Mapping friendship: an experiment

Distance and relationships

This post is based on a Writing101 prompt: let a map be your muse.

First, I want to say that I was impressed with Mr. Plimpton’s Revenge, a “Google Maps essay” as the author puts it. I love cross-media projects and digital storytelling in general, and this one was inspiring. The map isn’t necessary to the story but it really adds to it by rooting it in reality. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to use the same medium, so I decided to write about my friends from France and other countries – only 10 friends for now.
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Announcing Travel Tuesdays

A weekly feature on travel and languages

This post is based on a Blogging101 prompt: Develop a regular feature for your blog.

When I read today’s prompt, I didn’t intend to use it. I already had a regular feature of some sort, my weekly reports, and couldn’t imagine starting a new one. Joining a weekly challenge, sure, but I had a hard time coming up with an idea that would be my own. Eventually, though, an idea hit me and I just couldn’t imagine not using it! I won’t start today as it isn’t the right day of the week, but I can start laying out my plan for Travel Tuesdays.
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A letter to my 2035 self

Looking forward

This post is based on a SW30 prompt: where you are in your life vs. where you thought you would be at this point, a Daily Post prompt: write a letter to yourself in 20 years, a Writing101 prompt: the future, and a Blogging101 prompt: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on a blogging prompt. That’s an awful lot of prompts.
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If we were having hot chocolate…

…I would ask you to hand me the whipped cream

This post is based on a Writing101 prompt: update your readers over a cup of coffee and two SW30 questions.

If we were having hot chocolate or any beverage of your choice, I would like to know everything that has been going on with you. I would ask about your overall state, the people and pets you care most about, the activities that take up most of your time, your ongoing projects, and any acquaintances we might have in common.

If we were having hot chocolate, I would make it a point to make you update me on your life first, because there are many things I am excited about today and I wouldn’t want to hog the conversation.
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Dear television series

Maybe I should vlog it

This post is based on a Writing101 prompt: write your post as a letter.

Dear television series,

After much consideration, I decided it was time I wrote a post about you, and what better way to do so than to address you directly?

As you probably noticed, I have been attempting to distance myself from you in the past few weeks, limiting my TV time to two hours a day on average to make time for more useful activities. I hope you didn’t take it personally; I still love you, but you have to understand that there are other things in my life that require my attention. Some of them are even people, and not just characters.
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How to learn a language for free

Advice from a language learner to get you started

This post is based on a Writing101 prompt: select one comment you’ve left on another blog and expand on it in a post.

A few days ago, I discovered Lauren’s blog girlfindsnewplacesandfaces where she relates her adventures as a British au pair in France. In her latest post, she mentioned that she wanted to take classes and, after some inquiry in the comments, dropped the magic word: language! Since the language courses she had found were too expensive, I suggested a free alternative – using online resources – on which I would like to expand below.
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Being in a relationship sucks…

…when you can’t be with the person you love

This post is based on a Writing101 prompt: open your post with a blockquote, and on a SW30 prompt: describe a moment or a day when being single/married really sucked.

“This is love, she thought, isn’t it? When you notice someone’s absence and hate that absence more than anything? More, even, than you love his presence?” ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

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Look and you shall find

a.k.a. 6 quotes about looking

This post is based on a Writing101 prompt: choose an inspirational tweet, embed it, and write a response to it. I found a Twitter account that only shares quotes and decided on the keyword “look”. As no one quote inspired me enough to write a meaty post, I picked my top 6 quotes and shared my take on it.
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Dear special someone

a.k.a. A letter to my ideal audience member

This post is based on a Blogging101 prompt: publish a post you would like your ideal audience member to read while including a new-to-you element in it.

There is a special someone who can’t read my blog right now. He’s the most important person in my life and left about a week ago to go on a three-month “business trip”. If we’re lucky, we’ll be able to e-mail each other once a week and talk once a month or so. We’ve been through this a few times already but I can’t say I’m used to it.
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Places to go, languages to learn…

…and not enough time nor money!

This post is based on a Writing101 prompt: write a list – a list of things you like, of things you have learnt, or any kind of list. I set a timer for 30 minutes – as that was all the time I could spend on this assignment – and made a few lists of things I would like to happen. It wasn’t easy with a cat between me and the keyboard!
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