Daily Prompt: Being Final!

Daily Prompt: Pick a divisive issue currently in the news. Write a two-part post in which you take on two personas and approach the topic from both sides. Bonus points for a creative format (roundtable discussion, debate transcript, etc.).

I’m sorry people but I won’t be doing this post, or any others from now on – not as far as I know, anyway. I have decided to bring this blog to an end! It just isn’t the same for me as it was at the beginning (it sounds like a relationship!). Rather than enjoying every post like I should do, I find myself viewing it as just one more thing to tick off my to do list. As much as I don’t want it to be like this, I would rather focus on my exams and other life-changing events happening this year and preserve my love of writing for a point in the future, when I have more time to invest and dedicate. Thank you to everyone who has read even one of my posts – you’ve made my days for the past year and a bit!

Until next time, whenever that may be!

Ruby

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Daily Prompt: Being Loveable

Daily Prompt: We each have many types of love relationships — parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?

It’s just…love. What more can I say? For me I’m not really the type of person to show ‘the love’ that often – I don’t run around hugging my friends and family constantly (maybe my dog) but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. It’s so difficult to pinpoint what that feeling is. The closest thing I can think of is when you’ve been away from someone for a while. If I go away for a week somewhere there’s always a part of me which will look forward to coming home and seeing them again, however incredible the week away was. It’s sort of a warm feeling, but so much more.

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Daily Prompt: Being Talented!

Daily Prompt: There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)

Well ok, but I’m in a bit of a rush so it won’t be a long one. It’s my eighteenth tomorrow and my friend has invited me around to her house for drinks and snacks because she won’t see me on my birthday. It’s going to be a good weekend, starting with tonight!

I have to get ready now so sorry for how short this post is – yes I took the easy way out and chose the letter z! How talented am I?

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Daily Prompt: Being Abroad!

Daily Prompt: If you were asked to spend a year living in a different location, where would you choose and why?

Ok, I’m torn here. I’m torn between either Bora Bora or Berlin. Bora Bora because… well, it’s quite self-explanatory. Imagine waking up every morning to sunshine and warm weather, turquoise seas and stretching beaches. I can imagine myself now, sipping from a coconut on a balcony overlooking the ocean as I plan my day. That would be the main problem though – what would I do there? I suppose I could work in the tourism sector but that’s about it. And it’s quite a way from England! That’s where Berlin comes in. I can speak German (fairly) well I think, so spending time in the capital would be great for me to practice my language skills! Plus I’ve been wanting to go to Berlin for a while now and I could even drop by to visit my exchange partner while I’m there. It would probably be easier to find some work experience too…

I’m stuck!

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Daily Prompt: Being Hurt!

Daily Prompt: Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today.

I hold on to things people say. I can’t let them go. I know that most of the time I should because these comments or actions just gnaw away at me for months, maybe even years, but it seems I am incapable of doing so. But at the same time, I don’t want to confront the ‘thing’ when it happens. I don’t like conflict and I especially don’t want to make a person feel bad for saying something they didn’t even mean as an insult. Like I’ve said many times previously, I’m probably just oversensitive! I suppose one example would be when I was around the age of thirteen. I was standing with my friends in the playground at school and a boy was walking around each girl and testing his knowledge on which makeup she was wearing. I didn’t wear much makeup back then, so when he came to me he just laughed and said something along the lines of “and you’re just ugly”. My so-called ‘friends’ laughed it off and so did I, but I have never let that go. Nowadays I barely go out without some makeup on.

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Daily Prompt: Being a Success!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet).

Ooh the possibilities are endless! I could bungee jump off a canyon, safe in the knowledge that I would make it out alive (there are no canyons where I live) or take my grade 5 trumpet exam knowing that I would pass (I haven’t played for about a year now). I think at the moment though, the best thing I could do would be to apply for a part-time job which seems far too snazzy for me. I’ve done it all – trawled through the endless pages on job sites and applied for as many as I could. I’ve even had a few interviews – just no job offers. I’ve seen the job vacancies which require the employee to have a tonne-load of unlikely experience, with excelling social skills and an impossible amount of enthusiasm which have been gained from your previous six jobs. And that’s just for a waitressing job. If only I could apply, knowing that I would somehow get a job out of it!

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Daily Prompt: Being Thankful!

Daily Prompt: You are receiving an award –- either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

The only reward I’d like to receive would be one saying that I’ve made it to university – not the offer, but the actual confirmation that I have the grades and I am finally going. I hate speeches. I have never had to make one in my life but the presentations in front of my class are enough for me, thank you very much. But, say I did receive this award, I would try to force out a few words. Mainly ones of relief – relief that my college days are finally over and I can step up to uni. Whenever I say this to my family though they always reply with something along the lines of “You know that they’ll be work at university, probably even more than you do now?”. Yes, I do. But I don’t care. At this stage in my life, I am so ready for something new and exciting in a different part of the UK. So hopefully Newcastle here I come!

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Daily Prompt: Being Taught!

Daily Prompt: What makes a teacher great?

After having quite a few ‘difficult’ teachers over the years, this prompt is definitely one for me!

  • Is passionate about the subject (instead of just counting down the seconds to retirement)
  • Is motivating
  • Adds variety to each lesson (instead of using exactly the same lesson plan as last month)
  • Tells the class how to write at the standard they should be (it’s taken two years for a teacher to explain to me how to write an A level essay in comparison to a GCSE one)
  • Cracks a joke or an anecdote now and again!
  • Is decent at explaining things
  • Sets homework that is actually relevant rather than wasting everyone’s time
  • Marks work properly (more than once I have spent hours writing an essay, only to receive it back with a few ticks)
  • (On the topic of marking) Doesn’t use peer assessment as an excuse not to mark the work themselves
  • Is fun!

To all you good teachers out there – I respect you!

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Daily Prompt: Being Confident!

Daily Prompt: Are you good at what you do? What would you like to be better at?

I am currently in Year 13 so there isn’t much to be good at other than studying. I know that in some ways I am. I do four hours of study outside of lessons for each subject (I am taking German, English Language and Art) and so far this year I haven’t missed even an hour. This can sometimes be a problem though. I get stressed if I don’t do enough work and will keep thinking to myself that if I don’t do it, I’m going to fail. I don’t know anyone else at my college like this. I know deep down that skipping an hour now and again won’t hurt, but that’s just my way of thinking!

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Daily Prompt: Being Historic!

Daily Prompt: What would you put in this year’s time capsule to channel the essence of our current moment for future generations?

An iPhone. Do I have to say anymore? Everywhere I go, all I see are those little rectangular objects shining in people’s hands. And no, it isn’t just teenagers. Adults are just as iPhone-crazy, so it kind of annoys me when the younger generation are accused of being completely obsessed. They are, of course. And, just to let you know,  this is coming from a seventeen year old girl. I am quite proud to say that I do not own an iPhone – I’ll be sticking to me Sony Experia for a while yet!

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