THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #13

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

You are spending time with a close friend (or perhaps someone you are courting) at a public venue – perhaps at a shop or eating in a restaurant. Your friend is unhappy about the service, but when expressing their complaint, they are very rude to a member of staff.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I prepared this question before we all came under social distancing guidelines and restaurants and cafes. But think back to what we used to do with our free time…

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

It’s All Gone Out The Window

Practice, Op, Doctor, Medical, EquipmentAt work we have lots of excellent procedures in place and additionally very helpful processes that help us to be super organised. Normally, our entire operation goes very smoothly.

However…just over a month ago we could tell something was changing. Three weeks ago, it exploded. Since then the pace at work has been unbelievable. All those great processes that help us stay organized and help things run smoothly…I am afraid “it’s all gone out of the window”.

At the moment it feels like we are constantly being bombarded with new work. But my manager has been great. She has come up with some different ways of organising us so that we can keep up with the work. So far, so good. We are somehow just about managing. But there seems no time to breathe!

sadiadaIt’s not the only area of my life where normal routines have “gone out the window”. My blogging is all over the place. Normally I always make time for SHARE-YOUR-WORLD posts. At the moment, I am struggling. Instead you are seeing a random mishmash of posts with my spurious thoughts.

My excuse is that I am in the middle of what feels like a tornado at work. We are all spinning around and somehow, we are managing to keep on top of things. But I come home and my priority is food, shower, sleep. So forgive me…my posts might be a bit spurious for some time to come!

It’s all gone out the window…but somehow. I am managing to just about keep up!

THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #12

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Your best friend (or someone you are dating) has surprised you by buying tickets to a live entertainment show. As the show starts, you become uncomfortable because you find the entertainment offensive. However, the person who paid for your tickets is clearly enjoying the entertainment a great deal. You decide to wait and see if the tone of the entertainment changes, but it only becomes more and more offensive to you. You friend just seems to be smiling and laughing more and more.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #11

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

You have met someone you really like. There has been some innocent flirting between you and after exchanging phone numbers you have been in contact frequently and been out for a couple of dates. It is still early days though. Your life long best friend tells you that they have met someone and have fallen in love and it turns out to be that same person. Your best friend is a little shy, but they tell you they want to ask the person you have been flirting with out on a date.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #10

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

You have fallen in love after courting someone who seems like everything you have ever hoped for in a partner. They want to marry you. However, one of you has a desire to start a family after the wedding, the other has no desire at all and as quite adamant that they do not want to have children.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #9

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

You are driving (or travelling) to an important event and you are late. You see a fellow traveller have an accident. There are a lot of other travellers nearby who might have also seen the incident.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

They Are Simply Inspirational

Love, Dreamy, Fairytale, GorgeousA lot can happen in twenty four hours! Something has happened…I am sure I will write about it in the future, but for now I am going to distract myself from my excitement, by answering some questions about blogging and writing prompts that were asked by Doctor Tanya, the creator of Salted Caramel, in her series #BLOGGING INSIGHTS. Here is Tanya’s original post featuring this week’s questions:

https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/blogging-insights-19-writing-prompts/

Here is the song that I am singing today…why not press play and read the answers I have supplied to Tanya’s interesting questions?

 

Questions

Do you like to respond to writing prompts?

Yes, yes I definitely do enjoy responding to writing prompts. I am extremely grateful for the bloggers who put a lot of work into preparing and hosting prompts. I shall explain exactly why.

emptysWhen we first create a blog and start publishing posts on WordPress, it feels like walking onto the stage at an arena with tens of thousands of empty seats. We put a huge amount of effort into mastering how to create a post and we press PUBLISH…and we wait….and we wait. For many of us, it can feel as if we are performing on stage and nobody, just nobody has bothered to turn up to watch our work!

Frankly, it can be demoralising! If we do receive one or two views/likes or a even a comment, it means so much! How do we connect with other bloggers? How do we find the motivation to continue writing new posts when hardly anyone came along to look at our first handful of posts?

parsPrompts completely change the blogging scene. Instead of walking onto a stage at a huge empty arena where nobody seems to know we are waiting for them…instead, we step into a much more comfortably sized theatre. This time, it is more like we are joining a conversation. We find other bloggers have flocked to a particular theme…a word, a question, a picture, a challenge…and as we enjoy what others have produced on that theme and interact with them, they also take the time to look at what we have come up with and tell us what they thought.

In essence, it is much more enjoyable and rewarding. If it were not for the many prompts hosted by other bloggers, there is no way I would have produced so many posts, no way I would have developed my own style and dived into fiction, and no way I would have written a three part novel series and seen them published on Amazon.

Wordpress, Blogging, Writing, TypingWithout all the wonderful prompts on WordPress, I doubt I would have come into contact with so many fabulous bloggers or had nearly as much fun.

I truly think that if someone starts blogging thinking they are going onto a stage and that thousands of strangers are going to be hanging off their every word…they will be severely disappointed. But bloggers who join the party, getting involved in popular prompts and engaging with other bloggers…well, those bloggers are going to have a lot more fun and will probably stick at blogging because they will enjoy it more.

Do you feel that they add value to your blog?

“Value”?….Hmm…I am not so sure how I would define the value of blogs or prompts. My own experience is that prompts encouraged me to write. Writing regularly was the only way to develop my own style, my own voice.

imaThe posts on my blog are a mix of my own initiative, the subjects on my mind and dear to my heart and the posts which are in response to prompts hosted by other bloggers. I think they supply a lot of variety and flavour to my blog – if I do say so myself!

I remember first discovering the prompts and challenges from Rory, the creator of A Guy Called Bloke, which to be honest I was not always sure how to interpret at first. But at the end of the day, Rory was not looking for a bunch of identical responses from the bloggers who participated. He wanted us to enjoy his prompts and to be ourselves. He would ask something like twenty questions, some of which I found odd. But I am so glad I responded to them. It was really helpful in helping me think about who I am and what I had to say to the world.

meaSo, that is one way that prompts have added a sort of value to my blog – they have shown insight into me. Without the posts that are in response to the question prompts from other bloggers, it may have been harder for other bloggers to get an idea of who I am, what I believe in, hope for, how I think and feel, how I express myself.

My blog is an anonymous blog, but under my pen name I feel comfortable with revealing a lot about what goes on in my mind and my heart!. That is so important, for it is from the heart that I write.

What are your favourite kind of writing prompts?

Woman, Girl, Female, Lying, TypingI find picture prompts especially inspiring. I absolutely love the prompts hosted by Teresa Grabs. Teresa’s daily prompts have often supplied us with a picture and a genre and invited us to think up a fictional story or poem. Almost all of her prompts gave me ideas. I was keeping up with them, until work started to sap all my energies. I must admit, I am struggling now! Because I am short on time and very tired!

I love SHARE-YOUR-WORLD, the weekly series of questions, hosted by Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind, as do many other bloggers. Its great fun to answer Melanie’s questions and to read the answers from all the other bloggers who take part. We are all so different…and I love that!

sslaI also love SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY, now hosted by Jim, the creator of A Unique Title For Me. It is one of the days I look forward to most on WordPress. A musical menagerie with many bloggers contributing a variety of genres and musicians. It is great great fun.

I love these prompts because they have inspired me, entertained me, and introduced me to many brilliant bloggers.

I know there are lots of other bloggers who host prompts. I participate when I can and when I am inspired. I just wish I had the time to write more. This year my working hours are becoming inordinate – 60 hours a week on average. I am relying on scheduling and the stack of posts I had in my drafts folder. But I am managing to keep up with my favourite weekly prompts and jumping at the chance to respond to something really thought provoking or evocative.

Which  ones are you less likely to do?

Light Bulb, Bokeh, Flame, Fire, LightsI tend to opt for the prompts that leap out at me and immediately trigger ideas. Pictures, questions, even adages do that for me more than a single word. I do find picture prompts are especially likely to fill me with ideas for creative writing.

When I first began producing posts in response to prompts, it was for the Word Of The Day hosted by…what were they called? THE DAILY POST! The one word prompts were very helpful. However, as time has passed, I find my time is just so much more stretched! So I am unlikely to respond to a one word prompt nowadays.

If I had more time, maybe I could respond to more prompts, but I am doing the best I can at the moment. I am amazed I have been able to keep up my regularity and see two of my novels plus another shorter book published on Amazon.

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This was my response to Dr Tanya’s questions in this weeks #BLOGGING INSIGHTS: