Time To Write: Set The Scene 14 [Creative Writing Prompt]

Last week’s writing prompt was a sentence starter. Check out some stories and photos from other great writers:

This week’s writing prompt is:

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Write a story based in the setting above – at the pond.

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Would You Rather Book Edition

I haven’t done a Would You Rather game in a while. I figured, why not do another one?

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Would You Rather Have The Ability To Buy Unlimited eBooks Or Have a $10,000 Gift Card To Any Bookstore?

Give me that money! I enjoy both physical books and my Kindle, but I love being able to hold the actual book in my hand. Books may not be cheap, but I could still buy a ton with $10,000. My only issue would be that the Barnes & Noble near me also sells puzzles, board games, and Pokemon cards… I could buy a lot of Pokemon cards with $10,000.

Would You Rather Attend Hogwarts Or Live In The Shire?

I mean, this is a super tough one. I would love to go to Hogwarts and be a wizard but also the Shire calls to me. Hobbits sing the song of my people. They eat all day, they live in peace and harmony, and they look like me… minus all the hair. So, I think I would have to go with the Shire.

Would You Rather Write The World’s Number One Best-Seller Or Live Inside Your Favorite Book?

Even though most books have a happy ending and my favorites do, I think I would like to write a best seller. If I lived in my favorite book I’d go on one adventure. But if I could write many books – even if only one is a best seller – I could go on many adventures.

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Taking Breaks [Healthy Writer]

It’s far too easy to get sucked into work. When you’re a creator, you work from home and are on the computer all day. Your back is tired. Your butt hurts. You need to get in the habit of taking breaks.

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Get In The Habit

People always say they need to get in a habit with writing. I always say the same thing. Get yourself into a routine, train your body and mind that a certain time is writing time. You should also do the same for taking breaks as well.

There must be a certain amount of time each day where you’re not writing or creating just to let your mind at ease.

Breaks are not only important for your mental health but also for your physical health. There are a number of things I personally like to do when I take breaks.

  • Take a walk with the dog
  • Be outside in the sun
  • Clean the house
  • Dance around or sing obnoxiously
  • Run errands or go for a drive
  • Read a book
  • Play video games

Of course, reading and playing video games is kind of like work as well so I tend to try to do something else if I can.

How I Know When To Take A Break

Usually, when I start not focusing or I begin to get silly (just ask my sister) that’s when I know I need to take a break. A lot of times, and I especially do this when my sister and I are working together, we work for an hour then break for an hour and repeat. It really helps us get a lot done.

I especially like doing things that way because I’m still getting work done throughout the day. Something I need to work on is not feeling guilty when I don’t write or blog. I’ll get up early, work for eight hours, and then if I sit down to watch TV at 6 pm I feel like that’s too early for me to not be working, despite putting in a full day.

So, alternating each hour with work and breaks helps me in the sense that I’m working throughout the day until all my stuff is done or I’m too tired to get anything else done.

Days Off Are Breaks Too

Also, you don’t just need to take breaks throughout the day. You should always give yourself a day or two off each week. My goal is to be able to have Saturdays and Sundays off. Right now I give myself Fridays off and even then I still sometimes get work done. Other than live streaming with my sister, I don’t have to babysit on Fridays (unless I agree to babysit on the occasional Friday) so I do my best to stay off the computer.

My laptop is a trooper, so she definitely deserves a break most days. Not mention, so do my characters.

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All About Worry Stones [Mental Health Monday]

When I was younger, I was always interested in stones and gems. Though I never knew much about them, I just thought they were pretty. I remember going on vacation with my family over the summer and getting those small, velvet string bags and shoving as many brightly colored rocks in there as I could. I never knew they really had much of a meaning.

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What Is A Worry Stone?

Worry stones are smooth gemstones that are often in an oval shape with a thumbprint. It’s made to be rubbed in between your thumb and fingers to help calm you down and is often used for anxiety relief. Of course, not all worry stones come like that. And a worry stone can be anything you want it to be – anything that you find comfort in.

How I Learned About Worry Stones

When I was in therapy and recently diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, my therapist mentioned getting a worry stone or something of the kind for me. She thought it would bring me comfort as they were trying to step foot back into my high school. Of course, I have no idea what she was talking about. She had a small rock, nothing like the worry stone I described above, but she let me borrow it.

My mom had found a red, heart-shaped stone we had in the house and gave that to me to use. I had both and kept my therapist’s in my pocket and the one my mom gave me in my backpack since it was too big and heavier to fit in my pocket. I don’t know why or how, but it helped. For some reason, knowing I had those small objects made me feel better.

My Own Worry Stone

I had given my therapist her worry stone back the next time I saw her. I had the one my mom had given me and I was thinking of looking into getting my own anyway. Shortly after, my neighbor on the other side of the block (we’re not very close, but we talk to her once in a while), stopped by my house and gave my mom and small, oval-shaped worry stone made from rose quartz. Her two kids (both are younger than me) have anxiety and use worry stones. When she heard from the grapevine (meaning my whole neighborhood seemed to know I was having a rough time) that I had anxiety, she had gotten me a worry stone saying it helped her kids a lot.

Rose Quartz is pale pink stone (like the ones in the photo above) and is said to give off energy pertaining to love, happiness, and passion. I was so touched that this neighbor had thought of me and went out of her way to pick me out a worry stone despite us not being very close.

I kept that stone in my pocket every single day. Until I accidentally broke it.

Jasper Worry Stone

Apparently, Rose Quartz has grooves in them looking like cracks. They’re not cracks, but they’re fragile enough to be like cracks, so guess what’ll happen if you drop it on the floor? I had that particular worry stone for a few years and had it in my pocket every day. It was special, not just because it helped with my anxiety, but because it was given to me from someone special.

I was away for the weekend with my family. I had gone into the bathroom to take a shower. I took the worry stone out of my pocket and placed it on the sink counter – except I missed. The stone fell and hit the tiled floor splitting into two even pieces. I was so upset. Luckily, we happened to be near a shopping area and one store was an elemental store.

It was cool, it had Harry Potter stuff, Tarot cards, gemstones, and more. They had a decent selection of worry stones, though they were completely out of rose quartz. I got a brown stone (I believe it’s a Jasper stone, but I honestly can’t remember). It’s thinner than the one I had, but was oval and had thumbprint.

I didn’t feel the same effect having that one as opposed to my rose quartz one. I wasn’t sure if that was because I wasn’t used to it or if it was because I felt so bad I had broken the rose quartz one.

Some Bad News

Or it might have been because, the day we got home from that weekend trip, a day or two after my stone broke, we found out my neighbor – the one who had given me the stone – had cancer. It was a rare cancer and it a late stage. They weren’t expecting her to live much longer. I’m not superstitious, but for some reason, I felt as though my worry stone breaking was sort of an omen.

I never got rid of the broken stone. I still have both pieces and they’re sitting on the shelves above my bed with my other worry stones. I thought, if I had thrown the pieces away, it would have been the end of my neighbor. It sounds weird, I know, but that’s how I felt.

I’m happy to stay she’s still here with us and cancer-free. It took her a few years, but she won the battle. I still won’t be throwing out those pieces. Superstitions aside, it’s special to me and was my first worry stone.

A Collection of Worry Stones

I now have five worry stones. Three rose quartz, not including the broken on, the Jasper stone, and a white stone. (I bought the white one after I bought the Jasper stone. I figured having a back up would be a good idea in case I accidentally dropped another stone.) I bought another rose quartz stone, similar to the one I had before because the rose quartz seemed to make me feel the best.

I got two other rose quartz stones from a friend. Once he found out I dropped my first one, he immediately ordered me a new one, unknown to me. He ended up ordering two because when the first one arrived, it was a bigger circle (as you can see in the picture above) and he thought it was too big. So he ordered another. So, I have two rose quartz stones that were the same size as my original plus the Jasper and white one.

I like the big one though. I often wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety attacks and holding onto my worry stone will help me fall back to sleep. Of course, I tend to lose them under my pillow or in my sheets. I use the bigger one at night and I don’t lose it in my bed. I can easily find it when I wake up the next morning.

I’m Grateful

I’m lucky to have so many people who care about me enough to hunt down small stones for me just to make me feel better. I have a worry stone in my pocket at all times every single day. Though, I’m at the point where I don’t need it on me at all times. If I’m wearing pants with no pockets, I can get away with leaving my stone in my backpack or wallet. But it’s still near me in some way.

I find it interesting that a small stone can help you and make you feel better, but I’m glad it does.

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Short Story Sunday 259: Look

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“What do you see?”

Cory narrowed his eyes. He thought about what he saw. He thought real hard. Nothing was coming to mind though. He didn’t want her to think he was stupid, but there wasn’t anything that was popping into his head on what it could possibly look like.

“Hello?” Lucy piped up again.

“I’m thinking.” Cory hissed.

Lucy smirked. “You’re not supposed to think about it. That’s the whole point of ink blots. There’s no right or wrong answer.”

“I know, you’ve told me that plenty of times already. But just let me think.” Cory repeated.

Lucy rolled her eyes and put the card face-down on her lap. “No, I’m going to move onto the next one. Do not think about it at all. I’m going to show you and I want you to tell me the first thing that comes into your mind. I’ll give you five seconds.”

“But–”

“Are you ready?”

Cory sighed. “Fine.”

Lucy held up the next card. “5… 4… 3… 2… 1 and done.” She laid the card face down in her lap on top of the previous one. “Alright, so what did it look like to you?”

“A butt.” Cory replied without any hesitation.

“A butt?!” Lucy exclaimed. She picked up the card and turned it over so she could see. “You can’t be serious.”

“Hey, you told me to say the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it and it looks like a butt to me.” Cory defended himself.

Lucy stared at him with a horrific expression.

“Alright, fine, you tell me what it looks like to you then.” Cory challenged her.

“I believe it looks like a fountain with the water cascading down.” Lucy explained.

Cory shook his head. “No, see, that’s ridiculous. It’s clearly a butt.”

“I have no idea how you see a butt.”

“I have no idea how you see a water fountain.”

“There’s no right or wrong answer. It can be a water fountain if I believe it is.” Lucy stated.

“Ah-ha!” Cory exclaimed. “If there are no right or wrong answers, then it can be a butt if I believe it is!”

Lucy sighed. “Yeah, but…”

“Yes, butt.”

Lucy shot him a glare. Then she looked back at the ink blot. “I see something beautiful. How can you not?”

“You see something beautiful?” Cory repeated in disbelief. “How can you see something beautiful in a big black blob in the shape of a butt?”

“Okay,” Lucy sighed. “I think we’re done here for today.” She stacked the used cards and remaining ones neatly on her lap and then stood up heading for her desk.

“Done? We only wen through four cards. You have plenty more, I can see that much.” Cory said. He stood up and followed Lucy to her desk.

“Yes, but maybe we can pick this up next time. I think I’ve had all I can take.” Lucy replied. She smiled at him but Cory knew what that smile meant.

“I’m looking at your smile and do you know what I see?” Cory asked wagging a finger in her face.

“What do you see?” she asked still smirking.

“I see your mind and it’s thinking I’m pretty stupid.”

“Not stupid, Cory. Ridiculous, maybe, but certainly not stupid.”

Words: 549

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Battle Scars By Jordan Corley [Book Review]

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Summary:

battle scars is a tribute to the pain and suffering that happens beneath the surface of a smile. A smile we so cautiously adorn to mask the truth, but sometimes life just isn’t going the way you want it to, sometimes life is hard. This collection of poetry explores life through Jordan’s eyes, with the hope that someone, somewhere, might be able to relate to the meaning of her words and find solace in the comfort of knowing that they are not alone.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.comThe cover is simple enough. It’s dark, rightfully so given the poetry inside. The triangles feel as though they’re out of place, but I like that symbolism.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.comPoetry isn’t something I read too often, but I do enjoy it. When I author asked if I was interested in giving this a read, I was more than happy to.

Plot | RachelPoli.comAs the summary says, this book is a collection of poetry through the author’s eyes as she goes through some tough times in life. The messages were well done and received. I think there are many people out there who can relate to the author’s words.

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This book is as described – a collection of poetry. Each poem is written well with deep thoughts. I didn’t resonate with all of them though there were some words that stuck out in my mind. Some of the poems were bland. One poem repeated “sorry” over and over again which seemed to drag on for me. However, most of the poems are beautifully crafted and worded well.

Overall | RachelPoli.comBeing poetry, this is a quick read and worth the time if you’re interested in memoirs and poetry.

Battle Scars by Jordan Corley gets…
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Favorite Quote:

“i do not want to run anymore / i want to stop / and feel the breeze / breathe in the scents of / grass and dirt / and just be / in the moment / for / a / second.” -Jordan Corley, Battle Scars

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About Jordan Corley:

Jordan Corley | Author | Poet | Battle Scars | Book Review | RachelPoli.comJordan released her debut poetry collection, battle scars, at age 19 after maintaining a WordPress poetry blog for a year. She currently attends Penn State University where she is attempting a degree in Biomedical and Mechanical engineering and writes for their school newspaper. Her biggest writing accomplishment would undeniably have to be her piece on Jesse McCartney because it has (hopefully) set her one step closer to meeting Justin Bieber.

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Time To Write: Sentence Starter 45

Last week’s writing prompt was a picture prompt. Check out some stories from fellow writers here:

This week’s writing prompt is:

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Write a story beginning with the dialogue: “Look at that!”

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Sunday Morning Release Date & Special Offer!

I have so exciting news! You all know Sunday Morning has been a long time coming. There were bumps in the road, to say the least, but now it’s finally here. Sunday Morning has a release date and I’m running a special offer on Patreon for the occasion!

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Special Offer

Until 11:59 pm EST on Monday, April 15, I will be running a special offer on my Patreon page. I’ve run this offer before and, because I had to push the release date back, I decided to run it again and give people an extra shot at it.

If you become a patron between now and April 15, you’ll get a care package sent straight to your door with some Sunday Morning goodies in it!

The package will include:

  • A signed, print copy of Sunday Morning
  • A hand-written thank you note
  • A bookmark
  • And other goodies!

You will have to be comfortable giving me a snail mail address. It doesn’t need to be your home, but an address that you can get the package from. This information will be kept confidential and deleted as soon as I get confirmation that you received the package.

With that in mind, feel free to head over to my Patreon page for more info! You can sign up at any tier and get the package plus all the rewards that come with the tier you join at.

As always, there’s no obligation. Just trying to find ways to give back to all the support you guys have given me over the years!

Release Date

I guess you’ll be wanting to know more about this, huh?

As I said, Sunday Morning has had some hiccups. Real life stuff happened and I needed to push the release date back a few times… remember this was originally planned to be released in January? Then February?

Well, I’m not holding back anymore. No more waiting. I’ve set a release date and it’s final.

Sunday Morning is coming Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

I am beyond excited and totally freaked out at the same time. There’s still so much to do in just three weeks, but I know I can do it. I can’t wait to share this project with you. Who knew my Short Story Sunday posts would get its own spotlight?

Don’t Forget

My Patreon special offer ends on Monday, April 15 and the book will be released just one week after that! Whether you decide to join Patreon or not, I’ve been creating public posts on there this week and will continue to do so for the next few days. Be sure to check those out.

As always, thanks for reading and sticking by me through all this. It means the world.

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My Camp NaNoWriMo Goals

2019 is already a quarter gone. Which is totally weird to me, but hey! It’s the first Camp NaNoWriMo session of the month and I’m super excited to be working on a new project and some old ones. So, here are my Camp NaNoWriMo goals for the month.

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Crossroads

This is a working title for my next Wattpad novella. It’s an RPG-style fantasy. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before. It was inspired by the video game Octopath Traveler. I created my own world and characters. I made great outlining progress on it in March and have been breezing through the first few chapters in this past couple of days. I can’t wait to see how the first draft turns out! Crossroads will be coming to my Wattpad on June 3, 2019.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

George and Lilah are killing me. We’ve been together for so long at this point that they really just need to find their own place and get out of the nest. Don’t get me wrong, I love them to pieces. But this book, the first in a series, has been a work in progress since 2011 – give or take. So, this month, I’ll be continuing the revising stage. I’m only going to work on it during weeks two and four of Camp NaNo though. I don’t want to work on too many projects in one day for an entire month straight. In addition to revising, I’ll also be continuing my timeline for the whole series and planning the other books. I need to get my head on straight with this one.

Sunday Morning (Vol. 1)

Of course, I’ll be working on some finishing touches, marketing, etc. This collection of flash fiction will be here at the end of the month! More information is on my Patreon Page and I’ll also be talking about it more in-depth on the blog tomorrow, April 4. Yes, this means a release date (which you might already know if you head over to Patreon).

Sunday Morning (Vol. 2)

There is a title for this one that I’m not sharing yet. The first volume compiles the first 53 stories I’ve ever posted on my blog, revised and remastered. I’m taking the next 52 stories from the blog and putting them into volume 2. I’ll spend the final two days of Camp NaNo putting this together before I begin the rewriting stage in May.

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