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Immersion Or Emersion

Similar to immigrate and emigrate, these 2 words are often used incorrectly.

I use this easy way of remembering of distinguishing one from the other.

Emigrate and immigrate

Going away (the ‘from’ country): emigrate is when you leave your home country to go and live in another country – e.g. you emigrate from New Zealand.

Going towards (the ‘to’ country): immigrate is when you go to live in another country – e.g. you immigrate to Australia. Think of the letter “i” as in going in to another country…immigrating.

Emersion and immersion

Coming out or up: emersion is when you appear from, coming out or up of; emerging from something (e.g. water) or somewhere (e.g. a retreat or sabbatical).

Going in or down: immersion is to submerge, sink or go down into something; to become involved in, to cover oneself. Again, think of the letter “i” as in going inimmersion.

20 Inspirational Prompts For Your Next Awesome Blog Post

If you’re like me and sometimes feel uninspired that no topic comes to mind then this list is for you. I hope 😉

I have a few resources I consult that give me interesting writing prompts. Today none satisfy so I’ve decided to be on the other side – the prompt provider.

Here’s 20 to inspire you.

  1. Start your blog post with “It’s such a noisy, selfish and frustrating world!” Go!
  2. What is your must-have packing item for travelling?
  3. 5-star hotel or RV camper and why?
  4. What was your favourite childhood game?
  5. What are the things you do to keep busy when it’s cold out/snowing outside?
  6. Mauritius or Iceland holiday, and why?
  7. Are you a cat person or a dog person or both?
  8. What’s your favourite TED Talk?
  9. What is your favourite quote?
  10. What has been the most satisfying detour you’ve ever taken?
  11. Have you ever been on the road less travelled?
  12. Are you a DIY’er? Post a pic of a DIY project you’re ok showing the blogosphere.
  13. Have you ever left a message in a bottle?
  14. Have you ever found a message in a bottle?
  15. What is your super power (we all have one don’t we…)?
  16. Do you still write longhand or have you migrated to typing your thoughts?
  17. When was the last time you ticked off every single item on your “to do” list? What happened to make it possible?
  18. How many languages do you speak?
  19. Do you have a favourite board game? Tell us about it.
  20. When was the last time you went to a ball?

Over to you.

Feel free to link to this post.

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Reblog: 45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’

I don’t like using the word ‘very’ for various reasons:

  • It sounds insincere
  • It is overused
  • It is not professional
  • <insert your own>

And yet there are times when that is the only word that I can come up with, almost like a shortcut. The problem with shortcuts is that they are context specific and subjective which can lead to a lack of understanding. So a quick way to communicate can turn out to be just the opposite.

I was delighted to read this morning Writers Write blog post on 45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’ – click on the link to get a useful table of what words can be used instead.

 

Edible

I love edible things. They are yum. Even flowers. Especially accompanied by good bubbles such as I had last week.

I started with the fish soup…

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…followed by the mushroom and gorgonzola ravioli…

©2017 Regina Martins

…and there was also dessert but I forgot to take a pic – it did include white chocolate mousse…

Off course, it was all washed down with good bubbles.

©2017 Regina Martins

I sure do take a lot of photos of food.

 

The Dripping Thoughts

Writing is supposed to become easier when it is done to express rather than impress. With the latter, to impress, the inner critic comes out, editing in real-time. With the former, to express, it comes out easily and unfiltered. I might have mentioned in a post many moons ago that to write unfiltered takes courage…because…

…and every day I pick up the quill, gingerly dip it into the slippery inkwell of inspiration to catch dripping thoughts before they fall away into the dark depths of the soul.