What kind of a week have you had?
I’ve had a busy week but an uneventful week. I had a lovely day on Monday when I took myself off to Hastings Street for a couple of hours taking photographs. As I have said before it is not somewhere I often go because it is so busy with people however, whenever I do go I love it. You have a shopping experience with the sea at to one side and the river to the other so you can escape the hustle and bustle if you want. I love photographing the clothes shops. In my younger days when I was fashion conscious (or partially) I would have drooled over the clothes. Now it is the bright lights that get me in.
Followed by an ice cream
Then out to the beach. A great surf due to the high winds we’ve had recently.
a quick wander through the woods
then onto the river
before heading back to Hastings Street.
I had a lovely morning. My other activities this week were hum drum appointments which I won’t bore you with.
This week I didn’t meet my goals of three posts in the week. Wednesday just proved impossible. I had back to back meetings and when I did have time – no inspiration. Do you write your posts ahead of time so that you can be sure to have them out on time or do you fly by the seat of your pants? Being deadline driven I tend to wait until the last minute but I am finding it is not working for me like it used to so I am going to have to revise how I do things.
Toastmasters this week was a lot of fun and made me laugh uproariously at times. The meeting was a back to front meeting which meant that we start at the end and work backwards to the beginning. It was a good lesson in listening as the evaluators who evaluated your speech before you gave it gave clues as to how you were to present it and structure. This also meant that although you were prepared you had to be able to ad lib and throw in points that the evaluator had commented on. I gave an educational on spoonerisms and had to present black belly jeans, pirouette and dance at times, give a couple of long pauses and react in a certain overcome manner to something someone said. A chap who zooms in from the Unites States had me in stitches with his three failed fiances. Honestly, if you want to improve your public speaking, become confident with off the cuff, critical listening then you should think about Toastmasters. I always come home on such a high after a meeting and I don’t think I have been to one where I haven’t had at least one laugh.
In response to the prompt for Carrot Ranch 99 word flash fiction. where we’ve been asked to write about anxiety. I’ve been a trifle lazy this week and reworked a piece I wrote years ago to turn it to 99 words: but then isn’t that what a lot of writing is about. Writing then editing, editing, editing and does the editing ever stop?
Janice took some deep breaths, feeling her heart racing in her chest. Anxiously she spread her arms to the sky. “I can do it” she muttered under her breath although her fear of flying was freezing her as hard and turning her as white as marble. One more deep breath and she dialled the airline to book her ticket. “Breathe” she whispered wondering how, if she was struggling now to control her fear, would she ever get on the plane.
“You’re booking number is R I P 76543.”
“I’m sorry but you’ll have to cancel the ticket.” Janice stammered
Monday we’ll be looking around where I live – specifically Noosa National Park. Hope to see you then but if not – have a great week.