Daily Prompt: Being Verbally Annoying!

Daily Prompt: Is there a word or a phrase you use (or overuse) all the time, and are seemingly unable to get rid of? If not, what’s the one that drives you crazy when others use it?

For me, it’s the typical ‘like’. I can hear myself saying it and I silently give myself a goal not use it in, like, the next sentence – but it never works. I don’t actually find it annoying when other people use it, probably because it’s become such a common thing in our sociolect that I don’t even notice it anymore. But now I’ve written this, I just know I’m going to be analysing my speech next time I open my mouth!

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Daily Prompt: Being Photogenic!

Daily Prompt: Open the first photo album you can find — real or virtual, your call — and stop at the first picture of yourself you see there . Tell us the story of that photo.

The photo I can see is of my sister and I when we were much younger. I must only be about six and so she is probably three. We are on holiday, (I think it might have been in Norfolk?), and are standing behind a caravan on the grass, surrounded by two ducks and their ducklings. I remember so clearly that there was a river behind our caravan pitch, and that this family of ducks kept waddling up to us on a daily basis and we would throw them bread. In the photo, I’m watching as a duckling pecks at my foot. There is a reason for this. Because I am me, I decided to put pieces of bread on both my feet and watch the duckling eat them off my trainers. I remember being so entertained!

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Daily Prompt: Being Hopeful!

Daily Prompt: A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece – about you. What are the three questions you really hope she doesn’t ask you?

  1. Anything – at all – related to my love-life. I am seventeen. It is non-existent and probably will be for the next twenty years.
  2. What I think about any current political situations – because politics really isn’t my area of expertise.
  3. Who is the one person who has influenced you the most in life – I really just wouldn’t be able to say, and then I’d probably just come across as arrogant, when the fact is everything and everyone influences me. I feel bad just pinpointing one person!

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Daily Prompt: Being Good? Or Bad?

Daily Prompt: While walking on the beach you stumble on a valuable object buried in the sand — say, a piece of jewelry or an envelope full of cash. What do you do with it? Under what circumstances would you keep it?

If it was a beach full of people, I think I would most definitely hand it in, probably to the life guards, (they always seem to know what to do). Seeing all those faces on a beach would make me feel guilty, and I would hope that if I lost something valuable, someone would hand it in for me.

However, if it were an empty beach, the story might be different. I think I’d be tempted to keep the treasure. Unless it was a lot of money – then I’d be scared of being dragged into some dodgy drug business and being chased by the police!

I’ve not been put in a situation like this yet – so I guess I won’t know what decision I’d make until it actually happens!

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Daily Prompt: Being an Adjective!

Daily Prompt: Some writers’ names have becomes adjectives: Kafkaesque, marxist, Orwellian, sadistic. If your name (or nickname, or blog name) were to become an adjective, what would it mean?

Ruby: to be random and rambling.

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Daily Prompt: Being Accomplishing!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about one thing (or more) that you promised yourself you’d accomplish by the end of the year. How would you feel once you do? What if you don’t?

When I started this blog at the beginning of the year, I promised myself that I would write at least once everyday – so far, (I am happy to say), that has gone to plan! I don’t think I will miss a day out, simply because I enjoy writing and have a slight case of OCD, which means even when I do miss a day out, I always go back and write a post for that date. Also, I’ve now written this so I feel I have to!

Another one of my aims for this blog was to reach ten followers by the end of the year. Perhaps I underestimated myself! I appreciate every single follow I have and am always surprised when I get a new follower – thank you!

Moving away from the blog, I have decided that by the end of December I will have set up an Etsy account and have it running, even if I haven’t sold anything! I have already made an account, but now I just need to find the time to get crafting and create lots of cute handmade items! If I don’t accomplish this? I won’t beat myself up about it – there’s always next year! If I do? I will feel very excited indeed!

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Daily Prompt: Being Admiring!

Daily Prompt: Write a post about any topic you want, but in the style of an author or a blogger you admire.

The style in which I write this post is inspired by that of Oscar Wilde. The reason being? I fell upon one of his classics, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ not all that long ago and to my utter surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had been selfish to believe that so called ‘old’ books were to be enjoyed only through education or otherwise a specific passion for that genre. Since delving into its pages, I can admit with confidence that Wilde’s novel has converted my view entirely and I would have no hesitation in enjoying it a second time. As the witty writer once stated himself, “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

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Daily Prompt: Being Connected!

Daily Prompt: Whether a person, a pet, an object, or a place, write about something or someone you connected with from the very first second.

Just under seven years ago, my family and I drove up to Buxton in the Peak District one night after school. We were going to choose a whippet puppy from a very isolated house in the hills – our first ever pet other than goldfish!

When we arrived, we saw several puppies attempting to scare us away with their squeaky barks, but we were led through the house and into another room, full of bleary-eyed whippet babies. They told us which ones had already been chosen and which ones were still up for grabs. And that’s when we saw him. He was the oldest out of his siblings but just as adorable – he’d just woken up so his eyes were all red and droopy but he still made his way over to us, (treading over his brothers and sisters on the way). We all held him whilst his brother, Dexter, undid my shoelaces, and he started to fall asleep in our arms, (something he still loves to do now). I had never seen such a gormless and cute creature in my life. The breeder then told us that she’d nicknamed him cuddles, because he loved to snuggle up to her whenever he could. Safe to say, we had our eyes set on him and three weeks later we drove him home. We called him Toby and he is still just as gormless and sweet today!

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Daily Prompt: Being Worldly!

Daily Prompt: The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?

The Heart Never Lies – by McFly, of course.

The reason for this is that I was once listening to it as we drove through the mountains of the Lake District, and as we did I thought to myself: ‘If I ever have an alien exchange partner, I’m going to drive them up here and blast out this song.’ Yes, my mind is random like that, but the song itself says it all!

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Daily Prompt: Being Modern!

Daily Prompt: If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?

What wouldn’t they?!

The way we dress so casually, (and in some cases, strangely).

The conversations we have, which can sometimes cover very ‘interesting’ topics.

The fact that our dog has a better bed than anyone in the house and is spoilt so much, I sometimes wonder!

And, depending on what dinner we were having, perhaps the actual meal?!

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