Posted in Flash Fiction, Original Fiction

A Faux Pas

Cyndi shoved her way through the school halls, her vans squeaking loudly on the tile floor, as she searched desperately for Tyler her head whipping back and forth so quickly it was a miracle she didn’t get whiplash.

“Hey, Cyndi!” Alexis called, waving at her wildly. “Only one more week till we are free of this hell hole for good!” Cyndi’s gaze flickered over to her briefly and she shouted a greeting, voicing her hearty consent, before her attention returned to the problem at hand. “He’s over there.” Alexis informed her pointing in the direction of the gym doors, Cyndi’s eyes zeroed in on a familiar blonde head. “Thanks Alexis. Love you!”

“Tyler!” she screeched, pushing people out of the way with well placed elbows. The head turned slightly at the sound of his name, but continued on disappearing into the gym. With a burst of energy, Cyndi pulled herself free of the horde of teenagers urgently trying to escape from school.

She slammed into the gym doors like a hurricane, stumbling through and tripping over her own feet in her haste.

“Tyler!” Finally the blonde head stopped and turned around, blue eyes meeting hers. She pumped her arms back and forth. “Good-bye! See you, tomorrow, love you.”

A grin cracked across his face, “See you tomorrow, Cyndi.” He turned to go, only to pause and glance back, “Hey are we still on for this Saturday, Diana can’t wait to meet you.”

“Of course. I am so excited to meet your girlfriend. I can’t believe you kept her hidden from us for so long.” He laughed loudly before giving her a small wave, and hurrying over to his team. Cyndi grinned feeling a sense of accomplishment glad she hadn’t missed saying good-bye to Tyler.

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Posted in Literary Analysis

A Knight of…the people?

In Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The General Prologue”, the narrator tells us of the many pilgrims who plan to journey to Canterbury. Many characters are vividly described and clues about their character and persona are revealed. Throughout the various tales, many characters reappeared to add their opinions, agreeing or disagreeing heartily with whatever is being said, further developing their character. The Knight is the first pilgrim to be described, and he is afforded this honor due to his noble birth, being the only character of aristocracy in this group. The narrator seems to have a deep admiration for the knight,

a valiant man,

who, from the time when he had first begun

to ventured out, had loved chivalry,

truth and honor, liberality and courtesy.

(ll. 43-46)

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Posted in 5 star, Book Review

Time-Travel ain’t for ignoramuses: A review of The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov 

Andrew Harlan, is an Eternal, a man who resides out of time, and whose job is to make small exacting changes that effect the whole of reality. These Reality Changes are painstakingly calculated shifts, that are made for the “benefit of mankind” but everything has a cost, and some more than could ever be comprehended.

On an assignent, Harlan meets a woman, a gender Eternal’s do not often get to interact with. She is a Timer, someone who exists within real world and real time. He quickly falls in love with Noÿs Lambent. Then he learns that with the next Reality Change the woman he loves will vanish, cease to exist, a casualty in the never ending journey for the good of mankind. He risks everything to sneak her into Eternity and will do anything to save her. The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov is a masterful tale of science fiction, and Eternity is a world of wonder and utterly fascinating.

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Posted in Writing Advice, Writing Problem

(Fictional) Murder With Purpose

You stare ahead blankly in utter and complete disbelief, your friend is dead. Murdered right before your very eyes. How will you ever recover from this? I mean sure they’re fictional, but they were your best friend.

All the deaths in a George R.R. Martin book
There are many considerations that must go into killing a character, and deciding whether or not a character will receive the death penalty is never easy. I am by no means an expert, I am however a reader and as a reader I have been gifted a bit of insight into the world of character murder. I know when it works…and when it doesn’t. There are many reasons you might care about this topic at all, the two main ones are: secretly you’ve always dreamed of writing a novel, and now you will have been initiated into the depths of murdering characters, or two you just read a great book and your favorite character just died, now you will understand the level of thought and emotion that went into the authors decision, unless it was George R.R. Martin, he just killed the sucker cause he could.

To keep things simple you should consider two main things: motivation and emotional impact.

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“Resistance is Futile”

How do you act around people who don’t like Star Trek? My advice, follow the prime directive and don’t interact with underdeveloped species. Star Trek is one of the greatest shows to ever be created, and I am not just saying that because I am a Trekkie. Ask anyone with decent taste. There are so many reasons this show is insanely good, a few of the factors that make it such are it’s extensive material, deep plots, and characters. The only way you could ever fully understand my great love is if we mind melded. tumblr_inline_mmi7wj9JQr1qz4rgpIf you don’t already love Star Trek, then this post is meant to give you the kick in the rear to go watch it.

In Star trek there is enough material to last a life time, with 703 episodes and 13 movies, it would take 546 hours to watch them all, that’s 23 days straight. So I’ll bring the snacks and you grab the catheters. If that’s not enough, there are hundreds of books. Who needs fanfiction when you have that much canon? Sick of hiatus, Star Trek is for you. I am a huge Star Trek fan and I’ll be honest with you I haven’t finished all the episodes…yet. The Original Series and Next Generation conquered, Deep Space Nine and Voyager very nearly defeated, and Enterprise…well, we haven’t met yet.

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Posted in M.A.L.C.O.L.M, Original Fiction

M.A.L.C.O.L.M. Chapter 3

After last night an idea had started to form in M.A.L.C.O.L.M.’s mind, a new and unique idea, his own idea, which made it all the more potent, and entirely impossible to resist.

“Ma’am, I have a request.”

“A request M.A.L.C.O.L.M.? You never have requests.” Addison stated tinkering away at her car, not even looking up. Her mind filtering through different ways to make it more efficient, even better without disrupting the beauty and originality of it’s maker’s design.

“It’s a bit odd ma’am”

That caused her to pause, visions of mechanics coming to a halt, but after a moment she continued working, not wishing to scare her A.I. off. Her curiosity was piqued and it wouldn’t allow for anything less than learning what had her A.I. so hesitant.

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Posted in 2 star, Book Review

Some Deep Shit: A review of Grendel by John Gardner

The first monster of english literature to haunt us, terrifying and brutal, Grendel has stalked the nights for centuries. Despite his brutality, we have always wondered how Grendel become the heartless, merciless monster Beowulf fought? How did he come to hate humanity, to start the ritual of attacking Heorot each night? John Gardner attempted to answer these questions in his beloved novel named after the first monster himself. Usually I gifted you with a lengthy synopsis, but in this case there is an exception, I can’t really prattle on about the basic plot, since there is no real plot other than Grendel becoming Grendel. Grendel by John Gardner was poetic, deep, philosophical, and entirely too complicated to follow without re-reading…several times.

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Posted in Literary Analysis

The differing qualities of a hero: Beowulf vs. Sir Gawain

Heroes have captured the attention of readers for centuries, facing incredible odds, overcoming impossible obstacles, accomplishing things that encourage readers hearts and inspire their minds. Though they can often embody similar qualities, every tale’s hero is unique and special, altering to manifest the qualities valued at the time of their conception, changing to reflect the moral beliefs and thoughts of their author. Beowulf, from Beowulf, and Sir Gawain, from Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, are both heroes in their own rights, though each display different qualities, each faces different monsters of the physical and figurative kind, and each struggle to overcome them in different ways.

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