Category Archives: Books/Novels

When bright…

When bright, it’s dark.
When darkest, it’s gone.
When gone for good, so are you.
Where am I?

This is a riddle I found in the beginning of a book called Bright Shadow¬†by Avi. It’s about a girl who obtains 5 wishes, but she does not realize this until she begins to use them. But if she uses them all, she will vanish and she can tell no one of this.

I read it and found it enjoyable. They also made a new cover for it. ūüėÄ

Comment what you think the answer to the riddle is.

10 Tips for Novel Writing

10 Tips for Novel Writing

1. You need to write every day so as not to lose the story.

1a. You must move forward every day even if you are revising as you go.

2. Start figuring out the structure of the novel as soon as possible.

3. You won’t start getting into your book until you are at 20,000 words – the commitment has been made; things start to make sense.

4. Always keep your focus on the sentences, paragraphs, and the scene being written, not on what you will write.

4a.Don’t look too far back or too far ahead.

4b. Know where you’re going, but pretend not to look at it.

5. Beautiful writing and intense intelligence can always salvage a plot.

6. “This is the last book you will write.”

7. You must treat your minor characters as well as you treat your major characters.

8. It’s okay if you do not accomplish what you tried to accomplish.

8a. If the story must die, let it.

9. Respect readers’ intelligence, life experiences, and time.

10. Feel more.

Have any questions? Comment.

Be Very Afraid: 8 Monsters of Literature and Folklore

Be Very Afraid: 8 Monsters of Literature and Folklore

1. Frankenstein

Just years after Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel¬†Frankenstein¬†first appeared on shelves, the title took on a life of its own. Though many people incorrectly believe that¬†Frankenstein¬†refers to the stitched-together monster endowed with life, the name, in fact, belongs to the monster’s creator, Dr. Frankenstein. However, this error is so ubiquitous that the term is now widely used to refer to the monster as well as the man.

2. Golem

Victorian English literature has Frankenstein, and Jewish folklore has the¬†golem. Formed from clay, this humanoid midrashic monster comes to life with the aid of supernatural powers. In some stories, the¬†golem¬†becomes animate when the Hebrew word for “truth” is written on the forehead the monster. When the first letter in this word is smudged out, the Hebrew word “death” remains, and the¬†golem¬†dissolves into a mound of clay.

3. Grendel

The epic poem¬†Beowulf¬†features one of the most terrifying creatures in the Anglo-Saxon literary canon,¬†Grendel. Written in Old English,¬†Beowulf¬†chronicles the story of the title character, a brave warrior, as he protects the King Hrothgar from an attack by Grendel. Once Beowulf defeats Grendel, however, the fun is not over; he must then defeat Grendel’s equally frightening revenge-seeking mother.

4. Dracula

While many folks know¬†Dracula¬†as a tuxedoed vampire sired by Bram Stoker in 1897, few are aware of Stoker’s real-life inspiration for this undead creature of the night. Vlad III Dracula notoriously skewered his enemies on stakes and then left them to die. These brutal tactics earned him the nickname Vlad the Impaler. The name¬†Dracula¬†means “son of Dracul,” and was a name handed down from Vlad III’s father.

5. Big Foot

Big Foot, sometimes called Sasquatch, is a large, hairy apish creature who wanders through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest and Canada. This elusive giant is often hunted, but never caught. He gets his name from what his pursuers have gleaned about his form from the giant footprints he leaves behind. Perhaps one day these imprints will lead us to the genuine article.

6. Yeti

The¬†yeti¬†or the¬†Abominable Snowman¬†is Big Foot’s Asian counterpart. Allegedly found in the Himalayan Mountains, this white-furred beast treks through the high altitudes, unseen by human eyes. His name comes from the Tibetan word¬†yeh-teh¬†meaning “little manlike animal.”

7. Bogeyman

Possibly from the Middle English¬†buggemeaning “a frightening specter,”¬†bogeyman¬†has been part of a cautionary tale told to naughty children since Victorian times. The¬†bogeyman¬†is said to kidnap children who have been bad, so always be good. We wouldn’t want the¬†bogeyman¬†to steal you away, now, would we?

8. Loch Ness monster

Diminutively called¬†Nessie, the¬†Loch Ness monster¬†swims through the waters of Loch Ness, a lake in Scotland. The term¬†Ness¬†likely comes from the Old Celtic word meaning “roaring one.” Though there are many stories of the Loch Ness monster, her existence has never been confirmed by science. She exists merely as a legend. Perhaps it’s better this way.

(I found this on dictionary.com)

Can anyone think of any other monsters?

“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” Chapters

‚ÄúRich Dad, Poor Dad‚ÄĚ Chapters
Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Chapter 3- Why Teach Financial Literacy

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Chapter 6- The Rich Invent Money

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Have you read this, yet? 0.O

A Quick Bridge To Terabithia Review

A Quick Bridge To Terabithia Review

In this post, I shall touch upon the book Bridge to Terabithia.

It is not part of the reading list, but I value this book anyway. Who says you can’t read for fun? In fact, I encourage it!

I value this book because it does nothing but inspire the imaginations of others. It did for me. I am a HUGE fan of this book and also the movie. It is important that we keep an open mind at all times and not give in to the dullness and the sadness we find in the world. That is why I love this book and the movie; it shows us that no matter how sad the world is, you can free yourself if you just keep an open mind, use your imagination, and value different points of views.

Below is a video from someone who calls himself the Nostalgia Critic. He remembers things so you don’t have to. I put his video here to for the entertainment value and so you can see someone else’s perspective.

Am I Black? by Greg Robinson – 60 sec Trailer

Am I Black? by Greg Robinson – 60 sec Trailer

This book is definitely worth reading. It gives you insight into the minds of the past.

Am I Black? by Greg Robinson

Am I Black? by Greg Robinson ‚Äď 60 sec Trailer

Story of a young, white, male kid who struggles to fit into a black world.

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