The Second Coming- William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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#QuoteofToday-To Kill A Mockingbird

 

 

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I like to share quotes from novels, movies, or whatever else on my Instagram page.  It’s fun to create art on Canva. I’ve been trying to do these #QuoteoftheDay posts each day. Today’s quote comes  from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. A lot of inspiring quotes from this classic. If you enjoy this post follow my Instagram account. Search for GarnetNGold22 and you’ll surely find my account.  Have a great day!

Genre

Genre is a simple, yet  difficult egg to crack. A majority of new writers jump straight into writing their premise before actually knowing what their story is about. Don’t fret. If you understand genre, you will know what to do.

Genre is what category a story fits into. If the story takes place in outerspace and deals with advanced technology it’s science fiction. If the story is about vampires or werewolves it’s fantasy, but the genre of these type of stories are more than one thing.

Genre’s get mixed and mashed. A writer can take a few big genres like scifi or fantasy and mesh them together with other big genres plus sub genres. It’s all about that genre. Lets take a look at the genre of something popular like Star Wars. The force is strong in this genre.

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Star Wars is science fantasy. The people of this massive universe have spaceships and fight with light sabers, but those are science based not fantasy based. This is where the force comes into play.  The force is like this out of body experience that gives regular people incredible strength. We don’t have the force in reality. Fantasy is based off magic which isn’t possible( OR IS IT!), so George Lucas took two separate, awesome genres and blended them together to create Star Wars. Thank you George Lucas.

Now scifi and fantasy are two big blocks of the Star Wars universe, but there are other genres within the realm. There was romance between Han Solo and Princess Liea or family issues between Darth Vadar and Luke Skywalker. To put this shortly, stories are based entirely off of genres.

If or when you decide or decided to write a story you had to figure out the genre. The  genre is the stepping stone toward success. The old motto is read and you will write. This is excellent advice. To learn how to write you must read, but don’t read every book, thinking it will lead you to creating a book without understanding the genre.

It’s great to learn as much as you can about writing, but if you desire to write a steamy romance with hints of horror reading a bunch of fantasy dystopian novels probably won’t help. In my opinion, read a few books and discover which genre you either enjoy to read or better yet enjoy writing. Likewise to basketball we each have our own sweet spot aka an area of the court we know best.  If you like supernatural, fantasy romance create a story based on this genre. Why waste time creating a story you don’t care about? Let someone else write that.

Thank you for reading today’s post. I have relatives visiting, so I don’t have as much time to write at the moment. I did get to study genre somewhat yesterday and had to write a post about it. Writing is easier when you know what you’re doing. I’m happy to help everyone out cause writers stick together!

 

The Pros and Cons of Camp Nanowrimo

Camp Nanowrimo is a worldwide event online. Writers either work solo or within a group on a story and have deadlines to follow such as word count goals. Camp Nanowrimo is an excellent experience for writers, but is it also harmful to a writers progression?

 

I’ve taken part in Camp Nano since the fall of 2015.  It’s  connected me with hundreds of wonderful writers through social media groups on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It’s gotten me out of shell and brought so much friendship. The information I’ve learned is great, but one thing camp Nano failed at, with me at least, is getting me to write.

The idea of writing 50,000 words in a single month is terrifying, unless you know what you’re doing. I, like so many others, jumped into Camp Nano, expecting to write 50,000 words, because that was the goal. Surely everyone must be able to write such a long, vast amount of words in a single month. Camp Nano is urging us to do this. I can do this. I have to do this!

 

I don’t mean to sit here and bash Camp Nanowrimo. Again I must mention the benefits of Camp Nanowrimo. It draws writers from across the globe together. We cheer each other on and cry over each others shoulder. We lift each other up and tread on. Camp Nanowrimo is a wonderful experience, but don’t go into camp Nano expecting everything to go exactly as planned. We’re writers, but most importantly we’re humans.

We’re going to screw up time and time again. If you don’t feel confident enough to reach those goals, don’t worry. The best of the best writers can write or type out 50,000 words in a couple days, because they’ve worked hard to get there. We can’t write 50,000 words if we don’t know what we’re doing. Don’t allow someone else’s success to harm your craft.  Keep writing, listen to your friends and mentors, and hone in on your skills. Someday you will reach that goal no matter how many words you’re striving for. The rule might be 50,000 words plus, but writers use tools not rules to succeed. Anyone can tell you how to write a story, but to write an actual novel, short story, flash fiction or whatever your heart desire’s is entirely up to you!

Last night, while watching the NBA playoffs, an idea exploded in my head. I grabbed my Ipad Mini, tapped the Google Doc icon, and went to work. About 40 minutes later I completed the first chapter and wrote over 1,000 words. Ba-boom! Will I write another 49,000 words before May 1st? Maybe, but most likely not. The important part is I’ve got a brand new work in progress.  Whether I complete this bad boy in 40 days, 100 days, or even 1,000 days I’ve got something to work with. That is the magic of storytelling.

The Story Pitch

Good morning WordPress. I recently picked up a couple writing prep books on kindle by an author named Scott King. I swept through each book and am left speechless. Guys. The advice from Scott King’s books was amazing. It will help my writing a lot, so I wanted to fill you guys in on what is called a story pitch.

 

Blurbs are used to entice readers to purchase a book. In its infant stage, a blurb starts out as a story pitch. Story pitches are like shortcuts into how a story is made. Mr. King’s story pitch starts out with four elements: Character, want, conflict, and stakes.  Lets begin with character and want. We have a wise character named George who is thirsty and wants a glass of water. Moments  before the scene started he’s handed a glass of water. How ironic! Let’s  start the sentence like this.

 

George sipped at his glass of water. Boom! Story over. That’s all folks—-NOT!

If you wrote George sipped at his glass of water you’d have a character and a want, committing an action, but this isn’t a story. No one wants to read a story about George drinking H20. Too simple and nothing is challenging George. George is a big boy. He can handle some tension.  A story can’t be without conflict and stakes. Conflict and stakes  drive a story forward. Next lets  add in conflict by saying this.

George sipped at his water, but spit it out.

Now we have a character, a want, plus conflict. George spit out the water, but why? I’ll explain in a moment, but what we’re still missing are stakes. Stakes make our heart beat faster. Will the dog rescue his owners before the crooks toss them over board? Will the heart surgeon face his fear and save his son’s life? Lets add some  stakes into George’s world.

George sipped at his water, but spit it out. He spilled the liquid to the floor. The floor evaporated and sent a chill down George’s spine.

 

George nearly drank poison. If he had drank the poison,  he would had died! Being a smart cookie George realized  his mistake and spit out the poison before it killed him. My three, basic sentences consisted of a character, a want, conflict, and stakes. It’s that simple, but there are other things to add into developing a story like genre, theme etc. If you plan a story, starting with a story pitch, things will be interesting and go smoothly.

Hope you guys get the point and get to check out Scott King’s books. A lot of good information. Write on guys!

Instinct

It’s 5AM, yet I’m wide awake. I have no clue why I woke up this early. Maybe it’s from the juice I drank before dinner, the start of the NBA playoffs, or the hype from FSU’s spring football game got me turnt. I’ve already binge watched a couple episodes of the new Lost in Space series(SO GOOD!),  read books off Kindle, yet am still awake, so why not use this moment to write. I’ve wanted to wake up earlier to write, so maybe this is the beginning of something new.

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Last week I was wasted and I don’t mean by alcohol. I don’t drink that rubbish. What I’m referring to is the moment when you’re so invested in something your brain literally shuts down and tells you to chill. I can’t speak for everyone, but I think this is a normal occurrence especially for writers.

It amazes me how much information the human brain can muster before we turn the internal computer down. There is so much to learn. So much information to help us improve. For some reason, society instills in us a fear to learn like it’s not cool or something. Some teachers enjoy striking fear into their students which I’ve always found as strange and morbid.

God gives us talent. We’re born with these skills, yet it’s society and our internal problems that plague us from success. We think we can’t do something, because some moment wounded us. It holds us all back and the only way to overcome it is by fighting back.

I learned how to swim when I was around seven or eight years old. Probably older then that, but this inciting moment revealed to me how learning is important. I wore those water wing things. I wanted to be able to swim without them, yet I was afraid of drowning,  because I almost did drown to death the year prior. One afternoon, while my mom was getting my rings ready, I stood on the ladder and leaped in. I swam around the pool for a minute or two without realizing I wasn’t wearing those stupid water wings, but as soon as mom told me I wasn’t wearing them I climbed out of the pool. I should of allowed my instincts to overcome the fear.

 

I love storytelling. It brings me a ton of passion and drive. My desire had been to write novels and publish them, but I didn’t have the rules aka the guidelines down. Fear kept telling me I couldn’t do this, because I didn’t understand. Well one day I took a deep breathe and realized I needed to do some digging to get better. I’ve been digging a while now and boy was it rough. I’m at a point now I’m no longer fearful and anxious to write more and more. Look at me now, giving out advice on how to write!

Never allow fear to hold you back. Do what you want to do unless it’s robbing a bank or something sinister. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. You’ve got some desire waiting to be explored. Plant the seed and watch it grow. Before long you won’t be afraid. You’ll do it on instinct.

Let Me In- Film Review

Let Me In was a  2010 American/British  romantic horror film set in the early 1980’s based on the 2008 Swedish horror  Let The Right One In. The stars of the film were  Kodi  Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Elias  Koteas,  and Richard Jenkins. Basically the story wsa about a shy bullied youth who become’s bff with a girl who happens to be a vampire.  Duh, duh, DUH!!!!

 

This movie was bloody, gritty, juicy as well as cheesy. The storyline reminded me a lot of Netflix’s Stranger Things. It takes place in a small, run down town in New Mexico instead of Indiana. The story focuses on a young boy named Okser(Kodi Smit-McPhee) who was a lot like ST’s Will.  Throughout the movie he’s timid and pretty much bullied by three-four other kids. Most recognizable  is Kenny whose role was portrayed by 13 Reason’s Why Dylan  Minnette, yet that information doesn’t really matter here. Back to the MC.

Okser meets this mysterious girl named, Abby, who wears no shoes nor socks. Like never. She’s barefoot in this entire film. I guess vampire’s don’t need to wear shoes…. Anyways The kids grow close and the closer they get Okser begins to realize this girl is a little different. Turns out Abby is actually a vampire and she’s been a vampire for a long time.  She teaches Okser to be more confident and stick up for himself although she does most of the action. To cut this short a bunch of people get attacked or killed. Blood squirts everywhere. And a few vampire’s randomly burn up when in direct sunlight.

I wouldn’t say this is a terrible film. Like I said earlier this movie was similar to Stranger Things without the excitement or suspense. I think it failed to grab my attention, because it felt too similar to other horror/vampire movies. There was little to no stakes in this film. Abby was a Superhuman character with not many limitations except I’ll burn to  a crisp if I go out in the sun. In the climax scene, when the bullies are brutally picking on Osker and ready to pluck his eyes out with a tiny knife, Abby randomly appears to save  the day. Some drama, but no suspense. Another thing I didn’t like about this film was how the action scene went about. They tried to make it seem dramatic, but the cut to the chase suspense didn’t thrill me. It was like a weird, funky 1990’s video game with glitches. Like why did she snap the dude’s neck after already draining him of blood? We can see the two bite marks on his throat. The horror scenes either made me laugh or left me confused.With a lot more character development and twists in the plot this movie could had been much better. I’ll give Let Me In a C plus.

Have you seen this film? If so, what did you think about it? Maybe you loved it or hated it. Whatever you think let me know. Have a wonderful day.

 

 

 

 

I Bought a Camcorder

Sup guys! I have some cool news. I bought a Canon VIXIA HF R800 camcorder!

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 I hope no one thinks I purchased this camera, because it’s pricy, nicer, or whatever. I normally do not spend much money on anything except for books or video games, but I’ve been wanting to buy a super cool camera for a while. This Canon camcorder was pretty affordable. And it came with all the goodies inside of the package, except for the battery  and the protection plan, which I purchased in bundle deal. Frank Fritz would be proud of me. I’m grateful to have enough money to afford things. It’s a blessing to be able to pay for things yourself. This camera will take awesome shots and record  quality videos.#Pumped

Judging Books By Their Covers

The old expression is to never judge a book by its cover. If true I’ve sinned many times. The title or cover of a book grabs my attention. The illustrations interest me. The best covers usually get me to pick up the book and scroll to chapter one to see what the story is all about. I enjoy opening a book and reading a few pages to get some understanding on the story-line instead of only viewing reviews by hundreds and hundreds of other readers. No offense to anyone but, we’re all readers. We all have our own opinions. Someone loved it while others hated it. It’s best to base your own opinion than judge a book based off someone else’s thoughts. You may disagree with my theory if you please.

The other day I opened up Ready Player One. It’s been turned into a film ya know, so it’s all over the bookshelves now. The premise aka the idea seemed like something I would like. I’m a video game nerd for crying out loud. I was excited to see what the fuss was all about. Surely a story being turned into a film must be interesting to some extent. Well…. Here is my two cents.

I wandered around Sam’s Club, dodging shoppers like being stuck in traffic, I read at least fifteen to twenty four pages. Sorry, but math isn’t my thing, so I don’t have the actual numbers figured out. Anyways what I read didn’t interest me. A majority of what I read was info dumped backstory within a fancy term called a prologue. I read how America had gone to crap. It’s funny, but most of these stories are about a dystopia, futuristic version of America. What happened to the rest of the world? What happened to Asia, Europe, Africa etc? Guess will never know.

Anyways after getting passed how crappy America was the info dump lead us into the first chapter. Finally the protagonist is on stage! I’ll tell ya the truth. The protagonist didn’t thrill me and he lead me to deciding I didn’t want to purchase this book and read more. I’m totally done with the obnoxiously stupid youth characters. The “oh everything sucks” kid. Seriously this kid literally called history bullshit, yet puts his entire trust in video games, music, films and whatever else happened in the nineteen eighties.  Where did each of these subjects come from? Oh right. HISTORY!

 I didn’t like the book, but I can see why it became popular. It’s marketed toward a certain group of people who may be causal readers at best. Good job by the author of this book. He nailed it. If only Ready Player One had an actual story. If only the protagonist was likable or better yet someone I could sympathize with. The cover, title, and idea for this story was colorful and creative, yet it’s only going to sell well to a certain group. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? You can decide for yourself. The cover might be beautiful, but it’s always the inside that counts.

 

A Depressing Bus Ride

Jacob sat on a wooden bench outside the Greyhound Bus Station. The bus was suppose to arrive at eleven fifteen AM, but a major accident on the highway kept the young boy and others waiting. As he waited, Jacob read through his copy of To Kill A Mockingbird. The youth enjoyed classic novels instead of modern young adult literature or  pre-teen crack as he preferred to call it. As he turned to page one hundred and eight six a beefy woman sat beside him. So close, she nearly sat on top of him.

” Excuse me,” Jacob shouted and stared up at her.

 

The woman stumbled” Oh! I’m sorry young man, but I didn’t notice you sitting there.  My name is Violet, Violet Rosemary. I’m traveling into the city to visit my son and his family. New York City is a large place. Have you ever visited the Big Apple?”

Jacob grumbled under his breathe” No problem, and yes, many times,” he kept his eyes glued to his novel.

“The city is a dangerous place, but Lucas doesn’t fear the city. He didn’t fear much,” Violet’s jaw dropped”Goodness! Is that To Kill A Mockingbird? I love that book very much. I read it hundreds, maybe thousands of times as a young girl. Some say you can’t read a good book enough, although I don’t remember who said it exactly. Was it Steve Jobs or Stephan King? What is the name of that woman who wrote the story about the boy wizard? Oh right. JK Rowling. Harry Badger is such a popular book, but I’m sure you know all about that story”

” Actually it’s Harry Potter,” Jacob explained” and no I don’t. Could you go sit over there? You’re kind of blocking the sunlight,”

Violet rolled her eyes” I suppose I could, but you must tell me what you think about Harper Lee’s divine literature. She’s really the greatest author of all time. Way better than Mark Twain.  Her novels really tug at the heart. Don’t you agree?”

” Thank God,” Jacob said under his breathe as he spotted the bus coming closer” Well miss, I wish we could talk some more, but I’ve got to get a seat,” He stood and dashed away, but got caught in a long line.   He wandered inside the bus and found two empty seats. Jacob grimaced as Violet walked toward him.

” I found you! Say I have cookies inside of my sack. They’re for my grand kids, but you may have some if you like. You’re probably hungry from reading,”

” I’m hungry enough to eat a dead horse,”

Violet burst in laughter” You’re witty.  Sadie, my granddaughter, would love to meet you. She’s the smartest student at her private high school. She’d love to take you to her prom. It’s next weekend,”

Jacob’s cheeks turned red” Listen lady, I’m sure you mean well, but I’m not in the mood to talk right now, so I’d like to read the rest of this stupid book and get on with my life ok?” Violet’s bubbly charm vanished. She closed her lips and glanced out the side window” I’m sorry ok. I didn’t mean to upset you. You seem like a nice old lady,”

 

Violet turned her attention back to Jacob stone faced” Don’t say I’m sorry. I know you’re not sorry. You’re some jerk who can’t think of anyone else but yourself. Certainly you can’t care about some elderly woman’s problems. You’d rather read from some book you considered stupid instead of deal with me,”

” I think you’re overreacting,”

” I think I’ll stop talking to you and keep my attention on the funeral I’m preparing to go to,”

 

” Funeral?” Jacob crossed his arms” What funeral?”

Tears rolled down her cheeks” Lucas,  my son, who you don’t care to know about, died three weeks ago. His funeral is tomorrow. I’d rather not think about how depressing the situation is, but I suppose I should face the facts,”

 

Jacob sighed and rested a hand on the old woman’s shoulder” Violet, I had no idea.”

” Well, now you know.” She pushed his hand away and found another seat. The bus inched closer to the city when Jacob understood his mistake. As the bus entered the city and stopped he stood and approached her one final time.

“Here, Violet,” he handed her the novel” I think this means more to you than it does to me. I’m sorry about your loss. Take care-” But before Jacob could leave, she embraced him with a tender hug. They left the bus station not as enemies, but as friends.

 

The End

Camp Nano April 2018

Camp Nano begins tomorrow on Easter, April Fools Day, or whatever other celebration is going on tomorrow. And I’m totally excited! In case you don’t know camp Nanowrimo is a website for writing. You join a cabin and in months such as April or November you set a goal on the amount of words you’ll be writing plus other writing goals. You join a cabin of fellow writers and team up for the writing adventures ahead. I’ve been a member on Camp Nano since 2015 and haven’t really taken part in any of the events, but I pumped for April. I decided to take part in the challenge a little late, yet found a spot within a cabin a few of my writing friends off Twitter are in. No doubt this is the best cabin of all. We’re like The Plastics, but for writers.

 

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I’m excited to start and hopefully finish the first draft of my latest WIP in April. I’m mix and mashing ideas from popular movies or novels into this bad boy. I don’t want to spoil anyone, but this is the virtual game show you won’t want to miss. Midnight can’t get here soon enough!

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