Hello, blogosphere! I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this April. I have a lot more time on my hands than I usually do because of quarantine and online schooling, instead of regular school.
NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that happens every April, July, and November. Participants can pledge to write short stories, poetry, a screenplay, or a novel. NaNoWriMo allows you to set a writing goal between 30 and 1,000,000 words. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to finish or make progress on a writing project while having fun and staying motivated! Last year, I participated in NaNoWriMo, and I began working on a first draft of a novel. I’m ready to continue working on my draft!
The first day of writing went well. So far, I have written 1,500 words out of my 18,000 word goal. I have a lot of writing inspiration, and I’m really excited. ❤︎
The Synopsis of my WIP ✿
Jamie Holt’s 6th-grade year has not been going the way she expected…and not in a middle-school meltdown manner. With her beloved mother’s obscure disappearance and the constant teasing of her peers, Jamie has enough on her plate. But things start to become really bizarre when she and 7th-grader Jack Prince are whisked off to a magical world: Pye Land: a land uncanny and endearing at the same time. Kamala Rivers, welcomes Jamie and Jack into her arms and gives them a mission that will change Pye Land’s future…forever. Jamie and Jack must stop the reign of the nefarious Mr. Newt, who has wreaked havoc all across Pye Land. If they don’t an evil force will soon shroud the entire universe, one planet at a time into darkness…
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I was tagged to do the 7 Favorite Things by Olivia from Purely Olivia, who by the way is totally awesome. I technically wasn’t tagged for this, but I asked her if I can do it and she said yes. This is kind of late and should have not procrastinated and posted this earlier, but whatever. Enjoy!
Link back to and thank the person that tagged you. Thanks, Olivia
Link back to and thank the blogger who began the tag. Thank you so much, Beth!
List and picture at least seven of your favorite things.
Tag at least seven people, which I will do at the end of my post.
List the seven rules
I don’t have all of them
There we go yeehaw sis
This one is kind of cheesy, but whatever! Daydreaming is enjoyable and a great way to get good ideas.
You get idea from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time.
The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.
They’re just so good, OK?
📝Poetry + Writing📝
As many of you already know, I am not only an avid reader, but a writer. One of my favorite types of writing is poetry. Although I rarely write poetry, I think it is beautiful.
Globes may seem like a random, insignificant household object, but oh boy, you’re wrong. Globes tell the story of the earth. It’s lakes, mountains, oceans, deserts, you name it. It is a tangible display of humanity’s regime on planet earth and a precise graph of existence and space. Wow, I am such an intelligent, observant scholar. You can find the timezone of a certain location in comparison to another. And, one can even see the center of the world.*
Also, it spins.
*Fun Fact: The center of the world is where the Equator and the Prime-Meridian meet, off the coast of West Africa
Person: Globes and poetry? And now plants? Wow, Katie needs to get out more no offense…
Me: Excuse me? Globes are awesome, poetry is beautifully artistic, and plants are amazing.
Person: *Coughs in spite of all the smoke because oooooof they got roasted so hard by Katie That Bookish Girl herself. Call 911, the world is on fire. 🔥
Just kidding, that wasn’t a roast, but globes, poetry, and plants are superb. First of all, plants are great for maintaining and keeping safe, refreshing, air quality levels in your home. Plants are also decorative and look good on a desk or a table. Not only that, but plants require little attention and care. All that is needed is a small amount of water every day, depending on what type of plant you are purchasing.
I have a houseplant on my desk named Josephine (yes, I name my plants 😂) and I really enjoy having her.
This one should be pretty obvious because I used a little bit of foreshadowing expressing my love for The Office a GIF ago.
My favorite character is, without a doubt, Pam Beesely.
Also Jim and Pam are sooooooooo perfect together. Whenever they’re on-screen together, my inner fangirl swoons inside.
I love blogging so much and think it is a great way to express yourself through writing and get recognition and feedback for your work. Also, the blogging community is so supportive, accepting, and kind.
Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers out there who make the blogosphere such a positive place.
All these bloggers and awesome and I love their posts. Don’t feel pressured to do the tag if you don’t want to! If you haven’t been tagged, but you would like to participate, leave me a comment and I’ll add you on.
Do you like globes? Is poetry worthwhile? Are you imaginative? What are some of your favorite things? Do you prefer Nutella or chocolate? Let me know in the comments.
Hey everyone! It’s time for CPC Challenge 4, hosted by Carol @ Peeking Through a Kaleidoscope. Even though we are already halfway through the challenge, sign ups are still open if anyone is interested. It’s a really awesome challenge, so if you’re able to commit, please sign-up!
All of these blogs are awesome so please, go check them out and give them all a big follow ❤️
+1 point for submitting story/poem
+3 points for using all three prompts
+2 points for including one bonus picture/piece of artwork
Total Points: 6
For Toby: A Short Story
Jessica was sitting at her office, working on a memo that she would send to her coworkers tomorrow.
“Surprise! I’m back from the dead! Isn’t that exciting?”
Jessica, appalled, looked directly into the face of her dead brother. Well, used-to-be-dead-brother. Is that even a thing?
“Toby? Is that really you?” Jessica asked, standing up from the desk, close to tears. “I haven’t seen you…” Jessica stuttered. “Well, since forever.”
“Well, forever since I’ve been dead!” he chirped happily.
Jessica found this odd. Toby wasn’t supposed to be happy.
Toby was dead.
Jessica took a deep breath, closed her eyes and counted to five. When she was done, Toby wouldn’t be there anymore.
He was still there.
That was impossible.
“So,” Toby began speaking, to Jessica’s discomfort. “Have you concluded that I’m not apart of a strange hallucination you’re having.” he said, leaning against a ledge in his witty voice that Jessica knew so well. Or used to know, at the very least.
Jessica was so choked up with tears that she couldn’t speak. Her mind buzzed with failures and regrets of the past that she couldn’t fix, that time couldn’t heal.
It had been 15 years, but she still regretted what happened at the lake last night. It wasn’t supposed to play out that way.
Actually, that’s an understatement. Nothing to do with the lake should have happened. Ever.
When Jessica was 13, and Toby was 6, Toby got lost in their local shopping mall. Jessica’s mother told Jessica to go find Toby, and then come straight back to her, but that hadn’t happened. Jessica found Toby in a dark, narrow, alleyway to the side of the mall. Jessica remembered it like yesterday.
“Toby! What are you doing here?” she called as he guided gently guided him out of the darkness. “Never run off like that ever–”
And then it happened.
Someone grabbed Toby.
Jessica heard his scream.
Even after all these years, the thought still sent shivers down her back.
Of course, Jessica instinctively turned around to see what horror had just happened, but before she had the chance, she felt someone snatched her off of the ground and then she found herself with Toby, kicking and screaming as well.
That was just the beginning.
Toby and Jessica were blindfolded, handcuffed, and carelessly thrown into the backseat of a jeep and then they were sent to a secret, sinister, and definitely illegal enslavement camp with a couple other kids who seem drained of all life, happiness, and motivation.
Sadly, there were too. Months went by without Jessica hearing Toby’s sweet laugh. Months went by without Jessica ruffling Toby’s hair.
Jessica knew there had to be a way to get out: there just had to.
Jessica was a clever girl.
So on the eve of her 15th birthday, late at night, she snuck out with Toby, who was still quite young, and they ran to the lake. They only brought to things: a random rubber pool float that they managed to find, and a Lego that Toby had in his pocket the day he got lost in the mall. All they had to do was cross the lake and climb over a fence.
It was not as easy as it looked.
They had successfully made it across the majority of the lake, undetected until a the same man who had kidnapped them jumped in from a side and drowned Toby.
Jessica wasn’t brave enough.
She swam away.
She swam away, leaving her dear brother, an already defenseless six-year-old to drown.
She swam away from all of her problems, all of her demons.
Then she reached the fence.
She didn’t hesitate to climb over it, and once she was done to keep running.
The worst year of her life.
She knew all of the specific events that had happened, yet everything seemed to blur together like a tornado of terror that follow her around for the rest of her life.
She should have never left Toby.
She should have died with him.
It would have been better.
“Toby…” Jessica began, fighting back tears. “I’m so sorry.”
“It’s OK, Jessica.” Toby said, coming closer to embrace her. “Things are born–” he snapped his fingers. “And just like that…they die.” his voice suddenly dropped. This sent shivers down Jessica’s back.
“No, Toby you’re wrong. I did everything wrong.” Jessica was openly crying now. “I should have never left you.” her words filled with genuine regret.
“Jessica that’s not why I’m here.” Toby said, looking at Jessica right in the eye. “I’m here to warn you. He’s coming back.”
Who’s coming back? Did Toby mean the man who kidnapped them, after all of these years? It was impossible. The man was arrested for a life in prison.
“Goodbye, Jess.” Toby said softly, as he handed her a piece of paper that was folded multiple times. He slowly faded away into the air and eventually disappeared.
“No! Toby, stay with me!” Jessica cried, feeling around to see if he was still present.
He was gone.
Jessica opened the piece of paper.
Toby had made this for her on her 13th birthday, all by himself, just for her.
Suddenly, someone else walked into the room. She turned around to see who it was.
“Why hello there, Jessica.” said a calm voice. Sensing Jessica’s fear, he said “Relax, Jessica, I’m not going to hurt you.”
Jessica couldn’t speak. It was her cousin, Jonathan. She almost thought that he had forgotten about her.
“I need your help.”
“What is it? Why are you here?” she replied.
“I need you to help me find Eliza.”
First Toby, and now Eliza? Something was going on.
“I thought Eliza was…dead.” Jessica whispered.
“Listen to me, Jessica. I thought she was dead too. I was wrong. She’s alive and she needs our help.” Jonathan confessed. Before Jessica could respond, he interrupted her. “I can explain later, but we need to go now, or else it will be too late.”
“What? Jonathan, this is crazy!” Jessica protested.
“I’ll explain everything in the car.” he said, forcefully dragging her along. Jessica wouldn’t move an inch.
“Please, Jess.” Jonathan begged. “Just trust me.”
There was a moment of silence.
“OK. I’ll do it…for Toby.” she choked.
Jonathan nodded his head as a thank you and before she knew it, she was sitting in the backseat of Jonathan’s jet black Mercedes.
Going to find Eliza.
Thank you for reading this post. Are you signed up for CPC 2018 as well? What did you think of my interpretation of Carol’s prompts? Let me know in the comments.