Posts Tagged ‘story’

  • Read-a-thon

    Date: 2011.06.17 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0


    I will be updating this post as requested for the read-a-thon (or aka book-a-thon to my mixed up brain).

    Here are the books  I have ready to read for the event:

    I used wide view for this pic

    Yes, those are books about Dr. Who you see there

    What book are you starting with?

    • The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

    I hope to read:

    • 1,ooo pages seems like a good goal

    Where are you going to read?

    • From the comfort of my ugly-but-now-slip-covered couch

    Mini Challenge #1:

    Name favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptation

    Reading Update:

    • Total Books Read: _____0_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____103______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____103_____
    • Total time read: _2 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Eager to continue reading!
    • Favorite book-movie adaptation: I love the Harry Potter series. I could read them on constant repeat and be perfectly happy. Although, yes some things were left out that I would have loved to see, I think they did a great job with the adaptation and always watch the ABC Family Harry Potter weekend when it comes on.
    • Least favorite book-movie adaptation: Ella Enchanted. No contest. I know that Eragon had over 50 differences, but that pales in comparison to Ella Enchanted. One day I’ll force myself to watch the movie again so I can count just how many differences there are.

    Mini Challenge #2:

    Create a Wordle (and try to not think about Pokemon)


    • Total Books Read: _____0_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____193______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____90_____
    • Total time read: _4 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Upset with results over mini challenge #2 and feeling like I’m not as quick of a reader as I thought. (And just wasted 30 minutes of the reading segment–better mood to come!)

    Ok, so I failed this challenge. The site required a plugin–which I have, but it wouldn’t recognize it–and when I tried to install it it said that I already have the plug in. So I uninstalled and tried to reinstall to no avail. I’m really frustrated at this and I’m trying not to get upset over it enough to where I turn 4 years old and cry over the unfairness of it all. Lol.  I’m supposed to go here and create something really cool in case you were wondering.

    UPDATE: My husband got it working!

    Thank You, The Husband!!

    Mini Challenge#3:

    Write a Story–I’m writing a beginning of a story, because I don’t want it to wrap up neatly. Update first:

    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____282______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______1____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____89_____
    • Total time read: _6 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Wishing The Last Little Blue Envelope didn’t have to end and somewhat irrationally wanting to go to “university” in England.

    Grace was scared of this day. She knew it would come, but she didn’t know it would come so soon.

    At her birth a shaman was called into the birthing hut. Paying little to no attention to the women rushing about or to the sweat-streaked face of her mother he gazed down at Grace in her makeshift cradle of goat skins and branches. With the precision of a laser and showing no compassion he spoke of the fate the gods had in store for this child. With horror in her eyes Grace’s mother banished him from the hut and called to her husband. The women of the birthing hut quickly relayed the prophecy to the new father. Both parents wept openly as they placed talismans made from the bark from a lime tree around their doomed child.

    Mini Challenge #4:

    For this mini-challenge you need to create a puzzle that consists of about three images which describes a book. First the update:

    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____366______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____84_____
    • Total time read: _8 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Hungry!! The husband coming home will bring distracting noise, but at least then I can have dinner. :-D

    No hints here

    Nope, not a single one

    Still not giving you a hint

    So there :-p

    Mini Challenge #5:

    A sentence made from book titles.


    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____472______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____106_____
    • Total time read: _10 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Still hungry!! The husband is home and the food is cooking! :-D

    Looking for Alaska, Ella enchanted the idiot.

    Thanks to Levine for ending her title with a verb!

    SiS Read-a-thon Report #1

    1. First of all, give us an end-of-day status update. Books read, pages read, you know the drill!
    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____578______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______1____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____106_____
    • Total time read: _12 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Worried I won’t read all the books I picked out since tomorrow we have to shop for groceries and Father’s Day gifts.
    1. What is the favorite thing you have read today? The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
    2. Which mini-challenge was your favorite? Geez that’s hard, because I really like them all, but I guess the one where I had to come up with a story.
    3. What has been your favorite thing about the read-a-thon? The challenges and the solemn respect the husband has given this event–it’s really kind of sweet.
    4. What has been your LEAST favorite thing about the read-a-thon? The Wordle challenge, but only because I had so many system problems with it.
    5. Are you on track to meet your goals? I’m over half way there for my total pages read goal, but not for books–still on my second book.
    6. Will you be participating tomorrow? Do you have any new goals? Yes, as much as I can. New goal: hurry with shopping so I can get back to reading.
    I used wide view for this pic
  • Hector

    Date: 2011.03.04 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Ok, ok I’ll admit it. I haven’t even thought of posting. I’ve checked to see if there were any new comments and gleefully smiling at the fact that simple math kept away the stupids–I was getting about 20 spam comments an hour and my husband fixed it! :-D So here is what I have been working on it’s a dream that I had that I thought I could make into a (very) short story. And I did! Only…I haven’t finished it and currently I’m stuck. I know how it ends and some other moments, but filling in the in between stuff is what’s got me in a block. My high school teachers were always telling me that my essays needed more details…. So in completely scraping the motif I’ve worked so hard to keep, here is the story thus far:
    Hector was a small child. He was meek and often overlooked. He cared less about his grades and more regarding a secret project of his–a computer, small and round like a ball. They weren’t supposed to have computers (especially not ones that were tended to instead of focusing on the lesson). Time with such devices was considered unnatural, but necessary and therefore was to be limited. His classroom composed of connected desks and chairs was held on the side of a hill under the protection of an oak tree. His teacher, Ms. Peregrine was a tall slender woman with a pinched face and a constant look of disapproval about her. She kept her hair swept up in a tight bun with never a strand out of place. One could often find her peering down at her class over half-moon glasses looking as though each child were a separate, but equally nasty taste in her mouth that she couldn’t wait to spit out. Most of the other students weren’t bothered by Ms. Peregrine. Except for them completing the assignments given to them by her, you would think they didn’t even know that she existed. Hector was terrified of her. He held his breath as she walked by his desk continuing to march between the rows.
    “Class,” Ms. Peregrine said. “Be quiet and pay attention! This next assignment will be worth twenty-five percent of your entire grade. You will need to work diligently as there will be no credit given for late or incomplete work.”
    Hector sat forward and gulped. He couldn’t mess this one up. If he did he’d have to repeat the entire year again. He hurriedly wrote down everything Ms. Peregrine said regarding the assignment not once glancing around to see if the other children were as panicked as he. They were to write a paper regarding the science of everything around them and provide visual support. From the blades of grass that brushed their feet to the sun that lit their classroom. The enormity of the task was daunting to Hector; his hands automatically reaching for his small computer and a screwdriver that he kept hidden in his desk. As he nervously took it apart and rearranged the pieces yet again he looked around the classroom to see if others had responded with the same fear to the assignment. Everyone else seemed perfectly unaffected by the news. Lily, a girl sitting two desks ahead of him in the row to his left, was lazily drawing spirals on her paper and Petrel, a boy one desk behind him on the row to his right, was watching an ant marching on his desk and occasionally altered its course. Hector sighed. Why couldn’t he be like the others?
    Just then his computer sparked and went dead in his hand. Hector desperately hoped no one had noticed. He slid his hands out from under the lid of his desk and pretended to have been preoccupied with staring at a brown, dried-up flower instead of doing something that could possibly make any noise. Realizing that none of them had heard, Hector lifted the lid of his desk again and resumed tinkering with his tiny computer. “Now let’s see,” he thought. “The sun makes the grass grow as it does me. Without the sun I will whither and die. Each blade of grass would be a mighty tree, except for my stomping feet which halt every try.” Wasn’t that what Ms. Peregrine had told them? Yes. He remembered the shame that he felt upon learning that he was the reason the grass couldn’t reach it’s full potential. He had worked hard for the remainder of the week to step on rocks only, but Ms. Peregrine had scolded him for walking “in such an appalling manner” and it had cost him two demerits. Since then he worked harder to be invisible and so far it had worked.


    So I hope you don’t think it’s terrible. It occurred in dream world so of course not everything is right–especially the tech stuff, but my mind isn’t completely tech savvy so I couldn’t get that part right even if I had been conscious! If I get past this block and finish then I will do a new post with the entire story. :-)

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