Team Building

Back from the dead! No just hibernating.  About three months ago I picked back up my fanfiction and started working on things that had been gathering dust so to speak for the last 10-12 years.  Then I got so tied up in the series I had started that the rest of everything went out of…

Roulette

You look around the room at the hooded twelve. They stand there as the silent witness and most likely one of them will finish you off if you can’t manage to pull that trigger. Again, you wish it could be something kinder like pills that make you go to sleep and don’t let you wake…

Dragons

The scaly fire-breathing lizards are everywhere by living in my fertile imagination. None are dancing the Tango on the top of the Empire State Building or splashing small rowboats in the Loch Ness or eating bean burritos at the local Taco Bell or flying first class on United Airlines flight 356 None sing off tune…

Gargoyle

This poem was inspired by the song “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” by the Backstreet Boys. And trying a different style of poetry.

Reading Challenge with a twist

Behind every great writer is a reader because reading teaches you to write. Back when I was in school, I was a voracious reader, and I can’t say I was overly fussy either. Compared to today where I can barely make my two a month book goal. And of course, I have gotten a touch…

Where the Wild Things Are

It’s funny how music and writing go hand in hand. Actually, I think all forms of art feed and feed into other art. Have you ever been listening to a song and started thinking about a story that goes with it? Me, it happens all the time … in fact I think I have twelve…

Characterization

I indulged this weekend and rented a couple of movies from Redbox. One was a film I wanted to watch before I read the book. The other I watched because I had an idea like it and wanted to see what they did with it. I am a self-stated ‘book purest’ well that is the…

My first superhero

It has been a while since I graced a keyboard with the intent of writing. The year started off okay, then sickness, work, chaos and now childcare all stacked together to create excuses. Then when I thought about actually writing I couldn’t produce something awesome as an appeasement for my absence, so I allowed that…

List for creativity

Everyday Inspiration Day two assignment. Compile a list to open the doors of creativity. (Here is what they suggested: things I like, things I learned, things I wish, and lastly things I am good at.) Funny thing is I had already done that for the year. Well not their list but stuff I had seen,…

Audience and what do I want from you

Day Four: Identify Your Audience. We often create posts hoping that a specific person (or persons) will see our work. Who is your ideal reader? Today, publish a post you would like your ideal reader to see.  Here’s how: First, brainstorm the kind of person you hope will read your blog. What do you want…

Writers Work out

One of the writing groups that I am part of on facebook is called the writers Workout. The are doing what they call a Prompt Series. It is a series of 30 random prompts that are put together to create a story.  I thought I could share here and the story could unfold as we…

Blogging Fundamentals again

I recently started posting to my blog again. And came to a conclusion, I have abandonment issues. I smiled as I wrote that because I was thinking about all of the readers who would roll their eyes. Not abandonment in the classic sense of the word, but letting something go with the intention of coming…

Gone

The daily prompt : Gone Sometimes against all odds the bad guys win the day. All the white hats are Gone. Mitchell pulled the small plastic red card from the beeping machine and looked at the thing in puzzlement. He examined the back and could still faintly read the outline of his signature. It looked…

Ovation

The daily prompt is Ovation I thought I would try my hand at a little historical fiction.  It is small… flash fiction small. My first thought was “standing” but I dug a little deeper into the root of the word and found out it was ‘a lesser victory’ for ancient roman generals. Without further ado…..Ovation…

Prey

Here is another offering for the deities of storytelling.  It was written from a prompt I receive a couple years ago.   “Make your Protagonist a monster and have him/her meet a bigger monster.” Writing this story was kind of fun. It could be dark without being morbid. And while many people aren’t crazy about first…

A Towns bought Revenge

She’s been hired to bring justice but how does she handle it when things don’t go quite as expected.

And here we go… again.. or maybe not

So today is the first day of Novel in a Month. Every year I start out great guns. I am going to do it.  I even post to hold myself accountable. And every year I fail. Then starts the trash talk to myself and the months of recrimination. So this year I decided I am…

Goals and schedules

In the third assignment of writing 101 we were supposed to commit to a writing schedule. See I am more of a free bird and very organic in writing … no outlines, just off the top of my head in the heat of the moment so to speak. But since I was not really accomplishing…

Commit to a writing practice- Writing 101

Today, celebrate three songs that are significant to you. For your twist, write for fifteen minutes without stopping — and build a writing habit. Being a child of the eighties, or at least identifying that way, it was all about the big hair bands, arena rock, punctuated by the easy sounds of Gordon Lightfoot and…

Unlocking the Mind

To get started, let’s loosen up. Let’s unlock the mind. Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write. -And for your first twist? Publish this stream-of-consciousness post on your blog. I sat there for what must have been twenty minutes trying to push the start button on my cellphone…

Writing 101

Tomorrow starts my writing exercise called writing 101. It is thirty days of writing prompts with twists and a community who is supposed to read and make comments on what you write.  I love working with prompts because we all get the same idea but the results from different writers are so different. And when…

Translation of visual storytelling to novel writing

As part of my degree, I was required to take a screenwriting class which of course I approached with mixed feelings. To start with I prefer books to movies. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate a good show, but a movie made from a book usually has me running in the other direction. For…

And so it begins… to borrow a phrase

I grew up on science fiction. It was my first love. The first movie I remember was when I was four years old and dressed in footy pajamas and going to the drive in to see Star Wars. My grandmother, a huge Star Trek fan, had it on in the house all the time. My…