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).

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.

You need strong roots to survive. When the wind blows and the foundation of your life cracks and crumbles, strong roots hold deep. They reach down and keep you grounded. Unlike a tree, my roots consist of people. My friends, my family. When my bank account runs dry, when I’m battered and bruised, I know I can go home. I know where I can crash. My roots are strong because they know they can expect the same from me.

Eliabeth Hawthorne

This post is also inspired by Ready Player One. I just finished my second re-read.

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Book Review: Husband Wanted: Will Train by Helen Conrad

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Husband Wanted: Will Train
(Destiny Bay: Baby Dreams #1)

by Helen Conrad

genre: romance

Summary from Goodreads

husband-wanted-will-trainIt seemed a harmless game–until she found out who he really was.

Charity Ames is trapped into a lie and she hates it. She needs a man to pretend to be her husband for a few days–so she hires one. Expecting a gargoyle, she’s amazed when he turns out to be a very appealing hunk.

Ross wants something Charity has, so when he gets the chance to pretend to be her husband, he takes it. But Charity is not the brittle business woman he expects and he falls hard and fast for her barefoot, South Seas image. Trouble is, it’s an image she’s trying to deep six, and she can’t really believe a man from a prominent family like his–and with a terrifying mother like he’s got — would want anything to do with a girl of her shady past.

When she finds out he’s trying to trick her just like she’s trying to trick her aunt, she’s heartbroken and resentful. Can true love bridge the gap between their backgrounds and set the stage for baby-making happiness?
Includes love scenes.

Original published in print by SILHOUETTE DESIRE and recently revised as part of the Destiny Bay Series….

***rewrite of Husband for Hire (Sihouette Desire #434) written under the pen name Raye Morgan
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Blind Sight: Aniela | Chapter 7

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Blind Sight: Through The Eyes Of Aniela Dawson

Eliabeth Hawthorne

Chapter SEVEN

Brisk Collapse

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Snowballs flew back and forth from behind soggy cardboard forts as Aniela pulled her flower print duffle bag from the car. Children no longer confined to the classroom celebrated the end of the school year. As Aniela grabbed her skates, she felt the cold smack of a stray snowball against her back, followed by an apologetic “woops” from one of the kids. It would be so refreshing to be able to use magic outside again once the tourists were shipped back home for winter. Aniela had once asked why Edaion’s citizenry had to tolerate tourists at all.

“Don’t be stupid,” Tatiana mocked. “How do you think other countries will react to their citizens disappearing to a country closed off to everyone else?”

When Aniela asked, she was too young at the time to wonder how people left behind accepted their loved one’s decisions to abruptly leave. None of her history classes had mentioned countries storming in demanding their tax payers be returned or families fighting to convince their loved ones not to stay. Since Viola had come with her whole family, it did not apply, but now that she was getting to know Odette and Leo, the question surfaced.

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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).

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.

cactus coffee

Coffee owns me. I can’t pretend it doesn’t. Though not as addictive as drugs, I feel the shakes and pains of withdrawls when I’m forced to go cold turkey. My heart pounds when I drink too much and its acid is the reason I have burned holes in my stomach. Yet I return to it day after day. When I crash, it is there to pick me back up. It stays up with me through the late nights and rises with me for the early mornings. If it came to buying groceries or coffee? Well, I think you know the answer.

Eliabeth Hawthorne

This post is also inspired by Ready Player One. I just finished my second re-read.

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Book Review: Don’t Dump the Dog by Randy Grim

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Don’t Dump the Dog

by Randy Grim

genre: non-fiction

Summary from Goodreads

dont-dump-the-dogDo you want to dump your dog because he tries to escape your yard? Barks too much? You-know-whats in the house? Doesn t play well with others? Chewed up your favorite pair of shoes? You wouldn t be the first person asking to return your pet. And dog rescuer Randy Grim has heard every reason under the sun. But before you load Fido into the back of your car, read this book. In it, Randy addresses the concerns of dog guardians everywhere by responding to letters that he ‘s actually received. With humor, and from his vast experiences with abandoned dogs, he reveals exactly what you can do to remain calm and fix every bad behavior problem. (Even if it means dumping your husband instead of the dog.)
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Picture it & Write

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Sorry this is late. Due to Ermisenda’s absence, I am leading the prompt every week instead of every other week and it’s been hard to keep on top of it.

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).

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.

Creative Writing Exercise: Stardust

“What do you suppose is up there? If you could step onto the plumes and walk into the stars? Is there a higher being waiting for us? Are there pearly or golden gates from which we will be turned away? How long would it take to walk out of the atmosphere? How fast could you slide back down if you changed your mind?”

I listened to Carolyn ramble, her words going in one ear and out the other. Fireflies I decided, thinking of Timon and Pumbaa. If I walked up on the clouds, I would find fireflies.

Eliabeth Hawthorne

This post is also inspired by Ready Player One. I just finished my second re-read.

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Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

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The Heir

The Selection #4

by Kiera Cass

genre: chick-lit

Summary from Goodreads

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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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__ermisenda’s absence

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Hey everyone,

It’s Ermi here. I’m making this post to announce that I will most likely be entirely absent from the blog for the next half year. I’ve been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma (cancer of the lymphnodes) and I start chemo this Thursday (for approx. 6 months). It’s been a crazy past month from finding out there was an abnormal tumour in my chest, to now being treated for it. The doctors say I have a very good prognosis and nearly all young people recover from Hodgkins as chemo is VERY effective at killing the active cancer cells. So my family and I are coping okay even though it’s all a bit scary and sad. It seems like it’s just going to be a crappy few months but then everything will be fine again (hopefully).

I might find the energy and motivation to post here, but Eliabeth will most likely be taking charge. There may be less posts because of this. I don’t want to commit myself to anything just yet since I don’t know what I will want to do with the (potentially limited) energy I’ll have left.

I don’t make this post to scare anyone, but I do want to inform the amazing readers we have. I haven’t abandoned you all! I’m just going through some things. I hope everyone and their families are healthy and well.

Love,
Ermisenda

Blind Sight: Aniela | Chapter 6

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Blind Sight: Through The Eyes Of Aniela Dawson

Eliabeth Hawthorne

Chapter SIX

Tingling Curiosity

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The internet search for keepers left Aniela as confused as ever. She attacked her keyboard with the same frustrated vigor she had seen Tatiana use against the piano. Not sure how to refine her search, Aniela scrolled through pages about police equipment, clothing brands, storage companies, and care for the elderly. Nothing enticed Aniela to click on the links. She then turned to books, which much to her dismay, were just as useless. As she slammed the volume shut, dust and the resulting coughing fit added insult to injury.

If it had not been for Tatiana’s smug, silent bragging, Aniela might have waved it off. With a heavy sigh, she settled back into the plush library chair. With furrowed brows, she watched Theodore walk past her to some shelves further in before she sprang out of her chair and followed him. The twins told each other everything; he would know.

“Theodore, what are keepers?”

“What? Who told…nothing you need to worry about.”

If he intended to dampen her curiosity, that was not the way to do it. “What are they? Why did Tatiana imply I have one?”

For the first time in her life, Theodore ignored her.

“Theo, I’m seventeen.” She was not going to let him get away with ‘you’re too young,’ again.

“Aniela, leave it alone.” He marched into his office and she heard the soft click of the lock.

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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.

hidden-wizard

I walk through the world, but this is not my home. The colors are dull and low definition. Here, I feel restricted. My clothes are baggy and my shoes cause blisters. I’m stuck as a human. When the bullies chase me home from school, I don’t get to wear my +2 speed sneakers or cast spells with my staff.

At home, in the simulation, I am a 99th level wizard. instead of bullies, I face dragons and I can defeat them. No one messes with me. I have clan members who ban together against my foes just as I do for theirs. Though I have never met my closest friends, I know everything about them. They love me for me, for my raw personality. They do not see the skinny kid or hear my studder.

Eliabeth Hawthorne

This post is also inspired by Ready Player One. I just finished my second re-read.

Everyone is welcome to use the button, just link them back to the Picture it & Write category or Ermiliablog:) Share your love for Picture it & write on your blog with the image below. Be proud, and stylish ;) !

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