Shel Silverstein

If you are a dreamer, come in

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

a hope-er a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...

If you are a pretender, come sit by my fire

For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

Come in! Come in!

Dec 11, 2010

The Storyteller returns

The moon was half that night, a silver crescent shape hung up in a starry sky. The curtains were drawn in her bedroom and the light was had long been turned off so dark overwhelmed the room.

The clock on the wall would tell her that it was time to sleep yet all her mind wanted to do was think. The young woman lay in her bed looking up to the ceiling her life seeming to have past so quickly she could hardly grasp it; however one thought rang through her mind and she spoke it aloud to the night eavesdropping night.
"My God, I haven't written in so long."

Those words seemed like a key which would open a treasure chest of imagination that would fill the whole in her heart.
She pushed herself up from her bed, like a zombie of sorts beckoned to her stance by the faintest of callings that hummed through the winter night like the contagious notes of the Pied Piper.

The young woman sat at her desk, her hands found the tip of her quill; which had not been touch for what seemed like a lifetime.
In the darkness of her room she wrote with no light, to guide the way of her hand, other than that of her imagination, re-inspired.

As her quill scratched to the edge of the parchment and as her ink splattered fingers eagerly reached for another page a smile lit the young woman's face and to the listening night she cried. "I'm back!"
And so the Storyteller did return...

...I have returned.


Aug 7, 2010

Behind the begining.

Once upon a time there was a little girl that was never allowed to enter a library. This was because she was notorious for tearing the covers off books. when asked why she did this, the little girl replied.

"I was just looking for the beginning of the story."
"But the beginning of the story is right here." the questioner said, pointing to the first page of the book.
The little girl looked at the book for a moment before shaking her head.
"That's where the story starts!" and she ripped the cover from the book. "but where is the beginning??"

Authors are very selfish people.
Don't try and deny it you know it's true. You think, 'They take so much time crafting this marvelous story and it was so kind of them to share it with me'. But there is so much more that they are withholding!! They give you just enough tales about the character for you to love them but keep the rest behind the covers.

The story truly starts years, even decades before Page One; it starts when the characters are born and maybe even before that. As an author, I get to see my characters grow up, make the choice's that lead them into my story scoop and trap them in my pages. As an author, I reserve the right to never show you this *insert evil laughter*

But as an overly sharing blogger I feel obligated to include you, lovely audience, in the entire process, I did promise an open story didn't I??
Also the more I share the more I learn, 'cause you guys are just that helpful :D

Page One of most books is the page just before things get interesting, but before things got interesting the characters had to develop into what you now see on the page. That my friends is what the little girl was looking for, the true beginning!
However, she wasn't ever going to find it hidden in the books covers. If she looked into the characters lives, into their pasts she'd have a better chance of finding it.

Without characters there would be no story, so it's only fair that the true beginning should be pieced together by the characters, themselves. That is where Character profiles do a world of good, they chronicle the characters journey to Page One. I find that these little chronicles are the most fun, you can really get to know the characters.

This is the first step to writing a story, after you get the idea, so sometime this week I'll upload some character profiles for you, so keep your eyes peeled, it'll be worth it; believe you me ^_^


Jul 29, 2010

In which I make my return.

Once upon a time there was a young girl, she wished upon a wishing star. A passionate wish that all her dreams might come true; such a plea the stars couldn't ignore. So they sent her a magic lamp.
Every month the lamp would glow hot and a plume of golden smoke would be emitted from it and in the smoke the girl would glimpse the future and every time she would get so excited and happy about it that she could scarcely do anything for anticipation. But those wonderful dreamy futures never came to pass for she never strived to achieve them.

Dreams may come to you but only to tell you to chase after them, to encourage you to win the race. The prize at the end of the line--the center of the Tootsie pop!
The race may be the hardest part, but it's also the most fun: the breath before the dive, the cry before the crash, the moment before the future. All good dreams worth the rush are worth the risk, worth pain, worth the persistence and most importantly the practice.

Here seems like a good place to apologize for keeping my rambling to myself as of late. You may have noticed that I have a nasty habit of falling off the planet every now and again. It seems the trouble is, I can only ramble for so long before I must devote myself entirely to study. It's a terrible habit and vicious cycle but my insurance doesn't cover rehab. This slow heave and ho of my life has pulled me ever closer to my dreams.

On the upside, every time I come back my writing finds some mischievous way of improving itself and maturing into something marvelous. And I feel I'm ready to take on any story--most importantly the Vampiric romance I promised you dear readers. So with out further adieu I'll get on to writing it :D


Apr 26, 2010

In light of recent discoveries.

As stated before I was researching vigorously the art, the elements (or what you will) of writing. I now know the art of writing a romance, a drama, an adventure in which there will be tension, nail chewing suspense and mild comedy--all I have to do is practice. Practice, another word I don't like...but presently I can't bring myself to mind it because it means...
wait for it....

I have to write a story! To test out all those theories I learned :D
So thus begins operation story elements...and stuff, in which I will document my writing of a brand, spanking new story. I will give out writing tips and blog about things I learn along the way. Sound fun? I hope so.

So here is what the story is going to be about.
It's the cross between a dark and light romance; a little Gothic but then again that is to be expected of a Vampiric novel. A bit dramatic, that is just my preference, a little humorous too because flat out dramas...well they're dramatic! :P

However there is one thing I want to make sure of before going on this journey, I hope you haven't got it in your heads that the Vampire is good??
No, no, this story shall be original, and to achieve that it must be traditional. Because lets face it how many books out there have a Vampire that is actually evil? as stated in the definition?
A person, such as an extortionist, who preys upon others.
Yes, the vampire will be the love interest but he is not in any way shape or form good!

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, we first endure, then pity, then embrace
-Alexander Pope

Have I intrigued you? Do you wish to come on this journey with me?


Apr 21, 2010

Dreaming is cool--until you wake up.

Once upon a time there was a little girl and she had a dream, her dream you are now quite aware of, but just in case your forgot, her dream is to become a published author.
Well who doesn't?

Now just remember, this little girl was very little, and her family (well most of it) claimed that she defiantly had a potential where writing was involved. (Side note; I hate the word potential, it just drags you right down with the not yet accomplished) The girls mother insisted that the little girl study grammar and the elements of writing. However the girl thinking she was pre-gifted with the art of writing, refused to do any such thing...

...of course until the day she did.
And this my friend is how I found myself four years later on one Tuesday in April pouring over writing tips on the internet; till my eyes bugged out my head. Well not really but it felt like that, I was starting to get a computer headache and the demeaning feeling that I really didn't know much about the art of writing.

There is one thing to know, it is very useful if you learn it early on 'with great dreams comes a whole lot of work'.
You've got to work your little butt off to get what you want, so with that in mind you need to make sure that what you want is what you need.
I need to be a writer! For one reason or another I'm positively dead inside with out some form of storytelling.

So I guess that means I have a lot of research to do *sigh* I elect that life have an easy button!. Lol :D
The good news is that I'm half way to my dream...hopefully.

So whats been happening on your side of the universe?

Apr 11, 2010

In which I am terribly lazy.

I felt it only fair to warn you that as of now I am terribly lazy and shall not be persuaded to do anything today!
On that note I shall tell you what I accomplished this week which warranted a good day off. Firstly I wrote two whole chapters in Devil's Helmet and presently have nothing left to say. I know I should start writing my Napoleonic Millvalley but I've got so much research to do its daunting; so I contented myself with doing math homework. Not a good trade off.

Lastly, I was busy all Saturday and decided it was only fair if I left my Sunday completely free to do everything that I wanted or nothing at all...but before I sign out and skip off to the rest of my day I do wish to tell you something.

I had planned to post experts from Devil's Helmet up here, but when reading chapters of my second draft to my editing crew (i.e. my sis) things got a little complicated, confusing and grammatically incorrect. Not to mention half the story stayed in my head while the other half is on the page, most disconcerting and I'd hate to confuse you or taint your vision of Devil's Helmet.
However I still wish to share it with you I just need to find another way of doing that *hmm* any suggestions??


Mar 31, 2010

Procrastinating about procrastination...

So sorry about not posting for...awhile but I was busy falling off the edge of the universe....

Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl that had it in her heart to do everything all at one and to do it perfectly. She wrote down her goals in life and all the things she wished to do, every morning she would wake up and look at her list. A smile would light her cherry lips and she whisper to herself 'I'm going to do that today.' as she pointed to every item on the list. But every night the list was just as long as it had been the day she wrote it and every morning the girl would wake up and say. 'I'm going to do that today...procrastinating her life away.

Procrastination is the thief of time.

So basically all I did in March was 30% writing 20% homework and 5o% procrastinating about how I'd do both items later, and later and later....etc.
Not very fun if you ask me.
So I've vowed to be different, I've vowed that in this glorious month of April I will do everything on my really long list to-getting-published one item a day--at least. Does that sound like procrastination in the making??
And I've vowed to post at least twice a week...I miss posting alot.
So what have you guys been doing while I was away? Anything fun? How is your Spring break going?

I really want to know :D

Feb 20, 2010

Concerning Millvalley

I've decided to start a blog series for writing tips and how they apply to my writing, how they can help you. One thing you need to know is I'm not a structured writer and my methods may not work for everyone but trust me when I say they make for stress-free writing.

Lesson one.

Some people think familiarity with a story/plot/character is a good thing, not always. In the case of Millvalley it isn't. I've been writing Millvalley since I was 12 so you can guess how familiar I am with it and that is really bad. Sometimes when I'm writing, old ideas that I had decided against keep find there way onto the pages of Millvalley along with a tacky writing style that I've struggled to mend. It seems like I cannot convert this story to my present day brilliance!

Needless to say this is very offputting and irritating, some have suggested that I just drop Millvalley all together, after hearing how perfectly wonderful my new stories are .
I have a charming habit of not listening to people when I don't like what their saying, so Millvalley still lives today...but I got brilliant idea from everyone's insisting I end it; a sure fire way of perfection.
I'm going to turn Millvalley into one of my new stories, pretend as if I just got the idea yesterday and have just begun to write it. How you ask?

By changing it so drastically that I have no familiarity with it at all, it's a completely new story with the same plot the same places the same characters yet completely different.
Allow me to introduce the new and improved Millvalley set in the charming Napoleonic era. (Apposed to 2012. Big leap huh?)
I think it shall be more magical a lot more fun to write and utterly intriguing. So to wrap up this lesson, if you're annoyingly familiar with something it might be time to reintroduce yourselves.


Feb 18, 2010


I'm sure you've all seen the intense trailer for Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt; every time I see them I say to myself 'that looks really cool! I have to see that movie!'. However I am not one to go see movies on there opening nights because long lines and crowded theaters make a movie not so enjoyable. I know it's insane but I believe everyone in the room is sucking up all the air!! Okay just kidding but for some reason in a crowded theater people are more inclined to talk to each other...did you notice that too or was is it just me??

So I didn't go to see Wolfman on opening night or on the week ends because I had V-day plans but now I've been hearing some terrible reviews about this movie having a terrible story line despite good acting and good visuals.
I like good acting and good visuals but I also like a good story line too *dilemma* the weekend is coming up and I haven't decided yet if I should go see how bad/good this movie is for myself or wait for DVD...I really hate waiting.
So if any of you have seen Wolfman I would really like your advice and answer to my very pressing questions, here goes.
Did you like it? All in all was it worth the money? or would you shout warnings to whoever even thought about entering the theater on the Wolfman's behalf? And was Benicio Del Toro hot??!!

I would totally love some feedback and be utterly grateful; this not knowing is killing me!!


Feb 7, 2010

We interrupt for a brife serises of questions...

I saw this on First three chapters who saw it on Notebook Doodles and I had quite a laugh so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Rules; all the questions have to be answered in one word...sounds intriguing right??

Your Cell Phone? Old
Your Hair? curly
Your Mother? Geeky
Your Father? Sings
Your Favorite Food? italian
Your Dream Last Night? forgotten
Your Favorite Drink? soda
Your Dream/Goal? writting
What Room Are You In? yours
Your Hobby? drawing
Your Fear? fearful
Where Do You See Yourself In Six Years? Ireland
Where Were You Last Night? Guess
Something That You Aren’t? boring
Muffins? Mine
Wish List Item? published
Where Did You Grow Up? home
Last Thing You Did? type
What Are You Wearing? clothes
Your TV? smashed
Your Pets? lizard
Friends? Sssshh!
Your Life? living
Your Mood? changing
Missing Someone? maybe
Vehicle? bike :D
Something You Aren’t Wearing? make-up
Your Favorite Store? Blick
Your Favorite Color? skin
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? now
Last Time You Cried? never
Your Best Friend? ssshh
One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? home
Facebook? *snore*
Favorite Place To Eat? in-n-out

Phew glad that's over, I miss giving long elaborate and slightly annoying, ultra confusing answers to questions.

Wanna Try?


Feb 1, 2010

What happens after biology???

So for one extremely boring month I've been reading one long and boring book of biology for my high school studies. But I'm almost finished with this time absorbing book. I can almost see myself racing past the last page, where I won't have to read another word about insects, molecular structure and vital organs!!

I plan on rewarding myself by not thinking about blood cells, white or red. It's not that I don't appreciate them, I just liked it better when they were hidden out of view, behind a thick layer of my skin and not in plain sight under a really clear microscope. I will not bother to confuse myself with genes and how many I got from which parent.

So next I will be indulging myself in the "decadent pleasure" of reading World History from B.C onward... FUN right? Not so much, but I'd take Romans and Greeks fighting each other over a wooden horse above biology any day of the year. Maybe I'll find something interesting to base a story around.

Hopefully I wont be so completely buried by reading that I will have no time to write! *waking nightmare*
I know I promised you guys some juicy excerpts from my latest story Devil's Helmet but I've been getting some mixed reviews from my reading squad so excerpts will have to wait. I'll tell you all about it in more detail later; don't want to make this post too long and homework is calling.



Jan 19, 2010

The Muse and I...

Ode to my Muse.
He is always bugging me, he is always stuffing my head with new idea's despite the fact that I'm still working on the last one he gave me. He is constantly complaining that I'm too slow in jolting down his idea's, he keeps threatening to be someone else's muse (I wish) if I don't hurry up.
But I wouldn't have it any other way...Okay major lie I would so have it many other ways.

Dear Muse,
I appreciate the ideas and all but you should just be happy that I write them down in my idea book, do I have to write and elaborate story about them right now?! I still have to finish about some idea's for Millvalley?!!

The person you annoy.

My Muse however does not answer any questions he just whispers sweet nothings in my ear and throws a tantrum when I ignore him. As much as I complain about his nagging I think we're a perfect couple. A creative team to be reckoned long as you don't mind that half of the team is imaginary.

As of late my Muse paid me a special visit, he came to me on the 14th and told me that he could see I was busy trying to edit Devil's Helmet and finish writing Millvally while trying to find a way to start two new stories but he really had to tell me about this idea he'd gotten for a movie.
So being the soft-hearted-can't-say-no-er that I am I listened to him and him being the charming-intelligent-idealistic-sweet-talking-Muse convinced me to write a fantastical screenplay.
So now that you understand the relationship between me and my Muse and my inability to say no to him I think it's safe to say that I will have a new project on this blog--so much for keeping it to minimal confusion.

Way too much to write in so little time...and loving it!


Jan 12, 2010


Aw the New Year, a chance to breathe after all those hectic holiday's.

It's time to relax, settle into the New year with all those resolution you know your not going to keep the moment you write them down. Time to sit out on your porch in the chill morning air, a nice cup of french blend coffee in one hand and a chocolate covered croissant in the other; a pen tucked behind your ear and a notepad on your lap. All the time in the world to do what ever you want to....
Did anyone have that kind of a New Year?!

Or was your New Year exactly like mine? Rush, rush, rush and just in case you didn't catch it the first three times RUSH! Christmas is over time to clean up the mess, its the New Year here is list of all the new things we're going to do and they have to be done immediately; don't ask me why! but they do!!
I barely managed to get an hour in to write my story, I barely managed to snag a computer to write this post. Not to mention my sis and I have blog together (we started the blog to document your journey into movie making...we haven't made any movies yet) and she is now starting college so I have to take care of the blog almost by myself. I realize recently that I know too many people who own a blog and want me to contribute! My poor fingers can only type so much!

After the first two weeks of the year people around me finally started to see things the way I do. It's just another year not the end of the world, things don't have to be done within the first last things have settled and I now have some breathing room...and writing space.
That was a close one. So for the sake of keeping this blog post short I'll get to the moral of the story. "Don't have a heart attack with all this rushing!!"

Just Breathe.

P.S how is your New Year going?