Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WQ-19. Favorite Minor.

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30 Days Of Writing Questions

19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

Like already done with Favorite Protagonist and Favorite Antagonist, I'd like to verify this question a little, because the answer is very, very short.

FAVORITE MINOR TO READ
The character I instantly had to think on was Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series. With practically no family I wished to have a godfather like Sirius.

FAVORITE MINOR TO WRITE
I mostly write short stories, that for rarely have minor characters. But maybe from my 'Voodoo Island' the adventures of Richard O'Connell, Catherine's father, and Davis, his best friend, would be interesting to have their own story to be told!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wreck This Journal: Scribble Wildly Violently With Reckless Abandon.

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Wreck This Journal: Scribble Wildly Violently With Reckless Abandon.

Well, I thought 'Opposites attract!'
Wild and violent doodles VS. Love and peace!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

7-Sins: Epilogue.

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Pride, Greed, Lust, Wrath, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth: For a week I had to focus on the 7 Deadly Sins. The start was easy; Sloth was scribbled down within a couple of minutes. The rest was ... a little more complicated!
In retrospect, when I reflect now on my entries, as for my part I can see a development: My first two sins were not really flash fiction, but more my own thoughts and questions about Pride and Greed. From Lust on I found my rhythm and created little scenes and stories, just like it meant to be. The easiest sin was - like already said - Sloth. The most problems I had surprisingly with Envy. First I thought, Wrath would be difficult, but it seemed that I'm less jealous than angry! My favorite is ... hard to chose ... maybe Gluttony, I truly have a favor for buffets! *g* I think, I'll repeat that challenge next year, then possibly really starting on 7/7!
How about you? What do you think? Did you give the challenge a try, too? What were your experiences? Would be fantastic to share a few sinful thoughts.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

7-Sins: Sloth.

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No flash fiction available today.
You people should not waist your precious time here. You better do something more relaxing.
Go, have a little nap!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

7-Sins: Envy.

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Envy then? What the hell should I write about envy? Of course, a ménage-à-trois was a good example, but what a cliché! And I'm no Stephenie Meyer, who found that special triangle thing with only two people included. I'm no Stephen King either, whose story would have and interesting twist of fear, revenge and horror. I'm also no William Shakespeare, who would create a big drama or romance. I'm just a plain, ordinary wanna-be-writer, who can't even create 100 words about 'Envy'. I wished I'd be a better writer ... or a writer at all!

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Last, but not least: CU tomorrow with 'Sloth'!

Friday, September 16, 2011

7-Sins: Gluttony.

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Oh my God! Ice sculptures! And have you seen the carvings in the watermelons? This buffet is a piece of art, as far as the eye can see. And the smell - just mouthwatering!
Have you tried that Asian soup? It's just spicy enough to tickle your tongue. And the salad! I simply couldn't resist, I tried the dressing and it was heavenly creamy! Oh, and the antipasti, like straight from Italy! Then the main dishes ... it's difficult to pick a favorite. I tasted so many different flavors: the crispy chicken, the saddle of venison with that delicate pepper gravy, two ... no, three different types of fish, some crabs and other sea food, of course I couldn't resist a few bites of Sushi. Oh, there were so many other delicious things! Furthermore the beverages: Have you known that plain sparkling water could taste like that one from France? Or all that freshly squeezed juices - just delicate and refreshing! I also tried some red whine from South Africa to the venison, so rich! And all the sweet liqueurs served for desserts ... Speaking of that, I needed a short break before I could even think on desserts. There was ice cream and fruits and chocolate mousse and various sorts of cheese and ...

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What a feast for pure overindulgence! OMG, I'm hungry now!

CU tomorrow with 'Envy'!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

7-Sins: Wrath.

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You nasty little beasts! You came in the night. You were not alone. Your shrill voices made my ears ache. Your bites made my skin itch. In the night, confronted with dozens of you, I was defenseless.
But not anymore. In the light of day the scales had changed to my advantage. Now the power is mine and also my revenge. Behold of my wrath! I can see you now and my weapon of doom awaits you. Come and meet your death. You nasty little mosquitoes!

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My first thought: His Royal Highness Wrath, Son of Wrath
"Wrath was six feet, nine inches of pure terror dressed in leather. His hair was long and black, falling straight from a widow's peak. Wraparound sunglasses hid eyes that no one had ever seen revealed. Shoulders were twice the size of most males'. With a face that was both aristocratic and brutal, he looked like the king he was by birthright and the soldier he'd become by destiny." (Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, Black Dagger Brotherhood)

CU tomorrow with 'Gluttony'!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

7-Sins: Lust.

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»Wait!«
Just a single, ordinary word. But said in his wonderful low baritone, it made her whole body vibrate. Like in slow motion he came close to her, took the fruit in his hand. She didn't see, what he was doing, she was caught by the sparkles in his deep blue eyes. Fiery shivers rolled down her spine.
»Close your eyes and open your mouth!«, he whispered.
The taste of the strawberry and the chocolate were delicious, but nothing compared to the soft lips, that now found her mouth. Gently he kissed away the remaining juice. His tongue softly stroked her lips. Her breath speeded up. When he began to kiss her, she thought, that she'd never tasted something sweeter than that. An unknown hunger began to rose in her stomach and she knew, only he and his mouth and his wonderful body can satisfy this desire.

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Well, sorry my dears, with 147 words I had to stop here. By far not enough words to catch such a scene - I hope you agree with me?

I also registered, that my English vocabulary is quite insufficient to find the appropriate words, it's so much easier to write something like that in my mother tongue. (Tongues ... yummy! *g*)

CU tomorrow with 'Wrath'!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

7-Sins: Greed.

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Christmas wish lists. My brain produced that picture of enthusiastic children writing their sheer endless list of wishes to Santa Claus. What would a child from a Third World country write on his list? I'm quite sure, the list would be much shorter and the items very differently!
And I began to wonder, if 'Greed' is that one sin, that we all get trained for while coming off age. What makes us, that we constantly want more than we already have? Be honest, how many things, that you don't need or even have never used, do you have in your wardrobes and shelves?
And like yesterday with 'Pride' I asked myself, is there a good side of 'Greed', too? Maybe in its softer form 'Ambition', when we factor out all the jealousy and envy to achieve goals without harming others. That's not easy, because 'Greed' is so seductive!

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All right, maybe I'm greedy for words, these were 148, I try to keep my word count under 150!

CU tomorrow with 'Lust'!

Monday, September 12, 2011

7-Sins: Pride.

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"Are you too proud, Mr. Darcy? And would you consider pride a fault or a virtue?"* - That's a very good question Miss Elisabeth is asking, is it not?
I mostly experience pride in my profession, when my clients did something for the first time. THEIR achievements, THEIR efforts, THEIR success fill my heart with warmth and joy and happiness. And that's just one little example, when I consider pride as a virtue.
But I also experienced the other side of the medal, pride as a fault, e.g. when you need help. Your situation is already miserable and you make it even worse, when false pride inhibits you to ask for needed help.
So, dear Miss Elisabeth, pride can be both: virtue AND fault. Like so very often in life it depends on the circumstances.

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*Quote from the movie 'Pride & Prejudice' with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen, based on the novel by Jane Austen.

All right, that's my start into the 7-sins-week. With 135 words I've already broken the 100 words limit - it's really difficult to say something on such a capacious topic. Anyway, I'm curious to see, how my fellow writers got along with that task!?

CU tomorrow with 'Greed'!

Monday, September 05, 2011

I'm Back For The 7-Sins-Challenge.

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One sign that summer is slowly coming to an end is the light. On a late August evening - just like so many, many times before - I laid comfortably on my couch, held a book in my hands and enjoyed the adventures of reading. Through the wide open window shone a wonderful light, the sun had almost disappeared behind the trees on the Western horizon. A soft breeze brought the scent of freshly dried hay and now and then you could smell a whiff of barbecue smoke. Cicadas and grasshoppers gave their daily concert, only disturbed by the distant people's murmur. The evening was almost too perfect to stick your nose between the pages, but I simply can't help it, that's what I love to do! Much too early I had to recognize that I needed some lights to decipher the lines on the pages - the time of long summer days is coming to an end. The end of the summer is near. With this in mind, there's no longer a justification to be on 'Summer Break', isn't it? And here I am, right back, starting with a new challenge.

The 7-Sins-Challenge was originally held on 'Thoughts, Musings and Broken Promises'. (Unfortunately the blog has been deleted in the meantime!) As I was on summer break I didn't participate, but - just like it's the nature of sins - the challenge got stuck in my mind and I'm still too tempted to give it my own try!

The premises of the original challenge were as follows:
Seven Days
Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Flash Fictions up to 100 words
Starting 7/7

As for my part I intend to stick to that conditions ... all right, all right, the date 7/7 was much cooler, but already over and - as some of you know me - I don't want to wait for another whole year ... so, I looked out for another magical date. First, I was thinking on 9/9 starting time 9:00 h! 999 as inverted 666. I'm mad, I know! But then, 9/11 came into my mind. I want to respect that date! That for I decided to give us all another week of preparation and the dates are now as follows:

Monday, 9/12 - Pride
Tuesday, 9/13 - Greed
Wednesday, 9/14 - Lust
Thursday, 9/15 - Wrath
Friday, 9/16 - Gluttony
Saturday, 9/17 - Envy
Sunday, 9/18 - Sloth

Sins are broken rules, right?! That for, I think ... when you decide to join in ... you can break the 'Flash Fiction Rule'. Write more than 100 words, draw a picture, doodle, make a photograph, create a sculpture, do whatever comes into your mind!

Hope to see you next Monday for a sinful week!
xoxo


Karin

P.S. My Book List 2011 grew quite well over the last couple of weeks!