Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Word Count Wednesday 6

My goal is for me to spend at least an hour on my poetry and/or revisit a story I have been wanting to work on for a while but haven't pushed myself to do. I really think this exercise will help me get back into writing.

What am I working on? :

To be honest, I haven't really been working on that much. I should be working on my Narrative but I haven't found the time. Hopefully with the long weekend I will be able to get started on it.


How do I feel about the process? :

So far I have the story mapped out, I just need to write it down and flesh out the middle events. Not sure how I am going to go with the general tone of it...


What am I reading now? :

I am still (sorta) reading "Animal Farm", but I haven't actually sat down and read in a while.

Word Count: 100

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Scars and Stars

A Poem


April 2017


when I was younger I didn’t know
that freckles could be traced
into brilliant constellations




Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Experiment

The Elevator
This is just a small sample of an idea for my "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book"


You are in a room. It is white; the walls that surround you, the ceiling. Everything, except the floor. You look down and see that the floor is made of glass, and you can see a city beneath you.


You rake your brain and try to recall how you got here, floating above New York.

Of course! You remember New York, and how you lived there for a decade. You remember your apartment, your dog, what you had that very morning for breakfast (a cup of coffee and a plain sesame bagel). The only thing you cannot remember is how you got here, in this small floating room.

You look around and at first see nothing. But with a closer eye you spot something handwritten on the wall. It reads: 13:00. Next to the writing is a small keypad on the wall. There is no door to the keypad. Looking down, you spot your old wrist watch your brother gave you. It reads that it is half past noon.

You decide the writing is something to do with time. You wait for it to turn 1 so you can see what happens.
You decide the writing is the code for the keypad. You type “1300”.
30 minutes pass, and nothing happens. You look around concerned. As you look around, you are shocked to find that the city beneath your feet seems to be getting closer and closer. You realize the room is going down like an elevator.
After typing it in, nothing happens. You type it in again. Nothing.

You run to the keypad on the wall and type in a variety of numbers. You are afraid of what the room will do when it hits the bottom...
You stay calm and stand centered in the room.
You realize that the code could just be “13” instead of “1300”
You step back, realizing that the writing is the time. You wait until your watch turns 1.
No matter what you push, nothing happens. The room continues to fall.
The room gets faster and faster, and soon you are passing skyscrapers. Just before it hits the bottom, the room stops, hovering over the busy city life.
A noise echoes in the room, and you realize you typed in the correct code. A trapdoor opens in the center of the room. When you peer down it, it is pitch black, which leads you to believe that the floor isn’t in fact glass at all, but just an allusion.
30 minutes pass, and nothing happens. You look around concerned. As you look around, you are shocked to find that the city beneath your feet seems to be getting closer and closer. You realize the room is going down like an elevator.

You try the number “1300” on the keypad.
You stay calm and return back to the center of the room.
You check your watch to see how long the fall was. You are curious because you did not feel like you were falling at all.
You walk over to the keypad and try a few numbers. You want to see if there is some sort of door you can get out through.
You jump in.
You stay put.
You run to the keypad on the wall and type in a variety of numbers. You are afraid of what the room will do when it hits the bottom...
You stay calm and stand centered in the room.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Word Count Wednesday 5

My goal is for me to spend at least an hour on my poetry and/or revisit a story I have been wanting to work on for a while but haven't pushed myself to do. I really think this exercise will help me get back into writing.

What am I working on? :

I am brainstorming a new idea for the next Narrative Project, and I'm really enjoying it so far! After I thought about my next short story, I decided I wanted to make a bigger book filled with short stories like my last one, "The Places They Go" and the next one, which I have yet to think of a title. All have that poetic meter and dreamy state, but each is it's own individual story.

Also, I am working on the next experiment, which I am also really excited about!! I am definitely modeling a poem after Dante Alighieri, whom I named Robert Dante after.

How do I feel about the process? :

I'm really excited to write this second one, probably more excited than I was for the first. "The Places They Go" was difficult because it wasn't really telling a story, it was more about describing a mood or feeling someone has. This next one has more of a plot and character development, and you get to know the character Rebecca much better than Robert Dante. I'm having a lot of fun with the plot twists in this one.

What am I reading now? :

Currently, I am reading "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. It's really interesting and full of symbols (which I love!).


Friday, March 17, 2017

Sweet

A Poem



Syrup sweet eyes
And honeysuckle lips
Stuck knee-deep
In your molasses soul

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wednesday Word Count 4

My goal is for me to spend at least an hour on my poetry and/or revisit a story I have been wanting to work on for a while but haven't pushed myself to do. I really think this exercise will help me get back into writing.

What am I working on? :

I am currently done with my Narrative Project, and am now working on my other travel blog I have and some poems here and there. I'm pretty happy with how my story came out, though it needs a little revision after I had some people read over it and tell me their thoughts.

How do I feel about the process? :

I'm just going to sum up how I felt about finishing up my Narrative because I haven't done a Word Count Wednesday in a while and I need to catch up. I wrote Part I and Part II in a long period of time, but rushed the last two parts. One person mentioned that my first ending (which has been revised before submitting) was too rushed and separated from the rest of the pieces. This feedback allowed me to add a whole other dimension to my story which tied in some loose ends but also left some things a mystery, which I like doing in stories. This short story was difficult to write, but also really fun because I really enjoy challenging myself when it comes to writing.

What am I reading now? :

I am not reading anything at the time.


Books/Movies that inspired my Narrative Project The Place They Go :


I realized after writing this that there were so many stories that inspired me without my knowledge and I wanted to list them just in case anyone wants to look further into it:



  • Pedro P├íramo by Juan Rulfo: a Mexican short story I read last year that I REALLY enjoyed and helped me tie in an old idea with a unique writing style. The novel possesses a very unnatural, a little supernatural feeling about it and covers topics such as ghosts and purgatories.
  • Divine Comedy:Inferno by Dante Alighieri: I don't really remember this story, all I remember is there was a path between heaven and hell, and the main character had to be guided along the path. While I don't really remember a lot about its actual context, I do remember being so inspired that I named the main character of my own Dante after the author.
  • Spirited Away: a film I watched when I was little and again recently, that inspired me to write about a new a wondrous world someone sees while their dreaming. I noticed, when I watched it again recently, how nightmarish and confusing the setting is, yet somehow you can follow through and understand what is going on. I think this really helped influence the dream-like situation in my story.
  • La Jetee directed by Chris Marker: one of the best films I have ever seen! Told in pictures, the story (short film) has a very dreamlike facade about it that leaves the audience mesmerized with wonder and fascinated to see what happens next. Highly suggest pulling it up on google and watching it!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Blue Eyes

A Poem:

With tantruming Blue Eyes
Wide in what may seem like forever
Afraid to close them: what lies under those lids
That you are so delayed to show?
It’s easy to bare the hand with the petal
Laced with a tapestry of decorative words
But is it easy for you, so Wide Eyed,
To show what’s withheld in your other palm.
What secrets keep your mouth filled with gravel
Of the rubble left from the last time your soul was crushed
The job of someone who has hurt you before
What secrets do you keep behind those lids
And hidden with those thrashing
Blue Eyes