Everything he knows about writing – #7

‘Everything he knows about writing’ is an Apparently a Writer blog series, where I am posting my way through the 600 writing topics listed in John Marsden’s book Everything I know About Writing. Find the explanatory post here, and all posts in the series here. Topics 1-93 fall under the category “Quickies”.

#7 – If you had to move, where would you like to live and why?

My partner and I have been talking about running away recently. Not right now, but in a couple of years. On top of my runaway list is London. I would immensely love to live in a little house or apartment in London. To work part time and spend the rest of my days writing and immersed in culture and literary history. To drink copious amounts of hot drinks by fireplaces, book in hand. To finally experience living in a place that sometimes becomes frosted, snowy and icy in the depths of winter.

Second on my list is Melbourne, a creative and cultural hub for Australians, where I can write, attend creative writing school, find work easily in my ‘day job’ field and watch my man enjoy his creative side, making music and taking photos.

Unfortunately, neither of these places are good for surfers, so he has his reservations. My man is not content unless half the ocean is pouring out of his nose in the middle of the night, from a proper dumping earlier in the day.

But I think I can convince him. Running away is always fun 🙂

Pic from Dani's day: It's hoodie and blog writing weather!

Pic from Dani’s day: It’s hoodie and blog writing weather!

Everything he knows about writing – #6

‘Everything he knows about writing’ is an Apparently a Writer blog series, where I am posting my way through the 600 writing topics listed in John Marsden’s book Everything I know About Writing. Find the explanatory post here, and all posts in the series here. Topics 1-93 fall under the category “Quickies”.

#6 – What is the most beautiful part of your body? Describe it. What is the ugliest? Describe it.

I recently decided my freckles are my favourite part of my body. At the very least I find them the most fascinating. My face has hardly any freckles, they have all faded and disappeared as my face has grown into adulthood. But my arms and my upper chest are an entire galaxy of freckles. Far too many to ever count. I didn’t grow up feeling ‘freckly’ and I have certainly never been self conscious about them. I was barely conscious of my freckles existing anyway.

Then a few months ago, for the first time in my life, I got to watch a freckle grow. The tops of my hands have a few light freckles, but the palms, like most people, are freckle free. One day I noticed a pen mark on my palm, at the point where it is pretty much my wrist. But it wouldn’t come off. Over the weeks I watched it grow into a fully formed freckle. It now sits there, one freckle among thousands, the only one of them I feel a total awareness for. They are all a part of me and I think they are beautiful.

My least favourite part of my body, my ‘ugly’ if you will, is a part that I only ever catch a glimpse of in a bad photo or in a change room where there are two opposing mirrors. If one were to stand behind me at an angle, one would notice that my neck, jawline and lower chin all sort of blend together, a layer of pre-teen pudge that never quite went away. I hate seeing myself from that angle! Truth told, I don’t think anyone notices it and maybe many women have the same softness. I’m grateful that it’s hard for me to see. For the most part I forget it’s there 🙂

Pic from Dani's Day: The overlocker needs rethreading. I may put this task off all day :/

Pic from Dani’s Day: The overlocker needs rethreading. I may put this task off all day :/

Everything he knows about writing – #5

‘Everything he knows about writing’ is an Apparently a Writer blog series, where I am posting my way through the 600 writing topics listed in John Marsden’s book Everything I know About Writing. Find the explanatory post here, and all posts in the series here. Topics 1-93 fall under the category “Quickies”.

The observant/quick clickers amongst you will notice that I accidentally published the draft for #5, minus content, before I had even published #4. Lesson in tabbed browsing that one. You should all now have #4, and here is #5 properly done 🙂

#5 – Give five ways of stopping a plane when its breaks have failed.

  1. Use another plane to drop specially trained parachutists on it. One parachute will land them on the plane. They will be carrying another plane-parachute to attach the the fuselage, and deploy a third parachute when they jump back off the plane. The plane will then drop all fuel, lose its wings and float on down.The plane-parachutes and ejectable wings may only be in prototype….but shhh it’s a secret.
  2. Drop ALOT of jelly (jello) in a river. Keep all children away as salty jelly may scar them for life.
  3. Design a special runway addition to be deployed in such situations which basically consists of huge, controlled air thrusters like in that Coca Cola commercial x 1000.
  4. Send out a huge cushioned platform on wheels which the plane will need to precisely hit at just the right angle and speed to create substitute wheels
  5. Send in Iron Man.

Ok yes, I have Iron Man on the brain because I saw Iron Man 3 having not seen any Iron Man movies before and LOVED it.

Also, I think after my exceptionally creative responses 1-4, I deserve a bit of sexy Robert Downey Junior asssistance 😛

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Pic from Dani’s day: soba noodles and mirin. New ingredients to try a homemade beef teriyaki tonight….hopefully NOM!

Everything he knows about writing – #4

‘Everything he knows about writing’ is an Apparently a Writer blog series, where I am posting my way through the 600 writing topics listed in John Marsden’s book Everything I know About Writing. Find the explanatory post here, and all posts in the series here. Topics 1-93 fall under the category “Quickies”.

#4 – List 10 uses for dead batteries.

(assuming they aren’t leaking)

  1. Weights to hold my patterns when I cut fabric
  2. Wheels for craft cars
  3. Something to throw at Indian Myna Birds (not to be confused with native Noisy Miners).
  4. Tiny watch batteries used to make ‘dot art’
  5. Old Nokia phone batteries used as dominoes
  6. Old Nokia phone batteries for kids to build depressingly drab city scapes
  7. Car batteries as door stops
  8. Convincing a kid that the noisy toy is broken, it’s not the batteries 😉
  9. As a loving gift to Arthur Weasley
  10. A dead car battery to trick and incapacitate Tony Stark…you know…before he was Iron Man and didn’t need a car battery.

Click on image for original source 🙂

Ok, so the last to were not exactly original haha.

Cheers!

Pic from Dani’s day: crochet squares, cupcakes and an old coin fell out of my reading chair!

Everything he knows about writing – #3

‘Everything he knows about writing’ is an Apparently a Writer blog series, where I am posting my way through the 600 writing topics listed in John Marsden’s book Everything I know About Writing. Find the explanatory post here, and all posts in the series here. Topics 1-93 fall under the category “Quickies”.

#3 – Name four jobs that no-one ever thought of before.

  1. Weather control mediator: mediates discussions between various interest groups when determining controlled weather cycles.
  2. Transplant spiritual reconciliation counselor: helping modern transplant patients reconcile their religious beliefs with their need to accept a man-made transplant.
  3. EChip regulator: determines human eligibility for insertion of education enhancer chip to be implanted in brain.
  4. Headache prevention implant technician: calibrates implants to maximise performance
Pic from Dani’s day: boyfriend takes over study to replace dodgy power supply :)

Pic from Dani’s day: boyfriend takes over study to replace dodgy power supply 🙂

Today’s post was hard folks! It challenged me to be creative and imaginative, but within the confines of logic and realism. It’s exactly the kind of activity I need to keep doing for the story I have in mind. A very valuable exercise 🙂

Everything he knows about writing – #2

‘Everything he knows about writing’ is an Apparently a Writer blog series, where I am posting my way through the 600 writing topics listed in John Marsden’s book Everything I know About Writing. Find the explanatory post here, and all posts in the series here. Topics 1-93 fall under the category “Quickies”.

#2 – What are three three things that could never be photographed?

  1. Leonardo da Vinci, deep in thought (though he did a good job of showing us anyway).
  2. That moment you realise you are grown up, moved out and on your own. Noone is ever there to see that because it only becomes apparent to you when all the noise has died down, the flatmates, the television, the chatter. And you really are alone.
  3. A dream, any dream, in as lifelike of a reality as we have seen it in our sleep, with just as much surrealism as we experience it.
Pic from Dani’s day: Grumpy cat is grumpy

Pic from Dani’s day: Grumpy cat is grumpy

Everything he knows about writing #1

‘Everything he knows about writing’ is an Apparently a Writer blog series, where I am posting my way through the 600 writing topics listed in John Marsden’s book Everything I know About Writing. Find the explanatory post here, and all posts in the series here. Topics 1-93 fall under the category “Quickies”.

#1 – What’s your favourite kitchen appliance, and why?

Like anyone who owns one, I of course consider my Thermomix as my favourite appliance. In fact I think owning one means I would be cheating at this topic if I wrote about it. The thing does almost everything, manages to both thrill and terrify me, left a spectacular spray of purple over the kitchen the other day when boyfriend tried to make his daily smoothie, and I just can’t bring myself to call it a “Thermie” like other affectionate owners do. It’s pretty vicious, leaving me with the feeling I should really call it Sid or something similar. I feel like if I were to call it “Thermie” it would probably swear at me.

Point is, I could write endlessly about it, in very creative ways, but this exercise is meant to be at least a teeny bit challenging.

Instead I am going to write about my next favourite appliance: the slow cooker.

She is grubby, greasy and not very pretty. She has a singed sticker on her facade, drawling “Some people say I’m slow…. eh?”, the result of a label maker being left within reach of a joker. She wears it with quiet humor.

She is slow, it’s true. And I love her for it.

A few choice ingredients thrown in and she is forgotten, warming slowly on the bench as weekend activities buzz past her. I might sweep, wash clothes, read or write, pay bills. Then gently, carefully, a homely aroma starts catching me. First I need to walk right past her at the right moment. Then I need only to leave the room and walk back in to be hit with a wave of pending deliciousness. Then all of a sudden, without realising it, my head is fuzzy with a whole of house warmth, a scent of meals cooked the way they were when I was young. I don’t really know how Nanna and Mum did it on a stove. Without her I would be clueless, she makes it so easy.

She makes me feel a little capable, a lot humble, and very much like I am creating a home. She doesn’t have a name, but I don’t think she needs or wants one. She seems beyond that.

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Pic from Dani’s day: Cold beer helps with the writes 🙂