What Happens In The Dark…

What Happens In The Dark…

She walked quietly and briskly with her head down. Her hands were in the pockets of her oversized hoodies and she was breathing heavily. She had always hated the dark and walking on a dark sidewalk in the middle of the night was not where she wanted to be right now but she needed to get home as soon as possible. This street was known for being extremely dangerous and being a petite woman in her twenties did not help. She was hyper aware of every sound around her and she knew almost instantly when someone began to follow her. Her heart beat faster as he got closer and closer.

“What’s a pretty young thing like you doing all alone? Want me to walk you home and keep you safe?” he asked smirking. He had gotten so close to her by now that she could smell the alcohol in his breath and the stench of urine on his clothes. She tried to walk faster but he grabbed her shoulders trying to force her to turn around. “Don’t touch me,” she screamed. Out came the knife and in a few seconds there was blood everywhere. Three murders in one night- she was definitely going to have to burn this hoodie.


This was my first attempt at a microfiction tale- I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers do microfiction tales and I thought it would be fun to try it out myself. Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi because I always love hearing from you guys!

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Blogger Interview With Susi

Blogger Interview With Susi

I want to thank Susi for this wonderful interview and she has an incredible blog so do take a minute to stop by and check it out- it’s linked below!

1. Thank you so much for being part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about.

Maybe the best way to tell you a little about myself is by sharing my bio – Susi Bocks, writer/author/poet, has self-published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause and is the Editor of The Short of It. You can find her work at IWriteHer.com, where she invites you to read her thoughts to get to know her. You can also follow I Write Her on Facebook. Bocks’ has works published in the anthologies As The World BurnsSMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women and in VitaBrevisSpillwordsLiterary Yard, and other literary magazines.

My blog is the place where I share my feelings, my observations, and more about myself. I do this primarily through poetry but also in stories and other writings. I’m an avid reader and frequently share pieces that have resonated or their writing has impressed me.

2. What inspired you to start a blog?

I posted this a while ago which explains the drive to write. https://iwriteher.com/2018/09/11/intent/  I’ll add that in my late 40s, the “who” that inspired me to blog was a young man who helped me realize that I needed to write. He was only 26 years old but the most engaged individual I’d run across. His energy was infectious. Shortly after meeting him, I started my first blog – Susi’s Soap Box. A few years after that, came PhiloSusi. This blog is where I drifted into poetry and the rest is history.

3. What is your favourite part about being a writer?

What I love the most is the freedom to create but reading and reflecting is a big part of what fuels my creativity and direction. I enjoy being inspired by visuals and other’s thoughts because it helps me understand my own feelings about the subject matter.

4. How has blogging changed your life?

How hasn’t it changed my life? lol I am very fortunate that I can devote my days fully to what I love doing, this alone has made the greatest impact on me. My well-being and peace of mind got a much-needed boost when I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. The bonus is that it’s given me more confidence in my abilities as a writer.

5. What are some of your pet peeves about blogging?

My biggest pet peeves are the glitches related to blogging that I’ve experienced – likes and comments disappearing, blogs I follow drop off the reader link, or somehow WP changes the subscription I’d chosen to follow, sometimes not delivering them at all.

6. What are some of your long term writing goals?

I do think another book is in my future, poetry for sure, but writing my 5 Day Tales every month has piqued my interest in writing a full-length story. The anthology I’m working on right now is the fruition of another long-term goal. My intention with The Short of It was not only to feature poets/writers every week on I Write Her but to turn their contributions into a printed publication. Every other year, I’ll be featuring their work, and then each following year, an anthology will be produced.

7. What’s your favourite food?

There are so many, it’s hard to choose. Let’s just say I love food, all of it. lol

8. Where would you love to travel to?

Any white or pink sand beach with blue water and loads of palm trees. And not just travel to it but stay there forever!

9. What is your favourite movie?

I have quite a few favorites of those too but off the top of my head – Dirty Dancing, In America, Soldier Blue.

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Blogger Interview With Cindy

Blogger Interview With Cindy

I had such an amazing time reading the answers for this interview and I hope you guys do too. If you want to see more from Cindy feel free to check out her blog which is linked below.

  1. Thank you so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

My name is Cindy Wanjiku and I live in Nairobi, Kenya. I am an environmental scientist by profession.

I love travelling and trying out new things. Basically, I love to have a good time. 🙂

I am also passionate about the natural world that’s why I started my blog, Terra’s Liege so I could discuss environmental issues and create awareness about it as well.

  1. When did you create your blog and what pushed you to do so?

I started my blog about a year ago (February 2020) when a friend encouraged me to be more vocal about spreading environmental awareness on a more public platform. I loved the idea because I would be able to discuss environmental issues with a wider audience and share tips that the average person could use to save the environment.

My whole initiative behind the blog is to synthesize information and write it in a simpler format so that it is not too science-y but still very informative so that anyone can learn something new and enjoy the process.

  1. You’re an environmental scientist which is such an interesting profession. What made you choose this career path?

I am an animal lover so when I was about 12 I discovered the majority of wildlife in Kenya and other parts of the world is facing extinction. That’s when I knew I wanted to work in conservation.

  1. In what ways can one help decrease pollution?

Plastic pollution is a major threat to marine and land animals. There’s something we could all do at an individual level to reduce it. One way of doing this is by avoiding single use plastic. Instead go for reusable water bottles and biodegradable straws i.e bamboo or metal straws.

  1. Why is it important for us to try to fight against climate change and how could one do this?

Climate change affects us all no matter where you live, through extreme weather, flooding, droughts and rising sea-levels. The disruptions brought about by this will affect our health, food security and clean water supplies. For the sake of life on earth we have to fight climate change. You could fight it by getting educated and learning how it works. Other things you could do are reduce food waste, eat plant based meals and opt for clean energy technology. I have written about climate change on my blog so you can find out more here.

  1. Why do you think blogging is a great way to spread your message?

These days nearly everyone does their research online and blogging is a good way to get your content out there. It makes it accessible for any interested parties.

  1. You write about emerging environment issues in an African context and as a Kenyan I’m interested to know how emerging environmental issues are currently affecting Africa?

Poaching is a major problem in African countries. The demand for wildlife products is devastating the numbers of wild animals particularly rhinos, elephants and pangolins.

Climate change is another threat. Extreme weather patterns have increased the occurrence of floods and droughts in the continent which has led to low food production in certain parts. There’s a long list of environmental issues affecting Africa as well as the rest of the world. You can find out more here.

  1. What is your favourite food?

Chicken with potato wedges, and pilau.

  1. What is your favourite colour?

Blue and purple

  1. If you could travel for a year what places would you visit?

I loooove the beach….so I would definitely go to as many tropical countries as possible starting with Bora Bora, Maldives, Seychelles, Bahamas and Mauritius.

  1. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

Thank you so much for the opportunity Pooja. It was nice being interviewed by you.

If you would like to check out my blog click here!

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Cindy’s blog by clicking here.


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Blogger Interview With Stacy

Blogger Interview With Stacy

I want to thank Stacy for stopping by lifesfinewhine for this interview- I had a wonderful time interviewing her and I hope you guys take a minute to check out her blog which is linked below.

  1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and what your blog is about.

Thank you so much for having me! I’m Stacey, I’m 29 years old and I live in a place called Wiltshire in England, UK. My blog is called 29 and Feeling Fine and I use the tagline Life, Lessons and Literature as every post tends to fall into one of those three categories. Life posts are where I write about what’s going on with me currently, Lesson posts are reflective and I write about things that have happened in the past (normally things I would do differently now!) and Literature posts are about books I’ve read because I’m a huge book lover.

  1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started this blog on my 29th birthday on May 4th 2020 but it’s actually something I’ve wanted to do for years. We were in the first lockdown in the UK and I was feeling really reflective about life and things I wanted to do so I researched blog platforms that night, came up with the name and pressed publish. I started my Instagram (@staceyblogs) at the same time and it doubles as a bookstagram/blogging page. It was quite impulsive but I’m so glad I did it, it’s been so therapeutic for me to spend time outside of work doing something I enjoy and I hope I continue for a long time.

  1. What has been your favourite post to write so far?

My 30 before 30 was fun, although this year has blown a lot of those goals out of the water. I’m thinking of doing a 30 AT 30 to replace it haha! Aside from that, the posts that are most rewarding for me are ones I haven’t planned. I’ve just had an urge to get my feelings out – often at 2am when I can’t sleep. I’m quite an open book but these posts are typically the ones I get the best engagement from.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have been interested in writing in different ways since I was a kid. I have always adored reading and if I could ever get my mind to concentrate for long enough I’d love to write a book. When I was a teenager my dream job was to be a Magazine Editor which later turned into a Journalist (although neither materialised sadly!) and in regards to blogging, I must have signed up to 5 different blogging platforms over the last decade but this was the only one I actually pressed publish on!

  1. I noticed you are a fellow rom-com fan and I had to ask- what are some of your favourite rom-coms?

Wow that’s tricky I have so many. I think Notting Hill is an all-time favourite of mine, I could watch it over and over. I actually went to visit some of the filming spots in Notting Hill in London a couple of years ago which was very cool. I have a picture of the bookshop on my bookshelf.

  1. Who are some of your favourite writers?

Jodi Picoult, Giovanna Fletcher, Catherine Isaacs, Lisa Jewell and Gail Honeyman are just a few who have all written wonderful books.

  1. What are some of your 2021 goals for your blog?

To be more consistent and just keep it up! Nothing makes me smile more than seeing comments under my posts or messages via my Instagram so reaching more people is definitely a big goal of mine this year.

  1. What is your least favourite thing about blogging?

That I turn 30 in 4 months and have a blog called 29 and Feeling Fine! New name suggestions are welcome – maybe I’ll be like Adele and change the name on an age-at-time-of-writing basis.

  1. What is your favourite food

Anything with cheese.

  1. What would be your dream vacation?

New York is number one on my dream list. It was always my plan to be in NYC on my 30th Birthday but sadly this won’t be possible this year. One day though!

  1. How has 2021 been treating you so far?

Lockdown 3.0 aside, it’s been okay. I got a new job which is great, especially in the times we’re in but I miss my family and friends hugely. Fingers crossed at some point this year we see some return to normality.

  1. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

Thank you Pooja for having me on your blog and everyone for taking the time to read 🙂

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A Classic Love Story

A Classic Love Story

Sarah

I was not the kind of person anyone looks at twice. I don’t mean that in a quirky, average looking, clumsy hipster in a cheesy romance movie that no one notices until they do kind of way. I also don’t mean it in a self-deprecating way. I don’t mean it in any particular way because it’s simply a fact. I’ve always been just average. I got average grades in school, I have an average job with average pay, I have always and will always look just average, my family is average, my parents have average jobs and average lives, my friends are average with average jobs, my fashion sense is average. I just am AVERAGE. I’m not the girl that men chase halfway across the world hoping to make her fall in love with them, I’m not the girl everyone stares at when I walk into the room and I am certainly not the kind of girl that random men flirt with in a bookstore.

That’s why I was so surprised when some random guy walked up to me, introduced himself as Jonathan and started talking to me. He asked me about the book in my hand, what kind of books I liked in general, told me he had just moved here since he got a promotion at his company and didn’t know anyone. This led to him asking me to dinner which really caught me off guard. The surprise on my face must have been obvious because he smiled and told me “he had to take the chance and ask me out or else he would regret it forever.”

Was I on one of those really cruel prank shows? Why else would this handsome stranger with dark hair and beautiful blue eyes ever want anything to do with me? After an embarrassingly long pause I finally accepted the offer and headed back to work still in a daze. Maybe I’ll finally wear that little black dress my sister got me for my birthday.

Jonathan

I can and have had any woman I have ever wanted but something about Sarah just captivated me. She was breathtaking and had so much potential if only she tried a little harder. She was the kind of girl who doesn’t realise she’s the protagonist in her own romance movie until some guy helps her figure it out- I’ve always found that to be disturbingly misogynistic but my first girlfriend loved Bridget Jones and now I can’t get that damn movie out of my head. I want to be that guy for her, I know I can be that guy for her. My ex’s never meant much to me, I didn’t even like most of them but to be fair we often never got past the first date. In fact, Kate is in the car right now. I just need to figure out a way to get rid of her. Sarah on the other hand, there was something about her that told me this was it. She was the one, my soulmate.

I had always been good looking and an overachiever. I was the kind of guy people notice when I walk into a room. My smile can and has on multiple occasions got me whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Everyone wants to be around me, I have a fantastic job where it has become increasingly easy for me to climb up the corporate ladder, my parents are both lawyers and I grew up getting the best life possible, even my friends are all doing exceedingly well in their personal life and their careers. My life is perfect but that has always been the problem.

I never had any challenges growing up and I became so bored and sick of perfection that by the time I was at university I had nothing left to live for. I achieved every goal I ever made for myself. I needed a challenge. A REAL CHALLENGE. That’s when I met Samantha. She was the worst. She ended every sentence like it was a question, chewed so loud it drove me nuts and worst of all she bullied everyone into believing she was better than them. That’s why I knew she would be perfect. No one would miss her, she had so many enemies no one would suspect the charming, good looking, caring boyfriend who put up with her. And I was right- no one ever suspected me and since they never found the body I was free to continue living my life.

For the first time I had been afraid I wouldn’t succeed, that I would get caught, that I had made some tiny mistake, that they would find the body. It was exhilarating. It made me feel human again and ironically watching the life seep out of Samantha’s eyes made me feel alive for the first time in my life. After that I got creative and started setting new challenges for myself. If someone got too suspicious I would just move to a different city and start working at a new branch- you would be surprised how easy it is for someone like me to start over. People would line up to be my friend, women would hit on me everywhere I went and of course had no problem coming back to my place with me. The most important thing I had to remember was that it had to be someone no one knew I was associated with and I couldn’t go on more than two dates with them because apparently selfies are a thing and women can be insistent when they want to show you off to their friends but there’s no trace of you on the internet.

As I watched Kate’s body burn I thought about what I should wear tonight. I wondered what Sarah would wear. I hoped she would wear that little black dress with the lace at the back of her closet. Or maybe that floral dress she wore last week when she went out for drinks with her friends. It took me all the strength I had to not speak to her that night but it would all be worth it. I couldn’t wait to be in her apartment again- it smelt just like her. Of course, this time I would have permission to be there- it would be nice to use the door for a change.


I hope you enjoyed the short story! It was supposed to be romantic/horror because you guys know I love writing horror. Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below or as usual you are welcome to just stop by and say hi!

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Six Word Story #73

He tapped her on the shoulder.


I loved the six word stories you guys left last week so today I decided to write this six word story and I was you guys to continue it and leave a six word reply/addition to it! Tell me in the comments what happens next in six words!
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The Worst Date

I decided to write another short story today because honestly they are so much fun to write! Hope you enjoy it.


She had been feeling a little off the whole day and she assumed it was because of the blind date she was about to go on. She hoped that feeling of impending doom would go away once she met her date. She quickly finished putting on her makeup, got into her Uber and was on her way to the restaurant.
As soon as she walked into the restaurant and saw him she felt even worse. Something in the back on her mind kept telling her to run away. She didn’t know why- he was quite good looking, charming even. “You must be Alex, I’m Taylor,” he said smiling. “Nice to finally meet you,” he continued. “Same here,” she replied telling her brain to shut up.
They made small talk till the waiter came over to take their order. “I’ll have the pasta and a salad for the lady,” Taylor said without so much as asking her what she wanted. She was starting to see why her gut was telling her to leave. He was turning out to be a nightmare.
He talked about himself most of the night, insisted they don’t have any dessert because he wanted to pay for the entire meal and the place was already too expensive for him, kept telling her how much he loved reading about serial killers and what the best way of getting rid of a dead body was. Clearly, she should have listened to her gut.
“So… want to come back to my place?” he asked. “There’s this serial killer podcast I’ve been super into and currently it’s actually discussing a serial killer in this town that the police are looking for,” he added gleaming. Okay, he was way too excited about that and she knew this was her cue to leave.
“I think I’m just going to head home,” she said calling an Uber. “Well I could drive you home you really don’t need to take an Uber,” he said. “That’s fine,” she muttered. “Really it’s no big deal, come on my car is this way,” he insisted grabbing her hand. “I said no,” she screamed and got into the car that pulled up. Thank God for Uber. She could not imagine getting into a car with a psycho like that.
Somehow that weird feeling of impending doom was still there and she looked out of the window hoping it will calm her down a bit and that’s when she noticed for the first time that they were going the wrong. “Excuse me, I think we’re going the wrong way,” she said. “I’m taking a shortcut,” the driver muttered. “But you’re going in the opposite direction,” she argued getting more worried. “Shut the hell up and sit still before I hurt you,” said the driver revealing his gun.


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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award #7

Thank you!

I want to thank Reshmi for nominating me for this award. She has a really great blog with quotes, lifestyle posts, awards posts and so much more. Be sure to check it out by clicking here. 

Rules

  •  Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer their questions.
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  •  Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  • Provide the link to the Award creator.

My Questions

Sorry if the gif’s look huge and weird but I don’t know how to edit the size using the block editor 🤦‍♀️

What fictional character do you wish you could meet?

Mr. Darcy of course!

What would be the title of your autobiography?

How Do Things Keep Getting Worse?

What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?

Food lol!

If you could time travel, when and where would you go?

To Europe or Bhutan.

Name any one blogger whom you look up to and why?

I can’t pick just one because all of you guys are amazing and inspire me in different ways. 

My Nominees

If you’re reading this post and feel as though this may be something you want to participate in please consider yourself nominated and use the same questions I did- I would love to read your take on them! And if you don’t want to do an entire post dedicated to it you can leave the answers in the comments below.

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