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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.

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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

Procrastination

And once again I find myself needing to make a post that’s not at all what I planned because I put off doing what I said I would do.  I said I would post a completed short story, but I barely wrote anything this week.  I could go back to stories I’ve already finished and choose one of them, but I waited too long and I don’t have time today.

I keep telling myself that I just got busy with other things and that I’ll get to it when I have time, but I could have made time earlier in the week.  I could have made time to write something.  I think I’m just letting my nerves get to me, so I’m putting it off.  I don’t know why I’m so anxious about this.  I guess sharing an actual completed story is a bigger step than just sharing a couple paragraphs, but it’s a step I need to take.  I need to get more comfortable with the idea of people reading things I wrote.

I will post something.  Soon.  Because I’m tired of being so afraid of putting things out into the world.

 

Writing

Distracted

Last week I decided that I wanted to share an entire short story in this week’s post, but it’s going to have to wait until next week.  I ended up being much too distracted by other things to get something to the point where I was ready to share it.  I have an idea for the story I want to write, so if I can focus this week it should be ready to post soon.  I really want to start sharing more than just the little snippets that I have been.

Writing Goal Updates

I wrote about a chapter and a half this week.  I wanted to write more, but there are some important details that I haven’t quite worked out yet that I need to know for the rest of the story.  I’ve been working on it the last couple days so I have some of it figured out, but I still have some work to do, so that’s what I plan on working on the rest of today.  I want to get back to writing, so I don’t want to spend too much time on it, but these things need worked out because they could really affect the rest of the story.

I haven’t done any outlining for the other story or any drawings.  I think I need to just take some time to get myself organized and figure out how to manage my time better.  I have so many things I want to write that are never going to get done if I don’t stay focused.  I’ve been far too easily distracted this week, but I think next week will be better.

Writing

A Quick Update

At the beginning of the year, I decided that I would write a blog post every week.  I only have a few hours left of this week and I didn’t get nearly enough sleep last night, so I’m going to make this a quick little post.

Writing Goal Updates

I’ve written 13,919 words of my second draft so far.  I know it’s still going to need a lot of work after this draft is finished, but I’m making progress and I’m determined to see this story through to the end.  I wrote about two and a half chapters this week, so I’m right on track.

I haven’t worked on the outline for my other story yet, but it’s going to be awhile before I’m ready to work on that, so it can wait.  I haven’t started any drawings yet either.  I need to just set aside some time every day to work on it and start with something simple.

Sharing

I want to continue sharing things I write here, even if I don’t have wordbound giving me a prompt to work on.  My goal for next week is to share an entire short story.  I don’t know if it’ll be something I’ve already written or if I’ll write something new, but I want to start sharing more.