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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.

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August 5, 2020 at 5:46am
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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.

https://journeybeyondrail.com.au/journeys/the-ghan-expedition/

https://www.gemsociety.org/article/opal-mining-coober-pedy/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pniXiSEoTwM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrCpNlPggtA

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.



It’s so easy to do, although the work conditions of the miners can be brutal. It reminds me of my granddad, he was a coal miner. One of the last miners in my country.

When I struck luck we all cheer! What a great find. *Bigsmile* I feel rich.

Opal is formed from silica – the same stuff as sand –. As water percolates down through the ground, it picks up silica from sandstone and forms a solution of silicon dioxide. The solution settles into cracks and spaces, and sometimes even into the casts left behind by decomposing sea creatures. The water then evaporates, leaving the silica behind, which over millions of years becomes an opal.
About 90% of all opal is a dull white color – this stuff is known as ‘common opal’ or ‘potch’ and has no value. This is when the silica crystals are arranged randomly and light is not refracted. Coloured opal, the valuable stuff, occurs when the silica crystals are evenly sized and lined-up, allowing light to bounce off them and create a rainbow of colors: red, green, blue, violet, yellow or orange. (https://www.passportandpixels.com/digging-opals-coober-pedy-australia/)

I own a beautiful opal necklace, my dad and his wife brought it back from one of their trips from Turkey. Now I know how it is formed. Very interesting.



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https://www.opalsdownunder.com.au/learn/famous-opals/

https://www.gemsociety.org/article/famous-opals/

https://www.gemsociety.org/article/opal-mining-coober-pedy/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkhY9fcp54k

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)

It’s awful those burglaries. It reminds me of a jeweler in my country who was burgled three times before. The fourth time his wife shot the burglar dead. It was a real hype in the Netherlands. She got arrested. A lot of people found that it was self-defense and that she should be acquitted. In the end, I think she was found guilty but there was no sentence.

There is this real-life program on television called Investigation requested. It’s a program where the police are asking the public for help in criminal cases. Although I write thrillers and love detectives, I can’t watch this program anymore. It’s too frightening sometimes what people do to each other. If I should watch I would not fall asleep at night because it’s too scary. Because it’s real. And it can happen to you.



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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.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255093-d12951577-Reviews-The_Ghan...

30 day prompt, check out these links and discuss. You must discuss a minimum of 3 of the links.

https://www.pinkroadhouse.com.au/oodnadatta-track/

https://www.australia.com/en-us/places/northern-territory.html

https://alicespringsdesertpark.com.au/

https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/

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. *Bigsmile*

Alice Springs Desert Park is a big park. I loved listening to the various audio tours the park provided about the desert in Central Australia and the botanical features of the park. I walked along with the trees, shrubs, and grasses. Watched birds and small creatures who live off the land. This time I didn’t forget to take a lot of pictures. I also learned about the Aboriginal people and how they find food and medicine in the dessert. And I spotted a dingo or two and saw some kangaroos. The highlight of the day.

I remember this story about a child who was killed by a dingo, her parents were initially arrested for murder. Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (11 June – 17 August 1980) was an Australian two-month-old baby girl who was killed by a dingo on the night of 17 August 1980, on a family camping trip to Uluru in the Northern Territory. Her body was never found. Her parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain reported that she had been taken from their tent by a dingo. Lindy Chamberlain was, however, tried for murder and spent more than three years in prison. She was released when a piece of Azaria's clothing was found near a dingo lair, and new inquests were opened. In 2012, 32 years after Azaria's death, the Chamberlains' version of events was officially supported by a coroner. (Wikipedia)

After visiting the park I go back to the train where I have a meet with a flying doctor on leave. He talks with me about his work during Corona time, visiting remote places where they are needed. I think they are doing awesome jobs and I have the utmost respect for them. I know some of his work by watching the television series The Flying Doctors in the past. So, there is a lot to talk about. The train ride is over in a flash.

In the late afternoon, we eat in this really sophisticated restaurant. Barramundi is a fish. Its taste is very good. Want to try it at home?

Step 1
Combine barramundi, oil, turmeric, and chili flakes, if using, in a large bowl. Season. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add the barramundi, skin-side down, and cook for 3 mins. Turn and cook for 2 mins or until just cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Step 2
Combine the coconut cream, lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar in a small bowl. Add the kale and spinach to the frying pan and cook for 1 min. Add the coconut cream mixture and cook, turning, for 1-2 mins or until the spinach just wilts and the sauce thickens slightly.

Step 3
Divide the spinach mixture among serving plates. Top with barramundi. Sprinkle with the coconut to serve.

It was a lovely day with lots to think about when I hit the sack. Sleep well. *Heart*



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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 go by train fairly often in my country. We have a very good railway system in our tiny country.

The only time I went by international train was years back in my twenties from Amsterdam to the south of France via Brussels and Paris. It was an interesting trip, the three of us were heading for a sculpture workshop for a week. During the day we were looking out of the window, at night we slept in our bunk beds. There were 4 beds, two twos. So, we had one bed empty, so we thought. At night a Swedish gentleman stumbled in and slept in the fourth bed. We had no hustle with him. But just as I wanted to turn over to go to sleep there was turmoil in the hallway, I woke up and saw a strange man walking inside and leaning over to touch my girlfriend who was in the bed under me. I shouted very loud: “Hey you, go away!” and he left in a hurry. Very awkward. Not very nice, but we slept well after that.

The sculpture workshop was awesome. We stayed at a former silk caterpillar farm turned into an art residence run by two Dutch artists. We worked on our sculpture all day and had lunch and dinner under the olive trees. It was all very sophisticated. I brought my statue home with me. It stayed in my house and later in my garden for years. A male torso with beautiful buttocks. *Bigsmile*

Riding a train is very soothing, I think. Everything slows down, no stress, no hurry. The landscape is gliding in front of you. You can look out the window and watch the people in their gardens, walking the streets or the little back roads and you watch Nature unfold. I love train rides! *Smile*



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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.

https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Sydney/entity/CgsImO_m76TC4eXkARAB?g2lb=250...

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.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g255060-Activities-Sydney_New_South_Wale...

https://www.thecrazytourist.com/25-best-things-sydney-australia/


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.





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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!

Sydney Bridge Climb. Do you dare?  

Then I want to meet RICHARD FLANAGAN in the city and talk about writing. Although he’s been described as the ‘great novelist of our generation’, Richard Flanagan didn’t step into the spotlight until The Narrow Road to the Dark North was published in 2013. The novel tells the stories of prisoners of war in the Japanese labor camps on the Thai-Burma railway and won the Man Booker Prize in 2014. His books are set in the scene of Australia’s rich history, with Flanagan’s own forefathers migrating to Australia as convicts. He has single-handedly brought literary recognition to the tiny state of Tasmania.

Although I didn’t read his book yet, my grandfather worked the Burma railway in the Second World War. So, there must be plenty to talk about.



Wow, what a great man! After coffee and talk, I ask him to walk with me through the city.   A lovely time! When we see a bookshop I buy his book.



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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.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-bar-at-vernadsky-research-base-antarctic...

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.



Great excursion that ended in a blast with a shot of vodka. I got to know the group a little bit more after that *Ha* Apondia , Prosperous Snow , Lazy Writer , BlueMoon , Lyn , SandraLynn , Carly .

Earlier this year scientists have found a tiny animal, Tullbergia, living under rocks in Antarctica's inland mountain peaks, where nothing should survive. Tullbergia seems to have persisted in the same place for millions of years, somehow avoiding deadly ice sheets and toxic salts. Gene sequences from Tullbergia and other Antarctic critters may explain their survival and might rewrite the history of ice across the continent. (Scientific American). A great discovery. I bet these scientists drank a few too after they found this! And put some more ice in their drinks. *Bigsmile*

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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.

Sometimes I have this ideal dream sequence where everything fits like a glove and is what I call afterward: an ingenious dream. It’s perfect although it’s content may differ from dream to dream. Not the content makes it ingenious but the way it fits into one and another. I find it always hard to believe there is no deeper meaning in dreams. They are so important to me.

In my university years, I wrote a paper on dream interpretation. It was research into several different dream interpreters. After analyzing their work I came up with a new grid to interpret dreams. A list of a hundred questions or so to ask the dream. When answered you got a very profound map of your dream. It was fun researching dreams.

Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) became an Antarctic explorer for three expeditions. He had a dream that came through. He also groomed his crew into coming to terms with eating the sled dogs of his expedition. And they actually ate the dogs to survive. Yuk!



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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.

https://www.2foodtrippers.com/antarctica-food/#:~:text=Oh%20Pemmican%2C%20the%20...

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.

https://www.adventurouskate.com/kayaking-antarctica/#:~:text=Kayaking%20in%20Ant...


Wow, Antarctica! I never thought I would travel there, even virtually.



It is extremely cold but very beautiful and wildlife and Nature is amazing!

But I am also very conscious about the fact that maybe I am one of the last persons traveling there, me and 20,000 tourists a year, with climate change and everything. Better be very careful where I put my feet, hey?

The South Pole is on Antarctica, so I think I want to visit Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and all the elves. Just for one day, just for fun.

But what really fascinates me of course is Antarctica by night. The Light. It’s amazing. The colors, the sky, the stars…out of this world. *Bigsmile*





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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

https://www.wayfairertravel.com/inspiration/books-about-antarctica/.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15awHdeG4LQ&t=37s

This trip is amazing. The penguins, the whales, kayaking, the Light. But it’s also very confrontational. Climate Change spoils everything. It has now been established that the Antarctic Circumpolar Current is warming more rapidly than the global ocean as a whole. So, what can we do ourselves? Eat less meat, be energy-wise, and politically active if possible. Stay green!

Demonstrating for a better world is as important as ever. But in Corona time I am very anxious about all those mass events. It’s impossible to stay socially distant and even with a face mask, it’s dangerous. Furthermore, we have to change our policy after Corona. Change the way we travel, fly airplanes, how we use transport.

It sometimes makes me very anxious: what will our planet become?



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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.

In the real world, I would pack one suitcase and a small day backpack with my personal belongings. Some underwear, shirts, trousers, shorts, socks, bathing suit, toilet bag with stuff, medication, extra pair of summer shoes, towel, sunglasses, reading glasses, one book, one notebook with pen, my smoke, and myself, and a credit card.

But it’s Corona time and I am not going anywhere but virtual. The thought of flying to a destination in Europe scares me now. Packed with hundred others in a plane, masked but still, no way you can keep your distance. Outside Europe, we are not allowed to travel other than if it’s really necessary. Inside Europe, it’s allowed although there are countries or regions marked Orange (only necessary trips and in 2 weeks quarantine on arrival back home).

Still dangerous times so, I am very glad to travel virtually come tomorrow.
We still don’t know which countries we will be visiting. Surprise, surprise, although it would be nice to plan some of it. Like which Lonely Planet will I use? Too bad I am not at home so I don’t have access to them anyway. But I own a lot of different Lonely Planets. Great book series on traveling. And a good research buffer for my writing. Normally that is.

This time I am going to use only Google for my research. I think that will be enough. Happy travel! *Bigsmile*



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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.
So, I just worked on the first one. I remember participating before a few years back. Didn’t realize the forum was still open. So, please bear with me this night and stick with this blog. Thank you for that! *Bigsmile*

2:37 am. The last couple of nights I find it difficult to sleep through the night. I am used to waking up a couple of times but I usually manage to sleep it off again. Yesterday I was awake all night and tonight as well, I find it hard to catch up with the dream I was dreaming. Can’t remember anyways.

10:56 am. Just participated in the virtual holiday trip 30 days around the world by 30-Day BC and BCoFs. It’s starting tomorrow and I am doing both! *Bigsmile* So, with a bit of luck I can do three prompts a day in August. Wow, busy!! I am looking forward to that trip and I am sure Lyn has done her utmost to make it wonderful. I know I enjoyed it tremendously in the past. So, thank you, Lyn, in advance! *Heart*

A beautiful day already. The sun is shining, it’s really sunny and the temperature will rise during the day. We had planned dinner with a friend of my stepmom today, but she postponed it till tomorrow. So, I took the leftovers from yesterday out of the freezer to melt. Chinese, it was lovely yesterday, it will be today. *Smile*



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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.

A rather dull but sunny day in Corona time today. We sat in the garden fortunately because the weather was very good. Hot. In the shade it’s very good. I didn’t feel like cooking today so I just ordered in Chinese. Yummy! We have to wait a small portion of an hour before they deliver, but it’s worth the wait. Eating in the garden, my favorite.

Thanks all for participating and hopefully till next month for the trip around the world. If not, hope to see you in another official month. Bye! *Bigsmile*



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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.





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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?

Yeah, it’s my birthday today, so I pick prompt number 1.

Late last night I got a birthday mail from my brother wishing me a happy birthday, attached with a musical harpsichord piece he performed himself. Very touching. This morning I found the living room filled with little birthday flags and a great bunch of flowers with a card. I was again very touched because my stepmom is extremely forgetful, but she didn’t forget my birthday. *Heart* She is still sleeping so I will thank her later.

I don’t celebrate much today, I am fifty-nine years old now (holy moly where did those years go) and it’s Corona time. But my brother and a friend are coming to visit us later today so, that’s really wonderful.

But, really? Fifty-nine? Next year I’ll be sixty!! It is really astonishing. There are days I feel and behave like a senior and sometimes I just am thirty-five. But I know, I know, it’s just a number and all that. Still, I just have to choke and let it slowly sink in. Fifty-nine!!

Because my brother is staying over for dinner I first thought to cook myself and make a vegetable-cheese quiche from the oven. But that means I have to be in the kitchen for some time. So, I decided to order in some really nice Subway buns with cucumber, salad, onions, tomato, and sauce on top of cheese and turkey. For my brother the vegie bun. I love Subway buns. They are very tasty (although not low-carb, but who cares it’s my birthday). And we start with French onion soup. Just a simple meal. No fuzz!

Later my good friend will come over for cake and coffee.

I already did those groceries yesterday evening after dinner. It’s the time everybody is still at home eating so, it’s less crowded in the shops. Every time I go shopping I am aware of the danger of Covid-19. In the shops people are already fed up with it all and are not looking out as much as before. I still keep my distance and try to avoid contact as much as possible. Here in The Netherlands the numbers are slowly going up again. We are waiting for that second wave. There are again countries with the warning not to visit there in Europe. Belgium is going bad, Spain is not good and Kroatia is very bad, to name a few. What will happen if people come back from holidays? Will there be another increase in numbers? We will have to wait and see, but I keep my fingers crossed.

But, so far…my birthday. I have all day to ponder on the fact that I am old now: fifty-nine! Holy Moly!! *Bigsmile*



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July 27, 2020 at 5:04am
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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+].

Writing.com was and is my life saver. It’s been more than 4 years now I discovered this site and I love it still, every day. When I am back home in September I hope to write more short stories and poetry again and take part again in contests. It’s been awhile.

But first my birthday tomorrow, and the 30-Day Blogging Challenge virtual trip for the month of August. I am very eager to take part and to know what part of the world we are going to travel in. I hope to see everybody there! *Bigsmile*


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July 26, 2020 at 5:43am
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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.

Judging food is like any other judging highly personal. Taste, texture, and looks are in the mix. I would find it extremely difficult to be a good food judge.

Food is something mandatory for me. You have to eat or you will die. I take no pleasure in cooking other than that it preoccupies me in Corona time. I do the groceries and the cooking for my stepmom so I have to come up with ideas every day. Sometimes that’s difficult. Luckily, she eats anything.



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July 25, 2020 at 4:04am
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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.

A few challenging moments where I lost my temper a bit. I find it sometimes difficult to stay cool, enthusiastic, and friendly all the time 24/7. I am not used to living with someone and now for the past 5 months, I live with my stepmom in Corona times. But I am learning.

My dog Arie is a real lifesaver for both of us. Every day he makes us smile, which is great.

We went to have dinner with her friends. They offered to take care of the financial things in case T’s marbles aren’t working as they should. She is very forgetful and we have to prepare for the near future. So, we have to go to the notary to secure things.

My birthday is next week, I am not really celebrating, but my brother and a friend are coming over. So, that would be nice I guess.

Still another full month to go. I am leaving September 1st to go for my own place again. I am really looking forward to that. It will be 6 months I stayed here, a long time. But necessary.



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July 24, 2020 at 4:29am
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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).

He wrote so many thrillers and I liked all of them. I wished I could write like him. The first thing I would do when switching places is writing another thriller. I really love his work. I think his wife and son are thriller writers too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Kellerman

He wrote more than 40 thrillers. Wow, I wished I was as creative as he is. This is real jealousy speaking. *Envy*



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July 23, 2020 at 5:31am
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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.

Brighton Rosie Sharbino (born August 19, 2002) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Lizzie Samuels on the AMC television series The Walking Dead. She can play Marie-Claire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_Sharbino

Ty Simpkins (born August 6, 2001) is an American actor. His major film roles include Insidious (2011), its sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Iron Man 3 (2013), Jurassic World (2015), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Simpkins He can play Werner.

Nicolas Kim Coppola (born January 7, 1964), known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and filmmaker. Cage has been nominated for numerous major cinematic awards and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas (1995). He can play the role of the father. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Cage



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July 22, 2020 at 4:43am
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Make a list of the top five most important virtues and why.

Acceptance, Creativity, Integrity, Peace, and Wonder are my top five.

Acceptance: the act of accepting something or someone.

Creativity: the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.

Integrity: Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; the quality or state of being complete or undivided.

Peace: a state of tranquillity or quiet.

Wonder: a feeling caused by something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

For me accepting myself and others, accepting who I am and what has become of me is crucial to a good life. There is no point in what-ifs and buts, things are as they are.

My writing is my form of creativity. The most important thing in my life. It’s my life-line, the way I think and breathe every day. Without it I am dead.

Integrity in everything you be or do is also important. It is the core from which I operate or try to live and I value it in others.

To be in a state of tranquillity or quiet is a very important goal or purpose for me. Without peace, there is always turmoil, always stress.

I hope to never lose the virtue of wonderment. I am looking for it in the world and in myself and others. I want to keep seeing the beauty in everything and everybody. Not necessarily an easy job.



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July 21, 2020 at 4:25am
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Write a letter to your fifteen-year-old self.

Dear fifteen-year old,

Life at home is not easy at the moment. There are a lot of fights and bitterness going on in your home. Within a year you leave the house with a bang. It’s better that you don’t because you miss out a lot later in life because of leaving so early, but I can very much relate to it, so, take care and try to be nice to yourself.

The boyfriend you currently have will leave but will come back after a few months. Don’t be too upset over it. You will leave him at the end and that’s good. There will be others.

About your choice in study at the university. You will choose Psychology but that choice will be the reason you get into professional trouble later. Maybe pick another study, like Sociology. I think it will suit you better. If you have the time start early with writing that book. You will love writing later.

There is not much I can tell you because you have to find out for yourself. In hindsight things are always easier. But try to enjoy life as much as possible and don’t be too harsh on yourself. Try to loosen up a little bit. Try to smile more often.

Have a good life,

Regards, your future self.



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July 20, 2020 at 7:06am
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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.

What happened?

I was approached, like every year, by this energy company BC. with an offer for a new energy contract on my house for gasoline and electricity. It was for a new company called HollandsStroom. It was an offer for 100 euro cashback plus an arrangement to buy-off the costs for leaving my old energy company NLE. I agreed to specific that offer.

I got the terms of delivery from the new company but, here’s the snag, failed to read the small print. My fault of course.

Now, I discovered in the new terms is a clause that says HollandsStroom is not paying the costs for leaving the old company. And the 100 euro cashback is nowhere mentioned anyway. So, a loss of 350 euros.

I am really pissed. They deceived me, they tricked me into buying energy from this new company knowing the terms wouldn’t cover those 350 euro.

I would not have switched from old to new if I had known this. And of course, in the end, there is no one to blame but myself. I shouldn’t have accepted the new terms if I had read them properly.

I am going to try to get those 350 euro back, of course, the letter goes in the postal mail this afternoon, but I know they can deny responsibility: I should have read those final terms of the contract better.
That’s when you deal with a middle man BC. where you should just do business with the new company directly. But I send the original mail with the original offer with it.

I am so pissed. They tricked me for 350 euros. That’s a lot of money. Fucking companies just milking you for your money. And with this construction, there is no one to blame but the customer itself. The two companies can blame the other for not doing their jobs properly.

It really ruined my morning. I am glad this prompt is there to let me vent a little bit.

Not nice, not bloody nice at all! *Angry*



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July 20, 2020 at 4:05am
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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?

Why can’t they cure cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, COVID-19? Of course, you can’t compare. Totally different things. But you wonder…Why is it so difficult to cure diseases?

But as my late father used to say: “You have to die of something”. Dementia, long cancer, stroke and heart deceases are the top 4 causes of death in my country.

We tend to think everything is makeable, can be manufactured and fixed. But we are just humans with flaws in our systems and hearts and minds that cause different factors to die from. We have an expiration date. That will always be the case.



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July 19, 2020 at 8:01am
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Besides writing, tell us about a hobby you have. How did you discover it? How long have you been doing it?

I love movies. So, I watch a lot of DVDs when possible. I love to binge-watch, without interruptions. Lately, we are watching the detective Columbo. From the 80s. When that’s done we have all seasons of Murder She Wrote.

I had a pass for the movie theatre in my country. Sometimes, before Corona, I watched 2 or 3 movies per week when I had the time. The alternative movies, not the blockbusters. That’s over now. So, DVDs are the thing. I don’t have Netflix because it requires a box I don’t have.

The thing about binge-watching is that there are no interruptions from commercials in between. I hate that about watching movies on television. But it’s Summertime now and there isn’t much interesting to watch on television these days.

I discovered movies in my teens. And I loved them ever since.





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