Cameras and Pens Challenge #1

Hello! If you didn’t know already, I will be participating in the Cameras and Pens Challenge hosted by Carol @ Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope. Basically, every week or so, Carol will give those participating in the challenge a new prompt to write a story about/write a poem/take a picture of what you think the prompt means. I am on Team Strawberry!

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There is still one spot left on Team Pineapple and the sign ups are still open, if anyone is interested. (I totally recomend it, personally because I had such a fun time writing this short story!)

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I laboriously climb to the top of the steep plateau, where the land flattens out, far away to escape the harsh world that is reality and my one regret.

I like to come up here, hidden in the wilderness where nobody can see me. I feel better not to be seen, anyway.

Coming up here and watching the golden sun set, it’s like things are normal. It’s like pretending things are OK.

But they’re not.

All I want is for things to go back to the way the used to be. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s possible.

I thought I could stop it from happening.

I was wrong.

It was my sister.

Somebody was out to get her, and I knew it.

I wanted to be able to protect her, but I couldn’t, for my own safety. If I had gone after her, they would have come after me.

And then we both would have been in trouble.

My sister, Eliza was an intelligent scientist who made a ground-breaking discovery that could have saved millions of lives and could have transformed humanity’s outlook on modern medicine forever. I say could have because Eliza’s brilliant plan didn’t work out so well in the end.

People are greedy.

Too greedy.

Determined to make a couple extra dollars off of Eliza’s genius invention, they kidnapped her and stole the chemical formula to make the medicine and recreated it, adding in more in more chemicals to make it cheaper and easier to produce. Then they sold it to the general public.

Of course, everyone thought it was genius.

It was.

But it wasn’t theirs.

It was Eliza’s.

I owe you, Eliza. I am in your debt.

I know I will get in trouble for searching for you. They know that I am guilty of my mistake. I had the golden opportunity to save you and your genius brain before all of this started. I tried, dear Eliza, I really did. But it wasn’t enough.

I promise I will try harder this time, like you always did.

You taught me everything I know, big sis.

I don’t care anymore. Who would I be if I didn’t rush to your aid? The world needs you. I do, too.

If you are reading this, I am coming to help you, no matter the sonsequences.

I love you, Eliza.

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Thanks for reading this post. What did you guys think of my answer’s to Carol’s prompts? Are you signed up for CPC? You want Team Strawberry to win, right? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Keep on booking, 

-Katie K

Fish in a Tree | Book Review (Spoiler free) + NaNoWriMo Update with Synoposis of Story

Hello! Here is my spoiler free book review of Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. *Radio talk show voice* Stay tuned for a NaNoWriMo Update at the end with an official synopsis of the book I am writingI haven’t even talked about it once. So, today is that day!

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  • Title: Fish in a Tree
  • Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • AR Level: 3.7

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IMG_0376Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she’s able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She’s afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, Ally’s newest teacher sees the bright, creative kid beneath the troublemaker and helps to shine a light on her gifts. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and meet other kids who break the mold. When the outsiders start to fit in, suprising things start happening inside Ally’s classroom that show’s her there’s a lot more to her — and to everyone — than a label.

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ExpectationsI had medium expectations for this book. I picked it up while it I was browsing Barnes and Noble and it looked interesting so I decided to buy it.

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Likes The character development was incredible. Through the storyline and plot, all of the characters grow in some way or another. All of them had their own unique struggles and all overcame them in different ways. Multiple characters *cough cough Albert and Shea* started off stereotypical and basic, but then ended up being complex, original characters with life, motivation, and struggles.

This book had a great message, too with some awesome quotes: “If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s stupid.”

Also, I thought the “Sketchbook of Impossible Things” that was included in the back of the book added another element to the story. It was cool to read a certain scenario/thing that happened to Ally and then see her drawing for it.

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DislikesThe end of the book felt a little anti-climatic, which was disappointing. I was hoping for a fuller ending to wrap the book up better. The pacing is nothing special, but it’s not bad. I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was missing from this story. It felt a little bit incomplete (and no, there isn’t a sequel). Except for the things that I mentioned in the likes section, this book is average.

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Final ThoughtsI liked this book, but there wasn’t really anything about it that stood out and made a lasting impression on me. Yes, the character development was really good and the book had a great message, but other than that, there isn’t a lot of things that stand out. If you like non-fiction, then I recommend it, if you don’t like non-fiction, then I don’t recommend it.

Even though there were some things that I would have definitely changed in this book, all in all I liked it and it told a great story, with a good message and a strong protagonist.

Story and plot: 💖💖💖💖

Pacing: 💖💖💖

Character development: 💖💖💖💖💖

Writing quality: 💖💖💖½

Enjoyment: 💖💖💖💖

Overall: 💖💖💖💖

hey..not too bad

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NaNoWriMo Update

OK, I’m pushing through! So far, I haven’t gone a day without writing, but I did have a writer’s block just yesterday. I was able to form some random words together that I will probably have to edit it later and completely redo it.

Please note: As I am in the process of creating a memorable story, some aspects/details that were mentioned below may not be present in my final draft.

Julianna Evergreen’s life is normal. Well, at least it used to be. Ever since her mother died, her favorite person in the entire world, things have been hard. Her Dad has one unpaid bill before they lose their house. She has a hard time in school. But one day, everything changes. While walking to school, she meets a boy named Jack with a strange symbol on his left hand, the same one that Julianna has on hers.

Soon, the two embark on a journey across a magical world called Pie Land — to meet princesses, dragons, unicorns, and more.

But Pie Land is in terrible danger.

It is being overthrown by a vicious tyrant named Newt that pledges to destroy a peaceful dynasty that has successfully ruled  Pie Land for over a thousand years.

Julianna doesn’t know what’s going on, but whatever it is, she’s going to find out.

So there it is! An official synopsis of my in the works novel.

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What did you think of Fish in a Tree? Are you going to read it now because of my positive review? What do you think about my story? Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Let me know down in the comments section below. Also don’t forget to follow this blog!

Keep on Booking,-Katie K