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

Here is the link to buy your own writing journal;
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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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Q & A; January 1st

Hello my darlings!
So for one of my new year’s resolutions, I finally started this interactive writing journal!
It is called “Q&A a day for Writers: 1 Year Journal

I am so thrilled to start this writing journey! Writing used to be one of my favorite hobbies when I was younger, but unfortunately I was required to have 18 pages of written material every year during high school. So I kind of grew annoyed with writing. It takes a lot of creativity and brain power to write well. I didn’t want to use all of my energy writing for fun just to turn around and have to write for school as well, so I ended up not writing at all after high school. I have been out of high school for a year and a half now, and I must say I am starting to miss it.
Luckily, a family friend gifted me this wonderful writer’s journal as a graduation present back in June of 2017. I wasn’t able to start it last year, but I have started it this year! I cannot wait for all the writing prompts throughout the year, and I hope to purge my writer’s block fully.

I figured it might be nice to post these prompts, and my answers, on this blog for all to see.
Won’t you join me on this journey?

January 1;
In her essay "Fail Better," Zadie Smith says, "The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk
through my entire life."
Why do you write? What does it do for you?
I haven't always written.
I used to write because it was a way to create something that was my own. A way to escape the real
world. I wrote because it was exciting to come up with "new" words, new creatures, new worlds.
I stopped writing because it was too hard to escape the real world. Now I want to write to express
myself. I want to lay bare my thoughts, my struggles, feelings, goals. I want to create something
that I can remember. I want to be able to look back and compare where I was to where I am now.

I want to inspire myself to make mistakes, and despite those mistakes to keep moving on.

I write, to be better.

Thank you darlings, for taking the time to read my blog posts.
I am so inspired for this year, I cannot wait to see what we all will accomplish!

– Des