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inspiring-quote-story-writersI found this quote and it really touched my heart. I had never drawn such an emotional comparison in all my years of maths. It made me think about stories and characters that would reflect these two types of lines. It made me want to write those stories. I love it when people take objective things in our world and spill emotion all over it. To me it represents great abstract thought. Do you like it too? Or do you think it’s pretentious?

- Ermisenda

How Well Do You Know Lord of the Rings?

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When I watch a movie, I don’t usually notice plot holes. They have to be pretty glaring because otherwise, I just suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy the fictional tale. I realize I am in the minority on this, especially for certain fandoms.

For example, I didn’t realize how big a fuss people made about the Eagles in Lord of the Rings until I showed the following pin to my roommate (who has read the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion multiple times).

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__picture it & write

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I urge people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (provide a translation please :) ). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

picture-it-writeI rolled onto my side and closed my eyes. I couldn’t get comfortable on the sand. I rubbed my sunscreen-slick brow but ended up getting sand all over my face. Shaking my head, I tried to brush it away. Giving up, I sat up right and looked out to the water. I scanned the people splashing in the waves. Where was my son? The clouds draped the sky, leaving us alone in the chill. Fear clenched my heart. I looked over to my left to alert my wife, but she wasn’t there either.

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Book Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone

by Laini Taylor

genre: fantasy, young adult, paranormal, romance

An urban fantasy story with a few twists up its sleeve. Find out why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars!

Summary

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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Review

This book inspired the post ‘When promising books go blegh‘, terrible drawing and all. So why on earth am I giving it a 4? I’ll tell you why.

The first third of the book was great. Then some crappy excuse for a romantic interest was forced into the equation. Literally, forced. I pushed myself through… I pushed… I tried to hold on. Others who had read it encouraged me that the book improved once Madrigal’s story started (and took over the deteriorating Karou one) and they were right. The last 100 pages had me so enthralled that when I finished, I was ready to buy the next book. I was ready to shove my money in the bookseller’s face. Take it! Take it!Shut_up Continue reading

Don’t Think. I’ll Protect You.

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At my full time job, I’m a content writer for a gift card company. Last year, we released some new designs featuring Santa around famous landmarks across the U.S. Trying to breathe some creativity into a press releases, I wrote a piece on how Santa has been helping our company deliver gift cards and now he’s gone missing! It was an announcement for a Where’s Santa contest and featured an image of a cartoon Santa and treasure map. While I realize a press release may not have been the best medium for that message, I never expected it to be denied. The wire service we used sent an e-mail informing me that they would not run an article that could confuse people into thinking Santa is a real person.

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I realize it is now August, but it has been bothering me ever since. When did we start protecting grown adults from believing in Santa? When did we start protecting people from thinking?

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

__funny writer’s retreat illustration

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A great little illustration that had me smiling. Very creative and funy! I think ‘First-Draft Furnace’ and ‘Cave of Reclusive Genius’ were my favourite parts of the retreat.

- Ermisenda

Picture it & Write

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Welcome to the Picture it & Write creative writing exercise. I invite people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

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What will my legacy be? What will I leave the world when my bones have turned to dust and I have rejoined the earth? Will it be a pile of leather and dead trees or will my characters and their stories live on in the hearts of readers?

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write now supports The Girl Effect, a movement empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, countries, and world. All profits from the publication are donated to this cause.


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I rewrite my reality

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Anyone here like Gossip Girl? I think the show has been over long enough that we all know how it ends. If you’re just starting it or don’t want to read spoilers, stop reading.

For the rest of you, were you surprised it was Dan? I liked the show from the beginning, but the last episode really resonated with me. He knew he would never buy his way into Serena’s world, so he decided to write himself in. You’re only “important” on the Upper East Side if people are talking about you–you’re in the spotlight. Even if it is for something negative, people know who you are. I simply loved the concept.

Now I don’t run a gossip site nor do I write myself into my stories though Ermi may have accused me of such a few times. I do however, rewrite my reality in a much less official capacity. Boyfriend gets furious with me when we’re having an argument and he presents several scientifically accepted facts only to have me reply with “Hmm, no. That just doesn’t work for me.” My mom once assigned me the tagline, “Don’t disturb me with facts. They disrupt my world.” The most often used example for both of these situations is when Boyfriend tries to convince me that squirrels are just rats with furry tails so both have equal value.

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Not in my world.

This selective acceptance of the world as I want to see it is apparently a scientific thing (or so I learned in my management class). We are more likely to see results that are in line with our chosen belief and purposefully or unintentionally ignore results that do not match the result we want. Knowing this and being on a diet, I’ve decided that I don’t like doughnuts. They have no appeal to me, they don’t taste good. They are dry, chalky, and the icing tastes like plastic. I’ve gotten so good at mentally rewriting my preferences that I’m no longer tempted by doughnuts.

Our minds are powerful things, so remember that the next time you look in the mirror. Are you distorting your reality? What if you said something positive to your reflection once a day?

-Eliabeth

Book Review: Couple Therapy: Dramas of Love and Sex

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Couple Therapy: Dramas of Love and Sex

by Barbara Bloomfield and Chris Radley

genre: psychology, social work, sex therapy, couple therapy

An educational graphic novel about the dramas of love and sex. Find out why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars!

Summary

couple-therapy-dramas-of-love-and-sex(Taken from Amazon. Goodreads)

Anthony and Andrea aren’t getting on. It’s five weeks away from their marriage and Andrea has caught her fiance cheating on the internet, with an older woman! Share this couple’s journey with their counsellor and become a fly on the wall as they journey into their most private and unknown places. Much more than a comic strip, the graphic novel Couple Therapy: Dramas of Love and Sex takes you into the hidden world of the Relate counselling room, and lets you into the private worlds of three fictional couples as they struggle to improve their relationships and their sex lives. Relate counsellor Barbara Bloomfield discusses each case with renowned family therapist, Prof. Rudi Dallos, as they share thoughts, theories and active techniques that will help each couple to understand what’s gone wrong and how to make changes for the better.

Review

I’ve been looking to read some great sexuality books and I found this book somewhere along my search. The main thing that tipped me over the edge to buy it was that it was a graphic novel; an educational graphic novel book that role-played sessions between couples and therapists. Their Goodreads description is ‘This graphic novel, with extra therapist’s notes, allows you to sit in as three fictional couples enter the counselling room.‘ And it’s exactly that.

There are three scenarios that the book goes through: a new couple who are expecting a baby and the father is struggling with the idea of parenting, a couple who are struggling with their son and anniversary death reaction, and a couple who are about to get married but the woman suspects the man of having an affair while also dealing with a dominant mother who intrudes on their relationship. I liked the variety of scenarios but I would have liked more. I finished the book in an hour or so, and even though it has plenty of re-read value, I was kind of sad about how short it was. But then again, I also know how much effort and time also goes into making graphic novels and often they are finished faster than a heavy text book. I don’t regret the buy though, it was definitely worth it.couples-therapy-dramas-of-love-and-sex-5

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As you can see, you read the scene like a comic and then down below are the therapists inner thoughts as the scene plays out. Continue reading

Laugh so you don’t cry #100daysofhappy

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I’ve just come out of the three most stressful weeks of my life. I would rather be back in school taking finals or sitting through the SAT than relive the last three weeks. You guys have been so patient and so supportive. Thank you for continuing to read and comment. Special thanks to Ermisenda who has held my hand and wiped my tears from half way around the world.

There have been moments, especially in the last three weeks, where I had to laugh so I wouldn’t cry. I started keeping a happiness journal and will probably go beyond the 100 days. I’ve found that I need to do and find things that make me happy rather than relying on others to make me happy. But that’s a topic for another post. Today I wanted to share one of the things that made me laugh and kept me from crying.

Raindrops on roses? Whiskers on kittens? What are some things you turn to when the dog bites or the bee stings?

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