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My fiance and I love video games. I especially love role playing games that let me choose what kind of personality my characters have. Games like InFamous, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (my favorite), Mass Effect, and Dragon Age let the player choose from different responses when asked questions, to kill innocent people or let them live, and who to fall in love with.

Growing up, I loved the “choose your own adventure” books for the same reason I love these video games. I got so into the story and instead of reading about some character, I was reading about myself. My favorite was The Magic of the Unicorn. (I’m such a nerd)

Some people say video games are stupid and for kids. But now with consoles like the Wii and upcoming motion controls for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, those who used to shun video games are jumping around their living room swinging tennis rackets and pretending to bowl.

But it doesn’t stop there! The games I mentioned above really test your emotions and morals. Would you choose to be good or evil?

Heavy Rain is coming out in two weeks and we are very excited about it. This game is about a father who loses his son. The tagline is, “How far are you prepared to go to save someone you love?” This game is difficult to classify because it is so original, but I think most would say it’s an “interactive drama.” At least that’s what wikipedia says. It’s a true “choose your own adventure” in gaming, but so much more in depth.


 You should really click here to read about it more. You may want to get a PS3 just to play it!!

What are your favorite “choose your own adventure” books or video games?


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I took this prompt from Desiree St. Duran’s blog Enchanted Literature. Click and check out her blog!

First line is in bold– taken from: Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

 I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. In a memory of bubbles and sunlight. To the music of a faucet beat drip drip dripping.

I write this on my way to to school. In a memory of hopscotch and jump ropes. To the music of my maryjanes skip skip skipping.

I write this in my cubicle. In a memory of youth and dreams. To the music of my aspirations slip slip slipping.

Boy, that’s pretty sad and depressing! But I like it anyway!

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In college, I took a creative writing course. Aside from having my work critiqued, my favorite part was doing writing exercises. One I liked in particular: my professor had the class come up with100 words and write each one on an index card. I found the exercise online because I couldn’t remember the exact details. I took it from this website: https://fc.usd497.org/~tmartin/— it’s a public school website. Just click on Creative Writing and look around. That Ms. Martin’s pretty cool!

Here’s the exercise:




>16 words of TASTE

>16 words of TOUCH

>16 words of SIGHT

>16 words of SMELL

>16 words of HEARING

>10 words of MOTION

>3 abstractions (like love or truth)

>7 anything else words

ALL words on the list must:

*have significance to/for you

*be specific; that is, the word must not be “bird” but “robin,” not “tree” but “aspen”.

*sound good to your ear.

Use no adverbs.  Use no plurals

Then use the cards when you want to start something new, get stuck, or anything else. Spread them out on the floor! Throw them up in the air and use the ones that are face-up! Use your imagination.

After the exercise, my professor told us to write a short scene using some of our words. I came up with something that I think I’ll use in the future for another novel. It’s amazing what our brains can do if they just get a little push!

I would love to hear your feedback…

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Finish the present novel by the end of January and start and finish the next by the end of the year! Can I do it?

I don’t have a title for my novel-I call it “treasure chicks” in my head because it’s about two chicks that go treasure hunting on an island. 38,023 words and counting! Nanowrimo’s goal is 50,000 or more, but I’ll be happy to get to 50,000 finished or not.

My treasure chicks are Evie and Nancy: two thirty-something best friends searching for treasure on an (fictional) island near Savannah, Ga. Luna Island was left to Evie after her grandfather’s death, and she found a treaure map and a journal left by her grandmother. Nancy goes along with her and Evie convinces her that they’ll be rich. Nancy is a wild child at heart and likes men, while Evie is the more motherly type. It’s my idea of a thin storyline but we all have to start somewhere!

Nanowrimo posted some videos with challenges–one was to write a dream sequence in the novel including, King Tut, King Henry VIII, and King Kong. I wrote one because I needed all the help I could get! Here it is for your enjoyment:

 “What the hell’s going on here?” Nancy asked loudly to the moon, pounding on the giant, furry hand around her waist. She screamed and kicked her legs when she came to the realization that a giant gorilla was walking across the ocean from Tybee to Luna Island under the cover of a starry night. She thought it was odd that he didn’t need a boat, but he was King Kong so she guessed it made sense. Just then, Alonso, dressed like King Henry VIII, jumped down from a tree, and professed his undying love for Nancy. He pulled a sword from a sheath on his belt.

            “Unhand that fair maiden!” he called to King Kong, in an Italian accent.

            “She’s my maiden!” and unknown voice called from the darkness.

            Nancy turned her head, whipping her flowing, red locks in King Kong’s face, to see Mark in full King Tut garb, complete with beer gut. Looking down, she saw that she had on a gleaming white dress, and one glass slipper. The other must have fallen into the water.

            “I am the king, put down the girl,” he said, pointing to his chest and then the ground. He took a swig from a beer can with his free hand, beer dripping onto his bare chest.

            “Oh my god!” Nancy groaned. “That is so gross! Put me down!” 

            She continued beating her fists to no avail, until Alonso ran into the water, slashing at King Kong’s legs with his sword.

            “Get him!” Mark called out. “Yeah!”

            Alonso managed to get King Kong to loosen his grip, but he wasn’t fast enough to catch Nancy and she slipped into the ocean, far from Alonso’s reach. Her head dipped under the water and when she swam to the surface, King Henry, King Tut, and King Kong were nowhere to be found. She couldn’t see the shore on either side and all was very quiet. Even with the moon and stars to guide her, she wasn’t sure in which direction to swim. Her arms and legs grew tired of treading and her long dress didn’t make things easier. Her stomach ached from the pressure of King Kong’s hand. Salty water slipped into her lungs and she went under, falling to the ocean floor.


I might cut it out in the end or I might not. Is it funny or silly?

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