“Where”

Based on a writing prompt submitted by @kara_swn

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Writing Prompt Challenge Giveaway!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you’d know that I’ve had this “writing prompt challenge” thing going on for awhile. To put it simply, I post a question sticker on my Instagram Stories every Saturday, and my followers can submit one writing prompt each to me.

During the following day, I would sort through all the submissions and try to write something for them. The results will vary greatly depending on what I feel like writing. Sometimes this could mean a short story, other times a prose, or poem, or anything else in-between.

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The best part from starting this initiative, for me, is that I get to build this small (but awesome!) community. I’ve seen the same people submitting their prompts from time to time, also people who were initially too shy to submit their prompts, but eventually took a leap of faith.

It brings joy to me seeing how my followers could find something in this program, especially considering how I first started the initiative because I was bored and wanted to brush up my writing skills.

So after giving it some thought, I’ve finally made a decision: I want to give back to this awesome community, no matter how small my token of appreciation might be.

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30 Ideas to Go on Your Own Artist Date

If you’re a writer, or an artist in general, it’s imperative that you take care of yourselves from time to time.

I’ve talked about how you could decompress during a busy week, which are the small things you could do every single day to keep your stress levels in check. I’ve also talked about going on a writer’s retreat from time to time to recharge your creativity.

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But what about the in-betweens? You might not have the luxury to afford a writing retreat, and you might already have been doing all the decompression methods I’ve talked about, but you still feel burnt out at the end of each week. Take a step back; it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Calm down. Take a deep breath. We’ve got this.

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Deconstructing “Strength”

“How do you manage to keep on doing this?” one of my team member in the office asked me, right after my boss gave me a stern warning for not delivering the targeted completion date of my project. “Why aren’t you more upset? How could you be so strong?”

I remember I just stared at her, not knowing how to answer the question. It would be a lie to say that I wasn’t upset at all. It was my project, after all. And if I took the warning lightly, I could risk my professional credibility as a project manager. So it wasn’t like I was fooling around, either.

But what my team member said had some truth. Despite being upset, I never did show it to everyone. Despite being torn apart by the warning, I kept on managing the project like it was just another day—as if I never screwed up.

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Writing Spot Review: Fillmore Coffee

I’ve talked about this place almost devoutly for months, but in case you didn’t know, Fillmore Coffee has got to be one of my favorite places in Jakarta, period.

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There’s just something from the cafe’s relatively hidden location, the decor, and the ambience that appeal to me. The inclusion of ivy on the front window, for example, gave the place an almost rustic feel that I absolutely adore.

In any case, Fillmore Coffee is definitely a place I’d definitely return to from time to time, not only because it is a fantastic writing spot, but also because it’s a great cafe in general.

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Writing Spot Review: TOSKA, Jakarta

When it comes to securing a productive weekend, nothing really beats finding the nearest cafe to your house, plugging in your laptop, ordering a few snacks, and just start working. Since I live in West Jakarta, TOSKA provides almost everything I could ask for a writing spot.

As far as I know, TOSKA strives to serve only vegan food to their customers, so even their main dishes (pasta, fried rice, etc.) are all served using vegan ingredients. If you’re a vegan, then you will most likely appreciate this initiative, since there’s not a lot of vegan options to dine in Jakarta.

However, even if you’re not vegan, like me, I reckon you will still enjoy yourselves working in this little cafe. If not because of their surprisingly tasty delicacies, then at the very least, for the sheer comfort this place could give as a writing spot.

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A Butterfly Needs to be Loved

Based on a writing prompt submitted by @eunicesoe.vics

A scientist conducted an experiment with two caterpillars.

They are of the same species, and roughly the same size and age.

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He fed one of the caterpillars with only the best quality leaves. He made sure to control the lighting and moisture level of the ecosystem to promote growth. And before long, the caterpillar transformed itself into its chrysalis form, bidding its time while undergoing metamorphosis.

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