Writing Prompts: Wisdom and Worm

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of my writing may be more appropriate for mature audiences than for younger audiences or children. Please read with caution.**

Writing Prompt: Wisdom and Worm

Brandon was sitting in his office when it happened. He got the news he had been waiting for for weeks. They found her. Things would start moving quickly now. He couldn’t believe how foolish he had been. He had acted with his emotions rather than his rationality. Luckily, he listened to Adam. He stepped back and let his team handle everything. 

There were two quick knocks at the door before it was opened. Three tall and muscular men walked into the room and made their way to the desk. The middle one was holding a small metal box. He promptly handed it to Brandon and saluted him.

“With all due respect, sir. I don’t understand the big fuss over this. It’s just a worm.”

“I will have you know that she is much more than a worm. If you had more patience and wisdom, you’d see that. If this girl gets out, she will wreak a lot of havoc on the world.”

“How?”

“She has the ability to get into the mind of anybody and control their every action with just one bite. Theoretically, I can control her, but the fact that she escaped doesn’t bode well at all. I will need to shelf her permanently and never let her see the light of day.”

“Sir, what do you mean bite?”

Brandon looked up sharply. He noticed the anxiety in the man’s voice. He saw the fear in his eyes. He looked the man up and down and noticed that there was a bandage on his hand. Panic flooded him.

“Tell me she didn’t bite you.”

“I can’t do that, sir.”

“Report. Now.”

“She bit me when I was trying to contain her to bring her back here.”

“That is not good news at all. We are going to have to contain you until we can be sure that there are no lasting effects on the bite. We’ll have to contain the three of you to be safe actually. Was anybody else in contact with her?”

“No, sir. We found her in the building.”

“Thank you. Please be seated until I can find arrangement for the three of you.” He hit a button on his phone to buzz his secretary. “Tracy, I need you to send the team in. Tell them this is not a drill. I need them here yesterday.”

“Yes, boss.”

Five minutes later, there was another knock on the door. He had to grant them permission to enter the room. There were five of them. All of them wearing protective gear and lab coats. They all shared the same puzzled expression.

“You called us, boss?”

“Yes. These men need to be contained. Immediately. I also need all footage of this building combed from the time Jane went missing until they recovered her.”

“Is everything okay?”

“It will be. It would seem that Jane decided to bite Alfred rather than come back to captivity. I need to make sure she didn’t get a taste of anybody else while she was on the loose. You know the damage she can do. Even if she’s locked away.”

“We’re on it, sir. Gentlemen, please come with us.”

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Music Mondays: Michelle Branch

Welcome to Music Monday! I’ll share a song that means a lot to me and why I am sharing it. This meme is hosted by The Tattooed Book Geek.

Originally, I was choosing a song and posting the video and lyrics for it. Obviously, I was crediting the source. I decided to switch it up. Lately, I’ve gotten into listening to playlists as I read on Spotify. Every Monday I will share a playlist that I’ve been listening to currently and my thoughts on the playlist and what book I was reading while I listened to it.

Disclaimer: I do not own the music I share. I found it on Spotify or Youtube. The license for these songs belongs to somebody else entirely.

This week’s playlist isn’t book related. I do love it dearly though.

I really love Michelle Branch. Most of her songs feel like they just speak to me so deeply that they could almost be for me. I know they aren’t. It’s just the point of the matter.

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Readathon News: AYearAThon

I’ll discuss the readathons going on during the week and ow I feel about them. I will also list my TBR for the readathon or each readathon. If none are scheduled or I’m not hosting my own, this blog will be skipped for the week.

May 10th to the 16th

This is the only readathon I know of that I am interested in this month. I really do need to increase my sources on readathons so I can find out how many are going on. It’s this months #AYearAThon. The theme is Books by One Author. I have chosen to read the first half of the House of Night series since their theme next month is re-reads and I can read the rest of the series next month. Anybody else do these every month? I love them!

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Cinema Sunday: Bull

When I was looking for non-book memes to get into, I found this one. I tried to trace it back, but it seems like the original blogger has pulled their blogs. Or the link that the source I used just wasn’t valid. I still liked the idea behind it, so I thought I would give it a go. If I ever find the original source of this meme, I will update this. Until then, I’ll put my own spin on things. Every week, I’ll discuss shows or movies I watched during the week. On the weeks that I don’t watch television, I’ll talk about up to three television shows or movies I heard about that I really want to watch.

I mentioned last week that I subscribed to Paramount Plus. I was so happy to find Bull. I watched it when it first aired before I lost cable and loved the show. I was a fan of the main character of the show due to another show. If it’s not obvious, the show is NCIS. I have managed to watch the entire first season and a good bit of the second season. It’s quickly become one of my favorite shows and I can’t wait to keep watching.

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Book Photo Sunday: 5/9/21

So, this started out as a meme. I became fond of sharing my photos, so I decided to make it a thing. So every Sunday, I will share four of my favorite photos or videos of the week. All from Instagram posts. I am hoping this will be something that persuades me to take more book photos and get better at them as well. Anybody is welcome to join if they want.

Disclaimer: Some photos may be photos that aren’t mine. I do not claim them. I do hope you enjoy them as well though.

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Sundays in Bed With… My Best Friend’s Mardi Gras Wedding

Welcome to our Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! 

Hosted by: Midnight Book Girl

This has been a really hilarious book so far! I picked it up because I have an audio version of it for a tour and because the e-book of it was free. It’s still free by the way if anybody is interested. Just click on the graphic! I can’t wait to read the rest and dig into the rest of the series.

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Weekly Wrap Up: 5/8/21

Welcome to Weekly Wrap Up. I will discuss how my week has gone. I will include any pictures I’ve taken for the week and my progress in reading. It won’t be all about books. Just my week in general. I’ll also briefly highlight some books I’ve read during the week.

So it’s been about two weeks since I posted one of these certain blogs. The week before last, I had an emergency minor surgery. It was nothing major but it definitely put me off the radar for a little bit. I’m feeling way better now. I also decided to go ahead and begin my Covid vaccine. I will get the second round on June 2nd. I’m a little nervous about that one if I’m being completely honest.

I’ve finished three books this month. In the span of two days. I’m a little worried that reading 21 books last month may have taken a toll on me. We shall see. There is a readathon going on next week. So that might help me so much. The theme is to read all books by one author. I’m choosing to read half of the House of Night series. Or going to try to read half of the series anyway. That way I can read the other half of the series next month for their re-read themes.

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Writing Prompts: Spider and Attic

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

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Writing Prompt: Spider and Attic

Amber took one last look around to make sure that the coast was clear. She couldn’t help but wonder if she was doing the right thing. If anybody found out about this, she would be in big trouble. Especially her boyfriend. He would be crushed. 

She couldn’t help it though. From that fateful day that they met, she’d been hooked. The dark hair. The piercings. The gothic clothing. She couldn’t get enough. She had lived her life on the straight and narrow. She did what everybody told her to do. Based her happiness on other people’s happiness. Until that day.

She made her way to the attic of the building. She was feeling jittery. She could hardly sit still. After waiting for what felt like an eternity, she finally saw her. She was wearing black leggings under a black plaid skirt. She paired it with a black tank top and a purple and black tie. 

“I was beginning to think you weren’t going to show.”

“I was beginning to think I wasn’t either.”

Amber closed the distance between the two of them and kissed her hard and passionately. She lifted the tank top revealing the purple spider on her hip that she knew intimately at this point. She traced it with her fingers as they kissed.

“This isn’t right.”

“I know.”

“We should stop.”

“I know that too.”

“What if we get caught?”

“What if we are, Amber? Isn’t it time people knew who you really are?”

“It’s not that simple, Grace. You know that.”

“So you’re telling me that you aren’t into girls? That you don’t love me? If that’s the case, what is it that we’re doing?”

“I’d like to know that myself.”

Both girls turned to find Tony glaring daggers at them from the entrance of the attic. Amber was so panicked she couldn’t speak. She knew she’d eventually have to break things off with Tony but she didn’t expect things to happen this quickly. She didn’t expect it to happen like this.

“Tony….”

“No. I don’t want to hear it. Here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to come downstairs with me and we’re going to pretend that none of this ever happened. We’re going to go out to dinner tonight as we planned. I’m going to propose as I planned.”

“Tony.”

“Shut up, Grace. This is between Amber and me. As I was saying. You’re going to accept the proposal and we’re going to plan a wonderful wedding. You’re going to cut off all contact with Grace. If anybody has the misfortune of finding out about this, we’ll tell them that Grace groomed you into thinking you were funny.”

“Tony, I love her. She’s where my heart is.”

“None of that. You will forget it in time. It’s just a phase. Now come along. Let’s get ready for our big night.”

“I can’t.”

“You can if you know what’s best for you. My family is one of the strongest families in the state. You will have everything you can possibly need or want. Why would you want to throw that away for somebody who the whole town wants to be rid of?”

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On This Day: May 7th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

May 7th:

1945 World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims

1915 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost

1429 English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army

1789 First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

1832 Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king

1840 Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, kills 317

1846 First printed copies of “Poems” by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë received, published under pseudonym of Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell (2 copies sold)

1866 German premier Otto von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt

1917 In a testament to his pitching ability, future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth leads Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory against Washington Senators legend Walter Johnson

1920 USSR recognizes Georgia’s independence

1943 Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps

1946 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands

My source and more facts at On This Day

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The Friday 56: Witches Steeped in Gold

Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you. Post it.

Xaymaca was an empire of land, sky, and sea. While the standing army in Zesia and the aerial wing in the reclusive Skylands claimed the former two respectively, Dada’s wisdom earned Aiyca’s armada its esteem. Of course now there’s only a coastal guard, with the Masters who sailed with Dada also killed by the Alumbrar, I assume.

I have a major feeling that when I get around to this book that I will be sounding out quite a few of these words. It sounds like a good book though.

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