Weekend Writing Prompt # 151- Keepsake

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Word Prompt

Keepsake

Challenge

 

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A worn-out book, pages yellow with age

Yet it is a keepsake too precious for me

It was owned by someone I never remembered knowing

She passed away when I was a child myself

In it, I see her name written in her childish handwriting

My mother’s memento!

Word count; 49

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Blogging Insights # 23. Blogging during Pandemic

Dr Tanya Asks;

QUESTIONS

1.How has the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic affected your blogging? Are you posting more or less than you used to?

This current crisis has made me busier than usual. I am currently with my daughter and am helping her with the homeschooling of my grandkid. That activity has lessened the time I spend on writing my posts. But since I don’t go out except to walk, so the reading and commenting have increased slightly.

2.What is the tone of your posts these days, happy, sad , serious, worried?

I am an optimist person by nature and if I am not exactly happy, I still am hopeful. My posts are reflecting my mood. I am disturbed by the loss of life and health all over the world. But since worrying never helps with anything, I try to be positive, hopeful and uplifting in my writing.

3. Have you written any posts specifically about the crisis and its effect on your life? If so, please share a link?

I haven’t written any post addressing this pandemic exactly. Yet most of my poems and writing are influenced by it.

Here are a few links;

Stream of consciousness Saturday

Tale Weaver- Confinement

Fandango Provocative Question

Daily Prompts- A Message

4. What kinds of posts do you like to read these days? 

I like informative posts that provide genuine information, not the same gloom doom scenarios projected by the media these days.

Besides that, I like to read humor, thought-provoking posts and poems and something that gives us hope. Hope, to my mind is even more important now than ever before. Too much negativity and gloomy outlook have made people depressed these days.

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Share Your World 4-6-2020

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Questions:

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?

It is human nature to try to be perfect and making mistakes is an admission that we are not perfect. That’s why we want to avoid making mistakes. It is with living to the age of wisdom that we stop beating ourselves up on making mistakes and actually start learning from them.

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?

By experiencing them first hand. Like a baby doesn’t know that the bright colorful flame is very hot and can burn. So either some wise parental guidance or by some unfortunate accident, they find it out and are forever wary of touching the flame. The same is with pleasure.

What problem or situation did TV/movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

I think it was the concept of happy families in most of the tv shows, that raised my expectations which were dashed down by reality. Siblings are often at odds with each other and the kids with parents.

If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching?   Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly?   If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?

When I used to drive, I loved to listen to music and take advantage of empty roads and drive as fast as the law allowed. Intentionally I never broke the law, or drive through the red light.

What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now?

 

I am having long walks, the weather is beautiful and very few people are around when I walk, early in the morning. It is refreshing and invigorating. And then there is homeschooling too.

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Eugi’s Weekly Prompt- Captivating

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Your Weekly Prompt – Captivating – April 6, 2020.

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There is a glint of hope in your eyes

It holds my spirit up and encourages it on

It captivates the heart to egg the flagging ambitions

I am so grateful to have someone in my corner

Who is looking for the bright side and silver lining

It is so easy to be harsh and judgmental

But a few possess the art and the ability

To build up a person through their trust in them

Be forever in my corner

Believe in me, always

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #60

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The image below is from Sideboard at Instagram.14B63DB6-EB36-4DCA-9D16-AE2D8998383CFor the visually challenged writer, the photo shows food wrapped for take-out from a restaurant.

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Thank goodness the last order for the evening was out of the door. It has been such a hectic day. Paul was ill and Cathy had to manage on her own. It was true they had help with cooking and packing the food for delivery. But she had to supervise each worker and make sure that strict hygiene was being practiced. Their business depended on it. And the fact that her husband, Paul was not well was making her worry too. If he wasn’t better by tomorrow, she would ring up the local hospital to check if he could be tested for the infection.

One thing that she really grateful for was the support their community was giving them. With the Restaurants closed for dining in, their businessman would have closed, but the takeaway and home delivery orders were coming in daily in enough numbers to keep them viable.

She was desperately hoping that things go back to normal soon.

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What are you reading?

Rory is asking;

What Are You Reading Then?

The Book Reader’s Question

What Are Reading Then? Directory

What Motivates your eBook buying decisions?

What buyer type are you?

Decisive – Indecisive – Reticent – Hesitant – Pondering – Thoughtful – Undecided?

Mostly decisive. Sometimes I am not sure then I download a sample and see if I like it or not.

What buying decisions do you undertake when looking to purchase a new eBook? Are you influenced by any of the following and if so – which ones and why?

Positioning – from author rank to location on sales site?

Nopes, it doesn’t affect my decision.

Price – how much are you willing or do you expect to pay for an eBook or do you not buy eBooks and if so – why this option?

Definitely a factor. There are some authors I follow, so I will buy their book at whatever price. But others I will buy if it is affordable.

Description of the book content?

Sometimes.

Book Title – does this influence you at all?

A little bit. When buying a new author’s book I download a sample first.

Cover – does it matter if the cover looks cheap, or if it is coloured or bland?

On kindle, I don’t even see the cover except for 5 seconds. So it definitely doesn’t matter.

Reviews – do you read or even leave reviews? Do you read the reviews others have left? Are you influenced by these?

If it is someone new, I do check the reviews. I always rate the book on good reads. I may have written a review or two.

Do you look for collections, or sets or are you happy with one offs?

I like series of books. One set of characters carrying one story further. I have read a lot of trilogies.

Does the length of a book bother you? Are you looking for short or long content?

It depends upon the book. If it is good, the longer the better. But if it is so-so, better be short or I might abandon it in the mid.

Author – Do you need to know the author or are you happy to go with unknowns?

I usually stick to the ones I know. That’s why I have read almost all the books by my favorite authors. In fact, I would love some suggestions for good authors. I like reading spy thrillers, historical romances, and murder mysteries.

Recommendations – if someone you know has suggested a book, do you follow that up?

I do usually. Unless I forget!

Needs met – do you only buy books to meet your needs or books that feed and fuel your desires?

Needs, desires aren’t they the same?

I don’t need books per sé, no exams to pass no one to impress. I like reading books so it will come under desire.

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Sunday Writing Prompt “Soul Mates”

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Sharon McCutcheon

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What is a soul-mate?

I really don’t believe that there is just one person with whom you can fall in love. There are a number of people in the world with whom you can connect and if you are lucky, you will connect with the one who is right for you.

Many a people have fallen in love with the wrong person and have endured it because they thought they were soul- mates.

I think we fall in love or are attracted to a person initially due to their physical attributes. And with time and understanding, we develop a close and stronger bond, that of true affection.

A good partner is the one who compliments your personality. Two people in a successful relationship are never exactly same. They are in fact quite different to each other and that’s why they have a good relationship. They fit together well because they are different. In real life we seldom see love at first sight, or fairytale style, happily ever after. What we see are relationships forged with effort and determination to make them work.

It would be so much better for us all if we could come out of the story book style romances and look at life realistically.

The Prompt;

Do you have reoccurring dreams about a particular person (known or unknown)? When you think about what you are looking for in a life partner does a particular image come to mind? What characteristics are you looking for in said partner? Have you ever encountered someone and felt an instantaneous and inexplicable bond with that person reciprocated or not? What does soul mate mean to you? Do you just know where someone is/what they are doing/feeling intuitively? Have you ever felt the presence of someone who wasn’t physically in the room?

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Sunday Writing Prompt- Soul mates

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