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Creative Writing Class- the outcome!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Well after being dragged to my creative writing class by the teacher/ author (who I got chatting to in the bank at work!) I thoroughly enjoyed my day!

This is me and the teacher sitting in the art studio:

It began at 10.30am at the National galleries on Princes Street, we were taken on a guided tour of art by Christen kobke a Danish painter in the 1800's. We were told about his life and what it was like to live in Copenhagen at that time. After an hour of enjoying his brilliantly simplistic paintings we went down to an art studio (walking through life painting!!!) and were given hints and tips to get us started.

This is the painting that I chose:
"View from Dosseringen near the Sortedam lake Looking towards Norrebro" 1838

Loads of people chose to write poetry or prose, but I went along the short story route! The picture was so vibrant, almost surreal but at the same time very ambiguous so I decided to base it on a dream! And here is what I wrote:

"The Dream:

I often have this recurring dream. The dream is never exactly the same but the snapshot in time is. It's a perfect, almost surreal day, the sky is pale and only a scattering of clouds lay, with not even a breeze to fly my flag. My mother and sister stand on our humble jetty, they are still but filled with emotion, there's a boat in the distance and somehow I know I'm on it, and I am at peace with that.
My dream changes depending on my mood off the previous day. Sometimes I watch my boat come in -my mother and sister overjoyed with my safe return from a war that we have won. We bring the boat in and the men folk pull it up onto the embankment. We celebrate with wine, bread and good company. The next day, father goes back to his little white chair in the shade of the wall and looks over the river to reminisce on his old life as head baker of the citadel. I go back to painting and my quiet life with my wife. I know that all is well and I am at peace.
On other occasions my dream takes a different turn. My mother and sister still await eagerly on the fragile jetty but their joy and excitement of initially seeing the boat fades away. Father and I are not well at all, instead we are fully covered with a white sheet. Festivities are sombre whilst our loved ones celebrate the life we had and fathers chair remains empty. Although we are gone and have lost the war, I know my family will be kept safe by friends and family here in Copenhagen. I know that all is well adn I am at peace. "

Next month's class is on the impressionists gardens! I look forward to it!!!

Thanks for reading!

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CELESTANDRIA 9/26/2010 11:20AM

    great story! I've done similar exercises in my writing classes where someone finds a random photo on the internet and gives it to you (these can be of anything, although preferably clean--like a cityscape, Japanese fisherman, an Italian family sitting down at a meal, animals, kids--whatever!).

Another good one is to find an interesting baby picture of yourself (or from your childhood) and write about the events that led up to the photo. There are just 3 rules in what you write: someone or something must have died or is about to die (like a loved one, a flower, a relationship, the batteries in your toy, your parent's car--anything), something must be true (if you're feeding goats, you have to mention the goats, if you're wearing pink but hated the colour as a kid, mention it), and something must be made up (that's the fun part!).

The photo I used for the exercise was when I was 3 and my dad had just come back from hunting and was going to hang the deer carcases up to clean them. First, though, he took the opportunity to sit me down in my snowsuit amongst the dead deer and take a few snap shots! It made for a really fun story.

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KAKIPOPUP 9/23/2010 4:20AM

    What a neat idea, to use a painting as a jumping-off-point for another kind of creative endeavor -

Way to Go!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 9/22/2010 5:21PM

    That is so cute! Way to go! I don't think I could've done as well!

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YASMINSHORTER 9/22/2010 4:33PM

    Oh thank you ladies!!!!
Annie I dont know if I could do a story on the queens handbag now, I wouldnt be able to stop myself from laughing! However if I have a spare few minutes I might just see what I come up with emoticon

Browren I like the fact that by using a specific painting, artist, it allows you to focus more on one subject! Im not too good with choice!!! hahaha

Comment edited on: 9/22/2010 4:34:02 PM

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WALKINGANNIE 9/22/2010 3:56PM

    Great job. I enjoyed your story.

Now, how about one based on the Queen's handbag?

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BROWREN 9/22/2010 11:58AM

    That was lovely! Thank you for sharing. I really love the idea of using different pieces of art as your inspiration.

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DMARIE1181 9/22/2010 11:48AM

    I think you write WONDERFULLY!! I really enjoyed your story! emoticon emoticon

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Todays musings... the Pope & the Queen

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Well that's the pope just passed my house (well as the crow flies and 1.5km away!) and headed down to Holyrood palace.

There's no one out on the streets really- no catholics left? No, we were told not to go down to the streets as there would be nothing to see and there would be loads of diversions! Conspiracy I say! You could easily see him and the buses werent too far away! I wouldve gone down had I been able to actually move my head!!! lol!

Am I the only person that is wondering what the Queen keeps in that little hand bag of hers?
It's well known that she doesnt carry money- she's the Queen, she doesnt pay for anything anyway, mobile phone? who would she be calling? she has an entourage of like 100 people! A pack of ciggies perhaps? I just dont know! hahaha!

It wouldve been nice to have got a glimpse of them both but clearly it wasnt meant to be! perhaps next time (although they are both over 80- will there be a next time?!)

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YASMINSHORTER 9/17/2010 1:55PM

    Apparently she carries lipstick in her handbags And she applies it without a mirror! Just a tidbit I picked up today!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/16/2010 2:39PM

    Love your question about the bag!

Maybe she has an MP3 player with Queen's Greatest Hits?

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YASMINSHORTER 9/16/2010 12:12PM

    Haha rocks and chapstick! My oldies always have really heavy handbags and I always joke that they must have bricks in there!

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TERRIJWALL224 9/16/2010 11:49AM

    maybe she carries a tissue and chapstick. (that is what I would have in mine)
You are so funny Yas!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 9/16/2010 11:36AM

    haha you are so funny Yas! Maybe it's filled with rocks so she can hit someone on the head in case they mess with her? Maybe that's how she gets so much for free??? Just a thought...

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YASMINSHORTER 9/16/2010 11:30AM

    I love the idea that she's carrying tights in her bag! God forbid she gets a Ladder!

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SWEETNSKINNY 9/16/2010 10:32AM

    I have to tell you..they were talking about the Pope visiting over there and you IMMEDIATELY popped into my head!! :) Now you have me wondering what she keeps in her purse! LOL

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NEW-CAZ 9/16/2010 7:06AM

    Yas seeing the Pope in the flesh if you are a Catholic must a dream come true- shame you couldn't but the visit will be covered on TV and you'll have a ring side seat.
I like to think Liz carries a spare pair of tights in case hers snag LOL

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Tattoo pix!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Me and the castle!

The first troops getting ready to begin the performance in front of the castle

The castle with the afghan desert projected on it

The troops just back

The union flag projected on to the castle

All the different military bands from around the world and some of the crowd

The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display and left the castle in an eerie smoke!

I took shed loads of pictures but these ones were the ones that gave me the most goosebumps! And reminded me the most of the night itself!
It was an amazing night that left me close to tears and with a frog in my throat!

Anyhoo I'm off to finish watching "psychic sally" of all things! I dont know how long I'll last!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 9/8/2010 12:05PM

    Those are stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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7777BEV 9/5/2010 9:28PM

    Great picture of you! Wonderful pictures - glad you got to experience it!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/5/2010 3:12PM

    You picked up the atmosphere very well.

Glad you enjoyed it so much. You look happy!


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NEW-CAZ 9/5/2010 1:20PM

    WONDERFUL pics Yasmin. I love tatoos- really get the emotions going! emoticon

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Last week I went to the Tattoo and I took a video of the last few minutes for you guys! It was so moving. Some of the troops were just back from a 7 month tour in Afghan but wanted to be in the performance.

I love the picture of the soldiers projected onto the castle, it's heart warming!

I'll try and get some still pics up for you soon!

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CELESTANDRIA 9/14/2010 9:48PM

    Just awesome.

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7777BEV 9/5/2010 9:31PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing - so cool!!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/5/2010 3:09PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

You've got a very steady hand and you picked the sound up really clearly!


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BROWREN 9/5/2010 2:17PM

    This was fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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NEW-CAZ 9/5/2010 1:23PM

    I'm crying! Beautiful and I just adore the lone bagpipes.
Thank you so much for posting this emoticon

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My scale is broken ... surely?!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

After my piss poor week last week and not the greatest of week before that I had gained about 9 or 10 pounds (and rightly so) so this week (well since Sunday) I've been getting my butt in gear and trying hard to reverse the crazy shenanigans. I even resorted to weighing in daily to keep me motivated (via pure shame and embarrassment- theyre actually fairly good motivators Ive found!)

This morning I jumped on the scale to give an official weight reading for two of my team challenges to find that I was... wait for it -194.4 ..... huh? I dont understand! I turned off the scale and got back on.... nope still 194.4! Hmmmm yesterday I was 201.2. Tuesday I was 202.5 ,the same as Monday; Sunday I was 203.6 and so on (you get my drift!) so how, today, on official weigh in day am I fairly back on track?!

Now dont get me wrong Im happy with being back on track but are my cheap scales from Tesco broken? Has my body decided that after a fortnight of gaining on the scales it was gonna just get rid of all that salt and water weight the few hours I slept before official weigh in? I dont know!!! But I'm keeping an open mind that on my next weigh in -I might not be at 194.4 still (I may be higher! But hopefully not- im a realist optimist! Yes both!)

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NITELITE72 8/28/2010 10:45AM

    Why is it when the scale goes up we don't step on it twice to make sure?? LOL. What great motivation to keep you going this week!! emoticon

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ROBYN168 8/27/2010 2:27PM

    My scale had me up all week - and I was down today too....so it's not just your scale!!! They are random....that's all I have to say about that.

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SWEETNSKINNY 8/27/2010 12:47PM

    Heres to the scale NOT being broken!! You never know..

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YASMINSHORTER 8/27/2010 12:33PM

    Haha! Love it ladies!!! Thank you all!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/26/2010 3:00PM

    The rules of the scales:

Unexpected losses are real.

Unexpected gains are false.

Tch, Yas, everyone knows that!
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BORGQUEEN 8/26/2010 2:35PM

    Way to go, I'll bet your body just was letting go of the bloat since you've been pushing yourself.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 8/26/2010 12:22PM

    Sometimes scales are so fickle! emoticon

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NOT_BIG_BONED 8/26/2010 10:39AM

    That's happened to me before too! It's real weight loss.... I think our bodies are weird like that... Instead of a gradual 1/4 a pound a day, it's like nothing, nothing, and then BAM. Congrats on getting back on track and having it show on the scale.

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PINKBEANBOO 8/26/2010 10:19AM

    Scales are cruel for so long that even when they are being nice we have a hard time trusting them.
BUT, that's great! Put a smile on your face for the whole entire day! emoticon

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DMARIE1181 8/26/2010 9:49AM

    Hopefully your scales not broken! I wish I could get on the scale and weigh 6 lbs less than the day before!!

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TERRIJWALL224 8/26/2010 9:12AM

    the scale was a motivator for you. Maybe it was bluffing at the higher weight so that you would be pushing yourself!! emoticon

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