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

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. Fast-forwarding six years, I am still blogging. It's my lifesaver! It's what I do almost every day.

“Not only will giving up cigarettes put more money in your pocket, your body will thank you for it.” ― Auliq Ice



For my other blog "Infinite potential [E]

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


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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 10, 2022 at 5:18pm
September 10, 2022 at 5:18pm
#1037595

I feel the urge to create something, write something, and make an effort to push myself into the flow of writing. So, I am writing for 10 minutes non-stop, without editing or questioning myself. I just write.

There is always a contest that I can submit to, and I think I already found one, so, that’s good. The only problem is I don’t have a clue what to write about. It can be a short story, a poem, a blog entry, or a personal essay. But it’s not that I’ve got topics lined up, so perhaps this rambling for 10 minutes is good for finding a topic.

Shall I explore more the depth of my relationship with my parents? There must be a whole lot of memories laying low in my brain about that. But perhaps that’s something for the Personal Essay Workshop I’m committed to. I can try to create a poem for my Ovi collection, about the death of Queen Elizabeth perhaps? But the raw emotion that I felt when I learned she had passed away is already gone, so I don’t feel the need to do so.

A short story perhaps? But again, about what? The contest I want to write it for has no prompt. Perhaps I should find a prompt-based contest first before thinking of writing. I think that’s what I am going to do first. Pick a contest and write accordingly. It’s a plan for this Saturday night.

10 minutes are over. I stick to the plan. *Bigsmile*



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September 9, 2022 at 4:03pm
September 9, 2022 at 4:03pm
#1037542


Are you following the media coverage since Queen Elizabeth passed? 96 years, 7 decades as the Queen. That in itself is remarkable. How do you feel about having Royal families as part of your culture?

I am very sad about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, my neighboring Queen. She had always been on the thrown since I was born so, I never knew another Queen of Great Britain.

I am from the Netherlands, and we have a Kingdom ourselves. Currently, King Alexander is on the thrown, our number 1 ambassador.

That’s the reason I like being in a Kingdom. The Royal family does a tremendous amount of work representing our nation. It cost a lot, that’s true, but I think any form, including a presidency will cost money.

I like the combination of history, fairytale, and representation. So, I am in favor of the monarchy.

I hope King Charles III will be as good a King as his mother was Queen because she was a wonderful monarch for 70 years.



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September 7, 2022 at 6:31pm
September 7, 2022 at 6:31pm
#1037463
"Note: 48-HOUR CHALLENGE : Media Prompt Deadl..."




Celebrate good times, it’s all right, come on!

It was the year 1980 when Kool and the Gang came out with their Celebration. I was 19 at the time. I just started living together with my then-boyfriend and celebrated my first year on my first job at an insurance company. I had to research people who put in a disability claim. It was a good job, very interesting and I learned a lot that year. It was also wonderful to give people their money if the research told me so, it was painful to reject others who didn’t qualify for some reason or other.

Fast forwarding 42 years and this is the celebration week of Writing.com. Twenty-Two years, who would have thought!

This first week has gone by very fast. I was busy hosting my first blogging event. And I put on an auction to raise GPs for groups and membership. I entered some contests and spent some GPs on raffles, people, and things.

It was a fun week! Thank you community! *Heart*

September 7, 2022 at 5:11pm
September 7, 2022 at 5:11pm
#1037460


Prompt:Do you cook and bake like Rachael Ray, Ree Drummond or Martha Stewart? Or do you just cook and bake your own way? The first 5 members who do this prompt will get the new Sweet Merit Badge.

I don’t know those three cooks, so that leaves me cooking my own way. I have the ingredients for a cottage cheese cake right now in my kitchen, but because I first have to do the dishes I didn’t come to it yet. First the cleaning up and then the baking. Tomorrow is the plan!

I cook almost every day, except when I am not able to due to a mess in my kitchen. Other than that I cook fairly well. Usually as much low-carb as possible because of my blood sugar levels, but I can cook almost anything. It’s not that I like cooking that much, but when there are people to entertain I am at my best.

Cooking from a recipe book is my favorite, then I don’t have to think that much but follow up. Sometimes I cook from recipes online, then I sprint between the kitchen and the study to know what to do and when to add what to the pan.

I love to cook oven dishes, again, it’s simple, the oven does the work.

I guess I am a bit of a lazy cook. *Bigsmile*


September 5, 2022 at 8:42am
September 5, 2022 at 8:42am
#1037338


Prompt: “Where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.” Emily Giffin, Where We Belong
Is there a place where you belong in your heart even if you don’t live there or even if you haven’t ever been there?


Perhaps this sounds a bit like I am exaggerating but I belong to a writer’s community called Writing.com. My heart belongs there. It’s the place I feel utterly at home apart from home. It’s where my soul can thrive and I can do what I long to do, write and be part of the site.

I must admit, I don’t have much of a life apart from writing and being on WdC. I log in every day and I mostly stay there, although I jump from Word documents or other links back to WdC.

It’s my lifeline.

I even dream about WdC, as if the site was a real-life community and I interact with people there. It’s a safe and beautiful environment populated with other writers and artists.

I so feel at home on the site, it gives me pleasure and a place where I can be totally myself. It’s like a real city. There are houses there where I can meet people, there are places there to hone my craft, and there are lanes I can walk and wander off.

Since I am part of this community for more than 6 years I have found a new identity as a writer. I have published some poetry and short stories in magazines and an anthology, which is great. But being part of WdC is even greater.

What is the secret of WdC? It has to do with the The StoryMaster and The StoryMistress . They are family-based entrepreneurs with a vision and they established this wonderful community where good manners, kindness, and true love of writing sets the tone. It’s one of a kind, it’s unique, and it’s truly inspiring.

I hope it will stay for a very long time, so I can be a part of this great community.



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September 2, 2022 at 12:30pm
September 2, 2022 at 12:30pm
#1037219


We're in the last quarter of another year. Have you accomplished the goals you set for yourself or are you scrambling now that it's the last quarter? Do you have any goals specifically for this time of year? Or are you going to simply enjoy each day as it unfolds?

I don’t have long time goals for this year set up, just enjoying the day-to-day. It’s a busy week with the WdC’s 22nd Birthday Party going on and me being involved in a blog event and a month-long auction to raise funds.

The blog event is coming along nicely with wonderful entries, I am going to lay low with the auction till the blog event is over.

I am in the middle of a week-long Daily Poems and I suspect to play along with some raffles and the Bingo. Fun games.

Furthermore, I am working on the Personal Essay workshop this semester, which is interesting.

Then there is NaNoWriMo in November. What to do? Shall I join again, after the failure of last year where I didn’t pass the third chapter? I am thinking about it since the year before that went oh so well for me and I finished a whole novel from scratch. Strangely enough, taking part in the October Novel Prep last year didn’t do it for me. I am not a planner turned out and it’s better for me to not come prepared but let the flow begin on the first of November and not before. So, I am seriously thinking about regrouping myself with that last unfinished novel and moving with it this year.

So, perhaps some goals toward the end of the year. It’s going so fast that I hardly keep track. Time is fleeing through my fingers.



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August 30, 2022 at 6:23am
August 30, 2022 at 6:23am
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Prompt: Literature: "Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary." Boris Pasternak
How do you define literature?


In my country, in my younger years, there was a real distinction between Literature with a capital L and Reading. For a long time, Reading included Romance novels, Thrillers, and the like. But that shifted during that time, for instance, Agatha Christie wasn’t considered Literature, but I think that now she is. Although I am not sure.

Literature was considered heavy, difficult and something completely different from ordinary Reading.

Some say: Literature is when you read a novel more than once, but I’ve reread thrillers more than I have reread Literature, so I am not sure about that definition.

I think it’s a difficult distinction, although there is definitely a distinction.

Oxford dictionary says that literature is “Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.”

The keywords here are lasting artistic merit. Literature can overcome Time. Reading will soon be forgotten. So, it solely depends on the people who receive the work. If they decide it has long-lasting merit it is defined as Literature.


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August 29, 2022 at 9:57pm
August 29, 2022 at 9:57pm
#1037083

OMG, I am an idiot.

Why?

I barely survived the heatwave of the last weeks with over 35 degrees inside the house and no fan.

So, I thought!

But today I looked at my electrical heater ( a small table model) and discovered a button for the fan. Apart from the heating buttons. So, I have a fan. I immediately switched it on at my desk and lo and behold, sweet cool air is vibrating towards me.

The weather forecast is telling me that this week the temperature will be rising again to 25 degrees. I can handle that now thanks to my newfound fan. *Bigsmile*


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August 26, 2022 at 1:15am
August 26, 2022 at 1:15am
#1036940


“Deep down I believe my year was a special year: it produced me.” ― Ned Vizzini
What's special about the year you were born?



January 20 – John F. Kennedy is sworn in as the 35th President of the United States.

January 31 – Ham, a 37-pound (17-kg) male chimpanzee, is rocketed into space aboard Mercury-Redstone 2, in a test of the Project Mercury spacecraft, designed to carry United States astronauts into space.

February 9 – The Beatles at The Cavern Club: Lunchtime – The Beatles perform under this name at The Cavern Club for the first time following their return to Liverpool from Hamburg, George Harrison's first appearance at the venue. On March 21 they begin regular performances here.

March 11 – "Barbie" gets a boyfriend, when the "Ken" doll is introduced in the United States

April 3 – Eddy Murphy is born in the US

June 16 – Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev requests asylum in France, while in Paris with the Kirov Ballet.

July 28 – Petra is born in the Netherlands

August 4 – Barack Obama, who in 2009 will become the first African-American president of the United States, is born in Honolulu, Hawaii

September 7 – Tom and Jerry make a return with their first cartoon short since 1958, Switchin' Kitten. The new creator, Gene Deitch, makes 12 more Tom and Jerry shorts through 1962.

October 5 – Breakfast at Tiffany's (film) was theatrically released by Paramount Pictures, to critical and commercial success.

October 18 – West Side Story is released as a film in the United States.

December 1 – Netherlands New Guinea raises the new Morning Star flag, and changes its name to West Papua.

December 11 - Adolf Eichmann is pronounced guilty of crimes against humanity by a panel of three Israeli judges, and sentenced to death.

August 25, 2022 at 6:25pm
August 25, 2022 at 6:25pm
#1036922



Prompt: Creative Writing Day. Write about anything you want for your Blog entry.

Creative Writing Day today! So, I have to write something, anything on this sacred day. What if nothing comes to mind? What if I don’t have anything substantial to add to my blog today? As my writing mantra keeps saying: Just 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

So, I try to write for ten minutes without editing. Perhaps that will stir the Muse!

I just gave out 8 MBs just for fun. It was a good gesture and made a few writers happy so I was content. My Wake Up MB is a real hit!

Today was a slow day. I slept through it most of the time because I was busy last night. I have to be careful not to flip night and day. Not that it matters a lot, I have the time to myself, but it’s healthier to just sleep at night and work by day. Just saying. I have to convince myself to go to bed in an hour, then it will be almost 1 am. A good time to go to sleep.

I did read the 4 chapters for the Personal Essay workshop, and I managed to write a little about a childhood memory, so that was okay. Will explore more this coming weekend. I always thought I had a bad memory, but with the right kind of probing of my brain, memories will come. I am glad!

I think I have blocked out a lot of stuff because my childhood wasn’t the most thrilling time of my life. With this workshop and the assignments, they will surface once more.

Furthermore, I am a lazy writer and I usually just write stuff upfront without editing much. This workshop on the personal essay will hopefully change that. There is a lot of work involved in creating a good essay. I hope I will change my attitude and explore the aspects that make an interesting essay, worth reading and perhaps one-day worth publishing.

The books I ordered are flooding in. Still a few to come. I hope I will find the time to start reading more. Next month will be a busy month anyway, with my blog event and the auction. I hope I didn’t overstep my boundaries and I will organize it in such a way that it’s doable for me to handle. First time for everything!


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August 23, 2022 at 5:56am
August 23, 2022 at 5:56am
#1036842

The middle of the night. I woke up and couldn’t sleep any longer. Thought to write a poem, but hey… I already did that in "This night, this poem [E]. Another one? Neh! Another short story? No inspiration, although I woke up with a storyline of some sort. But as dreams are, it was elusive, so it disappeared into the night. Can’t remember.

I watched a great movie last night. British. Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in The Mountain Between Us. A woman and a man decided to team up to hire a private plane to get to their destinations. They crash in the middle of nowhere in January in the mountains. Wintertime, freezing cold. Their journey to survive is very convincing. She is a great actress, he is a beautiful black man and a wonderful actor. I loved him as Luther in the thriller series.

I couldn’t finish it because I suspected it to end badly, couldn’t handle a bad ending so I stopped watching. Have to see how it turns out at a later date.

I watched the rest of the movie. It had a happy ending after all. There was a tear! *Bigsmile*



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August 18, 2022 at 5:09am
August 18, 2022 at 5:09am
#1036626

There is a tradition in the Netherlands of population screening for cervix, breast, and colon cancer. This year they add lung cancer to the list. People in the age range of 60-79 get an invitation letter with a survey. If you are a smoker or an ex-smoker they choose you to do the test. They expect to test 400,000 people.

I am a heavy smoker for more than 40 years so, I think I’ll qualify.

But before saying yes to the test I have to think this through. What if I have lung cancer, will I opt for chemotherapy? That’s the big question hanging above my line of thinking.

My mother, although she never smoked died of lung cancer after the full treatment. She was sick from it, lost her hair, and was in pain at the end, but she had my dad take care of her. I am alone, no one is there if I am getting sick.

She gained 3 years with the treatment. That’s what they all say: You live an extra 1-5 years after the diagnosis.

Will it be worth my while to take the chemotherapy treatment, and get very sick?

I am very much inclined to a negative answer to this one. No, I don’t want to do chemotherapy because I can’t afford to get that sick while living alone. Not for approximately 3 years before I die anyway. If I am dying I can go to a hospice, there are no options for when I am sick.

But of course, as with all matters of Life and Death, I am not sure. Will I in the very end choose Life? Even if it’s for a limited time? I am very much conflicted!

What do you think?



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August 16, 2022 at 5:11pm
August 16, 2022 at 5:11pm
#1036569
Tonight, after a very good day, I am feeling grumpy all of a sudden. There was one thing that didn’t go well, I downloaded something with a wrong outcome, but that’s far from important. Nevertheless, I am grumpy.

I never, or rarely am so this is new to me. At the same time, I think this is hardly an interesting topic to blog about. So there you go, another reason to feel even grumpier.

So, snap out of it, woman…pull yourself together.

I’ve made a to-do-list for tomorrow:

1. Doing dishes! My kitchen is a mess again, I am a slob. I try to do the dishes forever now and I keep procrastinating up to a point it no longer is funny. I have to make a start at least because I can’t cook in a filthy kitchen.
2. I have to do a load of laundry. And hang it out to dry. After that put another load in the washing machine.
3. I’ve had this wonderful in-depth review on my contest story from The Review spot. It’s time to edit and adjust the story.
4. Keep track of my blogging event and fundraiser.
5. Try to create a meaningful blog entry again.
6. Create another Ovi poem.
7. Start reading the workshop book on personal essays.
8. Read the introduction page of The Art of The Personal Essay.
9. Do my grocery shopping online, delivery on Saturday
10. Keep moving because it’s going to be another hot day tomorrow.
11. Water plants

Thus! My list is done. I have no reason to feel grumpy again. It’s out of my system.

I am going to listen to some music for a while.



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August 12, 2022 at 11:02am
August 12, 2022 at 11:02am
#1036417

Today I had my mosaic workshop. Creating a colorful vase. It’s getting along very nicely, I love working on it every Friday morning in Wapati’s art workshop. Ingrid’s place is a small room stuffed with art and near the window and in the middle tables to accommodate us. It’s a small group of people creating their art. Today there were only 4 adults and 1 child. It was great to see the kid getting enthusiastic by the minute when dealing with this craft.

I usually work in total silence, as is the majority, but the girl with her mother was busy chatting to each other while dealing with the setup and the broken tiles. It was fun.

Today I commissioned a new Wake Up Merit badge to the The StoryMistress . Within no time she came back to me with a blueprint. I loved it immediately. She is a true wizard. Can’t wait to have it by the time "Blog Week Birthday Bastion [13+] and my new fundraiser "For The Better Good AUCTION [E] start September 1. For the latter, I still need more package donors, so if you have some reviews or anything else you can donate, please do. I would be in your debt. *Bigsmile*

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It’s 31 degrees today, in the middle of the heatwave. My dog has gone to sleep in his crate in my bedroom, the coolest place in my house, I am huffing and puffing behind the desktop in my study. But it’s doable. The weather is great so I won’t complain.

It’s almost the weekend. I have a lot of dishes to clean, laundry to hang to dry, and poetry to write. So, tomorrow morning, first thing. I am a master in procrastination, I know. *Ha*



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August 9, 2022 at 12:48pm
August 9, 2022 at 12:48pm
#1036287

I’ve just been to the dental hygienist for cleaning my teeth with sedation. Now I am facing three hours before the sedation wears off. Weird face, swollen jaw, difficulties eating and drinking (and smoking). But it’s been done and next week another appointment.

The rest of the day I’m taking it slow. There is another heatwave till Sunday. I am not good with heat waves. We are not used to them for one, and I tend to sleep a lot during the day on hot days. Taking siesta very seriously.

I think I want to create more Ovi poems. The structure suits me perfectly. It is an ancient Indian form of narrative poetry consisting of four-line stanzas with the first three lines rhyming and having eight syllables each. The fourth line does not rhyme and contains less than eight syllables. Perhaps I should make a book. My account permits me another book, so I have the space. Putting all the Ovis together is less chaotic than scattered around two poetry blogs. I have myself convinced. *Ha*

 
BOOK
In honest simple verse  (E)
Collection of Ovi Poems (2022-)
#2278335 by WakeUpAndLive️❤️coffee


I can’t create any more books or blogs. I am maxed out. That means I have to consider taking a premium account shortly. I have had an upgraded account for more than six years, perhaps it’s time to expand. At more costs obviously, but I am on this site every day, so it’s worth it. For now, my current account is sufficient.


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August 6, 2022 at 7:21am
August 6, 2022 at 7:21am
#1036171


It’s been 14 months now since my beloved dog Arie passed away. The farmer’s fox-terrier of 16 ½ years had been in my life for 15 years. I have written about him during his life in "Doggie Time [ASR], which made it into an article in an English dog’s magazine complete with photos, "My dog and I [E] and a few months after his death in a poem "What I remember [E]. Perhaps now it’s time for a final goodbye.

Apart from that last year in Corona Time, up until his death, I took him with me everywhere.

Particularly handy because I have no car and am relying on the public transport system to travel. We took day trips, weekends, and holidays. He wasn’t particularly interested in the bus, tram, or train and he barked if there were other dogs present but we managed very well throughout the years.

When my father was still alive Arie traveled by car a lot which he liked much better, sitting in a dog’s crate in the back. When I had a boyfriend who did long-distance walking we often went along, and up to 15 kilometers a day was no exception.

He was the kind of dog that looked cute, was medium-sized, and had an adorable presence. Kids were always very interested and wanted to pet him which I as his boss allowed, if only they would ask.

In short, he was the perfect companion.

I loved him dearly, took care of him, and had fun with him. I didn’t realize how dependent I was on a dog in my life till he was no longer there and I was totally alone for one and a half months. Then there was a new dog to focus on, Sprout, Arie’s successor.



My dog Arie

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August 5, 2022 at 12:37pm
August 5, 2022 at 12:37pm
#1036144

Used a white lie this morning. I won’t go into any details but it was a minor thing and totally unnecessary. But I lied nevertheless and didn’t even feel guilty about it at the time.

Why white lies? Perhaps to avoid any discussion, to pimp your image, to stay the nice person some people think you are? I am not sure, but in retrospect, it bothered me a bit. I should be upfront, I should be honest all the time. Or should I?

Anyway, I finished a short story today for the contest. I am very pleased about that. It’s been a while since I wrote a story, so this one is in the pocket. Reviews are welcome!

 
STATIC
The fortune teller  (E)
The time was near, the place was here
#2277968 by WakeUpAndLive️❤️coffee


Tomorrow I will clean my house, hang up laundry and do the dishes. Yes, all of them! *Ha*



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August 3, 2022 at 6:33pm
August 3, 2022 at 6:33pm
#1036075




Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai



I was just trying to kill two big black flies who were crashing into my computer screen every time I was typing. I even browsed an online shop to buy an electrical flyswatter.

And then…

I watched the video and listened to the music. Yuk, two big black beetles appeared on the screen. I just couldn’t focus on the tune any longer. So, I had to listen again!

The song is mesmerizing and so is the video clip. I loved the song.



“What we're living in?
Lemme tell ya
Yeah, it's a wonder man can eat at all
When things are big that should be small
Who can tell what magic spells we'll be doing for us
And I'm giving all my love to this world
Only to be told
I can't see, I can't breathe
No more will we be
And nothing's gonna change the way we live
'Cause we can always take, but never give
And now that things are changing for the worse, see
Whoa, it's a crazy world we're living in
And I just can't see that half of us immersed in sin
Is all we have to give these
Futures made of virtual insanity, now
Always seem to be governed by this love we have
For these useless, twisting, of our new technology
Oh, now there is no sound, for we all live underground
And I'm thinking what a mess we're in
Hard to know where to begin
If I could slip the sickly ties that earthly man has made
And now every mother can choose the color
Of her child, that's not nature's way
Well, that's what they said yesterday
There's nothing left to do, but pray
I think it's time to find a new religion
Whoa, it's so insane
To synthesize another strain
There's something in these futures
That we have to be told
Futures made of virtual insanity, now
Always seem to be governed by this love we have
For these useless, twisting, of our new technology
Oh, now there is no sound, for we all live underground, wow
Now there is no sound
If we all live underground
And now it's virtual insanity
Forget your virtual reality
Oh, there's nothing so bad
As a man-made man
Oh, yeah, I know, yeah (take it to the dance floor)
I know I can't go on
Of this virtual insanity we're living in
Has got to change, yeah
Things will never be the same
And I can't go on
Where we're living in
Oh, oh, virtual insanity
Oh, this world
He's got to change
'Cause I just
I just can't keep going on in this virtual, virtual insanity
That we're living in, that we're living in
And that virtual insanity is what is, yeah
Futures made of virtual insanity, now
Always seem to be governed by this love we have
For these useless, twisting, of our new technology
Oh, now there is no sound, for we all live underground, oh
Futures made of, now, virtual insanity
Now we all, we seem to be governed by a love
For these useless, twisting, of our new technology
And now there is no sound, for we all live underground
Yes, we do, oh
now this life that we live in
(Virtual insanity) it's all going wrong
Out of the window (living in)
Do you know there is nothing worse than (virtual insanity)
a man-made man
(Virtual insanity) there's nothing worse than
(Living in) a foolish man
(Virtual insanity) hey!
Virtual insanity is what we're living in, yeah
Well... It’s alright”

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Simon Katz / Stuart Zender / Toby Smith / Derrick Mckenzie / Jason Kay / Wallis Buchanan

It’s all about living in today’s insane world with the technology to alter everything. To emphasize this point the clip is very beautifully made with a strong sense of the alienated virtual reality of moving couches and big black beetles.

It’s indeed a crazy world we live in.

I am going to buy that flyswatter tomorrow. Those flies have to die!



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August 3, 2022 at 4:39pm
August 3, 2022 at 4:39pm
#1036069

I have started an exciting new personal project "Infinite potential [E]. A spiritual journey. Am very happy that I decided to give my soul some attention. It was needed and long overdue.

Today was therefore a good day. The weather was gorgeous and I took public transport to the city center. I visited a New Age shop, but it was not that interesting so I just browsed quickly through and left to have lunch at a terrace in the shade. Dark bread with hummus and goat’s cheese. Yummy! I read a few pages and drank two cups of coffee.

On the way home I purchased two reading glasses for 2 euros each. Yesterday I broke one, so I needed them. I cannot read without my glasses.

I bought 7 books at a cheap online book shop, with very low prices compared to Amazon, they will deliver in 3 weeks. Thanks daninidaho for the tip on ThriftBooks.

And I am doing this month’s challenge at "Habit Heroes [13+] to keep track of daily habits like doing the dishes and uncluttering my house. As a procrastinator, I know the importance of accountability when it comes to doing chores. So, that’s also taken care of.

I managed to find a publisher that took submissions so I entered with one old poem and one short horror story. They will let me know if it’s any good within two to four months. I don’t have much hope, but it was fun submitting anyway.

The truth is, I have to create more new work. It’s been a while since I wrote a story.

That said I have been busy revamping my portfolio. It looks better now with some new pics I choose.

So, that’s that for today. I still have to walk the dog tonight, within 15 minutes. Then perhaps an early night and off to bed.



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August 2, 2022 at 6:10am
August 2, 2022 at 6:10am
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I had an appointment for my second-day dental work but when I arrived on time it happened that the dental hygienist was ill. They had tried to contact me by mail and phone, but something didn’t register. Fortunately, I live a 2 minutes walk from the office so I was back home in no time. Yay! No pricking needles for sedation in my gums today. The next appointment will be next week.

It’s the beginning of August. *Bigsmile* Holiday Time!

For this month I will be submitting poetry for "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest [E], "EXPRESS IT IN EIGHT [18+], "Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest [E] and "Test Your Poetry [E]. That is the plan!

And I’ve been spending some time trying to figure out where to go for submissions for magazines for short stories and my science fiction novel. There are not many to choose from since they are unsolicited submissions. But I found two for my novel, Blind Eye Books (UK) and Talos Press (USA). I will research those a little later. And perhaps submit a horror story to The Siren’s Call e-zine where two of my short stories already have been published back in 2017.

The last time I published was in 2019 with some poetry in an anthology. It’s been that long so perhaps it’s time again!

I have been busy organizing a blogging event for that first celebration week of WdC’s twenty-second anniversary September 1-7. I hope there will be a few writers willing to enlist, so check it out:

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Blog Week Birthday Bastion  (13+)
Blogging event from September 1-7, 2022 ON HIATUS
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