Quirky Weekly Wednesday Writing Prompts


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Here are this week’s writing prompts, to fuel your creativity.

1) She stared at him. Was it really that long ago ……….

2) This moment, was the opportunity of a lifetime.

3) She was a business woman by day, and a disco diva by night.

4) He couldn’t believe his eyes.

What do you think?

Write soon
Sandra

Live the quirky life only you were born to lead!


Hi everyone

Every now and then, I post a post from one of my other blogs that I think you will love. Here is my latest post from my beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com blog.

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You are very special in your own right.

You do not need to justify the reason for being you to anyone but yourself.

You were born with your own unique and precious gifts.

Don’t listen to other people about how you should lead your life, just listen to your own heart and mind, and go with what you want to do and what feels right for you. I had a life changing moment when I took control of my life, and decided to do just that. Now I embrace every quirky feeling and feature about me, and I wouldn’t change me for the world.

I used to suffer with depression. I didn’t like my life, my circumstances or myself. There have been two major significant breakthroughs in my life. The first was when I was made redundant for the second time in my life, in 2009. This was when I first discovered my ultimate purpose in life. To write, and to help others, particularly people who have been made redundant, to get back into work. It was then that I decided I would become a self-employed writer and businesswoman. Despite the fact, that at the time, my own father didn’t believe I could do it. You can read more about this in my new Break through the barriers of redundancy book; that will be available to buy on Amazon.

My second major significant breakthrough, was in 2012, when I took a year out of work, took control over my life, starting making a lot of my own decisions, and did a ton of courses of my choosing.

In that year, I got my PTTLS level 4 teacher/trainer qualification. That I now use to teach Blogging as an aid to recovery – How to start a WordPress.com blog, for the Recovery Learning Community. That is part of the NHS. I also got an Information, Advice and Guidance Diploma Level 4. I did 5 Adobe courses and attended my first business seminars in London. All of these together, were life changing, because I felt empowered to be happy being me and to pursue my own goals, ambitions and dreams. To believe in myself and know that whatever I set my mind to, I can accomplish. I made a lot of changes to myself, that I needed to make me happy. I realised how awesome it was to have an intelligent, quirky, creative mind. I became happy to be in my own company for the first time in my life, and I realised that my life would never be boring because I had me. I learned to love myself, who I am, and what I was born to be. No longer worrying about what others think, and wrapping myself in my quirky bubble for eternity.

My one piece of advice for you, if you are not already doing so; is to embrace your quirky, and to lead the quirky life that only you were born to lead. That’s what I do now and I am the happiest I have ever been.

My motto ’embrace your quirky’ is a system and philosophy, of a different way of life to the norm. That allows you to be your authentic self, and achieve greatness in your life, so you can become truly unstoppable. You can expect more posts about this, and all things quirky from me, in the future.

Until next time –
Embrace your quirky, stay strong, and keep believing in you.

New Feature – Wednesday Weekly Writing Prompts – To spark ideas for stories


Hi everyone

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As a Writer, I love coming up with my own ideas for stories. I am blessed to have a mind that is constantly thinking of new ideas. I realise how useful it can be, to read, see, hear, or do anything, that sparks the creative switch to ignite the brain into story mode.

From now on, I will be attempting to write a weekly Wednesday Writing Prompts post, to spark ideas for stories. There will be no genre restriction. I will try to keep them to around 4 per week and away you go.

What do you think of this? Good idea?

To start the ball rolling. Here are this week’s prompts:

1) She licked the chocolate ice-cream off his nipple. That was tasty ice-cream, she thought to herself.

2) He switched the tap on and blood gushed out of it. What was he going to do now?

3) I had never seen an elephant sat on a roof before. It looked quite comical.

4) He splattered her with ink. She wasn’t impressed.

Write soon

Sandra

How Much Of Your Brain Capacity Do You Use?


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I went to the cinema with my friend last night and saw Lucy. The film explores the theory that we only use 10% of our brain capacity,  and what would happen if we accessed the rest, right up to the full 100%.

I love a film that makes me think, as Ironically I believe it makes me access more of my brain to do so.

Based on the theories in the film, I believe I use more than 10% of my brain, and I am blessed with being quirky because of it.

From what I recall, when Lucy can accesses 28% of her brain capacity, she remembers events in her childhood, that previously she couldn’t recollect.

This got me thinking about my earliest childhood memories. Including one where I was sat on my potty in the kitchen and my mum looked at me, and I felt self conscious. To be so aware of myself at a young age, to me, is very quirky.

Especially in order to write, to be a lateral thinker and come up with creative solutions, I have to allow my creative mind, to take over my normal brain. I have to allow it, its freedom unrestrained. When I do this, magic happens, my quirkiness blossoms and it’s like a special place that my mind it taken to; that to my knowledge, is nothing like one would normally experience. I am truly blessed. To my own mind, this is creative genius. To others it may be crazy, but if quirky is crazy, I love it.

What’s your own take on the situation?

How much of your brain capacity do you feel you use?

What are your earliest childhood memories?

I am very interested to hear your thoughts and looking forward to reading your answers.

Write soon
Sandra

It’s Official – I am the UK Blog Trainer


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Today is the official launch of my new blog trainer business and my new http;//www.blogtrainer.co.uk site.

Teaching Blogging as an aid to recovery – How to start a WordPress.com blog, has been successful, and I thoroughly enjoy teaching it so much, that I now offer to teach blogging as a business.

I have been blogging for 4 years this year, and like a lot of you, I can’t get enough of it. I am still learning and evolving as a blogger and I always will be.

Including this blog, I currently have 4 blogs that I blog to as frequently as possible. Although this blog is always my priority because it’s my first love, I value your loyalty and like to give back to you.

I provide inspirational blog posts at http://www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com

I blog to give help, advice and inspiration, to people who have been made redundant on my http://www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk site.

I blog about events I have been to, about my interests, passions and businesses at http://www.sandrabellamy.co.uk

Two of my blogs are WordPress.com blogs, the others are self hosted WordPress.org blogs, so I can teach both, but the person I am teaching, would need their own WordPress.org site to do so. I can also create WordPress.org sites, using templates, widgets and plugins.

If I can take a business on a deep and meaningful journey to connect with its customers, I will be filled with joy. If I can help make just one more person’s life so much happier and more rewarding through blogging, I will be ecstatic

If you know of anyone who could benefit from me teaching them, please spread the word. I can teach one-to-one, or as part of a workshop for up to 8 people. As one-to-one teaching is bespoke, prices can vary, they start from £30 an hour, in the Exeter area, in the UK. If they quote this post on this blog, they save 10% off an hour, or on a workshop.

For anyone living outside the UK who wants training via Google Hangouts or Skype, please contact me using email in the first instance.

My business number is 01392 434202 for a free 20 minute consultation, or they can email me at blogtrainer@blogtrainerUK.

Catch me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/blogtrainerUK or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BlogtrainerUK

Thanks for your continued support. I couldn’t do it without you.

Write soon
Sandra

How do you ensure you find time to write?


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Hi everyone

I am so sorry I haven’t been able to visit many of your blogs recently. I have had to put myself in a Creative Lock Down mode, to knuckle down to creating websites and writing. This is the only way I can ensure I find time to write at the moment. How do you ensure you have time to write?

I have had a children’s publisher interested in my idea for a series. I sent them a rhyming picture book manuscript and although it wasn’t suitable because it was in rhyme; the Editor thought my idea for a series was strong, and one that kids would find compelling.

I am a member of the Association of Freelance Writers. Part of my membership entitles me to one free appraisal per year of up to 3000 words. This is ideal for picture book manuscripts because mine are usually under 500 words.

In order to strike while the iron is hot, I have written a non-rhyming picture book based on my idea for a series, and sent it off to be appraised. If it comes back and is deemed to be of publishable quality, I will send it off to the same publisher to find out if it’s suitable for them. I have also written a second book in the series, but I haven’t sent that one off for appraisal yet.

Besides my writing endeavours, I am currently working on creating my new design http://www.beatredundancyblues.com website. As well as my new http://www.BlogTrainer.co.uk site. I have clients waiting for the sites to be built, and that is why there is a sense of urgency to complete their creation.

I create all of my own websites using WordPress.org. It doesn’t help time wise, when I have recently found faults with some of the WordPress.org themes, which has meant I can’t use them and I have to reselect another. This is not good, because many businesses build their websites using WordPress.org.

Taking all of this into consideration, I have had to put myself into a Creative Lock Down mode, and will have to continue to do that on a regular basis until my mission is complete. This is so I can be utterly focused on getting my work done, outside of my day job working hours. For me this means:

● Either switching off my phone or putting it on silent

● Putting a notice on my Facebook wall, which states I am going to be off Facebook on my days off, or all evening, to focus on my work. Also, that I will have my phone on silent or switched off.

● Using my breaks in my day job for catching up with friends, posting new blog posts, replying to Facebook comments and Tweets. So I can use my days off and evenings for focusing on work, without distractions or going off on tagents. My breaks are very short, and currently I can’t keep up during this time.

● Working extra hard to group tasks together, to take time out to do my work. Such as washing up, administration and shopping. This also applies to checking emails; replying to blog comments and Tweets.

Unfortunately, I can’t interact as much as I would like to at the moment. I am working until the
early hours most days at the moment, and going to sleep at silly o clock. I went to sleep just before 4.20am today and had to get up for work in my day job at 8.20am.

I hope you will continue to be part of my wonderful world of quirky. Although I am locking myself down to work; I always want to be in your blogging life.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Have you ever put yourself into a Creative Lock Down mode? If so, how successful was it for you?

Write as soon as I can
Sandra

Digital Revolution Exhibition – A sneaky peak behind the scenes


Hi everyone

Last month I went to the Success 2014 Seminar in London. Whilst I was in London, I went to the Barbican to see the Digital Revolution Exhibition. It blew my mind and you are going to be blown away too.

I have something special for you; in the next posts that follow, you will get to take a look behind the scenes, at the breathtaking special effects of today’s technology and sample some old classics. I have been watching some of the video footage and it feels like I am back there, immersed in the wonder and pleasure of fantasy meets reality. If you love magic and fairytales, and dreams coming true, you won’t want to miss these videos.

Take a sneaky peak now, with these two incredibly short introduction videos:

For those of you who prefer photos; here are some for you.

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The Digital Revolution Exhibition is on until the 14th of September 2014.

Do not miss the videos.


 

I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but on a heavier note; I have had to remove the video and post about my interviewing Author Hinton Sheryn, because he has been convicted of pedophilia. You can read about it here if you wish to: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Boy-struck-Plymouth-paedophile-piece-wood/story-21309308-detail/story.html

My apologies to anyone I may have offended by posting the video. At the time of interviewing and posting, I did not know about any of his indecent behaviour, and I do not condone it.

Write soon

Sandra

Try something different – Try something new


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Try something different,
Try something new,
Have a purple potato,
Or two.

Try something different
Add something new,
Create excitement,
For what you do.

Try something different,
Do something new,
A hobby, a location,
A job or two.

Try something different,
Read, watch, listen,
To something new,
Monitor your thoughts and feelings
And your actions too.

Think something different,
Think something new,
Be brave, face your fears
And make your dreams come true.

(Despite their appearance, these potatoes were very yummy. I ate this meal in London, prior to walking around the Digital Revolution Exhibition.)

Write soon
Sandra