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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 22, 2019 at 6:58am
November 22, 2019 at 6:58am
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Write about a missed connection.

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I wrote about this experience before, but it took place when I was 25 years old. I stayed in Amsterdam with a friend all Saturday night and landed in a small bar called the Princess. I fell asleep at a sofa in the corner and woke because someone in the seat opposite of me spilled his beer. I opened my eyes and saw a man sitting. He was short, a little corpulent with the sweetest eyes. We started talking and it kept me awake all night. When my friend who was sitting at the bar talking to others was fed up and wanted to leave, the man proposed to walk us to the station. There we had another half an hour before we had to leave by train. In that half an hour the two of us, the man and me, sat next to each other, without much to say but enjoying each other's company. I didn’t want to leave, he didn’t want me to leave. His name was Peter and he lived in Amsterdam. I left by train with my friend. I was very much infectuated by this encounter and went back the following weekend, in the middle of the night, did sleep again and was wakened by someone who suddenly said: OMG. I opened my eyes and it was Peter. We looked at eachother and for some reason I never understood, I closed my eyes again. When I opened them 5 minutes later he was gone. I asked around in the bar if anyone knew this guy, left a note at the bar and left. The next weekend I thought I saw him in my hometown, sitting and smiling, but I wasn’t sure and didn’t approach him. That was everything to it. I never saw him again. But I became a poet because this man had touched something deep inside me.

I thought about what could have happened if I had been more courageous and had spoken to him when I got the chance. Asked for his phonenumber, given him mine. My life, at least a period in my life would have been totally different, I am sure of that.



November 21, 2019 at 5:45am
November 21, 2019 at 5:45am
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What do you value most in a job/career? What about a job makes it satisfying and fulfilling? If you currently hold your “dream job,” what makes it perfect for you? If you are still seeking your dream job, how will you know when you’ve found it? If you are retired, think back to how you felt when you were working.

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My dream job was having a lot of responsibility and being able to do what I did best. The salary had also something to do with it. The variety in the jobs is also important to me. I loved my jobs. Sadly enough I had to stop my career due to molestation by a pupil of mine and getting death treaths for almost a year by his family. I got PTSD and quit my job. It’s been awhile now since I got paid for what I was doing. Now, I am trying to write fulltime and that is fulfilling as well. So, I am not complaining.



November 20, 2019 at 4:01am
November 20, 2019 at 4:01am
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Do you remember your first friend? Under what circumstances did you become friends? Are you still in contact with them or any of your other childhood friends?

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The first friend I remember was at kindergarten, Marcellino, a blond boy. We always played together, I think he was my first love. I don’t know what has become of him. Much later in 7th grade, I had several friends with whom Hedy I still am in contact with. She lives with her family in France but is twice a year in the Netherlands. We try to see each other when possible. We go to lunch near the seaside and catch up. Another friend Jos I have for 40 years now. We have a date once every four months or so and drink tea in a restaurant. Two weeks ago I introduced him to my philosopher’s club because he gives philosophical walks in my city. We met up with him, the five of us, and he talked and walked us through history. It was fun. Another friend, Marcel, I know from high school. We stay in touch and sometimes meet. But the contacts go through mail and messenger mainly. It’s reassuring to still know people from my past.



November 19, 2019 at 8:11am
November 19, 2019 at 8:11am
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What characteristics do you admire in a leader? Is there or was there a time in your life when you took on a leadership role? Research different leadership styles and describe which style you would most like to follow. Which style are you? When you are in a leadership position, do you exemplify the qualities you admire in a good leader?

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Laissez-faire leadership, Pace-setter leadership, Autocratic leadership, Democratic leadership, Servant leadership, Charismatic leadership, Transformational leadership, Transactional Leadership. There are a lot of styles. I have been and tried to be a democratic leader in my days. I will follow the Charismatic leader the best. But in all earnest, I am not fond of leaders. I am a bit of an anarchist myself. I have had a lot of different jobs where I was my own boss so to speak, although there always were managers or CEOs above me. Just let me do my thing and I am at my best.



November 18, 2019 at 9:03am
November 18, 2019 at 9:03am
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What is something that most people misunderstand or wrongly assume about you?

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People mostly assume about me that I am always reading books. When I was younger I read practically everything from cover to cover and I had a huge library in my house. Lately, I buy books, go to the library to fetch books but fail to read them. I usually bring books back unread after three weeks and when I buy them they lay around in my living room untouched. I still like to think that I love reading only I don’t do it that often anymore.



November 17, 2019 at 3:14pm
November 17, 2019 at 3:14pm
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There are 45 days remaining in the year. What do you want to do or accomplish before 2019 is over?

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I want to deep clean my house, do all the laundry and write some more in the remaining of 2019. It’s just that. Furthermore, I am binge-watching the television series House, about a fun but obnoxious doctor and his team in a hospital. I have a stack of DVDs of House and I am intending to watch it all. I hope there is time left to clean and write. Around Xmas I have the widow of my late father staying for a week. I hope that is fun too. We are going to a play, drink tea with my brother and eat out with her friend in those days.



November 16, 2019 at 2:44pm
November 16, 2019 at 2:44pm
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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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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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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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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*




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