Daily Prompt: Being Proud!

Daily Prompt: When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?

I don’t remember. It was most likely my mum but there isn’t usually a specific reason for her saying it. Hopefully the next time I hear it will be after I’ve passed my driving test – roll on Friday the 13th!


Daily Prompt: Being Complicated!

Daily Prompt: Take a complicated subject you know more about than most people, and explain it to a friend who knows nothing about it at all.

Erm… I don’t really have a complicated subject. But about a year ago, I published a post on how to make these gorgeous book sculptures:

006I see no point in repeating everything I have already written, so click here if you want some of my not-so-experienced expertise! A lot of people compliment me when I make these but they are a lot easier to create than you think – all that is required is an old unloved book and patience!



Daily Prompt: Being Exploratory!

Daily Prompt: Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?

I want to see every place with my own eyes, even though I know this is very unlikely. Maybe if the place was a land of stretching white ice and blizzards with an average temperature of -100°C, I would view it from the safety and warmth of a helicopter overhead rather than set foot on it myself! But yes, everywhere is worth visiting within reason!


Daily Prompt: Being a Criminal!

Daily Prompt: Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one, not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best?

I’m not really a rule breaker. When I was at the age between being a baby and a toddler, I threw a rattle at a man’s head in Sainsbury’s. It hit him, fell on the floor and then he ended up tripping over it. At a similar age, I was on my mum’s back in one of those baby carriers as she walked around another supermarket (is there a trend here?). When she walked out and took me out of the carrier, she noticed that I had taken some crème eggs from the shop and eaten them. That’s about it! You can probably tell I’m not much of a rebel, (not now anyway). Only time will tell what I get up to next…


Daily Prompt: Being Spontaneous!

Daily Prompt: Here’s the title of your post: “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse.” Set a timer for ten minutes, and write it. Go!

“Come on, why not?” I didn’t answer, just stared at my friend, bemused.

“But…but we have stuff to do! What about work?” I replied. My friend shook her head and smiled.

“Why should that matter? Let’s just do it while we can.” I couldn’t believe what she was saying. I had never been asked anything like this. After all, who drops everything in their hectic schedules to go on a spontaneous holiday abroad? It was ridiculous. Wasn’t it?

“But where would we go?” I asked.

“Anywhere. Let’s just spin a globe and see where our fingers land. Come on, it’ll be fun!” I allowed myself a moment to consider the offer. It would be crazy. It was a crazy idea.

“What would I tell everyone? That I’ve just dropped everything for a week away?”

“You’ll think of something. Why shouldn’t you be able to experience life?”

It was a crazy idea. A crazy but very exciting one.

“Ok then.”


Daily Prompt: Being Inspired!

Daily Prompt: If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why?

I’m afraid I would have to ditch the writing and keep the reading. I find reading other people’s blogs so inspiring and there is always something different to explore and discover – somebody always has something interesting to write depending on what mood I’m in and what I want to know. Reading blogs always gives me inspiration, so even if I wasn’t allowed to write my own I’m sure my head would still be filled with other quirky ideas!


Daily Prompt: Being Amazing!

You have three hundred words to justify the existence of your favorite person, place, or thing. Failure to convince will result in it vanishing without a trace. Go!

Hollyoaks. What’s not to love? For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Hollyoaks is a British TV soap opera and is, in my opinion, the best out of all of them. Full of dramatic, unrealistic storylines, over-the-top characters and perhaps the best intro title sequence ever made (and updated on an almost monthly basis due to the amount of cast coming and going) you couldn’t ask for anything more from such a programme.

There are, of course, a wide variety of storylines to suit everyone’s taste. From Grandad serial killers to perhaps some of the cutest gay couple romances ever to be witnessed, viewers are spoilt for choice. Recently, there was even a plot involving incest between two twins. You want it? Hollyoaks have got it.

Then there’s the characters. I’ve split them up into three categories – firstly, there are the Faves. The Faves (being quite self-explanatory) are characters that every viewer has fallen in love with. No matter how hard you try to dislike the character, no matter what crimes they have committed or what they have done, it is impossible to stop loving them. An example of this was a certain character named Brendan Brady. In short, he was an intimidating gay Irishman who owned a nightclub and punched people a lot. And killed people a lot. He also had a relationship with another Fave, Ste Hay, and the pair were fondly referred to as Stendan. Unfortunately, this ended when Brendan was sentenced to life imprisonment for all the murders he had committed. His and Ste’s final scene was a real tearjerker.

Characters in the second category are called the Hated. Again, very self-explanatory. They are the characters who, no matter how hard the screenwriters try to make us empathise with them, viewers hate. They are annoying, selfish and usually have high-pitched voices.

Finally there are the In-betweens. These are the characters who you can love one week and absolutely despise the next. There are quite a few of these in Hollyoaks.

There we have it – a quick overview of Hollyoaks. Perhaps I’m being biased, but a shot of Hollyoaks every week is sure to brighten up anyone’s day – or at least make you feel slightly better about your problems.


Daily Prompt: Being Influenced!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

My year six junior school teacher once told me that I could do anything, and that one day in the future she would be reading something written by me. Now I’ve been given an offer to study English Language at Newcastle University and hopefully one day she can read that something, whatever it may be!