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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


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September 22, 2019 at 2:30am
September 22, 2019 at 2:30am
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What was the first thing you remember writing that made you want to be a writer (casually or professionally)?

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When I was 25 I already had tried a love story but didn’t finish it when I was about 17. Then I fell in love with a stranger and because it could not follow through (we had only met once) I started writing poetry. I published three booklets and wanted to be and became a poet. It took me some years to follow that through but I became a published poet and a published author of short stories. In about two months one of my older poems is going to be published again in paperback. I am thrilled.

My ambition is to write a number of poems (100?) to put in a volume and publish it. But that will take considerable effort and time.

When I was younger I always saw myself retired and as a writer in Greece somewhere, sitting in the sun underneath a grape working my craft. In a way (apart from the country and the grape) that is the life I am leading these past years so I am happy.

My first three booklets were in Dutch, the rest is in English. I am writing English for more than three years now and it is my language. I feel very content with it. And it is working for me.

Petra & Arie


September 21, 2019 at 5:08am
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It’s come to my attention that Leonard Cohen has a posthumous album coming out, and the first single dropped today. It's spare and beautiful and sad and lovely. Listen to the song below and write anything you want about how it makes you feel.



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Wow, this is the most beautiful poem I’ve heard speaking out loud in a long time. I am a fan of Leonard Cohen’s songs but didn’t realize he was such a true poet. His voice…ah his voice…so damned good. Sad and lovely, profound and sharp as a razor. It goes deep into the soul of the listener. Some people call his music and the voice a suicide voice aka razor blade music…I don’t agree although his texts are sometimes or perhaps mostly sad. I remember very well when he died on November 7, 2016, of leukemia. I was shocked. A great singer/songwriter had gone. His albums are there to cherish forever.

I cannot follow you, my love,
You cannot follow me.
I am the distance you put between
All of the moments that we will be.
You know who I am

From: You know who I am. Songs from a room (1969)



Petra & Arie


September 20, 2019 at 9:15am
September 20, 2019 at 9:15am
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Have you ever experienced hateful comments on the Internet? How do you deal with shaming, blaming, and intolerance?

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I already blocked this one out, but I will answer anyway. I knew of stories about trolls and hateful comments on, particularly Facebook, but never experienced it first hand. Till three weeks ago. What happened?

I had an encounter in real life. My dog accidentally scared a pup that was laying with a few people near the water of a stream. Dogs were allowed to be without collar, so my dog was running towards the pup, very happy and wanted to play. The pup was startled and fell into the water. The boss of the pup rescued the pup immediately, put the pup back onshore and grabbed my dog and threw him away through the air away from the pup. Luckily my dog was not hurt either. Misfortune. I came on running towards the spot where this happened and asked the boss what did my dog do? He was very angry and shouted that my dog wanted to grab his pup. Which was untrue, but because my dog was to blame I apologized and went away.

At Facebook, I noticed a closed group called Dogs and such and I thought to become a member. I posted a little story featuring 99 words about the incident. Then all hell broke loose. 121 comments full of hate about me stupid enough to let my dog lose, me being a slut and calling me names. Everybody on that site blamed me for what happened, but in a very uncivil and harsh way. I was blamed, shamed and it went on and on. I was shocked and flabbergasted. Had not experienced anything like this. Ever. I didn’t reply to any of the comments, no use, and left the group immediately. It was the way they blamed me, not the fact that I was perhaps at fault.

So, my first experience with hate on the Net. Very unsavory. People just throw their vomit in the air, not thinking about what they do. I call it the underbelly of the Internet. No fun at all. This was the shortest membership of a group as I ever saw one. No more groups for me. I just share recipes and stories with my chosen friends and family. No more hassle.



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September 19, 2019 at 4:07am
September 19, 2019 at 4:07am
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Write a detailed description of how your significant other (or another loved one) has made you a better person.

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This is very hard to answer for me. Thinking about this question I have to admit that there is no significant other, nor has there ever been one and there is no other loved one I can think of that made me a better person.

Of course, I have been in relationships, but they all ended on my part. Of course, there are friends and I can name one in particular who I cherish very much. But becoming a better person because of the friendship? That’s too strong.

The last years I have been a loner and loving it. I like my solitude and if I feel the need to see someone there are family or some friends I go out with. But that’s about it. I never experienced the company of that significant other in my life. I really missed the boat on that one. And I am okay with it. My life isn’t over yet, perhaps I’ll meet someone in my second or third wind, but I am not looking for it. So the chances are very slim.

But Kittiara is marrying today, and I congratulate her on this big day! All the best and lots of love. *Heart*



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September 18, 2019 at 3:53am
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If you had to switch places with one other person, who would it be and why? What in particular would you do?

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Sorry folks, cover your eyes if you want, but I would trade places with the most despicable man on the planet right now, which to me is President Donald Trump. With reluctance because I don’t think I am qualified but I still have the urch to do so because of the most important topic of these times: climat change. He is denying its excistence and therefore is stopping all negotiations that are necassary to save our planet. I would imideately have a big summit with all the important countries and make decisions that will stick.

The United States have been a great leader in the past, but now, due to one President that is uncapable that has changed for the worse, and what’s more the repercutions will be there for generations. Very bad. And if he is re-elected that will add another period to his reign. My heart is aching.



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September 17, 2019 at 8:05am
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Did you have a comfort blanket/toy when you were little? What comforts you now?

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No, I don’t think I had something like a comfort blanket or a toy I slept with as a little child. I can’t remember anyway. I was the one reading books from a very early age. So, I brought a torch and a book to bed.

I read everything under the sun and moon. Reading my father’s library, reading from the official library, reading from the school’s library and buying books or getting them as a present. I read a lot. There is this anecdote running in the family, I must have been three or four years old that my father was telling me a story and I read along with him turning the pages as he read. Of course, when he put the book upside down I still was turning pages as he read the story.

What comforts me now? Coffee and a fag, I must say. I drink a lot of coffee during the day while I am busy writing, and I smoke as well. I want to give up the smoking but first I have to keep going with my low-carb diet and lose some more weight. Already 10 kilos in 9 weeks so that’s good. Another 5 or 10 kilos and perhaps, perhaps I will be ready to take the plunge and quit smoking. One thing at the time!



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September 16, 2019 at 3:18am
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Have you ever played a sport? Were you any good? What did you like about it? Why did you stop playing (if you did)?

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I played badminton in my youth and younger years. Liked the sport. Later I once returned to it but I couldn’t hold on. So I quit again. I am not a sport’s person, I am afraid, but moving swiftly towards a feather was fun for a while.

Today I walk with my dog and occaisionaly sit on the hometrainer to do excersises. That’s about it. I am moving too little, I know. Sometimes I want to go swimming on a regular basis, but the last time I started doing that enthousiasticaly I had an inflammation on my toe. That was not good, since I am a diabetic I have to be very carefull. Anyway, it resulted in me being somewhat apprehensive going swimming again. Although I know it would be good for body and mind.



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September 15, 2019 at 1:57am
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In 1969, Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon. Afterward, people commonly complained, “If they can put a man on the moon, why can’t they ______?” How would you finish that statement today?

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“If they can put a man on the moon, why can’t they save the earth first?” I love everything to do with astronomy and the mind-blowing work of NASA and agencies like that. It’s science fiction within reach and more. It is very helpful to research in a lot of other fields, but it cost a lot of money. And what’s more: I am afraid that because their aim is going to other planets and eventually have colonies there they forget the importance of the earth. If you have backup planets, why bother about the first one?

The way we treat this planet is not good. We rape, plunder and destroy the earth as if we have nothing to lose. And although there are many voices getting louder to do something about it, I fear we are too late to really turn things around. A doom scenario that sometimes bothers me, but not enough to become an activist again like I was when I was younger. There is this big demonstration planned in my city at the end of the month, but I don’t think I will attend. I probably watch it on television. It’s against climate change and for saving the planet. Or maybe I get up from my couch again and will join those people. Am not sure yet. But it is a concern.



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September 14, 2019 at 2:47pm
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It's said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Describe something that you think is beautiful or attractive that someone else might consider unattractive or ugly.

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Yes, of course, the only thing I can come up with is my dog Arie, a farmer’s fox-terrier of fourteen and a half years old. He is always been beautiful in my eyes and I think a lot of people liked him and his little face. But lately, Life had had his mark on him, getting older. A few front teeth are missing, and he has a bite out of his right earlobe. Bad teeth and every year a visit to clean his teeth have resulted in fewer teeth and molars. The bite out of his ear is the result of an operation because there was this non-malignant growth that had to be removed.

So, he is not as pretty as he was, but I adore him and love him to bits. For me, he is still and always will be the most beautiful dog in the World.



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September 13, 2019 at 5:14am
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List some of your favorite books/movies and explain why you like them. After posting your entry, go comment on other bloggers' entries with suggestions based on their favorites.

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I love good movies and there too many to mention but I will mention a few series I absolutely loved:

1.Prison Break. About a boy who’s brother is in prison. To get him out he commits a bank robbery in order to get inside. Of course, they both travel from prison to prison and they escape in the end. Very thrilling.

2.Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. There are different actresses who perform Jane Marple. I love them all because I am a big fan of Agatha Christie.

3.The Sopranos. Loved that series about the whereabouts of a New Jersy’s mob family.

Books I adore are currently ( I already mentioned this somewhere):

4.The Best Poems of the English Language, from Chaucer through Robert Frost. Great anthology.

5.101 Great American Poets.

6.100 Favorite English and Irish Poems.

Anthologies are a favorite because you could read all those different great poems in one volume. If you pick one out you can always go on the Internet or the library to read more of that particular poet.

7.Four-legged girl by Diana Seuss. I wrote a short review about this wonderful poet who was a finalist for the Pullizer Price in Poetry. A new-found I am very excited about. If you want to try something new in poetry read her!

 
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September 12, 2019 at 1:19pm
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Have you ever taken writing classes or writing workshops? Here or anywhere else? What are your thoughts on taking them?

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My own prompt! Wow, I choose this one because I absolutely adore writing classes and workshops. I have taken them here on WdC (Grammar course with New Horizon Academy) and I have been asked to join and subsequently finished the ultimate writing course here on WdC The Rising Star Project 2016/17. Furthermore, I am doing three courses now on AllPoetry.com, a website for poets. Two poetry classes and one short story class.

I love them because it stimulates my Muse to keep me writing. I learn from them and I am busy writing at the same time. What more do you need? *Bigsmile*

And I have enlisted for the NaNoWriMo PREP coming month. It is sort of a writing class helping me to prep for the novel/story I want to create. With assignments and tools, I will be writing and preparing for this new novel. Great opportunity.



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September 11, 2019 at 10:31am
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Write about someone who truly moves/touches/inspires you. Do you know them personally, or admire them from afar? What do they do that makes them special?

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Some writers here on Writing.com inspire me. Especially when they create blogs as well as statics in their portfolio. By blogging, you get to know them in a way and you understand where they are coming from. It’s a lovely addition to their work.

Some writers and poets inspire me as well. Years ago, I bought this big bulky book The best poems of the English language, selected by Harold Bloom. It’s a feast to read poems, I love to mirror myself to those great men and women. Walt Whitman and Robert Frost to name two. I didn’t study American Literature other than one course at university. The rest is pure research and study as an amateur. But I admire those wizards of the English language.

I love people who are kind and generous and unpretentious. Who are honest about who they are and don’t need to pretend. Other than that I don’t easily admire people. I think everybody has their own qualities, so in a way, they are all to be admired.



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September 10, 2019 at 6:36am
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What are some of the weirdest facts you've ever learned? Wow us with your bizarre knowledge!

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Odd Facts About Your Body:

1. It is physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
2. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
3. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
4. It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest.
5. A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
6. Women blink nearly twice as often as men.
7. Most of the dust particles in your house are dead skin.
8. There is a company that will (for $14,000) take your ashes and compresses them into a synthetic diamond to be set in jewelry for a loved one.
9. There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the surface of the earth.
10. The longest bout of hiccups lasted nearly 69 years.
11. Babies are born without kneecaps. They appear between the ages of 2 and 6.
12. Men can read smaller print than women. Women can hear better.
13. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
14. If you sneeze too hard you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force they can pop out.
15. A kiss stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals that cause relaxation. Women seem to like light and frequent kisses while men like them more strenuous.
16. Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
17. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
18. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
19. Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.
20. According to Chinese acupuncture, there is a point on the head that you can press to control your appetite. It is located in the hollow just in front of the flap of the ear.

Of course, I googled this so there is nothing to be proud of myself. But the first one everybody can try if they like. I found it impossible to do. *Smile*



Petra & Arie

September 9, 2019 at 6:37pm
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What is your favorite storytelling medium, and why? Face-to-face? Movies? Novels? Audiobooks, audioplays? Stage productions? Comics? TV shows? Tweetstorms? Concept albums? Something else?

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I am in love with movies,, novels and stage productions. Those three mediums are forcing me to focus on the story. I am absorbed by the story. In movies by visuals, in novels by the words and how they trigger my imagination and in stageplays because I always try to sit in the front row as to be totally into the play, literally.

But that’s not what occupies my mind right now. This week I am busy with the death of my aunt Ans, the oldest sister of my late mother. She was the head of the clan. She died, suffering from dementia for a couple of years, at the age of 87. Peacefully in her sleep last Thursday. I wrote a poem in memory of her that I will perform at her funeral on Thursday. She bought me a car once, an extravagant gift, second hand of course, but I loved her for it. So considerate of her!

In remembrance of Ans Hoogeveen-Vogt


First policewoman in the 50ties
Brave, smart and a mother of three
husband a sailor, gone with the winds
returning home to you every time

I remember you, aunt
reading in the kitchen with glasses on
newspapers stacked to the ceiling
a cigarette? smoke curling up?
not sure

memory loss
as you forgot the days
turning into the nights

In your fourth wind, at 87
a clock with a dying battery
too worn to be active again
you didn’t open your eyes

the ticking silenced forever

Your Maker takes out the parts
sandalwood, brass shining

The hours have stopped
The time is here and now




Petra & Arie



September 8, 2019 at 2:24pm
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What do you think makes a good leader? Share an example of a good leader from your life (or alternatively, a poor leader who taught you what not to do).

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I can be very short. I haven’t had leaders in my life. Of course, there was the occasional CEO or boss but no leader. The only bad example of a leader is Donald Trump, in my eyes. No offense to anyone. I am too tired right now to address this topic any further.



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Petra & Arie


September 7, 2019 at 9:44am
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Reflect on WDC’s 19th Birthday week! I don’t know any other online community that celebrates like we do What was your favorite activity to participate in? What is the favorite thing you wrote? What is the favorite thing you read? Did you win anything? (or hope to?) Tell us!

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I love the way we celebrate. This week has been fun to participate via everything that SMs has done and the different contests and raffles. I loved Question of the Day (although it’s throughout the year, the questions were birthday related), One free badge every day (Yoohoo), 19 years Ago, Do you know WdC in nineteen questions, and I wore a new skin on my portfolio. I contributed my letter via the first prompt of 30-Day to Tributes to Writing.com.

I wrote for the 48 hour Music Challenge "Justin T. in the supermarket doing groceries and did some reviews. And I won 10,000 GPs for a review in A Week of 19. *Bigsmile* So, yeah…I celebrated.
My favorite read was from a newbie "Foward [13+]. I loved what he wrote and am very eager to read the rest of his (proclaimed) book. Check him out.



Petra & Arie


September 6, 2019 at 5:37am
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I have long adored the practice on WDC of memorializing the portfolios of members who have passed away so all their writings remain visible without needing a membership. See: "White Case Memorial" and "Request a Deceased Member Be Memorialized"

Do you hope to be remembered for your writing? What do you think your writings will say about you when you’re gone? Is your WDC portfolio in suitable shape to be memorialized tomorrow if you were no longer around to tend it?


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I really hope to be remembered for my writing, but I think that is going to be difficult. I read somewhere the family has to send a copy of the death certificate to SM and writing.com in order to verify that you are gone. I live alone, so I don’t know if they will do that when I am deceased. Perhaps I have to make a note somewhere in my house in order for them to know what to do. My portfolio is up to par. I change it every so often and I think it’s looking good.

The first time I noticed there was such a thing called White Case, it was when Oldwarrior had passed away. I was very much in shock because I previously had been in contact with him. It was very sudden, for me. We lost him to cancer.

I think the White Case memorial is great. It is a remembrance to all those great writers we had on this site. *Heart*



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September 5, 2019 at 5:17am
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I spent some time today reading "Writing.Com 101" (a normal Wednesday activity), and found a few entries describing some of the lesser-known features on WDC including the "Sliders Tab" , "Macros" , the "Ideanary" , and "Portfolio Highlighting". In addition to these tools and features, there are 22 item types available for members to create, but only a handful make up the majority of content on the site. Take a look at the full list here: "Item Types and Their Uses"

Is there any item type available to you that you've never created? Any that you've never read? Any tool or feature on WDC that you haven't tried? Why not? What are the benefits of having these extra features available on a site dedicated to writing? (I have a feeling our restless muses are to blame, but I'd love to hear your thoughts! )


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I think I am influenced by the blog by Elle so I’ll make a list as well. The things I create or didn’t create. Although I have participated in most myself.

*BoxCheck*Static item
*BoxCheck*Book
*BoxCheck*Message Forum
*BoxCheck*Group
*BoxCheck*Interactive Story
*Box* Audio
*Box*Campfire Creative
*BoxCheck*C-note
*Box*Crossword Puzzle
*Box*Document
*BoxCheck*Folder
*BoxCheck*Image
*BoxCheck*In & Out
*BoxCheck*MadLib
*Box*Photo Album
*Box*User Poll
*BoxCheck*Product Review
*Box*Quizz
*Box*Shop
*Box*Survey Form
*Box*Web Page
*Box*Word Search

To take Elle up on her offer I want to create a User Poll today. So, I am going to do that.



 
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Diets and eating healthy   (E)
User poll on Dieting
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September 4, 2019 at 6:36pm
September 4, 2019 at 6:36pm
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"Note: 48-HOUR CHALLENGE : Medi..."

I listened to this song from Justin Timberlake and watched the video, as requested. What stuck out and triggered me was the footage of a supermarket with Justin T. and an employe dancing, he behind the shopping cart, the worker dancing with the tool to give shop items their prize tag. *Jamming*

My whole world is evolving around the supermarket these couple of months because I have changed my lifestyle as a diabetic and am now on a low-carb, high fat, no sugar diet. That means doing groceries with a list, and before that doing research on what to eat and how to cook or bake it. It’s very time consuming because you cannot shop for prepared items. Everything has to be home-made. Furthermore, I have to log everything in a computer program so I’ll know how much calories, fat, proteins, carbs, salt and fibers I have per day. Whew!! I do groceries almost every day now and am very much involved in this diet.

The idea behind it is that you burn fat instead of carbs. You don’t eat pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, noodles, pizza and that sort of thing. Everything bad carb is out because it is sugar to your body. And I don’t do sugar or carbs anymore because the only way to lose weight and to eat healthily that is working for my glucose values is this low-carb, high-fat regime. I can eat a lot, I can eat healthy and tasty as long as it is a product lower than 5 grams of carb per 100 grams. I have to stay within the range of 1150 calories, 20-50 carbs, 85 grams fat, 75 grams protein and no sugar. Sweetener is allowed. Fruit is allowed if it’s ending on ‘berry’ so strawberry, blueberry, raspberries, and blackberries. Not every day and no more than 50 grams per day. All green vegetables but no legumes (probably a bad translation from Dutch, but no beans and stuff like that). 2/3th of carbs out of vegetables. And a lot of water. Coca-cola Zero is allowed, moderately.

So here you go, in fact: here am I going. With my reading glasses in the supermarket doing the groceries. Reading the small print on the back of the product for carbs. Did I mention it’s time-consuming? It is. But it’s worth it. I already lost almost 9 kilos in 7 weeks. I’ll be dancing in the supermarket with my skinny body and my lowered blood sugar level in no time. Dance, dance! *InLove*



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In your blog entry today, share anything interesting you found while exploring your blog’s statistics. What is the profile of your average reader? Do you consider your readership when composing a blog entry? Everyone has an “ideal reader,” as Stephen King says. Who is your ideal reader?


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If he or she is breathing and has a pulse I am glad they read my blogs, short stories or poetry. *Ha*. I am not picky. Honestly, I am always glad that there are readers. I am thrilled if I get comments on my blog from co-writers, and I am honored that a lot of my readers come from visitors of the website. Sometimes I look at the statistics, but they don’t come into focus when I am writing. Apart from writing for myself, I write for anyone who cares to read. More than 2000 portfolio views are huge! I think I have a mean average of 10 readers per day when I am not doing 30-Day. Then it’s higher because of the fellow competitors. I am very content by that. But I recently do a lot more on social media. I write in English as well as in Dutch and I have my own website where I put my stuff on. I try to do Facebook and Twitter as well, occasionally.

Just for the fun of it I googled my own (pen)name and found out that Amazon.com had my first three Dutch poetry booklets in store. I wasn’t even aware of that. Unfortunately, it’s not in stock any longer, but the information is still there.

There is one momentum I am so proud of: A co-writer on this site and an avid reader let me know that one of my short stories made her cry. That’s a huge compliment coming from a random somebody. I loved that!



Petra & Arie


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