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Collaborative Post! Day 7 of Write-A-Day

Hello Readers,

 

This blog is written by both of us, so hopefully it will be doubly as good?! 🙂

April can’t log into the shared writing place for some reason, so she is sat beside me, occasionally adding in a few lines of semi-colons for me to delete.

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For me, January seems to have gone really fast (April is nodding in agreement) and when this is published, there will only be two days left somehow. April is now ignoring me trying to pass her the keyboard and is instead taking pictures of the computer screen, I’m guessing to upload to our Instagram story, but who knows with her 😀

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Well, thanks (this is April by the way)

I finally managed to get into the document we’re writing this on! Yay!

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Right, so, some time has passed since we wrote the beginning of this and it is currently Sunday evening, we’ve only go this far on the blog and it’s only me (Alice) online, battling against incredibly bad wifi. So, what to say? Maybe I’ll update you on what to expect from writeaweek:

We plan to continue doing what we are doing at the moment, but with more frequent posts and activities. If we find any articles or anything that we particularly like and think you may enjoy, then we’ll link to them so that you can see them too 🙂 Also, for a while now, we have been planning on writing a collaborative story, like we did at Christmas time for the ‘The Present that was Left Behind’ story, but obviously not a Christmas themed one, and maybe a bit longer?!

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Recently the two of us have been pretty busy with school and just general life. Things are beginning to get a bit hectic, what with tests, extra curricular things and heaps and heaps of homework 😦

(Ah, the joys of being a student ~April)

(Yay, April has come online, I’ll let her write something now, as honestly I haven’t got a clue what to talk about)

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(This is April again now)

So, it’s the last post of Write-A-Day! This week has been fun (being so active) but at the same time it’s been quite stressful (I’m not so creative that I can come up with 3 posts in a week!)

Anyway, on the subject of posts… I was very excited when I logged on to the site yesterday to find out we had gained a new follower who had also “reposted” a post of ours! (link below)

https://allaboutwritingandmore.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/

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Anyway we hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and the rest of Write-A-Day! Also we’re sorry if the format of this has been confusing too – it was written over several days. Thanks for reading and bye!

~ Alice & April

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Prompts (Day 6 of Write-A-Day)

Hey all! April here. So we’re coming up to the end of Write-A-Day, just one more post to go after this one. And as I’ve not actually done much to do with writing this week, I thought today I’d write some prompts.

If you’re ever stuck for what to write, then I highly recommend using a writing prompt as inspiration. Even if you hate what you write and end up deleting the whole thing it’ll get your creative juices flowing and your mind whirring. I myself have used writing prompts many a time for this exact reason, although most of the outcomes have been deleted before they were finished.

So, without further ado, here are the prompts!

1) It is a normal day until all the lights go out. Including the sun. After a few minutes of scrambling in the pitch black, they turn back on again. However, almost all the people in the world are gone. Just a small band of people remain to try and solve the mystery and bring the world back to rights.

(a bit cliché, I know, and I’m sorry, but I like those type of stories!)

2) Fast cars are your thing, right? And because of this, all your life you’ve wanted to be an ambulance driver. Just turn those sirens on and bam, you have instant right of way and can go any speed you want. So, after you graduate, you begin to learn the necessary skills for being an ambulance driver. However, it seems to be a lot different than what you thought.

(I thought of this one while watching an ambulance zoom past me one day)

3) You live in a country exactly what it is like in modern day. You believe that every other country is the same. However, when you and your family go abroad for a holiday, you arrive in a country that looks like the apocalypse hit in the 1800’s and it hasn’t recovered since. Oh well, you think, it’s a change. But after your week long holiday, when you want to leave, you discover that the government has decided to ban all movement in and out of the country. You’re stuck. What do you do? Will you try to escape? How will you adapt to this new way of life? Will you adapt to this new way of life?

(This is terrible and unrealistic. I know. I’m sorry. I have an idea in my head, but I can’t the words on the page. So you’re just going to have to try and interpret this as best as you can)

4) “What’s stopping you?”

(I found this prompt online a couple of weeks ago when looking for prompts for myself, and I quite like it to be honest)

5) One day, you wake up in the body of someone else. What do you do?

(Kind of inspired by Every Day be David Levitham – would definitely recommend reading!)

Anyway, that’s all I have for this post. Make sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, the last day of Write-A-Day. Also, if you do use any of these prompts then feel free to send us them via the comments of this post, our Instagram or our email. We’d love to see them 🙂

Bye!

~ April

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Day 5 of Write-A-Day

Hi all, happy Friday 🙂

I have a good feeling about 2017, I don’t know why; bad things have happened / are happening already, but it’s almost like they are uniting people as well. Also on a personal level, so far this year has been far from amazing, but I feel like it’s going to be a year where things get better (might be wrong, but I’ll just have to wait and see).

As some of you will already know, I’m currently writing a story, that I’m aiming to make novel length. I’m almost at 30,000 words, and am getting into the habit of writing it whenever I can, so fingers crossed I will complete it! If / when I do, once I’ve edited it, maybe I’ll post it on here?!

The story follows two main characters closely, but also has chapters from people-around-them’s points of view. I would explain the storyline, but it’s quite complicated and I’d have to go into lots of detail, which would spoil you for reading it anyway 😉

Hmm, I got kind of side tracked whilst writing this by looking at memes, so I’m going to insert some of the ones I liked below:

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Hopefully they made you smile a little 🙂

Sorry for the randomness of this,

Alice

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Sherlock Holmes v2 (Day 4 of Write-A-Day)

Hey all!

It’s April here, and if you can’t guess from the title, in this blog post I’m going to be talking about Sherlock Holmes.

So, Alice has been quite a big fan of Sherlock for quite a while (reference here! xD), and recently she persuaded me to watch the new series of the programme. Up until I watched it I had only watched ‘A Study In Pink’, but now I am completely in love. I watched the first two episodes on Tuesday evening and I really want to watch Episode 3 but I haven’t had the time yet. Hopefully I’ll get to watch that soon! I have also begun reading a book of some of the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (more details here)

Long story short, I have dived head first into the world of Sherlock and do not regret it. One of the best things about this is as I was watching the episodes I picked up on many different references that Alice has made and have gone straight over my head; they all make so much sense now! I also discovered that many quotes that I like come from it, so all in all, it’s been great discovering their source!

“Your life is not your own, keep your hands off it” – Sherlock Holmes

One of the things I especially like about Sherlock (the TV series) is how everything is explained. Although Sherlock is an amazing detective with an amazing eye for detail and comes to conclusions so quickly with almost no evidence, it doesn’t leave you feeling lost and befuzzled, as it is explained to you what clues he has and how he has drawn his conclusions from them (which always makes me feel very clever!)

“Anderson, don’t talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the whole street” – Sherlock Holmes

However, the second episode did confuse me at first, but all was revealed at the end of it. So if you’re half way through that episode and wondering whether or not to continue, then persevere! I think quite a lot of people would admit it is rather confusing at first, but it all comes together at the end… and then ends with a cliffhanger. Darn those cliffhangers.

I hate cliffhangers.

As I have only watched 3 episodes of Sherlock ever, I may change this opinion drastically (as yes, I am planning on watching the other episodes at some point in my life!), but at the moment I think my favourite character is John Watson. Personally, I think Sherlock is a bit cocky, and I can almost guarantee that I’m going to start shouting Norbery at the screen from now on xD (anyone who has seen season 4 will understand the reference). I don’t know much around the other characters… I’m not the biggest fan of John’s wife though, and although Mrs Hudson is perfect is every way and is one of the coolest people I know, I prefer John to her by quite a bit (probabaly because I can relate to his confusion… xD). And Mycroft is too cynical and cold for my liking.

“You, being all mysterious with your cheekbones and turning your coat collar up so you look cool” – John Watson

Anyway, I think that’s all I have to say on the subject of Sherlock for now… perhaps I’ll have more when I’ve watched episode 3, but right now I need to end this and go and do my homework… Stay tuned the rest of this week for more daily posts from Alice and myself,

Bye!

~ April

“Four serial suicides and now a note! It’s Christmas!” – Sherlock Holmes

P.S. While searching some of my favourite Sherlock quotes to put into this, I stumbled across this article, and it was so hard to pick which quotes to put in so I thought I’d link it here 😉

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Wednesday (day 3 of writeaday)

Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂

I’m not really sure what to write about, and would probably do another short story, like I did for Day One , but like I said in an earlier blog, I’m in the middle of writing a long story (I’m nearly at 24,000) and don’t want to write anything else in case it messes with that (the story from Monday was something I wrote a while ago).

As I said, I’m not really sure what to write, so I’ll just make things up as I go along… I’ve started my Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes and have read the first few chapters of ‘A Study In Scarlett’, which April is also reading. I really like it, and haven’t actually found the way it is written very hard to understand, which I thought I might. I think that Conan-Doyle’s Sherlock is quite different from the BBC’s version, but it doesn’t really bother me like something like that usually would, maybe because of the time difference or something, I’m not sure. *Shrugs*. On another Sherlock themed note, I have happily welcomed April to the fandom :), which she talks about a little in her blog from yesterday , so be sure to check that out if you want to know more about that, or want to read the other stuff she wrote about.

I have been watching Netflix’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ with my parents, and if you have access to a Netflix account, I would really highly recommend watching it – I haven’t completed the series yet, but so far it is really good, with superb acting. I can’t remember reading the books, but seem to think I read one or two of them (I’m not sure how many there are but I think there are quite a few).

Something I haven’t spoken about an awful lot on here is my school friendships etc. Aside from April, who I have been friends with for seven years (this is the eighth), I have a select group of friends (whom she is a part of, obviously), but there are little groups within that already quite small groups and it’s all quite complicated… Anyway, this one girl seems to be annoyed with me, especially recently and she has just been blanking me or disagreeing with everything I say – ugh – and I know it isn’t even that bad but it makes me feel horrible and I don’t even know why she is being so frosty?! But yeah, I just thought I’d tell you that, because who knows, maybe you are interested in that sort of thing.

Oooh, I just remembered, I read ‘Far From You’ by Tess Sharpe last week and that was really very good. It is about a girl who witnessed the murder of her best friend, but has to deal with it being thought of as a drugs related killing, and thought of as insignificant by the police, when that is not the truth. She makes it her mission to find the killer and bring him to justice, overcoming hundreds of personal hurdles in the process. The total time I spent reading it wasn’t any more than a couple of hours, so it is a relatively quick read (352 pages), if you’re looking for something like that then add it to your list 🙂

Sorry for the randomness of this blog, I’ll try to be more organised in future!

Happy Reading,

Alice x

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Blog Post #16 (Day 2 of Write-A-Day)

Hey readers!

It’s April here, with my first blog post of the week… there are a few more to come after today! Alice mentioned this yesterday, but this week her and myself have decided to write a post every day. Alice uploaded a short story yesterday but I thought I’d start out with a blog post.

So… books. As you might know, this year I’m trying to read a book every week. I didn’t quite manage to finish last weeks book in time as I started reading this weeks book early instead (oops…) but it’ll be fine.

Last weeks book was a book called Mind Blind by Lari Don, which Alice recommended to me when we were in the library the week before. It’s about a boy called Ciaran Bain who is responsible for the death of Lucy Shaw’s sister. Without spoilers I can’t give you much more information than that so sorry, it’ll have to be brief

This weeks book is Sherlock, the Essential, by Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s basically a compilation of 8 of the original Sherlock stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, but the 8 have been picked out by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (the creators of the TV series), because they’re the ones that they believe are the “best” ones.

Now, up until yesterday, I had only ever watched one episode of Sherlock (A Study In Pink) that one of my friends made me watch, but Alice is a massive fan of everything Sherlock (as you might know if you’ve read this post). However, I am rather looking forward to reading this book as I’ve read the first few pages and I quite like it, and I did enjoy A Study In Pink. Also, today I watched the first two episodes of Season 4 of Sherlock, and I would express my feelings about it, but I might leave you on a cliffhanger (like episode 2 did!) and leave that until my next post…

Bye!

~ April

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Day One of Write-a-Day

Hello all, Alice here 🙂

This week, April and I have decided we are going to try and post something every day, not necessarily a blog, but something. Today (Monday) is my day, and I have decided to upload a short story! It is 1000 words long (1033 to be precise) and I wrote it a couple of months ago, but thought you might like to read it?! Enjoy:

1000 Word Story

Hope you liked it,

Alice x

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1000 Word Story

A girl lies alone on the cold, empty ground. She is silent for a long time. After twelve minutes of being there, she wakes up, groggy, confused and scared. She doesn’t know where she is, but believes she is alone. She is not.

Soon, she becomes painfully aware of the sky. It is empty. No sun. No moon. No stars. Of course, she doesn’t remember these things, but hidden memories are twitching in the back of her mind. She knows something is different. All there is is greyness, carrying on forever. The girl sits up, looks around. Like the sky, the world around her is boring, empty, but beige instead of grey.

As well as the general emptiness of this place, there is no weather to fill the air. No wind to whip up her hair. No warmth to bring her comfort. Nothing.

But then she sees the boy. He is sat about ten metres in front of her, watching her with a bored expression playing across his face.

He can explain, she tells herself. She begins to walk towards him, wondering how on earth she ever managed to miss him, especially considering just how small as the area is. When she finally finds herself standing before him, she realises that something isn’t right. He has lowered his head, face holding a sombre look. His clothes are old and torn, matching the cuts and bruises generously scattered across his face and arms.

She licks her dry lips hopefully, before saying:
“Hello.” To the boy. A flicker of something unreadable crosses his face, but is quickly banished. She tries again, “My name is…” She stops for a moment, thin face paling, taught with internal torment. She doesn’t know her name. She cannot remember anything, though this in particular is especially hard for her to realise. It feels like a punch to her gut. She takes a deep breath and gulps, changing what she was going to say to: “It’s nice to meet you.” and then, when he still doesn’t reply, her voice takes on a pleading tone. “Please may you tell me how to leave?”

Nothing.

She gives up on talking to him, instead carrying out a thorough search of the perimeters. It becomes clear that there really is no way out, and all she has to show for her time is a small pile of broken glass and some scrap metal with flaky blue paint that was scattered around. She sinks to her knees, feeling hopelessly defeated.

But then the boy stands up, revealing his huge height and skinny build, slowly stepping towards her, holding a grave expression.

“I’m going to tell you something.” He tells her with a surprisingly gravely voice. “But you’re not going to like it, and you probably won’t believe it.” She nods, then locks eye contact,

“Go on.” He pulls a concerned face and then bends down awkwardly so he can better talk to her.

“Lots of people pass through here – I am the only one to stay.” He pauses, “I can’t leave. I don’t know why.” Looking down, he continues, “Everyone else has come with clues.” He gestures towards her little pile of scraps, “Like those. But, you see, I had nothing. I just appeared here, on my own.” He takes a deep breath. “But this is about you. You can leave. You just have to think about how these things relate to you.” He stops, so the girl speaks. She has questions.

“I don’t understand. Why am I here in the first place? These things have nothing to do with me…” He smiles at her sadly.

“I think we are dead. My theory is that this is some kind of purgatory. The ‘clues’ you came with, I’m pretty sure that they will help you remember how you died. Once you do, you leave; move on to whatever is next, I guess.” The girl answers without hesitation:

“What? This cant be right?” Her voice is panicked and unsure. “I am not dead.” Her voice drops, “I can’t be…” She trails off.

“I’m sorry. I wouldn’t tell you this unless I was completely sure it is the truth.”

“You know this for sure?” He drops his head before answering,

“I’m sorry.” He thinks, “At least you have a chance though. You can get out of here. Just try to remember. Please.” He stands up straight and brushing imaginary dirt from his trousers before walking away, turning once to say: “You have twenty four hours. Then the clues disappear. All the others were gone before then. Good luck.”

The girl buries her head in her knees and sobs. She doesn’t understand. She doesn’t feel dead. And how can she remember how she died if she doesn’t believe she is dead?

She has no answers.
So, she sits and stares at her little pile of scraps.
And she thinks.

Getting bored after a few minutes, she straightens out her legs and wiggles her bare toes, allowing herself to day dream for a while.

Absent mindedly, she checks for her pulse. There is nothing. No pulse. She is dead.

But then she jumps up into the air, ecstatic.

She checked her pulse.

“My name is Emily Townsend, and I am a doctor.” She tells herself quietly, then shouts to the boy, “MY NAME IS EMILY TOWNSEND. I AM A DOCTOR!” He turns, and the moment before she falls into unconsciousness, she sees him turn and smile, genuinely pleased for her.

Her memories return and she relives her death.

A patient.

Her daughter.

There was a call to the hospital. Her daughter – Mary – had been found, knocked out on the street. She would be okay, people kept reassuring her. She had momentarily gained consciousness for long enough to reveal her name – she would be fine.

But Mary is her daughter and her mothering instincts kicked in. She ran past her colleagues trying to pull her back, to talk to her.

She ran for her car and sped off towards her daughter.

A truck came around the corner. Wrong side of the road.

She had no chance and died almost instantly.

She remembers. Now, it is time to move on.

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Sherlock Holmes

Hey there, it’s Alice. I wanted to do a post about Sherlock, so here it is:

So, I watched series 1-3 of Sherlock (all of them that were out) in the summer, and became a big fan. When there is something that I am interested in, I think about it a lot and it can affect the way I think / act (is that normal?!) and I’m not really sure how to explain, but basically, I have become slightly obsessed with Sherlock.

Just before the new series came out, I re-watched all the old series and waited in anticipation for the first of January. I have loved this entire series, despite the fact that the fandom is split with their opinion of it. Yes, the last episode was quite confusing at times, but you have to remember that it centres around Sherlock Holmes, who has a remarkable mind, and is capable of processing everything. However, it did tie up lots of loose ends and I just liked it.

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You might have heard the theory about there being another episode for this series, being kept a secret until this Sunday. I don’t know if this is true, and am torn between believing and not – episode three seemed like an ending, but there are rumours about a fourth, and you can’t order the box set until after next Sunday, so maybe it is true?! I don’t know, but I hope there is, as when it is on there is an hour and a half of amazing television, written and made by some incredibly talented and intelligent people.

I ordered the penguin complete collection of Sherlock Holmes book, by Arthur Conan Doyle, and it arrived this week (over 1000 pages long!) and I plan to read that, after I have finished the book I am currently reading, ‘Far From You’ by Tess Sharpe, which is very good by the way, and will keep you updated on my opinion about that, story by story, if that is something that you want.

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One of the reasons that I love Sherlock so much, aside from the story itself, is because of it’s fandom. The Sherlock fandom is huge, not without good reason, and we stick together, ignoring our opinion on series 4 episode 3 :/

If you haven’t watched Sherlock, I highly recommend it – it is available on Netflix, and series 4 is available on the iPlayer at the moment. I’m trying to persuade April to watch them, but she doesn’t seem to think it’s her kind of thing, so I’ll let her decide on her own 🙂

Happy reading / watching,

Alice x

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Blog Post #15

Hey readers!

I thought I’d write a blog post today because I said in my last one I’d hopefully be more active and it’d been a while since then, so one is due. Not much has happened so if you’re not interested in random ramblings about life I would stop reading now. I won’t be offended, I promise.

So this year I’ve decided to do something I’ve named the “52 Books Challenge” – basically I have to read a book every week for a year. It doesn’t sound that hard but I’ve discovered that in practice it’s easy to fail. I think this might be because I’m the type of person to either spend 3 weeks reading a book, or read 37 books in 2 days? Anyway, so far I’ve read 2 books and started a third, as it’s the third week of 2017, so I’m going to share what I’ve read with you.

The first book I read was the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Original Screenplay by JK Rowling, which I loved. I went to see the film beforehand so I knew what was going to happen, but I still loved it. I don’t really think much needs to be said about this, but I would 10/10 recommend watching the film if you’re not a big reader or don’t like reading scripts and if you do, then do both!

The second book that I read is called The Bombs That Brought Us Together and is written by Brian Conaghan. He’s the author of When Mr Dog Bites, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie award, so maybe some of you might know him from that? Anyway, this book was really really good. I loved it lots, even though it was a completely random choice that I picked off the shelf because I wanted something different to read, and I am thoroughly glad I did that. I would definitely recommend reading this, although I’m upset that 2 characters didn’t get together in the end… I think I’m going to write a review so I can reveal which characters!

And finally, this weeks book is called Mind Blind and is by Lari Don. I’m only on Page 13 so far, but the first chapter has really hooked me so I do want to continue reading it. This book was recommended to me by Alice, so if you want to discuss it with someone then contact her to talk about it! I did post something about it on our Instagram story, which leads me nicely onto my next point…

Instagram! Basically, although we haven’t been so active on here recently, both Alice and myself have become more active on our Instagram account. In case you don’t know, it’s @writeaweek, and we post lots of book related stuff there. Recently we’ve both entered a book photography competition and who knows, if we gain more readers then maybe we could even hold competitions of our own?

And I think that’s all for this blog… like I said at the start, I didn’t really have much to talk about, so it’s quite short and rambly. Sorry. How about to make up for it I insert some pictures of a cute baby pig? Will that make it better?

Aww, ain’t that cute?

Anyway, thanks for reading, bye!

~ April