25 April 2013

5 Libraries and Bookstores on My 'Must Visit' List

Okay, I have a fascination and love for libraries (and bookstores). I happen to be near one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States (yay Powell's Books!).

And now I'm spoiled.I want more. More. MORE.

So, I went in search of some library porn. No, not an erotic novel. But amazing, beautiful libraries that I want to visit one day. I don't have a lot of money to travel right now, so I may as well put that rumored library on Mars on my list (hey, we have no real proof that there ISN'T a library on Mars - so why not just believe that there is?).

1) Livraria Lello & Irmao 

Also known as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.



Can't you guys just see me descending down that unbelievable staircase with an exotic gown with a long trail and white doves flying in back of me like some goddess...sorry, right, the books.

It is technically a bookstore, but it's considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It's located in Portugal and has been open since 1906.

2) Shakespeare and Company

Okay, also not a library - but how can I not visit a bookstore created after ANOTHER bookstore (now closed down) where famous writers such as Ernest Hemingway visited (the original closed down during German's occupation of Paris and never reopened).


To me, this is bookstore heaven. I known it looks cramped, but I love that style. I could spend hours - HOURS - browsing/buying/maxing out my credit cards - in this place.

3) The Willard Library

I want to visit this library - not for it's architecture or it's connection to a famous writer - this library is haunted.


YES and there is even a website you can go to where this a Ghost Cam. You can see if you spot the ghost.

I know where I'll be going first if I win the lottery tonight. Heh heh.

4) Stockholm Library

There are two reasons I want to visit this library. First of all, it's gorgeous inside. It reminds me of that scene in Disney's Beauty and the Beast where the Beast shows Belle his library. This looks like that library -


There is a second reason I want to visit this library. Some time ago, the Architecture School of Paris designed this "wall of knowledge"  - 



Unfortunately, it doesn't exist. But this should be built - although I'm fairly certain I'd have to cling to someone as I walk across a walkway to get to the actual books because I'd fear I would fall to my death.

5) Kosovo Public Library

Last not but not least, one of the ugliest libraries in the world - the Kosovo National Library -


Okay, this is one of those libraries that I had the worst time finding information about - but it was posted on Reddit and the best information I found out about it was on someone's blog

This is the creepiest building I've ever seen and I have to see it. I'm just not sure I feel like I could go inside of it - it's a little freaky.

Okay that's my list! Are there any libraries or bookstores on your "must visit" list?



24 April 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Are You Ready?

I have been exhausted lately - like literally, exhausted. Between the high levels of stress in my life right now (my mom lost her job recently) and the fact that I'm not getting enough sleep...my eyes hurt I'm so tired these days. But here's hoping the week ends with a creative kick! Hope this writing prompt inspires you today! Tena is writing today's post!


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YEAH It's my turn this week to take the WWBH wheel (I so wanted to say reigns but I've been using "wheel" so I'll stick with that).

 It's been a crazy few months for me. as I've mentioned in several of my blogposts, we recently moved from Texas to Arizona. Had quite an adventure on the trip (you know I still don't think I ever wrote on that trip).

Since I was driving one of the vehicles on the our move here, I did not have too many opportunities to really get any good photos. Most of the time when we stopped it was to take care of something gas, food, etc or stopping for the night (by which point we were both pretty well exhausted). I figured that this picture taken on the one that we took during our pre-move trip (what do you call it when your checking a new place out to see if you would want to live there?) back in December of last year would be fitting.

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As for the words, I know I could go online and find something that gives me random words, but I just used the dictionary and the old close eyes and point - that's the word (times 5) that I will use. I do not pre-plan in anyway the words I choose... Whatever 5 words I point at, that's what goes in - HONEST!!

So this weeks words are:

Letterhead

Quantity

Construction

Huff

Crock

You've got about a week to write your story and submit it below (see the blue froggy) 500 words or less using the 5 words and based on the photo above.... Can't wait to see what you all got. so get those creative juices and may the MUSE be with you.

Good Luck!


17 April 2013

[M]y Favorite Time of the Week - [N]ow Introduction - [O]ur Writing Prompt

Okay I cheated a little bit. Three letters in one post is pretty impressive, though, right? Well, I had a horrid Monday. Not to mention that awful news on the East Coast. Oh well, 2013 is bound to perk up right? I hope so. I think we all deserve it. Anyways, I am a tad disappointed I didn't manage to get the writing prompt from last week, but maybe I'll try to get one out this week.








Outraged and Devastated

Leanne Sype suggested the prompt we put together this week be in honor of Boston. To be honest, I loved the idea, but I was not going to do it because everything I read made me cry and I didn't think I could do it. Until I saw this.


It corresponds with what I read a few days ago, a quote by Fred Rogers that says, "When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"

So, I will put together a post with that in mind. I have found a lovely photo, though I believe it was taken before the bombings, it is open to many interpretations, not just for the marathon.

But first, some happier news. We have chosen the winner of our $25 Amazon Gift Card. Congratulations to


We are so thankful to each person who participates in our weekly prompt. Please keep coming back, or write for the first time! We welcome everyone and can't wait to read all the stories like the ones from last week.

Mystery Man by Quinn Nielsen
After the Gala by Scott Taylor
A Grand Surprise
Her Dad's Shop

Now, quickly into the prompt. We'll start with the rules.

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 Tuesday to link up your post.4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.








The Words:

Threat

Vitamins

Summer

Quarry

Eating

Sometimes I feel like I should take a screen shot of the creativity games site I use to generate those words, just to prove they were randomly selected by the internet.

But enough of that, it's time to get writing. Make sure to link up below so we can all share in your talent. :)


13 April 2013

[L]istia - Bid With Points, Win Your Prize



For over six months or more, I have been using Listia. I discovered it last year and I've been using it actively ever since.

What I like the most about this site is that it's like going into a garage sale and bidding on the items you want the most. Most of it used stuff, but you don't end up paying a dime if you win - at the most you'll pay shipping.  Plus, you can gain more points by putting your own stuff for bidding (or pay for points $5.00 gives you 1,500 credits).

Now what exactly do you win?

Okay, here's photos (taken from the site) of actual stuff I've won -

I won the movie Mr. Books for 500 credits, no shipping costs. Worked perfectly.


I won the movie Red Eye for only 606 credits, no shipping costs. Worked perfectly!

I won these three movies for only 20 credits, shipping $5.99. Worked perfectly!

Stir of Echoes video for 25 credits, $6.00 shipping - worked great!









And that is just the beginning! More recently I won these really pretty wine glasses (499 credits; $3.70 in shipping) and a used DVD player (2,020 credits; $10 shipping) just for the cost of shipping (and I purchased additional credits recently - one $5.00 worth; and one $10 worth of credits).

I think if you are looking for an item in particular, you would do best with this site. Looking around for just anything, you will get overwhelmed, I promise.

It isn't like there isn't crap out there either. I won a "mystery" prize which turned out to be an envelope with a couple of stickers in it. I also won a sync cord for my iPhone which fell apart in a couple of weeks. I also tried entering a few of the low credit perfume sample giveaways which had astronomical shipping costs, and I didn't follow through with them.

But I seriously think it's worth a shot, so sign up for Listia today! Use this referral link and get 100 credits (and I get credits if you sign up!).

12 April 2013

[K] is for....

Okay, I can't think of a thing to write for this letter.

For some reason this is letter is about as bad as the letter X will be for me.

I decided to put together a list of the K words I know and what I can think of writing about them.

So here we go. The best post - EVER.

K is for...Ketchup.

 
Ketchup


When I was a kid, I used to eat ketchup sandwiches. And to this day, I love ketchup - with scrambled eggs, bacon, most meats...yum.

K is for...Kramer versus Kramer
 
 
 


While this isn't one of my big huge favorite movies - it's one of my top twenty favorites. I especially love this scene with them making breakfast.

K is for Krueger as in Freddy Krueger that is.
 





Which I also used for my video poetry called, "The Pink Elephant." -

 


K is for...Keep it Simple Stupid (KISS Method)
 
 
Valid theories or not, I also hate that expression.
 
Yet oddly, it seemed to work for this post!

11 April 2013

[J]'Attendrai Le Suivant (AKA - A Short Film that I Identify With Way Too Much)

Okay, long title.

But I was struggling a lot with the letter 'j."  I couldn't think of a single thing to write about...jumpy? joy? jittery? What the heck can you write about with the letter 'j'?

Until I browsed my YouTube channel and found a short film called, "J'Attendrai Le Suivant." (In English - I'll Wait for the Next One." It does have English subtitles, but I watched this short film in my third semester French class and I think it was a lesson on using the 'future tense' or something.

Most of the language instruction didn't stay with me, but this little clip did. I hate, hate how much I can relate to this.

 


Watch this and be horrified with me.

Now, the biggest question is - would you have gotten off the train? Or would you have stayed put?

I know my answer. And I would have acted like I had stepped off the train on purpose. Ha.

10 April 2013

[I]ntroducing the Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Our One Year Anniversary!


WOW! It is amazing - we have reached the one year anniversary of Writer Wednesday Blog Hop.

Can you believe it has been one year?? I'm so happy to have come this far with this writing prompt. Most of all I'm just amazed and grateful that everyone has stuck through this whole year and has been devoted, creative, and inspirational.

A special thank you to my fabulous blog hop hosts - Tena, Leanne, and especially Carrie, who has been with me since the start. Plus, a HUGE thank you to all the writers who show off their creative skills week after week and continue to take part in this prompt.

Before we get to the good stuff, I want to show off the entries from last week's prompt...

Murder at the Amusement Park - Part 10 by Tena Carr
Mindy and the Bus Stop by Scott Taylor
Inspiration by Elaine LK
Trapped by Leanne Sype
The Third Window by Quinn

And most of all, I want to show off the entries from last YEAR's prompt! Here are the entries we had one year ago today -

Darling, What Smells Like Ham by Nicole Pyles
Picassa's Bridge by Carrie K Sorensen
An Evening With Sam and Janet by Randy Lindsay

Aren't these amazing?

Okay, well, today is a special edition of the writing prompt, because we have an extra special thing going on - each entrant that has participated in the writing prompt this past year is eligible for our anniversary giveaway of $25.00 Amazon Gift Card!

And there is still a chance to throw your hat in the ring, because everyone who submits a writing prompt for this week's prompt, will be eligible to win, too. I'm so excited!

Now, for old times sake, we will be using the same prompt from last year. I want to see what everyone can come up with.

A reminder and rundown of the blog hop rules:

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 Tuesday to link up your post.

4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.

5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.
 
And here's the fun part! Here is the photo for this week (from one year ago today!) -
 

The Words -

  1. Ham
  2. Spike
  3. Parity
  4. Girders
  5. Sale
 Enter below when you have your story ready! Happy Anniversary everyone!!
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09 April 2013

[G]eneral Life Update And [H]ow Are You?

 
In my defense, I was up late working on something last night and completely forgot to write something for G.
 
 
 
This might be cheating, but today's post is for the letter G and the letter H.
 
I'll use today's post to a general life update and ask how you are doing!
 
On a positive note, I am doing well with a new story idea (remember - I'm very superstitious and it is not a novel until I'm done), and I reached the end of Chapter 2 last night! Plus, I'm starting to enjoy typing my story out on the bus onto my cell phone, oddly enough.
 
I also will take breaks during the work day and scribble out the continuing story line. So, my story is coming together in piece parts.  I think the key to doing this - if you are doing this - is to make sure you are typing up what you've written (or copying and pasting) onto a document that is sort of the "home base" document for everything.
 
I am also looking forward to book 3 in one of my favorite series - The Unwind Series. If you are a fan, book 3 is coming out in October of this year, and I can't wait! (You can preorder on Amazon, too).
 
The downside is - my fantasy novel editing has been cut back significantly. I think I need a break from it for a while. At least until April is over and a few projects that I'm still working on are completed this month. I still feel bad though and really don't want to let that novel get dusty in a drawer somewhere.
 
 
 
Anyways, [h]ow are you doing today?


06 April 2013

[F]iverr - What Would You Do For Five Bucks

So, I'm trying to get myself to write these ahead of time. I'm not doing so well, but here we are to letter F!
 
Money
 
 
What would you do for five bucks?
 
Write a letter? Sing a song? Draw a picture?
 
If you have an actual answer to this question, Fiverr may be the right website for you.
 
I'm not sure where I found this site, but I discovered it and was surprised to find what people were willing to do for five bucks!
 
 
I don't know what's more fun - trying to figure out what you could do to earn five bucks to reading about what other people would do for five bucks.
 
As for me, I have thrown my own hat in the ring, but I am not banking on much of a bite, because I notice I'm not the only one attempting to earn money via social networking.
 
But for five bucks, I will send out three tweets in a month with my Twitter account @BeingTheWriter.
 
So, what would you do for five bucks?
 

05 April 2013

[E]nergize Yourself to Write

I'm terrible at this, aren't I? But it isn't midnight yet, and that means I am not quite late for today's letter!

Today I had more energy to write than I usually do! And I can't quite figure out why. but I thought I'd go over what you can do to energize yourself to write.

1) Change Your Location

I think writing somewhere new can give you a brand new perspective and focus. This is what I've done the past few days and it makes me feel so much better. I feel like I'm taking a fresh look.

2) Use a new writing tool.

No, not a new software. Not a new pen...well, maybe a new pen. But trying writing with something new. If you handwrite your drafts, type. If you type, handwrite. Use your cell phone, notepad, back of a bill. Write out your stories somewhere new and you may be surprise how it changes.

3) Start a new idea.

If you have a "back burner" story, and have been putting it off, bring it to the front and start outlining it or just start writing, I feel like sometimes it's time to try something new.

4) Get competitive.

Find your best writing friend and figure out how far along they are in their novel. If they are further along, use this as an opportunity o beat them and get further ahead in yours. And yes, that may be childish.

5) Write during a new time of day.

I'm big on changing things to energize your writing. Try writing during a new time of day. I think we get so bogged down in our habits that we forget that changing things can do wonders for our creative spirit.

What ways do you energize your writing?

04 April 2013

[D]on't Go To Bed Yet!

Okay, it's 10:35 pm and this definitely counts as my letter 'D' post for today.

Are you still awake??
So let's talk nightly rituals. Those funky things you must do before you go to bed - and if you don't, you can't really fall asleep the whole night.

1) Get the coffee ready for the morning - and double check multiple times.

I set the coffee for the morning. And I check the time. And I check the time. Oh, and I check the time. This is a massive quirky obsession for me. I have actually set the time wrong and in the middle of the night I'll smell the coffee go off and I end up racing awake to turn the coffee off. Then I end up never falling asleep because the smell of coffee can keep me awake.

So, this is a ritual I must do before bed. Must.

2) Flossing and washing my face.

I never used to worry about washing my face, but I realized I get fewer skin issues - break outs, flaking etc. when I wash my face. I also floss every night. It's a habit for me now as I floss as I watch television.

Obviously, brushing my teeth happens around this time. I brush twice a day. Heh he.

3) Bring my sweatshirt to bed.

Even when it's summer, I bring a sweatshirt to bed with me. It's a weird quirk, but I feel funny when I don't have one nearby. This is very similar to my need to sleep with socks on. Even if in two seconds, I take them off, I don't like not having them with me when I first go to sleep.

4) Get the last word in on texts.

If I'm in the middle of texting someone, I can't let them have the last word in. Even if I respond and immediately turn my phone off, I need to believe I've been the last person to text.

I try not to let this 'get the last word in' bleed into the arguments I find myself involved in.

5) Put Vaseline on my lips.

Okay, I don't like flavored lip gloss or flavored chap stick before bed. If I put that type of stuff on, I would never fall asleep. But this is another thing I must do before bed, otherwise I'm up all night licking dry lips and I'll end up with flaky lip skin which is really nasty.

What are your nightly rituals? What are the 'must do' things before you go to bed?

 

03 April 2013

[C]reative Writing Prompt - Flash Fiction Wednesday

Ha! I still managed to fit in the letter "C" into our weekly writing prompt.

Anyone else really glad it's the weekend soon? Oh wait, it's only Wednesday. But we're close!!

Before you get started, make sure to drop by the stories from last week -

The Wooden Roller Coaster by Cindy
Adventures at Dusk by Scott Taylor
Ian Remembered by Quinn

Not to mention, there was also a blog ad winner from last week!

Congrats to AR Neal! We will be in touch with you!


Aren't they awesome??

So, just to recap, here are the rules -

A reminder and rundown of the blog hop rules:

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 Tuesday to link up your post.

4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.

5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.
 
And here's the fun part! Here is the photo for this week -
 
 
 
The Casino Disrepair and Despair 2005

And here are the five words -

Cork

Violin

Seesaw

Toilet Paper

Composer

Oh, I'm so excited to see what everyone comes up with.

When you are ready, post your link below!

 

02 April 2013

[B]est Crying Scenes in a Movie

As you may know from yesterday, I'm taking part in the A to Z Challenge and I kicked it off yesterday with an April Fool's Joke to my readers.

I've decided to take a random approach to the A to Z Challenge this year, because it's my first year doing it and I don't want to get too stressed by having a central theme.

So, today is the letter 'b' and I want to talk about the [b]est movie crying scenes that I have ever seen. When I'm at work, one of my favorite things to listen to at work is movie scenes! I don't exactly put on crying scenes all the time, because I think I'd be sobbing at work all the time and that just wouldn't be cool. But on occasion, I'll play a few clips in the background and I've compiled quite a few that are my favorites.

Here is my top five favorite crying scenes in a movie -

1. Steel Magnolias -

This is one of those scenes that you watch for a good cry. My mom and I have seen this movie more than I can count and every single time we watch this scene we cry. Even if we're just watching this clip on YouTube, we cry. And then we laugh. And how perfect is that?

 


2. Bridges of Madison County -

I love this movie so much, because it represents how difficult certain decisions can be, especially when it comes to love and things of the heart. I watched this movie again recently and wow, did I cry.

 


3. As Good as It Gets

I think this is one of those most overlooked crying scenes. It isn't Steel Magnolias, but if I recall correctly, Helen Hunt did win an award for her performance in this movie. I think sometimes when you have been released from the "panic" mode of trauma and hard times and get a glimpse of all that has happened, you begin to feel just as she is feeling right in this scene. Very well done.

 


4. Good Will Hunting

I love being able to add the crying scene from a male actor on this list. I don't think we see that enough. Men, get your tissue boxes and cry a tear for me here, okay? Because this scene is incredible and makes me cry every time.

 


5. Pursuit of Happyness

Okay, this isn't a full on crying scene, but this gives me tears to my eyes every time I watch it. It's the feeling of triumph and you are just cheering this character on the whole time to make it - and he does.

 


What is your "best " crying scene in a movie to watch? What movie always makes you cry no matter what?

01 April 2013

[A] Goodbye to All My Readers


After long consideration, I've decided to remove my blog World of My Imagination.  While it's been an amazing journey and I've loved getting to know all of you, I think it's time that I refocus my attention on other areas of my life.


Don't be sad too long, as I'm sure we will come across each other's paths one day.
Oh and one last thing to tell you before I go...



 


 


Boo-yow, people!!!! Did I fool you???? I've always wanted to take part in this holiday in some fashion...


 



And if you haven't caught on, I'm also taking part in the A to Z Challenge - I didn't last year and that was a massive - massive - mistake. Today was the letter "A" -


This will be so much fun.
So, what is your favorite April Fool's Day gag that you've played on someone? Have you ever been the victim of an April Fool's Day joke?


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