Here Lies..

My late naughty older stepbro, ladies and gentlemen. My fur sibling. Sign added for good measure. My way of paying respect for the years spent living under the same roof. Not by choice but it had its moments. What we had was not an untenable relationship despite the situation thrust upon us by our hooman ‘rents. Such implusive creatures, those two. The mutt did put up with my moods and claws all those years so…RESPECT.

This is one of those rare occasions I’m willing to pose for a photo. Make it worthwhile. And don’t you dare create one of those social media accounts using my photo and give me ridiculous handles for your amusement. You’ve been warned.

This post was written in response to Photo Challenge #329, hosted by Nekneeraj over at mindlovemiserysmenagerie and One-Word Daily Prompt.

#MLMM #YDWordPrompt

Nothing Much

Ever felt so starved of socialization that zoom parties and business meetings become unordinarily exciting?

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Written for One-Liner Wednesday and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge

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Share Your World Pt. 3 – On Happiness, Play and Secret Tunnels

This 3rd installation of Share Your World meets Harry Potter series brought to us by Melanie and Roger gives us questions inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The Harry Potter questions:

One of my favorite gifts that Harry Potter received came from the Weasley Twins; and was “Mrs. Mooney’s Marauder’s Map.” This magical document showed every classroom, hallway and secret corner in all of Hogwarts. It also showed you the location-by name of every person in Hogwarts. If you had such a magical map of your town, what would you use it for? If you would not use it, is there another person to whom you would gift it?

We have a version of this in our time like Google Maps and a few other apps. But the Marauder’s Map is fun and If I had it, I’d use it during trips to new places. And to check which places are already or still open for exploration. I’d gift it to my future kid if I ever have any.

When was the last time you made a snowball? Were in a snowball fight?

It doesn’t snow where I’m from so my first experience of it was in my early 20s during a business trip abroad. I was with colleagues and strangers so no snowball fight then, or yet. I made a snowball discreetly while out on lunch that snowy day.

Many cultures set great value in each child of the family having godparents. Did you have godparents? Are you a godparent yourself?

I had godparents, on paper. Or so I heard. But I haven’t met them save for the time when I was a baby. I am a godparent to a friend’s daughter and I take it seriously.

You have found a secret tunnel under your house. Where does it go?

It leads to a Room as Needed, which can have or be anything I need i.e. panic room, hideout, bat cave, snack room etc.

The muggle questions:

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

Both are useful and has its purpose. Intelligence has to do with aptitude, with learning and its applications, while wisdom is the ability to discern what’s good/right/sound based on knowledge, experience, understanding, insight. Both are needed to live a good life.

How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

Very important. I think it helps bring balance in our lives and keeps us ‘young’.

Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more?

Not just chemicals, but the chemicals are a necessary part of the happiness equation. For me, it’s a mix of internal and external experiences that bring us to a state involving positive feelings, emotions.

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Writing Process

Some thought provoking questions by Ashleyleia over at mentalhealthathome about the writing process got me thinking about my own.

Where do you write?

Eversince I got back to blogging the past few months, I’ve been staying in the city in a condo so physically, not much space to go around. So I pretty much write wherever I can, depends on when the ideas flow. I find it didn’t matter much these days. I do have a balcony I go to some mornings, the workspace when I broke my laptop, my reading chair when I blog right before or after prepping a meal.

In terms of platform, most of the time I work directly in the WP editor.

How often do you write?

The past few months I’ve been writing a few times a week, 2-3 posts in one sitting. The first few weeks I was posting on a daily basis. Depends really when ideas flow or when I need them to percolate for awhile or augment with some research.

Do you have drafts on the go?

I don’t really draft, but I did have a few when I was starting out. When I want to explore a topic involving research and write a post about it later, I take note of it in a notepad on my computer or phone or a physical one when I don’t have the first two with me, but that rarely happens.

When do you publish?

I usually write, proofread and publish immediately, after a quick preview or two. I haven’t tried scheduling, but there’s always a first time.

What about other writing?

I planned to write a book prior to covid, which I’m now trying to start work on. I have no prior experience so my weekly reading involves materials on publishing. I did a few web pages for projects in the past, and thinking of consolidating or organizing them somehow. I still don’t have much of a process in place, as I’m still trying out a few things.

What's your writing process? - graphic of paper, quill, and ink

Blog Questions and More

Rory over at aguycalledbloke asks:

How attractive is passion to you? I don’t mean the eroticness of passion, l mean how do you view the quality in a person be it significant or not, or just in people you know?

I find it very attractive in people. I think it shows in many ways, in the way a person is committed to something or someone (consistency), the enthusiasm in discussing or pursuing a goal. I especially like how the eyes seem to light up over a subject/topic of interest, even if the topic is not particularly something I can relate to. It is like a window into a core value of a person.

Then as a second question set – list the qualities that you also find attractive in people.

I appreciate kindness, generosity, humility, wisdom, passion and excellence in people. Oh, and sense of humor. Add practical/logical, supportive, useful, mature.

And more questions from other places:

If you did not maintain a blog of your own today would you read blogs and more importantly why and which genres would you read?

I think I’d still read blogs even without one of my own, but maybe not follow particular ones like I do now. Whereas before it was just a part of online research, now I’m more invested, having one of my own and knowing more of the ins and outs, the effort put into it.

How important or how motivated are you for increasing your traffic flow to your blog content and why?

I appreciate views/comments on my posts but I don’t really focus on them (stats), particularly for this blog. I have started other projects where I put effort into increasing traffic to the site depending on its purpose, but for this one I have no such pressure or expectations except for personal enjoyment and/or catharsis.

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Pros, Cons, Thoughts

Having a baby in 2020

Pro: Plenty of time for family and the soon-to-be new kid

Con: Health risk and anxiety every time you go out for a check up, errands, home stuff etc.

Marriage

Pro: Not being alone and having a partner to share ups and downs

Con: Emotional and psychological effect/affect during downs

Growing own food

Pro: Known safety of food (handling and management)

Con: Maintenance and the smell sometimes

SoCs

Pro: unflitered thoughts help you know what’s really going on in your head

Con: Same as Pro above

Late to the party, but this post is part of SoCS.

Share Your World Meets Harry Potter Pt. 2

For the next several weeks, Share Your World will be co-hosted by Roger Shipp, and he gives us Harry Potter-related questions for the series. This week’s movie is “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Roger’s questions:

  1. Harry Potter can speak to snakes. If you were able to have conversations with any one animal, what animal would you like to speak to? What would be the topic of your first conversation?
    Migratory birds. I bet they have more insights from their travels AND the weather. A different spin on the small talk.
  2. The portraits in Hogwart’s dormitories can talk. If your graduation portrait could speak to people passing it by, what would it tell them?
    It’d probably say something like, “Are you ready for the real world?”
  3. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger use the Pollyjuice Potion for finding new clues for the happenings at Hogwarts. (The Pollyjuice Potion is a magic potion that allows your body to form into that of another and live their life for a few hours.) If you could transform into another being, who would you chose to be? What would you hope to learn?
    If non-human, a bird or a whale, just to see life from their perspectives. If another human, Elon Musk or Jacinda Ardern or Tsai Ing Wen, the current president of Taiwan, to literally pick their brains.
  4. There was a flooding in the girl’s bathroom where Moaning Myrtle resides. What has been the most dangerous (or comical) ‘flooding’ where you reside?
    I used to live in a condo near my workplace then when one of the worst storms hit the capital and in a few hours, the main highway and roads flooded like never before, up to between 3 and 4 ft. Luckily, I got home from work earlier before the waters rose and stayed in a hotel in a nearby city until the waters subsided.

Mundane or “Muggle” Questions:

(Serious one which is rather creepy):
How do you think you’ll die?  IF you do think about it?
I’ve never thought of it, but I do hope it’ll be quick and/or non-violent, like in my sleep.

What’s the best on-line screen name you’ve seen? “Best might mean the oddest.
I wouldn’t call them the best, but I liked Dr. Strange (Marvel), Death Stroke or Ronin (Marvel).

What’s invisible that you wish people could see?
Soul or spirit.

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car?
Hmm..Maybe when I’ve replaced more than 50% of it or the engine and the overall look. Although if the cost of replacement parts would be almost equal to buying a new one, I’d rather get a new one.

shapes of ill (and too much voice)

Frank Prem Poetry

and I am
almost
too sad
to write

deaths mount

illness climbs

I
go on

haunting the boundaries
and perimeters

listening

the catcalls
of blame
are growing louder

more insistent

there will be blood
of a political kind
before long

I read the accounts
of plague
resurgent

of poverty
in the form
of helplessness

despair
in the shape
of a business that once
worked . . .

employed . . .

breathed
vibrantly

suicide
in new numbers
noted but
uncounted

and the salesmen
of government
tell us
to be brave

tell us
of support to come

and allocate the blame
(implied
only implied)
with a pointing trowel

I need no virus
to make me
ill

only to walk
the abandonment
in the heart
of town

and listen
to representatives
of the polis

~

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The Mask

Some wear it to create an identity

To hide behind or show what’s real

And freely speak

A line of defense

A shield for protection

From the world, others, self

Written in response to Sadje’s What Do You See photo prompt

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Share Your World Limited Series Pt 1

I’m a bit late to the party but decided to give it a go anyway. Share Your World Special Edition will be co-hosted by another blogger, Roger Shipp and there will be questions related to/about the Harry Potter movie series. I just re-watched all of them recently and am a fan of the books and movies so I’m doing both sets.

This week is about the first book/movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

For the random ‘plain’ questions:

Would you rather live 120 years that are comfortable but boring, or live half as long, but have an exciting, adventure-packed life?

I wouldn’t want to live to 120, honestly. And while I love adventure and excitement in my life, I don’t think having them all the time is sustainable. I would want to enjoy life with the boring and exciting parts in it.

What’s something that overwhelms you?

I don’t get overwhelmed easily, but I remember feeling overwhelmed with sorrow at seeing piles of dead bodies from a tragic accident while covering news for a school paper (long, long time ago), and overwhelmed with incredulity at witnessing some people’s worst deeds/behavior.

What do or did you take for granted?

In light of the pandemic situation we’re all in, I guess the joy and freedom of being able to do mundane tasks like walking outside, dining out, seeing people face-to-face (without face masks/shields) etc.

For the Harry Potter questions:

Because of the state-wide quarantines many of the local SPCA’s are having an influx of animals. You have decided that you would love to have a new pet. Would you go the normal wizardry route and pick an owl, a cat, or a toad? Or would you become a more eccentric wizard (like Hagrid, the games keeper) and seek out a three-headed dog, a dragon, or a unicorn? Please explain your answer.

A unicorn just to see what the fuss is all about, just kidding. Maybe like Dumbledore’s phoenix or an owl.

Neville Longbottom was gifted a Remembrall. This was a glass ball that would assist you in maintaining memories of things that you often forget. What would you want your Remembrall to help you remember?

Something important and urgent that I should accomplish, otherwise I got my list. I’d like a smart remembrall, haha.

Professor Dumbledore gave Harry Potter an invisibility cloak that Dumbledore said was from Harry’s father. Now, you have inherited a cloak with similar powers. Would you use it? When?

I’d use as needed. First to test it, and then when I really want to be unseen or noticed, like in a closed-door meeting or to escape a dangerous situation.

While cleaning your attic, you have discovered the Mirror of Erised. (“Erised” is “desire” spelled backwards, as if reflected in a mirror) The Mirror of Erised is a magical mirror, which, according to Professor Dumbledore, when you gaze into it, it shows the “deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.” You have chosen to look in the mirror. What do you see?

Not sure. I could use such a mirror right now.

Optional Section – Gratitude:

I’m certainly grateful for having a partner, backup plans in terms of income (which are no longer backup these days), and all the basics I need to survive for the next few months to a year.

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