Coffee Tuesday! ☕

A Coffee Update!

I’m not entirely sure how often I do these kinds of updates.

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Anyways, salut! And welcome back to this little space on the internet. 

This is a small update on what I’ve been doing lately and the direction in which the blog may go in where it concerns content.

Gardening Project

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I’ve been meaning to start a garden last year, but kept putting it off. Now that I have the time, I got the opportunity to start something small with Mom’s help. I don’t have the space to grow big beautiful fruit trees, but I’m working with what the Lord has blessed me with at the moment: pots. Also, I’ll be working on a side project that I’m calling “The Sunflower Project”. I’ll be sharing the lessons I’ve learned while gardening in a later post. 

Song Writing

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Sometime last year – or maybe it was earlier this year – I shared that I wrote songs pertaining to my faith and walk with God and I’ll share one or two if the time is right. Here is a snippet of “The Prodigal”:

And like the prodigal
that I am
I return to You

And you embrace me, Lord
You accept me as I am
You took my sins and
made them white as snow
As You continue to mold me
into the image of the Savior

These songs were given to me through the Holy Spirit to worship and praise my beautiful Creator during different stages of my life. Although I haven’t written down all of them, I wrote down the ones that I got led to. I’ll leave this for a future post.

The Animal Kingdom

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Growing up, I’ve always been surrounded by animals especially dogs, cats, and chickens. I’ve learned a lot from God’s creations where it concerns the animal kingdom, and I am still learning lessons through them. Some were painful to swallow. Just recently, I learned one about favoritism. I’ve been thinking of incorporating an animal kingdom category, but that remains to be seen. 

New Designs

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When I saw how much time I had, I made plans to return to drawing, but I ended up spending that time on designing new logos, banners, and signatures for the blog… as you might’ve seen with the newly touched up banner above. I’m excited to share them all in God’s good timing.

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Books #165 – #167: French classics hit a high mark!

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Classic Books Total: 15

Finally, I am getting somewhere with the classics! 

Book #165: Le Petit Prince by ‎Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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This book is said to be the world’s most beloved children’s book. It was written in 1943 and has since sold about 140 million hard copies… 20 million more than Harry Potter and the Something Stone making it the bestselling story. But does it live up to its standards?

I love the illustrations in this book by the author! This children’s book was written for adults with the main protagonist being a beautiful golden-haired child. It’s like anime for most anime are actually for adults. Anyways, this book was meant for adults to dig up nostalgia for the comforts of childhood that they know they can never go back to. It’s a salute to childhood. 

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French literature are hitting all the right spots at the moment even more so than the British and Russian ones I’ve attempted. Had I not given up French for the 1,994th time, I would’ve appreciated the deliciousness of the sweet language even more when it came to reading this book.

However, I cannot give this book five cups of steaming coffee. I find it to drag in some areas. I’ll like to think that the story actually revolved around a pilot that crashed his plane in the desert and hallucinated about the alien prince. That’s why the prince had to “die” for when the pilot finally finds a well and hydrates, the royal hallucination fades away. On the other hand, we spend too much time focusing on the wrong things and not enough time enjoying life, the little things… and I appreciate this message. And I do like that scarf. It’s as golden as the little prince’s hair and I’ll like to have one.

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As an adult, if we don’t “get it”, it’s our own fault for children are the only ones that sees what matters seem to be the overall attitude of this book. But growing up is good. We’re even told to put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11) so the romantic obsession with being a child never sits well with me. 

On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur.

Final Verdict:

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Book #166: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

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This book read as if someone sat at home and researched all geographical locations for the various settings without actually leaving home. And what do you know? Mr. Verne is actually THAT guy! In the story, Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg wagers half of his fortune on a proposition that he can travel around the world in 80 days. His French valet, Jean Passepartout accompanies him and to be honest, Passepartout is the only character that made me want to see this adventure to the end. The Frenchman was full of character, pumped with personality, filled with excitement, came with a great background (he was a firefighter, a singer, a gymnast, a circus performer etc.), and was the real hero of this story. He isn’t afraid to try new things, and he apologizes whenever he is in the wrong. He is kind, fun and brave. I love everything about him!

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He is the true MVP. I mean, he rescued a woman from her deathly demise and helped saved people on a train. What did Fogg do? As for Aouda, she spends the entire story doing what any damsel does best: crying at every womanly opportunity. *sighs*

Vehicles used to travel the world in this story were steamers, railways, carriages, yachts, trading vessels, sledges, and elephants. It was a good story and a wonderful adventure although at times it was a bit boring, yet somehow managed to pick up speed at the end. 

This book was written in 1873. I actually read this book to my youngest sister, and she thought it dragged in some areas and was a bit boring as well. Overall, her favorite character was Passepartout, and she rates it a 3. She’s too kind. Well, actually, she’s not.

Final Verdict:

love coffee

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Book #167: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

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Fern lives on a farm and wanted to do something noble by trying to save the runt of a litter of newborn piglets. She stopped her father from killing Wilbur, but she’s a hypocrite for she eats bacon for breakfast. Why didn’t she try to save the other pigs from becoming bacon? What was so special about Wilbur that he was to be saved from turning into bacon? Apparently, Fern has special Doolittle powers as she can hear the animals talk. But I want to make this about the web spinner because I still love her.

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Charlotte was my favorite character overall. Where Wilbur was whiny and self-absorbed, Charlotte was selfless, humble, willing, friendly, and outgoing. I always thought spiders to be fascinating, but their short lifespan is also a reminder to us: life is fleeting (Psalm 39:4-5). The gray spider died alone on deserted Fair Grounds after Wilbur got a special prize at the Fair and the author couldn’t have said it better: 

She never moved again.

The Fair Grounds were soon deserted. The sheds and buildings were empty and forlorn. The infield was littered with bottles and trash. Nobody, of the hundreds of people that had visited the Fair, knew that a grey spider had played the most important of all. No one was with her when she died.

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Keep in mind that this is a children’s book, but this was some of the best writing in this book!

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When I was younger, I didn’t get why Charlotte had to die. However, she dies because her short life-cycle as a spider is completed. Had it not been for Charlotte’s intervention, Wilbur the Runt’s life would’ve been shortened. Just as many classics, this story paints a biblical portrait. Charlotte A. Cavatica paints a picture of Christ. Yes, you heard right. Wilbur was born a pig (sinner) and he is destined to die. Charlotte comes on the scene and promises to save Wilbur’s life despite the fact that she’s expecting 514 babies! Whiny Wilbur can’t do anything for her, but she spends her short life here on earth saving the pig.

Wilbur’s like…

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And Charlotte’s like…

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Charlotte is intelligent and very skillful at writing words in her web. The girl’s vocabulary is also off the chain. However, she uses the lowlife Templeton (a rat) to bring her words that’ll save Whiny. Charlotte wrote “terrific” and “radiant”, but it was the word “humble” that’ll eventually bring salvation to Whiny. Charlotte is also above everyone else meaning that she spins her webs in high places so it’s safe to say that help certainly came from above.

When Christ was here on earth for a short time, He did not spend it selfishly. He humbly served others. Even while He was nailed to the cross for us, He could’ve said “Forget it, I’m out”, but He loved us too much to even go back hence why we have beautiful salvation. It’s because of this allegory, the story gets the rating below. By making friends with Jesus, we can enjoy a beautiful relationship with Him and banish our fears. 

Final Verdict:

love coffee

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Other classics I’ve read, but didn’t bother to review were:

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I found “The Old Man and the Sea” to be quite boring. Like, just throw the fish back in! I did not find anything sensible or interesting in this book. He kept saying “I wish the boy were here” and that alone made me want to set the book on fire. 

“Siddhartha” was simply pretentious babble. 

I hated the “Pinocchio”! He’s a heartless, lying ungrateful bastard, but what else do I expect from a wooden “boy”? This book was too cruel and violent and certainly not for children.

As for “The Railway Children”, let’s just say that it was meh!

 

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Book Haul 2020 📚

It’s hard not to buy books when you’re on a book ban, but when they’re books that leave you no choice but to buy them, then why resist?

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Yes, yes, it does make me happy! 😃 It might be my first and last of 2020, but it’s book haul time!

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The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie by Dave Butler

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I got this one for my youngest sister. I don’t know much about this book, but it’s part 1 of a 3-part series. She tends to gravitate towards books for a younger audience and I hope the story in this book will be engaging enough to hold her interest until the last page.

Mi Casa Uptown by Rich Perez

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This one was brought for my other sister. Pastor Pérez talks about the importance of love including how to love our neighbor… even when it hurts to do so. It’s part memoir and part sermon that teaches hospitality is at the heart of God as we can see throughout the Bible as early as Genesis. It’s about growing a Christ-like love for everyone. 

Agents of Babylon by Dr. David Jeremiah

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I’ve wanted this book for a long while now, so when I saw it, there was no way I was going to not buy it. I’m currently studying Biblical prophecies again and this book is said to explain what was already fulfilled and what is to be fulfilled. However, I must admit that I am skeptical about it, as I am with many books based on Christianity, for many authors seem to misquote the Bible and misrepresent God. Still, I’ll read it at some point.

A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy by Stan Guthrie

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Another prophecy book! This book is said to be great for new Christians as a guide to the prophecies in the Bible. I am not new to prophesy for it’s a topic I studied zealously back then when I was rediscovering the Bible, but this book wouldn’t hurt.

The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

This one was an impulse buy. I have no idea what it is about only that a pastor and his young family moved to a church in a small town only to be terrorized by a member who didn’t like the brand of Jesus the pastor was selling. This real-life story is told by the pastor’s oldest daughter. Based on the font, I’m sure Rebecca is not a great storyteller, but I’ll still read it.

Beginnings by Steve Wiens

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The author said that this book is not meant to answer all of our questions, but if it does, it will create new questions that will lead the reader on a path of discovery. I’m not here for neither; I just want to make sure that Mr. Wiens stuck to the Word as it is written for he tends to explore what’s holy in humanity. 

Bible Stories: Mini Collection by Miles Kelly

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I’m not going to lie. I saw the cover, liked the illustrations, and brought it. Yes, just like that. 

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

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The only reason why I got this book is due to the fact that I am planning a reread. The narrator defends the story that he’s about to tell of a man named Christian. The story itself is framed as a dream and is told in allegorical style. When I first read it, I rated it a 3 out of 5 overall, for there was some bothersome stuff, but when I read it again – and for good – I hope to put the case to rest. 

Life Promises for Eternity by Randy Alcorn

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This book is meant to be read during devotional studies.

God is Holy and We’re Not by R.C.Sproul

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Looks like a short and sweet read.

A Bouquet of Favorite Psalms to Inspire Your Soul

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This is also to be read during devotional studies. It’s such a beautiful book inside and out!

The Book of Useless Information and The Book of Who Said That?

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When I saw these books at my favorite bookstore, I grabbed them up without batting an eye for the covers felt soft to the touch, but they’re books I’ll certainly read for I love the randomness of it!

Although most of those books are based on Christianity, I know that a few of them, if not all, are going to let me down, so I won’t be holding my breath. I’ve been reading a lot lately, two-four books at a time, so I’ll have to wait a while to read any of these, but I look forward to getting around to at least five of them before the year runs out.

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Books #153-#155: Adventure on the high seas!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, so I hope this works. 

I’m not sure how many classics I’ll read this year from my TBR, but I’m off to an okay start. I usually start off the year by reading a lot before the big slump hits and so far, it’s the same story. Anyways, I started off with sea adventures for when I was younger, I enjoyed these books. And now? Well, we’ll see if anything has changed from these short thoughts.

Book #153: Mutiny of the Bounty by Sir John Barrow

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To think I enjoyed this book when I was little! Now, I found it slow and boring, I eventually tossed it aside. There was no way I was finishing this book this time around. love coffee

Book #154: The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne

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We have Young Peterkin, Jack, and Ralph who are marooned on an island in Polynesia. *sighs* Cutting straight to the point, this story could’ve been exciting, but it bored me to tears. There were some innuendos that were probably unintentional, but overall, it lacked storytelling. The book seemed to drag on forever and the scenes of cannibalism and savagery are too graphic for young ones to read. love coffee

Book #155: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

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I left the best for last… or so I thought. This book was supposed to be epic! It was the book that started my love for adventure and RLS was the first author I actually loved and rereading this after X amount of years, I don’t know how to feel about it. It started off well, but like the other two, it fizzled out quickly and I dislike saying this word, but it’s the truth: it was boring.

The Scottish terms didn’t bother me for it made the setting more realistic and I have to take into consideration that the book was written in 1886 so it reflects the time period perfectly. My favorite character was the Scot with the French coat, Mr. Alan Breck Stewart.

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This character was actually based on a real-life Scottish soldier and Jacobite of the same name. Alan is an excellent swordsman, guide, and this book’s saving grace. He was lovable from the first mention and I only stayed for him.

RLS was a favorite author of mine growing up for he wrote adventure like it was nobody’s business, but after rereading this book, I have to say that I’m glad I’m over all of these stories. love coffee

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Well, there you have it. The classic reading is off to a disappointing start. At least I got 3 books out of the way, so I’m delighted about that. However, I am now skeptical about the other classics, so I shouldn’t even hold my breath.

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Positive Monday: 10 things that make me happy!😄😁

Starting off this beautiful Monday morning with this wonderful and inspiring tag 10 things that make me happy: the 71-year-old’s award via Susie. 😄

Without further ado, here are 10 things that make me happy:

* When God wakes me up to see another day.

* Time alone with God.

* Spending time with loved ones.

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* My Bible study group.

* Coffee!

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* Serving (for the Lord) any which way I can.

* Walking in God’s playground, nature.

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* My pet cats.

* Sunsets.

* Adventure!

Anyone can join in the fun. All you have to do is write 10 things that make you happy and don’t forget to link the original post (see above) or comment down below at least one thing that made you happy today. 

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The last ten books tag!

I saw this tag going around BookTube last month and decided to have a crack at it. 

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1) The last book you didn’t finish?

I recently DNF’ed Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts for it was not engaging. I’ll probably return to it after reading some better books. At one point a movie was in the works reportedly starring Johnny Depp *yawns* but now a TV series has been proposed with Depp in the production seat *yawns*.

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2) The last book you re-read?

Besides the Bible, it was Violets Are Blue by James Patterson in April. I hardly do rereads apart from the Bible, but I plan to reread some of my favorite childhood books at some point.

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3) The last book you bought?

A few I mentioned here: A mini book haul. I look forward to reading them for the Classic Challenge I plan on doing sometime early next year God’s willing. 

4) The last book you said you read but didn’t?

I don’t ever lie about not reading a book for it doesn’t make sense to lie if I can’t explain what’s it really about from my point of view.

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5) The last book you wrote in the margins of?

I was probably ten or so. Yes, I used to write in my books when I was really young especially the ones I know I would be disposing of after reading. I recall one of those books being Fearless by Francine Pascal. I found Gaia awesome at first, but as the series wore on I got bored with her perfect human antics. I can’t recall much of the series for I stopped reading somewhere around the 3rd one, but this book is like an ode to 90s culture. When it comes to spy stuff I’ll stick with Ethan Hunt.

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6) The last book you had signed?

I don’t care for authors’ signatures.

7) The last book you lost?

I can’t recall losing a book, but I do recall lending books and never seeing them again, so I labeled them as lost. Quite surprisingly, I hardly got my James Patterson books back, so I stopped lending them out to the ‘suspects’.

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8) The last book you had to replace?

The Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty by William Bligh and Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. While cleaning out I found tattered copies and had to replace those epic books immediately.

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9) The last book you had an argument over?

I don’t argue over books for everyone is entitled to their opinions whether I like a book or not.

10) The last book you couldn’t get hold of?

What even is this question? I hold my books close to my heart all the time.

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And that’s the end of this awesome tag!

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Book #19: River of Ruin

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Author: Jack DuBrul
Publisher: NAL (December 03rd, 2002)
Pages: 534
Series: Philip Mercer #5

BLURB:

In the heart of Panama, a volcanic lake feeds a serpentine river—its stone banks laid by the Inca, who took back the gold and jewels plundered from them by the conquistadors. Legend has it that the Twice-Stolen Treasure has been buried for centuries in the Panamanian jungle. Discovering it means surviving the unpredictable black waters of the River of Ruin….

It begins at a Paris auction house, with a favor granted by an old high school friend to geologist Philip Mercer: the opportunity to buy a rare diary written during the French attempt at digging the Panama Canal. But Mercer isn’t the only one who wants it. Three Chinese assassins have been dispatched to get it, forcing Mercer into a subterranean game of cat and mouse that takes him from the hellish maze of l’empire de la mort and through the sewers of Paris.

Mercer realizes he has uncovered an intricate Chinese plot to trigger a deadly shift in the world’s balance of power. At stake is control of the canal, recently handed over to the government of Panama by the United States. Only Philip Mercer—with help from beautiful U.S. Army officer Lauren Vanik, a cell of tough French Foreign Legion commandos, and a crusty eighty-year-old retired sea captain named Harry White—can stop them.

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…REVIEW!

I honestly skimmed the majority of this book. At one point, too much history was mentioned on the Aztecs and it kind of turned me off. I felt as if a professor was lecturing me. Don’t get me wrong, I love history, but one has to know where to draw the line.

My favorite character ended up being Lieutenant Henri Foch and had it not been for him, I wouldn’t have bothered to see this book to the end.

This book reminded me of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne in the action-adventure sense, but that’s where the comparison stops. It was my first and last Mercer book. It was kind of boring and at times I thought I would have fallen asleep had I not skimmed through it. It started off good, but it did not contain a good enough story to go along with the action and I thought it was just too long.

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VERDICT:

2

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Books #2, 3, & 4: Trophy Case trilogy by George Bryan Polivka

A trilogy I won’t be forgetting as long as I live. I laughed, I cried, I shook my head, I yelled, I wanted to strangle some of the characters.

I fell in love with the hero, Packer Throme of Nearing Vast.

The trilogy is set in a fictional world of its own. If you’re not a fan of swashbuckling pirates and seas, then this is not for you. It’s a blend of science fiction, fantasy and religion/spirituality and of course, adventure!

 It's a blend of science fiction, fantasy and religion/spirituality and of course, adventure!

RATING:

4 steaming coffees

4 steaming coffees

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365 Days of Writing

February 6th: Choose your adventure

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Write a story or post with an open ending, and let your readers invent the conclusion.

I have some catching up to do. For this prompt, I’ll use the beginning of my new story, The Best Is Yet To Come

The early evening sky was a prism of colors as she walked the nearly deserted beach, digging her fuchsia pink polished toes into the soft sand.

And that was when she saw him.

I’ll turn this over to you now: who do you think the ‘he’ was?

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