Wish to express my gratitude

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I’m sitting quietly at home on a pleasant morning and thoughts are of lovely friends. I commenced this blog twenty-one months ago and wish to express my gratitude. I’ve received so much joy from being part of the WordPress community. Oh! It hasn’t been without occasional frustration but still an adventure worth embarking upon.

Gender equality is a subject I’m passionate about and I will continue to research and write for years to come. Don’t think I’ll ever run out of ideas for new articles. Vef can seem like an absurd word however it has expanded my knowledge of language.

This week I’ve completed moving from one WordPress account to another. I know everything on page looks the same but underneath it’s all different. The only noticeable change is missing likes on posts as they don’t migrate when a blog is moved. During this process I had lots of help from happiness engineers. It’s complicated and I’d much rather write poetry than learn computer code. I’ll get busy on a poem tomorrow.

I’d like to thank followers who continue to encourage me to keep going with my book. I smile within at every comment on Vef’s posts. I’ve met some beautiful people during my online time here @ WP.com

So overall it’s an amazing creative writing experience.

Thanks for reading .. Haha!

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Song lyrics to melt a girl’s heart

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I’m giving a lot of thought to the issue of social justice and how it relates to gender equality. Girls are a long way behind boys in some countries. In fact many girls never go to school or earn a descent living. Can a gorgeous word ~ Vef ~ put them in front or not?

Perhaps I’m overly infatuated with the letter f .. Haha! I write and post articles on this blog to educate myself about how language can help solve the problem. I’m always reading books and finding unusual words.

So it’s wee small hours of the night and I’ve been hard at work trying to get everything organized before going to sleep. Listening to music is one of my greatest pleasures and I often dig out old classics. Wow! These song lyrics by The Cranberries are sure to melt a girl’s heart and they go like this.

Linger

If you, if you could return, don’t let it burn, don’t let it fade.

I’m sure I’m not being rude, but it’s just your attitude,
It’s tearing me apart, It’s ruining everything.

I swore, I swore I would be true, and honey, so did you.
So why were you holding her hand? Is that the way we stand?
Were you lying all the time? Was it just a game to you?

But I’m in so deep. You know I’m such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger?

Oh, I thought the world of you.
I thought nothing could go wrong,
But I was wrong. I was wrong.
If you, if you could get by, trying not to lie,
Things wouldn’t be so confused and I wouldn’t feel so used,
But you always really knew, I just wanna be with you.

But I’m in so deep. You know I’m such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger?

You know I’m such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger?

Song is from the Album – Everybody else is doing it so why can’t we (1992).

Okay! Creative writing by, Vef

YouTube video: The Cranberries – Linger

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Good Book Writers Don’t Give Up

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Good book writers don’t you give up. That’s my motto. But I’ve certainly got no great expectations about having a book published anytime soon. I do tend to spend a lot of my precious waking life conducting online research into the subjects of book writing and self publishing. I feel like giving up on the dream that my work will ever be seen in print. I’m probably not what’s commonly known as a talented writer, in fact I struggle to type legible sentences. My writing is not what you’d call ‘up to scratch’ and usually has a lot of word clangers. Yep! Used a cliché in a post last week only to learn that it wasn’t a fantastic idea so took it out. Honestly I prefer to play with words and often decide to place a word in a verse when it suits my whim.

Oh! I truly enjoy writing on impulse, this is a lazy way of expression, and not being too concerned about grammatical correctness. Undertook French language studies at high school and the only word I can remember with any clarity is bonjour, it translates to good morning or hello in English. Why am I persevering with this book notion if I can’t write properly? Guess I’ll stick to blogging, no one cares too much if I get it all wrong. Ha!Ha!

Stumbled upon this article by Australian writer Ian Irvine while browsing and I think it’s certainly worth a good read. Oops! Don’t cry before you reach the end like I did. Snipped a bit from the page to add to this post and a link.

The image used on my page is amazing but I don’t know who the owner is to give credit. Images on this blog are sometimes found on the Internet and permission to post is sort so as not to infringe copyright. The artist who created image used on top of this page has now contacted me and I am delighted to give credit and a link which applies to this lovely picture.

I’ve toyed with the idea of a co-author scenario, just not sure how this would work in practice? If you are interested this project my email address is on Vef contact page. Recently looked up the word clanger and it means a bad or embarrassing mistake. Okay so I can’t see clearly enough to proof read this text any further. BooHoo! It’s been another sleepless night and I’m needing a frightfully long snooze.

Creative writing by Michelle Voynet

Image © Alaya Gadeh and Elizabeth May

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Be the author of your own gender story

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Dear Reader,
I’m writing a book about a word that came entirely from my own thoughts. Vef is a global community project only just beginning. I’m a self-taught writer and this assignment is not easy but I’ll keep trying until success comes my way. Gender equality is possible only when social attitudes toward girls improve and they are given same consideration as boys. Does this mean social harmony?

Vef is a word that can and should (in my opinion) replace woman in English language because it is (to me) proper speech. Venus flower (Vef) is not about segregation instead she brings us closer together. So I say let’s embrace this word and we can be the authors of our own (gender) story.

Over the coming months I’ll get myself busy and read scholarly articles to find out what I can learn. Unfortunately the word (woman) is used often in the text, so I need to ignore it when reading. AND THIS IS MY ARGUMENT. Can’t have equality if the words themselves are not equal in our language.

I have a thirst for knowledge and not a lot of time remaining.

You are the author of your own life. You can write stories that say who you are. An author is broadly defined as “the person who originated or gave existence to anything” whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created. If you want something to change then you need to change the way you tell your story.

Creative writing by, Michelle Voynet

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The Language of Flowers

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I’ve had a pocket-sized hardcover book in my top draw for eight years. It’s called ‘The Language of Flowers: Symbols and Myths’ written by Marina Heilmeyer.

I do like this book and often handle it and glance over the beautiful pages. I’m a simple person without any religious inclination so this book suits me just fine. Here are a few chosen lines from The Language of Flowers Symbols and Myths.

‘Flowers play a vital role as vehicles of expression. As declarations of love or as a gesture of thanks, as a means of conveying condolences or congratulations, flowers are often the most eloquent and direct means of communication. I enjoy the fascinating history and the symbolism of flowers.’

“Oh, Tiger-lily,” said Alice, addressing herself to one that was gracefully waving in the wind, “I wish you could talk!” “We can talk,” said Tiger-lily, “when there’s anybody worth talking to.”

I’ve selected a flower from the book to highlight on this blog due to its wonderful characteristics.

Pomegranate
Punica granatum

Sensual love and passion, fertility and immortality; intellectual ability and creative power; a symbol of compassion; an aphrodisiac.

Okay! I’m an author with a passion for gender equality. My work is all about good reading and writing.

Bye, Vef 🙂

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