Category Archives: Books/Novels
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. 😀
Comment what you think the answer to the riddle is.
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.
- Top 6 Writing Tips (floweringkeyboard.wordpress.com)
- 10 Easy Tips to Develop Your Own Writing Style (successful-blog.com)
- 11 Bits of Wisdom From Doris Lessing, On Reading, Writing, and Life (huffingtonpost.com)
- 25 tips to punch up your writing (prdaily.com)
Be Very Afraid: 8 Monsters of Literature and Folklore
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
Have you read this, yet? 0.O
- A Synopsis of Rich Dad, Poor Dad (mastering-money.com)
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.
- Are Video Games Art? (titansmonria21.wordpress.com)
- When the Portal to a Fantasy World Never Opens: Bridge to Terabithia (tor.com)
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 (amiblack2012.wordpress.com)