Monthly Archives: November 2012

WD Writing Prompt: Celebrity Fender Bender

While driving to pick up lunch, you accidentally bump into the car in front of you—a light fender bender—that pops open the other car’s trunk. When you get out to assess the damage, you notice that the driver of the other car is none other than your favorite actor. More important, you notice a dead body in the trunk. Who is the actor and what elaborate excuse does he give you to explain the dead body in his trunk?
(500 words or fewer)

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WD Writing Prompt: Footprints in the Snow

Directions: Write a short story of 750 words or fewer based on this prompt: A man who lives alone sees a set of footprints leading away from his house the morning after a heavy snowfall.

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Through the Valley and Over the Mountain

he ran and ran all across the land
moving his legs just as fast as he can
through the valley and over the mountain
he raced home just as the rumors began

he heaved and he heaved, trying to breath
holding on to a hope which he barely believed
through the valley and over the mountain
he was terribly afraid of what he might see

he bumped and jumped into branches and over stumps
fighting the pain and not giving up
through the valley and over the mountain
he stumbled and fell with crashing thumps

he cried as he tried to push away his pride
rising to his feet and continuing the stride
through the valley and over the mountain
he grew more afraid as he felt an emptying inside

he inhaled and exhaled up the mountain he scaled
slipping and sliding with much travail
through the valley and over the mountain
he slowed to its peak, his hopes soon derailed

at the top he stopped
to his knees he dropped
his muscles throbbed
as his body sobbed
through the valley
and over the mountain
the fires burned
his life … robbed

with each troubled step
he would hold a weeping breath
embers and ashes
floating like a web
through the valley
and over the mountain
he desperately wanted to disbelieve
the rumors that were said

his village covered in death
his vision filled with red
his life … stolen
his future … solemn
his family, his friends … all dead
he realizes now he has nothing left

except
except

the tightening of his flesh
the burning in his chest
growing obsessed, fully possessed
the sadness and misery … recessed
the anger and fury … expressed

alone and on his own
through the valleys
and over the mountains
he will continue to roam

the quest to avenge this horrible dread
will not end until
every
one
of
his
enemies
is put to death


WD: Writing Challenge

This is a writing challenge from the Writer’s Digest website.

Directions: In 25 words or fewer, write the opening sentence to a story incorporating these three words: fresh, hair and tangled.

I really felt the desire to write, so I decided to finish the story. The opening sentence is in bold, and the rest of the story follows. (I initially aimed for 500 words, then 750 words, then 1,000 words, then I said “screw it, just write!”)
Opening sentence: 25 words
Total words: 1,567 words

The smell of fresh blood filled my nose as I yanked my tangled hair from the gate, wondering: how’d I get into this mess again?

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What’s on my mind?

When I started this blog, it was going to be strictly a place for my finished writing projects—whether they be poems, short stories, fan fiction, or possibly longer works. It’s gone very well so far, but the thoughts inside my head are mounting and growing daily. Unfortunately, I’ve built walls around myself to shelter and seclude me from the outside world.

I wanted to be disconnected…
I wanted to be invisible…
I wanted to be a silent voice…

I wanted only my writings to exist.

I think I’ve come to my senses since then and realized that that is no way to live my life. Yes, my writings can—and hopefully will—exist, but the writer needs to exist as well. So, it’s time to come out from under the rock and rejoin society once again.

What’s this mean? I have thoughts I want to talk about. I have ideas I want to share. Even if no one reads it, I believe I still need to talk about them and let them out. Besides, I’m sure it will help me in my writing endeavors. If anything, it is a form of practice, right?

Okay, I think I’ve said a lot more than I initially intended to. In short, what I’m saying is that this blog will also contain more than my finished works. It will have some typical “blogging” type posts consisting of thoughts, ideas, and project updates.

So, what’s on your mind? What is it you’re wanting to talk about?

NANOWRIMO.

A part of me was a little bummed that I missed the beginning of NANOWRIMO this month. I know it’s only six days into it (and it’s better late than never), but the rest of me is actually okay with not participating in it this year. Yeah, 50,000 words is a HUGE number to reach in 30 days, but it’s more than that. I know it’s more for the experience, the practice, and initializing some sort of writing habit. I wouldn’t expect my story to be great; I’m sure it would downright suck. But, it’s not about making it great… it’s about making it exist—whatever it is.

Wow, I’m almost convincing myself to do it! But I won’t. I’m just getting back into my writing and especially my reading. I have a lot of reading I want to accomplish in the next couple months and I know if I commit to NANOWRIMO, my reading time will become non-existent. Instead, I will focus my time on my reading and work out some ideas for some upcoming projects.

I AM NUMBER FOUR: THE LOST FILES: SARAH’S JOURNAL (sequel)

Sarah’s Journal is a fan fiction novella I finished earlier this year. It focuses on a secondary character from the first two original books I Am Number Four and The Power of Six. I really wanted to make this story coexist with the originals, and I think it came out pretty well. Since then, the third book The Rise of Nine was released. After reading it, I initially came to the conclusion that if I wanted to continue the story, I would have to take an alternate universe approach. It seemed to be a difficult task to weave my story in with the original.

Usually when I get an idea for something, it won’t let go. Continuing the story was one of those ideas—especially seeing how I ended it. I loved intertwining my story with the original so much that it makes it difficult to abandon that particular aspect. In my opinion, it makes the story that much better. I thought I was stuck. I almost decided on not doing the sequel at all.

After letting the story simmer on the back burner for a couple days, ideas bubbled up that very well could support the sequel and its coexistence with the original writings. I’m still at odds with a few ideas but right now is all about brainstorming and considering all my possibilities for the story. Sometimes it can be a little frustrating, but at the same time fun also.

It’s all a work in progress.

Much like me… as a writer.

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