Move the Needle

Hello and welcome back!

In this week’s round of Ego’s Blog Challenge, we’ve been asked to plan a schedule. We need to plot out a week with as much or as little detail as we’d like, selecting a specific time to write with the number of words we want to reach.

Technically, I was supposed to schedule the challenge for this week, but life got in the way and said, “Just kidding, you won’t be writing.”

Time for Plan B.
I’ll be making this schedule starting with Saturday {instead of Monday} and going until next Friday. (:

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*G = Goal,
*R= Reward,
*A = Additional Notes/Project Goal,
*T= Time {Start/End Time May Vary Within Time Slot}

 

~ Saturday

I am attending a write-in. I’d like to aim higher than I usually would.

G: Write a minimum of 3,000 words.

R: See a movie at the theater on Sunday.

A: Write 1,000 words for Teddy.

T: 2:00-11:00 PM

~ Sunday:

My schedule is already fairly busy. I’ll air on the side of caution with a lower minimum.

G: Write a minimum of 300 words.

R: Play zombies on Call of Duty and eat pizza.

A: Write 100 words for Teddy.

T: 8:00-10:00 AM

~ Monday:

I host prompt nights on Mondays, so I’d like to aim higher.

G: Write a minimum of 3,000 words.

R: Watch Supernatural.

A: Write 1,000 words for Teddy.

T: 12:00-10:00 PM

~ Tuesday:

It’s “Monday” for me. I tend to run on less sleep, so I’ll aim lower here as well.

G: Write a minimum of 300 words.

R: Buy a new Panda T-Shirt.

A: Write 100 words for Teddy.

T: 3:00-7:00 PM

~ Wednesday:

Ah, Wednesdays. They’re such a toss up for me. I’m going to set a medium-ish goal.

G: Write a minimum of 1,500 words.

R: Play pool on my break.

A: Write 500 words for Teddy.

T: 8:00-11:00 AM

~ Thursday:

Thursdays are the middle of my week and generally require me to head into work an hour earlier. I’ll set a lower goal here since my sleep schedule is typically a little strange.

G: Write a minimum of 300 words.

R: Buy a new movie on Vudu.

A: Write 100 words for Teddy.

T: 8:00-11:00 AM

~ Friday:

By Friday, I’m usually thinking about my weekend plans, but I’ll try to stay focused with a medium-ish goal.

G: Write a minimum of 1,500 words.

R: Get a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with Extra Caramel. (:

A: Write 500 words for Teddy.

T: 7:00-11:00 AM

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There you have it!
My schedule for the next week.

I’m excited to see how this all turns out. Who knows! I might even dedicate a bullet journal to this sort of thing. (:

Make sure to check out the other participants and their schedules here.

Until Next Time,
Shay

 

At the End of the Day

Hey all!

For this version of prompt night, we were given three words to use in our short amount of time: Year 3018, Night Sky, Freedom.

I went a little different than usual but hope you enjoy it. (:

Until Next Time,
Shay

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Communications Log: X3J91
Communications Number: 473

 

It has been three hundred and twenty-seven days since the war ended. We’ve reached maximum capacity on freeing all nations within Sector Valcor as we enter Year 3018 and so far our efforts have proven successful. The inhabitants are flourishing with their newfound freedom. Already, we can see signs of new vegetation from their work ethics and overall, the creatures seem happy with their new location.

Note:

We have encountered a new species within Sector Wendigo. This is precisely 7.8 meters from the water’s edge near the Isle of Bossor. We intend to investigate over the next few weeks after establishing a secure parameter for Sector Valor. Commander Montague has been informed of our plans and has instructed us with protocol should we need to deviate from the mission.

Life forms show signs of intelligence and strategic movement. We are not sure if they are hostile. Further information to be provided in the next log, should the mission be successful.

 

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Casey closed down her laptop and wondered what the next few weeks would be like. From everything they had seen, the new life forms appeared harmless, but she wasn’t willing to bet her life on it.

With only three hours until they left, she considered talking to Jackson before heading out. Their relationship had taken a backseat to the mission, which they both understood initially. However, lately, it seemed like Jackson wanted her to give up her role as second in command to be with him. She had considered it before, but couldn’t justify the decision now. Her unit needed her. Jackson, of all people, should understand that.


But he didn’t.

Her eyes wandered in his direction as he walked to the central hub. She didn’t feel quite as hungry as she had before and decided against following him there. ‘No,” she muttered. “He’ll have to wait until I get back.” She let the words linger in the night air and rested her head against the wall. Maybe, everything would be okay. For now, all she could think about was the mission. Her team needed her to be on her A-game. She closed her eyes and let her mind consider what the new life forms meant for their kind.

An Unexpected Course

Ship at Sea

Ominous clouds rolled overhead as a wave slammed into the side of the ship. “Oy, We’ve got lightning, Captain,” Naive shouted from the crow’s nest. Captain Grimsley pursed his lips before crossing the starboard side. He examined the skies for a moment then considered their next steps carefully. From the corner of his eye, a lanky fella approached him on the left.

“Captain, that’s not all. We’ve veered off course,” the first mate commented. He pointed at the charts and flashed the compass in Captain Grimsley’s general direction. “I venture that you have a reason to have lost us at sea, No Knees.” His voice was stern, yet not unusual in this situation. “I-I…” No Knees struggled to find an answer. He tried to remember the last hour and couldn’t think of a reason that they’d fallen so far from the original plan other than he’d lost himself in daydreaming. Captain Grimsley shook his head and took hold of the wheel. “Well don’t just stand there. Adjust the sails. Make yourself useful and out of sight. I should throw you overboard for your idiocy.”

No Knees drooped his shoulders but did as ordered, the rest of the crew falling in line. Captain Grimsley took stock of their predicament and considered their best outcome. Thunder cracked, causing the other pirates to shift uneasily aboard the ship.

His attention focused on the water below as pieces of another ship floated alongside them. “Gods of the sea, protect us in this insanity,” he muttered, not really believing in the power. He’d heard about the power it held for other crews though and hoped for the sake of everyone that it would work. The waves rose higher, tossing the Phantasm from side to side. “Hang in there, my pet,” he cooed. They’d need a lot more than the power from some almighty sea god for this storm. Their paths crossed with the hull of a third ship and Captain Grimsley rose an eyebrow. The damage done was not from a storm. Something had chewed right through the middle, leaving shattered wood and supplies behind.

“Alright, crew. Change of plans. Prepare the cannons.”

“Sir?” No Knees looked pale in complexion. “You’ve heard my order, first mate. Shall you disobey a second time in a day?” No Knees blushed and nodded. “Yes, Captain. As you wish.” Captain Grimsley rolled his eyes and released a sigh. “If only I had a crew with half a brain, we might survive the night.”

Captain Grimsley steered the Phantasm to the right and ordered for everyone to ready. As if on cue, the ship groaned as tentacles climbed the edges. “Here we go,” he muttered.

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Hey all!

Thanks for reading this short excerpt. I’ve decided to share my work with you all after I host a prompt night on the Discord server I’m on. I plan to share something with you on Wednesdays and Fridays, if possible. I hope that you enjoyed this little nugget as much as I did. (: It isn’t very long, but who knows, maybe it’ll turn into a novel.

Until Next Time,
Shay

Hello, My Name is Shay and I Write.

I’m an aspiring author, and it’s been approximately six hours since my last prompt response.

I See What You Did There

What am I currently working on, you ask? My first order of business is this really great new Blog Challenge that a friend of mine, Amanda, is hosting. She currently owns and runs this Discord server. I’m excited to participate and think it will be a great way to stay accountable. It’s also an invaluable way to practice different methods/styles of writing. What will the challenge hold? Well now, you’ll just have to come back and see. (;

An October Midnight is my current work in progress. I started this one back in November for NaNoWriMo, and while I won, I haven’t had the chance to finish it. With Camp NaNoWriMo around the corner I will post updates as I go, but for now here’s a brief description to tide you over.

I’ve been writing since early elementary school, but I’ve told stories since I could talk. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it before, but my grandma used to remind me how I would walk up to her with my hands on my hips and I’d tell her in my two-year-old-sass, “Grandma, can I talk to you?” Apparently, I could talk forever and about anything under the sun. I used to speak to myself in mirrors as a younger child too. I might be insane, but shh. Don’t tell anyone, okay? Haha.

I remember getting excited to read in my first-grade class. I had the best first-grade teacher, Mrs. Owens. She was amazing. She encouraged all of us to want to read books. Personally? I attribute my love for books partially to her. And now? I enjoy stories of all different aspects. I love reading books, short stories, descriptions, and blogs. I am an avid movie lover and watch many television shows. I even consider music as a way of telling a story and music has such a significant impact on my life. <3

I suppose you could say that’s how I got started. Between vivid dreams/nightmares and the various ways to enjoy a story, I too thought I had a chance. When I was younger, I never really thought about publishing anything. It was never about that for me. I just wanted to document what I saw in my dreams/nightmares to remember. Not that I had an issue with that. I had many recurring dreams growing up and wasn’t likely to forget any details.

In a way, though, writing out my dreams/nightmares validated the images that I saw in my head. I acknowledged my vivid imagination and detail-oriented experiences. Sometimes, they scared even me. Other times, I wished the things I saw were real. Maybe it was my way of coping with the dramas of life that every child encounters. Or maybe, they meant nothing at all. Either way, to me, I wanted to remember them forever.

In middle and high school, I really started to pick up my writing. It was therapeutic and relaxing, it was a way to vent or express myself when I wasn’t always sure how. It was and still is a constant in my life. I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo for quite a while now and love making new creations from scratch. Even now, as an adult, I see it as a way to take an adventure to a world far away from my every day-to-day life and an escape from the stress around me.

My “why” has changed a little bit. I still want to remember what I see in my head, or the thoughts that I come up with. But I also write with the goal of someday publishing. I write now so that one day, someone will read a story that they can relate to. It may not touch everyone, but if it makes a difference in one person’s life or allows them to find the same comforts of escape that I do, it will all be worth it in the end. If only one person enjoys what I’ve written, it’s good enough for me.

All joking aside, I enjoy spending time creating stories that will take both character and reader on a journey. It might be a post-apocalyptic world with zombies or crazy viruses that prevent you from going outside. Maybe it’s a forced marriage in hopes of avoiding war or possibly a space adventure where you choose your outcome. It could potentially be a cursed town with mysterious happenings, a cannibalistic serial killer who loves his family or even a first-timer at a college where strange and mysterious things keep happening. No matter what it is, take a second look. You might just find me somewhere in the midst.

Here are a few more writers from the server that are participating!
Check them out below.

 AJ
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Journey of Chaos: Expressing My Secrets, One Post at a Time…

Hey there!

After some careful thought and a bit of encouragement topped with a nudge from a friend, I am going to be doing a segment of posts that are my (A-Z) Personal Progress + Continued Journeys. The series of posts will focus on featured topics that range in the good, the bad, the ugly and the chaotic. (;

Featured Topic Realms:
• Addictions
• Animals
• Blogging
• Challenges
• Commitments
• Distractions
• Dreams
Encouragement
• Fears
• Goals
• Habits and Hobbies
• “I Love’s”
• Just Because
• Knowledge is Power
• Life
• Mental Illness Recovery
• Movie Reviews
•NaNoWriMo
• Next Up for Me
• Nightmares
• Overcoming Obstacles
• Photos
• Powerful Inspiration
• Quotes
• Recent Reads
• Scary Situations
• Strengths
Struggles
• Tattoo Potential
• Television Show Reviews
• ‘Under the Weather’ Days
• Vacations
• Victories
• Weaknesses
Wisdom
Writing
• X-raying Thoughts
• Yummy Recipes
• Zoning In on Me

I haven’t decided if I want to go in order, or if I want to jump around a bit. Who knows, I may decide to add more as I go. What I do know is that it will be a great way for you to get to know me, grant another way for me to express a bit more of my chaos and maybe, just maybe – I’ll get to know some of you better too. So join me on my Journey of Chaos. You might just learn something that will surprise you. (;

Here’s to getting to know you better and offering more of myself to the world,

Let my Journey of Chaos Begin <3

{***Underlined Words are links to the posts.***}

Warning: Foreign Message Incoming!

Hello Earthling, Traveller, Wanderer.

Welcome to The Haven of Chaos where crazy hectic is the new normal. All of us wondered when you would arrive. I’m sure the road has been challenging, but we’re so glad that you’re here. Let us make you feel right at home. With so much to do and so little time, the post-it’s shall be your guide. Oh, and remember, “We’re all a little mad here.” (;

Sincerely,
El-shire the Monday
The leader of the Welcome Committee

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A Note from the Author

Every entry holds a clue,
Acting as a guide for you.
They live within a post-it,
Conveniently, where you sit.

Follow the journey, on the written path,
We promise it’s easy, there is no math.
The topics vary and cover a hill,
But please remember to do as you will.

Can’t wait any longer? The story is here,
But it comes in pieces throughout the year.
I hope you enjoy this as we begin,
I’ve let my hair down and sent you in.

My final note, within a white daisy,
Welcome to My World of Crazy.

Shay (;

P.s. Search for the next Red Post-It to continue in the Haven of Chaos (World).

My Goals, Writing, and A Commitment.

Hey there!

In this next blog challenge, we were asked to consider our goals for writing. You would think this would be easy, but it wasn’t. I had a hard time putting into words what it is I want. I had to set aside any notions within myself that I assumed were cliche and be honest. Isn’t that the point? If not, then why do it at all? So let’s get real, my darlings.

Here we go!

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My Writing Goals:

~ Write something that creates an emotion within a reader. {Preferably positive.}
~ Have an avid fan of one {or more} of my works.
~ Maintain a consistent blog.
~ Get paid for writing something.
~ Publish a novel.
~ Finish: An October Midnight, Email Your Dreams and my {Untitled} Zombie Novel.
~ Edit Devastate and start on the sequel.
~ Write {possibly collab on} a horror anthology {or any genre, honestly}.

Why do you have a blog?

I have a blog because I have a vision.

It’s not grandiose.
Or unique from someone else’s.
It won’t change the world.
And yes, it’s probably been done before.

But it’s my vision.

I see images, scenes, and stories in my head that revolve around a character, or group of characters, that want their story told. Maybe somewhere out there in the world, someone else has an idea that’s similar to my characters and their stories.

But they’re not my characters.

I think about Iris and her commitment to her daughter even though her job is demanding and her city is under attack. Or Jade and her band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. Edgar’s soft heart and weakness to top off his addiction. Then there’s Sasha who wants to know the meaning of her dreams and Blair with her complicated relationship online. I think about Harper and her journey to college, Thea’s new adventure in space or even Sammi and Breah who are lost in a world of death.

Sure, you don’t know them.
But you should.

They have great tales to tell, and I feel it is my sole responsibility to share it for them. I have an enormous task ahead, but I know I can do it.

I have to.

What do you want to accomplish with it {your blog}?

My goal with my blog is simple.

– I want to share my characters and stories.
– I want to encourage other writers.
– I want to express myself one post at a time. (;

How exactly will that pan out?
I couldn’t tell you.

All I can do is try my hardest to put my characters on screen and hope that someone out there might want to read it. As for encouraging, I may never know that I did it, but maybe I’ve helped someone else in their writing endeavors too.

Why do you write?

I write because I want to explore my character’s journey. I hope that someone else will enjoy the adventure too, but ultimately, I write for me and my characters.

Where would you like to see yourself as a writer five years from now?

Five years from now, I am successfully writing every day.

I’ve been consistently blogging and have impacted someone with what content I have available. More than likely, I’ve edited Devastate and am working to finish my final edits with An October Midnight or Email Your Dreams. I know I won’t be finished with my {Untitled} Zombie Novel, but I’m close. (: I have also successfully written and published in a horror anthology.

Ten years from now?

Ten years from now, I have published a novel. Not quite sure which one it is yet, but one of them is out there for all the world to see.

I have continued my blogging, have a steady following, and impacted two people with something I’ve written. Devastate has been edited and its sequel is almost complete. An October Midnight and Email Your Dreams are hits that have been available for some time now. My {Untitled} Zombie Novel now has a name! Yay! And I’m rounding the corner of completion. Which, of course, means that I’ll be editing soon and it will be excellent! Oh, and I wrote another story for a collaboration concerning another anthology. Woohoo! I’m on fire.

Plus!
I’ve started something else. More details to come in the future.

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Well, now that this is out there for the world to see, I have some real steps that need to be taken to get here. {Was this the point all along? Haha.} I can’t wait until I can repost this as my status for a blog because all of the things are true. Here’s to a future of ten years that include writing, me succeeding in my goals, and you all still enjoying my content. Who knows, we may even have a name like Galacta-Pandas or something by then. (;

Head over here, here, and here to see everyone else’s goals before you go.

Until Next Time,
-Shay