We all know that Shakira famously said that the hips don’t lie but it turns out there is another part of the body that doesn’t lie either. The feet!
Do you ever worry that when you are having a conversation with someone that they might not be interested? I can help with that! Look at their feet. If they are facing you then they are interested, but if they are facing away from you or in any other direction the chances are they are not interested in carrying on the conversation.
Obviously this doesn’t apply to every case but its a good indication of how things are going.
Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) is a funny looking fish, but they are awesome! They live in the Atlantic ocean where the water temperature ranges from −1 to 11 °C, they survive this by producing a natural antifreeze. Cool huh? The antifreeze enables them to keep their blood flowing, keeping them alive while they mill about on the ocean floor doing wolffishy things.
Another cool thing about these fish is the way they reproduce. Most fish do this by broadcasting their spawn which is when the lady fish expel a load of eggs and all the gentleman fish scrabble to fertilise them. But, the wolffish is way more romantic than that, they actually have their eggs fertilised internally, I’m unsure whether they snuggle post coitus or not, but I like to think they do. As with many other animals the incubation period is dependent on temperature so the females pregnancy can last between 4 – 9 months. When the little ones come along the Dad’s are awesome, they protect their offspring fiercely.
The coolest thing about these fish in my opinion is that they love to cuddle divers! How cute is that? They actively seek out divers and these crazy looking fish are so inquisitive they approach them and put their faces to the divers faces and wrap themselves around them.
So today should be about journal prompts but I’ve decided to go with the 30 Day Challenge by Kent Wildlife Trust. It’s something I do every year and get a lot out of it so I thought you might like to join me?
It’s as simple as it sounds, you do something to benefit or increase your knowledge/enjoyment of your local wildlife every day for 30 days.
This could be something like feeding the birds, which is how I’ve kicked my challenge off, or learning to spot 5 new species of wildlife (including insects, let’s be all inclusive people!), going for a walk in the woods, feeding the ducks or planting some new flowers. As long as it’s about nature and wildlife you can do anything!
I would love to see your progress so stay in touch!
One of the most important processes in writing a novel, novella or short story is knowing your characters. Make them real. You don’t have to give all the information to the readers but the more you know about them the more rounded they will become.
I find that one of the easiest ways to create a character is to interview them. Yes, I’m aware that sounds mental, but lets face it, you’re a writer so this is by far not the maddest thing you do! For me, asking them lots of questions gives me an insight into who they are but also stops me from making the characters too similar, or worse still, too boring.
My advice to you is to sit down with them (outside if you like, go mad, why not!) and get to know them in depth. It will make a difference to your writing, I’m sure.
Here is a rather handy questionnaire for you to use as you please.