Daily Prompt: Being Refreshed!

Daily Prompt: What are the things you need to do within 30 minutes of waking up to ensure your day gets off on the right foot? What happened the last time you didn’t do one of these things?

Well, it helps to wake up on the right side of the bed. If I don’t, I have to keep persuading myself that I’m actually in a good mood! I also have to feel awake and refreshed, which usually involves washing with cold water and spraying my face with toner – it actually helps! And breakfast. However small or unsatisfying, it always seems to make things better!

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Daily Prompt: Being Artistic!

Daily Prompt: What was the last picture you took? Tell us the story behind it. (No story behind the photo? Make one up, or choose the last picture you took that had one.)

Rose WireThis is a piece I made for my art coursework. It’s made from yarn glued to MDF and topped of with some wire – not too exciting, I know! The ideas behind it? Well, anyone else who has studied art at some point will know that the teachers always want to know the meaning behind your work. And, if you’re like me, there won’t be one – so you have to create one. My work symbolises ‘the hidden beauty in our urban society’ (roughly quoted from my essay). I hope this piece in some way expresses that!

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Daily Prompt: Being Rejuvenated!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about the last experience you had that left you feeling fresh, energized, and rejuvenated. What was it that had such a positive effect on you?

Actually, that would be today. For starters I didn’t have to go into college, which probably accounts for half of my positivity. But it wasn’t just this – I was actually very productive! I woke up early and had a fantastic driving lesson to kick off the day (bear in mind that despite having lessons for months now, I still get soo nervous beforehand) so not only did I get that out the way but I also made myself feel better about my driving skills! I came home, did three and a half hours of study for college, ate some lunch and then did some room decorating – nothing to do with paint, but I did put up some bunting and make a photo frame! Then I had to go to the doctor’s by myself. Now, this probably doesn’t sound like a big deal to most people, but I get slightly scared going to appointments alone. Nevertheless, I conquered my fear and did it – I should probably get used to it if I’m going to uni later this year! I even managed to work out what to do in the pharmacy. And finally, here I am, freshly showered and satisfied from dinner.

The positive effect was, of course, productivity.

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Daily Prompt: Being Curious!

Daily Prompt: Write a post in which the protagonists of two different books or movies meet for the first time. How do they react to each other? Do they get along?

Cath (from Fangirl)

Harry Potter (you know which book he’s from)

“Oh…hi.” Cath shuffled awkwardly on the spot as the young man standing in front of her smiled curiously. She had never laid eyes on him before but for some reason, his presence seemed slightly familiar.

“Hello,” the man replied. “This is the fiction-writing class, isn’t it?” Cath nodded and in a moment of unexpected curiosity she took a moment to look up at his face. He wore peculiar round glasses which seemed too outdated to be a fashion statement, and on his forehead beneath black hair…what was it? Surely not a lightning shaped scar? Cath looked back down at the floor.

“My name’s Harry,” the man continued. “It’s nice to meet you.”

“Cath,” Cath mumbled. And then slightly louder: “My name’s Cath. You’re new here then?” The young man nodded.

“Yes. But I probably won’t be here for long. You see, I’m looking for someone.” For a moment Harry looked almost as awkward as Cath felt. His voice went down a few notches. “You couldn’t help me, could you?” Startled, Cath looked around for someone – anyone – to save her from this situation. Of course, there was no-one.

“Erm…who are you looking for?” She asked.

“Someone – a man. His name is Nick but that’s all I know.” Cath’s stomach went funny for a second. Nick. The same guy who had completely used her to write his assignment last year. Well, she hoped this ‘Harry’ man standing in front of her wanted to give him a hard time.

“Yes, yes I know him. He should be along in a few minutes.”

“You know him, then?” Harry asked.

“He’s an idiot.” The green eyes beneath the glasses crinkled into a smile at Cath’s response.

“Well, luckily for you he might not be here for much longer.”

“Why?” Now Cath was really curious.

“Let’s just say he’s been causing a few problems in my world. I’ll be back again tomorrow.” And with that, Harry began to walk away down the corridor and away from Cath. His world. What on earth? She looked behind her to see if anyone else had arrived yet, but still there was no-one. When she turned to look back at the man’s retreating back, he had vanished.

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Daily Prompt: Being Substantive!

Daily Prompt: When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?

I like to write things my hand! Don’t get me wrong, I love how fast typing is, but sometimes it’s great to feel the ache in your hand and listen to the crinkle of paper after you’ve finished using a pen. The last piece I wrote was an English essay at college. Writing this also had the benefit of not having to walk around in painful awkwardness waiting for a computer to free up. Everyone should try it sometime!

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Daily Prompt: Being Opinionated!

Daily Prompt: Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work?

My friend was born in England but her Mum is Spanish. Every year she travels to Spain to see her family for a month or so during the Summer. Of course, I have nothing against people showing their love for a country but sometimes she just doesn’t stop telling me how much better Spain is than England. And it gets a bit annoying. I don’t need to constantly hear how amazing Spain’s culture is compared to England, how much better the weather is and even how much nicer the people are. Because I’m sure Spain does have an incredible culture, gorgeous weather and lovely people, but England has those things too (minus the weather part)! I wouldn’t say show our disagreement to each other, mainly because I keep my mouth shut and just nod. Sometimes I wish I could tell her that England is amazing too. Perhaps I’m just too patriotic?

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Daily Prompt: Being Brainy!

Daily Prompt: Let’s assume we do, in fact, use only 10% of our brain. If you could unlock the remaining 90%, what would you do with it?

Assuming it would still be impossible to speed up time and read the minds of our enemies, I would go with the very boring, unoriginal answer of having a photographic memory (a very good one though!). It would just come in so useful for revision – I mean, you wouldn’t really have to do that much, would you? My exams would be a breeze!

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Daily Prompt: Being Unexpected!

Daily Prompt: Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.

‘But before switching plans, it pays to look a little closer’.

It’s true you know. We live in a society where it’s normal to flee when things go wrong or when our lives don’t go to plan. We just give up and swap to something that we think would be better for us, or simply easier. Which, of course, isn’t always a bad thing. But life’s more fun if we conquer what we deem to be difficult or unexpected. We can learn new things along the way, and (linking back to the “Best Ever Travel Tips” book I got this sentence from) we might even have more fun than we think – ‘Come when the rain starts and you’ll experience everything coming to life, which is truly magical.’

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Daily Prompt: Being Analytical!

Daily Prompt: Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind.

Ok, my word (as picked by the Random Word Generator) was smoky. Here’s my picture:

Smoky womanWell, I’m not sure what to make of this. It is part of a series of similar photos named ‘Feminine Mystique’ (Illustrated in Smoky Portraits by Federico Bebber), many of which look quite sensual or simply mysterious. But I just see pain in this one. Perhaps it reflects all the agonies a woman has to got though in her life, mental and physical? I feel like the smoke could be suffocating her, drowning her even. Or maybe I’m just looking at it too deeply. Perhaps it’s just supposed to be erotic.

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Daily Prompt: Being Thankful!

Daily Prompt: Picture the one person in the world you really wish were reading your blog. Write her or him a letter.

I don’t have anyone! I’m sorry to be a let-down, but it’s the same as usual – I’m just happy to have any readers at all! So to all of you out there:

Thank you for taking your time to even look at my blog. If it weren’t for you, I don’t think I’d bother – it’s just so uplifting to know that someone is reading!

Oh, and if a member of McFly happens to fall upon this post – I’ll be the luckiest blogger alive!

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