The 14 Prompt Challenge Pt. 11

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When I was about to present what this prompt was about I had no idea how to begin. As I write this, I still have no idea. This prompt isn’t as complicated as the others. I think that his one is actually the easiest. However, there is dialogue, and I am so shitty at writing a decent dialogue between people, and how to create some difference between each person. It’s really difficult and usually, they all tend to blend into the same person and I’ll just sit there and think “jaha, that was that dialogue”. Nevertheless, I think I came up with at least a decent dialogue, but it wasn’t really the best and it isn’t so much of a dialogue as well since I have a lot of introspection and description. Well, well, I think my effort is quite good since I’ve been baking for literally six hours and I’m so tired and I think that shows through this writing because it’s so slow. But yada yada.

The prompt for today is about A soldier and the most vulnerable man in the world. Yes, it sounds a bit strange, but this is the eleventh prompt, we should be used to it by now. Anyway, Joe Bunting heard a story about a man (named Ed) who has Lou Gehrig’s disease and his son the soldier. While they were driving to the airport to see the soldier son off, the son was trying to be brave for his father while his father was trying to be brave for his son (and fearing for his life) – they were trying to be strong for each other. And so are writers, even if they hate what they’re writing they’re there, sitting with their pen and paper or computer and writing.  

Perhaps that’s not what Joe Bunting was thinking (or anyone else for that matter) but that’s what I thought about. Anyway, the prompt is to write about a disabled man and a soldier and how they would interact and this is what I came up with in 30 minutes.

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The sun was going down, making its way to rest, while the moon made itself ready to rise and shine through the night, (even it if wouldn’t bring as much light as the sun). For a very long time, the nurses kept asking the old man if he wanted to return inside but every time they asked; he said no. That he wanted to see the sundown and the moon rise. The nurses kept telling him there were bad times and that he could be robbed or even worse – killed. However, the old man just smiled and closed his eyes. Enjoying the sun on his eyelids. When he opened his eyes he saw people, a young girl, perhaps three or four making a sandcastle with her mother. The castle was perhaps not a castle, just a big pile of sand with some holes in it, but with some imagination, it might become the most extraordinary castle – depending on one’s imagination. But all the man saw was a big pile of sand with holes in them. He thought it strange for a family like theirs to be out so late, shouldn’t the daughter be in bed? He remembers his own children when they were that age, how he had to chase them around the house or carry them from the car to their bed. He smiled a little, sad at the memory.

His children didn’t visit often, how could they? Their children didn’t understand what was wrong with their grandfather but their parents did. How he would never walk again, never move a finger again, only his lips and eyes. He thinks his grandchildren might be afraid of him since he never shows any expressions and his children think that he’s beyond reach. Even the nurses do so, he hears how they talk about him, how they pity his situation, how he always has to be rolled around in a wheelchair and how he has lost his free will.

The father of the child put a cigarette in his mouth and immediately the mother made a frown, so he made his way over to the old man, hands in pockets and shaking his head while smiling. How I would like to that, the old man thought. As the father sat down he blew out the smoke and created little clouds that would flow up towards the sky and dissolve into the air. As he looked towards the father all he saw was war, how he was so tired of it, and how everyone is too dumb in it. No, at least that he wouldn’t regret leaving behind. 

As he had nothing else to do he followed the father’s movements, looked at his eyes when he smiled, how they would twinkle with happiness, how much he love they held, but of course, also sadness. He’s probably heading off to the war. Suddenly, the father turned towards the old man, but unlike other people, the old man held his gaze onto the father and he waited for the father to go up and leave. Just like everyone else did after the accident.

”Watcha looking at old man?” The father didn’t seek a fight, he would get all that in the war. Since the old man couldn’t move he just stared at the father. But inside, his eyes were bigger than watermelons.

You and your uniform, the old man said in his head. And as if the father could understand he looked down at the country’s flag, hating himself for choosing the country over his family. 

”Were ya in the army as well?”

No, never I.

”Then who?” The old man was surprised, for a long time, this was the only man who had the energy to take time for the old man. 

My wife, but then she died. In a flash, he remembered when people from the army came knocking on the door, telling him to sit down, that they are thankful for his wife’s services, and he cursed them all. Maybe he was wrong to curse the army, maybe he should have cursed the war instead.

”Sorry for your loss” He didn’t sound particularly sad over the fact that the old man’s wife died in the war, but neither would he feel sorry for the father. After all, they didn’t know each other.

The old man kept thinking of his daughter, the daughter who kept it all together after her mother died, who later smoked to disappear, who drank her sorrows away, just like her father. But somehow, this father and his daughter weren’t that different. While his daughter drank this man smoked to keep some distant towards his wife who clearly hated it, maybe even to spare his daughter. Perhaps to spare them all sadness when he died. It was all very tragic, but everything related to war is tragic, even winning is tragic, you’ve lost too much. There is so much love these days between people, you hear all kinds of things, still, there are some people who refuse to love, all they possess is hatred. It’s moronic, the old man thought for himself. 

”So what does a disable man do these days?” Perhaps the father was bored, perhaps he just wanted to keep the conversation going but the old man found it entertaining, and that he hadn’t felt for a long time.

I listen. Was all he said and that was true. He listens and watches, but mostly, he listens for things. It can be everything, that his nurse wants a baby but her boyfriend doesn’t, that his doctor wants to travel the world with his mistress or that Mully, the other disabled man he usually has to sit beside can actually talk, but only say one word (which is ”fuck”). 

”Can’t be that fun right?” The father looked to be struggling to understand, but how can he, when he has that body of his? 

Depends on what you hear.

”I guess.” 

”Come on, Jacob, it’s time to go back.” The nurse who wanted a baby wanted to leave, and she was going to take the old man with her, with or without his consent. He hadn’t even seen the moon yet, the sky had turned orange, and some yellow, in the distant, by the horizon even some pink could be seen. He felt a bit sad, once again, his whises weren’t met. But maybe he’ll see it all tomorrow. He looked at the soldier one last time, meeting his gaze. 

Good luck, don’t die.

”Thanks, old man” The father nodded towards the nurse and at the old man while the nurse started to turn his wheelchair around. But the old man looked at the father one last time; 

If you die while your daughter is young, all she will see is smoke so stop it all. All he did was speak from experience, he didn’t want a daughter that young to lose her father, just like how he didn’t want for his own daughter. But in war, it is inevitable so his wife needs to be prepared for those soldiers who will come knocking at her door, and when they do, his daughter must see more than alcohol and cigarettes.

The soldier smiled at the old man’s back but didn’t stop smoking.

Back to his room, after they had put him into bed and left him there stranded in the darkness all he thought of was how easy life really is. The sun rises, the sun sets and changes into the moon, all we people do is complicate the process, complicate it with things like war and love. 

“We are all moronic,” The old man said out loud to nobody in particular.

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So that was the eleventh prompt, hoped you liked it. As I said earlier, I was really tired when I wrote this so it sounds very tired. But well, well. 

And of course, I’ll give you the link to The Write Practice website because these prompts are in no way my own. Nope, here’s the link >here. And here’s the E-book (here) which is what these prompts are based on. The book is for free, just follow their steps since you need to subscribe to their website. But if you enjoy writing I don’t think their E-mails are annoying.

Have a lovely day folks.

The Titling My Life With Book Titles Tag

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.22.42s I started this I knew it was going to be difficult, mostly because well, I don’t own so many books and the ones I have don’t always do the job. And some question where so difficult while some were easy but yada yada it was fun anyway. But I tried so here it’s what I came up with!

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The title to the story of your life 

normal

Normal – Graeme Cameron

Goodreads Synopsis 

“The truth is I hurt people. It’s what I do. It’s all I do. It’s all I’ve ever done.”

 He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving you into the lane ahead of him. 

What you don’t know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he’s carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he’s holding there against her will—one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her. 

This is how it’s been for a long time. It’s normal… and it works. Perfectly. 

Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery. And now the plan, the hunts, the room… the others. He doesn’t need any of them anymore. He needs only her. But just as he decides to go straight, the police start to close in. He might be able to cover his tracks, except for one small problem—he still has someone trapped in his garage. 

Discovering his humanity couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32t took me a while to think of which book I should take for this, mostly because I don’t have many titles that could describe my life. It was so difficult I must have stood there for like 10 minutes before taking this one. I am not the type of person who is loud, I don’t take up a lot of space and prefer to stand in the crowd and pretend I’m not there. I am average when it comes to basically everything, I never really do anything special at all, neither am I ill in any way, sure, I have problems with my sight but who doesn’t? So I thought that Normal would be a good book for me since I am generally normal. But if you think story wise I don’t have much in common with this story.

 The title the describes your perfect weekend

kate

 The Lake House – Kate Morton

Goodreads synopsis

Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone…yet more present than ever.

Skärmavbild 2017-08-13 kl. 14.09.33y family and I own a small cottage in the woods, in the middle of nowhere really and by that tiny house, there’s the ocean. Yesss, it’s in the middle of nowhere but it’s very close to the ocean (and it’s very cold in the water) but I really like being there. There is no wi-fi, barely any connection with the outside world and it’s quite nice to just, relax for a while and not sit by the computer or by the phone. We have electricity and a tv but it’s only the ”free” channels.

The title of an adventure you’d like to go on

etthundramil 

One Plus One – Jojo Moyes

Goodreads Synopsis

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.

 Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32n English, this one is called One Plus One and translating the Swedish title back to English – it would mean “One Thousand Kilometers”. I personally think it would be nice to just sit in a car and just drive, and see where you end up after one thousand kilometres. Like, imagine, bringing your friends and a car. Sure, we would probably be annoyed by each other and entirely fuck something up (because we always do) but we would have fun.

 Name your children using books

simon pilrgim

The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Part 2: Simon Pilgrim) – Tad Williams

Goodreads Synopsis

A war fueled by the powers of dark sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard—for Prester John, the High King, lies dying. And with his death, the Storm King, the undead ruler of the elf-like Sithi, seizes the chance to regain his lost realm through a pact with the newly ascended king. Knowing the consequences of this bargain, the king’s younger brother joins with a small, scattered group of scholars, the League of the Scroll, to confront the true danger threatening Osten Ard. 

Simon, a kitchen boy from the royal castle unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League, will be sent on a quest that offers the only hope of salvation, a deadly riddle concerning long-lost swords of power. Compelled by fate and perilous magics, he must leave the only home he’s ever known and face enemies more terrifying than Osten Ard has ever seen, even as the land itself begins to die.

 Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.14.40ince I am so young I don’t really want kids right now so I haven’t really thought out any names but I think I wouldn’t mind naming my son Simon since I do think it’s a pretty name and a cute one. Though I kinda prefer Harry or William for boys and Emma or Elizabeth for girls, they are just adorable. But I didn’t have a book for either of those names. Oh well, yada yada.

 Title your ideal job

christie

The Thirteen Problems – Agatha Christie

Goodreads Synopsis

The Tuesday Night Club is a venue where locals challenge Miss Marple to solve recent crimes… One Tuesday evening a group gathers at Miss Marple’s house and the conversation turns to unsolved crimes…The case of the disappearing bloodstains; the thief who committed his crime twice over; the message on the death-bed of a poisoned man which read ‘heap of fish’; the strange case of the invisible will; a spiritualist who warned that ‘Blue Geranium’ meant death…

 Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32don’t really have an ideal job at the moment, sure, some ideas but I couldn’t find them among the books I own. Buuuut, if Miss Marple decides to become a private detective or something I wouldn’t mind working for her. Because she is pretty good at solving things.

Title the place you’d like to go to 

game of thrones

A Game Of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

Goodreads Synopsis

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne. 

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32have several places to go but I couldn’t find a book that would fit the places but then I stumbled upon my A Song of Ice and Fire series, and even though I wouldn’t like to be in the series (I’d be the first one to die) I wouldn’t mind visiting the inspiration places to its world.

The title of your love life 

oliver 

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Goodreads Synopsis

‘Let him feel that he is one of us; once fill his mind with the idea that he has been a thief, and he’s ours, – ours for his life!’ 

The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters — the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy.

 Skärmavbild 2017-06-18 kl. 13.43.42kay, let me tell you: my love life doesn’t exist. Nope, not at all. Thankfully, I mean, I don’t have the energy to deal with feelings and stuff at this age – I’m too young! I wanna focus on my studies and get good grades and university and shit. I don’t have time to date people. According to my friends, my love life is sad. And that’s why I took this book because just like the story of Olive Twist, the story of my lovr lfr is just as tragic. 

A question you ask yourself 

crowns 

Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

Goodreads Synopsis 

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

 Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 13.07.43irst, when I started thinking of a book that would fit this I couldn’t find one, probably because I thought of philosophy books and thoughts but then I realised it doesn’t have to be that way! So I took Three Dark Crowns because I wonder ”Who ends up on the dark damn throne?”. And now, I found out there it’s supposed to be four books in the series. Four! I thought this was going to be a dualogy, and now I am just hoping it’s not going to be super slow. 

Name your kingdom using a book 

little wounds

The Kingdom Of Little Wounds – Susann Cokal

Goodreads Synopsis

On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.

Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem—and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.11.44his one is pretty self-explaining actually. First of all, I wouldn’t rule a kingdom, I would be a servant or something – one in the background so to speak. However, since I am now ruling a kingdom (for some strange reason) I would want as little wounds as possible. Like Maria Montazami I would like everything to be peaceful and no bad things but I realise it’s always going to be bad. To dance on roses you gotta dance on its thorns as well.

Name your band

we are'

We are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

 Goodreads Synopsis

 There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button. 

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that. 

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32think that if I were in a band we would be named something weird and utterly strange and everyone would wonder ”how the hell did you come up with that?” and I think that We are the Ants is a pretty good example. (And yes, me being in a band is never going to happen, nope, not at all)

 

Name your current mood

hypnoy

The Hypnotist – Lars Kepler

Goodreads Synopsis

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there’s only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

It’s the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl. 

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 13.09.07onestly, my current mood is ”content”, I have everything I need to have and soon I’m starting school again so I’ll get my routines back which I’m happy for. But at the same point, this year has gone so incredibly quickly for me I have barely registered it all and it feels like I’m hypnotised and will wake up, like a dream. So this title fits pretty good I think.

A book that is your favourite colour

 allegiant'

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

(Don’t want to put a synopsis o this one since it’s the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy)

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32 am a real sucker for blue, I love all shades of blue, literally. And I have like four or five books that are blue and I had such a hard time choosing between The First Time She Drowned and Allegiant. But in the end, I took Allegiant because the water by the bottom looks so fresh and clean and I love it when things are fresh and cleaned.

 How you feel about 2017 so far

att

Attachments – Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads Synopsis

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ? 

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32 said earlier, 2017 for me has gone incredibly fast, and as I also stated before I am not the person who likes the spotlight so having few friends is my thing. The problem with that is that all my friends literally have a boyfriend or girlfriend and I’m like ”this tea tastes pretty good” – I feel a bit left out. But at the same time, I don’t mind being on my own, I’m like a half hermit. But my friends are really attached to their boyfriend/girlfriend and my grandma’s memory is literally shit, so I guess this year also has to do a lot with attachments.

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So this was the tag for this week (which was kinda fun), throw a comment if you’d like or something. Otherwise, have a lovely day folks.


Links (sort of):
All pictures on books are from Goodreads.
All synopsis are from Goodreads.
The A, I, M, S, O, F, T, H are written in the New Times Roman style.
“Header picture” is my own photographing with some editing in Keynote.

The 14 Prompt Challenge Pt. 10

Before reading I recommend clicking here where you’ll find all the necessary information that you really, really and I mean really need to know. The link will give you everything you have to know about this.

How do you find time to be creative when you’re busy? Well, I just stop whatever I am doing and paint, draw or write really. When I’m really busy I try to go to bed a bit earlier and then sit and read for a while, that way it makes it easier for me to fall asleep but it also makes me enjoy a book and relax my muscles for a bit, even if my eyes don’t.

However, there are many ways on how to be creative in a busy day. And that is today’s prompt, reflecting on your busy day and on the present. Joe Bunting writes in the E-Book that one way is to “carry writing tools with you (or steal them)”, which means that you can carry a pen and a piece of paper and write stuff as they come along, or describe things around you as you see them. You could also steal a napkin or a post-it note and a pen and write. Another way can be “to take advantage of downtime”, that if you miss a bus or train or plane or just gets some time over, you can sit down and write a bit or paint, or draw or whatever really. Joe Bunting lists several more things you can do but here are two suggestions. Personally, since I often carry one pen with me I have stolen people’s napkins and sometimes draw a little face or one time I took an entire post-it note pad and drew tiny turtles on each note so when flipping them you get a short stop-motion film which was kinda funny.

Honestly, I am not even as busy as people think, for some reason, people tend to think I am a busy person but I really am not. I like having things to do, not sitting still all day. Preferredly, I like moving around, but at the same time, I like sitting still and being busy, like studying, writing, painting, drawing or whatever. But I hate just laying in bed doing nothing. So I had a little problem with this prompt, reflecting on my busy day and the present moment because I didn’t see this day a busy. But this is me doing some reflection on my own life for once so here we go!

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As I wrote this I didn’t see myself as busy but when I thought about it, I realised that I’ve done a lot of things in a few hours. Like I was cleaning the kitchen, working out, showering, eating, walking the dog and doing the laundry. At the time I was doing these tasks I didn’t feel busy but now when I list all the things I’ve done today and – the clock is only 2 pm – I feel busy but content. I like feeling productive and currently, that’s what I am feeling.

Now I’ve changed my environment a bit, instead of being cooped inside and doing tasks I took the computer out and laid down in our hammock in the garden and I adore it. With one leg outside pushing me to the left and right, giving a little speed – like rocking a sleeping baby. It’s warm outside, not the kind of heat that makes your head spin but I can lay in jeans with a thin blanket and a t-shirt, besides, we don’t have that kind of heat up here. Whenever I lay in this hammock I feel peaceful, my fingers moving over the keyboard, sometimes taking a short break and resting my head against the fabric while swinging lightly to the right then left, closing my eyes, opening them and looking at the blue sky filled with white clouds. I enjoy it. Mostly, I like hearing the neighbour’s little waterfall drip down in their tiny pond, it feels like when I was up in the mountains a couple of years ago with my family,  and we were drinking the ice cold water from the streams and walking along paths and open landscape. And with some music from Niall Horan’s Tunes (playlist on Spotify heh) everything is very nice. I was quite surprised though, listening to a former One Direction member when I was never a fan, however, I like the songs on the playlist so it doesn’t really bother me.

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By the music thing, in the end, I realised I had basically nothing else to write about and it felt like a good end to this “reflection” or whatever to call it really.

And of course, I’ll give you the link to The Write Practice website because these prompts are in no way my own. Nope, here’s the link >here. And here’s the E-book (here) which is what these prompts are based on. The book is for free, just follow their steps since you need to subscribe to their website. But if you enjoy writing I don’t think their E-mails are annoying.

If you’d like, feel free to write your own reflection on your busy day and present in the comments. Otherwise, have a lovely day folks.

Books And Movies, But What About Shows?

Skärmavbild 2017-06-18 kl. 13.47.50e have all been thinking about it, no point in denying it okay? We have at least one book we want as a movie or show, however, liking or disliking it is another story. I have several books that I would like to be turned into movies or shows, HOWEVER, a part of me is like “njaaaaa” and another is like “oh yes”. I am very frightened if the movie/show turns to shit. It has happened before (The Mortal Instruments) and it just disappoints me a lot. I was even wondering if I was going to write this because I honestly don’t want a book’s movie/show to be complete trash. But yea yea, you gotta confront your fears if you ever gonna grow out them right?

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Endgame – James Frey

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Goodreads Synopsis on Endgame: The Calling #1

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. 

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.11.44his is quite obvious to me, this book is an action-packed one. Think of watching a science-fiction version of James Bond with their little pen-lasers and travelling. It has the interesting plot with a lot of twists and nothing is ever really slow and loads of cool characters that you’d love and hate and ship and everything. I honestly think this one would be better as a series than a movie because it’s so much going on for all the characters you would have to skip a lot to fit everything into the movie and well, you’d disappoint us, viewers. But on the other hand, it would be good as a movie as well because watching a 20 episode of one book would be quite slow and that’s what this book is not, but maybe it would be better as a short series with like 8-11 episodes and three seasons, one for each book. But then it’s the money question, anyone with a thick wallet? No? Well, we can’t have everything we want right?

The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

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Goodreads Synopsis on Cinder #1

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32 think this one would be very interesting. Think, the first movie Cinder get’s introduced, then Scarlet, then Cress and lastly Winter, I mean, how cool isn’t that? The somewhat strange but good romance, the tiny twists and the world. That would be the most interesting, to see the spaceships outside of your imagination, the castle – the moon and the Lunar people. Like what would they look like? Or what would they wear since they feel so superior to earthlings? I am already spinning ideas here haha. And most of all, the cyborgs and Cinder, like what would she look like? And Cress with her super long hair and Wolf? Like the sharp teeth, the scars and everything? Oh Dear, I really want this now haha. And of course, good-looking Thorne. If these movies then have to be four hours long I am ready to watch it, I don’t care how much my butt will hurt, I will watch it. The funny thing is I’m not even that big fan of the books but I wanna see the movies really bad.

 

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Half Bad – Sally Green

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Goodreads Synopsis on Half Bad #1

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32 feel like these are too short to be a series and are best to make as movies, perhaps the third one could have two parts but on the other hand, I wouldn’t have the energy to wait for it. What I would like to see in this “production” is the brutality. I want it to be as dark as Hannibal, not Midsomer Murder like Hannibal or Dexter but I want it to be as dark as I see the books. And of course, the gifts and characters, like Nathan and Gabriel, man, I wanna hear Gabriel’s accent and Nathan’s. I have a thing for people with a British accent, it’s weird but I’ve stopped questioning it a long time ago. Then as for the world itself, I couldn’t really care less, the pure reason I want this as a movie is that I wanna hear Gabriel’s accent. Yeah, there is basically no other reason.

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Goodreads Synopsis on Throne of Glass #1

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32 don’t think I am the only one who hopes this end up as a series or movie, mostly I hope for a series because so much is going on and everything takes forever. But at the same time, I wonder what the characters would look like, and think about the world, like landscape wise and the palace and all the characters. Like, think what a badass Celeane would be, how cool she would look. And the magical abilities and the fights and everything. If this were to be a series or movie I hope they don’t skip much of the brutality, especially during the fights and like, I hope they take their time with the characters and don’t skip much. I remember watching The Book Theif after reading the book and I was so disappointed because they skipped so much and so many events and characters I was really sad. But at the same time, they caught the most important things but I would like to have seen more. But what I can do? Nothing. Well, in the future I hope it gets better.

 

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Iknow I complained a bit about series/movies that disappointed me when I saw them – The Mortal Instruments and The Book Theif – and I know there are perhaps money issues and like technology issues and I know basically nada about making a movie. In my eyes, you just need a camera and some people who can act but I know there are tons of people behind the scenes making everything.

, well, you do you have a book(s) that you’d like to be turned into a movie or series? Feel free to share and have a good day folks.

The Sarcasm is Adorable

So this is another review heh, I think these are the ones I least like writing actually, I prefer the other ones but yea yea. The reviews were actually the reason I started this… blog – to let some steam off. After finishing A Dance with Dragons I’ve gotten pretty good at reading one book per week so I am quite proud of myself about that so now I can have some regularity in my life for once. But let’s move on to what’s on today’s agenda – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, the second book in her Lunar Chronicles.

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Goodreads Synopsis

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner

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When I read Cinder, the first book I wasn’t super hooked. I am not much for re-tellings, I don’t like it when you decide to retell an entire “story” or character or whatever it is. I know I said in my earlier review of Endgame (James Frey) that I liked the tiny re-telling of the religion part in the book and I think that re-tellings of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and so on can be a fun thing, especially if they turn out good but I just can’t seem to enjoy so many. However, I didn’t know Cinder was a re-telling until after I finished it. I just thought it was veeeery similar to Cinderella. Now, I know all these four books are re-tellings and I am honestly very sceptical. I don’t think this book was a super well-done re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Since the “main” dude in the book was Wolf (and Thorne I know but yada yada) I naturally thought of him to be the big bad wolf in the original story. However, the further the story went the more I didn’t think like that. In Little Red Riding Hood a Hunter rescues the grandmother and the girl, then they fill the wolf’s stomach with stones and he dies shortly after. And sure, Wolf kinda does fit to be the big bad wolf because he comes in contact with Scarlet and is kind to her and follows her around and stuff. But by the end, I realised, perhaps not Wolf is the wolf? What if it’s Wolf’s boss is the big bad wolf? And by the end, my opinions had entirely changed about how it came to a re-telling. Of course, I know this is a retelling with a twist, I mean, the romance first of all and then the grandmother and how Cinder and Thorne fit in all of this. But I just thought that Cinder was more like Cinderella than Scarlet being like Little Red Riding Hood.

The characters then, let’s begin with Scarlet. I can’t say she’s my favourite character, not at all, Cinder and Wolf was a lot better. What I really disliked about Scarlet was that she never thought of herself, I know she would do anything for her grandmother and I do really like that but sometimes characters can’t rush into things without thinking it through and I just don’t like how she was so impulsive. However, she wasn’t as impulsive as I thought. But I also didn’t like her because she could barely do anything, she can’t fight, she wasn’t super clever and honestly relied mostly on Wolf and I like my characters having a mind of their own.

As with Scarlet, I thought Cinder was kinda hopeless as well in the first book, and she was a bit boring, she was so uptight like she was stuck in a corset or something. But it aaall changed in Scarlet. She used her head so much more, and she was more clever (outside of her mechanical knowledge) than first. And oh dear, her sarcasm was the best! She was so sarcastic towards Thorne and almost everything it was gold.

“But maybe I’m a wanted fugitive, like Cinder.” Thorne continued. “They do realise I’m missing, don’t they?”

“Maybe they’re grateful,” Cinder muttered

I mean, the sarcasm is good it’s adorable haha. However, looking through my own eyes and not follow through Cinder’s I found her – at times – to be bitter and mean towards Thorne and things. I mean, come on, he’s a social guy, yes he talks a lot and could probably be quite once in a while but at least he’s not grumpy like Cinder seemed to be a lot of times.

Then we also have Wolf, I don’t know if I am that much of a fan of him, he is a nice guy and a badass but I hope he’ll grow on me. What I liked a lot was his development in his character, the depth was so much more than with Scarlet I just liked it a lot more. I can’t say it was huge but the way he changed his opinions and things. He never really stood up for himself until he met Scarlet and I just really liked that he changed for her – he kinda did it all for her in my eyes. Other than that I found him to be way too serious all the time, he’s kinda the opposite of Thorne really, but his protectiveness was really adorable and cute.

The romance in this book was a bit interesting actually. I did like the romance actually, mostly because it felt a bit grown-up, sometimes it just feels so awkward and stuff and I just want to roll my eyes or cringe but here I did neither. But at the same time, they had known each other for a day. A day. It did not feel like a day, it was so weird and it made everything feel wrong. It would have been so much better (for me) if they hadn’t mentioned that they had known each other for a day. I ain’t going kissing boys like I can’t breathe after knowing him for a day. Then, at one point I actually shipped Cinder with Thorne, I still kinda do. It’s just that Cinder is constantly sarcastic and Thorne just acts like a laid back peacemaker and I find it funny, and it reminds me of an old couple’s batter.

It was over a year ago since I read Cinder so it’s hard for me to compare the world-building from then but I thought the world was very detailed. How the political bond between Earth and Luna was strained and how all the cities are connected and how they all are bothered by Luna itself. What I was bored of was Kai’s perspective because it didn’t feel like much was happening but I realised halfway through the book that without Kai’s perspective I wouldn’t know a single thing about how the politics were going or which cities were under attack or anything like that. In my opinion, the world-building through Scarlet’s, Wolf’s, Cinder’s and Thorne’s perspective wasn’t much, nothing was really changing, sure the attacks made difference but I didn’t get to know what Luna’s Queen was up to or how she was going to take the crown.

My own conclusions are that I liked the book and am going to read the third book Cress, and hopefully, I am going to enjoy it. In my opinion, I can’t say if Cinder was better than Scarlet or the other way around because both had good points and bad ones. Cinder had a poor main protagonist in my opinion but an interesting story because I have never read anything like that but in Scarlet, the main character was going to save someone – in this case – her grandmother. And that is just a very mainstream thing in my ears, it happens a lot. But Scarlet had better characters. So I hope Cress will provide what these lacked – having more depth in characters and interesting – continued – world-building. Nevertheless, what I loved most about this book was the “introductions” or what to call them to the “books”, like at the first book it said;

She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal and she was not afraid of him.

I just found those to fit each “book” so well.

Well, have a lovely Sunday folks.

 

The 14 Prompt Challenge Pt. 9

Before reading I recommend clicking here where you’ll find all the necessary information that you really, really and I mean really need to know. The link will give you everything you have to know about this.

Hello, there, hope you have a nice day. Today’s prompt is about birds. Yes, I realised a long time ago the temes in this Ebook is a bit strange but yea, yea I feel like they make me at least a bit better writer. Apperantly, writing about birds can (and I’m quoting Joe Bunting here);

Birds can add a touch of detail that lights up our writing with life

Yeah, sounds a bit strange in my ears. But I remember the first time I wrote this I wrote about a couple of birds outside a window and it turned out to be the worst text I’ve ever written. Yeah, the people I did this with didn’t like it at all. Usually, there were like two people who liked it and one who didn’t or something like that, but after this prompt no one liked the text. But after a while, when I was sitting and writing a story for school I realised I thought about the birds again and this time it turned out pretty good. Can’t say it was one of my best works but it was better than before. So maybe writing about birds is a good thing cause you gotta know a good work before you know a bad one right?

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They were sitting beside each other, their backs to me, the parent beside the child. I remembered when I was young I used to do what my parents did, perhaps I still do, nevertheless, here the child was imitating the parent. Learning from them, but then again, isn’t a parent supposed to guide their child through life?

I suddenly wondered where they were from, who they were and why they sounded like they do. It sounded just like my dog’s toy, a peeping sound that normally would be annoying but today it was so quiet and together with the neighbour’s little waterfall and the warm summer winds it all made sense and didn’t bother me at all. What a strange thing.

Suddenly the parent left the branch and flew a bit higher, the child eager following, always close to their mother. The green wings soon landed on a thicker branch closer to the ground. What a dangerous place normally don’t you think? But I couldn’t see any animals around so maybe it was safe. The parent’s black beak poked the child’s head, a sharp, pointy thing, urged the child forward. And the child’s brown head soon bend down, as if in shame or submission. The yellow chin touching the light green chest, showing the brown back. Its dark brown – like a rotten three – head, then the further down your eyes went the lighter the skin of the bird went. Soon it stopped entirely, no more brown, the rest were green, several shades, green, light green, and some green’s with blue’s in them. The two birds weren’t particularly beautiful, there were more beautiful birds than these two but somehow they charmed me anyway. When the parent was done poking the child it flew away, right up to the sky and the child easily flew after, as if it was scared of being left behind. That took me back to when I and mum went shopping and I lost her at the mall, I remember being so scared and lost. At last, I found her, and so did the bird.

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I think this is actually my worst work I have done in a very long time, I found so little inspiration. It was raining, and thunder and stuff so I could hear no birds and I could see no birds so I did some googling and tried to remember sound from birds I’ve heard before.

And of course, I’ll give you the link to The Write Practice website because these prompts are in no way my own. Nope, here’s the link >here. And here’s the E-book (here) which is what these prompts are based on. The book is for free, just follow their steps since you need to subscribe to their website. But if you enjoy writing I don’t think their E-mails are annoying.

Have a lovely day folks.

5 Covers That Completely Blew My Mind

Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.14.40ometimes I do this, sometimes I don’t. Here I didn’t. Know what I’m talking about? No, probably not. Well, you know when you’re in the bookshop or the library or wherever and you see this beautiful cover. You have no idea what the plot is about but you do know that you want this book. And then sometimes it’s complete shit, and other times the story’s great and the lovely cover is just a plus in the corner. There aren’t many books I’ve bought or borrowed because of its cover and I wanted to make that kind of list, the problem was, I don’t have any. I had one. Yeah, I thought I actually had more, but maybe I’ve just borrowed those. Well, well, what I can do, right?

So in today’s post, I thought I should share the 5 most beautiful covers that I own and currently have in my Billy bokhylla, and yes, this is my opinion, if you don’t like then don’t read it. Let’s get rolling!

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Kackerlackorna – Jo Nesbö(∅)

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Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32n English, the title is “Cockroaches” and I know, perhaps not the ideal name for a beautiful cover unless you like cockroaches but I don’t. And perhaps it’s not very pretty with a cockroach on the cover but I think that this (these) edition of Harry Hole are really, really pretty. It’s all mysterious and the colour is really pretty and I just like it because I haven’t really seen anything like this before. And it totally fits the story.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 12.17.32am this person who hates attention, I hate being the one in the spotlight and who everyone talks to and yada yada. And I like simple and not so showy things like when I was looking for a new t-shirt I could have while running the colours were neon pink, neon blue, neon green and neon yellow. And I was like “where’s the black one? Or the dark colours?” I remember I was so disappointed by it haha. When I saw this Penguin edition of this book I knew I wanted it. The simplicity of it is so beautiful and how the colours match each other, I never thought in my entire life that orange and grey could look good but I was proven wrong. Then a week later I found out my grandma had the entire Jane Austen collection so now I got two editions haha.

Kråkornas Fest – George R.R. Martin

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Skärmavbild 2017-06-26 kl. 14.59.47ou might guess what this book is in English, heh, A Feast of Crows, the fourth book in George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire. I have all the books duh, and I have them in the HBO edition for unknown reasons and I think that all the covers are beautiful, especially A Dance with Dragons and this one, though I think I like this one more than ADWD, but it’s close. I think the major reason to why I like this one more is the three-eyed crow, it took me a while to see that it had indeed three eyes and not two. Then I also love the blue colour, I love blue, like all shades of blue, and I think this greenish blue is beautiful and just absolutely lovely.

The First Time She Drowned – Kerry Kletter

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Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 13.02.43emember when I told you about me planning buying books but every purple moon there are exceptions? Weeell, here’s another. I think the reason I was drawn to this book was that of its title and the person hugging themselves like they were freezing or something. It just seemed so… aesthetic and I couldn’t keep my fingers from clicking on it. When I read about what it was about and it sounds so… clever and breathtaking and then I just had to buy it. So I did and I haven’t read it because I am a moron when it comes to getting new books – I went to the library and borrowed a couple of books so I haven’t gotten my hands on this one yet. Well, well, I am going to read it and see if my hopes are crushed.

Harry Potter och Dödsrelikerna

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Skärmavbild 2017-06-12 kl. 13.09.07arry Potter wasn’t a god to me but I remember getting this book and just tracing the blue lines and just staring at it. I am a real sucker for the colour blue – as I already said – and this blue is magical in my eyes, still, now, I just want to trace my fingers, follow the lines and stare at it. It’s so much prettier in real life, I’ll tell you that. And Harry looks like a badass on the cover, his face looking so determined and focused – and mature. I never considered Harry to be good-looking, never have but here, he’s looking pretty damn well. If you haven’t figured it out which book it is which can be a bit hard since there are basically no clues but the English title is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. I get this urge to reread this series at this moment. Weird.

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Well, that was my 5 breathtaking covers in my opinion, which cover has completely blown your mind? It would be funny if it’s the book you hate. Yea, yea, have a lovely day folks.

Frey, James – Endgame: Sky Key/The Rules of the Game

I recently started seeing that I have several books I want to buy and I also realised that I have so many trilogies, duologies and chronicles I’ve started on I decided to finish them. Sky Key and Rules of the Game are two books I decided to smack in one review because I can. I read the Swedish translation of the trilogy and there it only says James Frey as the author so honestly, I was shocked to realise there were two, James Frey and Nils Johnston-Shelton but yea yea, let’s start this!

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Okay, I just have to talk about this plot. I am, holy shit! There are so many different things going on and none of them goes the way I think. Like the character deaths by the end of Rules of the Game, like what? And the end-end, like, the last chapter, was so weird, and I don’t know if I liked it or not. Well, well, it had an amazing plot.

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When I first started on this book I thought it sounded a bit like The Hunger Games, there it was 12 Districts with 24 participants, here it was 12 original lines of humanity with 12 Players. So naturally, I judged it a lot, especially since it’s a YA book I was like ”it sounds alright, the romance probably not” I just wanted this book to have no romance, but of course, this flower didn’t bloom. I can’t say I was a big fan of it but at the same time it was alright, it was a bit like a side-story that wasn’t super important. Well, speaking of two characters that are, not the third one. You might know who I’m talking about.

However, I was so shocked at how it was written. The three major quests are about finding these three ”keys”, and I really liked that concept, that each book had one quest to find one key. That way it avoided the so called ”book 2 syndrome” (which means that basically, you can just skip the second book) and made it all more interesting. What I was a bit troubled by was all the strange facts randomly put in the book. I found them mostly in the second book, Sky Key and it was boring, one was about ”Frontiers of Science, May 1981” and even though I read it I had no idea what it was supposed to mean, I was like an igloo in Jamaica. Then I realised that at the back of the book it also says that the reader can compete in Endgame and win money and perhaps those weird facts were for that ”quest” or something and I’m too dumb to understand the clues.

In the second book, Sky Key, there were also things being “rewritten”, about religion. For example, in the book, they said that Moses – he used a special device made by Them which he used to communicate with Wayland Vyctory’s cousins, and the same device he used to communicate with his god during the forty nights. I know that’s not what my history books say but I thought it was a nice idea that he ”re-wrote”/made up something new about something that already existed. I’d like to quote this so you all might understand better but I read the book in Swedish so half of you will probably understand nothing. “Int ett dyft,” as I would say.

In the third and final book, Rules of the Game there aren’t much to point out which I already have but what I noticed on the first page was that it began where the second book ended. Usually, the next book has jumped some time but here not much time at all had gone and it really surprised me. And the ending in this book? It reminded me of the Death Cure’s ending and I did not like that, it just felt weird. But at the same time I wouldn’t know how to end it either so maybe I shouldn’t complain. The ending this book had was the kind of ending like “this is what we are going to do for a couple of decades” and sure I wanted to know what they were going to do but it just felt so… quick. Perhaps I would like a longer chapter haha. Well, well, what I can do, right?

In my opinion, these books were like reading a Jason Bourne or Mission Impossible movie, there was so much action going on and it was describing I adored it. And the brutality, I mean, wow. I had created some prejudices for myself about this book, that is was going to be some half-assed action and fights and I was so surprised when it was so bloody and brutal and torturous and I just really liked how James Frey didn’t skip the details in the book. 

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These characters are basically all assassins, probably better than assassins and in one moment they all (almost) had so much empathy and was all so kind but in another moment they could be cold-blooded murderers. There are other characters as well that all played a big roll in this trilogy but I just don’t have the energy to write about them all because it’s so many but here are the ones who peaked my interest so to speak.

There was this girl, Sarah, if she didn’t have any empathy or kindness in her, she could have killed them all. She, together with Jago were the characters I liked the least, it felt like not much was going on, or what was going on weren’t so interesting, especially during the second book. And it didn’t help that Sarah was depressed for half the book, no kidding, during the entire 500 pages of Sky Key she was depressed and sure, I liked that she had some humanity and at least felt something for what she’d done but it felt almost too much and she didn’t do any progress at all with it during Sky Key, not even during RotG (like, half of it anyway).

Then we have the Chinese dude, An Liu, and holy bloody shit. What a psycho! I loved it! And his strange obsession/romance like what? How did that happen? But I love the love he had for his loved one, the only one he’d ever loved. For a bit, during The Calling/Sky Key, my heart broke a little cause of what happened but not much.

Another character was Hilal and I just have enormous trouble with his name. I used to have a guy in my old class named Halil, yeah, it’s like so close to being the same name. I can’t count how many times I’ve caught myself saying Halil instead of Hilal. Yeah, it’s been so difficult haha. Anyway, as with Sarah and Jago’s Perspective’s I found Hilal’s a bit dull, sometimes there would land a bomb there with so much information and events that my mind would just:

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And other times I just half-read it.

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But I do think I liked him the most, he was just so polite and kind that you had to like him, but still so cool with his machete’s, and he just wanted to save the world instead of ”play” it and well, he was a bit of an anti-hero.

So there are several brutal people in this trilogy, one is An Liu, another is Maccabee. He was this character to me that I didn’t really care about. I didn’t care at all what happened to him or what he was up to. Not. At. All. Then it aaall changed in Rules of the Game. He had been this brutal 16-year-old who liked to inflict pain but when he went searching for the third key I went all “naww” and “aww” because of his protectiveness of a certain someone and I just melted in his chapters. However, for certain characters like Jago, Hilal and An Liu I thought the character development was poor. Jago was the same dude as he was in the beginning and Hilal was perhaps fighting a bit more than in the first book. I thought Sarah was the one who changed most, in the beginning, she was quite sure of what to do, then she turned insecure about her beliefs and then depressed and then determined again, so for her it was like a roller-coaster. An Liu went crazier and crazier the further the book(s) went.

It feels like lately it’s been quite popular with pictures in books, like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Illuminae, and honestly, I am not much for pictures and things. The reason, the pure reason to why I haven’t read Illuminae is because I’ve heard there are so many pictures and I just don’t like that. In MPHfPC I had made my own ”pictures” of how the characters looked and they were usually completely crushed when I saw the pictures in the book. My own ”pictures” were being run over a bus, like poof. And usually I couldn’t understand why the pictures were in the Endgame series, sometimes I made a connection to an event but it didn’t happen in every picture.

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Let me say something about the cover of Rules of the Game – it’s lovely. I mean, the grey colour with the stars and objects sparkling here and there – it’s bloody gorgeous. In my opinion, I like the Swedish cover of Rules of the Game over the English. Sure, blue is one of my favourite colours but come on, it’s basically just one colour and some light parts that look like people but yada yada.

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And that was my review for this week if you’d read the book or somethin’ feel free to comment whatever. Or you can just say hello. Yea, yea, have a good day folks.

 

The 14 Prompt Challenge Pt. 8

Before reading I recommend clicking here where you’ll find all the necessary information that you really, really and I mean really need to know. The link will give you everything you have to know about this.

I had forgotten about this prompt actually, the prompt without a prompt. Oh yes, you didn’t understand that, did you? Well, well, I’ll explain it to you. So this prompt is basically just to write. Go somewhere you feel relaxed, don’t be tense and breathe. In and out, it’s not that hard. Then close your eyes, take a deep breath and feel how your muscles relax. Open your eyes and let your fingers do their magic work, let them fly over the keyboard, let your words flow through your pen. Wow, that sounds poetic, weird.

Generally, I have trouble relaxing, I am usually always up to something, never letting my mind take a break and just sit down. That’s why I find this one to be very nice and fun to write. I, personally went outside, evening, the weather was perfect, sunny, blue sky and warm. Laying in our hammock with a blanket over my legs, one hanging outside. Man, I loved it, so comfortable. Then I just wrote what came to my mind. Somehow I decided I didn’t want a lot of detail and I wrote a bit historical perhaps, with castle’s, kingdoms and swords. I didn’t know how I came up with it really, but for 30 minutes I was just lazying writing what came to my mind and now when I’ve read it through it’s quite alright. I didn’t care about my spelling or grammar, that I could fix later and it was just so relaxing laying there in the hammock. Anyway, this is what I came up with in 30 minutes!

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”Come closer,” he whispered ”and I’ll tell you the story of the boy with the flowers”

The man with many lives sat on a bench, a cane beside him, to support his shoulders. His eyes were heavy, tired like he’d seen too much of the world. The children the man spoke to sat themselves around him, some on the bench beside him, some on the ground. But everyone was quiet and listening, even the birds were giving no sound away.

”Like all the other stories, it begins like this; once upon a time, there was a boy with a sword.” As the man began he lost himself in the world of swords. ”He grew up with no father and no mother, all he had was a sword given by no one. Like every other orphan boy he used the streets as his house; the alley’s as beds, the markets as food, stealing became a habit and oh, was he good at it. He could walk empty-handed in a crowd and come right out with coins that would flow through his fingers like water.”

”What was his name?” A girl sitting beside the man asked, looking wide-eyed at him with admiration, entirely lost in his story.

”An orphan boy has no name.” He smiled as he continued the story of the boy with a sword. ”When the war broke out the king died and the prince was left for the crown, luckily he was going to lead the kingdom into a time of glory and wealth. But the lords were sceptical against the prince; he was so young, so inexperienced, knew nothing about the harsh world. But what the lords didn’t know was that the prince was an exceptional swordsman and an exceptional strategist. He saw the court as a battlefield, and like with a battlefield he had to be cautious.”

”What do catios mean?” asked a young boy, by the looks of it, the young boy only wanted to hear about fights and shining knights, not what the man had to say.

”It meant he had to be careful, have eyes in his back and ears everywhere so no one could go conspire behind his back.” The little boy didn’t look satisfied by the man’s answer but he didn’t know what to do to make the child happy so he decided to ignore it.

”Ever since the boy saw the prince in that competition he wanted to know how to wield the sword as well as the prince, and even better. He was so small that boy, he could sneak in everywhere, almost fit in the smallest box, and clever was he. Knew when people were making fun of him, knew when he was being played. Every day he would sneak into the garden where the knights were training, where the prince was training, he would copy their moves and after a few years, he could move as light as them, smoothly swinging the sword left and right, up and down. Every day, he would practice until the sun went down. Until he was spotted by the Gardner. The castle had many gardeners and he was no one special, just one in a crowd. Gardners are like ghosts, they can move around a garden and hear everything and see everything, they know where to stand to see through windows, where the prince’s favourite flowers grew.”

”But what did the Gardner do when he saw the boy?” Impatient children, the man thought. But then again, so was the boy.

”The boy threatened the Gardner’s life with his sword, and the Gardner swore to never tell a soul about the boy. And that was it. The boy continued to practice in the garden, away from the soldiers, and the Gardner would watch as he planted his flowers. One evening, when the boy was about to head back the Gardner asked ’why?’ and the boy just looked at him. Over the years he had practised he had eventually forgotten his purpose, the prince was no longer his priority. He had grown up, realised that they were living in different worlds, and the boy was fine with that. So when the Gardner looked at him, almost old enough to retire, he couldn’t answer. So instead of forcing an answer, the Gardner told the boy to help him to which he did. The Gardner knew the boy had lost his purpose of life a long time ago, so every day, after the boy was done with his practising he would tell the boy about his flowers. How-”

”What did he tell him?” The eyes were large, the largest the man had ever seen, and a beautiful blue, just like the boy.

”If you let me finish, I might tell you.” The man meant it as a joke, even smiling but the little boy began crying anyway. And to the man’s rescue, the sister comforted her brother.

”He gets like this sometimes after mama and papa left us.” All the man did was nod, trying to understand their situation when he didn’t.

”The Gardner would tell the boy what the flowers name were, how much water they needed and the story to why they were there. Each flower had a story of why it was there. The sunflower was loved by the queen and the dandelions where the princess’ favourite. Even the prince had a favourite – daisies. Soon, the boy didn’t come there for just sword practice, he came to the Gardner, his stories and his flowers. As the man grew older and older the boy helped him more and more, forgetting the soldiers and their swords. At last, the Gardner had to retire and the boy took over, but you can still see him sometimes practising with his sword in the garden of flowers.”

”That’s the ending?” Annoyed, the children began standing up, it wasn’t the man who said the story was over but the children. As the children walked away, annoyed by not having a good ending, the man smiled sadly and saw their figures disappear until they weren’t even dots. What the children didn’t hear was that in a few years, the boy was spotted by the prince, their facial structure the exact same, both with a birthmark under their eye, like a drop of water. In a few years, he found his dead mother and his dead father with a crown on their head. But the boy didn’t favour the prince anymore, all he wanted to do was to stay in the garden and practise with his sword because he had finally found a purpose in his life that meant he could be content.

”Old man! Come on, stand up, we need to get the dandelions in the earth before sundown or they’ll turn bad.” A young man appeared in front of him, odd that he didn’t notice him before.

”Why rush Daisy? The sky isn’t even orange yet, and the night is young.” He smiled at the young man and began walking towards the castle gate, with the young man and his sword trailing quietly behind him.

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And that was that for this week. I hoped you enjoyed it and try to do this as well.

And of course, I’ll give you the link to The Write Practice website because these prompts are in no way my own. Nope, here’s the link >here. And here’s the E-book (here) which is what these prompts are based on. The book is for free, just follow their steps since you need to subscribe to their website. But if you enjoy writing I don’t think their E-mails are annoying.

Have a nice day folks.

Dillon, Lucy – One Small Act of Kindness

The funny thing about this book was that I bought it about a year ago because an internet friend recommended it and then I put it on my bookshelf and then it kinda just stood there. I didn’t read it. Anway, a few months later I read another book of Lucy Dillon, A Hundred Pieces of Me and read that one in the same week. It was first then I realised that “wait I have another book of Lucy Dillon on my shelf” so now, after a year on my bookshelf, I have picked it up and I’ve read it. And I loved it.

Since it’s July I wanted to read these “happy feeling” kinda books, the giddy-giddy books, I wanted to experience the same feeling as when I eat a cupcake. I wanted a cupcake book. I didn’t want to read these criminals, psychological thrillers, with dark, twisted characters because that’s not summer in my ears. So that’s another reason for me picking Lucy Dillon’s book.

The review then. I hate amnesia, that’s just the thing about me, I don’t like amnesia. It’s just something about waking up and not knowing who you are that always goes on my nerves. I don’t like it when the character sees tiny fragments of who they were before the amnesia, and the waiting! Oh dear, I hate that it takes so long. I remember watching Unknown, with Liam Neeson, and I love Liam Neeson (“Good luck” chills every single time *smiles weirdly*). Anyway, during the entire movie I was just so frustrated because he didn’t know who he was and everything was a mess, the plot just became so weird because no one knew if he was a bad guy or the good guy and I was just really frustrated. I tend to stay away from these kinds of things.

When I found out that this injured woman had amnesia I was like “jippi”. No, it wasn’t a happy feeling, more the other way around. I think that’s the one thing I didn’t like about the book. The amnesia. However, aside from that, the plot was fantastic. I had so many theories about Libby and Jason, and “Pippa” (the injured woman) that I could spin around and be like “wait what if…” or “but what if she..” and I love it when I book can make me think about theories. I also really liked how there were more than just Pippa’s story, there were Libby and Jason’s, Luke (Jason’s brother) and Margaret’s. It was really nice, sure you only got to follow Libby and Pippa (like, in their heads) but there were also side-stories to which I really thought were nice.

The characters were lovely, really, they were. They all had their own minds, their good sides and their bad sides. I did think that Pippa’s “weak” side’s weren’t shown much, it was like she never really did do anything wrong. How she was always the victim and I just thought it was a bit strange because everyone has a bad side. I honestly, didn’t like Pippa very much, mostly because she wasn’t very independent, she relied on a lot of people. And I know that you can do that, sometimes it’s nice to rely on someone else and not just on yourself. But she was almost like a damsel in distress, I am a lover of independent people, doesn’t matter if it’s a male or female character so perhaps that’s why I wasn’t such a big fan of her.

In this book, a lot of people were saying how kind Libby was and they were right, she is a lifesaver, in the literal sense. However, like with Pippa, her weaknesses weren’t shown much and sure she did have some bad sides, like how she bought expensive bags just to have something to talk about with her “friends”. I mean, if you have to buy expensive stuff just to be accepted by your friends, then they aren’t really your type of friends. Still, I just really adored how soft her personality was, she was such a kind person, she wanted to always please people and make everyone happy. And she’s independent, she doesn’t need Jason to run a hotel because she has a mind of herself. It makes Pippa sound like she’s a moron, she’s not just so ya know.

I wouldn’t like to say Jason is a main character because we don’t get to follow him in his head or through his eyes, but he’s playing such a big part in their stories I just want to mention him, and because he’s my favourite character. I love how Jason would do anything to make his wife, Libby happy. And how he would rather drag himself down, sure he’s probably the definition of “prideful” but in the later half of the book, especially by the last chapters he really changes just because of Libby (and his mother, but mostly Libby).

This is a chick-lit book (mostly) so there’s bound to be romance. I’ve said this before but I am not the biggest fan of romance. I usually find it to be cheesy and just awkward. This book, however, it felt real. Especially, between Jason and Libby, their relationship was just like a real one. Ups and downs, good and bad times. I think their love for each other could haven been described better, but you still felt the love flow between them but at some point, I just thought it wasn’t real enough. Pippa’s romance was a bit special, I was not expecting the twist at the end. Absolutely, did not see that coming. Personally, I thought it was a weird thing to put in her story, it makes sense, it really does but the way her romance went was just strange. Like couldn’t it have ended up another way? And her ending, it felt really rushed. Like, I wanted to find out more about her and her loved one. I really did. And I wanted to find out about the hotel more – I want that “what happened afterwards” book.

Overall, I am really happy I read this book because it just makes me feel all giddy-giddy cupcake and makes me smile weirdly. Reading a Lucy Dillon book generally, makes me feel very content and satisfied. I don’t know if it’s because it usually has a bit of an open ending which I like, a happy ending, no brutal deaths. Or maybe it’s just because of her writing. Her writing is very satisfying, I think it’s because of the inner monologues, I am a fan of inner monologues and a good description. The writing goes straight to the point, what she wants to tell but it also holds a little description.

But the relief only lasted a second before the images faded, stuck in their short loop, and pain caught up with her...A cold, thin ache wound round her heart, spreading up into her head, as she lost them all over again.

I just think that description is lagom, not too much so it get’s boring but not too little so you just turn into a question mark.

On Goodreads, I gave this book a five star out of five and I don’t regret it either. Afterwards, I’ve started another book but I just want to go back to Lucy Dillon and buy the rest of her books and read them. Sure, after like two more of her books I would probably want to read a thriller because those are the best.

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And that was my review of Lucy Dillon’s book One Small Act of Kindness, I really recommend it to people who are need of a good-feel book about amnesia, relationships in general and starting over.