08 February 2016

Short Story: Chambris

(Note: This is a practice on my writing on a series of stories I plan on using. For use, author permissions only.)

Inspector T44 looked at the quilt lying on the edge of Georgie's bed, crumbled like an angry mess thrown aside for later. Georgie busily shoved a pile of notebooks clumsily into a shelf that overflowed of books of all sorts, mainly on literature and films.

"If only mom stopped nagging so much..." Georgie mumbled. "And dad wasn't always so angry..."

Picking up the quilt, Inspector T44 looked over the different patterns and colors of the squares. It reminded her of home in Chambris where all the cities were like that: a jumbled bunch of mismatched place sown together to make a beautiful sight from a distance, yet all the cities were beautiful individually. Then at night, when all the light went down and night came up, some of the cities would light up like a grid of stars!

Now all the cities individually had different time zones...let me put it this way: by time zones, not like the one on Earth where in California, it would be 7PM while Virginia was 10PM, no. In one city of Chambris, the time was perhaps mid-18th Century while another city to its East was in the year 1400 or even 2020. Who knows? But Inspector T44 missed it. Just like her 11th birthday this past year was missed by her own family, but thankfully, not by her friends.

To be continued...

06 February 2016

INFO | Word of the Day: Harbinger

Harbinger is a noun that means a messenger of news or a forerunner of an event. It can usually signify a great or dooming event.

05 February 2016

INFO | Word of the Week: Palindrome

Palindrome: This noun means a word or set of words that are the same backwards.

Examples: Level, nun, mom, dad, noon civic, radar, race car, taco cat, stack cats, & nurses run.

There are so many other examples out there--check them out!

01 February 2016

Future Outline of Blog

My plans for the blog as followed:

          • I will post twice monthly
            • Types of post include
              • Writing Tips (grammar, story-related, etc.)
              • Prompts, challenges and all sorts of actives
              • Fun stuff (birthdays, holiday, articles, Trivia Tidbit, etc.)
            • 4 Categories:
              • Info|Fun|Activity|Media (videos, etc.)
          • Other posts on the blog will include YOU!
            • Send a message and your short story, poetry, writing, etc. will be a Featured Post
          • Goal: Please share this blog around and please follow my blog! The set number for followers is undetermined, but for a start: 50?
So please follow and share my blog! Don't forget to comment and share your input! Thank you!

20 January 2016

THEME: Storyteller

January-March (Storytelling)

"Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting," Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Practice storytelling before an audience, but start small with your family. Gather stories, memorize them (long or short stories) and tell them to people. Even if you are shy, it will help you be more out there. Start by telling puzzles, riddles, etc. if you'd like, then go bigger! Show your talent to others about your writing without boast.

"The most talented people are the nicest," James Caan.

April-June (Finding a Tale)

"Just always be waiting for me. ~Peter Pan

A good book sits on the shelf waiting to be read. Go find that book! Taking a look at the list of books I have compiled, I challenge you to read three books. Study them because if you have no time to read, you have no time to write.
--->Read three books.
Also, interview people and ask them about their stories. Then write it in your journal and if it is fine, write about it on this blog--tell me about the stories! People have the most fantastic stories to tell as a writer will notice more stories than most people.
--->Interview people for stories (elderly people have cool stories).

July-September (Adventures)

“Stars are beautiful, but they may not take part in anything, they must just look on forever." ~ Peter Pan

During this time, live your life to its fullest! But safely! Writers write ideas from experience or thoughts. Live something worth writing! Now I challenge you to do some of the following:

    • Sleep under the stars at a beach
    • Take a bus ride around the city
    • Visit Stonehenge
    • Visit Europe, Asia, S. America, or a continent you've never been to
    • Join a religion for a day
    • Go ghost hunting
    • Name a star
    • Go scuba diving
    • Learn to swim or sail
    • Just drive around town
    • Walk around a mall for fun or at a zoo
    • Ride along with a cop (with permission, don't get arrested)
    • Write 50 journals (it's possible, bonus for starting one young)
    • Visit a weird hotel (not a dangerous one, please!)
Tell me all about it! Don't forget to write about it as well!

October-December (Style)

“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~Peter Pan

Referring to the different genres tab, select a couple that you are interested in writing in. Then begin writing stories corresponding to that genre (and make sure the stories you write are consistent enough that readers can identify the genre of the tale). Genres

One more thing: don't be afraid to stylize! Take a look at The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack. Use you voice in it somehow or find a type of trademark. Some authors use the senses to invoke any type of feelings taking Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum where the sense were used to create fear. Keep practicing in your writings until you've found your style!

13 January 2016

Top 5 Websites for Authors

This site allows authors who specialize in horror, fantasy, and science fiction stories.

A great site that allows authors to read others' stories as well as giving feedback.

This community also allows feedback and upload stories.

If you are serious about publishing, come check this site out!

From uploading written items to giving feedback, there is a notification of how many other writers are online, too.

06 January 2016

3 Native American Legends

Source: Native Languages

1. Natchez Mythical Creatures

2. Cree Legends

3. Yupik Folklore

From legends of how the crane got its blue eyes to an evil spirit called a Wendigo, check out the site's tales of folklore and legends!

Folklore: A way to share traditions, stories, and customs to others by word of mouth.

Legend: A traditional story regarded as a famous historical tale.

01 January 2016

Happy New Year!

To celebrate the New Year, here are the origins of nursery rhymes. No reason behind other than to look at why they were created. Nursery rhymes tell stories or mark events that happened in years gone by. What stories will you write this year?

Jack & Jill: It is based off of the French Revolution. Jack is King Louis 16th and Marie Antoinette. When  they went down the hill and broke their crowns is when they were executed during the Reign of Terror.

Humpty Dumpty: So humpty dumpty was actually a cannon! When it fell down beyond repair, it was because of a battle that occurred during the English Civil War (1642-1649) causing the mishap.

Polly Put the Kettle On: The author of the poem based this off of his children playing. The author had five kids: two boys and three girls and they often argued over play time. The boys wanted to play soldiers while the girls wanted to play house and during one of the play times, one of the daughters (Polly) would put the kettle on the stove.


18 December 2015

Christmas: Book & Movie Suggestions

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson
The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Shulz
Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Book Source: Good Reads

It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Story
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Little Drummer Boy
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Home Alone

Movie Source: Moms Who Think