for October, 2014

Monday Muse: A tragic love story.

October 6, 2014

”A car accident shatters the protagonist’s life but at the same time brings a new love (paramedic, doctor, physical therapist, fellow member of a counseling group) nto it.” –1200 Creative Writing Prompts * * * Even after three years, that car crash was still tearing Darius’s life to shreds. Rain fell like bullets around him, hammering off the playground equipment above and around his head. He pulled his jacket–already several sizes too small for his awkward, lanky limbs. Dad had never bothered to buy him new clothes after the crash, like he hadn’t noticed his son had continued to grow even after his mother had died. Mostly, it was like he hadn’t noticed he still had a son at all. Not that it mattered much now. Darius wiped his runny nose on the back of his hand and sniffled. He convinced himself it was just the cold. After all, he wasn’t some little kid anymore. He was twelve–almost thirteen. He […]


Spelling character names.

October 3, 2014

When I was in my novel writing class four years ago (holy shit, guys–that was four years ago), I had a character named Bryon. He wasn’t the main character, but he was important enough to where he came up a lot and his name got a lot of page time. Bryon was kind of the tragic character that you felt bad for because he didn’t seem to be able to really win, no matter how hard he tried. Oh, and also, no one could get his name right. And I don’t mean that in the, “I made it part of the story and his characterization in the book.” It wasn’t that other characters struggled saying the name Bryon. It wasn’t like it was a struggle he had to deal with in the book itself of people misspelling or mispronouncing his name (though, if he really existed, I’m sure that would have been a frustrating part of his childhood roll-call). No, […]


Reading for nostalgia’s sake.

October 1, 2014

To be honest, I’ll probably continue to reread the Harry Potter series until the day I die. It’s like that tear-jerking fan quote, which people have wrongfully attributed to Alan Rickman (because it makes it more “meaningful,” even if it’s a lie): “When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’ And I will say, ‘Always’.” It doesn’t matter that Harry Potter isn’t the most well-written series (don’t throw stones at me! It’s a children’s book turned young adult! It was meant for younger audiences and therefore has a more simplistic writing style!). I was eleven when I read the first book, and for almost every year after that, until I turned seventeen, I grew up with Harry and got to go through the books at the same age as the characters. The story has a great message, and it’s something that […]

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