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366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 79 – 81

March 21, 2016

Menagerie (Day 79)

Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean
to you? If no, why have you opted not to?

Currently, I do not have any animals in my life. I am primarily a cat person (although I have owned a few dogs too) and for as long as I can remember, I have always had at least one cat (and sometimes up to 5 cats) in my life. Cats are my Zen Masters. I cannot even begin to tell you how much love and patience I have learned from observing cats. When I left my husband in October of 2014 and moved back to Virginia, I left behind my two remaining cats, Izzy and Impy (I had 4 others prior to that. One went missing and three died). I had no choice as I couldn’t take them on the bus. Thankfully, my ex is a very good caretaker of animals. When I arrived back in Virginia, I moved in with my dad and brother. My dad had just recently lost his dog and buried him in the side-yard, along with all of the other family pets he has buried there over the 30+ years he’s owned this home. He made the decision not to have any more pets brought into the house because he just could not take the loss anymore. This is the longest I have ever gone without a cat or dog in my life and I miss my own cats and dogs that I left back in Oklahoma. If I had my way, I would live in a house filled with cats and own a German Sheppard and a Great Dane.


INTJ (Day 80)

Do parties and crowds fill you with energy, or send you
scurrying for peace and quiet?

Ugghhhssss… I am definitely an introvert. I can handle small, intimate groups of people, usually no more than 10 at a time and sometimes even fewer than that. I don’t do well in crowds or noisy settings. After a very short while, it will begin to feel like the walls are caving in on me. I am a highly sensitive person and an empath, so I will begin to feel the energy of everyone around me, the positive and the negative. I will try my best to block or transmute the energy, which usually ends up exhausting me. Before long, I will need to make an escape, be alone, reboot and recharge. Depending on the size of the crowd, it can take me between 2 days to a week to recharge. I’ve learned over the years that it is just not worth it to deliberately put myself into those situations. And, depending on the energy and personality of some people, I cannot even handle more than a few hours around a single person of that magnitude. I generally do much better if I am alone, in my cubbyhole, with just my own energy and solitude. It is definitely better for me mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


Bedtime stories (Day 81)

What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the
person you are now?

I don’t really remember which books were my favorites as a young child. I remember reading The Secret Garden, Where the Wild Things Are, and Little Bear between 8 & 9 years of age. They were all favorites, but the one that really sparked my imagination was a short book (and really, a short story) called Green Bottle Street, or by it’s original title, The Street That Got Mislaid (yes, you can read it online!) by Patrick Waddington. I was fascinated by the thought that there could exist a whole street where time just came to a standstill. After I read the story, I went wandering around my own town to see if I could discover such a street. I found one alleyway that seemed like it was never traversed as it was hidden by a doctor’s office and a walled-in walkway, but that was it – the only street I could find. Still, it sparked my imagination and was the inspiration for my writing after that – to write about the strange, odd and twisted things in life. Another story that really captured my attention was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. I just loved that book. Every time something went wrong for poor Alexander, he was determined he was going to move to Australia. I sympathized with him and soon his motto became my motto and I know I must have driven my poor mother insane because I constantly said, “I think I will just move to Australia.” She had no idea where I got that from and it was my own adorable inside joke.


This has been a  catch-up post today. My wifi was down all weekend thanks to a windstorm and a fallen tree. I just love these prompts though and wanted to do them.

So how about you, dear readers? Love animals? Have some of your own? Are you an introvert or extrovert? And finally, what was your favorite book(s) as a child? Share your thoughts about any or all of these with me in comments.

  1. Always pets. Usually a cat and a dog. Now just one teeny tiny little furball of cuteness. Introvert definitely. Books – lots n lots. No particular favourite…

    • Awww I envy you your little furball 🙂 I so wish I had one.. I think we introverts kinda find one another online.. lol

  2. Dog named Boy and love animals…..

    Introvert or extrovert…. Hummm at times I can be one or the other. I really am at loss to which I am….odd? I guess so???

    Favorite books was the Berinstein bears. It was a series of books and the bear family went through learning life”s lessons. I pretended I was baby bear…maybe cause I am the baby of lol

    Good write up dear..xoxo

    • Oh love these, Annette.. yes, I remember the Bernstein Bears! I read those too 😀 If I weren’t so sensitive, I could probably be both intro and extro too

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