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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.
This blog will be another reflection of daily scribbles and prompts. To get my Muse going.
“10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer
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.
― Brian Clark
Thanks, warpedsanity for this blue ribbon.
Blogger of the week October 1. 2017 - October 7, 2017 (BCoFs)
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Bard’s Hall Honorable Mention, Excellence in Blogging Contest, June 2019
3rd Place, Bard's Hall Blogging Contest, June 2020
5. Set it Free: Think of a time when you had to let someone or something go to be free…did they come back?
I don’t know for sure if I interpret this prompt correctly, but I let my younger sister go to be free myself. Free from her toxic behavior and her manipulations and overall bad behavior toward me. I didn’t want to have anything to do with her anymore, so I thought I made myself clear and ignored her altogether. I am not sure if she got my meaning because now and again she lets herself be known again to me via Facebook or WhatsApp. I keep on ignoring her.
30 day: You have choices once we land in Katherine. Discuss what you discovered and enjoyed from the links. Include your fellow bloggers to help inspire interaction.
Alas, the first two links didn’t work properly. So, I notified Lyn . I was up very early and decided to roam on my own in Katherine, Northern Territory.
BCoF There are beautiful pictures in the links, your prompt is to pick one and write a poem or a story about that location. Be creative.
An alternative option is to write about the average Australian cuisine. How does it differ from our norm?
It is understood that up to 5,000 species of Australian flora and fauna were eaten by Indigenous Australians. Hunting of kangaroo, wallaby, and emu was common, with other foods widely consumed including Bogong moths, witchetty grubs, lizards, and snakes. Bush berries, fruits, and nuts were also used, including the now widely cultivated macadamia nut, and wild honeys were also exploited. Fish were caught using technologies such as spears, hooks, and traps; in some areas, the construction of complex weir systems allowed the development of forms of aquaculture. (Wikipedia).
From your morning stop at the outback outpost of Manguri, you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground. Here, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery, and a gourmet lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Dinner is served back on the train where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues.
We'll go to get dirty today. But maybe we'll score an opal.
Let your imagination take you wherever.
Today we are going mining for opal in Coober Pedy. After a tour inside the underground homes, I am actually trying to find this gem of a stone and bring it home.
Weave us a tale about an opal heist.
Jewellery and opals worth a quarter of a million dollars have been stolen from a store in Melbourne's CBD in a Christmas Eve 2019 heist. The two thieves initially failed to break in but came back later and ransacked the shop according to the video recording. The man who took the jewels has been described by police as of Caucasian appearance, less than 180 centimeters tall, with a thin build, aged between 40 and 50, and with a distinctive wedding band. The second man involved in the initially failed break-in is described as Middle Eastern in appearance, 180 centimeters tall, with a thin build and aged between 40 and 50. Nobody has been arrested so far. (Crimestoppers)
We're hoping on The Ghan for one of the world's great train journeys. Travel through the heart of Australia in luxury while enjoying the all-inclusive food and beverages, well-appointed cabins, and the Off Train Excursions that allow you to get a feel for the places the train travels through.
30 day prompt, check out these links and discuss. You must discuss a minimum of 3 of the links.
we'll be dining in https://journeybeyondrail.com.au/guest-information/food-beverage/queen-adelaide-...
Today I am going to visit Alice Springs Desert Park, have an interview with one of the Flying Doctors and eat saltwater barramundi and grilled kangaroo fillet in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant.
Day 4 we catch a Ghan train in Adelaide. Have you ever ridden a train? What was it like? If you haven't ridden a train what do you think it would be like?
This is really a luxurious train trip. I loved looking out of the window in my compartment.
I bet you were worried that you would never feel warm again. Take advantage and do your laundry and whatever because we're going to be roughing it on a train next. we're all staying at Hilton Sydney.
There are a lot of great things to do and see in Sydney but you have one day so pick from the links that appeal to you and discuss what you discovered. Make us envious. Let your imagination get carried away.
Wow, what a hotel, 5-star and all. I am heading for the swimming pool right away on arrival. Sydney, Australia. Never been, going sightseeing. There is so much to choose from but I have my picks for the day. For the first hours, I’ll be busy on a 10km hike from Otford to Garie Beach, following the stunning coastline of the Royal National Park and taking in breathtaking views of the Pacific. After that, I will be gone for another few hours on a private day tour to see everything. I hit all the big sights like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. I get out of the car and experience Bondi Beach and visit exclusive villages and colorful neighborhoods to get a feel for the local scene. So much to do in so little time. At night I visit Café Sydney. A rooftop restaurant with sweeping harbor views serving Modern Australian cuisine and cocktails. We meet again with the group before hitting the sack.
Sydney in general is eclectic. You can be on that brilliant blue ocean walk in the morning and then within 20 minutes you can be in a completely vast suburban sprawl or an Italian or Asian suburb, and it's that mix of people, it's that melting pot of people that give it its vital personality. Baz Luhrmann.
After sightseeing the city I would like to do something adventurous, so, I opted for the climb of the Sydney Bridge. Looking at this city from a totally different viewpoint. Interesting for a writer!
Go where your cruise ship can’t — hop aboard a small, sturdy inflatable boat and buzz between the icebergs and around the mountains. This is your chance to get an up-close look at some of the more cautious wildlife in the ocean, on land, and in the skies. It’s common for leopard seals, penguins, and other curious animals to pop up alongside to say hello. You’ll never feel so small in your life as you gaze up at the massive glaciers and icebergs from sea level. To call it a humbling experience would be an understatement.
Good to know: This activity is a big favorite of photographers. Zodiac cruising allows for more intimate viewing as well as an entirely different perspective.
Antarctica is the site of some of the world’s most cutting-edge research. There are dozens of scientific research centers here, and one of the most interesting things to do in Antarctica is to take a tour of one of these fascinating facilities. The Vernadsky Research Base on Galindez Island opens its doors to visitors all while studying everything from meteorology, ecology, biology, glaciology, seismology, and physics. It was at this research station that the hole in the ozone layer was first discovered.
Another cool and unexpected aspect of this research center is the Vernadsky Station Lounge, one of the southernmost bars in the world. Try the vodka, which has been distilled on-site. Bottoms up! We're going to help examine green snow and check out the satellite studies of the visual evidence of climate change.
Good to know: The post office at the Vernadsky Station is one of the few places in all of Antarctica from where you can send a mail. Mailing a postcard will cost you around USD 2 while a letter (including stamps) is about USD 6*.
we're still sleeping in our sleeping bags.
Day two of the Antarctica trip. I slept well.
Let this quote inspire your entry: “ i had a dream when I was 22 that someday i would go to the region of ice and snow and go on and on till i came to one of the poles of the earth”― Ernest Shackleton
Have you ever dreamed about seeing one of the poles? Where's your ideal dream place? This entry needs to be minimum of 100 words if you're participating in the challenge..
No, the poles were never the subject of my dreams. Perhaps after this trip when I know so much more about Antarctica? My ideal dream place is not so much a place as it is an ideal dream process. Let me try to explain.
Kayaking with the whales and watching penguins and sampling local cuisine.
30-day Camping in Antarctica isn’t an activity for everyone — cozying up on the frozen ground in sub-zero temperatures isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you’re willing to sacrifice the luxuries of a comfy bed surrounded by four walls, you’re in for one of the coolest sleepovers you’ll ever have. While every boat tour company’s “campground” varies, one option could be Hovgaard Island on the west-facing side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Some outfitters provide tents while others opt for a more au natural experience of only a waterproof, cold weather sleeping bag (bivy sack) and thermal mat. Sleeping under the infinite number of Antarctica’s twinkling stars is a surreal experience and knowing there’s nothing between you and all of Antarctica’s frozen glory is truly a magical feeling. I've chosen the au natural for us.
Men need to increase their caloric intake to 4500 and women to 3900 to handle the temperatures. I'm assured we won't gain weight.
Wow, Antarctica! I never thought I would travel there, even virtually.
Are you familiar with any of these authors or books? or discuss one of these quotes:
“Antarctica. You know, that giant continent at the bottom of the earth that’s ruled by penguins and seals.” ― C.B. Cook, Twinepathy
“I want to visit the snow in Antarctica before global warming turns it into a tropical paradise.” ― Steven Magee
This adventure is all about having fun with each other.
“I want to visit the snow in Antarctica before global warming turns it into a tropical paradise.” ― Steven Magee
7. Suitcase: Write about packing for a trip or unpacking from when you arrive home.
Tomorrow we are going on a joined virtual trip around the world in 30 days by 30-Day BC and BCoFs. What should I pack? My computer and phone are here.
1. Miss Manners: Use the words “please” and “thank you” in your writing.
It’s the middle of the night, couldn’t sleep, and found "Welcome To My Reality Forum" [E] with 65 prompts for the month of August. Wow, great find.
Congratulations on making it to the last day of the competition! What was your favorite prompt from the last month? What was the most rewarding aspect of participating in the competition?
I thought all prompts were worthwhile, I didn’t have a favorite. As always I liked the fact that we read and sometimes comment on each other’s blog. I didn’t do that enough, but next time I try to be more of a participant. I love the fact that there is a prompt every day. It stimulates me to write more.
Write about an invention or technology that you wish existed that would make your life better.
I wished robots where cheap and common in use for household purposes. Then I would like to have a robot who did my groceries in Corona time, and cooked and cleaned for me. A stay-indoors AI social robot that was well developed for its purposes but not scary.
All month, you’ve been replying to prompts straight from the Challenge War Chest, filled with prompts from previous 30DBC competitors. Today, write three of your own prompts and then reply to one of them in your entry.
1. Tell us about your birthday? 2. When was the time you experienced something extraordinary, something not of this world? 3. Why do you write?
Write about a time you were caught off guard, surprised, or had the rug pulled out from under you. How did you recover?
It’s been told before so, suffice to say, read "Learning curve of a basket case" [E] and "PREVAIL" [18+].
What food would you like to judge in a Cook-Off?
I never watch those programs on television. But I would be interested in spectacular low-carb recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I find it very difficult lately to put something on the table. I have recipes and sites with low-carb food but they are very much the same and sometimes somewhat difficult to make. But that could be just me.
Reflect on your week. What was challenging? What did you do that made you feel successful? What made you smile?
Another week flew by. I don’t know where the days went, everything goes so fast these weeks. T’s birthday last week was a success, I planned everything well. She was happy and that counts. A lot of visitors over the day, lots of flowers and gifts and the catering were good.
If you could switch places with one other person, who would it be and why? What in particular would you do?
The first name that came up was that of American author Jonathan Kellerman. Jonathan Seth Kellerman is an American novelist, psychologist, and Edgar- and Anthony Award-winning author best known for his popular mystery novels featuring the character Alex Delaware, a child psychologist who consults for the Los Angeles Police Department. (Wikipedia).
You've been given a full budget and creative license to bring a book you read to film. What book would you pick and who would you cast as the characters? If you choose a book with an existing movie adaptation, what changes would you make?
I would like to visualize All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doer about a blind French girl and a blond German boy during World War II. "The catapults of history" [13+]. It was a fantastic book and it needs two strong characters but young actors.
Make a list of the top five most important virtues and why.
Acceptance, Creativity, Integrity, Peace, and Wonder are my top five.
Write a letter to your fifteen-year-old self.
Dear fifteen-year old,
Tell us about something/someone that fucked you off this week.
I am so pissed off right now, I’m fuming, steam is coming out of my ears! I have been misled and deceived in buying an energy product a few months back and it costs me 350 euros because of it.