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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If we were having drinks…

…I would order a tequila sunrise

After a busy week, I thought I would update you on what happened since that time we had hot chocolate, except today I’m in the mood for a cocktail!

If we were having drinks, I might complain about how sweet mine is and explain that bartenders never seem to get this cocktail right. I like my tequila sunrise with just enough grenadine to notice it, and I feel ripped off when I can barely taste the alcohol. I mean, if I wanted orange juice with sugar, that’s what I’d ask for, right?

If we were having drinks, I would apologise for starting our conversation this way and ask about your life.
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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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Red pepper and goat cheese muffins

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Tell us about a recipe you learned to make from the Internet.

Today I want to share my – and probably my partner’s – favourite recipe: red pepper and goat cheese muffins. I found this recipe a few years ago on the culinary blog of a high school friend and have since made it my own. Truth be told, if red peppers weren’t so expensive and these muffins didn’t take me an hour to make, I would make them every week and probably would have come up with a few variations by now!
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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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Make a weekly planner in 10 easy steps

Sticking to it is up to you!

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: teach us how to do something with a how-to lesson.

Remember how there’s no such thing as too much planning? Today I wanted to share my method for making a weekly planner to set aside time for things that matter to me, from work to language learning, including blogging. It isn’t that hard but not everyone knows where to start, so here are some tips.
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A letter to my 14-year-old self

And a vestige of my previous blog

This post is based on a Daily Post prompt: write a letter to your 14-year-old self.

Annie at What the Woman Wrote took up this challenge and her first letter Dear Annie, Part 1 reminded me that I had also written the first letter on my previous blog. I found the letter I wrote in 2012 and it touched me more than I expected so I decided to repost it here, unedited – despite my inner proofreader’s outrage. I added a 2015 update at the end as I felt I had forgotten a few things.
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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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