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Daily Post Imagine (A Poem)

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Today’s prompt from the Daily Post http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/daily-prompt-imagine/

Daily Prompt: Imagine All the People

The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us IMAGINE.

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© 2013 Creative Commons/ Freestock

Well I love to do this, but it has been a long while since I went people watching with my notebook. I should down tools and get to coffee shop right now, instead I will take the artists way out of this one…

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IMAGINE

Remember how easy it was for you as a child to conjure up dragons and monsters in your head,

How everything was an adventure to be enjoyed, even the rain.

Remember how the summer days seemed to last forever and it was daylight when night-time came.

Remember the simple life of your younger years,

What made you happy?

Lollipops, new records, your favourite band, fish fingers for tea or rice pudding for afters,

Getting ready for bed in fresh pyjamas.

Imagine how better life could be if we could keep hold of a little part of our simple childhood selves,

Imagine the smiles on your own children’s faces.

Seeing you as Peter Pan.

Magical, escapism just for a moment.

Hush now, listen.

Your inner voice is there, still part child.

Imagine following the voice.

Believing, once again in a landscape rich in possibilities,

What adventures you would have,

What stories you could tell.

Daily Post – I Am a Rock

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Today’s Daily Post – here’s the prompt;

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/daily-prompts/

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Daily Prompt: I Am a Rock

Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why?

I am useless at recognising the point I need to ask for help. I do ask, in the end, but often I could have avoided a lot of stress and worry if I had asked for help sooner.

I am often the one others come to for a shoulder to cry on or to share a problem.

I know that I cannot rely purely on myself – I need support and encouragement. Without it I allow worry and concern to take over and that zaps me of all the strength I needed to tackle the problem in the first place!

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Blogtember September 4th Day 2 – 3 Months Off!

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This is a wonderful challenge, with a list of fantastic, thought provoking prompts. Click the icon to find out more.

Wednesday, September 4: If you could take three months off from your Blogtember
current life and do anything in the world, what would you do? (bonus points for
fun photos from Pinterest, but don’t forget to cite the source!)

Now my initial thoughts on this prompt were split. I am (technically 1 month in to doing exactly this) having made the changes I have to start over. I re-read the prompt and thought about stepping out of my life for a bit and taking hold of a different one.

Of course we all have ambitions & most of you have read months of posts all about mine, so this is my chance to dream something different…

I would travel, absorbing the riches of culture and life. I have done some travelling, but the trip of my dreams needs crowd-funding! And realistically because I have taken time out and have yet to earn, travel is something that cannot be on my actual agenda for some time! Here I can just do it. I would also  learn to fly a helicopter. This is something I would love to do but doubt I ever will, especially if the pilots need perfect eyesight rule applies.

I would like to be outlandish and say that I would go to Mars on the space mission, but those chosen are only getting a one way ticket and I know I would miss Earth too much. Besides much as the Galaxy fills me with awe and wonder, as much as I love star gazing or flying, I have never had a desire to launch myself into space.

I could go and do something useful to help other people for three months. But I know in my heart of hearts if somebody turned around tomorrow and said – ‘Here’s 3 months, everything’s in hand we will keep this writing / working thing ticking over for you, sell your apartment, pay all your mortgages and bills and make sure your life is just as you left it (only better when you return)’ and then said ‘the world was my oyster…’ I would take it literally pack up a bag and take off.

Some places I have been, some I haven’t … I would love longer than 3 months, but I am used to packing 6months travel into 1.

ENJOY the trip!

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And then fly home

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First Class!

All images used in this trip are copyright Creative Commons images.

Daily Post – Daily Prompt – Name that… You!

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Find the original Daily Prompt here

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/daily-prompt-identity/#like-35836

Do you know the meaning of your name, and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you? What about your children’s names?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us IDENTITY.

I know that my name is Russian for Princess, as far as I know we have no Russian ancestors. My middle name also means princess and when I looked up the meaning of my surname (at the age of 12) I found out it means war.

Which sums me up nicely- Princess Princess War

You will be given at least 2 chances and after that – well woe betide you!

I know that my mother insisted on my name, Dad wanted to call me Melody, he is a Musician. I have always been fairly grateful for my mum stepping in and giving me a name more rare than Melody and less musically associated, unless you include the siren noises of my youth. (If you repeat my name over and over really fast it makes the same noise as an Ambulance siren might!)

It suits me for sure, when I first got to choose a pen-name, when I was first published, I just simply chose to hyphenate my first and middle name! It frustrated me as a child that in every holiday/seaside souvenir shop we could never find a pen, mug, eggcup, sticker or pad with my name on – and more recently I think Coke Cola let me down on naming a bottle after me!

I have only met 3 other people with my name in the 3 plus decades of my life – although 2 of these are recent. There are people out there with the same name and a few famous namesakes – although they are not really, as I am not named after them!

As far as children’s names we have a list – and just pray one day we get a tiny bundle to name ourselves. Although not being as brave as my mum, if it is a boy – its fate has already been sealed by daddy. (Mr G will have some explaining to do!)

 

A happy summer 2011

Daily Prompt: Life Line

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Daily Prompt: Life Line

by michelle w. on August 12, 2013

You’re on a long flight, and a palm reader sitting next to you insists she reads your palm. You hesitate, but agree. What does she tell you?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HANDS.
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/daily-prompt-hands/

world handsI’m not really interested in having my fortune told, I don’t believe in all that mumbo jumbo – but this is a long flight to Singapore and I am going to sit next to this lady for a few hours. What’s the worst she can tell me? That I am going to die? We are all going to die at some point.

I hold out my hand, palm upwards. The lady goes quiet, closes her eyes, grasps my hand in both of hers and squeezes. Then she releases my hand and opens her eyes.

She’s performing this strange ritual rather publically in the middle aisle seats. She makes no eye contact, no reassuring sounds or words, she stares at my palm and slowly starts tracing the lines with the smooth skin of her own index finger.

“Your fate line is very faint and your heart and life lines are long. You express your emotions freely but you are selfish in love.

…. You have suffered an emotional trauma.

Your head line is short but you are very creative, you enjoy adventure and have enthusiasm for life (fairly obvious I would have thought as I am on a plane!)

Your life will be full of momentous decisions. (Better neat my indecisive nature then!)

Your life line shows that you have plenty of vitality and strength (I’m still listening to you aren’t I?)

You are a self-made individual, you had aspirations from early childhood. Your palm is ‘Fire’ (that links to my zodiac) and this means that you are; spontaneous, enthusiastic and optimistic, sometimes egoistic, impulsive and insensitive. (Nice!) You are an extrovert, (well that one’s easy!) You do things boldly and instinctively.”

She stops for a moment and looks up at me.

“Do you recognise yourself?”

“Yes thank you, very accurate.” That is what I said, but I couldn’t help thinking she had taught me nothing at all.

Slice of Life 26/31

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My Tuesday Slice of Life is going to start with a ramble about my blog because a lot of thoughts and concerns hit me this weekend whilst blogging.

I spent time over the weekend reading and posting on blogs; I am amazed to see the wide variety of blogs out there. I never dreamt less than 3 months in AWF would be as member rich as it is – 90 followers, I hold gratitude for everyone who reads a post, likes a post and best of all comments on the posts.

This blog was conceived to document my freelance journey. Along the way I am getting involved in other communities and challenges and meeting some inspirational and talented people. I cannot believe I have been blog-less for so many years!

When I founded my writing website in 2000 it was a haven to help the writer and I suppose I envisaged the blog would be similar. However, I spent a long time choosing my theme and I love the perfect me-ness of my final choice, it is restrictive though and doesn’t allow me to show all I need to.

I have used 3 widgets already and I cannot seem to post the banners to challenges and awards on the main blog. I think I may have created too many pages already being used to websites and infinite possibilities.

At the moment the Blog is my journey, it would be good if others could become part of that though. I suppose (as with all things in life) I shouldn’t be concerned or worried – the 1st few days I was writing into a void. At least now I know there are followers reading.

For me as long as I am writing and blogging then I am achieving this year’s goal in part. It just feels a little lonely sometimes.

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Here’s Tuesdays slice! Mmmm a sweet one just like my breakfast!

I treated myself to a French breakfast this morning, some brioche, bought in last night’s shopping spree, it was my treat after avoiding the crisps and sweet aisles! (Ahem! Ironically probably packed with much more calories!) Lovely with morning coffee and perfect for setting good moods for writing away the first few hours. My plan to wake up early worked. Helped by a reasonable couple of hours writing last night and bed at a sensible time.

I work part-time – for the 1st time in my life-it was not something I opted for – but it has enabled me the courage and the time to pursue my freelance career again for the 1st time in over a decade since my last attempt! As I don’t have to go to work until Midday, it is very tempting to make a habit of burning midnight oil (I am an owl/ night time person). I am trying not to though as it is important to be in a proper schedule with my day and night the right way around.

I have worked on my monologue – with just under a week to perfect and edit this performance work. I have also been adding more poetry to the collection/ library.

My plan on this morning’s schedule is to write, read articles, write blog post and go to work. I have several important meetings to attend, including one after work. I should be home before 6pm and the Library will still be open. I will pop in there to blog and have a swift peruse of the shelves before coming home to eat tea and write some more.

I don’t tend to get up to much during the week. I am always pretty exhausted after work – which is only ever a few hrs short of a full shift and writing in the morning and evenings. Often I bring work home to do for the next day too.

Besides at the moment for the first time in years and only because there are big missions/ projects in place which involve saving and spending, I am living pretty much hand to mouth and don’t have lots of surplus funds to socialise.

This is okay as I went away to Poland in February, this month I have been to gigs, cinema, out for meals and spent time with friends. I have plenty of other things to do to occupy my time. And lots to do that I don’t have time for – chores that are always offered to anyone who should utter ‘I’m bored!’ Sometimes I wish I had time to be bored. Can’t imagine it. Far better this way. I like the run ragged look!

That’s my slice.

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Friday Fictioneers – A Soul Saved

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Friday Fiction

©-David Stewart

My flash fiction started life as a poem – I have posted that too. Love to hear thoughts on both.

” I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.” Jevon wept, “She just jumped, there was never a chance to…..” save her he thought to himself , words he couldn’t bring himself to say anymore. Days spent as a ghost, mourning her, places he couldn’t go, pictures it was too painful to see. Deeply guilty that she could not confide in him, he was always too busy, occupied. Sarah needed his strength, he forgot that all too quickly after the engagement.

The image of her coat, flapping desperately against her fragile body, never left his mind. If only he had closed his eyes.

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The original freewrite poem.

 

He reaches out to grab her hand,

she is falling –

falling from the ground that once held her

the rooftop paradise.

 

She falls through the dark skies

her coat flowing upwards like

angel’s wings.

 

He falls to the ground

Clings to the edge of the roof

Too late…

To catch her soul.

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She didn’t turn

as he ran across the rooftop.

Scrunched her eyes up

and edged closer.

 

Tears drowned her eyes

Salt turned her blind,

He calls something

That she doesn’t understand.

 

The

last

thing

she

heard

Was her own inhalation

as

she took her final step.

 

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge you can participate in too – click this week’s photo it is linked to the host blog rochellewisofffields.

Have a go and please leave me your thoughts on my effort to complete the 100 word Story Challenge.

A stream of consciousness and a diary snapshot of the missing-from-the-Blog-week!

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A stream of consciousness and a diary snapshot of the missing-from-the-Blog-week!

 Day 1 Monday

This week is extremely busy, in addition to work and writing, I need to

pack for a trip, sort travel documents and final things to do before you go list. Detail complicated paperwork & research products and services all dependent on final decisions before the weekend,

buy the perfect birthday card & a Get Well card for a good friend, who is suffering in hospital at the moment,

Purchase a valentine gift that is not chocolate, anything fluffy or tacky or likely to gather dust for the next 12 months!

Celebrate birthdays,

Enjoy Valentines,

Attend appointments

De-clutter…

Oh, and SLEEP! …. Oh and I forgot Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday.

I share this list with you to mainly make sure I do it! I have printed off a calendar week to view page today to schedule in the writing projects around this stuff.

 Day 2 of non-Blog access Tuesday

Today was a BIG day at work for the team. Some of you will have careers where success is measured by a third party and have the kind of jobs where there is always more work to do, endless and infinite possibilities and a scale of finding it hard to believe in your ability to achieve all the points you need in order to be deemed successful. I feel guilty because I am currently working in a diminished role and am not part of the evaluation process as much as I should be, I am trying to support others as best I can and I still feel the strain. The downside of being in my current position is if we are successful they have worked so hard on projects for 12months and will be rewarded and want to celebrate and I will feel like Norman-No-Mates as I have failed to make impact and have missed a large section of the journey.

I was so tired this morning that I was unable to produce any writing before going to work. I was a bag of nerves too and couldn’t get my mind away from the focus on the workday; it feels like I have worked a week already. I read instead, at least this made me feel productive!

This evening I researched writing opportunities and am about to sit down and make a start before dinner. For the 2nd year running I am not having PANCAKES, I used to host an annual Shrove Tuesday Party which involved a quiz and lots of different fillings and toppings and pancakes, for the past 2 yrs I have been home alone and I don’t want to make the batter for more than 1 or 2 pancakes… next year will be different Shrove Tuesday evening will be marked with pancakes or maybe even a party!

I am feeling the polar opposite about my writing, which is a good thing. At the weekend I was really switched off and fed up of it. Now I am rejuvenated and filled with excitement at the prospect of completing my February Writing List. I also found out about another opportunity, it is a competition of sorts, leading to an agent, who knows how many 100’s of 1000’s of entries they will receive, you have to be in it to win it though (so say the National Lottery) I have spent 1 ½ hrs this evening writing, drafting and editing a new Flash fiction, it is only my 2nd attempt at this popular genre. (My 1st attempt is posted here)

I have also spent another 30 mins writing 300 words, just 10% of what I need to achieve by the end of February on my new idea, I have reached a point where I think spinning these plates is too much and I should keep my finger in just one pie…. But variety is the spice of life and I can manage to write in this way, I get satisfaction from opening the February file and seeing lots of documents. Also it helps the universe work with me, last night I drafted the flash fiction, I changed the name of the central characters three times until they sat right, it is amazing how different your writing becomes just by changing a name! Two of the ‘rejected’ names became the names of the two lead characters in my new novel. (Amazing!)

It’s funny that I choose to write this way because I struggle to read more than one book at a time. I used to have to at College. Now, I like to savour each book one at a time now! Speaking of reading I am only on my 2nd book of the month because I chose a turgid non-fiction text that I am getting lots from but have to take time to absorb it. Plus I’m so tired I am falling asleep typing let alone reading!

 As far as the checklist this thread started with I have ticked just one thing off… the valentine present. (Purchased last night!)

 Day 3 – Wednesday 13th

My partner’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mr G.! I woke up before the alarm, checked in online briefly, grabbed a coffee and sat down to continue writing another 10% on the newest project! (300 wds)

I took a trip into town and ticked off more of the checklist!

Off to work now for the 2nd day of analysis and assessment, lump throat, mind – worry.

 Tonight I will be off the laptop and in the real world celebrating with Mr. G and tomorrow I have appointments as well as work and then of course Valentine fun! So Day 4 won’t exist in here!

 Day 4 – The day of love, work & appointments!

 Fabulous Valentine morning – special heart chocolate cakes and Hot Chocolate for Breakfast in Mr. G’s office! Then 2 appointments and work. Assessments finally over – nice to work in a more relaxed environment. Have just made 1st submission of the month and 3rd of the year.

Now off to exchange V Day gifts with Mr. G and smile lots!

 

Day 5 Friday – hoping-to-post-on-the-Blog-day!!! ( I made it a day early! ^ )

 Pack for a trip, sort travel documents and final things to do before you go list. Detail complicated paperwork & research products and services all dependent on final decisions before the weekend,

buy the perfect birthday card & a Get Well card for a good friend, who is suffering in hospital at the moment,

Purchase a valentine gift that is not chocolate, anything fluffy or tacky or likely to gather dust for the next 12 months!

Celebrate birthdays,

Enjoy Valentines,

Attend appointments

De-clutter…

Oh, and SLEEP! …. Oh and I forgot Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday.

First Submission of the Month – 3rd of the Year!

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3rd time Lucky… still don’t know about the January submissions it is not too late to hold out hope of hearing something from them just yet.

I have just entered a Flash Fiction competition (it is only my 2nd attempt at flash fiction) if it makes the shortlist I will be both delighted and amazed!

I have had another busy day will leave details in the next post!

H A P P Y    V A L E N T I N E!