Photo Prompt #9

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Source: What Do You Dream Of? by michellis 13

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Story Dice Prompt #4

Story Dice - Prompt #4 | Paperback Lover

Story Dice - Prompt #4

This is probably one of the most open prompts on this site. Pick and choose which symbols speak to you, or really challenge yourself and use all of them. Use the symbols literally or figuratively. Let the order of the dice dictate the order of events, or ignore where they fall altogether. It’s entirely up to you. Just have fun and write.

Remember: Even if you feel what you’ve written doesn’t really go anywhere, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Photo Prompt #8

Photo Prompt #8 | Paperback Lover
Source: Calm Before the Storm by KatyTwist

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #4 (aka Game of Thrones Edition)

In celebration of the return of Game of Thrones (April 24!!), this month’s music prompt is an epic 5 hour compilation of the previous five seasons’ soundtracks! Enjoy and write on!

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This soundtrack has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

TRACKLIST
Season 1
0:00 – Main Title
1:46 – Goodbye Brother
4:54 – North of the Wall
8:43 – The Kingsroad
10:47 – The King`s Arrival
14:23 – Love in the Eyes
18:23 – A Raven From King’s Landing
19:40 – The Wall
21:41 – Things I Do For Love
23:32 – A Golden Crown
25:12 – Winter Is Coming
27:52 – A Bird Without Feathers
29:54 – Await The King’s Justice
31:56 – You’ll Be Queen One Day
33:32 – The Assassin’s Dagger
34:50 – To Vaes Dothrak
36:20 – Jon’s Honor
38:55 – Black Of Hair
40:35 – You Win Or You Die
42:33 – Small Pack Of Wolves
44:30 – Game Of Thrones
45:49 – Kill Them All
48:24 – The Pointy End
51:42 – Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors
53:18 – When The Sun Rises In The West
55:59 – King Of The North
57:29 – The Night’s Watch
59:12 – Fire And Blood
1:03:43 – Finale

Season 2
1:06:14 – Main Title
1:08:01 – The Throne is Mine
1:11:20 – What is dead may never die
1:13:30 – Warrior of Light
1:16:33 – Valar Morghulis
1:19:30 – Winterfell
1:22:14 – Qarth
1:24:27 – Wildfire
1:28:09 – I`m hers, she`s mine
1:30:25 – Pyat Pree
1:32:39 – Don’t die with a clean sword
1:36:03 – We are the watchers on the wall
1:38:41 – Pay the Iron Price
1:41:15 – One More Drink before the war
1:43:23 – House of the Undying
1:48:25 – Stand and Fight
1:50:32 – The Old Gods and The New
1:53:11 – Mother of Dragons
1:55:47 – I Will Keep You Safe
1:58:05 – The Rains of Castamere
2:00:31 – Three Blasts

Season 3
2:03:11 – Main Title
2:04:56 – A Lannister Always Pays His Debts
2:07:46 – Dracarys
2:10:40 – I Paid the Iron Price
2:13:55 – Chaos is a Ladder
2:16:53 – Dark Wings, Dark Words
2:19:40 – You Know Nothing
2:23:01 – Wall of Ice
2:26:19 – Kingslayer
2:28:31 – I Have To Go North
2:29:54 – White Walkers
2:33:12 – It’s Always Summer Under the Sea
2:34:32 – Reek
2:37:12 – The Bear and the Maiden Fair
2:40:10 – The Night is Dark
2:43:06 – The Lannisters Send Their Regards
2:48:50 – Heir to Winterfell
2:51:04 – Mhysa
2:54:58 – For the Realm

Season 4
2:56:27 – Main Title
2:58:10 – The Rains of Castamere
3:00:58 – Breaker of Chains
3:05:00 – Watchers On the Wall
3:07:12 – I’m Sorry For Today
3:09:10 – Thenns
3:11:03 – Mereen
3:13:55 – First of His Name
3:17:48 – The Biggest Fire the North Has Ever Seen
3:19:49 – Three Eyed Raven
3:23:45 – Two Swords
3:25:34 – Oathkeeper
3:30:05 – You Are No Son of Mine
3:34:35 – The North Remembers
3:37:08 – Let’s Kill Some Crows
3:40:45 – Craster’s Keep
3:42:52 – The Real North
3:44:46 – Forgive Me
3:47:26 – He Is Lost
3:51:05 – I Only See What Matters
3:52:32 – Take Charge of Your Life
3:54:35 – The Children

Short editing gap of about 40 seconds (sorry)

Season 5
3:57:52 – Main Titles
3:59:36 – Blood of the Dragon
4:01:11 – House of Black and White
4:06:19 – Jaws of the Viper
4:08:53 – Hardhome, Part. 1
4:13:55 – Hardhome, Patt. 2
4:18:28 – Mother’s Mercy
4:20:40 – Kill the Boy
4:22:50- Dance of Dragons
4:25:57- Kneel for No Man
4:30:43 – High Sparrow
4:34:07 – Before the Old Gods
4:36:43 – Atonement
4:39:39 – I Dreamt I Was Old
4:41:47 – The Wars to Come
4:46:42 – Forgive Me
4:50:00 – Son of the Harpy
4:55:18 – Throne for the Game


March Update

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As I thought, February was hell, but not entirely for the reasons I had thought it would be. Halfway through February I found out that I didn’t get into the UMass MFA program. I had a bit of an existential crisis for the rest of the month, floundering as I scrapped all the plans I had been making so I could start over. I know, I know: don’t count your chickens before they hatch, but I’m extremely bad about not taking that particular piece of advice to heart. Granted, I never realized just how intensely competitive MFA programs are.

Anyways, I knew I needed to move forward and not wallow in my own tender feelings, but wallowing is so much easier and nicer especially when you have a nice, big cabana bowl full of shredded chicken in your lap. And so, as if fate was here to slap me out of my self-pity, I found myself sitting on the couch stuffing comfort tex-mex into my mouth, half watching some Ancient Aliens-esque show but with werewovles when a man started talking and under his name was that magical word: folklorist. I’ve been in love with folklore since before I can remember. It started with fairy tales and mythology, moved to the constellations and the stories behind the patterns and names of the stars, grew when I discovered the breadth of the Grimm tales, flourished entirely when I learned they weren’t the only ones and that any culture, nearly any topic you can think of, there is folklore running rampant through its roots. When I discovered that term, that you can call yourself in modern times a folklorist, I remember falling in love with the idea. The entire time I working on my Associates, my heart was squarely in folklore.

But I exist in this constant back and forth between writing and studying. So the pendulum swung three years ago and I went back to chasing writing. I can’t really say if the pendulum has swung back now, but I’m starting to warm-up to the idea of both. I’m not entirely sure why, but I really like the idea of graduate school. I like the idea of backing up all my various passions with Masters degrees, if not Phds. Being able to say, “this piece of paper proves I am an expert.” I think wanting to teach writing workshops has something to do with it too. I just really like the idea of having an MFA in writing. At the same time, I understand and fully except that it is possible to be a writer without that coveted piece of paper, but it just sounds so nice. I’m currently in this space of trying to persuade that part of me to compromise. Pursue folklore, become a folklorist, and write. Use that folklore to write, to create. I’m trying to get that pendulum to steady some, maybe stop swinging all together. Maybe try to get these passions to intermingle.

In entirely unrelated news (because I wrote all of that up there around the middle of the month), if you follow me on twitter or instagram then you’ve probably already heard the news, but at the end of the month I placed 2nd in the undergraduate creative writing category at UTSA’s COLFA conference! This is my first recognition of any form that my writing has potential other than someone saying, “yeah, that was fun, good job.” With not getting into UMass, this was a major confirmation for me that I’m going in the right direction even if I don’t get into a MFA program. I’m taking it as the universe saying, “Look what you’re capable of if you just focus and put all your passion towards doing something, damn it.”

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    Photo Prompt #7

    Photo Prompt #7 | Paperback Lover
    Source: Princess by Mishkina

    Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

    Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


    Story Dice Prompt #3

    Story Dice - Prompt #3 | Paperback Lover

    Story Dice - Prompt #3

    This is probably one of the most open prompts on this site. Pick and choose which symbols speak to you, or really challenge yourself and use all of them. Use the symbols literally or figuratively. Let the order of the dice dictate the order of events, or ignore where they fall altogether. It’s entirely up to you. Just have fun and write.

    Remember: Even if you feel what you’ve written doesn’t really go anywhere, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


    Photo Prompt #6

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    Source: Whitney by michellis 13

    Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

    Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


    Music Prompt #3

    Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

    If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

    If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This soundtrack has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

    Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


    Photo Prompt #5

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    Source: A Moment in Time by michellis 13

    Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

    Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.