Why I refuse to take a #NoMakeupSelfie

Just a 'little' makup Image by Shesarii at www.flickr.com/photos/shesarii/4503143533

Just a ‘little’ makeup
Image by Shesarii at http://www.flickr.com/photos/shesarii/4503143533

There’s something really quite wrong about this ‘No Makeup Selfie’ craze that’s been doing the rounds. I have a big problem with it.

I’m not really bothered by the fact that it was meant to raise cancer awareness (and it didn’t), nor do I care that most people out there have cheated by using Instagram filters or they still wore just a little makeup (ultimately they can do what they like)…

The problem I have with this whole phenomenon is the comments people make when someone posts a No Makeup Selfie: ‘You’re just as beautiful without makeup!’ ‘I wish I looked that good!’ ‘Stunning!’

Let me explain.

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Head in the clouds (Friday Fictioneers)

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Image by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com

‘Did you pack your toothbrush?’

‘Yes, Mum. All in my bag, right here.’

‘What about a comb?’

‘Yes, Mum. Look at the clouds!’

‘And a spare pair of socks?’

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Odd One Out and Endings (ABC Open 500 words)

The last two topics of ABC Open 500 words were ‘Odd one out’ and ‘Endings’. My first piece describes my student exchange to Japan and what it’s like to be a 6-foot blonde in a country like Japan, and the second talks about a recent visit to the hairdressers where I thought I was being cool in front of the young apprentice.

Here are the links:

1. A blonde in a sea of black (Odd One Out)

https://open.abc.net.au/contributions/a-blonde-in-a-sea-of-black-37ja6kj/in/contributors/jessie+ansons

Jessie and Kaya Japan 1997

2. The end of the old (young) me (Endings)

https://open.abc.net.au/contributions/the-end-of-the-old-young-me-91zf7dq/in/contributors/jessie+ansons

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The writer who doesn’t like reading

I don’t like reading.

[gasp]

Yes, that’s right. I think it’s time to come clean with you all and admit that I’m a writer who doesn’t like reading.

So when I saw this week that the UK Telegraph published the list of ‘100 novels everyone should read‘ I decided to set myself a goal: I would read every one of the books on that list before I die.

4 books at home

Our bookshelf at home has 4 of the 100 on the list – seems like a good place to start!

I then did what every person does when they see a list like that and counted how many on the list I’d already read.

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Two short men (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by Marie Gail Stratford at http://mariegailstratford.wordpress.com/

Image by Marie Gail Stratford at http://mariegailstratford.wordpress.com/

The office was too small. They’d just employed a bunch of temps and crammed them into the corner by the window.

‘Check this out!’ shouted Jeremy, pointing outside. Everyone but Julia rushed to the window. She just rolled her eyes.

She never liked short men. Jeremy and his brother were only 6 inches tall. She had a good two inches over both of them.

But when Jeremy and Simon began clambering over the temps, Julia stretched her slender wooden body across the room to have a look.

‘Is that it? A bearded man? And he’s not even using a proper computer!’

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Today’s Friday Fictioneers is a #replyfiction to Mr Binks’ The Bearded Giant. To understand my piece, you might like to go there first.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/25-july-2014/

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Grandpa’s office (Friday Fictioneers)

 

Image by Adam Ickes at http://adamickes.wordpress.com/

Image by Adam Ickes at http://adamickes.wordpress.com/

Boxes, folders, papers and…

‘Check this out! It’s a pronghorn sheep!’

‘That’s not a pronghorn you idiot, it’s a longhorn.’

‘You two have no idea. It’s a stronghorn. I read about them in at school.’

Triplets are supposed to be close. Finish each other’s sentences. Read minds!

But all they ever did was fight.

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The Blog Hop – why I write and other notes about writing

It’s time to do my very own ‘Blog Hop’ where I answer 6 questions that reveal my writing process and why I write. Kel from the Naughty Corner of Social Niceties posted her blog hop last week and kindly passed the baton to me.

I’ve also nominated three of my favourite bloggers (and favourite people, come to think of it) to do the same.

It's Blog Hop time! Image by Dean McCoy at https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmccoyphotos/5795008697

It’s Blog Hop time!
Image by Dean McCoy at https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmccoyphotos/5795008697

1. Why do I write?

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