Wordbound · Writing

Wordbound Week 28

I’m a little late with this one, but I got it done.  This week’s Wordbound prompt is:   Write a scene where a character lets something go, figuratively or literally.

An Excerpt

“Where were you going?” Elliot asked, “When you found me?”

“I don’t know,” Jenna replied, “I hadn’t figured that out yet.  Where were you going?”

“To New York,” he said, “I heard there was a group there working on a vaccine.  To prevent people from turning if they’re bitten by a zombie.”

Jenna looked away and stared into the fire.  Elliot could tell that something was wrong.

“What is it?” he asked.

“There was a group in New York,” she said, “They were working on a vaccine.  But they were overrun.  There’s no one left.”

“How do you know?” he asked.

“I was there,” she said, “I saw it happen.  I’m sorry.  There’s nothing left there.”

Elliot leaned his head back against the couch and closed his eyes.

“I’m sorry,” she said.

Elliot lifted his head and looked at Jenna.

“What were you doing there?” he asked, “Are you a doctor?  A scientist?  Maybe you could…”

“No,” Jenna interrupted, “I’m not a doctor.  I was just trying to help.  There’s nothing I can do.  There’s nothing you can do.”

“There has to be something,” he said, “We can’t just give up.”

“Elliot, there’s nothing we can do,” she said, “As soon as this thing started, the smartest minds in the country came together to try to fix it, but they couldn’t.  It’s too late.”

“There has to be something,” he said, “I’m sure there are others working on it.”

“Maybe,” Jenna said, “Or maybe not.  You can keep searching if you want.  Probably get yourself killed.  Or you can find a nice place to settle down and try to stay as far away from those monsters as you can.”

Elliot stared at her.  Ever since he’d lost his family, all he’d been trying to do is find some way to fix this.  To stop what had killed them from spreading.  To save people.  It was the same story in every city he’d made it to.  At some point, there had been people working on a vaccine, but they were all gone.  They hadn’t made it.  He’d spent months alone, trying to find some way to help.  New York was the last lead he had.  And this woman was telling him that there was nothing left there.  Maybe she was right.  Maybe there was nothing left for him to do.  Maybe he should stop searching for an answer that would probably never come and try to live whatever was left of his life as happily as possible right here.

Wordbound · Writing

Wordbound Week 27

This week’s Wordbound prompt is:   What do you write “instead of”?

Over the past year, I’ve found that writing can be a great distraction from the anxiety thought spirals brought on by the never-ending stream of terrible news about the state of the world.  I also tend to choose writing over doing things that need to be done, but aren’t that exciting, like cleaning.

Netflix is definitely my biggest distraction from writing.  Sometimes it’s a lot easier to just sit and watch an episode of Gilmore Girls you’ve already seen half a dozen times than to actually put in the energy to write.  In general, I have a problem with procrastination, but it’s not as bad with writing as it is with other tasks.

All year I had been making blog posts every Saturday, but this Saturday I kept putting it off until I forgot about it.  I still fully intend to post something every week, but I plan to just write it when I have time and actually feel like writing instead of posting on the same day every week.

Personal

Not a Real Post

I was going to actually write something today, but it’s after five already and I just realized I haven’t eaten anything yet today.  I woke up with a cat curled up by my feet and stayed in bed late listening to the rain, which was a nice start to the day.  By the time I woke up, it was already past the time I usually eat lunch, but I’m never hungry when I first wake up, so I started doing other things.  Then I started wondering why I was so hungry and realized what time it was.  This isn’t the first time this has happened.  I know I need to start taking better care of myself, but some days it’s just difficult to drag yourself out of bed and start the day.

Wordbound · Writing

Wordbound Week 26

This week’s Wordbound prompt is:   Someone has to repeat something three times before it sinks in.  I’ve been watching the first season of The Magicians this week and that definitely had an influence on my choice of what to write this week.  This short story is going to be about a battle between two groups at a magical boarding school.

An Excerpt

“He’s dead,” Violet whispered to herself, “He’s dead.”

“Violet,” Melissa said impatiently.

“He’s dead,” she whispered.

“Why do you even care?” Melissa asked.

“He was my friend,” Violet yelled as she crouched next to the body on the ground.

“No, he wasn’t,” Melissa said, “Not anymore.  He was angry and jealous and petty.  He spent years pining after you, not saying a word about how he felt, expecting you to someday realize you loved him and choose him.  But that didn’t happen.  Then you discovered just how powerful you really are and he treated you horribly and tried to make you feel like nothing.  You deserve better.  We all do.”

“You didn’t have to kill him,” Violet said, standing up.

“He got in our way,” Melissa said.

“So that’s your plan?” Violet said, “Just kill everyone that gets in our way?”

Melissa stepped over his body and stood close to Violet.

“I’m not going to let them win, Violet,” she said, “Whatever it takes.”

Violet looked away from Melissa, back to her former friend’s lifeless body lying before them.

“Now let’s get what we came for and get out of here,” Melissa said.

Writing Goal Updates

I didn’t do much writing this week.  It’s frustrating because I have so much I want to write and I know I could be writing a lot more than I am.  It’s just so hard to focus sometimes.  But I’m not giving up and I’m making plans that I think will make it easier for me to write more.

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Wordbound Week 25

This week’s Wordbound prompt is:   What’s something you’ve always considered writing but haven’t yet?

I’ve always wanted to write historical fiction, but I’ve never written any.  I feel like there would be a lot of pressure to make it historically accurate and it would involve so much research to get it right.  Any writing is going to involve at least a little research, but writing something based on history would involve a lot more research than I’ve done for other things I’ve written.  I usually prefer to create my own world where I can make up the rules.  But I think I would like to write something historical, especially about people who haven’t gotten as much attention as they should have.  It’s still technically fiction, but I would want it to be as accurate to the time period as possible.

I think I’ll start with reading more historical fiction and biographies, and maybe someday I’ll actually pick something to write about and put in the effort to do the research and write the story.

Writing Goal Updates

I didn’t do much writing this week, but I started to work on some short stories that I’ve been neglecting and I’m planning on working on my big second draft after I finish this.  My goal is to finish it by NaNoWriMo so I can start off November with a new story.

Writing

Beginning of August Update

I didn’t get much writing done this week.  I wish I’d done more, but I think I needed a little break.  I feel so much more motivated to get things done.  I need to get myself organized and stop procrastinating.  I’m hoping to make some progress on my story this week and finally post the short story I’ve been saying I would.

I’m trying not to be too hard on myself for not always finishing things as quickly as I planned, but it’s difficult.  I usually have plenty of time to write, but I let myself get too distracted by little details that I could skip over and come back to when editing.  I get too distracted in general.  I think a lot about what I want to write, but I need to spend more time actually writing.

This is going to be a good week.  When I’m finished with this, I’m going to make myself a big to do list and start checking things off tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll actually get some writing done this week.