Picture it & Write: A Grim Consequence

I apologize that my PI&W contribution is a bit on the long side this week, in comparison to many of my other contributions to flash fiction challenges. Although I could easily shorten this story down a bit by making it a bit more vague, though, I don’t really want to. I don’t feel like it would be the same story without the details and narrator’s little verbal flourishes. My giving the narrator free reign to give the full account, I feel if make the story more memorable. Perhaps you will disagree, and you’re free to do so. All I ask is that you keep your criticism to a constructive and polite tone. After all, you never know who may be on the other side of your responses. 😉

This story carries a language warning, and a disclaimer that the views and attitudes of the characters are of no relation to those of the writer. I hope you enjoy!

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Pig Week: Happy birthday, Vaughn, Sokola, and Abbi!

Happy Pig Day,everyone (I have 10 minutes, so this is totally on time)! And, as anyone who may have been around for Pig Week last year, you know that this is the birthday of a few of my friend and my characters, as well as the first day of Pig Week, where we celebrate the adorable-ness of our favorite little piggy father-and-daughter duo. Totally not taking the idea from Sabrina’s first post of the week (I’m sorry, hon.I’ll be more original for the other 6 days), here’s the story of how Vaughn celebrated him birthday eve!

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My Haunting Choose-Your-Own-Adventure!

Hello, everyone. As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, my friend and I are doing a challenge to write your own Choose Your Own Adventure this month. I’m almost a week in, and although I can’t really see the ending happening any time soon, I don’t care! This story is going to be a monster of a program, so I’ll be happy if I get just one major path finished (I have a few minor path done, but they’re minor paths where very little action happens, so I don’t really count them). I figure I’ll give a little description of the story, since it’s going to take up so much of my time for the month, and because it’s one of Sabrina and my monthly writing challenges that isn’t posted on my blog, like the A-Z challenge was, and like the Haiku-a-day challenge will be. So, give me your comments on my idea, maybe some constructive criticism or advice, and I’ll post an update on how I did and a link to the story at the end of the month. 🙂

The story’s working title is “Not Quite Abandoned,” though I want to try to change the title at some point. I had a story idea a few years back about three siblings who move into an old house, only to discover that it’s being used as a hotel/sanctuary for displaced spirits. I wanted it to be a point-and-click video game, with pictures and mini-games and everything, but I have no programming knowledge, so the only way that’ll ever happen is if someone magically finds this blog and thinks my CYOA is good enough for them to spend time creating it for me. I also tried making a roleplay based off of it, but it flopped. So, I’m glad that it’s getting new life through this challenge.

For this month, I’m focusing on the oldest sister of the family, Melissa. She’s 16, and is a bit of a mother figure to her siblings, while her parents go through a sort of midlife crisis. Her life in the new house becomes complicated, however, when one of the spirits in the house begin to alternately attack and flirt with her. She discovers through her investigations of her room and the spirit that she looks exactly like one of the former residents of the house, Josephine, whom the spirit, Victor, had been attracted to and accidentally killed. Victor, however thinks that Josephine abandoned him, and is out for answers and revenge. Victor’s a bit of a nutcase, though I’m unsure how far I’ll push his insanity. I originally wanted options that would lead to Victor killing Melissa, but I’m not sure if I want to go through with those.

The “true path” (or, the path that will correspond with what happens to her both of her siblings’ stories) will be for her to investigate the haunting of her room on her own. I haven’t decided how to end that path yet, but it will definitely involve Melissa being alive, happy, and safe in her own home some way or another. Some of the other paths I have at the moment, though involve Melissa and her brother teaming up to investigate, her brother secretly investigating on his own, and Melissa breaking her arm which is going to somehow or another derail the storyline, since Melissa will be more physically limited.

If I can finish Melissa’s entire storyline without pulling out my hair, I’ll make storylines for her brother, Erik, and her sister, Annie. Erik’s will involve a spirit named Jezabelle, who is was Victor’s sister and is also the one who made the house a home for the homeless ghosts. His story will also be the one that includes a great majority of the “guest” spirits, though I may find a way to include a few in Lissa’s story, as well. Their youngest sister, Annie, will have a much simpler story, where she befriends a little ghost boy who hang out by the lake. Unlike Jeza and Victor, Daniel is not related to the family who built the house. He drowned in the lake on the property, and is extremely shy about speaking to anyone, since he wasn’t supposed to be near the lake when he dies, in the first place.

Well, wish me luck! I’ll post a reflection of this month’s challenge, as well as a link to try out whatever I managed to complete, at the end of the month. If you’re interested in playing through my adventure, please leave a comment below, and I’ll leave you a reply to tell you when I post it for the public. I don’t want to post it now, since it’s mostly dead ends right now. I will take any comments on your opinion of what I’ve described to you, though. I just ask that you please be respectful. This is just something fun that I’m trying to do, so I don’t expect it to be a masterpiece; just having a half-decent and somewhat interesting adventure done by the end of the month will be enough of an accomplishment from me, and seeing people becoming interested in it would make my day! See you later.

Friday Fictioneers: Maggie Climbs Trees

Hello, fellow Fictioneers and random bystanders alike! And Happy New Year. I thought this as good a time as any to get my blog going again, as well as get back into the swing of doing Friday Fictioneers! I must apologize that my story isn’t very happy, as is my style. It’s not exactly sad, either. It’s more just life. It has a slight language warning, but I don’t think it’s too bad. Just one word that I’m sure most of us hear once, maybe twice a day, at least. And, as always, it’s 100 words on the dot. I hope you enjoy it!

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Friday Fictioneers: Hell and Highwater

Once again, my dears, it is time for my story for Friday Fictioneers (whoo for accidental rhyming)! With the two FF stories I have read so far for this week both being inspired by the Fourth of July, I feel a bit out of place. But, I still feel as if it is relevant. After all, anyone living in central PA is probably aware of how much rain we’ve been getting, and hoe many flood watches there have been. I, personally, have no experience with evacuation (thank God), but have gotten pretty close to having to be during some of the hurricanes the past few years. U cannot imagine having to leave my home because of a natural disaster, but the sacrifices that such evacuations sometimes lead to are even harder to comprehend. With that, I leave you with my story, and hope you enjoy it, as well as wishing all Americans who read my post a very happy American Independence day!

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J: Jumelle (TRIGGER WARNINGS)

This story was a bit difficult to write. It was not that I did not know what to write, because I knew full well what horrible things would be typed for this day. It was simply that I had the misfortune of having a character in one of my novels who is in a particularly horrible situation, directly contrasting the luck my heroine fell into in a similar situation. But, I chose to write this anyway, because I knew that Jumelle was a character I needed to explore a bit more, if only for the sake of further understanding the sadness I felt every time she shows up.

If anyone is familiar with my Aria character (I have character interviews with both her, and Vaughn, back in January, if anyone wishes to meet them), they are probably aware of the “pet” system in Hael, as well as the fact that, when Aria was kidnapped in place of Princess Meira, she happened to be lucky enough to be kidnapped by a demon who thought the system was utter bull, and treated her with a level of respect. Well, Jumelle was in a similar situation (she was Meira’s body double before Aria, and was kidnapped in the princess’s place), but her kidnapper is one of the closest things to a villain my story has, and her life becomes extremely horrible afterwards. She is the example of what could have happened to Aria, had Vaughn been as blind to the horrific truth of Hael’s running as most demons were.

That being said, do not read this story if you are easily upset or offended by bad language, mistreatment of women, or horrible things in general. For the sake of not giving it away entirely, I can’t say much else, but Jumelle’s backstory is fairly upsetting for me to think about, so I’m well aware it will probably be horrible to read.

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