Weekend Writing Warriors: 9/24

This 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by The Weekend Writing Warriors. (Click the link for the list of participants, or rules if you want to join!)

This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. Adann and Kaie (who was engaged), are married as symbols of their gods, and 2 weeks into their marriage, the gods’ blessing and the town are suffering, so they are sent on a hunting trip with two experienced hunters (Rui and Corliss). On the third day, Kaie and Adann  trap  and kill a kien (snake and anteater monster), Adann is injured, bandaged, and she and Kaie are chatting after eating a meal.

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“What do you think we’ll be doing next spring? It’s funny, it won’t be anything like what I planned, but I still think it will be an adventure,” Adann stretched out, careful of her arm.

“Oh, what were you going to do?” Kaie realized he hadn’t ever asked about her plans.

“I was going on the spring tour,” Adann smiled, referring to the practice of sending hopeful brides in a group with a guide, on a tour of nearby towns, seeking a groom.

“And you don’t miss it? You would have seen so much.”

“I’ll see different things now–besides, there’s a few towns within the travel limit, so I can still travel.”

“Why do you act like this?” Anger surged in Kaie’s chest, burning his throat, “You wanted to leave, too, and now you’re trapped!”

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Beikife is a small town in something like the Amazon rain forest, protected by a pair of married gods. The gods are represented by human avatars, two young people chosen and married by divine power. The strength of the marriage represents the bond between the gods’ blessing, so the new forest wed must find a way to connect to each other, or the crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and the cursed monsters that live in the forest will claim many lives.

Sometimes it’s fun to just write without having to structure things–and a prompt generator makes that easy!

Image from WikiMedia by dying_grotesque.

Image from WikiMedia by dying_grotesque.

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She felt for the lock in the dark, the key clutched tightly in her other hand so she wouldn’t drop it. The floor was littered with debris that bumped against her shoes as she carefully probed with her toes, pushing away smaller pieces, stepping over pieces of discarded pipe and lumber, and once, a large piece of porcelain, probably a sink or toilet. The wind rattled tree branches against the boarded over windows outside, the sound dimmed by the walls–she’d been locked into a room without an outside wall or windows.

It was pretty secure, her prison, except for one thing–it only took one mistake, after all. She shied away from the thought, and kept shuffling along the wall, headed for where the door was. The broken light meant she had no choice but to hunt for it, even though it meant she had to move along part of the back wall, all of the left wall, and part of the front wall where the door was. What she might stumble on in the center of the room wasn’t worth the shortcut.

She shuddered, tears leaking out of her tightly shut eyes. They fell without her wiping at them, since she didn’t want to transfer the dirt on her hands to her face. When she opened her eyes, the darkness of the room danced phantoms of color across the void. It was better to keep them shut.

Turning the corner, she picked up speed as much as she dared, but it was still an eternity before she rounded the second corner. The end in sight, she felt for the door frame, and then the metal of the lock. Carefully, her hands shaking and her fingers aching from how tightly she held the key, she aimed the key for the lock.

It didn’t fit.

Rotating the key, she tried again, and this time it slid into the lock. It turned with a quiet click that thundered in her ears, then she twisted the lock open. Blinking back tears of relief, she pulled the lock free and dropped it to the floor. Then she swung the door open, and stepped into the dim light filtering through the boarded-up windows.

Almost there. Almost free.

Down the hallway, to the front door, and then outside, finally, for the first time in several days. She drew in a deep breath, and screamed, “help!”

Top Ten Tues: Audio

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do.

Check out their blog for their top ten and lists of other bloggers who participate!

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September 20: All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

I’m going to go all over the place–podcast/audiobooks I recommend or want to listen to.

Podcasts

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1. Alice Isn’t Dead. The first season of this is over, and I’ve listened to it. Hoping for a second! It’s about a trucker searching for her missing wife, and it is weird and a bit scary, with a great mystery.

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2. Limetown. Complete story about a (fictional) disappearance of 300 people from a town. Sounds mysterious.

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3. Thrilling Adventure Hour. Recommended by a friend, it has different sections. Haven’t given it a try yet, though.

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4. Welcome to Night Vale. Love this one so much! Night Vale is a deeply strange little town in the desert, where the weird is just… everyday.

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5. Within the Wires. By some of the same people as Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn’t Dead, and I will listen to it for that reason alone. I’m waiting for the whole season to be out, though.

Audiobooks

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6. American Housewife; Helen Ellis. Funny stories about women–sounds good to me.

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7. View From the Cheap Seats; Neil Gaiman. Have you heard the man speak?🙂 I’m curious about this memoir, and hearing one read by the author has to be good, I think.

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8. The Regional Office is Under Attack!; Manuel Gonzales. That title? Sold. Fight scenes and mechanical arms are promised.

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9. The Girl from Everywhere; Heidi Heilig. Time travel, pirates, and magic? I must check this out.

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10. The Passenger; Lisa Lutz. Saw this on a list–a mystery with an unreliable narrator.

Weekend Writing Warriors: 9/17

This 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by The Weekend Writing Warriors. (Click the link for the list of participants, or rules if you want to join!)

This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. Adann and Kaie (who was engaged), are married as symbols of their gods, and 2 weeks into their marriage, the gods’ blessing and the town are suffering, so they are sent on a hunting trip with two experienced hunters (Rui and Corliss). On the third day, Kaie and Adann  trap  and kill a kien (snake and anteater monster), Adann is injured, Kaie helps treat the wound, and back at camp, Corliss does the whole process over again despite Adann’s protests.

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“Don’t give me that look,” Corliss said to Adann, “If the cut was dirty, and your flesh started to rot, you’d have one arm for the rest of your life.”

“We cleaned it already!” Adann protested, and subsided into grumbling, which Corliss ignored as she finished bandaging the wound. Still grumbling, Adann strode out of the camp and Kaie followed, finding her plucking fruit, dropping them into a fold of her wrap.

He went to help, gathering fruit from nearby trees, until they had more than enough. When she caught him watching her as they walked back, she grinned and bumped him with her good shoulder.

“Careful,” Kaie warned, “I have plenty of fruit, and two good throwing arms.”

“I’ve got two good running legs, you don’t scare me,” Adann said, the lilt in her voice giving Kaie just enough warning, that when she took off down the path, he wasn’t far behind.

When she burst into the camp, she was laughing in triumph, just a few steps ahead of him.

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Beikife is a small town in something like the Amazon rain forest, protected by a pair of married gods. The gods are represented by human avatars, two young people chosen and married by divine power. The strength of the marriage represents the bond between the gods’ blessing, so the new forest wed must find a way to connect to each other, or the crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and the cursed monsters that live in the forest will claim many lives.

Pride and Prejudice and Cancer: Review of Lizzy and Jane

Another Pride & Prejudice remake! Because I love them so.🙂

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This is an older, pared down version of Pride & Prejudice. When Lizzy was a teenager, her mother died of cancer, and Lizzy reacted by running and forgetting her pain in a demanding career as a chef. But recently she’s lost the magic, so her boss brings in a new chef to support her and save the kitchen. Lizzy feels replaced, so she takes some time off in an attempt to find her lost magic, and goes home–to, surprise, her sister Jane who is battling cancer. Though she desperately wants to flee, Lizzy stays, and tries to help by making meals her sister can eat–despite the treatment’s side effects that suppress appetite and damage taste buds. If she can succeed at this one thing, give this gift to her sister, Lizzy won’t feel like such a failure. It isn’t an easy path, and she’ll have to face down her past before she can move forward.

Though this wouldn’t land on my favorite P&P remakes of all time list, it’s a solid example. The characters present make up for the ones lost, and Jane and Lizzy’s relationship feels very real. More combative that their namesakes, they struggle to reconnect, and that struggle keeps you hoping for a happy ending. A little sad, there’s a good bit about cancer and dying, but it isn’t all about loss. There’s plenty of love and family and the dreams that people strive for. The Mr. Darcy character takes a bit of a backseat to all this family drama, but he is present, and certainly shares some traits with the original character. Overall, this isn’t a light and fun romance, but it is an emotion exploration of family and love.

 

Top Ten Tues: Faves of Genre

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do.

Check out their blog for their top ten and lists of other bloggers who participate!

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September 13: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre (I know, I know. Picking all time faves. I’m MEAN. But I like knowing people’s definitive faves). Can also break it down into sub-genre if that helps?

This is a tough one. I think I’ll have to pick mystery, because sometimes a good whodunit is a wonderful thing.

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1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Alan Bradley. I can’t help but adore Flavia, pushy as she is. She’s so determined!

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2. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards; Lillian Jackson Braun. Solving mysteries… with cats.

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3. Storm Front; Jim Butcher. A wizard P.I, for hire on the weird cases. Complete with talking skull sidekick.

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4. Size 12 Is Not Fat; Meg Cabot. Heavy on the humor and romance, these mysteries are great when you want something a little light.

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5. The Hound of the Baskervilles; Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s amazing how many modern detectives were patterned on this character.

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6. Grave Sight; Charlaine Harris. My favorite series by her, mystery meets supernatural as a lightning-struck woman uses her talent to find the dead, and uncover their killers.

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7. Johannes Cabal: The Detective; James L. Howard. When a necromancer investigates a murder, things gets done.

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8. The Forgotten Garden; Kate Morton. Family can be quite mysterious.

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9. Deja Dead; Kathy Reichs. I found these books after the TV show based on them. At first I was baffled by the many changes, but then I liked this version of Dr. Brennan just as much.

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10. Naked in Death; J.D. Robb. There’s something the characters and their development that still draws me in to this series. Also, the futuristic world is rather amazing.

Weekend Writing Warriors: 9/10

This 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by The Weekend Writing Warriors. (Click the link for the list of participants, or rules if you want to join!)

This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. Adann and Kaie (who was engaged), are married as symbols of their gods, and 2 weeks into their marriage, the gods’ blessing and the town are suffering, so they are sent on a hunting trip with two experienced hunters (Rui and Corliss). On the third day, Kaie and Adann  trap a kien (snake and anteater monster), kill it, and Adann is injured with Kaie fussing over her.

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Kaie focused intently on wrapping her arm, arranging each rag strip just so, and tying them in place with a deft hand.

Adann flexed her arm, making sure she could use it, “Thank you.”

“Let’s get back to camp,” Kaie fetched his own bag, and walked beside her, sneaking anxious glances at they went.

Adann turned her head, catching his intent gaze, and promptly was hit in the leg with a low-hanging branch. She stumbled, and Kaie caught her on her good arm.

Despite her protests, she had to suffer him holding her arm for support the rest of the way back to the camp.

“We caught another monster, and Adann’s hurt!” Kaie announced as soon as they reached the camp, jerking both hunter’s attention to her.

“I’m fine, really,” Adann said, her jaw set stubbornly.

“Let me look at it,” Corliss demanded, and hauled the younger woman over to a fallen log, pressing her into sitting.

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Beikife is a small town in something like the Amazon rain forest, protected by a pair of married gods. The gods are represented by human avatars, two young people chosen and married by divine power. The strength of the marriage represents the bond between the gods’ blessing, so the new forest wed must find a way to connect to each other, or the crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and the cursed monsters that live in the forest will claim many lives.

Feathers: Poem about Bird-Watching

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Feathers

Few things are as committed

as a cat

watching birds

Ears perk

swivel

satelites tracking a signal

eyes widen

fixed on flirting wings

and twitching tail feathers

paws stretch

reaching up the glassy wall

between

predator and prey

Top Ten Tues: TV Theme

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do.

Check out their blog for their top ten and lists of other bloggers who participate!

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September 6:  In honor of Fall Tv, do a tv-themed topic! Top ten favorite tv shows of all time, ten new shows coming out this Fall that are on my radar, tv shows I wish never got cancelled, tv shows I would recommend to book characters, books I wish would be tv shows, ten favorite shows from the late 90’s or early 2000’s, ten tv shows for every fantasy lover, etc.

I always want more of the story, so I’ll go with TV Shows I Wish Never got Cancelled.

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1. Castle. That hastily tacked on epilogue was just not enough.

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2. Dead Like Me. A quirky show about grim reapers, it was seriously funny and serious, and left us too soon.

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3. Firefly. They gave us a movie, but I still wish there had been at least a second season.

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4. Futurama. There’s always room for more wacky deliveries, mutants, aliens, and snarky robots.

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5. Galavant. It was a little like Monty Python, silly and aware of it, but not popular enough.

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6. Gilmore Girls. There’s episodes coming on Netflix, and I really hope they’re good. All I really wanted was one more episode to show where the characters were going–or one more season without such a long wait!

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7. The Glades. That ending was… abrupt.

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8. Leverage. Okay, this one was wrapped up pretty well, but I so wanted to see how the new version of the crew worked…

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9. Scrubs. How can you not love such a funny bromance?

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10. Selfie. I was sold on the idea of a modern My Fair Lady, and I really wanted to see where it would go…

Weekend Writing Warriors: 9/3

This 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by The Weekend Writing Warriors. (Click the link for the list of participants, or rules if you want to join!)

This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. Adann and Kaie (who was engaged), are married as symbols of their gods, and 2 weeks into their marriage, the gods’ blessing and the town are suffering, so they are sent on a hunting trip with two experienced hunters (Rui and Corliss). On the third day, Kaie and Adann  trap a kien (snake and anteater monster), and with great effort, kill it, getting injured it the process.

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Leaning forward, hands braced on his knees, Kaie panted, trying to catch his breath. Adann wobbled as the rush of danger slowly drained from her body, and the slashes to her arm made themselves felt in throbbing aches.

She glanced down at the two gashes parting her skin, and suddenly, they burned much worse than a moment ago. Hissing at the pain, she headed for where she’d dropped her pack a little down the trail. First, she needed to clean the wound, and then she’d ask Kaie to help her bandage it.

Mixing dried herbs from her pack into a paste, she spread it over the cuts, careful to cover every bit of broken skin, wincing at the sting.

“Adann? Are you—” Kaie stopped, taking in the blood smeared on her arm. “You’re hurt!”

“It’s just a scratch,” Adann sluiced away the worst of the blood.

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Beikife is a small town in something like the Amazon rain forest, protected by a pair of married gods. The gods are represented by human avatars, two young people chosen and married by divine power. The strength of the marriage represents the bond between the gods’ blessing, so the new forest wed must find a way to connect to each other, or the crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and the cursed monsters that live in the forest will claim many lives.