Daily Prompt: SOS

You’re at the beach, lounging on your towel, when a glistening object at the water’s edge catches your eye. It’s a bottle — and yes, it contains a message. What does it say?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WATER.

Sorry for the late post. Today’s post is another short one, due to unholy amounts of work.

Do you ever get that feeling of utter weightlessness when you’re falling asleep? Or perhaps that shock when you’re dreaming about falling down stairs and you “land” on your bed when you wake up? If not then I’m just as mad as I thought I was before. However, if there are people who have experienced similar things then you may know the feeling when you dream of utter chaos – things you cannot see clearly, loud noises, dread – and you start to panic in your sleep. This has happened to me in many a night. Similarly, I have experienced the exact opposite, whereby you feel utterly calm and peaceful. Often when this happens in my sleep I am dreaming of sitting on a beach on a tropical island. It’s my mind’s construction of purity, complete with a beautiful evening sunset. Here, in the mellow light of the glowing sky (almost like a homely fire!), I sometimes think of answers to questions I had had problems figuring out before. Despite me wanting it to happen more often, this experience is something I have every month or so.

I think that the water in my dreams is the symbol of a mess of ideas – my head. Out of this chaotic mess first shines delicate little lights – the reflection of the sun. These symbolise solutions to my problems, that become apparent from within the chaos of my mind. The sunset symbolises that answers to problems may only become apparent at the last moment. The things I see in the water are my solutions.

Foreign waters:

  1. It’s wonderful world | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  2. Ethical Professor Boynton; Part 2 (Nothing to do with today’s Daily Prompt.) | The Jittery Goat
  3. Water | thoughtsofrkh
  4. Daily Prompt: SOS | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  5. Drown | 365 days of defiance
  6. Water – Daily Prompt | Linda Long Writes!
  7. Daily Prompt: SOS | Thoughts of an INFP
  8. A Summer Invitation | Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It
  9. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with some Ink and a Hammer | Bit by Bit by Bit: Fiction Writers, Please Lend an Opinion
  10. Water | The Land Slide Photography
  11. DP Daily Prompt: SOS | Sabethville
  12. Bound to the Shore | Exploratorius
  13. Daily Prompt: SOS | The Daily Post | L5GN
  14. (Daily Prompt: SOS) Message in A Bottle | Step It Up
  15. Perchance to Dream | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  16. Emergency Measures | The Dragon Weyr
  17. TAKE A MOMENT TO ENVY ME | Standing Ovation, Seated
  18. Daily Prompt: SOS | Tommia’s Tablet
  19. “A hundred billion bottles” | Hope* the happy hugger
  20. Daily Prompt: SOS | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  21. it will flow | peacefulblessedstar
  22. daily prompt: SOS | aimanss…
  23. Water… | Ana Linden
  24. Call Me, Vogue! | Haiku By Ku
  25. SOS: A Watery Pic | Khana’s Web
  26. Daily Prompt: SOS | | Photography, Pain & Life
  27. Daily Prompt: SOS | Finding Life
  28. Bean-O | Charron’s Chatter
  29. Ashes To Earth: May you Rest Peacefully in the Water « psychologistmimi
  30. Three Layers Of Water | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  31. Daily Prompt: SOS | Basically Beyond Basic
  32. S.O.S. | Home’s Cool!
  33. Fate | Buzzy Beez
  34. Daily Prompt: SOS/Water | Wordz on a Page
  35. Daily prompt: SOS | laura-in-china
  36. Daily Prompt: SOS | Iwannabealady
  37. Nisqually – A Short Story | Kilbo – Chris Kilbourn
  38. SOS | Passionately Bored
  39. Message in a Bottle: Eulogy for Joshua and Star – Daily Prompt | Write now?
  40. Get Me Some Water | Just Visiting This Planet
  41. DP: Water | As I See It
  42. Ice Cream | amarllyis
  43. Daily Prompt: SOS | Life is great
  44. A message from the universe. | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  45. Mesajul din sticlă | Mort La Datorie
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Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm)

Write the blurb for the book jacket of the book you’d write, if only you had the time and inclination.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BOOKS.

 A short one today. Sorry about another late post also – I couldn’t get on one any sooner!

I have often envisaged a very peculiar scenario whereby I pick up a book, open it and find a screen of the movie on the first page. This happens when I’m choosing a new book to read in my head when I’m in bed, just about to go to sleep. I remember the first time when this happened – it was prior to me reading ‘Carrie’s War’, because I had seen the film just before. I remember going, in my imagination, to the bookshop and picking up the book, opening it up and seeing the movie on the screen.

I have often thought that writing an autobiography would take you so long, and therefore you would need to start it early(ish). However this would deprive you of living your life in itself! That being said I have often thought my life and my friends lives would, collectively, make an excellent sitcom. This is where my imaginary movie screen-book comes in.

The blurb would read as so:

Deep in the shadows of 21st Century Edinburgh, the Spraffer (the gaffer, the faffer) is stressing out. As Christmas draws nigh like a vulture circling in on a carcass, he finds himself to be broke (the poor sod), despite his ‘revolutionary’ ideas on self-sufficiency, and must resort to working over Christmas. With the struggling battle against democracy, insensitivity and Copyright breach over the Christmas holiday, this Spraffer has to overcome his fear of real-life and become one with his inner intellectual property agent.

I’ve been reading far too much ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’…

Other books:

  1. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | A Room of One’s Own
  2. Sharp Pencil | The Jittery Goat
  3. Malala’s books | Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  4. Daily Prompt « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  5. Girl In The Blue Scarf | Sanjuro Tokage Experiments in Writing
  6. DP Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Sabethville
  7. The Best Book I Never Read | AS I PLEASE
  8. The Waterman’s Bible | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  9. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | The Wandering Poet
  10. BYOB(ookworm) or Drink From My Cup | Finale to an Entrance
  11. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  12. Essence | My Little Avalon
  13. What are you reading? | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  14. setting | yi-ching lin photography
  15. Daily Prompt: Books | 18 million pixels
  16. Judge it by the cover! | Sue’s Trifles
  17. Daydreaming | Butterfly Mind
  18. Orion 83 – A Path to Enlightenment | L5GN
  19. Beauty of Books | Mishe en Place
  20. Musy the Sputterfly | marjanitalarosa
  21. Dance with the Rain
  22. Time Determines the Heart | The Photo Faith Challenge
  23. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Awl and Scribe
  24. Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  25. Blurb for my novel | A mom’s blog
  26. An Amateur Writer | Life In Pakistan
  27. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  28. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Basically Beyond Basic
  29. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Deelusions Photography
  30. In Search for a Bride | Flowers and Breezes
  31. The Old Testament for the Rest of Us! | meanderedwanderings
  32. A Pup’s Rescue Book… | Haiku By Ku
  33. For my books, a sanctuary in waiting | 365 days of defiance
  34. ‘Bed of Roses’ Synopsis | jigokucho
  35. Hoping | The Land Slide Photography
  36. The Almost Finished, Yet Unpublished, Ever Upward | Ever Upward
  37. Succulent Bookworm | Travel with Intent
  38. Number Seven Written in White. | Hope* the happy hugger
  39. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Sarah’s Typos
  40. S.L.A.P. Therapy…..(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  41. Long-Leggety Blurbing: Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  42. “BYOB(ookworm)” | Relax
  43. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Not The Sword But The Pen
  44. Novel? What Novel? | The Silver Leaf Journal
  45. If I Had the Time to Write a Book « One Crazy Mom
  46. The Blurb Of Public Opinion | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  47. The True Photo Life Story – Passionately Bored
  48. Rudolf’s Book Jacket/ Daily Post | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  49. Hispanics as the Sleeping Giant | Institute for Hispanic Health Equity
  50. Getting Nymph-ed | Wanderlein
  51. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | A Mixed Bag
  52. Book Jacket Blurb: Jinxed Magics | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  53. The Editing Blahs…. | Kimberly M. Ringer
  54. Daily Prompt: Books | A Taste of Morning
  55. BYOB(ookworm) | Amoeba Kat Musings
  56. BYOB(ookworm) | The Nameless One
  57. I just had to… | Casually Short
  58. Blurb for book I want to write. | Angela McCauley
  59. No foolin’ this outdoor junkie! [Sheri #2] | Rob’s Surf Report
  60. Daily Prompt: Book Cover “Why Can’t I Be Happy?” | Being HIS Light in a Dark World
  61. Off to the presses! | Master Of Disaster
  62. Well! Done!!! | Words ‘n Pics…
  63. WordPress Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Deviated Perception
  64. The Book I’ll Write About The Peduto Administration
  65. Take Back Home – Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Deviated Perception
  66. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) – Subtext | I shot the messenger
  67. Writers Anonymous | A.C. Melody
  68. Daily Prompt: Strange, But True | One Starving Activist
  69. New to the City – The Daily Post Writing Prompt | Wordgasm
  70. The Book I’d Write…If I Could Be Bothered | That Girl Who Wears Pink
  71. One Wahine’s Library | Wahine Wednesdays
  72. Fantasy Has A Name | lulubellaloveslife

Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice

You’ve been kidnapped and given a choice: would you rather be stranded on an island, dropped into an unknown forest, or locked in a strange building?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CHOICE.

 What a fun topic! This is right up my street, especially since I’ve been reminiscing and reconstructing my primary school desert island story, complete with being stranded on an island and being dropped into an unknown forest! I’d have to say, being locked in a strange building does not seem like a choice I would make. What does everyone want to do if they’re kidnapped or imprisoned? Escape. Being indefinitely locked in a strange building means there is absolutely no chance of escape, however the other two present an opportunity.

Being stranded on an island is probably the more dangerous one. If it was an island in a tropical climate I can imagine that you would last longer than if you were stranded on, say, a Scottish island, where you would inevitably perish on your own. If anyone reading this has seen ‘Girl Friday’, where actress and general legend Joanna Lumley is put onto an island to survive with a few packages brought from civilisation (cameramen), then you can see the potential enjoyment and troubles you could face even with help. It could be fun though, or at least I might find it fun. If you want to see Joanna Lumley in this greatly entertaining film/documentary, which is described on this YouTube video as:

Joanna Lumley cast away on the desert island Tsarabanjina. Beautiful scenery and a highly entertaining Joanna – the show that made us all want to leave civilization for a while to be alone, or with Joanna Lumley, on a desert island.

…then you can see Part I here and then navigate around YouTube to find the other parts! I highly recommend it!

Other choices:

  1. Sunset | Vintage Photography
  2. Daily Prompt: Choice « Vicariously Poetic
  3. The Crossroad | Kate Murray
  4. Choice of lusciousness: Daily Prompt – photo | alienorajt
  5. Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice | Basically Beyond Basic
  6. Which Way? To the left, to the right, or any way you want | The Photo Faith Challenge
  7. Captive’s Choice | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  8. Just have to time myself to match the flickering fluorescence… | thoughtsofrkh
  9. Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice | A Room of One’s Own
  10. DP Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice | Sabethville
  11. Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice » My Life, My Way, My Words
  12. Miguel Learns To Like Himself (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  13. Captive | Active Army Wife
  14. Captive’s Choice: Strange Building | Dean’z Worldz
  15. daily prompt: captive’s choice | aimanss…
  16. Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  17. Let’s go Katniss-style | Wanderlein
  18. An excuse for a vacation | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  19. Kidnapped | dandelionsinwind
  20. Captive’s Choice | Flowers and Breezes
  21. Captive’s Choice | A mom’s blog
  22. Long My Imprisoned Spirit Lay, Fast Bound in Sin and Nature’s Night . . . | meanderedwanderings
  23. Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  24. Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice | Moments Thru Lens
  25. Pagpili | Ako Si Ehm Blog
  26. A holistic View of Myself | A Teacher’s Blog
  27. Cold | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  28. “I’d rather be stuck in Disneyland” | I am Lynn
  29. Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice | Wordz on a Page
  30. Choice, Which Way Would You Go | Lisa’s Kansa Muse

Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us YOU.

 I remain fairly unaware of my reputation regarding most areas of what I do. However, is that a bad thing? Maybe people would get on with their lives slightly more efficiently if they weren’t worrying about reputations. Sometimes I think people can be very harsh on people purely because of their reputation. I want to make clear to you that by making a very final decision about every person based on their reputation leaves no room for change, and most certainly does not encourage change.

Maybe that’s why I don’t particularly want to know what people think of me. I believe that forgiveness is the key to a better life experience, because in the end it relieves you of unnecessary amounts of worry and stress. Reputations aren’t bad on their own – people get by on a reputation sometimes – however I don’t like the idea that you make up your mind based completely on a reputation either.

Everyone has different reputations decided by different groups of people. For instance, my family know that I am extremely over-analytical, and my friends know that I worry a lot needlessly. When it comes to stuff like this, are reputations valuable? Will I be over-analytical all the time? In the end a reputation is a brand, and that’s why they cannot be depended on – people are not machines. Reputations are also based on the emotional response of a person. However that doesn’t mean reputations aren’t useful – if you’re in direct dealings with someone, often a reputation can give you some kind of idea of what to expect, perhaps even helping you protect yourself – giving yourself a little wall, a little distance between you and the other person, just in case.

However I don’t think I can publish this post without writing something about myself. After all, I have to show you me.

So, what about my own reputations? Well regarding blogging, I can only guess at what people think of me. I don’t think I even have a blogging reputation. If I do, please tell me – it would be interesting now that I’ve been writing on the blog for about a month!

Music-wise, I’ve generally got a positive reputation, and I’m known for my more spiritual connection with music, even though I’m not religious in the slightest. I’ve already written on this blog about how I use music as a means of communication, and that’s why I enjoy playing chamber music with friends, because I can ‘tell’ them things I wouldn’t dare speak just by playing music. Writing-wise, I’m known for being extremely over-the-top, and for having too many ideas at once. I’m known for being dedicated to what I write when I want to be. Apart from these things I genuinely have no idea about my reputation. But maybe that’s part of my reputation – the ignorance. Yup, that’s me.

Other bloggers of repute:

  1. Accordionist | Vintage Photography
  2. Why I write this Blog | A Teacher’s Blog
  3. Beat Me! | I am Shira
  4. perfect | yi-ching lin photography
  5. Crises and Time Management (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  6. Sweet girl | Life Love Lily
  7. DP Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Sabethville
  8. Share Your World – 2014 Week 1 | Khana’s Web
  9. Stolen bests | shame
  10. That Magnificent Woman | Shadows Of The Divine
  11. Blogger of good repute | A mom’s blog
  12. Reputation – A Friday Flash Crime Story | My Little Avalon
  13. Daily Prompt: Reputation | This Blog Needs A Title
  14. Blogger of Repute | Geek Ergo Sum
  15. Yes, I may be a Moody Bitch some (most) of the time… | thoughtsofrkh
  16. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Basically Beyond Basic
  17. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute « cognitive reflection
  18. I Bake Out of Love:Not Love of Money | Nicetomeetyou:I’mCourtney
  19. Daily Prompt: Blogger Repute | Square One Notes
  20. My Reputation: Daily Prompt | The Rider
  21. Reputation Vs. You | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  22. A matter of opinion. | Hope* the happy hugger
  23. Reputations That Elude Me | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  24. The Man who can. | L5GN
  25. A Writer is known by his Work | all my likes
  26. Daily Prompt: Blogger Of Repute | Finding Life
  27. Reputations, the Woman at the Well, and the Man from Nazareth | meanderedwanderings
  28. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  29. Keep away from-a Runaround Sue
  30. Wordz on a Page
  31. YOU. | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  32. Daily Prompt: Me (Blogger of Repute) | This Portrait in Gray
  33. Being | Stories from aside
  34. Reputable Pup… | Haiku By Ku
  35. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | my father’s garden
  36. Am I Eccentric Or Just Normal In My Own Way? | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  37. Chocolate Ice Cream Cake | Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  38. From One Crazy Life To Another
  39. HUMAN | hastywords
  40. Re Introduction to Photography by Char, Who, What She is. | Photography by Char
  41. How To Be A Blogger of Repute | froodian pseudoanalysis
  42. You Know I’ve Got a Bad Reputation | The Playground
  43. Blogger of Repute | Flowers and Breezes
  44. Daily Prompt – You (Show Yourself) | Serendipitous Cookery
  45. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | littlegirlstory
  46. A Portrait of You | The Magic Black Book
  47. Wrong Impression | Dance with the Rain
  48. So slow | Life is great
  49. “What’s your favorite color?”/Daily Prompt/Reputation | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  50. A Thousand Words… | LenzExperiments
  51. Day 16:When Daily Prompt and Zero to Hero come together | In my world
  52. Daily Prompt: Happy | Morrighan’s Muse
  53. Who do I appear to be? Superwoman? | Kimberly M. Ringer
  54. I am the girl who… | Chasing The Bubble
  55. Zero To Hero Day 16: Writing Prompt | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  56. “I’ve got a rad reputation / as a cool dude” | Rob’s Surf Report
  57. Just a happy blogger 🙂 | Processing the life
  58. That Funny Guy Who Knows a Lot (or maybe that smart guy who’s really funny) | djgarcia94
  59. Daily Post: Being Reputable! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  60. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute – My newest business strategy | Be Inspired Be Inspiring
  61. Horny Harry’s House Of Ill Repute How May I Help You | Ana Lynn’s Blogging Adventures
  62. I’m a Princess | Better Than Reality
  63. Daily Prompt: You – Who me? | Mishe en Place
  64. My Bad Reputation
  65. A reputation for being honest: Do I deserve it? | Schizo Incognito
  66. Self-Portrait | Next Page, New Chapter
  67. YES ! | Dreams to Reality !
  68. Againputation | wordcoaster
  69. I Don’t Give a Damn About My Reputation | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  70. Blogger of Repute | Help Along the Path
  71. I Don’t Give A Damn ‘Bout My Reputation | Verbose, Morose, and Comatose
  72. Reputation? Good and bad. | Emotional Fitness
  73. “Zero to Hero” Day 16: Confession of a super mom! |
  74. Eye of the beholder | Mindful Digressions
  75. A Scarlet Reputation | Rose Writes…
  76. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Occasional Stuff
  77. Zero to Hero Day 16: in Which I Am Required to Respond A Prompt I Could Possibly Give Half a Shit About (Someday) | Rose B Fischer
  78. Zero to hero day 16: Blogger of repute | Kicking On
  79. Day Sixteen: Make a writing prompt your own | Occasional Stuff
  80. Mostly Invisible | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  81. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | The Wandering Poet
  82. Gotta Protect My Reputation – Or Maybe Shed It | Edward Hotspur
  83. Blogger of repute | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  84. Day 16: Thirty Seconds to a Post | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  85. So why should I care about a bad reputation, anyway? | SusannaAntihero
  86. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | Home that We Built
  87. Not Living Up to My Reputation | Sewing with Scooby Snacks
  88. 5 Things Men will never Understand about Women | MamaMickTerry
  89. DAY 16: MAKE A WRITING PROMPT YOUR OWN | ♥ Jackie Speaks It ♥
  90. Zero to Hero Day 16 – Reputation | Chris Musgrave – Writer in Training
  91. Reflection | belindabroughton
  92. Daily Prompt: Big Reps | One Starving Activist
  93. A Carefully Constructed Reputation | From a blank page to happily ever after
  94. Zero to Hero: Day 16 | theotherpalette
  95. Why I Love Those Plants of Ill Repute | Forest Garden
  96. The Shy, Unpleasant Girl | Nodus Tollens
  97. Daily prompt: Reputation? You have to be visible for one of those | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  98. What is YOUR Online Reputation? | Cheri Speak
  99. Bad Reputation? | yearofthehorses
  100. DAUGHTER, THANK YOU FOR ACCIDENTALLY DELETING THE CANDY CRUSH APP IN MY TABLET | DANDELION’S DEN
  101. Sliver of a Second | field of thorns
  102. Well, This Could Be Awkward | Ellen Maybe
  103. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute. | Lux
  104. Blogger of repute | the mess keeper
  105. Daily Prompt | Thoughts of an INFP
  106. A Few of My Favorite Things…. | Coffee Crumbs
  107. Daily Prompt: Reputation | Artful Homesteader
  108. What’s in a Moniker? | My Author-itis
  109. Zero to Hero Day 16: Make a Writing Prompt Your Own | The Dragon’s Lair
  110. One of My Reputations | Brian Mok
  111. His & Hers: A shifting definition of “reputation” | Lauren Kells
  112. You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here | Shades of Teal
  113. Zero to Hero Challenge : Day 16 | Nicole Sloan’s Writing
  114. YOU RAISE ME UP | The Christian Gazette
  115. You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here | Boxes
  116. #ZerotoHero: Day 16 – Daily Prompt… Make It Your Own | Jottings and Writings
  117. The Grapevine… | Forty, c’est Fantastique !
  118. Zero-To-Hero #16 – Daily Prompt | My Weary Mind
  119. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  120. Not An Italian Leather Sofa | Anecdote Love
  121. Reputation Schmeputation — Zero to Hero day 16 | Cabin Pressure May Change
  122. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute
  123. You, Me and Bacardi | The Nameless One
  124. Zero To Hero Day 16: The Reputation Spectrum | Polymathically
  125. Reputation: Indicator of Society More Than Self | UpDownCharmedStrangeTopBottom
  126. confessions on reputations and being scared | life and loveliness
  127. Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | eyes like glass
  128. I have a Reputation | Break the mold
  129. Street Credit | Corned Beef Hashtag
  130. Whay You See | Jenn Lost in Chaos
  131. Day 16: Make a writing prompt your own | Words to the Wise or otherwise just words
  132. Extreme Anxiety | alienorajt
  133. #zerotohero Prompts — Make them Yours | pause 2 play
  134. Reputation | Ginger Haired Ape
  135. Zero to Hero + Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute | A Hedonistic Wander
  136. My reputation | Beneath the veil
  137. What’s my Rep? | Alexia Jones
  138. hermit | yi-ching lin photography
  139. A Zero to Hero post: why I’m not grateful for reputations of any kind. | Life’s little mercies

Envisaging your World

Recently I wrote a post for a Daily Prompt exercise named ‘Roy G. Biv’. It dug up old memories of a story I wrote at primary school – a desert island story which, as I remember, I held very dear and worked on for months. Before I continue, I will be recapping on the story however if you wish to read what I wrote before click here.

I have some news for you. I will be taking up my original idea in this story and rewriting it in a more mature way (in other words, not in childish ramblings!), introducing more adult concepts and making it more interesting. So I began writing today, just with a pen and blank A4 paper. My main principle in this project is to carefully recreate what I had written before in my primary years. It’s a great shame that I don’t have the original copy of the story, and that I’m totally relying on what I remember from back when I wrote it. However it’s giving me huge amounts of enjoyment and that, I suppose, is a good enough reason to continue rewriting it!

So to remind you what my story is about:

It’s about a man who is on an island in the middle of nowhere, striving to survive in the jungle and trying to search for a mythical beast. During his exploration of the island he finds the beast, a giant jungle lion man type affair (more details if you click herewho changes form between night and day. The beast tries to hunt him down and a large amount of the story is about him trying to evade this beast. That’s the basis of it.

Three pages into rewriting the story today and I had a problem – I couldn’t envisage the place the character was in. It’s a scene on a beach after he’s come out of the forest, and he’s looking at the sunrise. Recently I found a set of really nice, good quality watercolour pencils that I didn’t know I had. Watercolour pencils are my favourite way to create a colour picture by a long shot, so I took up my sketchbook and with my amateur “skills” I began to paint what I thought this particular scene would look like.

What you need to do is gather your thoughts into one place, and if you can’t do that in your head do it another way. Here is my head before I started painting:

(Psst! Sorry about the poor lighting - phone cameras are the worst!)
(Psst! Sorry about the poor lighting – phone cameras are the worst!)

And here’s what it looked like after I had gathered my thoughts (it does look a whole lot more vibrant in real life):

Gathered Head

That managed to let me carry on writing! It’s fantastic, and now I have something to look at and think ‘Wow! Did I managed even that?!’.

I am notorious for writing as I go along. That is to say I don’t plan what I write in great detail – I know where I start and where I finish, how I get there is up to me at the time. That means I’m also pretty bad at gathering my thoughts when I’m not really trying. It takes just that little bit more effort for me to gather my thoughts than perhaps you do. Literally painting a certain scene is just one of the ways I gather my thoughts, even if it does take half an hour to an hour to do so.

As I think about this, I realise how important it is to envisage the world you’re writing about, whether that’s in your head or as I’ve done and made it a physical object. Usually I find it no problem to envisage a scene in my head, however today I’m feeling particularly unwell and I think that has a lot to do with it. That’s interesting too, learning about what affects how you think and perform. If you have any experiences relating to this, be my guest to share in the comments too! It’s interesting how this works, and would be interesting to see how others do the same.

I will also be posting up the rewritten story in sections of around a thousand words at a time, hopefully reaching around twenty posts in total so I have a good 20,000-word story, so stick around!

Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation

If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ONE.

 There are so many people who I would love to read my blog. I have so many influences, and for different things too. For example, when I have written stories my biggest influences have been the fantasy giants – Tolkien, Le Guin, Gaiman and Pratchett are just some of these. Since I write on this blog, I suppose I would have to choose one of these people, however I think some mentions of my other influences in art and music composition would also be appropriate – you never know, I might choose one of them!

I have been composing music since I was eight years old, usually on a piano. The kinds of pieces I would write would often last no longer than three minutes, and would never be written down – all of it would be kept in my head. Growing up, I started to listen to some of the composer who today make up my favourites  – Debussy, Ravel, Mahler, Bach, Schubert and Prokofiev are a select few of these. All these people I would love to read my blog for sure, but for their sakes I’m not going to say I want one of these to be the one person who reads this blog – it wouldn’t be very interesting for them I don’t think.

Art-wise, René Lalique, Gaudi, Shaun Leane and Picasso are some of the artists whose work I adore. All of them are Art Nouveau-period onwards. Shaun Leane and René Lalique are/were both jewellery designers influenced by natural forms, even though their work differs greatly. Gaudi of course was the famous architect – Sagrada Familia is perhaps one of my favourite architectural designs in the world. I find Picasso’s Cubist work extremely interesting – the ‘broken mirror’ effect is one of my favourite ideas in art, and I’ve painted a lot using Cubist techniques. However, all of these people would also not be interested in my blog I don’t think.

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Cover art from the Earthsea books

Now, in true Spraffing style, who out of my extremely wacky and imaginative head would I have read this blog?

Five year old me? One of the characters in one of my stories or tales? I genuinely can’t decide – my blog seems so inferior to all the famous people, and it’s impossible for something that no longer exists or that has never existed to read it! Come on, think!

I’m going to have to say Sparrowhawk.

Archmage Ged, or Sparrowhawk as he is called most of the time, is more of a philosopher than a wizard – all he talks about throughout the books he belongs to (‘Tales from Earthsea’ by Le Guin) is ‘when it is right to use magic’, and ‘maintaining the balance of the world’. For me, out of the three wizards, he is the most wise. Indeed a wizard is a figure of power, but power

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A picture of Sparrowhawk from the movie

through intellect, through wisdom. Perhaps then Archmage Ged is also the most powerful. He is a character who has experienced more than the average person – death, fear, pain, redemption, companionship, power, imprisonment, exile, and he becomes all the wiser for it. He, like me, strives to experience as much as possible throughout his life, by travelling further than any man has done, travelling back from the world of Death, even facing and levelling with dragons (who in the books are pretty much omnipotent).

Sparrowhawk is one of the three wizards, all of which are very different and conjure different types of magic. These three wizards are Gandalf, Sparrowhawk, and Dumbledore. These three wizards are so different, yet so wonderful in all their own rights. All of them are wise, all of them would make me feel safe if I was to encounter them. Yet, I think Sparrowhawk would have to be the one to read my blog.

This is art from the movie of the last Earthsea book
This is art from the movie of the last Earthsea book

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Daily Prompt: Roy G. Biv

Robinson CrusoeWrite about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, either through word of image.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us COLORS.

 When I read Roy G. Biv and then the colours of the rainbow, I immediately thought of one of the books set on an island in the middle of nowhere – Robinson Crusoe, etc. I think that the abbreviation, Roy G. Biv, sounds a bit like a name of a stranded Englishman in the middle of the sea.

The book I’m reading at the moment, after finishing two others this week of a very different genre, is the classic ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding, which tells the tale of a group of young boys stranded on an island after their plane crashes. Over time the boys turn from the children they once were, and realise just how childish they actually are, to “murderous savages”. Although this is the first time I’ve ever read this book (I know, some of you may gasp), and I’m only a handful of chapters into the book, I’m no stranger of this kind of story.

At primary school we would often be asked, as a creative writing exercise, to use the desert island scenario to practice describing things as best we could and as over-the-top as we could. This gave birth to some very funny passages with the overuse of words like ‘iridescent’ and phrases such as ‘a splendid array of fantastical colours’, or something like that. It’s quite funny that I should read the Daily Prompt in such a way that I associated Roy G. Biv with the desert island scenario, because you will almost certainly find plants, fruits and animals that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

After writing these funny descriptive passages, our teacher would ask us to then write a desert island story in the two hours of the next creative writing lesson. Naturally, these two-hour sessions were the highlights of my primary school experience. I was often that person who wrote twenty to thirty pages in my jotter, as opposed to others who would manage no more than ten. It was also the centre focus for bullies to pick away at funnily enough – nowadays I can see how the children (without sounding any more than protective of myself) lacking in the faith of their own abilities, which were often very fine indeed, tended to find comfort in then making sure everyone else also lacked faith in their own abilities to compensate.

My favourite story that I wrote, I seem to remember, was one about a hero (‘hero’ was my general term for the ‘protagonist’) who was striving to survive in a desert island jungle whilst searching for a mythical beast. I remember the drawings of this beast – this story was a passion of mine for months! It was a giant lion-man with big, emerald-green, exoskeletal wings like a dragonfly’s, and whose mane was made out of healthy, green and, strangely, blue or blue-green leaves. It had the same orange-yellow skin of a normal lion, however the areas around the shoulder blades, where the wings came out, were covered with the same colour of leaves. This lion-man also had dark purple-blue eyes (so for the sake of this post, let’s call that indigo), with a silver slit so that it looked feline.

However the most wonderful thing was about this story was that at night the giant lionman would look up at the moon and, as the moonlight struck his body, would metamorphose into a far more evil-looking creature of the night. This version of the lion man had more of a look of a panther, with black fur and silver eyes, and silver dragonfly wings, however there was no flesh on these wings – only the beautiful framework of the bones. The creature would stalk the forest and “protect it”, as I put it. The same transformation would recur in the daytime, so that the cycle could restart  – it would look towards the sunrise and, as the sunlight hit the skin this time, it would burn in a mystic flame of red, orange and yellow (I think this idea arose from the idea that to create, sometimes you must destroy, something I had read about around that time) and turn back into the slightly fonder if not strange-looking form of the day.

The creature eventually hunted down the hero in the ‘night form’, although several days later when the hero had investigated further, however the hero made peace with it by giving it a hug(!) – a very childish thing to write in I think!

It’s strange to be thinking about that story – I had almost forgotten it! In my head now it actually seems both colourful in terms of imagery, but also in terms of ideas. Something that was so close to my heart is also, perhaps, something I shouldn’t have forgotten about.