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Wednesday Writing Challenge (and small update)

As of this week on, I will be posting a writing challenge, and what I interpret it as. Feel free to join in with your own in the comments! This week’s one came from the book ‘Wonderbook: The illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction’. This book focuses mostly on building fantasy worlds, which works wonders for me, as a fantasy writer! Of course, I’m not doing this challenge alone. What would be the fun in that? Jennifer  is doing this challenge WITH me. Go check out her blog for her own version.

Writing Challenge

Shadows by Charles Henry Bennet


This image from Shadows by Charles Henry Bennet (London, 1850s) suggests the hidden characteristics of a person and, perhaps, a technique: using the attributes of an animal to help in describing your character. Write a paragraph describing someone you know well using only the attributes of one animal.

Last night (Wednesday) I wrote my challenge up. I used a friend I know from school as the ‘muse’ for this piece, and I was rather pleased with what I came up with.

There are many things that describe her – but her personality was, perhaps, the easiest to pinpoint by comparing it to that of a cat.. Mostly prickly, she never wants to be touched, except on her own grounds. On her own terms. One to hold a grudge, she keeps her distance from all but the most treasured friends – but even those don’t know her deepest desires. She is, essentially, a cat. A feline. Some dangerous beast, stalking from the shadows. Hidden in the darkness – ready to attack. From her sensuous ways to the snapping amusement that comes to her when exchanging barbs with her friends and family. Even the way she preens, on occasion, speak of a feline sharing her spirit.’

Of course, being me – this couldn’t be it all! Instead, a character kept swimming about in the murky depths of my mind. A character I will probably use in the next series I write!

His skin was worn, scaled, lumped into hard armour along his hands. His fingers grew crooked, nails sharp. He had dead eyes. Eyes of a killer. Eyes of someone soul-less. He had the long, slender build of someone that spent a lot of time moving, hunting – seeking his next meal. I noticed the folds of skin between his fingers. They were thickened with callouses, almost webs. I didn’t want to go anywhere near his menacing presence.’

Which of the two do you find more menacing? I think the second one creates a better image of how a character looks, but the first provides more details of a personality. Give it a try! Next Thursday, another Writing Challenge will begin! You are welcome to join in!

In nine days, you will also get a look at a utopian short story. Utopia is swiftly turning out to be something I dislike – a lot. It’s not my kind of genre, though I know trying it is for the best. The story is totally unlike anything else I’ve ever written. Truly, I need to make sure that it remains utopian. That there is a conflict. I hope you come back next week to check out what I’ve worked on. Even the title is in place. I just need to finish the writing, so it’s the best it can be!


Bye for now. Post your attempts below!


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Untold Promise – Chewed and Reviewed

Untold Promise. What is it about? Well here is what the author says:

Haily Long’s life has been turned upside down. As she struggles to make sense of her new status as teenage witch, she experiences a series of psychic dreams about a man with a knife, whose one goal seems to be butchering her on a cold metal table. On top of that crisis, eccentric British vampire Luke wants to teach Haily witchcraft, her boyfriend Nathan is acting weird, and her annoying house-mate Jake is acting weirder. Also, it seems very possible that Haily is seeing dead people. Secrets are uncovered, friendships are betrayed, and the psycho with the knife is closing in for the kill. It’s up to Haily to decipher her visions before it’s too late…

My review
Untold Promise is the second book in the Inhuman Chronicles series and it lets you learn more about Haily Long…and about Jake. There are secrets rife in the household she feels uncomfortable in, the one where her mother won’t tell her anything to do with her witch side…but the vampire ‘father’ of her werewolf boyfriend is willing to help her. Thanks to that, she learns that even those with the best of intentions can be lying to her…and that she possesses more power than she knew. Five out of five and I REALLY can’t wait for the next one!

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Untold-Promise-Inhuman-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00E2UWD5Y
Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Untold-Promise-Inhuman-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00E2UWD5Y

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You’ve had my review, now here’s something a little different. Today we have invited Caitlin’s Character – Haily, over for a little chat and this is what she had to say.

Hi Haily! Thanks for joining us today.

Thanks for having me, I guess. My author keeps making me do these interviews for some reason.

How old are you?

I’m sixteen, but I’ll be seventeen in November.

Where do you live now?

I’ve lived in Wolfwood, Pennsylvania for about a month now. And the longer I live here, the crazier it seems to get. For such a small town, there sure are an abundance of paranormal creatures.

Who with?

I live with my mom, my dog Charles, and Jake West and his dad Luther. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why Jake and Luther are staying in our guest room. They’ve been acting super suspicious; I think they’re up to something.

What is the view from your bedroom window?

I live in the attic, so I can see out over the backyard to the forest behind our house. If I lean out the window, I can see the Knights’ house next door.

Which is your favourite room in the house? And why?

Probably the attic. I like to lock the door so Jake can’t burst in and pester me, which seems to be a favourite hobby of his.

Are you happy with your home circumstances?

Um, I guess so. My mom and I have been arguing a lot lately; I think she’s keeping something from me. I wish she’d just be honest with me.

Do you have any quirks, mannerisms or body gestures that people might notice?

I’ve been told I use sarcasm a lot.

Tell me about one of your scars. Where is it? How did you get it?

It’s on my left knee. I tripped on the porch steps when I was six, and I cut my knee open on the wood. I remember that there was a lot of blood, and my mom had to take me to the hospital for stitches.

When and with whom did you have your first kiss?

It was with Keith, a guy in the seventh grade. He was kind of a dork. We only dated for a couple of months.

Are you a virgin? If not, how did you lose your virginity?

I’m a virgin. And until I find the right guy, I’m staying that way.

Have you ever been in trouble with the police?

Until recently, no. But then Luke Knight, my next-door neighbour and a vampire, convinced me to steal bags of blood from the hospital for him. I got taken in for questioning, which definitely wasn’t a fun experience.

Look down at your feet, and tell me about your shoes.

Black sneakers with white laces. I never wear flip-flops or sandals, because they make my feet hurt.

Who is your best friend?

Tera Knight is probably my closest friend right now. She bit me on the neck and drank my blood once, true, but she’s still really nice.

What do you want most in the world?

Probably for my mom to stop lying to me. And I’ve love to be able to meet my dad, but he died before I was born. Since I don’t think I’ll ever get either of those things, I guess I’ll settle for Nathan deciding to kiss me again.

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