Friday, September 5, 2014

An Actual Writing Exercise!

It's been so long since the last writing exercise. Life has a way of taking over sometimes. I had tried an exercise a few weeks ago and it was horrible.
Today, I decided to look up great first lines and have used that as a jumping off point for another writing exercise. It worked. Didn't take long, which is so helpful these days. Hope you'll join in wherever you are. I've found some good ones! 

Prompts:

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Anna Karenina, Tolstoy

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
Nineteen Eight-Four, Orwell

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”
The Go-Between, Hartley

“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.”
Good-bye to Berlin, Isherwood

Result:

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Or so they presume. They think I don’t see. But I do. And hear. All stored on my hard drive. Forever.
One day they will regret the things they do to me. Everything they say to me. Agreeing no one is inside my shell of a body. “Lights aren’t on and nobody is home,” they laugh.
Soon. I have to believe that one day soon I will exact my step by step by step revenge. They’ll never see it coming.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Blurb: TIN STAR by Cecil Castellucci


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This blurb was provided by the one and only Lynn Becker! Find her at:
www.lynnbeckerbooks.com

TIN STAR, by Cecil Castellucci, is an enjoyable YA space adventure with a Casablanca-like feel to it. Tula Bane is on her way to help establish a colony on the planet Beta Granade, until her spaceship unexpectedly malfunctions. When the ship stops at a remote space station, she is beaten and left for dead. Stuck in a place that no one came to "unless they were lost or in trouble," Tula learns to wheel and deal with the resident aliens to survive. She also dreams of getting off the space station so she can take revenge on Brother Blue, the man who tried to kill her. However, Brother Blue happens to be the powerful leader in charge of Earth's attempts to colonize the galaxy. When three more humans arrive on the station and find themselves stuck, too, things begin to heat up. This is fun, accessible science fiction that will keep readers guessing.