Weekly Writing Challenge: List Lesson

This week’s writing challenge encourages us to write a list of anything; about who you are, bucket lists, love, pain, etc. My list is about 10 lessons I have learned for the past 26 years (my whole life), in no particular order:

1) Every problem has a solution.

2) Be happy as often as you can.

3) Don’t change for anyone.

4) Be independent, but don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones for help.

5) Always ask questions. The worst someone can say is ‘no,’ but at least you went for it.

6) Do not throw away your values.

7) Peer pressure is a force created by fearful people. No matter what the say, do what feels right. Chances are you won’t see them ever again. I don’t keep in touch with most of my high school classmates for this reason. Remember that being ‘cool’ is being yourself and not a puppet.

8) Live without regrets. Remember our clocks are ticking as we speak (or read) and we do not when they’ll stop. At least, if something happens while you try to realize your goals, you’ll be happy you at least started. Who knows, it probably wasn’t in your destiny to finish, but you probably set it up for someone else to take over and help them grow as a person. Things really DO happen for a reason. Believe me.

9) Treat yourself. Remember you deserve to feel good.

10) Be good to others. Sure, there are mean people out there, but do not go down to their level. Keep your head up and move forward.

 

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

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Netflix: Your nagging conscience

I love Netflix. I do get a lot for what I pay for each month. Thanks to it, the word ‘sleep’ has disappeared from my vocabulary. Netflix is a nagging little conscience that just won’t quit until it sees you binging on your favourite TV Shows or Movies, regardless of whether your eyes are red and shutting down, or you are alert and awake. If you have Netflix (like me) you’re probably craving a long and proper sleep. Here’s a reminder of what that’s like:

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-Netflix makes you like movies you never thought you would. Your quality senses usually decrease at night, when you decide to watch a movie, because it has become part of your routine.

-Netflix is your lullaby. There are times when your favourite TV show or movie become your bed time story. Because sleeping on your own terms has become your weakness, and you must listen to your favourite plots in order to regain your sleepiness. You know, because how dare one go to sleep without listening to Rose cry as she realizes Jack has officially gained his wings (Titanic).

-Netflix is good for your budget. Ever had those sudden cravings or a scheduled trip to the supermarket? Forget it. Netflix will remind you not to go because your favourite scene is about to play. Sometimes, you’ll find yourself grabbing a plate of fruit, instead of going to the store to buy a box of ice cream cones, because yes the movie is THAT good.

-Netflix has somewhat increase your reputation. The staff at your local library will believe you when you tell them you’re thinking of checking out books and that you’ll actually read them.

-Netflix has changed the way you watch TV. On the rare occasion you decide to check your cable channels, commercials will drive you insane to the point of no return. You now have zero patience.

-Friends? What friends? Oh, you mean the ones you converted into loving Netflix and are staying home chatting with you when you could be hanging out? Oh yes, I remember.

-Netflix has made you movie greedy. How dare Netflix charge you so much per month and not have every movie in existence? After all, you have sacrificed part of your monthly clothing budget to pay for it. Yes, very first world problem.

-Netflix has made you forgiving. It may not have all the movies, but it only takes one TV show or movie that takes you down childhood memory lane for you to trust it again.

 -Netflix: You have a paper? How about a long movie?

-Netflix: Homework? How about a career change? Watch movies and become a movie critic.

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Netflix is awesome, though. It does kill boredom :p, and I can relive the good old memories by watching some of my favourite movies and TV shows, without commercials and whenever I want. It feels good having a bit of control despite the hectic work schedule! Hey, if your favourite dance scene comes out, you can dance to it without making a fool of yourself :p (well, that is until you do decide to show this dance to your friends and end up making a fool of yourself).

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

 

What’s it like being a daydreamer?

First of all, I’m not crazy, I know the difference between reality and fantasy. Still, I do get asked where my imagination comes from or how do I feel when I a vivid daydreams. Here’s a short explanation of a few things I go through:

 

1) I may be a daydreamer, but I do listen to what you’re telling me. I’m just picturing your situation in mind as you tell the story. Which is why I often get told by my friends, “I would’ve never thought of it that way! Thanks!”

 

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2) No, I do not ‘hear’ voices. I imagine my crush asking me out and things like that, but I know he didn’t just do so. Again, I’m aware when I’m daydreaming. Otherwise, I’d be at a mental facility.

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3) Concentration isn’t always easy, but it is possible to manage. It isn’t always easy to pay attention to things you’re not interested in (but things you must learn).  This is one of the reasons I walk a lot. I need to keep my mind balanced.

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4) It does help your memory. There are many things I remember that my friends don’t (how they made a fool of themselves this one time), and that’s because it replayed in my mind over and over, like a movie or story.

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5) Even though concentration is often a problem, with the right amount of silence it is easy to get into writing mode. The problem is getting out of it. It feels like the moment the movie ends at the theatre and you know the magic is over. It does get you down, I’m telling you.

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6) Comfort drinks and ice cream are my go-to buddies, when no one is available. My mind does get tired and drinks and ice cream get it going, when sleep is not an immediate option.

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7)  Daydreaming helps to deal with situations that might make you lose sleep over.

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8) It makes life interesting whenever you’re having a good or bad day. If I’m having an awesome day, the excitement gets so high I could hug a spider. However, on a gloomy day, I often picture myself buying a ticket to leave the planet and galaxy.  I think this applies to most people, but for a daydreamer, this is life. It is also easy to switch back and forth between daydreams.  Do not confuse this with mood swings, though.

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9) Writing can be a good escape and so is daydreaming. It gives you a bit of hope in life, if you don’t have someone to talk to at a specific moment.

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

A to Z challenge reflections

This A to Z challenge has been a great way to share my thoughts and try to motivate others. My theme was to write a life lesson for each post. Hopefully, I was able to inspire other bloggers out there :). The only thing I didn’t like was that I couldn’t ‘follow’ other bloggers, because their blog was on blogspot, and I don’t have an account there. Other than that, I really don’t have anything negative to say. Yes, it was a challenge, and sometimes I didn’t know what I was going to try about. It was a great thrill and I hope to join other challenges in the future :). Here’s a list of all my entries for you to read if you haven’t already. Go through it, share it, cry, eat ice cream, dance, do whatever you want :p. Thank you to everyone who reads and likes what I write and I encourage each and every one of you to never lose your voice.

 

A – A quitter: I’m quitting writing

B- Because animals are hilarious creatures

C- Countless Power

D- Defying Designs

E-Emotions

F- Friendships

G-Growing

H-Home

I-Inspirational

J-Joy

K-Kissing Kite

L-Luxury

M- Mother Nature

N-Night

O-Obscure Mentality

P-Project

Q-Quaker

R-Regret

S-Stench

T-Tired T-Rex

U-Undo

V-Villain

W-Wisdom

X-Xhaustion

Y-You Are

Z-Zone

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Ellie’s Kingdom of NOPE

Hi everyone! Hope the weekend is treating you well. I’m doing good, just a bit tired :). The weather has been mild, but definitely better than the past 3 months! I’ll enjoy this while it lasts ;).

I may be a positive person, but that doesn’t mean I love everything (although I do try to). Rarely you will see me get upset, but when you do, you know I mean business. So, here are some things that bother me.

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1) The animals I am still not fond of, such as snakes, spiders, chameleons (their eyes creep me out), bees (if they stay far away from me, I’m cool), skunks, and other animals I can’t think of at the moment. It’s not like I wish they didn’t exist, I just don’t want them near me.

 

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2) People who take up all the space in public places. This includes, sidewalks, malls, supermarkets, etc. They think public places are sardine cans, and okay at some of them you don’t have an option, but when you have a lot of space, there is no excuse. Think of others people! Oh, don’t even get me starting on 4 generations of a family who walk SIDE BY SIDE, leaving absolutely no space for anyone to walk by. When you do pass them, they stare at you as if you were the devil himself coming to collect their souls.

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3) Smelly people. Take a shower, please. Basic hygiene doesn’t cost much, and if you can afford a car, you can afford a shower. I can only stand so much pestilence before I loose all sense of smell.

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4) My period. That is all.

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5) Holes. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I have trypophobia, but it’s getting there.

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6) Sudden loud noises. This includes any type of noise; motorcycle, teenagers screaming for no reason, hand dryers, trucks. etc. I still want to understand why teenagers scream like maniacs. I don’t remember being this way. What the heck are they putting in their water?

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7) Entitled people. Seriously, the world is not your throne.

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8) When my in-ear headphones becomes my worst enemy. How do they get tangled without touching it? Are they alive? Oh and the worst part, when you break them after untangling. Yea, definitely the devil’s tool.

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9) When people use gyms as a dating service.

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

The process of cleaning your room – or trying to.

I wrote a while ago about the process of killing spiders, and cleaning my room is pretty much the same. Well, not ALL the time, but today IS one of those days.

I always decide to clean my room during the worst times; when I have nothing to do, and therefore, there isn’t a limit on whatever task I choose to do. The best time to clean your room is not when you have nothing else to do, because once you decide to clean, your brain will tell you to do something else. I can’t be the only one who goes through this, right?

1) What you plan to do: Organize clothes.

What you end up doing: You tell yourself everything is dirty, and throw it in the hamper.

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2) What you plan to do: Hang your purses in one spot.

What you end up doing: What music should I put on?

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3) What you plan to do: Organize stuffed animals.

What you end up doing: You really wanna watch Lord of the Rings. Okay, you won’t watch it, but you’ll let it play in the background.

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4) What you plan to do: Vacuum

What you end up doing: You can’t hear what Legolas is saying, so you decide it’s best turn this vacuum off.

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5) What you plan to do: Go back to vacuuming.

What you end up doing: the movie is getting good.

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=3 hours later=

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6) What you plan to do: Forgive yourself from wasting 3 hours watching a movie you’ve seen a hundred times.

What you end up doing: You eat chocolate

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7) What you plan to do: Finish cleaning once and for all.

What you end up doing: Find family or friends to Skype with.

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8) What you plan to do: Whoever you were on Skype with, tells you to back to cleaning.

What you end up doing: You actually finish cleaning.

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I did finish cleaning :). In my defence, I’ve been away on vacation for 3 weeks!I have to be honest, trying to find space for my stuffed animals wasn’t easy. My giant penguin has its own desk chair (I’m not kidding).

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You can tell my favourite animal is the magnificent, penguin (Seriously, everyone gets me penguins for my birthday now)

Of course! The world sort of rules me today!

10 things I often tell my characters

I’ve lost count of the (many) times I’ve changed the beginning of my book. I have changed my mind about certain characters, and introduced new ones, in hopes of leading me to a better execution of my plot. I’ve narrowed down a list of 10 things I often say to my characters, either out loud or in my head. Characters are fun to write, but sometimes they can be annoying.

1) “I wanted you to meet =insert name=. Why all of the sudden, do you want to be alone?”

2) “For the 1000th time, I’m not changing your name”

3) “You’re falling for the wrong person! Why are you doing this to me?”

4) “There’s a reason why I wanted you to skip a meal”

5) “If you keep changing your look every second, I’m never going to finish this book”

6) “I know this is fiction, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna have monsters lurking everywhere”

7) “Are you chasing me in my dreams?”

8) “No, the ending isn’t going be ‘…and it was all a dream'”

9) “Wait, does this mean I now have to re-write the first 3 chapters?”

10) “I can’t talk to you”

Of course! The world rules me today!

 

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