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English Conversations with Cliff LMA004, ALENKA w CIFF #4.1

ALENKA w CIFF #4.1

Okay. Today, we had two different conversations, which is what I noticed we often do.

The first one that we had was about something that you dreamed of doing for a long time, but you never have. And you told me that, for you, that dream was skydiving. Jumping out of a plane and free falling through the atmosphere until you hit that floor of an altitude and have to deploy parachutes. And then, more or less, slowly glide to the ground.

Unlike most people who say they would like to skydive, but don't, your reason for not doing it had nothing to do with it being scary. It didn't seem to phase you when I asked you about that actually. You really gave no emotional reaction to the thought of throwing yourself out of a plane kilometers in the sky.

But rather it was just too expensive. I don't know what it costs, but I imagine it would be quite expensive actually. So I can totally understand that.

Also you'd prefer not to do it by yourself, and finding someone else who wants to jump out of a plane kilometers high in the sky is not easy.

My thing that I would like to do that hat that I happened is kind of similar, but rather than freefall, I would like to fly. Not in a plane, but in a hang glider. I love the idea of feeling like I can actually fly. I have always wanted to fly. Every time I have a dream that I fly it's the best in the world.

But like you. It's a it's expensive and it's not something I want to do by myself. But I don't know anybody else who either wants to, or it might even be willing to hang glide. And I don't even know how to pursue it. I don't know. Where I would need to go, what I would do or any of that. So for now it's a pleasant thought.

And then we moved on to finding three things that we have in common. And at first, this, well, it started with a little bit of a struggle. So you asked me to start the list, and I cheated a little bit. I took something that was blindingly obvious and I said that we both speak English. And then I handed the ball back to you.

And then all of a sudden you took it and you ran with it. And that list went from three all the way to 12. So, we both speak English. We both like animals. We both like fruit. On our perfect day, neither of us would be working. We both like spending time alone. We both have younger sisters. We both have similar relationships with our sisters. Neither of us likes our childhood very much. We both said that we wanted to start off our perfect day well rested. Both of us like to be us. We like who we are right now. We both listen to meditation tracks.

And then you cappedthis entire thing off with something that blew my mind, which was we both like to write.

I had no idea that you were a writer. And so that filled the rest of our conversation because I love to talk craft. And you told me that you are not only somebody who likes to write, but you are a published author. You are in an anthology of, well, a grand total of three stories. One of them is yours that describes, well, the other to describe things that happened to the authors earlier in their life.

You, however, don't talk about events, but talk about feelings and experience and try to reach your reader through the commonality of emotion rather than events.

And I was just really excited to hear that you are in print. I was a little disappointed to hear that the book is only available in Slovenian, because if it were in English, I would definitely buy a copy.

But. well, maybe one day. Just remember if it ever does get translated to let me know.



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ALENKA w CIFF #4.1

Okay. Today, we had two different conversations, which is what  I noticed we often do.

The first one that we had was about something that you dreamed of doing for a long time, but you never have. And you told me that, for you, that dream  was skydiving. Jumping out of a plane and free falling through the atmosphere until you hit that floor of an altitude and have to deploy parachutes. And then, more or less, slowly glide to the ground.

Unlike most people who say they would like to skydive, but don't, your reason for not doing it had nothing to do with it being scary. It didn't seem to phase you when I asked you about that actually. You really gave no emotional reaction to the thought of throwing yourself out of a plane kilometers in the sky.

But rather it was just too expensive. I don't know what it costs, but I imagine it would be quite expensive actually. So I can totally understand that.

Also you'd prefer not to do it by yourself, and finding someone else who wants to jump out of a plane kilometers high in the sky is not easy.

My thing that I would like to do that hat that I happened is kind of similar, but rather than freefall, I would like to fly. Not in a plane, but in a hang glider. I love the idea of feeling like I can actually fly. I have always wanted to fly. Every time I have a dream that I fly it's the best in the world.

But like you. It's a it's expensive and it's not something I want to do by myself. But I don't know anybody else who  either wants to, or it might even be willing to hang glide. And I don't even know how to pursue it. I don't know. Where I would need to go, what I would do or any of that. So for now it's a pleasant thought.

And then we moved on to finding three things that we have in common. And at first, this, well, it started with a little bit of a struggle. So you asked me to start the list, and I cheated a little bit. I took something that was blindingly obvious and I said that we both speak English. And then I handed the ball back to you.

And then all of a sudden you took it and you ran with it. And that list went from three all the way to 12. So, we both speak English. We both like animals. We both like fruit. On our perfect day, neither of us would be working. We both like spending time alone. We both have younger sisters. We both have similar relationships with our sisters. Neither of us likes our childhood very much. We both said that we wanted to start off our perfect day well rested. Both of us like to be us. We like who we are right now. We both listen to meditation tracks.

And then you cappedthis entire thing off with something that blew my mind, which was we both like to write.

I had no idea that you were a writer. And so that filled the rest of our  conversation because I love to talk craft. And you told me that you are not only somebody who likes to write, but you are a published author. You are in an anthology of, well, a grand total of three stories. One of them is yours that describes, well, the other to describe things that happened to the authors earlier in their life.

You, however, don't talk about events, but talk about feelings and experience and try to reach your reader through the commonality of emotion rather than events.

And I was just really excited to hear that you are in print. I was a little disappointed to hear that the book is only available in Slovenian, because if it were in English, I would definitely buy a copy.

But. well, maybe one day. Just remember if it ever does get translated to let me know.

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