The Friday Four February 22/2019

There is no rest for the wicked! Rory is at his questioning best again:

The Friday Four

Rory, AKA Bloke says;

Ah questions, questions, questions – what is it about you and questions Rory?

Simple, l just like asking questions.

Some relatively simple ones today for this Friday however…

1] How often do you update your ‘About Section’, in your blog and do you consider it an important aspect to your blog and if so – why?

I just found out, through another blogger’s post that you have to have an About section! How ignorant of me. So I just made an about section recently. Do you have to update it too? 😱

2] Which do you prefer and why and what entices you to become involved with them?

a] Competitions

b] Challenges

c] Quizzes

d] Prompts

All of the above. I have started to challenge myself with new challenges and am enjoying myself with all these. The allure of these ( all of them) is that since I don’t think of them, it challenges my mind from a totally different angle. And since I attempt different prompts daily, I have a wide variety of subjects that evoke the creative instinct of my mind.

3] How often do you ‘reblog or share other blogger’s posts?

I am not very apt at this re-blog part of my blogging. I should do better and till now I only have re-blogged the posts that ask us to share them or something that speaks to me deeply. I am also hesitant about taking the liberty of re-blogging and usually ask for permission from the blogger first.

4] What prompts you to do so?

As I said in my previous answer, I have reblogged either on the request of the original blogger or if it is something that touches my heart.

If you guys want to answer these questions, head to Rory and Doodlepips and answer these questions.

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Tuesday’s Thought Provoker

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke’s;Tuesday’s Thought Provoker’s

Is Social Media Ruining Genuine Friendship & Encouraging More Loneliness?

Yes, It’s Damaging Us

No, It’s another format

No Opinion

Actually, I Think

That social media is both good and bad, like a good cop bad cop rolled into one. If you use it to stay in touch with friends and family far away and in a sensible way, it is good. If the use is just for displaying a false lifestyle and generate envy among your so called “friends ” then obviously it is totally meaningless. My one bid concern is for the young generation who are so much influenced by social media sites like Facebook. That negative influence is totally undesirable.

Why Do People Bully Others?

Insecurity

Avoid Own Problems

Look Cool

For Fun

It’s basically a mental sickness. Maybe the underlying cause is lack of self esteem of insecurity.

Which Stigma/Taboo Is Worse?

Mental Health

Self Harm

Suicidality

Bullying

I would love it if there was a stigma attached to bullying, but it isn’t. The tendency towards self harm or being suicidal aren’t stigmas per sé but something that needs to be avoided, by giving due consideration to mental health improvement.

Do You NEED People In Your Life? How Many People Do You Meet With & Talk

1-3 per Day

4-9 Per Day

10-17 Per Day

18+ Per Day

 It depends on the day, sometimes it’s just family and some days a lots of people when I socialize.

These are my answers. If you are interested, head to Rory’s blog and answer these questions.

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Share your World February 18/2019

Melanie of Sparks of a combustible mind has asked;

I will post four or five different questions each week for you to answer.  There are two ways which you can participate.

1. Create a SYW  post.  Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your post, title your blog post “Share Your World”  and link it to this post.

3. Remember to Follow My Blog to get your weekly reminders.

4.  Ping-backs are activated and are working well.  For instructions on how ping-backs work, in case you weren’t certain, please click here.

QUESTIONS:

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would read. I haven’t had much time to read lately so I would catchup with my favorite authors. I will also do some blogging too.

What job would you be terrible at?

I think any job where I have to prevaricate intentionally. Lying is not my cup of tea and I will slip up definitely.

When was the last time you climbed a tree?

Maybe when I was a young mother. Teaching one of my kids to climb a tree.

Do you count your steps? 

Like literally? I do that every day and try to walk at least six to eight thousand steps. If you mean the steps towards performing some task, I do that too. To make sure that I do not mess up!

Bonus question (just because it’s really silly)   What’s the dumbest way you’ve injured yourself?

I was in grade five and was trying to open the lid on a tin, which was tightly stuck. I used a screwdriver with too much force and it slipped and got embedded in the fleshy part of my palm. It was so painful that it hurt my whole hand for a week, though the external wound was a small one. It taught me not to try to be over clever with tools.

GRATITUDE/UPLIFTING/AFFIRMATION SECTION

I am grateful for all that is right I’m my world this week. I hope that this sense of gratitude becomes a part of my positive thinking permanently. I want to be able to say thanks each and every day, regardless of what sort of a day it is, because there are no guarantees in life and each day that we live and enjoy life’s infinite blessings with our loved ones, is a good day!

Thank Melanie for these questions and this series of posts. Hope that things get better at your end. Lots of warm wishes.

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The Advertisement

Yesterday I saw an advertisement in the daily paper

For the sale of a recliner that promised the ultimate relaxation

For resting weary bones after hectic day of hard labor

And I can just envision myself laying on it lethargic and depleted

And that vision in my mind is the key for the enthusiast response

That it evoked, pushing me to lift the phone and dialed the given number

Written in response to the following;

Your daily word prompt;

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RDP;

Key

FOWC;

Lethargic

Word of the day challenge;

Envision

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Getting to know you

EfiSoul63 posted these questions on her blog. With her permission I am sharing them, after answering them. If you like , you can also do so!

What keeps you up at night?

The days I have too much coffee. Sometimes my brain starts whirring and whizzing, churning out ideas for my blog and I am suddenly alert and try as much as I can, no sign of sleep.

What’s the most surprising self-realization you’ve had?

The surprise was the blog. I didn’t know that I could write so often and with such ease after only five months of blogging. I am also surprised that the poems I write can convey my feelings better than pages of prose or that I can write short stories. A package full of surprises, that is my blog!

What’s the most illegal thing you’ve done?

Run through a red light. Sorry!

What lie do you tell most often?

That I don’t mind doing what they are asking me to do as a favor.

What do you regret not doing?

Lots of things. Like tell so and so off for being nasty to me or standing up for myself when I was younger and not sure of myself. But now think that is was better this way.

What gives your life meaning?

My faith and my family. And to a lesser degree, on a day to day basis, my blog.

What do you most often look down on people for? What do you think other people look down on you for?

I really don’t look down on people, but I do feel sorry for those who lack manners and moral values. I think people may look down on me for the fact that I say what I think. Some people think that this is rude!

What bridges do you not regret burning?

None! Not that sort of person. I forgive people and try to keep the communication open and leave the door ajar for those who may want to return.

What are you most insecure about?

Nothing in particular, just have the occasional twinge about my kids, but I think that is a mother’s job, till she lives.

How do you get in the way of your own success?

I used to doubt myself and my abilities. But I have received so much encouragement here in the blogging world that now I am willing to welcome success with open arms. Whenever it is ready to come, I will embrace it!

What’s one thing you did that you really wish you could go back and undo?

I don’t think that we ever should. Whatever happens in life, is for a reason. So don’t( not that we actually can) try to undo anything. There maybe be unforeseen consequences that could make things worse than the original mistake.

What are you afraid people see when they look at you?

An overweight lady…… Just kidding. I am an overweight lady so no help there. Unless I can lose sixty to seventy pounds!

Hope you enjoyed these Q&A, if interested, you can answer them too, at EfiSoul63.

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How Specifically Unique Are you…….

Rory AKA Bloke, has asked

How Specifically Unique … are you to your blog’s personality today?

Like you, I am my blog’s personality. I write what I feel and think. So my blog is very much a reflection of my thought process.

Now how influenced are you by your readership? Also how does that affect your decision making with regards your personality within your blog?

I am not catering to a specific readership. They follow my blog for the variety they find here ( I think). As to how my readership affects my writing; I mind my language and content.I don’t put anything offensive on my blog nor use any language that might offend my readers.

Has your blog evolved to accomodate the desires of your readership in any way? To the point that it detracts you from your initial creative path? Do you write things only for your audience that you normally wouldn’t write?

Not really. I do write short stories, poems and daily prompts but that is designed to enhance my writing skill. If people enjoy them, it gives me great pleasure and sense of satisfaction. It is my creative process. And I have not deviated from my original plan for my blog but rather added to it to make it richer in content and more entertaining for the people who read it. But this change is not just for them, I also benefit from it.

Have you found that maybe your audience has expectations of your style and personality and perhaps they have stereotyped or pigeon holed you at all into one genre?

No, I don’t think so. Because I don’t have a specific genre. I write all sort of stuff. But one thing I do think about is that since I create my writing from my mind it may be repetitive at times. But this cannot be helped as I have only one brain! 😂

So if you guys want to tackle Rory’s Question, find them here and answer them.

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Finish the story 2019#5

Tagged by Teresa, of The Haunted Wordsmith for finish the story Challenge 2019 #5

Rules:

1. Copy the story as you receive it.

2. Add to the story in some fashion.

3. Tag another person to contribute to or finish the story.

4. Please use FTS as a tag so I can find it or link back to part 1.

5. Have Fun!

The Unusual Commute

Faith stretched and yawned. Somewhere in the house, the kittens were rough-housing and the neighbor’s rooster crowed ear-splittingly loud. There was no use in complaining to the Harvey’s again. She sighed, sat up, and slipped into her slippers. Warm chestnut aroma filtering from the kitchen suggested she was running late. The coffee pot’s timer was set for six, but it felt much earlier. Probably should not have watched the late-late movie, she told herself.

“Tom is always worth it.” She chuckled and set about her morning routine.

By the time she showered and poured her coffee to go, she had decided it was much later than usual. No time for breakfast or yoga. Traffic was light and convinced her even more that she was running behind schedule. She dashed through the terminal and reached the train doors with seconds to spare. They closed behind her and the train lurched forward.

Faith grabbed a hold of the person in front of her to avoid falling over and chuckled. “Excuse me. Sorry. I didn’t mean –“

Without intending too, she screamed as her eyes took in the thing standing in front of her. She released her grip and stepped back.

“Watch it, young lady,” a voice said behind her.

Faith glanced behind her and …

To be continued…………….

My ( Sadie) Contribution;

She uttered a shrill scream. The vision in front of her was unbelievable. The guy, or was it just a gawky teenager, she couldn’t tell because of the clown makeup he was wearing. The costume was all colors of the rainbow and the face was so skillfully made up to resemble a zombie clown. He was grinning at her and with the get up it really looked as if he was ready to devour her with those sharp teeth.

She looked around her and realized that the whole compartment was full of clowns in different costumes and get up. They were all chatting and laughing with each other. It seemed that she had stepped into a nightmare. It wasn’t their fault. Not everyone is afraid of clowns.

She found an empty seat and sat there. Careful to keep her eyes averted from all those clowns. The train was traveling at an unusually fast speed and soon it stopped at the next station. The doors open to let in………….

To be continued

I am tagging, Kristian of Tales from the mind of Kristian to take the story further.

See the rules above. And tag me when you are done so that I don’t miss the continuation of this story.

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Quote me 3. 2. 1

Originally created by Rory over at A Guy Called Bloke, today’s particular topic is ‘creativity’.

Tom of Slumdog Soldier has tagged me for Quotes on Creativity

This is such a wonderful and apt description of creative process. All the elements are a necessary part of being creative. Experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun! Without any of these creative process is not complete. I love the last bit about having fun!

Picasso, would know all about being creative. And it’s the inner child with all the wonder, excitement and innocence who can see the world through a different perspective.

Hope you enjoyed these quotes.

I will tag;

Tanya of SaltedCaramel

Winnie of Musings

Hope that you can take up this challenge.

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Three Lines Tales :Week#159

photo by Nick Fewings via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

• Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).

• Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).

• Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).

• Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.

• Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

My true love

Your love is like a parachute for me , supporting my descent into the reality of this life.

I will forever hold on to your all encompassing love and cherish it to the end of my days.

The love which is an integral part of my personality, inculcated into my blood by you my beloved mother.

Written in response to;

3 Lines Tales : Week #159

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Fandango Provocative Question #14

Fandango has asked another of his provocative questions:

“Do you believe that anyone can really experience anything objectively? Why or why not?”

Do you remember Data, from Star Trek, The next generation? He might have been able to experience everything and anything objectively, because he was not human.

But we, The humans, see feel and experience all things subjectively. Why?

Because everything The we see, hear, feel, touch or taste is processed by our minds. This processing involves all the previously stored knowledge about that sensory stimuli in our minds. After the processing, we conclude what that stimulation is. So every input is assessed by what we already know about that particular sensation. And due to that fact we can’t be objective. We are always subjective in our analysis of any experience.

A picture shown to many people can elicit different responses. A food tasted can have different reactions. And so on and so forth. I think that is the reason, psychiatrist show the abstract drawing to people, inviting them to recognize the object in the drawing, to form an opinion about the thought process and mental health of that person.

And this is the beauty of life for human beings. We can see what we want in a given set of circumstances. The will and imagination are the wings which give us flight.

If you want to answer this question by Fandango, head over to the link below and share your thoughts.

FPQ #14

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