Describe a person walking – angelic

She moves as if floating on a cloud, lightly dancing from one spot to another. Rising above others the small girl could have pearl-white wings and no-one would question her. With a face of immense beauty, she seems untouched by society and wields her smile for the world to see. Her feet fall instep behind those who now seem dull and dreary in her presence.

Describe the smell from the kitchen in morning – mesmeric

My eyes flash open. I sit up, breath deeply. Inhaling and exhaling. The enticing smell of freshly baked bread travels down the stairs and under the tiny space between my door and carpet. An infusion of alternative aromas linger in the air. Deciding I must find the source of deliciousness, I sweep aside my covers of security and exit my room in a trance-like state. Crossing the cold, tiled ground sends whole-body shivers through my body, making my hairs stick out like… As I mount the stairs like pooh-bear climbing a tree to find his honey, I hear the approaching sound of shoes hitting the hard wood floor. Click,  clack, click,  clack. Instantly, I creep as quietly as a mouse (although quicklyback down the stairs and dive under my safe haven of covers.

Picture a Street…

Picture a Street (describe 5 phrases)

  • house-drawn carts
  • muddy road
  • sunny day
  • big tree
  • mud caked walls

You come across a window

  • cheery
  • open
  • clear
  • dirty

Objects in window

  • pots
  • ceramic jars
  • plates
  • wooden shelving
  • wooden crates

Something catches eye

  • shiny, black-stone pendant
  • hanging from coat hanger
  • indented with little holes
  • doesn’t fit time peried
  • sends chills up arm


Describe a Street

You hear the jostling of horses reins against their flanks, hooves rising and falling upon the mud-caked ground. Your clothes feel heavy under the shining sun and stick to you like glue. Coming to an intersection you spot shade under a leafy tree. Excited, you make your way to its shadow and cast a glance at your surroundings. Dreary, light-brown coloured shops line either side of the street and create a small town sense of feeling. Deciding your energy is replenished, you continue on your journey until to come to a dirty shop window housing several ceramic artefacts. Displayed on wooden crates are jugs, pots and plates of all shapes and sizes, many covered with intricate designs. Realising that’s all the little shop had to offer, you begin to turn away until light reflecting off an object – in the corner of the display window – blinds you. Wondering what was causing your blindness, you cup your hands around the glass and peer into the corner of the shop. Dangling from a coat stand a jewell-studded, shiny black-stoned amulet hangs. It’s iron setting seems out of place with its surrounding… 

Picture Prepositions

Busy City

As light flashes high above me – bold letters streaking across screens on buildings, advertising companies and businesses – I stop to take a breath and observe all the people rushing in-front of me with things to do and places to be. After having lived in New York for 15 years, I was used to the always-moving crowds, full of busy bees hurrying around the hive. Despite wanting to continue ‘people watching,’ I too had many things to do and time could slip away from you in a place like this which was full of intriguing distractions. Beside me a 20-something year old woman trips and falls into my side, knocking me over and into the street. Among the honking of car horns I yell, “Hey! Watch it.” Without turning a head, my shover continues to weave their way through the crowded side walk, pushing aside anyone who doesn’t move out of her way quick enough.

In addition to the cars honking, I hear a new noise. During the time it takes me to lift my head and see where this new noise came from, I hear it again – this time much closer. By means of a bicycle, a small boy is panic-stricken and consistently ringing his bell while trying to keep his bike under control. After hopping back onto the people-covered sidewalk and avoiding another shove to the ground. I hurried onto a side alley and decided I needed to move to the country.

Creative Writing – Prepositions

A preposition is a word that expresses relationships between people, places and things. They help us to understand a time, way or positional connection between two or more things.

Using them in your writing helps your reader to imagine your Setting and how things move within that setting effectively.

Positional Prepositions – Above the pool loomed the diving board.

Time Prepositions – They were married 7 years after they met.

Directional Prepositions (the way something is done) – They watched without speaking.

More then one word… – We sat next to each other.

The Banned Word Challenge

I look out my window as the clock strikes 12. I see the shadow of yellow bulbs held high above the road. The flickering bulbs beams in the corner of my window show the elongated shadows cast from the varies shapes of objects sitting on my window sill. I hear the howling wind rustling through the trees. An outline of glowing constellations shines in the heavens above me and illuminates the parked cars lining the ice-stricken road. Frost settles upon the moist grass, visible when staring out my window which is now covered in condensation. My open palm presses against the glass and clears the moisture so I’m able to see out again. Time seems to flyby and I see the faint shimmer of yet another morning sun rising. 

Literature and Language Devices Expressing Idea of ‘Fate’

Explain How Shakespeare Uses Literature and/or Language Devices to Express the idea of ‘Fate’ in Romeo and Juliet.

Fate. An uncontrollable (by humans) occurrence of events happening, usually considered to be caused in the presence of supernatural power. The idea of ‘fate’ is frequently referenced within Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, through a variety of literature and language devices. The play displays a story of star-crossed lovers destined for misfortune.Through expression of; metaphors, plot and foreshadowing, Shakespeare manipulates the conceptual understanding and intention surrounding fate in his centuries-old, yet still historically significant, play.

“O, I am fortunes fool!” Quoted from Act 3 Scene 1, Romeo declares luck is defying him as Tybalt lies dead and Mercutio stresses the importance of Romeo fleeing the crime scene. The notion of fate influencing events surfaces once the metaphor is spoken. “Fortune” refers to luck or chance which links with this idea of ‘fate’. Similarly to fate, luck is an uncontrollable factor influencing outcomes. Character dialogue in Romeo and Juliet contain many language devices which speak of ‘fortune’ or ‘the stars’. These devices demonstrate superstitious beliefs circling society during the Shakespearean era. Metaphors, a language device which refers to a characteristic being applied to an idea that is not realistic, reinforces the recurring theme of fate causing events to happen. This is supported by the quote “O God, I have an ill-divining soul” – Act 3 Scene 5. Shakespeare displays Juliet relating her ‘evil’ predictions to fate through mentioning “God”. This strengthens the idea of ‘fate’ as God was believed to control a persons future, connecting to fate because fate was known to occur in the future. This in-turn expresses evidence of beliefs held beneath Juliet’s and consequently Shakespeare’s structured society.

Fate is again subtly mention within the domino-like plot and classified as ‘Acts of God’. Plot, a literary device which describes the plays structure or layout (in the context of the play), represents the religious perspective held by most in the time period. This faith centres around believing incidences such as The Black Plague and fortunate timing were an ‘Act of God’. Act 1 Scene 2 details a servant sent to deliver invitations he can’t read which demonstrates the idea of ‘fate’ in the scene and not directly in the characters dialogue. “But I am sent to find these persons whose names are here writ, and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ.” As Romeo ‘happened’ to overhear the servants troubles and come to his aid, Romeo was invited to the ball. This fortunate timing leads to reasoning it was ‘God’s will’ as many alternatives could’ve been derived from other circumstances. Once again gods hand comes into play in Act 3 Scene 2, as Friar Lawrence questions Friar John on the whereabouts of the letter which he sent to Romeo detailing Juliets actions. His reply was, ‘I could not send it – here it is again – Nor got a messenger to bring it thee, So fearful were thy of infection.” The talk of infection refers to the Black Plague which struck villages in irregularly outbursts and caused death in large numbers. As the society of the time couldn’t distinctly find its reason for occurring, they considered it an ‘Act of God’ and therefore fate. The plots purpose in Romeo and Juliet focuses around the image of fate and effects caused due to certain coincidental circumstances which evidently also effect subsequent events.

The act of foreshadowing involves revealing an event that hasn’t yet occurred and also indicates a purpose behind said event, enhancing its climax. ‘Fate’ is reflected in the process, shown in the opening lines of Romeo and Juliet, a prologue is spoken by the Chorus detailing a strong example of foreshadowing. It says as follows, “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life”. When the phrase “star-cross’d” is presented, an element of fate is identified. Stars were thought to be directors of fate and your destiny could be ‘written in the stars’. By referencing ‘the stars’ and hence fate, an underlying theme is set and followed within the play. Romeo is also a victim to foreshadowing in Act 3 Scene 1 when stating todays misfortunate outcomes will affect later happenings and cause an end to horror in day ahead. “This days black fate on more days doth depend. This but begins the woe others must end.” Fate is openly mentioned in this quote, forcing the audience to believe fate plays a hand in the characters future. Foreshadowing expresses events greatly influenced by ‘fate’ and provides a text with subtle underlying meetings. 

Romeo and Juliet has been analysed on numerous occasions throughout history and new meanings are continually being discovered and rediscovered. Although the purpose of Shakespeare’s famous play can be debated in favour of several different ideas, the expression of ‘fate’ is greatly experienced along the storyline through the use of metaphors, foreshadowing, plot and other devices. ‘Fate’ occurs in many individual and extended segments which form a relationship between; the texts meaning, fate and language or literal devices. 

The Royal Wedding Gift Value Should be Raised

A royal wedding gift should be of high value. The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, revealed that the wedding gift we’ll give to the royal couple was a donation of $5000 to their charity, Pillars. For a gift given on behalf of a whole country, the value of $5000 doesn’t qualify as a high enough wedding gift to a couple of such prestige. Also as the gift is going towards a wonderful cause, a charity which supports the families of those in prisons, it will have a positive response from our society. New Zealand’s wedding gift to Prince William and Kate Middleton consisted of double the amount of money being given to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Evidently the difference in the amounts of money being given supports the statement that the wedding gift should be of higher value. The gifts should be raised to a more acceptable value to compensate for our countries connection to the royal family and to offer New Zealand’s help to a charity which aids our international community.

Interesting Quotes

“O God, I have an ill-diving soul,” – Juliet, A3, S5, L54

This quote is directly translated to mean: O god, my soul predicts evil things. If this quote was spoken without its surrounding context, the audience could take it to mean Juliet is annoyed with herself for looking at the world in a negative light and believing the worst will happen. Otherwise when put in the context of the play the audience can see Juliet is saddened that she foreshadows Romeo’s death as after speaking this quote, Romeo exits.

The term ‘ill-diving’ in this quote is interesting as one would not usually use when describing their soul. It means to have a negative outlook on the world and always expect the worst to happen. Synonyms include pessimistic and foreboding.

“O Fortune, Fortune, all men call thee fickle;” – Juliet, A3, S5, L60

“Fortune”: Fate, destiny, luck – Who controls fate? God, Prince/king, angels

Thee: You

“all men”: everyone, society

“call thee fickle.”: always changing, not real, petty, mischieveous