Day 20 – iPod!

Writing 101, Day Twenty: The Things We Treasure

For our final assignment, tell the tale of your most-prized possession. If you’re up for a twist, go long — experiment with longform and push yourself to write more than usual.

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My most-prized possession is my 160GB iPod Classic: the only Apple item I have ever liked and it has been discontinued. I bought this iPod as a graduation gift to myself. I had convinced myself that if I achieved distinction in my degree, I would not think twice and simply buy it. Thrilled to have achieved the highest mark possible, as soon as I had the money, I went for it. I can no longer recall how much it cost me back in 2012 but it was between £150 and £200 – a lot of money for an unemployed person. However, the meaning behind my iPod was worth every single penny.

My iPod classic.
My beaten up iPod. It’s actually not that bad.

Although my iPod is only 2 years old, it holds plenty of memories inside through music. It has all the artists that I am passionate about and a few more as well as music genres for every mood, every emotion and every experience. My iPod also has playlists with music carefully selected for activities that requires high energy levels (running or any high intensity cardio), less noise but harder beats (weightlifting) and relaxation (stretches and meditation). In addition, it plays almost 24/7. When it is not being used on the go, then it will be plugged on my laptop and iTunes shall be in use till I go to sleep. I suppose it is quite evident as to why I have chosen my iPod as my most-prized possession. It is literally the most used item I have as its usage beats my smartphone, laptop and tablet. When I feel like staying away from technology and I switch my mobile phone off, my iPod stays. I don’t even consider it technology. I consider it a body extension! I can quite easily say that the only time I do not have my iPod around is during the shower purely because I haven’t bought a portable dock yet. Soon enough that will change too.

With plenty of dents and scratches that haven’t impacted the quality at all, my iPod is not one of the prettiest items to look at, especially if you prefer the fancy iPod touch things that are still on sale. However, it is precious. It’s not just about its wide music collection, but also the symbolism that it represents.

This is it! I have finally completed the Writing 101 challenges. It has taken me months and I considered giving up several times. I have banged my head against the walls– not literally – and kept going. I won’t complete the last twist to have this as the longest entry. I don’t want to do it. My first Writing 101 entry shall remain the longest with a 20 minutes free writing challenge (you can read it by clicking on its title at the end of this post).

Writing 101 chapter has been finally closed.

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Previous Writing 101 entries:
Day 1 – 20 minutes writing challenge
Day 2 – The First Out of Many Mistakes
Day 3 – Three Most Important Songs
Day 4 – In Loving Memory
Day 5 – You Are Not Alone
Day 6 – Deep Blue Eyes
Day 7 – Betrayal
Day 8 – The Coffee Shop
Day 9 – Different Points of View
Day 10 – Childhood Memories
Day 11 – Childhood Memories II
Day 12 – Running Out Of Time
Day 13 – Awakened
Day 14 – A Plea For Change
Day 15 – Uninspired
Day 16 – Willfully Lost
Day 17 – Phobia
Days 18 & 19 – Boredom

Days 18 & 19 – Boredom

Writing 101, Day Eighteen: Hone Your Point of View

Craft a story from the perspective of a twelve-year-old observing it all. For your twist, focus on specific character qualities, drawing from elements we’ve worked on in this course, like voice and dialogue.

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Writing 101, Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’

On this free writing day, remember the words of author Anne Lamott: “I don’t think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good at it.”

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Bored of being bored because being bored is boring.
This image describes how I felt when tackling these challenges. Please note I am unsure of image credits as I found it on a random web page.

As you can see, this is the first Writing 101 combined entry in my blog. I don’t understand The Daily Post’s fascination with 12 years of age. I have seen many entries and daily prompts always focused on this particular age and to be truly honest, it no longer inspires me. Yes, I find it utterly boring.

Due to the fact that I have committed myself to completing the Writing 101 course, I decided to simply acknowledge the fact that this is the second challenge I deliberately ignore and I shall take the opportunity to combine day 18 and day 19.

Day 18: I am ignoring the challenge to write as a 12 year old and

  1. Day 19: free writing!

Does anyone understand the fascination with being 12 years old? I cannot help but feel that I am missing some key information to complete this mind puzzle but all fails me. What is so important about a 12 year old perspective rather than a 10 year old or, on the other hand, a 14 year old? Why 12?!

Similarly to the 10 minutes free writing daily prompt that has come up a couple times and many users complained, this 12 year old thing frustrates me. Yes, I understand that the key aspect of creating these prompts and challenges is to develop a writing habit. Moreover, I understand and appreciate that it is my choice to take part of this challenge. Being prompted with the same old ideas does not promote creativity or willingness to write. However, since I decided that I would complete Writing 101… if you have managed to read this far, I was bored when I started and that has lead to this post.

The last entry will be posted tomorrow. It has been written a while ago and saved as a draft. I am looking forward to the end of this Writing 101 course. The experience was interesting… Although I have explored writing dialogues which is something I had never done in English, I also learnt that using a fixed challenge doesn’t always work for me. At times having a theme helps writing when I am facing some sort of block. By contrast, using a fixed theme that bores me leads to meaningless posts like this.

I doubt I will be taking any big writing challenges like this course. I will probably use a prompt here and there but ultimately, this is the first and last course.

Still, I would like to thank those who have read my posts, given feedback or simply liked without even knowing the subject – I couldn’t hold to joke about the latter group. You are all very much appreciated.

Enough of rambling!

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Previous Writing 101 entries:
Day 1 – 20 minutes writing challenge
Day 2 – The First Out of Many Mistakes
Day 3 – Three Most Important Songs
Day 4 – In Loving Memory
Day 5 – You Are Not Alone
Day 6 – Deep Blue Eyes
Day 7 – Betrayal
Day 8 – The Coffee Shop
Day 9 – Different Points of View
Day 10 – Childhood Memories
Day 11 – Childhood Memories II
Day 12 – Running Out Of Time
Day 13 – Awakened
Day 14 – A Plea For Change
Day 15 – Uninspired
Day 16 – Willfully Lost
Day 17 – Phobia

Day 17 – Phobia

Writing 101, Day Seventeen: Your Personality on the Page

What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. If you’re up for a twist, write this post in a style that’s different from your own.

The Daily Post

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My heart skips a beat
And I make no sound
I’m sure I can’t keep
This spider around

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This is why I do not write in this style, I am terrible.  Only as a twist/challenge would I ever dare to write like this.

Previous Writing 101 entries:
Day 1 – 20 minutes writing challenge
Day 2 – The First Out of Many Mistakes
Day 3 – Three Most Important Songs
Day 4 – In Loving Memory
Day 5 – You Are Not Alone
Day 6 – Deep Blue Eyes
Day 7 – Betrayal
Day 8 – The Coffee Shop
Day 9 – Different Points of View
Day 10 – Childhood Memories
Day 11 – Childhood Memories II
Day 12 – Running Out Of Time
Day 13 – Awakened
Day 14 – A Plea For Change
Day 15 – Uninspired
Day 16 – Willfully Lost

Day 16 – Willfully Lost

I have far too many drafts saved in this blog, it’s time to clear up and finish Writing 101 for once and for all. 🙂

Writing 101, Day Sixteen: Serial Killer III

Today, imagine you work in a place where you manage lost or forgotten items. What might you find in the pile? For those participating in our serial challenge, reflect on the theme of “lost and found,” too.

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[Part I: Day 4 – In Loving Memory]
[Part II: Day 13 – Awakened]

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This post was written a while ago and although it touches the previous parts, it is not fully related. Unlike the other parts, this is a fictional piece. Any feedback is appreciated as always. Thanks for reading.

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It’s been a long week. I feel tired and still have to go through the backroom to ensure that everything properly shut. I wonder why Petra hasn’t finished her job, this all looks so messy! In the midst of all chaos, I find a letter to what seems to be from a former friend. I do not really know the people involved and I am definitely unsure why someone would be carrying it around in a bar. I feel curious enough to open it and check for an address. Although I had no luck, I still look at a torn photograph. It is clear that things didn’t end so well between them.

Reflecting upon this old photograph, I cannot help but relate myself to it. I have learnt the hard way that some people are in my life for a reason, others only for a season. Although it doesn’t get any easier to say goodbye, my skin has gotten thicker and I always manage to move on. I don’t believe that things should be buried and forgotten, it always leads to a can of worms being opened which is not necessary. I prefer to deal with things and try my best to go through them, some things take longer than others.

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Previous Writing 101 entries:
Day 1 – 20 minutes writing challenge
Day 2 – The First Out of Many Mistakes
Day 3 – Three Most Important Songs
Day 4 – In Loving Memory
Day 5 – You Are Not Alone
Day 6 – Deep Blue Eyes
Day 7 – Betrayal
Day 8 – The Coffee Shop
Day 9 – Different Points of View
Day 10 – Childhood Memories
Day 11 – Childhood Memories II
Day 12 – Running Out Of Time
Day 13 – Awakened
Day 14 – A Plea For Change
Day 15 – Uninspired

Day 15 – Uninspired

Writing 101, Day Fifteen: Your Voice Will Find You

You’re told that an event that’s dear to your heart — an annual fair, festival, or conference — will be cancelled forever (or taken over by an evil organization). Write about it. For your twist, read your piece aloud, multiple times. Hone that voice of yours!

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I'm outta ideas
(Unsure of image credits at the moment)

This is probably the least interesting challenge out of Writing 101. Perhaps my creativity is failing me and I simply cannot think of anything to write. This doesn’t inspire me at all… I have never been much of an annual fair girl, I don’t attend any conferences and I haven’t been to a proper festival in a while either. I don’t feel emotionally connected to events and consequently, even fiction is failing me right now. It feels that this is the real challenge here, to come up with something that is a bit out of my comfort zone. However, despite my attempt (in a couple days), I have no idea what to write about.

Thus, I shall let this one go and move on to day 16.

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Previous Writing 101 entries:
Day 1 – 20 minutes writing challenge
Day 2 – The First Out of Many Mistakes
Day 3 – Three Most Important Songs
Day 4 – In Loving Memory
Day 5 – You Are Not Alone
Day 6 – Deep Blue Eyes
Day 7 – Betrayal
Day 8 – The Coffee Shop
Day 9 – Different Points of View
Day 10 – Childhood Memories
Day 11 – Childhood Memories II
Day 12 – Running Out Of Time
Day 13 – Awakened
Day 14 – A Plea For Change

Day 14 – A Plea For Change

Writing 101, Day Fourteen: To Whom It May Concern

Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What jumps out at you? Start there, and try a twist: write in the form of a letter.

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I considered never publishing this, it could have been better developed and taken to a completely different level. However, it was written over 2 weeks ago and saved as a draft and I have decided to simply press publish. The nearest book is Psychoanalysis and Culture by Rosalind Minsky and although this book is full of arguments from different theorists and it contrasts many ideologies, page 29 is dedicated to Sigmund Freud’s sexuality paradigm.

‘This rejection of ‘femininity’ may go a long way in explaining some men’s fear of some and their need to dominate and control them.’

I have typed the entire passage for contextualisation purposes at the end of this post.

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Dear Society,

Recent studies (Human Rights, World Health Organisation and more) have explored the rise in the number of child marriages and violence against girls and women. Despite the evident escalation of popular culture’s portrayal of women as objects, this is a battle that can still be won. I struggle to understand how some female musicians are supporting this vicious cycle by encouraging name calling and objectified behaviour (i.e. which derrière size is acceptable?!). We must fight for change and educate ourselves as future generations are unceasingly being polluted by our ignorance.

Women, we must maintain united against this sexualisation. We are not just bodies that need to fit a specific weight on the scale, measurements and behaviour/role in society. We must empower our girls, teach them not to accept socially constructed ideologies and learn that a girl/woman is not a man’s toy. By contrast, men, you must ensure that you teach yourself and your youngsters that 1) without a woman, there would be no man; 2) women are not inferior; and 3) women are not men’s property and subsequently, not an object of pleasure. The need to dominate and control women is unacceptable. Mutual respect and understanding is the only way forward.

Freud may have suggested that some men’s behaviour towards women lie within their initial sexual development stage (Oedipus Complex). However, this argument does not justify the world we live in. Ignorance on the other hand… I fear for society and its constant sexualised and objectified depiction of women. I fear reading the news every day and always find topics targeting women as inferior beings. I fear for us all for becoming less humane day after day.

Where is this society heading? I plead for change.

Yours faithfully,

Ms Not so sugar-coated today

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Page 29: Freud suggests that for many boys, in the context of their lingering castration phantasy, ‘femininity’ is inevitably viewed as a position of loss and castration and therefore one of inferiority even though in the earliest identification with the mother they were a part of this ‘femininity’. This rejection of ‘femininity’ may go a long way in explaining some men’s fear of some and their need to dominate and control them [my emphasis].

Reference:
Minsky, R. (1998) Psychoanalysis and Culture: contemporary states of mind. Oxford: Polity Press.

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Previous Writing 101 entries:
Day 1 – 20 minutes writing challenge
Day 2 – The First Out of Many Mistakes
Day 3 – Three Most Important Songs
Day 4 – In Loving Memory
Day 5 – You Are Not Alone
Day 6 – Deep Blue Eyes
Day 7 – Betrayal
Day 8 – The Coffee Shop
Day 9 – Different Points of View
Day 10 – Childhood Memories
Day 11 – Childhood Memories II
Day 12 – Running Out Of Time
Day 13 – Awakened

Day 13 – Awakened

Writing 101, Day Thirteen: Serial Killer II

Earlier in the course, you wrote about losing something. Today, write about finding something. For your twist, view day four’s post and today’s post as installments in a series.

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[Part I: Day 4 – In Loving Memory]

I didn't change, I just found myself.
(Picture taken by me in Gloucestershire, South West England)

Thoughts rambling through my mind fighting for a chance to be heard; my mind was in disarray. I could still hear the echoing of my deep breaths surrounding my newly awakened self. It was daunting to find something that I hadn’t even realised it was lost in the first place, but I found the ultimate treasure. I found myself, the real me.

At first, I felt surprised. How did I manage to lose touch so deeply that I became a stranger to myself? I was buried alive and my actions, thoughts and values were incongruent. The concept of self-awareness was simply non-existent. I was the host and ‘it’ was the mind controlling parasite. However, I soon became accustomed to the fact that I was finally free. I didn’t change, I just found myself and it is the best feeling ever. Never have I felt so accomplished prior to this. I am back, resilient and more tenacious than ever and although sometimes I might take an involuntary trip on a rollercoaster, I will never lose myself to that extent ever again.

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Yes! First photograph uploaded on this blog that has actually been taken by me! I took this photo whilst I was in a canal in Gloucestershire, South West England. It was one of the best experiences of the past couple of years where I spent an entire 3 days weekend without internet, network signal or electricity for that matter. Serene and absolutely perfect!

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Previous Writing 101 entries:
Day 1 – 20 minutes writing challenge
Day 2 – The First Out of Many Mistakes
Day 3 – Three Most Important Songs
Day 4 – In Loving Memory
Day 5 – You Are Not Alone
Day 6 – Deep Blue Eyes
Day 7 – Betrayal
Day 8 – The Coffee Shop
Day 9 – Different Points of View
Day 10 – Childhood Memories
Day 11 – Childhood Memories II
Day 12 – Running Out Of Time