Q & A; January 7th

Hello my darlings,
Another long day, and late night post.

Honestly, these writing prompts are testing my patience. I want to write but some of these are so boring or hard to accomplish. All I can do is push through.

What is the strangest or funniest thing you have seen in the past week?

(Picture is not mine)
January 7;
Think over the past week. What was the strangest or funniest thing you witnessed?
I actually have a horrific short term memory so I am gonna have to think about
this for a long time, and even then I probably am not gonna be able to think of
anything. There are a lot of funny videos on the internet, if that counts. Strange
ones too. But that probably doesn't count.
I don't have much, the only things that happened since new years. I go to work,
chill out on the weekends. Grocery shopping on the weekends as well. I see a lot
of car accidents on the road everyday like no joke. Work is boring, not much to talk
about. Walmart is... Walmart. Always weird stuff happening.
Yeah I have nothing for today's prompt. Oops.

Like I said, writing seems to be getting harder now. The prompts have been super boring and just uninteresting. I hope they start to get better! I just want to write, not always about memories. I have a really bad memory, short term anyway.

– Des

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Preferred Genres:

Dystopian (favorite)
Young Adult (favorite)

Genres I don’t review:

Non-fiction (I will sometimes make an exception)
Biographies (Unless it is someone I am interested in)
Adult romance (Authors like Nora Roberts)

Rating system:

I do my best not to beat around the bush when it comes to my opinions. If I strongly dislike your book, you will notice it first with how many stars I give it. I do like to include spoilers, it helps fill out my review and actually gives me something to talk about. Those will be separated into spoiler free, and spoiler filled sections so I do not ruin your reading experiences. The spoilers will always be labeled beforehand and will usually be more towards the end of the review.

5 – THIS. BOOK. IS. F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C. I will not rest until I have shouted its praises to every corner of the world. Not only do I own a beautiful copy, I hug it sometimes.

4 – This book was amazing, and while it may have had some imperfections, the overall story made up for them. If I haven’t already bought a copy, I will be doing so soon.

3 – This was a good book, I liked it but didn’t love it. My feelings could also be summed up with a non-committal shrug.

2 – A book that I didn’t really enjoy, but was able to finish. It’s a “not for me” kind of book, but there were some aspects that kept it from being a complete waste of time. Not something that I will reread or purchase, though.

1 – I’m surprised the book was published, I could find hardly any redeeming qualities. Precious hours of my life were used to read this, and I want them back.

0 – I had to DNF, there was no point in wasting my time reading this. THAT is how awful it was.

Thank you so much for your interest in my reviews!

– Des

Q & A; January 6th

Hello darlings,
I actually had quite a hard time with today’s prompt.
I don’t really find myself staring at people trying to figure out how to describe them, and plus there are a lot of people in this picture so it was quite a daunting task for me.

How would you describe yourself?

January 6;
Using the same photo from yesterday, describe the people in the picture as if
you're seeing them for the first time.
I will go from left to right.
He looks very manly, but he has a friendly face. She has a lovely smile, and look.
The four littles look so similar, you would almost immediately know they are related.
My parents both have kind eyes, and genuine happiness seems to just be flowing out
of them. He is very tall, and seems cheerful, she is the same way but there is an extra beauty
there. The little one is adorable. He appears very nerdy, but he has a military look to him.
She has cute dimples, and seems very happy, and the little one looks like she is asleep.
The other three little ones are also obviously related, and they have adorable smiles.
He also looks nerdy, but also very handsome. She also has kind eyes, and a friendly face.
He has a very sunshine like grin, and a manly beard. She has a mature beauty and grace,
and the little guy is not paying attention.

So there you go!
I actually did not like this one today at all. But I powered through anyway! Even if it was a little boring and painful lol.

– Des

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Q & A; January 5th

Hello my darlings!
I am so excited for today’s prompt. I have a very odd memory, sometimes bad sometimes good, and it is interesting for me as I try to recall things that have happened in the past. For instance, today’s prompt is picking out a family photo and describing things that are happening outside of the picture. I hope that while helping me become a better writer, these prompts will also sharpen my memory.

Are you great, or horrible at remembering things?

California Thanksgiving 2018
January 5;
Select a family photo, then write about the things you can't see in the picture.
What you see pictured above is an entire family thanksgiving portrait. We celebrated
a full one together because we don't all live in the same state.
I am the youngest of five. Two boys and three girls. All of my siblings, their spouses, and kids
are in the photo. As well as my love, and my siblings' and my parents.
What you can't see, is the camera set up on a tripod taking this photo. There is a german
shepherd, Ruka, wandering the backyard, and a playground to the left. You can't see the
delicious spread of food in the kitchen, which we ate right after this picture was taken.
You can't see the festively decorated dining table where we sat and mingled during
dinner, and you can't see that the TV is on and playing either some Christmas movie
or something turned on for the kids.

I have noticed that my blog posts are usually at night. Which I don’t really love because that’s usually when people are sleeping…
I think this is because I have to prepare the right mindset for writing. I can’t just dive straight into it all the time. So by the time I am ready, the day is gone. Sometimes however, I will be done writing my prompt, but then I will have to get the blog post together and publish it.
At least I am getting it done, right?
Better late than never!

– Des

Here is the link to buy your own writing journal;
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Q & A; January 4th

Hello my darlings!
I had a very long day so I will be keeping this post short.
The weekend after the holidays is tiring, lots of craziness just a few days earlier. I hope everybody has been able to rest up, I know I am completely exhausted!

Have you ever personified an inanimate object?

(Disclaimer, this is not my image. Credit to whoever took this photo.)
January 4;
The wind whipped up and the hillside raised its hackles.
Can you come up with a few descriptions that ascribe an animalistic
quality to something that doesn't breathe?
The river roared loudly, threatening to swallow everyone up who mistakenly
missed the warning before the waterfall.
The wind howled through the trees, accompanying the perilous cascade of water.
They raged on, hand in hand as partners, assigning themselves a wicked duty.
Far down below, safely past the wicked wind and waterfall, the trees and river sighed
with relief. Strolling lazily through their forest.
Some of the trees like to tickle their feet in the stream, stretching out their long roots
in the water, taunting and flirting with it. Oh how these two would spend their
day, gazing lovingly at each other through the nights and days.

I realize now that I didn’t quite grasp the aspect of “animalistic” through the whole story. However, I do like the cutesy feel for the short end of the tale.
I will admit that I found this prompt quite difficult as well, it is actually quite hard to personify things.

– Des

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Q & A; January 3rd

Hello my darlings.

I was actually quite happy with today’s prompt.
I absolutely love to think about past memories. Especially really cute or funny ones from when I was a child. Sometimes I just need the nostalgia from when I used to be so much younger. Not a care in the world.

Do you find yourself more stuck in the past, enjoying the present, or contemplating the future?

January 3;
Can you summon what you believe to be your earliest memory?
Why do you think you remembered that of all things?
I have always told people that my earliest memory is the day of my 4th birthday.
The details are a little hazy. I am unable to remember if I had just woken up for the day or
if I had woken from a nap. Either way I remember stumbling into the kitchen where my mom
was making my birthday cake. It is somewhat vague here as well, I cannot recall exactly what cake
she was making, or if it was her first time making this specific cake. All I can say is that I pulled up
our wooden stool and asked if I could help.
As for the cake, I believe she was creating this fun "pool cake". With blue jell-o showing in the middle
as a pool, gummy bears in the pool as if they were swimming, and laying on the sides sun-bathing.
I have no idea why that specific memory has stuck with me, or if it's even real.
Seems very dream like.

I have included a picture of me around the age of 4 above. I cannot quite pinpoint my exact age there, but I do believe it was around that time.
I have also included a picture of a birthday party at an older age below, 9 this time, where my mom made me yet another pool cake!
It was my favorite birthday cake ever.
Thank you mom!

– Des

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Q & A; January 2nd

Hello my darlings!
As promised, I will be sharing my daily writing prompts from the 1 year journal.

Today’s stumped me just a little bit, but my goal is to become a better writer so I will be able to overcome any baffling writing prompts.
What is something that has perplexed you while trying to write?

January 2;
Studies have shown that thousands of personality traits can be linked to handwriting.
For example, crowded letters indicate a person who has no concern for personal space.
Use a handwriting sample to inspire a character sketch.

It seems as though she tries to jot everything down before she forgets anything.
Her writing is hasty, it varies in size and space. She combines cursive with printing.
Almost as if she's not sure which one she prefers.
This could possibly play on her indecisiveness.
It is almost impossible to read her writing unless you are skilled in art of decoding.
You need a keen eye to properly see through the mess she considers her penmanship.

If there is anything she consistently apologizes for, it will always be her handwriting.

Thank you darlings, for taking the time to read my blog posts.
I appreciate it more than you know.

– Des

Here is the link to buy your own writing journal;
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