Lorenzo by Rosalyn Wilde

Hello Teen Writers!

Today we have “Lorenzo” (Prologue) by Rosalyn Wilde.  I am intrigued and look forward to finding out where Chapter 1 takes us.  Let the author know what you think about their work in the comments section below.

NMH Longernecker

Lorenzo
Rosalyn Wilde

Prologue
“Lorenzo” he called.   I could hardly hear over the banging of steel pipes.

Jeremiah was calling me, but I knew I’d never reach him.   I think he knew too, but he still called, his voice getting louder every time.

My heart began to burn, “He’s to far away” I told myself. I don’t need false hope, especially now, when my mind has finally settled with the fact that I’m about to die.

Even now, in my last moments, in my last minute, in my last hour, of my last day on this earth, I don’t need to hear the sentence “It’s going to be okay” because I know that it’s not. Not now, not ever.

I don’t know what happened next, all I could hear was the explosion behind me and the bursting of pipes, nothing else.

Than suddenly there was silence, and the murky blackness settled over the Titanic.

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A Fairy Good Night by Pineapple Cat

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Today we have “A Fairy Good Night” by Pineapple Cat.  This is an interesting tale, with a lot going happening, but also giving us the freedom of using our imaginations to take very scene as far as we want.  Let the author know what you think of their work in the comments section below.

NMH Longernecker

 

A Fairy Good Night
by Pineapple Cat

Prologue:

“THE TWO GIRLS HAD BEEN FOUND,
NARY A YEAR OLD, ALONE IN THE WOODS”

“THE TWO ARE ALIKE
ALIKE AS CAN BE”

“SO THEY SAY.
SO THEY SAY.”

“WE DON’T HAVE EVIDENCE,
THEY ARE RELATED.”

“JUST LOOK AT HER!
IT’S OBVIOUS SHE ISN’T ONE OF US!”

“AND IT’S OBVIOUS YOU AREN’T ONE OF US!
LET HER STAY. TELL THEM THEY’RE SISTERS”

A Fairy Good Night:

“Oh sister! Look! It’s an apple!”
Blanca, the young girl said to her sister

“Then eat it. We’re on an adventure.
Not a quest for apples. Come on!”

“Ple-” Blanca started to say.
But a Fairy, of greens and golds, had caught her eye.

“Now where’ve ya gone?” Sherri muttered
“Look! Sherri! Fairies!” she whispered.

“Fairies are only in your imagination.
Not in mine.”

And up Blanca started to float
“The apple! It was the apple!”

“Blanca! What’s going on!? Come back!” Sherri screamed
“I don’t know, they’re taking me somewhere. On an adventure!”

“Whatever. Just be back before dinner!”
And she was

Every morning for years she would leave and be back before dinner
But as she grew older she stopped going.
Sherri, her sister, got married and moved out.

Blanca tried to find her own good man for whom to love.
She would always go out and come back with nary a hint of love.

One day she went out.
Her ‘parents’ had given up hope

They awaited her arrival
But she would not come

For the time was late
And the skies were dark

A storm blew in
Vision was lost

She took a wrong turn
And lost her way

Into the woods she found
Her childhood dreams were bound

And so was she
For a Fairy had found the long lost queen

So he bound her up tight
And carried her, as she was quite light

Blanca didn’t know she was the queen
She screamed and kicked

She called for help
A gathering of Fairies

The Fairies swirled and whirled
In their chants and dances

Yet the queen lay bound
But still the Fairies celebrated

A woodsman entered the clearing
A silence fell, Fairies fearing

The Fairies fled from the queen and the woodsman
To hide in the shadows and watch

The woodsman bit the ropes that bound her,
And she was free, in a forest of fir

“Where am I?” she cried
“Safe. No fairy will harm you, not with me.”

“Who are you?” she whimpered
“Don’t you remember?”

“No, not at all.”
With a sigh he led her home.

The farther they walked, the more Blanca saw
“You are no woodsman! You lied!

You are a Fairy! You tricked me!”
“No. Blanca, you tricked me.”

And there the Fairy king cried.
“You said you loved me. You lied.

You said you cared. Then why do you run?
You said you’d never leave. Yet you left.

You said you’d never forget the one you love!
You don’t even remember his name.

You tricked me, Blanca.
You lied.”

“Goldfeather!” Blanca cried
“How could I forget!?

I’m sorry! I should never have left!
Forgive me! My king, my Fairy king.”

“If I am the Fairy king then you are my queen
Come let’s fly, for you, my queen, were born a Fairy.”

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Nightmares by Pineapple Cat

Hello Teen Writers!

Today we have a poem “Nightmares” by Pineapple Cat.  I might have to rerun all of the darkly enjoyable stories and poems you all have sent in for fall spooky fun.  Let the author know what you think about their work in the comments section below.

NMH Longernecker

 

Nightmares
by Pineapple Cat

Two young boys went home to bed
But a horse, they feared they had led

As the wind whistled in the window, right on through
A man watched his two sons and yelled “BOO!”

Out in the night, they surely did scream
Out, the monsters did run, and only the father did beam

Without a monster to fear, the boys dreamt peacefully of yew
But little did they know, the fear they did shed, as monsters have nightmares, too.

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Sing by Caffeinated Writer

Hello Teen Writers!

I am glad the summer seems to be calming down for many of you, giving you some time to work on your writing skills again.  July and December are my most difficult months to get a few moments in with my notebook.

Today we have “Sing” by Caffeinated Writer, a poem with a lyrical style you almost can’t help but sing it – loudly.  Let the author know what you think in the comments section below.

NMH Longernecker

 

Sing
by Caffeinated Writer

Sing. Sing with your heart.
Because when you start
You can’t stop
Don’t stop till you drop.

Sing with all your soul
Sing with your head full
Of song
Sing all night and day long

Sing loud
Sing in a crowd
Let the music play
Let it go all day

You can’t live without it
Don’t even try it.
Let the music flow
Don’t let it go

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Rudolph Has Had Enough by Pineapple Cat

Hello Teen Writers!

Today we have more responses to our writing prompts from Pineapple Cat.  Here you can enjoy two different actions that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer takes when he has had enough of the teasing.  I really enjoyed visualizing the stop motion character in my mental movie responding these ways.  Let the author know what you think, and add adventures in the comments that were sparked by Pineapple Cat’s work.

NMH Longernecker

 

Rudolph Has Had Enough
by Pineapple Cat

1.  After years of teasing and name-calling, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has finally had it. He wrote a strongly-worded letter to all the other reindeer from Rudolph, allowing him to air his grievances and announce that he is quitting to join the Avengers.

2.  After years of teasing and name-calling, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has finally had it. He wrote a strongly-worded letter to all the other reindeer from Rudolph, allowing him to air his grievances and announce that he is quitting to join Gandalf and Bilbo on their journey to kill Smaug.

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What Really Happened to My Homework by Pineapple Cat

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Pineapple Cat has been busy wordsmithing lately, and today we have a response to a writing prompt we posted on “110 Days of Flash Fiction”.  Here is the original prompt followed by Pineapple Cat’s entertaining reply:

“In an ironic twist, a dog really ate your homework. When you try to explain this to your teacher she says, “Come on, you can do better than that excuse.” Instead of arguing, you take that as a challenge and come up with an elaborate story as to what happened to your homework”

What Really Happened to My Homework
by Pineapple Cat

Last night I finished all of my homework and set it on the kitchen counter, next to my backpack and all of my other homework, right? Well my sister suddenly caught this really bad disease and we took her to the hospital. We needed her information packet so we rushed home and grabbed them off the counter where we had forgotten them and left for the hospital again. In the car we sorted them out from our other papers we had accidentally grabbed and decided to throw the other papers in the hospital recycling, cause we’re a lazy family, and we finally went home at about 4am and got an hour of sleep. This morning I came to get my homework off of the kitchen counter but my mom had baked it into a cake on accident and my dad ate the cake. He said it was extremely delicious so, is that proof enough?

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25 Ways to Annoy Your Characters

Hello Teen Writers!

As I was digging for more writing prompts (my goal is to have enough to cover over a full year without a repeat… soon my writing friends…. soon….) I came across a fun article “ARGH: 25 Creative Writing Prompts to Help You Annoy Your Characters” by Bryn Donovan.  I enjoyed going through the list, deciding which of my characters would get these irritations and do what length.  I hope you get some creative ideas to add to your stories from this.

NMH Longernecker

ARGH: 25 Creative Writing Prompts to Help You Annoy Your Characters
by Bryn Donovan

Recently I did a list of writing prompts to help writers embarrass their characters in their fiction. People seemed to like it a lot, so I thought I’d do a similar one to annoy (or even seriously anger) your characters!

Most of these are more along the lines of pet peeves, and some could be used for the sake of humor, but a few of them could provide a major conflict in the plot of a short story or novel. And if any of them spur a memory, they could be fodder for a personal narrative essay, blog post, or memoir, too.  

If you know you want a character to dislike another character (such as in a “enemies to lovers” romance), but you can’t think of a reason why, these might help. They also might come in handy if you’re trying to figure out how to make a character more well-rounded.

  1. His coworker or neighbor keeps listening to awful music.
  1. At the casino, she played the slot machine for an hour before giving up. The next person sat down and got a huge jackpot on the first try.
  1. Someone who was caught breaking a rule, or the law, wasn’t properly punished.
  1. Someone stole or copied his creative work, research, or invention.
  1. Someone’s taking up two seats on public transit, so she has to stand.
  1. There are no parking spaces, and someone double-parked.
  1. Someone criticizes her cat, dog, or child.
  1. His pet, child, partner, or roommate wakes him up at night for the third time in a row.
  1. Her snack just got stuck in the vending machine.
  1. Someone he knows keeps talking about himself or herself, dominating the conversation.
  1. She’s wrongly accused of a misdeed, or even punished for it.
  1. The zipper of his coat gets stuck.
  1. She sees someone mistreating or threatening a vulnerable individual.
  1. He gets home from the store with several bags of groceries, but not the one item he went there to get.
  1. Someone cheats on her.
  1. Someone steals his wallet, computer, or car.
  1. There’s water on the bathroom floor and his socks get soaked.
  1. She’s asked her partner or child a hundred times to stop doing a particular thing. They’ve promised to stop. They’re still doing it.
  1. Someone eats food off his plate without asking.
  1. Someone makes a cruel joke or insensitive remark.
  1. Someone cuts ahead of her in line.
  1. Someone defaces his property or damages his vehicle.
  1. Someone interrupts her repeatedly.
  1. Someone asks him too many personal questions.
  1. A sick person coughs or sneezes on her.

Did this make you think of other things that might frustrate a character — or things that frustrate you? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Ways to Write About the Summer Heat by Andy Hollandbeck

Hello Teen Writers!

This week is a bit uncomfortable, but as I enjoy the air conditioning at the library (a great place to cool down while finding something new to read) I wondered how people write in the summer heat.  Instead of finding ways to stop sweating on your notebook or laptop, I came across this vocabulary building article.  Okay, I’m going to admit it. I really liked the picture of the dog in the pool and it sucked me in…. I can’t  help myself…

NMH Longernecker

5 Ways to Write about the Summer Heat

Black dog panting in a cool kiddie pool full of waterSummer has officially begun, which means that for most of us in the northern hemisphere, temperatures are on their way up. Sure, we could write about how hot, or steamy, or roasting it is, or about how you could fry an egg on the sidewalk (please don’t), but English gives us a lot of other great, lesser-used words to whine with color our prose.

CALESCENT

This is a great word to describe the current weather as we ramp up to the sweltering summer. Here in the Midwest, we are in the throes of a calescent June; calescent means “growing warmer.” It’s etymologically related to both calories and caliente.

It’s only a short jump to a metaphorical use to describe, say, a single mother’s son “warming up” to her new boyfriend, or a new employee “warming up” to a job.

CANICULAR

Ancient Roman astronomers linked the rising of Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, with the increased summer temperatures of July and August, believing that its brilliance added to the heat of the sun. They referred to that time of year as canicularis dies, “days of the dog.” This idea survives in English as the dog days of summer, but it also gives us the hyperspecific adjective canicular “of or relating to the dog days.”

IGNEOUS

Most of us probably only use the word igneous to refer to igneous rock — which is formed from the solidification of magma — but the word is more flexible than that. From the Latin ignis “fire,” igneous can also mean “of, relating to, or resembling fire,” which has numerous applications during a hot summer.

THERMOGENIC

This scientific term comes from the Greek thermē “heat” plus the combining form -genic “produced or formed by.” Something thermogenic induces or produces heat.

Though the term is generally limited to scientific and biologic texts, asphalt, political arguments, and the stranger who sits too close to you on an uncooled public bus certainly can seem thermogenic.

TORRID

Ever dream of having a torrid affair? Maybe not, but you’ve no doubt read about torrid affairs before — they are de rigueur in noir fiction and tabloid cover stories. Torrid used in this way means “ardent or passionate,” but the word originally meant “scorching, or parched with heat, especially from the sun.”

Image: “Bonzer in the kiddie pool” by Russell Harrison Photography, via Flickr.

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Did You Mean It When You Said…? by Addelaide Brown

Hello Teen Writers!

Happy August! Today we have the first submission of our newest member, Addelaide Brown. Welcome Addelaide!  The piece is “Did You Mean It When You Said…?”.  Let the author know what you think in the comments section below.

NMH Longernecker

Did You Mean It When You Said…?
by Addelaide Brown

It had been three days.

Three days.

Levi was leaving in the morning. He was going with his dad for some much-needed, quality father-son bonding for the next three weeks.

She wouldn’t see him for three weeks. She wasn’t sure how she felt about that.

The two had hardly spoken a word to each other. It had been three days.

Now, she was sitting on her front steps, smoking in broad daylight.

If Elizabeth knew, she would be so mad.

But Carson and Elizabeth weren’t home, so it didn’t matter.

And then he pulled up in his red pickup truck. And then, he was standing over her, blocking the sun from view.

“I wish you wouldn’t do that.”

“What are you doing here?” She stamped out her cigarette, if not for her sake, then for his.

“I wanted to talk to you.”

“What is there to say?”

“…I don’t know.”

Abruptly, he turned to leave.

“Did you mean it?” she called after him. He stopped.

“Yes.” She could barely hear him, but she heard everything she needed to hear. He turned and faced her. “I meant it.”

She felt her heart racing in her chest.

He meant it.

She took a deep breath: “I love you, too.”

“Do you mean it?”

“I do.”

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August “Write Now” Events Near You!

Hello Teen Writers!

I went through the August calendar for all Sno-Isle Libraries events and found the writing programs we have scheduled.  All of our programs are free to attend.  Click on the event below to take you to the description page and registration (if needed).  Happy August, my writerly friends!!!

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Saturday, August 5  10:00am  Lynnwood Library
Write Now: Get Published, Stay Published

Saturday, August 5  10:30am  Clinton Library
Write Now: Writing Poetry Inside Out

Monday, August 28  2:00pm  Coupeville Library
Write Now: Get Seen, Get Read, Get Sold: How to Market Your Book to Bigger

 

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