Archive | May 2014

Six-Word Story Saturdays


Welcome to Week 2 of Six-Word Story Saturdays.

Six-Word Story Saturdays is an original weekly meme. A six-word story (or six-word novel) is a very short version of flash fiction. One of the most famous six-word stories is Ernest Hemingway’s “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” My challenge to you is to write your own six-word story.

Rules:

  1. Obviously, your story cannot exceed the six word limit.
  2. You may participate in this exercise just for fun, or you may post your response to your own blog or any other form of social media.
  3. If you post your response, be sure to include a link back to this blog, Writing My Legacy.
  4. Add the link for your post (NOT your blog) below before the end of Wednesday.
  5. If you do not have a blog or form of social media in which to post your response, you may copy it into the comment box below.
  6. Each week, I will pick one response and post it here the following Saturday.

 

My Story:
A coma patient opens his eyes.

 

The Friday 56 (#2)


Rules:The Friday 56
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice where I’ll post a sentence of two from page 56 of either the book I’m currently reading or a random book from my shelf. If you would also like to participate, click the link to the host’s blog page.


 

The Maze Runner – by James Dashner

 

“Thomas, not wanting to meet their stares, concentrated on the girl; despite her paleness, she was really pretty. More than pretty. Beautiful. Silky hair, flawless skin, perfect lips, long legs. It made him sick to think that way about a dead girl, but he couldn’t look away. Won’t be that way for long, he thought with a queasy twist in his stomach. She’ll start rotting soon.” (pg. 56)

 

Photo Fridays


Welcome to Week 2 of Photo Fridays.

Photo Fridays is an original weekly meme where I’ll post writing prompts that consist of random pictures. What better way to stimulate inspiration? They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so give yourself a few moments to collect your thoughts and write them.

 

Rules:

  1. Don’t overthink it. Look at the picture, and just write.
  2. You may participate in this exercise just for fun, or you may post your response to your own blog or any other form of social media.
  3. If you post your response, be sure to include a link back to this blog, Writing My Legacy.
  4. Add the link for your post (NOT your blog) below before the end of Wednesday.
  5. If you do not have a blog or form of social media in which to post your response, you may copy it into the comment box below.
  6. Each week, I will pick one response and post it here the following Friday.

 

Picture Source

 

 

 

Thursday Thoughts (#1): Book Hype


 

 

Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly meme hosted by Ok, Let’s Read where I’ll post my thoughts on whatever topic is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

This Week’s Topic:

Book Hype

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve been the victim of over-hyped books more than I care to admit, and I’ve found them to be misleading the majority of the time. I’m not sure if it’s that the hype causes my expectations to be set too high, but I almost always seem to be disappointed. Over-hyped books gain such a massive audience, one much grander than that of the books I consider most precious, and it seems daunting to me that we can allow these books such undeserving esteem.
 
Now, I’m not including ALL over-hyped books. (I did very much enjoy The Hunger Games– though that may be attributed to the fact that I read this series before it became so popular.) I’m talking about the Twilights and the Fifty Shades of Greys that have thrown shadows over novels with actual literary merit.
 
Yes, I understand that a lot of people actually enjoyed these books, and that’s okay. But I want you to realize there are so many more books out there, and just because a book is an easier read, doesn’t mean that it’s a better one.
 
What are your thoughts on over-hyped books? Does the hype make you enjoy the book more? Less? Leave a comment below.
 

Thoughtful Thursday (#1): Favorite POV Style


 

 

Thoughtful Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Is Fun Again where I’ll answer whatever bookish question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

This Week’s Question:

What is your favorite POV style? First person? Second person? Third person?

 

My Answer:

In reading: I’ve read many books in my lifetime and have experienced all three point of views. Though I could name at least one book I’ve thoroughly enjoyed in each of these categories, I have to admit that I’ll always lean more towards first person. Something much more intimate happens during first person, a connection to the narrator that you cannot quite establish in second and third person work.

In writing: This is a question I still haven’t quite answered, and it is one I struggle with at every new writing endeavor. I can never choose between first and third person. Either way, I’ll have to give something up. Would I rather include dramatic irony by allowing you glimpses into moments the main character is not able to see, or would I rather strengthen the emotional link you develop by drawing you more into the narrator’s thoughts, sentiments, and impressions?

 

Which is your favorite? Leave a comment below.

Top Ten Tuesday (#2): Books I Would Reread


Top Ten Tuesday Pic

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

This week’s theme is “Pick Your Own Topic,” so I’ve decided to choose “Top Ten Books I Would Reread.”

 

1. Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs: If you enjoy strong female characters, this book is a MUST read. Unfortunately, not many people know about Patricia Briggs, because her books fall under “adult fiction” instead of YA. But I haven’t read a fantasy fiction author who has been able to surpass her. Read these. It’s worth it.

 

2. The Immortals Series by Tamora Pierce: What? A girl who can talk to animals? And it doesn’t feel like a cliche? For fantasy fiction, it doesn’t get much better than that.

 

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater: This series is for any reader who loves a good shapeshifter x human romance.

 

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: A classic at its best. Oh Mr. Darcy!

 

5. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare: If you’ve seen the movie and haven’t read the first book yet, then you’ve made a horrible decision. Let’s rectify this mistake by reading the rest of this series before it’s too late. Okay? You’re welcome. 

 

6. Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan: These books might be for a little younger audience, but they’re still enjoyable reads.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series

 

7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: I don’t care how many people despise this book; it will always be one of my favorite classics.

 

8. The Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick: A little cliche with the whole fallen angel, bad boy x human relationship, but they’re still good reads.

 

9. Before I Die by Jenny Downham: Judge this book by the title please! If you don’t like sad endings, then DON’T read it.

 

10. Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong:  This series introduces multiple types of supernaturals without it seeming to be too much. Though it may seem like a typical fantasy novel, once you realize the story’s setting, you’ll know that it’s not.

The Darkest Powers Trilogy

 

As you can see, I adore a good fantasy novel- though I do read many types of other fiction genres. 

Which of these have you read? Which would you like to read? Are there any other books you would have added to this list? Leave a comment below.

 

One-Minute Mondays


Welcome to Week 2 of One-Minute Mondays.

It’s amazing how our brains work and how we can form a connection between coffee → your favorite coffee creamer flavor is cinnamon vanilla creme → you used to have a dog named Cinnamon → now you have a dog named Pepper who just left a trail of socks from your sock drawer to her bed, because she couldn’t decide which pair she liked best.

This unsystematic train of thought is the basis behind One-Minute Mondays, an original weekly meme where I’ll post writing prompts that consist of one or two random, out-of-the-box words. The goal is to read the prompt, set a timer to one-minute (or click the youtube timer I’ve provided below), and write the first thing that comes to mind.

 

Rules:

  1. Let your mind wander like it’s supposed to.
  2. Don’t worry about sounding perfect and making complete sense.
  3. Don’t let your pencil/pen leave the page or your fingers leave the keyboard.
  4. Don’t stop to overthink. Just write.
  5. When your time is up, take a moment to read what you’ve written, and you may be surprised at how many potential writing prompts you’ve just created for yourself. 
  6. If you are interested in where your response is headed, you may exceed the one-minute time limit.
  7. You may participate in this exercise just for fun, or you may post your one-minute response to your own blog or any other form of social media.
  8. If you post your response, be sure to include a link back to this blog, Writing My Legacy.
  9. Add the link for your post (NOT your blog) below before the end of Friday.
  10. If you do not have a blog or form of social media in which to post your response, you may copy it into the comment box below.
  11. Each week, I will pick one response and post it here the following Monday.

 

And the theme for this week is…..

ROAD TRIP