Mistake

In response to The Daily Prompt: “Mistake” 

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Reaching for Light

“Write a post in response to today’s one-word prompt”: REACH

I’m once again using the one-word prompt to share a scene from my work-in-progress, Last Leaf Falls. Let me tell you…you don’t realize how often a word is used until you do a word search. I found out that I (0ver)-used the word “reach” 43 times in this draft! Me thinks a “search and destroy” is in order!

Note: Certain names have been changed to protect the identity of the fictional.

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A familiar, pleasant haze washed over Ava as she struggled to keep her eyes open. Lucian cradled her head in his hands, preventing her from dropping back to the warm, soft pillow.

“Ava?” Did he sound nervous? The idea of Lucian with sweaty palms and butterflies made her laugh. He gripped her shoulders, pulling her up to a seated position. “Ava? Are you still with me?” So funny. “Are you still with me?” Why does he keep saying that? She smiled dreamily.

Ava was standing by the window now, being held up by Lucian. But how did she get across the room? His hands were on her face, and Lucian stared into Ava’s eyes like he was trying to see something inside. 

“Ava, I have something very important to ask you. Do you want to know what it is?”

“It’s like spaghetti.” Ava laughed. Lucian frowned at her and she suddenly felt sad. “But the sun can’t reach you,” she said, touching his face, “I’m in the way….”

Lucian grabbed her wrists. “Ava, what are you talking about?”

Ava leaned in to whisper, her dry lips brushing up against his ear. “My shadow,” she said. A strange look crossed his face, forcing some distant thought to try and fight its way to the surface.

Ava started to tremble.

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Related post by lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown, To Reach for is Not To Reach

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My Spirit Animal is Cool

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I may have declared Abed as my “spirit animal” on more than one occasion.

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Abed, my Spirit Animal

 

And while that may still hold true, I found this nifty quiz to tell me what my actual Spirit Animal is–“actual if you believe in both spirit animals and internet quizzes, which, of course, I do. (Except for that one quiz where I found out I’m actually Cordelia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer….).

According to Spirit Animals and Animal Totems, my animal is the owl: “The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. When the spirit of the animal guides you, you can see the true reality and see beyond illusion and deceit.”

Owls are cool. Cool cool cool.

What’s your spirit animal?

 

Related Post: Animal Spirit Guides and Their Attributes by Witches of the Craft

 

 

 

 

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This is my Fight scene ♫ ♫

“Write a post in response to today’s one-word prompt”: FIGHT

I don’t always make good use of all the daily prompts available out there on the interwebs. But I came across this one and thought I’d use it to share a scene from my work-in-progress, Last Leaf Falls.

Note: Certain names have been changed to protect the identity of the fictional.

I forced my hands to unclench and tried to relax. “We suspected right. He is behind Dylan’s little coming-of-age ritual.”
Sophie zeroed in on me like a missile. “He forced it?”
“No. He said Dylan had a choice. That he chose power over being pathetic or something.” I left out the whole “he did it for me” part. I leaned back in my chair, balancing on the back legs. “I followed him and we ended up at the cemetery. I tried for more info, but he wasn’t playing fair.”
“So there was a fight?”
“No. He cheated at Gin Rummy and then we sat down for tea.”
“So yes then.”
“There may have been a bit of a brouhaha, if you will.”
Sophie sighed. “Malaya, be serious.”
“Oh seriously. We had a little scuffle. A kerfuffle. A tussle-”
“Mm, yes, funny girl. Were you hurt?”
 “Only my feelings.” I pictured Emyr’s bloody face. “Seriously Sophie, it was no big deal.”
 “You say he went to the old cemetery? What did he do there?”
I let my chair legs drop back to the floor. “Nothing.”

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Growing Readers from the Roots

Reading Roots 

– A Barefoot Business by Sharon

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As a literacy advocate I was interested in the company Barefoot Books, (an indie children’s book publisher that started in the UK). The more I read about it, the more excited I got, and recently, I became an “Independent Barefoot Books Ambassador”!

What does that mean? It means I get to sell awesome kids’ books with beautiful illustrations, story & music CDs, puzzles, puppets and other educational toys, all geared to help parents & educators “grow readers from the roots”!

How can I buy books?

  1. Browse my online catalogue here.  
  2. Contact me to place an order:
    1. Write me on Facebook using Facebook chat or by writing on my wall:
    2. Email me at ReadingRoots-Barefoot@outlook.com

How can I get free stuff?

  1. Contact me for information on hosting a Barefoot event. Events include:
    1. Themed parties
    2. Children’s literacy workshops
    3. Fundraisers for your favourite charity

From time to time, I will post information about some of my favourite books and events that come up. So far, my favourite book (that arrived in my starter kit) is “I Took the Moon for a Walk”, by Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay. The illustrations are vibrant, and the language is very lyrical and rhythmic.

13415652_250155385359252_4592440729640185132_o“We tiptoed through grass where the night crawlers creep,
When the rust-bellied robins have all gone to sleep,
And the moon called the dew so the grass seemed to weep,
When I took the Moon for a walk.”

Do you have a favourite picture book to share?

 

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For the Love of Soundtracks

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“And when he shall die, take him, and cut him out in little stars, and he shall make the face of heaven so fine, that all the world will fall in love with night, and pay no worship to the garish sun.”

 

Discovering Music Through Movies

I always get a kick out of certain YouTube comments that appear on uploaded songs that others discovered via a movie or a video game or even a commercial. They’re always so self-righteous, like there’s something inherently wrong with how others discovered a love for certain music.

Music can be discovered in countless ways, whether it’s streaming from online radio, listening to conventional radio, or hearing it on a commercial and falling instantly in love. That said, sometimes I wonder if massive accessibility of music somehow cheapens the experience of discovering something new. Gone are the days when we had to sit by the radio with our beloved blank tape, waiting for the right moment to hit record and capture a song that has captured us.

William_shakespeares_romeo_and_juliet_movie_posterStill, music is meant to be heard. It doesn’t matter how you came across it. One of my favourite ways to discover new music has always been movie soundtracks. There’s something about having a collection of songs all connected by the thread of a story arc that make it special.

This is one of many movie soundtracks I’ve obsessed over. It’s from Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. This is one of my all-time favourite movies and the soundtrack was a staple of my life for a good three years, at least!

Have a listen🙂

What about you? Do you have a movie or TV soundtrack that you’ve listened to obsessively? 

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Spring’s Practical Joke Not So Practical.

It’s that time of year….

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Spring. You had us there for a minute. Sigh.

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*Brilliant meme found via partial memory and Google Image search.

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Facebook Page for My Writer-Self

I obsessed over whether or not to start a “writer page” on Facebook for my writer-self. I know you’ve all been waiting for it, and by “all” I’m referring to you Mom, (just kidding, my mom doesn’t read this blog), so without further adieu, I present you with my Writer Page… Check it out, if you’re so inclined: facebook.com/sharonholly.writer

What’s it all about?

My Page features anything related to: creativity/imagination, the writing process, books, reading, fantasy and sci-fi fodder, pop culture, interesting tidbits, inspirational quotes, and of course there will be lil’ bits of info on my own work-in-progress to munch on.

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Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, Book Review

 

“People who were perfectly sane on Tuesday sometimes go nuts on Wednesday.”  – Dean Koontz, Prodigal Son

 

Well, thanks to coming down with a brutal cold the other day, and thanks to my dumb thinking that, hey, this would be a good time FrankensteinBook1to update to Windows 10, shouldn’t take that long (ha! it took the entire day AND night!), I had plenty of time to catch up on some reading, as I was sans-Netflix.

I finished the first of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series, “Prodigal Son”. In my previous post about this modern-day telling of an infamous tale, I said it was only “so-so”.

I would like to take that back, mostly. I was only a couple of chapters in at the time, and it got much better, in my opinion.

There were times when I cringed at some of the cliches, especially concerning one of the main characters, Carson, and her little brother, Arnie, but for the most part, I just couldn’t put it down.

I am so excited to have started another book series that I am really into. I should note, this is my first book by Dean Koontz, and if nothing else, he definitely knows how to hold your attention. I guess I should thank Microsoft for forcing me to push through!

Next on my list is the second book in the series, City of Night.

Do you have a favourite book series?

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Shadowhunters Verdict: Nope

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ABC Family’s “Shadowhunters” 

I recently watched the first two episodes of the new series, Shadowhunters on Netflix. Shadowhunters is based on the Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare.

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City of Bones – first big dose of nope.

After the failure of the movie “City of Bones” (first attempt at adapting the books), I was hopeful they would get it right this time around, but it was a big dose of nope.

Shadowhunters is a bland, shallow, cringe-inducing mess; only “mess” is too daring a word for something so generic, so…pander-ific ™

And the dialogue. It kills me.

Tim Grierson from The Wrap says it best: “The series pilot is an eye-rolling collection of pseudo-hip gestures that seems calculated to cater to teens and tweens with all the forced cool of your dorky new stepdad wearing a backwards baseball cap.” It’s “the type of show in which every fist-bump and meme-referencing bit of dialogue feels market-researched and cynically dispensed.”

Oh. So. Sadly. True.

Have you watched ABC Family’s Shadowhunters?

 

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