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|Today's Blogging Challenge Topic: COVID-19. It’s affecting all of us in one way or another. Never in our lifetimes have we seen something of this magnitude and severity. So today, check in with yourself and your fellow competitors - how are you? Where is your head at? What’s worrying you? Let’s gather our WDC community around us and hunker down together.
COVID-19. Such a sterile, scientific name. It seems as though something as major as this should have a really rad name. I'm thinking of something like:
Bio Death Machine
Gaia's Population Culler
Going Viral IRL
The Great Toilet Paper Evaporation of 2020
Seriously, though, I'm fine. I hope that everyone here is as well. I'm a little sick at being at home all the time, though I've gone to friends' places a couple of times, and I go out for a run on the trail daily. I give everyone a wide berth when I'm running, attempting to keep social distancing in mind. It's a drag, but it's worth it if it stops the spread of the virus. I'm not worried for myself or my sister. I'm young and healthy. I know that's no guarantee, but I think I would make it through if I contracted the thing. I'm really only worried about my parents and my other friends and relatives over 60. So far, so good...
|Today's Blogging Question: Does your communication style tend to be straightforward or subtle? Are you more likely to speak your mind or beat around the bush? Have you ever gotten into trouble because of your communication style?
I'm not subtle. Like, at all.
Subtlety <> me.
I'm far more likely to speak my mind. To the point where I get myself into trouble... which happens to be the very next question. If you want to see how, exactly, my communication style gets me into trouble, I'd encourage you to read the following. The first of which is a limerick on this very topic, and the second and third of which are rated XGC. You've been warned... ;)
|Warren Buffet is absolutely right. I am incredibly lucky to have been born into a relatively wealthy and comfortable life in the United States. I've had the benefit of a wonderful and free public school education and a heavily discounted, grant- and loan-aided collegiate experience. I like to think that I work hard to make the most of it, but luck has far more to do with where I find myself than hard work does. I could easily work just as hard or harder in a developing nation and barely be able to afford food.
In times like these, it is good to remember the richness of the gifts we have been given.
|Today’s question: If you had the opportunity to compete on a television game show, which would you pick? If you won, what would you do with your winnings?
I can think of only one game show I've really watched.
So that’s my choice, I suppose.
With my winnings, I would start a toilet paper emporium in Seattle whose mission statement is something to the tune of “affordable, plentiful two-ply for all...”
That's the best stress relief for me. When I'm upset or stressed, nothing calms me down or returns me to equilibrium better than physical activity. Especially running. I find myself thinking about the source of my troubles for the first few minutes, but usually by the fifteen-minute mark, my mind has been freed of its thorns and feels free to wander once more.
By the time I end it, I'm thinking of all manner of things--except the source of my stress. Writing doesn't work at all, despite the fact that I do it a lot. Writing brings a stress of its own, as I want what I write to be really good. I also tend to put pressure on myself to write quickly and be productive, so it doesn't seem to work so well as stress-reduction.
Reading or watching an engaging show sometimes works, but exercise is far more reliable as a stress-killer.
|My favorite childhood memory is backpacking with my family in Glacier National Park. I feel nostalgic for it every time I go for a hike.
I actually wrote this poem with that in mind:
|Today's Blogging Challenge Prompt: Are you responsible with your money? Is managing your finances easy for you, or challenging? Do you ever splurge and buy something you can’t afford?
I'm fairly responsible with money. It's not that difficult when you don't have much; it's basically a necessity. :)
Managing my finances is fairly easy. I've always been more of a numbers person than a language person, though maybe that's changing these days, with the daily writing and all...
I splurge but can generally afford it, even if it means eating nothing but bread and peanut butter for a couple of days to recover from my occasional trip to Nordstrom. :)
|Today's Blogging Challenge Question: Other than music, what sounds do you love?
- The dull roar of rapids, streams or rivers;
- Thunder, especially rolling thunder;
- The satisfying crunch of stepping in snow
- The whir of rope uncoiling
- The pecking sound of rain against the fly of a tent or hood of a jacket
- The sweeping nylon brush of moving in sleeping bags
- The delicious crunch of the first bite into an apple
- The muffled munch of chewing on chips
- The percolating dribble of coffee into my cup in the morning
There are countless more, I'm sure. But those are what come to mind now. Does this one make anyone else feel like writing poetry?
|Ironically, the topic for today’s blogging challenge is patience.
Something of which I have heard but manifestly do not have.
My idea of patience is waiting 30 seconds for the self-checkout line at the grocery store... and even that tests it. It’s almost bearable if I’m listening to an audiobook as I wait, at least. ;)
Luckily, there are benefits to my impatience. I can never wait to start on something new. It makes me fairly prolific as a writer, though I sometimes struggle with the patience to finish longer works.
The final question was which is more satisfying: instant or delayed gratification?
And even that’s too slow.
|Blog Challenge of the Day: How many languages do you speak? If you could instantly learn any language and be able to speak it fluently, what language would you pick? How would you use it and where would you go?
I speak one and a half languages. I’m not good enough in German to count it fully. I wouldn’t mind relearning enough German to really be fluent, but Spanish is far more practical in the United States, given the percentage of the population that speaks it. I would use it to make my way to Patagonia at the southern tip of Argentina, a place I’ve always longed to visit.
If I went with German, I’d head back to München, Deutschland; Salzburg, Österreich; and Zermatt in die Schweitz. All of them are such beautiful places...
|Today's blog challenge question is...
What is your first memory of being really excited?
My first memory of being really excited was at Christmas. I remember running into my parents' room rarin' to see my stocking. My parents would wrap odds and ends like toothpaste, lip balm, and dental floss to put in our stockings, but I just loved all those little things to unwrap. It didn't really matter what they were...
It's ironic that this is the blog topic today, however, as I wait here in anticipation, clicking "refresh" over and over on my browser to see if my novel, co-authored with ElF , has been published on Amazon yet...
|Just did the all dialog contest for the first time. The prompt was: "A visit to the dentist." I decided to make it a pirate story... :)