Writing 101, Day Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen ~ a brief catch up a variety to please some, not all!

Writing 101, Day Thirteen: Serial Killer II

Tell us about the time you retrieved your favorite t-shirt from your ex. Or when you accidentally stumbled upon your fifth-grade journal in your parents’ attic. Or how about the moment you found out the truth about a person whose history or real nature you thought you’d figured out. Interpret this theme of “finding something” however you see fit.

 Finding Something

I am going slightly off the beaten track with this one and trying to keep it short….coughs!

A questions for you all, when did you last go in to a charity shop?  If you can remember, do you know whether you actually took in the name of the charity and or what it stood for?

I have to admit that up until recently I was guilty to not paying too much attention, I was more concerned about getting a bargain inside, or trawling through the many items and trying to find a hidden gem.

However, through other people that have supported me, aka Richmond Aid who work with people with disabilities I have ended up helping them back and helping them with their newsletter.  The article I was to write was to focus upon two companies that are under their umbrella, I chose Mind for one and Richmond Homes and Lifestyle Trust.

After working my way through their websites I was overwhelmed at the amazing work they do to support people with various needs.  Mind helps those with mental health issues and the Richmond Homes and Lifestyle Trust provides residential care, living schemes and activities for those with learning difficulties.



Mind has a huge breadth of scope of services provided from making sure that Psychological services are more readily and easily available working with GP’s from the point of initial contact through to assessments and aftercare.

They also believe that introducing people within a safe environment ie with a support worker to encourage them to take on outdoor activities be it gardening of some kind within groups is a good way to socialize, learn a new skill and build confidence.

They also empower people with mental health issues to become peers for others that need support and to offer peer led workshops and talks.

Richmond Homes and Lifestyle Trust


RHLT provides not only residential care with varying degrees of in house support but also a wide range of social activities, I mean a huuuuge array on which support workers are there at hand all the time to help with confidence, to help mingling and to aid unions and friendships as well as perhaps learning a new type of craft.

They also provide ‘Leisure weekends’ where people who care are given the weekend to relax as a group of support workers take the people they care away for fun weekends, this must be priceless to many.

So next time you step in to a shop, if you have not spent much time as to where your pennies go take two minutes perhaps to ask the person behind the counter what the charity does or pick up a leaflet.  All these worthwhile charities usually start off small, one person with a passion to help, if the world could give just a tiny bit of similar passion to doing good ‘our’ world would be such a better place, don’t you think?  🙂

Writing 101, Day Fourteen: To Whom It May Concern

Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there.

I picked up a book that was my mothers, it looked well well read and sellotaped in various places.  It has been sat on a shelf for some time now just waiting for the right moment so here we are.


“The Perfumed Garden” – fully illustrated, The Most Daring Book Ever Written on The Arabian Art of Making Love – oooer!

P29, the word stupefied

In context, Stupefied by her beauty, the King was like stunned.  The grammar there though I am no expert seems not quite right and I havn’t even read this book yet, does that put me off, oh no.  You see I am curious as to what this book is going to be like, I think it will be exciting so why havn’t I read it yet?  I guess I am putting it off, like some weird form of torture to see something you want and not have it, the thrill isn’t it?

Stupefy – 

make (someone) unable to think or feel properly.
“the offence of administering drugs to a woman with intent to stupefy her”
So now I am wondering exactly how beautiful this woman was, this is fully illustrated, so perhaps the pictures will show this to me.  I am being very self restrained as the book is open next to me at that page and I am not sifting through the leafs of old worn paper to find a picture because then I just simply would not end up writing this project.  I must be very strong willed…..yeh?  Forget that….. “The End”  (hears rustling of a worn old book pages being flipped).

Writing 101, Day Fifteen: Your Voice Will Find You

You’re told that an event that’s dear to your heart — an annual fair, festival, or conference — will be cancelled forever (or taken over by an evil organization). Write about it. For your twist, read your piece aloud, multiple times. Hone that voice of yours!

I think I do have a voice, I am not sure to hone it however.  This challenge is asking me to read something out aloud multiple times? Isn’t that bordering on madness?

You know I live in a household where one child has ADHD and the other vocal tics, so I cherish my silence, so I am afraid I refuse to partake in this exercise to its bitter end, for I fear a migraine at the end of it and my children having amunition against me next time I ask them to be quiet and that thought just too horrible to bear.

Now I am thinking if you got this far in reading my post you will be sick of me by now, so I think I will go, plus my timer has gone off for my chicken curry, yep not a take away and I am salivating and nigh on going to electrocute myself if I dribble on my keyboard.

I also think I should ask my readers, do I have a voice?

Thank you kindly for reading, always up for a chat even if I am eating chicken curry! hehe

© Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com



  21 comments for “Writing 101, Day Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen ~ a brief catch up a variety to please some, not all!

  1. June 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    I enjoyed your voice. I skipped the first part (day 13?) because if I had to go back and read day 4 or worse yet, search for day 4, I would have given up…but I was hysterical at day 15 – you have a wonderful, unique voice. I did read aloud…but it’s just me, the dog (who doesn’t mind at all) and my mom (who has Alzheimer’s, so even if she minds, it won’t bother her in 60 seconds) and it helped me. Doing the “assignments” makes me feel like I have to be a grown up writer and I am a conversational writer at my happiest. I hope you continue on – I will follow and check out future posts. Thought it was great fun.


    • June 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Oooeee what a lovely comment and you know what I’m really glad you didn’t search for day 4 cos it didn’t relate at allll lol! Yikes I should have mentioned that hehe. I’m glad you like my voice and I talk my stories too so this is forcing me like you to be grown up! I shall check you out and heck let’s not get too grown up 🙂 hugs xx


  2. June 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Of course you have a voice, and a very distinct one! I think I could tell you from others very easily.


    • June 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      awe thats sweet but would you recognise me in the dark?


      • June 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        I would recognise you in the dark as much as in plain light because I’m half-blind anyway. Well, not blind really, but I need glasses.


        • June 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

          oh well I thought you might say because you know me so well you would know who I was…but blind will do!!!! LOL


  3. June 21, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    You have a voice alright, and a distinctive one at that (from what i read so far).

    I dig the bits of sarcasm you throw in there with a bit of wittiness.

    By the way how economical to tackle various assignments into one. I am so behind (i’m still stuck on day 2), it won’t be an option. I guess i’ll just jump to day 15 xx


    • June 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      hehe jump ahead i think. because i didnt have too many ididnt want to bombard my readers with one post after another being published, three in one day so thought what the heck put all on to one put they can decide what they do and don’t want to read 🙂 ps thank you so much for popping by and i value your lovely words x


      • June 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        There has been few good assignments the past week i wanted to partake in but i am struggling for time. I’m hoping to come up with something by the end of the week. Hope u had a lovely weekend xx


        • June 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM

          i did an dhope you did too, just take it bit by bit, i now have to catch up from yesterday hehe, no idea what to write x


  4. June 21, 2014 at 3:57 AM

    You do have a voice. If you speak out loud, you will trust your voice; see your writing errors more easily; hear your self and become stronger and not a stranger to your inner voice.

    Speak aloud. Someone will listen.


    • June 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      hehe i might try it, i generally read in my head something back not out oud maybe I am shy! 😀 But I will take your advice x


  5. June 21, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I had a comment brewing. But my internet connection got interrupted.

    Here is my take for day 14:


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