Part of WordPress’s writing course Finding Everyday Inspiration.

Today’s writing prompt is to present a series of anecdotes connected with a shared motif. Sure.

Not my view

The alarm rings and I tilt my neck to kill it and look out. From my bed, I can see a few bleak branches and an unexciting strip of sky behind the bare window. I still haven’t got curtain rods installed. The newly purchased curtains are stacked at the bottom of the closet, waiting for me to make a move. I can’t move. I don’t want to move. Just let me lie here. Let me die, if it needs be. I can’t even. Anything. Nothing.

The alarm rings and I tilt my neck to kill it and look out. Overcast. The branches are fluttering erratically. So windy too. Cold as fuck by the look of it. Semi-dark. Does this even qualify as a day? I frown and imagine a deep wrinkle forming on my forehead. I try to open my eyes more than to a slit. Not working. I don’t want to be doing this. Go away, day. Let me sleep. And not dream, if I may. Because nightmares. Another day in my life the worst of them.

The alarm rings and I tilt my neck to kill it and look out. Shy sunshine. I could go out take some pictures today. But whom am I kidding. I won’t. I don’t go out to take pictures anymore. I check the cat. She’s curled up on the bed next to my feet. One eye tentatively half-open. I make to move. The cat swiftly shifts to my face and crouches expectantly. I cuddle the cat and she purrs. Alright. Let’s get up and get the day over with.

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

22 Comments

  1. but what is the shared motif? bahahah! This was great, Mara. Cheerful negativism at its finest. 😀

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    1. Thank you so much for your cheerful comment on this somewhat depressing post 😀

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  2. Yay for cats! And sunshine 🙂

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    1. Yes, these two little things make so much difference!

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    1. We don’t need you day. We already had you yesterday and the day before that.

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    2. Especially in this season, I struggle to find a good enough reason to get up in the morning. Every day seems to be the same and not much worth it. Hm.

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      1. The best thing about this season is candles. Candles make sense again.

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        1. It’s still too early for those nice autumn colours.

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          1. I might even consider waking up for the autumn colours. I wonder if it will be enough to make me go out with the camera as I used to.

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          2. The problem with the autumn colors is that they’re suddenly gone (just one windy day and that’s it) and everything just turns into brown, gooey, slime. Then the boring twig season comes and lasts for too long.

            I’ve been lighting candles lately, because now it’s dark outside. During summer I don’t light any candles at all. Only autumn and winter. The scented ones are nice – especially if they can kill the smell of death & horror.

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          3. Which candle brand kills the smell of death or horror? I haven’t found any so far. Though mine effectively kills the smell of rubbish that should’ve been taken out.

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          4. It’s more of a flame thrower than a candle really…

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        2. I spend shocking money on candles. The fancy scented ones. Any season.

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  3. I’m assuming that you hit the snooze button twice for your shared motif. Brilliant!

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    1. I’m actually counting it as a huge achievement of the day when I manage to get up on the first attempt, without hitting the snooze button 😀

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      1. Last week I had a day when I hit the snooze button 9 times. Today was just 3.

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        1. 9 times?! Okay, so I’m not that bad 😀

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          1. Hahaha. I didn’t hit it even once today! I’m off to get ready for work. Have a lovely evening. 😊😊

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          2. And you have a lovely morning or whatever it is that you’re having down there right now!

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          3. 6:25am right now. Although 2am when your comment came in 💕 thank you.

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          4. The time difference is crazy!

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