Daily Prompt – Another Trio

Write about any topic you wish, but make sure your post features a bookcase, something cracked, and a song you love.

Casey put down the box in the hallway, straddling the top of it to push the two flaps on top together, and then using the heavy-duty packing tape, taped the top of the box shut. She carefully sat there on top of the box, let out a giant sigh as she looked around her, observing all the other piles of belongings that still needed to be packed.

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Daily Prompt – Dust in the Wind

Have you made your bucket list? Now’s the time — write about the things you want to do and see before you become dust in the wind.

Up until this point, I’ve never really thought about actually making a bucket list. I know there a lot of things that I would like to achieve, however, I don’t necessarily feel as though some of them will actually be achievable. Now, for those of you a heartbeat away from telling me to stop having such a negative outlook on like, a) shut up and b) I’m a realist. I don’t live in a fantasy world where everything is puppies and rainbows and life is just beautiful. I just can’t be one of those people.

In terms of my bucket list… let’s see what I come up with….

  1. Write a novel (or two)
  2. Write a script for a sitcom, and then have that concept and script pitched to a US network
  3. Go Skydiving
  4. …and maybe bungee jumping. But only maybe!!
  5. TRAVEL!!! – New York, L.A., London, Italy, Greece, Germany, Mexico, Bali, Thailand, France, Brazil, Hawaii, New Zealand, Japan, Broome (Western Australia), Cairns / Port Douglas (Queensland) – just a few to start with…
  6. Experience travelling First Class at least once in my lifetime
  7. Be able to take my mum on a couple of overseas trips
  8. Buy a house / apartment
  9. Learn to drive… not essential, but something I’ve thought about learning to do.
  10. Adopt a pet
  11. Spend more time in the country / by the sea – perhaps I could do this when I want to get away to write my novels?! Hehehe
  12. Learn some more advanced baking skills – in particular skills of a patissier (pastry chef)
  13. Swim with dolphins
  14. Previously I would have said that I wanted to experience riding an elephant, but after learning about how barbaric and inhumane it all is, I’d probably prefer to put my time into rescuing elephants instead. Or volunteering at one of the Thai elephant ‘centres’ (or whatever they are) where you can go and stay and work, and help to wash and feed them etc.
  15. Travel to Broadway (NY) and spend two weeks (or longer) seeing every single show that’s currently playing.
  16. Travel to London’s West End and do the exact same thing.
  17. I want to go to Lego Land
  18. Travel across America visiting all the Six Flags theme parks.
  19. OOH… how could I forget… DISNEYLAND!!
  20. Go on a cruise.
  21. Read all the books that I’ve bought that are just sitting on my shelves (and on my iPad)
  22. Finish ALL the video games that I’ve bought
  23. Pay off all my debts
  24. Visit the Great Barrier Reef before it’s completely destroyed
  25. Develop my skills as a photographer.


Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Look out your back window or door — describe what you see, as if you were trying to convey the scene to someone from another country or planet.

Hmmm, I have to write this from memory as I’m at work at the moment… here goes…

Standing in the doorway of our glass sliding door, I look out immediately onto our balcony. Located on the first floor of a four-floor apartment building, I also have a view across a man-made ditch to another apartment building. Our balcony is paved with off-white coloured tiles which are covered in dirt, dust, and dirty water stains due to the run-off from the air conditioning unit. The edge of the balcony features waist-high frosted glass panels, all connected via one continuous length of steel piping which is set as a handrail. This too is also covered in dirt and dust, and really does need a good cleaning to make it shiny and reflective like it once was.

Immediately to my right is our outdoor table. It’s frosted glass tabletop is covered in a layer of dust and specks of wax. In the middle of it sits a dusty citronella candle set in an army-green coloured square tin. Three of our six outdoor chairs are set up at the table. The chairs are made from some kind of outdoor mesh material, but have small water stains and dust all over them.

To the far right, at the end of the table is where the air conditioning unit is located. On top of that sits a black-metal and glass-panelled lantern with a giant round candle in it. There are deposits of melted wax on top of the air conditioner – remnants from our summer heatwave that caused all our outdoor candles to melt, and seep through the cracks of their metal containers. We really shouldn’t have left them outside in the heat… but hindsight is always 20/20.

In the far right corner is where all the mops and brooms and Hulks various gardening supplies are stored – right underneath our loungeroom window.The glass of the window has quite a thick layer of dust and dirt on it – it needs a good cleaning. Actually, all the windows could use a good scrub.

It’s amazing how much of a difference a wipe down with some Windex can make to a window!

Immediate to my left is a full length glass window to our spare bedroom, and just next to that is our BBQ, with its own outdoor cover – also, completely covered in dust. There are small oil stains on the tiles where the BBQ sits from splattering oil during cooking.

From there, there are a few bamboo ‘tiki torches’ strung up between the metal handrail and the frosted glass panels. The torches are filled with citronella oil which we light whenever we decide to eat on the balcony. Unfortunately it’s really only something that we do when it’s warm, but now that it’s autumn here in Australia, the warm weather seems to be long gone as we currently find ourselves in the midst of a week-long period of rain.