In response to Ronovan’s Weeklu Haiku Challenge: Reach and Vie
Vying for more time
Must buckle down & study
Reach for the good grades
Uni is hard T-T but I’ve had the first round of assignment results come back with two As and a B so I know the hard work I’m putting in pays off. At least I can understand teaching in theory – next month I’ll have to put this into practice!
‘Cept I’ve got another seven assignments to hand in before then (omigosh it really is that many!). Cabin fever, here I come!
In response to Charli’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge
I had a plan. It was a plan that I kept to, even when it was messing me up.
The plan was failing. I was failing.
It took a lot to admit I couldn’t handle it anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I did something brave or unique. I, essentially, gave up.
Giving up can be good.
I’m not exactly proud of it, but I don’t regret the decision; I have nothing to regret. I’m relieved, and I’m hopeful for the future. Giving up was the best thing I ever did.
I am excited about life again.
And that is the honest truth, right there. Thank you Charli, for reminding me that we can make lemonade from lemons, and sometimes dropping the lemons and bolting is a better course to take.
I really like reading books and stories that have animals as the protagonists, and as Animal Farm showed us, ‘animals’ does not equal ‘for kids’. Having said that, South of Reality can easily be enjoyed by kids, but at the same time I found a lot of fun in it too.
The story is written at about upper middle/high-school level and up (enough to challenge the younger folk while ensuring the adults aren’t patronised). Set on a family farm, the animal dynamics are thrown when a charming tomcat arrives with nefarious purposes. The tale is woven in a pleasantly cosy fashion with a curious mystery to start and a heart-warming banding together of the animal kingdom to finish, and I love it when I realise the reference a book cover is making!
This is a great holiday read (and I conveniently read it over the Easter weekend!) that I can recommend to anyone wondering what our fuzzy friends get up to when we’re not looking…
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South of Reality, by A I Alexen
Book Length: 145 pages
Animal Adventure (Young and Young-at-heart Fiction)
According to the Blurb:
A cat burglar, two upstanding dogs, & a malicious rooster join forces on a mission of mercy!
When guard dogs Arky and Peyson investigate a mysterious and shady new feline arrival, they could never have foreseen what lay ahead – midnight chases in the forest, employment among humans, deals with a malicious rooster, and much more, bringing them closer and closer to breaking the all-important animal code!
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur.”
Two photos for this one, both from my trip to Budapest years ago. I’m not sure if I liked the glaringly bright yellow in the first one or the more subdued tones of the second.
Both photos are from a nighttime river cruise down the Danube. The one above is Buda Castle (I wasn’t sure then, but I’m pretty sure now).
The glowy building on high in the middle of the picture below is Fisherman’s Bastion.
Have I mentioned before that travelling is awesome?
In response to Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: Ill and Rest
A sleep too restless
Tiredness leaves me open
illness in autumn
I am not sick, which is quite new for me at this time of year. I hope it’s the start of a healthy flu season for me, since last year I picked up various infections and had three separate instances of being horribly sick, along with the usual sniffles and irritants winter must include.
Having said that, I haven’t been sleeping too well lately, but I think that’s because I haven’t had the time to write so much, so my imagination is going haywire and treating me to lucid dreams at night. Seriously, so far I’ve explored cities, jungles, wastelands, spoken to hundreds of people, solved the odd murder, and gotten at least a dozen different superpowers in my sleep. I should be happy about that, but it’s making it difficult for me to wake up.
Oh, and just a fun one to finish off:
Rest today, but am
Looking forward to getting
ill from choc-o-late
See what I did there? 😉
In response to the Carrot Ranch’s Flash Fiction Challenge: Symptoms
Symptom: change in voice. Diagnosis: pharyngeal cancer.
He knew it.
The crossing turned green and pain jolted up as he stepped forwards.
Symptom: jarring pain from little toe. Diagnosis: broken toe.
Staring at the answers from dr.net, he gave little notice to the standstill traffic picking up around him. What about that strange itchy bump?
Symptom: lump under left buttock. Diagnosis: fungal infection.
That couldn’t be right.
Head bowed to his phone, he heard the crossing signal and stepped out onto the road. Nothing more could be said about him now, except…
Symptom: Self-absorbed in minor ailments. Diagnosis: Hypochondriac.
I decided to go back and use some of Charli’s old prompts. Since I haven’t done this prompt before, I figured there was no harm 😉
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