Probably the Scariest Story You’ll Ever Read // Spooky Story Link-up 2018

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Hi guys! I have a spooky story for Jenelle’s contest! I think it will properly send a little shiver down your spine…It will probably be the scariest story you’ll ever read, so…be prepared…*ominous music begins to play*

The trees spindly fingers snapped in the wind, an eerie tune that whispered in the back of one’s head, inescapable.

It prickled across Grace‘s skin, making her shudder. Her heart thumped viciously. She stood quietly, fearfully on the porch, nervously twiddling with her apron strings, watching as a man kneeled in the cemetery, his cloak fluttering in the gale, his pale skin illuminated by the moon’s glow.

The wind fluttered crisply through her fair hair, blowing it into her face, obscuring her vision. She felt a hand on her shoulder and whipped around to see George.

“George,” she said, quivering. George said nothing, but gripped her harder. She imagined his knuckles to be white as snow.

They both watched as the man stood abruptly and slowly ambled away. They promptly lost sight of him.

“Why did you bring us here, George?” Grace cried indignantly. “Why couldn’t we have picked a better home? Somewhere far away from any cemetery or mysterious man?”

George sighed shakily. Though it was dark, Grace saw the fear in his eyes. “You know why, dear one.”

Annie and Alice slowly crept out from their hiding place beside a potted plant that had been long dead. “Mother? Father?” Annie whispered. “What is the matter? Are we in danger?”

The wind picked up, whistling angrily, clouding the world in a dark, confusing blur. It swept through the gravestones, singing its eerie song under the moonlight.

“Get in the house immediately,” George snapped, his fingers like ice.

The ladies shivered and whimpered as they hoisted their skirts up and hustled inside.

George followed closely behind them, and then locked the door behind him when they were all safely inside. The night was growing darker and the moon seemed to focus on the graveyard, giving it a ghostly spotlight. The wind howled, begging to enter the house, rattling the half-shattered windows.

A sudden, ferocious clabber at the door pierced through the irritated wind.

Annie and Alice screamed, and Grace snatched their wrists and dragged them away from the door, holding them tightly. Her face was pale as death.

George seized his pistol from a small drawer in a rickety old nightstand, cocked it carefully, quietly, and slowly made his way to the door.

“I don’t like this place,” Alice cried, her voice shaking with sobs. Grace hugged her daughters firmly.

The door burst open, filling the house with the cold, angry wind. The man from the graveyard stood in the entrance, furiously rubbing his hands across his arms, shaking violently from the cold.

George roared and pointed his gun at the man’s heart.

The man’s head shot up, and his screech overwhelmed the drone of the wind.

The Taylors vanished without a single sound.

The wind continued to pound against the windows, filling the house with a haunting symphony.

The graveyard looked distant and watery, like a dream.

Brian unsteadily took his cellphone out of his pocket and dialed his friends’ number.

“Come and pick me up.” His voice was barely above a whisper. “Now.”

“What? What’s wrong, I thought you were visiting your grandpa’s grave?”

“I saw…I saw…”

The world faded to black.

 

 

 

“…Hello? Brian? You still there…?

Quite spooky, right? O.O On a lighter note, what’s your favorite Halloween candy? Let me know down below!

Know the Novel // Part One: Introductory

Hello guys! So…I have an announcement!

I’m doing NaNoWriMo!!!

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I just really love this GIF. XD

It’s going to be a little different from my previous novel writing attempts though, since I’m going to be rewriting my novel that I wrote waaaaay back in 2014, my very first month-long writing experience (I was inspired by Mirriam way back when, so I did it for JuNoWriMo, rather than NaNoWriMo).

You might know about this novel, I’ve been calling it Imprint forever, but currently, I’ve titled it Rewritten, which I think is quite fitting. XD I’ll probably keep referring to it as Imprint, because I can’t help myself, but on my NaNo page, it says Rewritten.

I’ve been slowly working on this book for nearly FIVE YEARS now, and…well, I’m putting my fist down. This will be THE FINAL REVISION. THE REVISION TO END ALL REVISIONS. Maybe not, but I am going to be done with this book after the month of November (I mean, I’ll probably still do SOME editing, but nothing huge).

I’M SO EXCITED GUYS. *does a little happy dance*

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You may have seen Christine’s new linkup on her blog, or from other bloggers, and since I think it looks like the coolest thing since Liv’s linkup, I’m going to give it a shot!

Basically, it’s a three part challenge October through December, this first part being an ‘introductory’ type of deal, where one can acquaint others to their novels through a series of ten questions.

Let’s jump in!

• What first sparked the idea for this novel?

I’ve always loved fairytale retellings, they were my main source of inspiration for my stories when I was younger. I liked the idea of a girl being able to travel into books, fairytales specifically, and what would happen if she messed up the story.

That was when I was ten, and though the story has morphed incredibly since then, I’ve still kept the idea, though very loosely.

• Share a blurb!

Since a young age, Paige Turner has been able to read herself into books. She never thought it would get her into trouble. One day while she’s at the bookstore, a cloak-wearing man tries to slit her wrists. Things only grow worse after that. Soon Paige and her friend Markus are caught in the middle of deadly feud between a vengeful wizard and a mysterious man. If they want to make it out alive, they’re going to have to have to use more than their booksmarts…

Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

Half of the time it’s in a contemporary world, much like in real life. The other half takes place in my own little fantasy world, Nore.

I think my favorite part about Nore is that there are so many opportunities to spin things on their head it’s modeled after book genres, with realms like Contemporalis, Fanastasia, Mythologia, and such. To us, it appears to be the world of books, but to the inhabitants there, it’s just everyday life. Every realm is unique, and playing with different literary tropes found in different genres to give the realms their customs and culture is so, so fun. 😀

Tell us about your protagonist.

Paige is a bookworm all the way. She loves reading in all genres, but fantasy and science fiction in particular. So…I mean, I kind of love her just for that? XD

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She’s a tad reserved, quiet, but can be feisty if she’s really worked up. I’ve classified her as an ISFJ, if that means anything to you. She likes things just so, and she can get really anxious about things that don’t really need worrying about. She’s very empathetic and compassionate, which can (often, actually XD) get her into trouble, especially when it comes to the villains she has to deal with. She also has a major crush on the other main character Markus. They’re a cute couple, in my opinion, which doesn’t really count for anything, but… XD

Who (or what) is the antagonist?

There are a few different villainous persons in this story, which is revealed more in the next books. The main antagonist is an evil wizard named Zedidiah.

He has crippling OCD, to the point where he’s willing to (and does) murder his own brother to be on the throne, since he thinks his brother ‘wasn’t doing a good enough job ruling the realm’. He’s a vengeful control freak who has very little feelings toward anyone (at least that’s what he tells himself. He has a… very, very sad but interesting backstory).

What excites you the most about this novel?

I would have to say the characters honestly. I’ve fallen so deeply in love with them and their snark and sarcasm and painful pasts and I could just hug all of them (including the villains) to bits and pieces. ^_^

Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?

This will be a trilogy. Hopefully. That’s what I’m shooting for and what I’ve always imagined it would be since the very beginning. We’ll see!

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Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?

I will be plotting. I have my shiny outline all finished and just waiting to be implemented. It’s actually a mess of a thing and I’m SO SCARED about what on earth is going to happen during November. But I think I’ll be okay. Kind of. For the most part. Maybe. Pray for me, guys. XDDD

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Name a few things that makes this story unique.

Ooh, I like this question! It really makes you think what will make your story stand out to editors and agents. My novel, in a way, is magical realism, since a good portion of the story takes place in our world, and that’s not something you see very often.

It bends lots of genres, especially once you get into the second and third books. Though…I’ve heard editors don’t particularly like that, unless it’s done crazy well… It makes it harder to market or something like that… O-O But it does make it unique!

Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).

Ooh!! I have a playlist on Spotify, a Pinterest board, and a collage!

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That’s all, guys! This is such a great idea, Christine, thank you for coming up with it! 😀 Are you guys doing NaNo this year? What’s your novel going to be about? (And if you want to be one of my writing buddies, just look me up, Madeline J. Rose and add me! I think I’ve friended a lot of you already, but if I haven’t, send me your link, please!)

New Until Next Time!

6 Sci-Fi Movies I Actually Like (Wow, Right?)

Hey guys! If you’re still here after my ridiculous schedule changes that have so far led into a pit of unmet deadlines and despair, then good for you! *thumbs-up*

My summer was really long and tiring, and only just this past September have things been slowing down. I really want to get back in the swing of things, so, like the genius that I am, I’ve come up with a schedule. A REAL SCHEDULE THIS TIME GUYS.

  • Week #1 // Pitiful Prose

  • Week #2 // A List of Some Sort

  • Week #3 // Freebie Post (Discussion, Tips, Rant, whatever doesn’t fit into the other categories)

  • Week #4 // Creative Writing (Micro-Fiction, Poems, *whispers* Character Conversation post (maybe…if I can get myself together XD ))

  • Week #5 // Tag

Don’t be surprised if I completely disregard this schedule, but this is roughly what I’m planning for. Let’s hope I can pull myself together and actually start being a blogger again! 😛

Anyway, let’s get to the actual post now.

New Movies and Such

I don’t know if you guys know this about me, but I am NOT a science fiction kind of girl.

The main reasons usually fall into one or more of these categories:

a.) I’m really confused or super unimpressed with the technology

b.) it’s super cheesy, e.g. Star Wars (I’m not bashing this series, but you have to admit, it is pretty darn cheesy)

c.) aliens. Just. No. They’re usually either too creepy looking, or too ridiculous looking for me to take seriously. (Which is super hypocritical of me, because half of the movies on this list have aliens…whoops. XD )

So that being said, there are a few sci-fi movies that I actually enjoy and I think you might enjoy too. (One of these movies is arguably NOT sci-fi, but it’s the genre that I think fits it best, so I’m including it anyway. 🙂 )

Edge of Tomorrow

So I just watched this one recently and OH MY GOSH. It was crazy and amazing and I have so many things I could say about this movie, about how clever it is, how great the characters are, how amazing the premise is… The twisting, turning path this movie leads us down had me satisfyingly stunned. The end will leave you spinning, and possibly outraged, but in a good way, you know?

Basically, it’s about this guy, William Cage (Tom Cruise), gets talked into fighting these aliens who are attacking the planet. He soon dies, but instead of…staying dead, he ends up reliving the same day over and over again, every time he dies. If that doesn’t sound cool, then you should probably still watch this movie anyway.

The Martian

Matt Damon in The Martian (2015)

This is another movie I watched fairly recently (I guess I’ve been attempting to broaden my one-track fantasy mind. XD ). This would be defined as hard sci-fi, meaning it’s based on relatively believable things that could happen in the future. IT’S GOOD. REALLY GOOD. There’s a lot of good suspense and tension, the kind of tension that has you staring wide-eyed at the screen, literally sitting on the edge of your seat. Plus the characters, especially our main guy, Mark, are really well-done and relatable.

But I think my favorite part about this movie is that it was just so interesting. It was so fascinating seeing how Mark handled himself and watching all the things he had to do just to stay alive. It managed to be incredibly informative and extremely entertaining at the same time. A++, really well thought out.

The premise is a pretty simple idea. A Mars mission goes wrong, and Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead. But he’s not dead. And not only that, but he’s now stuck on Mars with no way of communicating with his space station. And so he tries his best to survive and figure out a way to phone home. (Little E.T. joke for ya.)

Inception

Inception (2010)

This totally counts as sci-fi, right? This is totally sci-fi. Fight me. Possibly my favorite movie on this list, (and no, I did not write this post for the sole purpose of fangirling about this movie, how ridiculous would that be, shut your face.)

I think my favorite part about sci-fi movies in general is they always have interesting premises. You know what to expect when you watch a superhero movie, there will usually be bad guys, and the good guys will beat them up. You know what to expect when you watch a fantasy movie. There are usually forces of evil and good, with some magic, talking animals, and epic battles thrown in.

But with sci-fi, it’s kind of a mystery. It could take place on other planets, or on Earth. There could be aliens. It could be about shady governments. It could be an apocalyptic premise, where humans are trying to survive, like Hunger Games (dystopian, I know, but it’s an off-shoot of sci-fi, okay?). Or it could be goofy space opera like Star Wars. You never know what to expect. And I love surprises and plot twists, so I don’t know why I haven’t watched/read more sci-fi. I should do that.

Anyway, you know what this movie is about. It’s epic. It’s scary. It’s astounding. It’s all the other synonyms for ‘good’. You should watch it, if you haven’t already, which you probably already have, because apparently I live under a rock and don’t watch good movies.

Arrival

Forest Whitaker, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner in Arrival (2016)

Faith is actually the one who got me to watch this one. AND I’M SO GLAD SHE DID. This was an AWESOME movie. I mean, I’m kind of a Jeremy Renner fan, you know, Hawkeye and all, but all the other characters were so amazingly done! And even though this is a TOTAL alien movie, I just really loved it. Which is so strange, because I don’t like alien movies. There were so many elements of the story I loved, but if I say anything about them, I’ll spoil the movie. So you’ll just have to trust me and watch it.

It’s about a linguist, Louise (Amy Adams), who is asked by the military to talk to the aliens that have landed on Earth. That’s really all I can say about this movie without spoiling some major stuff. But it’s good. Really. Really. Good.

Divergent

Shailene Woodley and Theo James in Divergent (2014)

This series gets a lot of hate for some reason. Granted, I haven’t seen the second or third movie, (which I probably won’t, because I don’t want them to ruin it for me), but if you step back and just look at it as just a sci-fi movie, it’s actually a really great movie. The characters are really good, with interesting motives. The setting is a really neat dystopian future, with factions, a sketchy government, prejudiced people, all that good stuff. And a pretty cute guy, which I mean, is always a plus. XD

It’s about Tris (Shailene Woodley), a girl who doesn’t fit into any factions, and so is labeled Divergent (hence the name of the movie). When she realizes there’s a plot against the Divergents, she teams up with a mysterious dude and they set out to figure just what makes Divergents so dangerous. You probably knew that already though. It’s a pretty big movie. And usually that means it’s either highly overrated, or it really bombs. This movie’s somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed it quite a lot. Try it. You might agree with me.

Treasure Planet

Okay, okay, this doesn’t really count, BUT I JUST HAD TO INCLUDE IT. It’s too wonderful not to! All of the characters are so memorable, their dialogue is so witty and fun, the setting is AGH SO PRETTY, the plot is exciting, whimsical, and adventurous, and it’s just an animated masterpiece. Also, IT’S TOTALLY UNDERRATED. Why is this movie not talked about? It’s delightful! It’s an epic adventure, with romance! Action! Great lines–!

*scrolls to Box Office gross income*

Oh. Hm. That’s why. 😦

Alright, those are my favorite sci-fi movies! Wow, I didn’t even mention Star Wars or Star Trek…oops. Although, I’m still not entirely sold on the Star Wars franchise. I should watch the newer movies at some point in my life… -_- Do you like the sci-fi genre? Please let me know of some good movies/books in the comments! I’m really trying to break out of the fantasy genre a bit and sci-fi seems like a good first step. 🙂

New Until Next Time!

Pitiful Prose // The Beginning of Something Terrible

Pitiful Prosenew

Hello guys! Guess what’s baaaaack?

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You know, when I was younger, I never would’ve thought that I would have thought I would get to where I am now. I was just content to write my little stories, without a care in the world. And now here I am, posting those little stories on my blog, making fun of how ridiculous they are.

In a sense, it’s kind of cruel. Sorry little me. XD

But anyways, let’s get right into this one. I wrote this weird little thing in ‘play’ form, for some reason. So the stuff in parentheses are the actions. Why? I don’t know.

Let’s go.

“Sit.”

“Why?”

Because I told you so!” (snaps fingers and Magali sits down immediatley)*

*Wow, so spoopy. Woah.

“What’d you do?”

“I put an obedience spell on you.”

“When will it go away?”

“When I want it to.”

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(Magali sits motionless in the dark tower)*

*Can I just say, I am so confused right now. Who’s talking? Who is this other person? Someone’s name is Magali, but who is it?

“I see you were out playing with the village kids,”*

*How old is this guy? Who says ‘village’? And if you’re old enough to say ‘village’, then wouldn’t you say ‘children’ instead of ‘kids’? -_-

“yes they’re very nice, and….”

“you are not to play with them!”

“but, why?”

“because I said so.” (Magali sadly looks out the window)*

*I feel like I need to clarify, that dialogue doesn’t go with the action next to it, it should be on a separate line, but…I wrote it like that for some, confusing reason? What even, little me?

7 years later……*

*That’s a lot of little periods. Wowza.

(Magali is hanging out with friends when suddenly)*

*Suddenly…what? Is that supposed to be like a stupid narrator cut to the action?

“Ha! yeah! Magali you’re so funny!”*

*Who says that?

(crash of lightening)*

*A lightbulb illuminates the area! XD

“What are you doing here?!”

“Zedidiah?! what do you want?!”*

*I think these are supposed to be the friends speaking, but at this point, I just really don’t know anymore.

“Magali.”

(Other kids run away screaming leaving Magali all alone)*

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“What was that for!?”

“come.”*

*What the heck, he’s so blunt. ‘Magali.’ ‘Come.’ ‘Because I said so.’ Like, what’s your problem, dude? XD

(back in the tower)*

*Classy scene cut.

“Magali, I would like to share a secret with you, but first, meet Nells and Xab.”*

*Seriously, what kind of names are those?? Nells? Xab? Did I think I was cool?

(Magali waves nervously) “hi.”

“Xab?”

(Xab looks at Magali carefully)

“She will do.”*

*Um.

“What?”

“You will become one of us.”

“What?”

“Yes, I’ve been waiting for this day to come.”

*Just Who The Heck Are You And What Is Your Problem GIF

“No! I’m not like you guys, I don’t want to be evil.”

(Gasp)*

*Yes, I wrote ‘gasp’. Yep.

“And I’m leaving.”

(Magali jumps out of the tower)*

*Um BAD IDEA. DO YOU KNOW HOW TALL A TOWER IS?!

“You will regret greatly for choosing this, Magali!”*

*I AGREE.

“uh, should we go get her?”

“No, I’ve got a better Idea,” (Smiles evilly)*

*Oh gosh, we’re going there? -_-

(Magali hurts her self jumping from the tower, but still runs away)*

*YEAH YOU NITWIT.

“I’ve gotta hide.”

(runs into a thicket of trees)

(stops to rest) (and think,)

Well. That was…interesting. XD Well, PP posts are back! (At least while I have embarrassing writing in stock, which I do.) Let me know if you think this could be a successful screenplay in the comments!

New Until Next Time!