waiting for signs of bruises healing.
He’s the baddie, in disguise
In every film and play.
He is the one that brings surprise
Antagonist? “You’d never have guessed,” they say.
You wait for his discovery,
You turn the pages much faster.
And pray that his skullduggery’s
Revealed for ever after.
I’ve used this trope many times in stories. The last time was in this story
In this case the Devil does good, which in retrospect that’s not a statement he himself would like to hear.
But wouldn’t it be great if each town, city or country in the world had such a saviour. They’d stroll, nonchalantly, into town, take one glance and establish the problem. Within a short amount of time the issue would have been dealt with, without fuss, or fanfare.
I think I’ve got an ear worm
I know that may sound strange
A worm? Enough to make me squirm
But it’s a song I can’t get out of range.
It’s in my head, both night and day.
It’s going round and round.
Just stop! You may hear me say
When you can’t hear a sound.
You’ve got me singing,
a song I really despise.
In my head it’s ringing,
I even begin to harmonise.
With my worm I’m singing along
No one else can hear it
Although I hate this song
There’s nothing that can clear it.
Can you please just cease
Cos’ you got me humming along
My brain is really craving peace
I need to be rid of this song.
How I love a great twist. I enjoy surprising my reader, but it’s not always easy to come up with those last few lines which turns the story on its head. A good way to think of an outlandish twist is to free write about your characters. What if? That seems to throw up some crazy schemes if you just let go of “that couldn’t possibly happen.”
I’d love to write a story
One that you’d never guess.
The ending, will be gory,
A shocking, surprising, mess.
I’d love to hear that gasp, “Oh no!”
I never saw that coming. Did you?
Yes, I thought as much, although,
He did his best to fool you
He’s messing with my mind,
With all those twists and bends.
Leads me down those allies blind
With clues that show dead ends.
A well known master of the twist
Is what I’d love to be.
I’d be subtle, but my antagonist
Killed using the fruit of a poisonous tree!
What? You didn’t see that coming
You really thought it was the maid?
I find that very comforting.
You followed all the paths I’d laid.
My long marriage to my husband has as most marriages I suppose had it’s ups and downs. The thing is that we seem to be happier now than we have ever. How can that be at our ages of almost 78 and 79?
Perhaps it’s because we realise we’re at the end of the marriage and after 56 years we’re never going to be with anyone else so why not be happy with each other.
I’m enjoying the process of writing a combined novel with eight others from my writing group. We are still flailing in the dark as to how it will come together but it’s fun and makes me happy.
We have another grandchild on the way this year too and that makes me very happy.
2. What could you do to improve your finances in the future?
I’m pretty limited to make much of a difference in my finances now I’m retired and on a fixed income. I’m too old to work at any sort of manual job and my computer skills wouldn’t cut it for any sort of office work, so unless I have a windfall, such as a lottery win, I’m pretty well stuffed.
I could enter more competitions with my writing, but they are really hard to win. I’m too lazy to write a novel. I have no relatives left who are likely to die and leave me money or property. I could perhaps rob a bank? No, too dangerous and it takes an idiot to think they could get away with a bank robbery, anyway.
I could take a massive risk with what little money we do have and invest it in some crazy scheme, but I’m not brave or foolhardy enough to do that.
I could have a garage sale and sell all the junk my husband has collected over the years, but I’d have to do it when he wasn’t looking.
I think Ive exhausted all the options available to me, and it appears my finances aren’t going to get much of a boost anytime soon.
Prompts For June 2022:
1. Share about your life: past, present, and future.
2. What could you do to improve your finances in the future?
3. Is anything holding you back from achieving your goals? How can you deal with it?
4. Do you embrace the “new”?
5. Do you believe you deserve good things to happen to you? If not, why?
6. What new thing do you want to try in the next year?
7. What in your life are you still trying to figure out?
8. What makes you happy about your life right now?
9. What makes you sad about your life right now?
10. Are you satisfied with life?
11. What difference would you make to the world?
12. What do you want your legacy to be?
13. What gifts do you want to share with the world?
14. Do you have a dream life? What is it like?
15. What do you think your mission is in life?
16. Do you find it easy to commit to getting what you want in life?
17. Are your expectations of yourself too high?
18. Do you find it easy to follow through on a plan you have made?
19. What would give your life more meaning?
20. What are your career goals?
31. Where would you like to live in the future?
22. What are your personal goals?
23. What does love mean to you?
24. What qualities do you admire most in others?
25. Who do you love and why?
26. Who would you like to reconnect with and why?
27. What do you look for in a friend?
28. Who do you trust?
29. Who makes your life better?
30. How do you help your friends and loved ones?
31. What time in your life did you need a friend most?
32. How do you show people that you love them?
33. Describe your best friend.
34. What do you and your best friend have in common? And not in common?
35. What makes a friendship work?
36 What’s the best advice you could give to others?
37. How do you show appreciation to others?
38. How do you deal with negative people?
39. How do you deal with people who have different opinions and beliefs from you?
40. Are you willing to forgive others?
41. Do you prefer a small or large group of friends?
42. Are you ever misunderstood by people?
43. You receive exciting news, who do you tell first?
44. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
45. Think about your past romantic relationships.
46. What lessons did you learn from them?
47. What did each person bring to your life?
48. Have you ever had your heart broken?
49. What is your perfect date?
50. How do you deal with confrontation?
51. What qualities do you like least in others?
52. Do you feel that you have the support of friends and family?
53. Do you feel that you are valued by others?
54. What do you want other people to know about you?
55. Who do you look up to?
56. Who do you love unconditionally?
57. Who has your back?
58. What makes you lovable?
59. How comfortable are you meeting new people?
60. What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
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My town could be called quirky if only for the fact of it being sliced in two by a major Highway. Little Mundaring in the hills of Perth Western Australia has an interesting history.
The Great Eastern Highway is the main Highway linking the West to the East of Australia. Everything that come in by road makes its way eventually through our town. People ask “which side do you live on?” Obviously I always answer, “The best side, of course!”
Mundaring wasn’t founded until 1903 when the Mundaring pipe line project was completed. It was built to take water from Mundaring to the goldfields in Kalgoorlie, 700 kilometres away.
The man who came up with this idea was a brilliant engineer name CY O’Connor. His was an amazing but sad story.
This project was deemed impossible at the time and the engineer was subject to prolonged criticism, such as this article from the Western Australian newspaper at the time.
And apart from any distinct charge of corruption this man has exhibited such gross blundering or something worse, in his management of great public works it is no exaggeration to say that he has robbed the taxpayer of this state of many millions of money ... This crocodile imposter has been backed up in all his reckless extravagant juggling with public funds, in all his nefarious machinations behind the scenes by the kindred-souled editor of The West Australian. —(Evans 2001:219)
CY O’Connor rode his horse to the ocean and shot himself in the head just before the water project was proved to be a success, which it was when the first gush of water entered the Goldfields.
His suicide note reads: I feel that my brain is suffering and I am in great fear of what effect all this worry may have upon me — I have lost control of my thoughts."
Robert Drew’s novel, The Drowner, provides a fictional account of this man and the building of the pipeline.
As a writer I found the article intriguing and it made me look at how I write my stories.. Do I always need to tie up my stories neatly, almost tied with a bow? The answer is decidedly, yes.
It made me think about all the shows and films I’ve watched throughout my life and I can think of only a few that ended badly for the heroes. And yet even in those it was the heroes choice. They themselves decided enough was enough.
The ones that spring to mind are Bonny and Clyde, Thelma and Louise and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Why were there always two of them? Perhaps that tempers the awfulness of their deaths. they made the decision to die, on their own terms but at least they went holding another person’s hand on their way to death. Is that what we all fear? That final journey alone would be so much easier if we could just go together? I’ve just thought of another couple, Romeo and Juliet.
I don’t think I’ve ever written a story with a really sad ending. If someone dies in mine, it’s always because that’s their wish. Usually the protagonist always succeeds.
I’m wondering what that says about me? I refer to the previous post and my being a wearer of rose tinted glasses. Is it possible I’m living a life in denial? Maybe it’s simply true, but I still don’t want to peer through that Jade coloured pair. Thanks but no thanks.