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The satisfaction of a list

May 31, 2016 Leave a comment

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Satisfaction of a List.” Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness — go silly or go deep, just go list-y.

The best kind of list is the “to do list”. It’s not the list itself that is interesting it’s the fact of striking off what you have done already. Checked!
Ah, That feels good. One of the best feelings. Checking the box √ done! checkbox

Witness Protection

April 27, 2016 Leave a comment

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Witness Protection. When you do something scary or stressful — bungee jumping, public speaking, etc. — do you prefer to be surrounded by friends or by strangers? Why?”

In my opinion, there is a big distinction between scary situations and stressful ones.

Let’s talk about public speaking. To me that is a very stressful moment and I remember one in particular ;  I was at the time treated for clinical depression but I was still very self-aware and paranoid. On top of all that I am a shy person. As I was saying I had to make a presentation, a short one, but still a presentation in English (I’m French) in front of 300 American students. A nightmare. I was so nervous, stressful and uncomfortable, I would have given anything to be elsewhere. A nightmare. I survived and I wanted to forget about this experience as soon as it was over. I didn’t want to think about it or to talk about it. So the best solution was to have No known witness of this stressful situation so that it can fall into oblivion in the blink of an eye.

Bungee jumping? Well, I haven’t done that yet but I skydived. I invited my friend to come and see me not jump (I was way too high up in the sky) but land after jumping from an airplane. Unfortunately she couldn’t be there on time but I would have appreciated a lot to jump with her. Actually, I could have done it with anybody: a friend or  a stranger, as long as I jumped. It was so awesome! I want to skydive again!

Second Time Around

January 19, 2016 Leave a comment

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Second Time Around. Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?”

It’ll be Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos.

I really love this book because it shows how sly and manipulative people can be, just for the please of hurting others. Where is the glory in all this ? Well, I won’t give any spoiler if you don’t know the plot, but there’s a lot to learn from their sophisticated game. Indeed, they even made an art out of it. And there are so many innocent people who fell in their traps ; they can’t understand why (just because!) they have been used.

I read this book several times and the best line isbad people « War, then » (letter CLIII) when one mean woman, without mentioning any name (Marquise de Merteuil), declares war to another manipulator; just for their ego, they want to prove to each other that they are the Best manipulative, sly and devious person. They are snakes. It’s a question of reputation, of self-esteem and it’s a fight in which the innocents suffer with the guilty ones; no one is spared. They compete against each other, compare their hunting trophies, to see who is the meanest.

These people seem to be expert at what they do, they deploy all their skills in order to reach their goal : destroy a person : break their reputation, humiliate them and make sure they won’t recover from these blows before long.

What speaks to me in this Awesome book? Maybe the fact that people can be evil just for the fun of it. And also all the word plays and double-meanings used by the two main characters of this book, especially when Valmont writes a love letter on a “out of the ordinary” “table” (letter XLVII ← a masterpiece). It’s a pure joy to see how cunning they can be.

The origin of my first name

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Say Your Name.

My parents always told me that they picked up my name because one day, in her kindergarten class, my mother heard one of her young pupil (the little girl was no more than 6 years old) say out loud, looking inside a  closet  in disorder “What a fucking mess in here!”. And she shocked my mother, who, back then, was not used at all to hear swearword especially from a so young child… and my parents named me after her.

That’s odd when you think about it!

Seasonal Scents

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Seasonal Scents.”S’mores, salty ocean breezes, moldy ski boots, sweaty people on the bus — what’s the smell you associate the most with the current season?

Easy!
In the US: Cinnamon. There’s cinnamon every-where : coffee, bread, cookie,hot choc cake, ice cream, pancake, eggnog, beer, candle, breath-freshening gum, and cinnamon rolls of course (I can’t stand cinnamon smell!).

In France: Hot chocolate, open fire.

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