Posted in Longer Posts, Short Stories, Words, Writing

A Single Arrow: Chapter 2 of 5

Finally, the long-awaited (long-awaited by me, at least, if anyone) part two of A Single Arrow!

If you haven’t read chapter 1, or even if you have — it was posted in early February — click here to read it first so that you know what’s going on. It’s not too long, and it’s more interesting than a summary. But I understand that you probably didn’t come here to go down a rabbit hole of links, so here is a summary of part 1.

Click to read a summary of Chapter 1.

Teya Redstone is the royal executioner/assassin for the medieval fantasy country of Tharland. She loves drawing and was raised with her older brother, Rian, by a maid named Emme.

Rian committed a crime that is unclear in Chapter 1, and has been sentenced to execution. But that means Teya faces the choice of executing her brother… or being executed herself for a job badly done.

During the execution, Rian chooses to be executed by bow and arrow, an unpopular choice among criminals. Teya has been driven to near insanity with the decision, but finally releases the bowstring. But she misses by inches at the same time that Emme runs in and tries to convince the council (this country’s version of a royal family) to spare Teya the burden of executing her brother. Her argument fails, and she and Rian are sent to the dungeon. Teya is confined to her small bedroom, where she stays up late into the night and makes an escape plan.

Now for Chapter 2.

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Posted in Life's Thoughts & Reflections, Quick Reads, Words, Writing

Escape

This is a spoken-word poem I wrote about the pandemic. It looks a little long, but it only has a few words per line. It’s better when heard in-person, in my opinion, but I’d appreciate it if you read it anyway because it’s probably the best poem I’ve ever written. (Not that that’s much of an accomplishment, since I’ve written like 4 poems after third grade.)

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

If it was summer and I wasn’t busy with school, I would challenge myself to write one poem a day for the whole month. But I don’t think I can physically accomplish that with the measly 24 hours a day we are given. So today I will share this poem that I wrote. I will also try to write a few other poems this month.

The poem today represents what I expect this month will bring, just like the rest of the past year. But it won’t be too bad. Here it is: Ode to Solitude.

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INFOGRAPHIC: An Editing Checklist for Fantastical Hobbyists

I decided to try something new, and made an infographic instead of the typical blog post. I had fun doing it, so I’ll probably do it again at some point. Click here to download it (don’t worry, it doesn’t take up much storage space).

P.S. Since I couldn’t have the best downloading quality without being a paying customer, the zoom may be a little weird for the download on a computer. I suggest you click on it, then set the zoom to 50-75% by pressing Ctrl + -, because otherwise it’s way too small or way too big.

Posted in Life's Thoughts & Reflections, Longer Posts, Other, Short Stories, Tips, Words, Writing

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

What is good writing?

A question without a simple answer.

I am no expert at writing — or anything, for that matter. You need many years to gain expertise, and I haven’t had many years yet. But I do love writing, and I get better at it every day. Here are some things I have learned from online, other people, and my own experience.

Red pen lying beside a page of writing with some markings and corrections.
If you are interested in this post, stay tuned!

Also!


I decided to try something new, so coming soon is a helpful infographic: An Editing Checklist for Fantastical Hobbyists.

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Posted in Words, Writing

Beyond the Sea

Since early October I have been working hard on a Dungeons and Dragons adventure for my eight-year-old brother, who didn’t know how to play but really wants to learn. Since we can’t play with other people currently, it has to be just him and me, different from the typical party of three to five. There are lots of free adventures online, as well as a couple that I have, but not really any one-player ones. So, I kind of ended up having to write one myself (which was, of course, not at all a disappointment). I finished writing the first part in late November and we just finished it… now I have to get working on the next part.

The adventure itself is probably not going to be published or shared beyond with people I know, and I’ve never been a Dungeon Master before (the person that leads the game and tells the players the result of the things they do) let alone written an adventure, so I am sure I got a lot of things wrong but I understand it, so it doesn’t really matter.

Instead of copying and pasting the entire thing here, I wanted to share a summary about it — mostly story rather than rules. You needn’t know the rules to D&D to be able to understand it. I haven’t finished writing it yet, but I know how the plot will go. So, I guess it’s a little like a short story. Presenting… Beyond the Sea!

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Posted in Longer Posts, The Untitled Book, Words, Writing

The Untitled Book – Chapter 4

It’s been a while since I wrote something on here.

I’ve been busy with virtual school (my school is doing all remote learning, and I never thought I would be so anxious to go to my actual school) and have been spending my free time on a project, which I am working on a post about.

Now that I have finished (sort of) that project I decided to pick up on the first few chapters of a story I started writing in the summer. You might need a recap, so here are the links to the previous chapters.

Chapter 1 (Finn)
Chapter 2 (Mabel)
Chapter 3 (Finn)

However, if you are new to this story or you forgot what happened (because I kind of did too) I understand if you don’t want to go back and read all the chapters, so here is a brief recap:

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Posted in Longer Posts, Short Stories, Tiny Tales, Words, Writing

Tiny Tale Bundle #14

Tiny Tale Bundles Rules:

  • There will be a prompt. This prompt might be a single word, a picture, a character, or something else.
  • Write a ‘bundle’ of three different Tiny Tales inspired by the prompt.
  • The word limit is one hundred words.
  • If the prompt is a word, then using variations of the word (for example for the word “scratch,” the word “scratched”) is okay too.
  • If you want to do this challenge, please properly credit by including a link to this blog post (if you are doing this challenge in blog post form).
  • Optional: tag it with #tinytalebundles
  • Optional: display the word count.

The prompt today is…

A silhouette of two people in camping chairs watching a sunset, a tree next to them. The main colors are red and black.
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Tiny Tale Bundle #13

Tiny Tale Bundles Rules:

  • There will be a prompt. This prompt might be a single word, a picture, a character, or something else.
  • Write a ‘bundle’ of three different Tiny Tales inspired by the prompt.
  • The word limit is one hundred words.
  • If the prompt is a word, then using variations of the word (for example for the word “scratch,” the word “scratched”) is okay too.
  • If you want to do this challenge, please properly credit by including a link to this blog post (if you are doing this challenge in blog post form).
  • Optional: tag it with #tinytalebundles
  • Optional: display the word count.

The prompt today is…

Spiflicate

treat roughly or severely; destroy.

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