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14 April 2014

STORY--A Future Privateer

Blade steps out into the azure platform of the glass ship that flew. A modern ship in the night sky. She only watches ahead at the helm, alone, escaping from the other ship trying to overpass her. Her ship glows of the stars as it shoots across the night. In this 44th century, she looks behind her and spots the same ship that grows greener as it approaches. Her twin brother, Blaze, had a fury for her that can only be from the pits of evil. Why would he kill her? One may ask such a question, except Blade knew she had to fly far away. She already warned Narcissa to run. Narcissa is her friend of some Spanish lineage as herself. At this point, Blade questioned it no longer that Narcissa would be far from the false love Blaze supposed he had. Just then, Davonte pops into Blade's ship, the Angel.
"Hello there," Davonte says, with a charming smile upon his lips. His dark hair somewhat glows as his electric blue eyes sparks. "What's the hurry?"
Blade only glares and replies, "My brother."
Davonte says sarcastically, "To greet you a happy 35th birthday?"
"Yesterday was my 35th birthday and you missed it! Oh, how old are you now, old man?"
Davonte climbs up the stairwell next to her and picks up a crystal skull hanging at the wheel of the helm to inspect it. He says, "No, I just turned 42. I really wanted to ask you something yesterday, except you were out. Will you marry me?"
"Ha! If you want to propose, do something big."
Davonte shrugs as he places the skull down, clinking with the wheel. He places his hand on her hand as he says, "Then let's go!"

07 April 2014

Mysteries in History by T. T. Theroux



Fort East Martello Museum, Florida—This is home to one of the most mysterious and rather eerie artifacts. This ‘urban legend’ began in the early 1900’s when a young boy received a strange looking doll from his nanny. Apparently, the doll had been cursed and according to the site: historicmysteries.com, Robert the doll became the inspiration for the evil doll movies such as Chucky. Although the doll that could move and talk frightened many and often gives an eerie feel to visitors to the museum where he finally rests, rumor has it that the curse will wear off when the last of its hair turns white.

Lyme, Connecticut—The infamous case of Mary Rogers inspired Edgar Allan Poe to write his sequel to the ‘Murders on the Rue Morgue,’ but what did he really know about the case? How much did he know? According to crimelibrary.com, “a group of men were strolling along the Hudson River…shoreline…one of the men spotted what appeared to be clothing floating in the water.” By the time they reached the body, her features were barely visible and much violence was present. This heinous crime spread throughout the news and soon became a mystery as to how she died. Mary Rogers’ fiancĂ© would soon take his life after her death. Some suspected foul play on the fiancĂ©’s part, but when Edgar Allan Poe created his story after this sensation, others began suspecting the author…however, this question may only be answered in another time.

Roanoke, North Carolina—In the early settlements of Americans, Roanoke became famously known as the “Lost Colony.” The history behind the mystery is that settlement did not become successful as most; Governor White of this Roanoke colony and his small band of men decided they needed more supplies. So meeting with an English ship, they gathered the supplies and upon arriving back, “a village was stripped of its people. Houses and other shelters were nowhere in sight…What was left behind was...a single word inscription carved on a fence post: Croatoan.” Some theories were the people simply left the settlement to join the Chesapeake Bay colony or to join some Native Americans. Another theory would be a disease came by or a hurricane. A final theory would be the colony may have been killed by another group of people. Whatever happened would remain with history.

Florida & Puerto Rico—In this area is known to be the Bermuda Triangle. From history.com, the claim that William Shakespeare’s play, “The Tempest,” was based on a real-life Bermuda shipwreck which “may have enhanced the area’s aura of mystery. Nonetheless, reports of unexplained disappearances did not capture the public’s attention until the 20th century.” In 1918, USS Cyclops, a “542-foot-long Nave cargo ship” sunk—never to be seen again. These trends continued and baffled many scientists and people all the same. Scientists would flock to the area to debunk the case, but no solution had arrived yet…

Tsarskoye Selo, Russia—The Amber Room was named one of the “eighth wonder of the world” and according to toptenz.net and smithsonianmag.com, this Amber Room had lavish gold plating and designs for the King of Prussia in 1701. However, the room was moved as a later gift for more royalties. At the dawn of World War Two, the Amber Room was falling apart, but still in great worth. So in desperation, it was hidden with wallpaper from the Nazis. The room was last seen in Konigsberg Castle which “was heavily bombed by the Royal Air Force…despite some reports eventually getting out…the Amber Room had survived the war, it was never seen again.” Some theories would be its destruction, but some argued that it was in a ship which sunk. “The rest of it has never been found, despite several claims to the contrary”; another mystery which we must continue guessing madly. 

What mysteries will you come across?

29 March 2014

POETRY---Once Upon a Happily Ever After

Once upon a heavenly throne
A princes sat still in chill to the bone
The kingdom bore only false hopes and dreams
She did not know what she had until the sun lost its beams
Her happiness would soon only return with a change of her heart
That will give her a kindness luckily given with a willing start
A stone heart only comes to sadness only to soon break
A stoney heart with sun to spring melts--at stake
A cavity of void where a heart once was

And that was her happily ever after.


20 March 2014

Character Biographies

Many writers create biographies of each character to keep track of them. This also inspires them to add more to that "player" and to understand that character more. Treat each character as a real person and base them off of real ones. Think what that character thinks! Put yourself in their shoes. So create a mini-bio that provides vital info on the characters.

An important question to ask yourself is: What are qualities that creates a believable and appealing character?

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One of my favorite shows, BBC Sherlock, creates a circus of interesting characters. Jim Moriarty, the archenemy of Sherlock, has a crazy and funny side. Honestly, his funny side is what gets me to like him a lot, but there is a psychopathic part of him. That mad side makes me rather angry and Moriarty has the harsh qualities that makes me hate him. Basically a love-hate relationship...just like with technology.

Create a fantastic protagonist (main character, not necessarily the "good guy") and an equal matched antagonist (the one who opposes the protagonist).

Tips on Writing

      1. Know you audience
      2. Write clearly
      3. Do your research
      4. Write productively (using outlines, etc.)
      5. Keep track of ideas
      6. Writers write!
      7. Write like yourself using style

Inspirations for Writing

Keeping a journal because that helps expressing thoughts or ideas. They also help inspire characters in stories based off of feelings and thoughts. Another suggestion would be keeping dream logs because it is useful for people to realize their creativity.

17 March 2014

ADVICE---Characterization

Character Development

NAME (+ nicknames): _________________________________________________

PHYSICAL TRAITS:

Age:_______________________________________________________________
Gender:____________________________________________________________
Body Type (husky, thin, muscular, petite, chubby, etc.):_________________________
Facial Detail (eyes, hair style and color, etc.):_______________________________
Clothing (fancy, sloppy, trendy, etc.):______________________________________

BACKGROUND:

Birthplace:____________________________________________________
Economic Status (Rich, poor, middle class):____________________________
Education (Public/Private school, college degrees, etc.):__________________
Family Life (Siblings, parents, cousins, etc.):___________________________
Current Inhabitants:______________________________________________
Occupation/Job:_________________________________________________
Personality Traits:________________________________________________
Dreams:________________________________________________________
Fears:__________________________________________________________
Likes:___________________________________________________________
Dislikes:_________________________________________________________
Hobbies:_________________________________________________________
Special Skills/Talents:_______________________________________________
Other Information:
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

15 March 2014

ADVICE---Basic Story Setup

Here are parts of a story to keep track of when writing:

  1. Setting or location of a story; this is where the tale takes place in the time period and place.
  2. Where and which time a character appears; knowing when a character comes into play in a story can be crucial. Using a character appearance can be a contrast to a protagonist or antagonist.
  3. Character relationships; how do each character respond to each other? Take the BBC Sherlock show for example!
  4. What occurs in the action of the scenes? Are the characters fighting or sneaking into a secure building?
  5. What are the clues or red herrings (distraction from the lead clues)? This usually applies to mystery and suspense, but can be used in stories in many ways.
  6. Purpose of the scene (characters/suspects introduced; an elimination of a villain, suspect, or character; etc.)

13 March 2014

PROMPT---Observation

By: T. T. T.
Using your 5 senses (hearing, smelling, touch, taste, and sight), be open to your surroundings. Go to a park or a public place with a pen and paper. There, observe the people using those sights. Keep quiet and just watch. Keep track of your ideas that comes. People are the best inspirations for stories. Here are some questions to help with your imagination:

          • What do the people look like?
          • How do they behave?
          • Can you hear any accents?
          • How do the people talk?
          • Why might those people behave that way?
          • What types of noises are going around?
          • Are there animals there? Describe them!
          • What is the weather like?
          • Is there a food vendor or a trash can nearby?

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Philosophy           100--199
Religion              200--299
Social Science     300--399
Language             400--499
Science               500--599
Technology         600--699
Arts                 700--799
Literature        800--899
History            900--999

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