30 January 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Are You Inspired?

And now I'm sick on top of everything else! Luckily, Carrie took charge today!

Even though I put together last week's prompt, it proved difficult for me since the photo was of my son. We had been vacationing on Mackinac Island and .... I just couldn't do it. :-(



The stories everyone else put together ... Amazing. :) Check them out.



Dancing for Vincente by Randy Lindsay

It Had to Have Airplanes by Scott Taylor

Imaginary Adventures by Cindy

Behemogon's Door by Leanne Sype

Dancy Party by Marcy





This is the last week to get your entry in before the monthly ad contest winner is drawn. You have until 8 pm EST time next Tuesday to make sure you qualify.



The rules are:



1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story.

2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.

3) You have until next Wednesday to link up your post.

4) Link up with your blog hostess when you're done via the inLinkz linky.

5) Have fun, don't stress, let those creative juices flow.




The photo:














The words:





bill - chisel - title - system - bicycle





Have fun! I can't wait to see all the stories. The linky will be at the end, but first ...



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28 January 2013

A Book for the Adventurer in All of Us



 I have gotten addicted to young adult adventurer novels and it takes me back to the days of playing pretend with my school friends and getting to be inventive and creative at all hours of the day.

When I read Jack Templar - Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus, it had all the elements of the ultimate adventure story. Super powers, seemingly unbeatable enemies, friends who stick with you until the end...everything you need to get taken away.

It starts out with Jack Templar's 14th birthday. He lives with his aunt after both parents passed away, and while he loves his aunt, he has always had questions about what exactly happened to his father. All those points aside, it starts out being a normal birthday. Yet, until he realizes how...different he feels. Stronger. After sneaking away to  the basement, more than a few effortless weight training sessions later, Jack knows something is strange and really, really cool.

Once at school, everything goes as normal as planned, until the lunch room and a fight breaks out. Worse, it's between Jack's two best friends and the school bully. Using his new strength, Jack sticks up for his friends and takes down the bully. This leaves everyone in shock though, because suddenly, Jack isn't who he used to be.

An hour later, Jack is being confronted by the Principal and he's sent home. With a mysterious and sinister birthday wish from the Principal, who claims she's been waiting a long time for this moment. As Jack walks away from the school, it's then he sees her change from a wicked evil woman, to a frightening creature.

Monsters are after Jack.

This is just the beginning of course and Jack find a new level of terror in the hometown he thought he knew. But with his best friends and new band of monster hunters beside him, life becomes a whole heck of a lot more interesting.

I enjoyed every word of this book. The main character also takes breaks to speak directly to us, and warning us of the book's dangers. Because once you learn about Monster's, you see them everywhere.

This well written exciting book is perfect for anyone (kids and adults) who love a fun, exciting story. I was taken away by every word and suddenly my bus ride wasn't so dull anymore.

If you would like to read more about how this brilliant adventure novel came to be, check out this link here. And most importantly, if you'd like to purchase this book, check out the link on Amazon.

Purchase this book. You will enjoy it, love it, and watch out for monster's after you finish reading it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

26 January 2013

I'm Baaaaack - An Update


Have you guys missed me???

So, I've been "unofficially" away from blogging. While I have blogged, I haven't been able to really visit other blogs. This also means I am completely in the dark on how your lives are going, so please update me.

I lost my internet a couple of months ago and I finally have it back.

Soooo...here's what I haven't updated you guys on -

1) I've been at my new job for almost six whole months. It's been a challenge, but a growing process. And there's such a thing as growing pains right?

2) I've been writing more! Oddly, I have been doing more...money maker writing. Like...Ghostwriting. It's been a weird experience, especially because I never thought I would enjoy it before. Get ready, too, because I have a post coming up soon with one of my favorite writing sites on this subject.

3) Fantasy novel has stalled. I'm still working on my re-write of chapter 6. I am leaving all day Sunday as my "day off" to work on this, and I'm certain as I get caught up, I will have more time to work on it.

4) A new....story.....idea is in the works! I'm torn once again between two lovers (aka novel ideas). One is a bit easier on my mental state, and I may start on it once everything seems less...overwhelming.

5) I have soooo much to do. You will see a ton of posts from me in February as I play catch up. Not to mention, there is an fun FUN update coming for those of you who have enjoyed the weekly writing prompt (very hush hush right now).

Okay, I'll stop at five. That's a pretty good number.

But most importantly - how have you been???? Tell me, I want to know. Let me congratulate your successes, and comfort your downfalls. It's nice to be back, friends!

23 January 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Get Inspired!

I do not remember having this much trouble getting over the holidays before. Thankfully, I don't seem to be the only one. As we get our feet back under us, I hope you have time to check out the prompt and submit your own take on it.



Here are last week's stories for your enjoyment:



The Rocky Mountain Inn, Cardston, Alberta, Canada by Scott Taylor

The Courthouse by Cindy C

Time's Up by Carrie Sorensen



FYI: We have a monthly contest going for those who submit.



The rules, quickly, are:



1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story.

2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.

3) You have until next Wednesday to link up your post.

4) Link up with your blog hostess when you're done via the inLinkz linky.

5) Have fun, don't stress, let those creative juices flow.




The photo:










The words:





flamenco, spotlight, mud, runway, tragedy





(Note, because I did it - the word is runway, not runaway.)





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16 January 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Will You Write Today?

Leanne has today's promp!

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Hi Friends! It's time for Writer Wednesday Blog Hop photo reveal!

If you've been following the blog hop for a while, then I hope you've been having as much fun as I have reading through all the great stories that birth from these photos. In fact, here are the stories from last week's photograph:





















1.DreamLab Industries, by Scott Taylor4.Heated Memory by Leanne Sype
2.Chris Shawbell5.First New Steps by Heather Musk
3.L.T. Dalin

If you are new to the blog hop challenge, here's how it works:

1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (Or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!--> This week's hostess is me! Add your link below, my friends

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.

Ready??? Here you go:

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Mandatory words are:

scarf

bead

lift

neck

profit




Have fun!

11 January 2013

Book Rant: I Hate Crappy Endings!!


**SPOILER ALERT: There is a good chance I may blurt out the ending of several books. Proceed with caution ***

Okay, I just recently finished (or almost finished), "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs.

...now's the time to go away if you don't wnat to know what happened...

*looks around*

Are they gone?

Okay...

Holy crap that ending sucked!!! I was one hundred pages away from the ending and I was absolutely restless with where this book was going - it was just too positive and things were going way too well. I did what I usually didn't do and I skipped ahead and scanned through the rest.

Alright, here is the spoiler part - there is a death at the end.

I don't like an unexpected death in a book. Especially a main character death that came out of nowhere.

I don't mind it, when I'm fully prepared for the death. In "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb, there is a death, but it definitely isn't a surprise. It's something I expected considering where one of the characters was going in the book. In "At Risk" by Alice Hoffman, the main character was a girl with HIV/AIDs. This was another death I expected.

In a more recent book I finished, "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, it had a death, too, but it leaned towards a surprise death, because of who ended up dying. Yet, it wasn't too much of a surprise because the majority of the characters were dealing with serious diseases.

In the book "Love Story" by Erich Segal (inspired the iconic movie), it started out saying there would be a death (but I cried at the end anyways, of course). Yet, it was brilliant and it captured the hearts of us all (because we were PREPARED for what would happen, obviously; can you imagine the protests that would have happened had we not been?).

I can go on. I can continue listing out brilliant novels with sad endings. Death endings. Death endings I was 1) prepared for 2) seemed to make sense considering the plot line and 3) ...was not a total slap in the face.

This ending was a slap in the face. This wasn't supposed to happen and I damn near threw this book across the room in protest (I did shout, though; totally shouted).

This pissed me off a lot because the book was so happy and pleasant and soothing. I've read these types of books before and I know that the book will be like this. I expect it and I don't expect it will go into deep issues and that's okay. I don't mind. But when a happy book (and kind of shallow book, to be honest) becomes suddenly heavy duty sad...what the heck???

Anyways, I had to rant. I couldn't take this sitting down (even though I am sitting as I type this...just imagine me standing with my fist shaking at the sky).

Rant with me - what book enraged you the most lately? What was the worst book ending you've ever read? 

09 January 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Are You Writing With Us?

This is a little delayed, but we're back again for the weekly writing prompt! One of these days I will have stable internet access so I don't freak out so much. *sigh* Well, I can dream can't I?

Here are the wonderful entries from last week -

The Kindness of Youth by Heather Musk

Walking Home by Scott Taylor

Rainy Day at the Donut Shop by Tena Carr

Aren't they amazing???

Okay, and here is a reminder of the rules:

1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (Or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.

And now here is the photo:

Dream Pool

And the five words:

engineer

muscle

spider

race

machine

Oh, this will be good, I know it.

Here's the link to submit your post when you're ready!


02 January 2013

Weekly Writing Prompt - Get Inspired

We are back from our vacation and anybody else feeling vacation groggy? Anyways, here is the prompt brought to you by Carrie!

This past month, we only had one story entry from a new visitor - Everyone else has won our ad prize already, or are ineligible due to blog host status.



That's not going to keep us from choosing a winner, though, no way!




Scott Taylor, it's yours!





Congratulations, and thank you so much for your dedication to our writing prompts. We are grateful for you and everyone else who makes the time to not only check us out, but who participate and share your skills. (Gosh, I hope that grammar was right. Moving on ...)





So, unless otherwise asked, we will be posting up the same button from your previous win starting next week.





And yay for me, I just realized I get the first prompt of the New Year! Now, this is quite an honor. Let's see what my internet scrubbing can find.





Rules:




1) There will be one photo, and five words - both of those elements must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) There is also a 500 word maximum.

3) You have until the next Wednesday to create your post.

4) When you have finished your post, come back here and link up below and let me (Or whoever your blog host is) know in the comments that you have done so!

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don't fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.




The photo, to suit my mood:


Austria,bakeries,cakes,candies,chocolates,Christmas,Christmas markets,cookies,desserts,foods,Germany,gourmets,iStockphoto,markets,pastries,Photographs,snacks,sugars,sweet foods,Vienna


The words:





aerial





fare





rain





sale





profit





Oh, that's almost too easy. I would chose different words, but rules are rules, I suppose, and I always try to stick with the first set. Still, nothing is as it seems with these prompts, so let us know what your twisted beautiful minds come up with by linking up below.



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