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Strange to start my second daily blog at Writing.com. It means the first one "Blog @ Work [18+] is complete.

A lot has happened in my first year and a half at WdC. I am a preferred author now thus a yellow case. I am a published author & a Rising Star! A three times Quill Awards Nominee 2016 even. Not a newbie any longer I have to step up to the plate.

Green Tara Officially approved Writing.Com Preferred Author logo.


This blog will be another reflection of daily scribbles and prompts. To get my Muse going.


“10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

Write.
Write more.
Write even more.
Write even more than that.
Write when you don’t want to.
Write when you do.
Write when you have something to say.
Write when you don’t.
Write every day.
Keep writing.”
― Brian Clark


Thanks, Warped Sanity for this blue ribbon.

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November 16, 2019 at 2:44pm
November 16, 2019 at 2:44pm
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30-Day Blogging Challenge  (13+)
WDC's Longest Running Blog Competition - November Official Month on now!
#1786069 by Fivesixer


If you had to spend one million dollars in one day, what would you spend it on?

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One day? That would be tight. But I spend it on buying a house for myself for 450,000 dollars, opening an account and put 150,000 for furnuture to a big shop. I give my sister and my brother 150,000 each, give 50,000 dollars to good causes like Amnesty International, WWF, and a refugee fund. I spend the rest on buying millions of GPs on Writing.com to surprise writers and give away money to friends and other family. Well spent!!



November 15, 2019 at 7:14am
November 15, 2019 at 7:14am
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WDC's Longest Running Blog Competition - November Official Month on now!
#1786069 by Fivesixer


In your entry today, write about focus. Use the following questions to guide you. At what time of day are you the most focused? When you need to focus on a task, how do you prevent distractions? How do you manipulate your environment to keep yourself focused? How else do you practice focus in your life? Any tools or techniques you can share?

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There is the focus on writing and there is the focus on doing chores in the house. I have trouble focussing on writing when my house is a mess, like today. So, I first have to clean my kitchen more before I can write. To keep myself focussed on doing things I try to talk to myself about doing the things that are important to do. I try to convince myself a certain order is important and then focus on the task at hand. That is not always working. So, in order to get anything done, I set the timer today at 3 pm to start doing some chores. At 6 I have to judge for SCREAMS!!! so I have 2 hours orso to clean my kitchen. I hope this is working, but if not…there is always tomorrow!



November 14, 2019 at 5:24pm
November 14, 2019 at 5:24pm
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#1786069 by Fivesixer


Think back to a moment in your life when you were faced with making a difficult choice. (Which city to move to, which college to attend, what to ask Santa for, etc) How might your life be different if you had made a different choice than the one you did?

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I was in a new relationship a few years back. The first three months were very pleasant then it changed for me. I thought I had made a mistake. But I thought also I was not a spring chicken anymore and I should give this relationship a chance. So, I tried to make it better. After 13 months I decided to end it because it was not good for me. I broke up and have never been looking back since. If I had decided otherwise I would have been very miserable and I think I would have fallen into depression big time. I am so glad I broke up, although it still took me a considerable time. But in hindsight, I did the right thing. And I am still happy about it.



November 13, 2019 at 8:14am
November 13, 2019 at 8:14am
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In what circumstances do you believe it is okay to fib or tell a white lie?

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I think it’s okay to tell a white lie if you otherwise hurt somebodies feelings in a bad way. Sometimes I tell a white lie if I just don’t feel like visiting somebody. The widow of my late father would not understand when I told her I sometimes just don’t feel like visiting her, which I do every Sunday. So, once in a while I tell her that I am preoccupied with cleaning my house that Sunday, which is indeed true, but in principle not a reason to squip the visit. She would be very hurt when I tell her I just don’t feel like it that particular day. Other then that I try not to tell lies. I just don’t elebarate on things like the reason I don’t want to do something.



November 12, 2019 at 9:36am
November 12, 2019 at 9:36am
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What is one thing (sight, smell, sound, object, etc) that, when you encounter it, instantly brings you back to your childhood?

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An oldfashioned bucket filled with water reminds me of the baths I took as a child. I wrote a poem about this. See: "Splash [E]. We didn’t have a shower in the house, nobody at that time did, so my parents went to the bathhouse in the city, we kids had our bath in the summer in our backyard in a large bucket. We had a small house in the Hague back then. Two adjacent rooms, a kitchen, a children’s room and ustairs the bedroom of my parents. When it was too cold in winter and the ice was on the bedsheets they moved downstairs in the backroom to sleep. The house had a small front garden with a Laburnum and a lilac tree. We lived there until I was 8 years old.



November 11, 2019 at 3:07pm
November 11, 2019 at 3:07pm
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Today, your prompt is one word: Transformation.

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If I think of transformation, of a big change, I think of Nature and the change in seasons. From Fall to Winter to Autumn to Summer and so on. It’s a miracle how this is happening although I know there are physical laws behind these transformations. But the outcome is fascinating and mind-boggling. And it’s happening over and over again, never stops. Every year we experience these changes in Nature. With climate change and all, I fear that it has also a great negative effect on our seasons. I am not sure where that will lead us, but it scares me sometimes. For now, I am enjoying the fall with all its changing colors, rain and dropping temperature.



November 10, 2019 at 2:47pm
November 10, 2019 at 2:47pm
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What do you find yourself insecure about? Are you able to overcome your insecurities? If so, how?

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I am normally not insecure. If everything is working out alright with my writing, my housekeeping and my low-carb diet I am happy. But if one of those three is in a bad period I feel more insecure. I overcome it by trying to make sure I always write a little, clean my house a little and keep my carbs as low as possible. That’s important because I am a diabetic and when my diet is not up to par my blood sugar level will increase. Then there is the danger of adding another tablet to my medication. And I don’t want that. My blood sugar is the only thing I am constantly insecure about. But I have to live with that. Hopefully, my changed lifestyle has a good influence.



November 9, 2019 at 9:44am
November 9, 2019 at 9:44am
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#1786069 by Fivesixer


Write a stream of conscious entry starting with the words “I wish...”

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I wish I can manage my house, my diet and my writing these coming months and in the New Year. Lately, I had some trouble with keeping my low carb diet and I started eating bread again and patatoes. I gained weight immediately. My house was a bit in disarray and my writing is at its low. I wish I hope, I try to take better care of those three things in my life. With those three important things in order, there is less stress and more happiness. I am going to try and do my best.



November 8, 2019 at 2:55pm
November 8, 2019 at 2:55pm
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Besides music, what are some of your favorite sounds?

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The snoring sound of my dog Arie sleeping is my most favorite sound. I love to hear him sleep and making noises. He is an old dog of almost 15 years and I am still so in love with him I often lay down beside him on the bed when he is asleep, just to hear him making these adorable noises. Sometimes he is having a nightmare and is squeacking and then I wake him up. But most of the time he is just breathing in and out, a lovely and restful sound. Because he is old I fear he is going to die one day. So, I made the decision to videotape him with my phone one day, just to see and hear him sleep. I am going to do that in the near future. Of course, I hope he is with me for another few years, but you never know.



November 7, 2019 at 3:20pm
November 7, 2019 at 3:20pm
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What is your favorite color? Do you have a favorite color pairing? What’s something in your life that you picture when you think of your favorite color? Do you choose to wear clothing that is your favorite color? Has your favorite color changed over your life?

Use these questions to explore how your favorite color has influenced you.

**Optional Enjoy this video about a woman’s love affair with the color green: https://youtu.be/pE5h2kk0NTI


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My first reaction to this prompt is that I don’t have a favorite color. I know which colors I don’t like: yellow and pink for the walls. Other than that I have brown and red in my living room and every color in my wardrobe.



November 6, 2019 at 12:10pm
November 6, 2019 at 12:10pm
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I have another link for you all today:

http://www.wmfc.org/uploads/GenerationalDifferencesChart.pdf

What parts of the chart did you find to be accurate and which did you find issue with? Anything you related strongly to? Is a chart like this useful, or does it rely too heavily on stereotypes?


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I am from 1961, so a babyboomer, just. In my case the chard is fairly accurate, being an activist in the 70ties and 80ties. There were a lot of demonstrations back then as are back in my country these days. I was very active in those years, being a member of the WorldShop a chain of small places where we discussed, held rallies, and participated in demonstrations. Ban the Bomb, Anti-nuclear, Pro-abortion, Anti-Apartheid that sort of thing. We wanted a better World.

Nowadays the demonstrations are numerous in my country again, partly to do with education (today the teachers in my country had their strike), last week it was the builders and the week before that it was the farmers. The government is making it hard for them implementing new laws too fast. Environmental issues are now again in the heart of young people’s demonstrations. It’s almost as if I am back in time.

Although in my case the chard is accurate I think it can rely heavily on stereotypes which is never a good thing.


November 5, 2019 at 10:38am
November 5, 2019 at 10:38am
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Write your entry today inspired by one of the emotions listed on the webpage below:

https://soulspottv.com/15-words-youve-never-heard-describe-emotions-we-all-feel-...

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Liberosis: the desire to care less about things. This is something that I should do. Care less about the trivial things in life. Lately, I suffered from a touch of anxiety because I failed to clean my kitchen. It caused me stress that I was not able to do the chores in my house I was supposed to do. To the effect that I was a little depressed trying every day to clean, but failing because I just could not force myself to do so. It even affected my writing. It may sound like nothing but in my head, I made this very big and it paralyzed me. So I will cherish the word Liberosis, the desire to care less about things. Care less about the small stuff in life and focus on what’s good. I hope I can do that.



November 4, 2019 at 3:56pm
November 4, 2019 at 3:56pm
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Would you rather be surprised or surprise someone else? Write about it!

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I am all for nice surprises. But I am not fond of bad ones. Both ways. I think surprising someone else is more fun, the anticipation of the surprise, the sudden impact of it is good I think.

I recently surprised the widow of my father and invited her for a week at my place in the week of coming Xmas. She was surprised by the offer and liked it very much. I felt good about it, although I have to clean my house very thoroughly before she comes. But that is another story.



November 3, 2019 at 3:18pm
November 3, 2019 at 3:18pm
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Write about a time when you waited a long time for something. Did you end up getting what you wanted? Was it worth it?

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For almost 40 years I am waiting to win the lottery. Usually, I buy myself a ticket once a month or so for a few euros but I never ever won anything except a few bucks here and there. I know it’s almost impossible to win big time, a few million, but the anticipation and the hope to finally win something substantial is great.

It’s not that I need that kind of money now, but it would be fun to dream about buying another house, giving away a lot of cash to family and friends and go on expensive holidays. A dream, that’s all. Quite innocent. So, I buy myself another ticket tomorrow. You never know…*Smile*



November 2, 2019 at 8:52pm
November 2, 2019 at 8:52pm
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Write about jouska.

From Psychology Today, jouska is defined as “a hypothetical conversation that you play out over and over in your head. For example, replaying an argument in your head where you say all the right things and “win” the argument, or practicing asking your boss for a raise and playing out his or her responses and your comebacks.”


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Honestly? I never heard of jouska, being a psychologist myself. Maybe it's a new term.

Anyway, I play out this hypothetical conversation with myself over and over again about me doing the dishes, or better still why I don’t do them. I play this conversation for a few days now and it’s not helping me because I have the conversation but I don’t act on it…my dishes are still there on the countertop, dirty.

I have written about me procrastinating doing the dishes before. Every month or so I have this dilemma and solve it in the end. So, hopefully, I will solve it coming Monday. Tomorrow I have something else to do, and the new week is the opportunity par excellence to clean up my kitchen. I have to because it’s interfering with my writing and my cooking. Sigh, I am really getting fed up with this.



November 1, 2019 at 11:18am
November 1, 2019 at 11:18am
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I’m sending this prompt in between princesses and spidermen begging at my door for free candy. If you celebrate Halloween in your part of the world, what are your family’s traditions? What were the popular Halloween costumes in your childhood? Which candy was the most coveted?

In the Netherlands we don’t really celebrate Halloween although there are always people who do. It’s not a national holiday. So, I haven’t any childhood memories about it. We celebrate the 5th of December as Santa Claus, a bishop with a long beard with blackish helpers who give presents to kids. He visits the country officially by boat. It’s on the news and the last twenty years there is also a television program on his arrival from Spain. Because all grownups are in this story kids think this Santa is real. When I found out at age 7 orso that it was all a lie I had some difficulties coming to terms with the fact that I had been lied to. So, I thought, if Santa is a big hoax, so is God and Jesus. My agnostic attitude comes from this experience.



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October 13, 2019 at 6:46am
October 13, 2019 at 6:46am
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This is a difficult time for me. I am not writing daily because my creativity stopped all of a sudden. I don't know why, but my Muse has gone into hiding. *Sad*. Offline things are not going as well. My house, especially my kitchen is a mess and I am not able to force myself into doing the dishes. It’s been days since I cleaned and did chores around the house and it’s pulling me down.

I’ve always hated doing the dishes. 30 years ago I remember at Christmas I just put those filthy dishes in a cupboard and invited friends to come over. I hid my dishes. Of course, afterward I worked through them, but it’s significant that I always hated those dishes. Through the years I have managed to do them daily or weekly and didn’t let the problem get out of hand. But lately, it’s more and more difficult up to a point that I just can’t manage it anymore.

I am not sure what psychological mechanism is behind this lack of behavior. Everybody has to clean the house and do the dishes. Why is it so hard for me. It’s getting to me, I am feeling miserable because of it, I loathe myself but those things are not enough to do those dishes. I have tried everything. Reward myself, disciplined myself, talked to myself, talk to family and friends about it in order to get me going, but nothing did the trick. My kitchen is still a mess and it’s interfering with my cooking every day. So far I have managed to cook but that is soon impossible. So, I have to clean first.

Yesterday I managed to get started in a small way. Hopefully, that is the beginning of the big cleaning. Because I don’t have gnomes or goblins who will do it for me. I have to do it myself.
I have to do those damned dishes!! Perhaps then I will write again.

Petra & Arie

October 3, 2019 at 12:33pm
October 3, 2019 at 12:33pm
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Do you give back to your community by volunteering? Or maybe you have a favorite. (BCoFs)

I’ve volunteered for years and years. Whether I had a paid job or not volunteering was always something I held dear to my heart. I volunteered in the World shop, the Peace Movement, Amnesty International, Local radio, Blind and Braille Library, different workshops Psychology, Editor science magazine Psychology and Society, Public Relations employee community center, admin women’s Club Melania, admin Website and Information Indo-European Club Pelita, Refugees Work, and Admin Volunteer Work. Lately, I stopped doing volunteer work because I want to focus on my writing. But I start tomorrow being the Friday Judge of SCREAMS!!! here on WdC. I am looking forward to that.

Giving back to your community is important. There are millions of people volunteering and if they should stop, society would collapse. I think it’s great to work for naught. Not everything is about money.



Prompt: "You can disagree without being disagreeable." Ruth Bader Ginsburg Do you agree or disagree with this statement? (BC)

I think I agree with this quote. It is possible to disagree without being nasty about it. But it really depends on who you are dealing with. Sometimes to disagree is to be a little nasty, or so it can be perceived. People find it sometimes difficult to deal with other views than their own.



Petra & Arie

September 30, 2019 at 3:04pm
September 30, 2019 at 3:04pm
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On this final day on the competition, reflect on the month. What was your favorite prompt, and which challenged you the most? Any highlights from your offline life? What are you looking forward to in October?

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My favorite prompt: If you won a free trip to any foreign country, all expenses paid in your own private jet, and had the time, where would you go? Most challenging: Share a quote from either your favorite author or your favorite book and discuss why you like it. Very good prompts all days.

In October I will be participating in "October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge [13+] which will be a challenge because I don’t have a clue what to write. Furthermore, I will be judging SCREAMS!!! every Friday from now on. Looking forward to that. And I will be participating in 30-Day again next month. So, it will be a busy month.

Oops, just found out there won't be a 30-Day BC next month. So, perhaps I will be joining my other blogging groups again.


Petra & Arie

September 29, 2019 at 7:39am
September 29, 2019 at 7:39am
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Name an inside and an outside activity that you enjoy and share in detail what these activities look like.

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Sitting in front of my desktop, writing and walking the dog. Those are inside and outside activities I enjoy. Inside my computer is making these noises which means probably I have to buy myself a new one, one of these days. Outside it’s grey and drizzly, cold and somber weather.

Within an hour I will leave my home without my dog to visit the widow of my late father as I do every Sunday. It will take me 1 ½ hour to get there. I will cook for her. Today that will be cauliflower with soy chicken and garlic sauce in the oven. I bring my groceries with me. She doesn’t like to cook or do groceries so I help her out every Sunday.



Petra & Arie


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