Daily Prompt: Being Poetic!

Daily Prompt: For our final trio prompt of the year, write about any topic you wish, but make sure your post features a bookcase, something cracked, and a song you love.

Two things that will seal

the crack in my wounded heart:

The songs that I love

playing through the dark and then…

refuge in my old bookcase.

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Daily Prompt: Being Festive!

Daily Prompt: The holiday season: can’t get enough of it, or can’t wait for it all to be over already? Has your attitude toward the end-of-year holidays changed over the years?

Nope. I love it and I think I always will! It’s not just the presents or food, but also the build-up to it – the trees, tinsel, baubles, Christmas songs, jumpers, Quality Streets, Santa hats, reindeer antlers, shop displays, present buying, festive films… in fact, I’m watching The Polar Express as I’m writing this!

Only 5 days, 3 hours and 30 minutes to go!

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Daily Prompt: Being Pressured!

Daily Prompt: What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?

I have several. I think the one closest is my investigation coursework for English Language. We basically have to come up with our own question and hypothesis (about almost anything to do with language) and research, analyse and write an essay on it ourselves. I decided to look at the difference between American and British spontaneous talk shows and the difference between the language used in Jeremy Kyle and Jerry Springer – a good excuse to watch episodes in English lessons! But now I’ve typed up my transcript and analysed, I’m onto the boring part of writing the essay. The draft deadline is in two weeks after Christmas. Once I’m done with it, I’ll probably just start revising for the exam – woohoo!

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Daily Prompt: Being Failures!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about the object of your dejection — something you made, a masterpiece unfinished, or some sort of project that failed to meet your expectations. What did you learn from the experience? How would you do things differently next time?

When I was 14, we had to do a project at school to raise awareness about something – anything we liked. My friends and I found a charity called Send a Cow, which is basically what is sounds like – you donate money to buy a family in poorer parts of the world a cow, donkey, sheep, etc. We made a fantastic PowerPoint (complete with cool slide transitions and sounds) and bought a song for background music. We planned to do a cake sale to raise money ourselves and get everyone involved… but that didn’t happen. I think it all went downhill when we decided to make a cow model out of toilet roll and newspapers. It looked, quite frankly, hideous, even after it was covered in a couple of layers of brown paint. It didn’t even look like an animal. And all the other groups let us know that. One person took a sharpie pen and wrote “nice bird?” on the side of it. This isn’t a very good moral to a story, but in the end we gave up!

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Daily Prompt: Being Loving!

Daily Prompt: You have to write a message to someone dear to you, telling that person how much he/she means to you. However — instead of words, you can only use 5-10 objects to convey your emotions. Which objects do you choose, and what do they mean?

A photo of the character Freddie Roscoe from the soap Hollyoaks – because he still reminds me of how much we make each other laugh (I printed off a lot of photos of him once and stuck them all around her room).

A stone off my shelf – because you love to collect them and you still give me the random ones that don’t fit on your shelves anymore.

A note written by you when you were about ten, reading “thank you for the toast, it was yummy. I love you lots” – because you posted this under my door after we argued and I brought toast up to your room – true love!

Our three teddies – Harry, Archie and Liam (this probably counts as three objects) – because we used to play with them for hours, take them on holiday and even took them swimming in the paddling pool. Even though we don’t play with them anymore, we still love them and they remind me of our childhood fun!

Finally, your old Power Rangers DVD – because we watched it not that long ago and realised how wonderfully awful it is! It also reminds me of your old obsession with Kira, the yellow power ranger…

Love you sister!

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Daily Prompt: Being Obscure!

Daily Prompt: We all have our semi-secret, less-known personal favorites — a great B-side, an early work by an artist that later became famous, an obscure (but delicious) family recipe. Share one of your unsung heroes with us — how did you discover it? Why has it stayed off everyone’s radar?

A while ago my sister introduced me to a band called Walk the Moon. They are just a small indie/pop band based in Ohio who started out in 2008, and out of everyone I’ve asked I am the only one who has heard of them. The reasons I like them: their album does not consist entirely of melancholy, downbeat songs – they are catchy, fast and make me happy. They also have pretty album artwork:

Walk the MoonBut I think the final reason I like their music so much is because no-one else knows them. In a way, I feel like only my sister and I listen to them. And there’s no pressure to buy all their merch or learn everything there is to know about every member. It’s just good music.

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Daily Prompt: Being Adventurous!

Daily Prompt:b What are the top items on your anti-bucket list — those things you never, ever want to do, places you never want to visit, books you never want to read, etc.?

Never say never…unless it really is extreme! There are plenty of things I wouldn’t want to do (like involve myself with cannibalism or run into traffic) but I’m up for most things. I’d love to skydive, bungee jump and travel the world – all those sorts of activities.

I’ve just thought of a video I saw involving people ‘swimming’ with sharks (you know, where you’re submerged in a cage underwater whilst sharks swim around you) and how one of them smashed into it so hard that the cage door opened and the divers had to make a very quick escape. Perhaps I’ll cross that one off the list!

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Daily Prompt: Being Random!

Daily Prompt: Write down the letters of the ABC. For each one, choose a word that begins with that letter. Now, write a post about anything — using all the words you’ve selected.

I wanted to make this post more random than it would be if I just chose the words myself, so I closed my eyes, ran my finger through the dictionary and stopped on any page I felt like.

A – affectation

B – benevolent

C – card

His eyes fell once again on the chocolate fudge cake centrepiece and he couldn’t help put smile to himself as he caught her doing the same. He had only been at this dinner party for an hour but already he knew more about this woman than she knew about herself. For starters, she had a wonderfully pretty face. The wrinkles around her eyes echoed years of life and laughter and as he sneaked another look, he could see what a warm and benevolent nature she had. The name card in front of her read Rose – which suited her splendidly. There was no affectation from her (unlike several other guests here who deemed it necessary to impress everyone at the table with their false stories and exaggerated lifestyles). She was simply herself, and that’s what he liked about her.

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Daily Prompt: Being Deceitful!

Daily Prompt: As kids, we’re told, time and again, that lying is wrong. Do you believe that’s always true? In your book, are there any exceptions?

Once again, it depends on the situation. I think lying is acceptable if it avoids hurting someone to some extent – but then again, if my (future) husband was having an affair with another woman then I’d want to know! I think it’s part of a kid’s nature to lie. I remember when I was about six, I told my mum that a bird from the zoo had broken into our classroom. I did it for no reason other than to tell my mum an exciting story, and she went along with it so I don’t think she was offended!

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Daily Prompt: Being Lucid!

Daily Prompt: As it’s been a while since our last free-write… set a timer for ten minutes. Write without pause (and no edits!) until you’re out of time. Then, publish what you have (it’s your call whether or not to give the post a once-over).

In the past year I’ve become really interested in lucid dreaming. I’ve had them before when I was little but I never knew what they were. For those of you who don’t know, a lucid dream is one in which you are aware that you are dreaming. If you’re lucky, you can take control of your dream – which is amazing! You can fly, breathe underwater, soar into space – anything you want! You can even talk to yourself and ask what you really want from life. The only problem is, lucidity is so hard to achieve! I’ve only had one in the past six months. I remember walking to the window in my room and suddenly realising I was dreaming. I closed my eyes and imagined that my street was rolling countryside, and sure enough, when I opened them that’s what was there! Of course, the first thing most people would do if they could control everything would be to fly – and that’s what I did. I imagined myself with huge eagle wings and then soared out of my window and into the sky. Everything felt so real – I could feel my wings beating and the wind rushing past my face. I did this until I eventually woke up. It was incredible!

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