Book Review: Wayzata

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Author: Ted Korsmo
Release Date:  31st July, 2014
Series: None 
Genre: Mystery | Crime | Suspense | Relationships | Contemporary Fiction
Edition: Kindle (mobi)
Pages: 178 
Publisher: Self-Published 
Source: Author (Thanks Ted!)
Buy it here: Amazon

A Leap Of Faith!

6841256090_655ee181e8_zHi everyone!

I’m so glad to finally get the time to tell you all guys about my book. From last 2 months I’ve been planning to get the outline straight for my debut book. I had a small idea and over the last two months I spent time watching a lot of slasher and horror movies in order to get an idea as to what really is a good thriller. I’ve watched quite a few dozen slasher movies as well and finally I had a rough idea for my book’s twists and turns.

I made a lot of notes and a few story boards, and finally I think I might have something that can be turned into a book that I myself would like to read. I wasted good 20 days procrastinating the first draft and hence, when I came across JuNoWriMo, I knew that it was what I needed!

I’ve outlined a bunch of chapters and have a foggy idea about the characters. So now as May is ending, I’m about to take a big leap of fait and jump start my first draft from 1st June for JuNoWriMo. I’m gonna explore the plot and characters thoroughly while writing the FD itself.

I’ve promised myself (and V) that I’m gonna get the first draft done by the end of June. I’m seriously considering to get this book published (with a big publisher) by the end of this year and I know it’s not that easy… but honestly, nothing in life ever is!

So I have high hopes for this book and I hope that you all will like it whenever it gets published!


Here a short blurb that I’ve penned down (of course it’s rough) and the cover that I’ve made in Canva (of course, it’s just a working cover with a working title… something to motivate myself- more like a real visualisation):

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Designed by me @ Canva

It’s about a couple who’ve recently shifted to an isolated setting with just a bunch of neighbours to begin a happy new life. But soon they’ll discover the horror that awaits them. The psycho neighbours have been waiting for Alison from a long time!

The story completely turns in the last few pages and ends with a possibility of a sequel.

It’s a psycho thriller that’ll mainly focus on the female lead. I’m still confused about which person I should write the book in (I’m working with first-person for now.) This book will show different phases in my lead’s life and her growth as she realises how deceiving near and dear ones can be.

Later part of the book will focus on her survival and an ultimate plot twist in the last line.


I hope you guys can imagine now that why I’ve been MIA this entire month (or most of it) but I’ll be back to my normal posting routine and also on my blog-catching ups from 1st June.

I’ll be posting about my progress in WriMo regularly but still all of you are more than welcome to ask me about my book anytime (as it’ll really make me feel good and inspired!)

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I hope you guys are all doing well… please let me know what all you’ve been upto this entire month in the comments below… would love to hear from each and every one of you!

Have a great day!!!

Ciao ❤

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Word Of The Week (WOW #20)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

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Here’s the WOW for this week :

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Word:

Remonstrate

Part Of Speech:

Verb

Derivatives:

remonstration: noun

remonstrative: adjective

remonstrator: noun

Pronunciation: 

ri-mon-streyt | ˈrɛmənstreɪt

Click on the icon to listen to the pronunciation:

Meaning:

-make a forcefully reproachful protest

-argue in protest or opposition

Synonyms:

Complain, reprimand, protest, take a stand against, object strongly to, deplore, condemn, criticize.

Antonyms:

Accept, agree, allow, approve, consent, concede, go along, support, give in

Word Origin: 

late 16th century (in the sense ‘make plain’): from medieval Latin remonstrat-‘demonstrated’, from the verb remonstrare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + monstrare ‘to show’.

Use in sentence: 

  • He turned angrily to remonstrate with Tommy
  • Australian players remonstrated over him taking a run on an overthrow because the ball had deflected off him.
  • Both Hames and Church took to Twitter to remonstrate with the mediamogul, demanding an apology.

Here are some images showing “remonstration”:

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Word Of The Week (WOW #19)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

WOW

Here’s the WOW for this week :

harrow-5Word:

Quixotic

Part Of Speech:

Adjective

Derivatives:

quixotically: adverb

quixotism: noun

quixotry: noun

Pronunciation: 

kwik-sot-ik

Meaning:

-extremely idealistic

-unrealistic and impractical.

Synonyms:

Idealistic, unbusinesslike, starry-eyed, visionary, romantic, extravagant, utopian, unworldly.

Antonyms:

(none)

Word Origin: 

Late 18th century: from Don Quixote + -ic.

Use in sentence: 

  • The expectations of my client, for that project, were quixotic.
  • That historically building was quixotically huge.

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Hi guys…

I’ve been on to some awesome blogs this week and again saw the MailChimp Email Subscription Forms. This time I promised my self that I’ll die trying to make my own campaign (as I’ve failed miserably a couple of times before!) Here’s my small cute button for subscription that I designed with Canva: SHOP-2 As mentioned in the pic, please click on the pic to get directed to the subscription form. I’m planning to keep this newsletter strictly monthly. It will contain all about the posts that I put up each month along with some some fun stuff as an additional bonus, like some great writing articles, or some other awesome blogs that catch my attention, etc..

As this newsletter will be monthly, there is no chance of your inbox getting cluttered at all! Plus, you can always unsubscribe in the future (but I really hope that you don’t!) I hope all of you will subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

I hope you all are having a great day!

Ciao!

JuNoWriMo Participation Announcement

Hey guys… It’s been quite a while since I posted something about what I’m doing these days. Actually I’ve been a bit busy writing the chapter-summaries of my debut novel and also organising stuff for the next month as I’m participating in JuNoWriMo.

Image Credit: JuNoWriMo Website
Image Credit: JuNoWriMo Website

JuNoWriMo is June Novel Writing Month, started by Becca J. Campbell and Anna Howard to have a slightly different take on a month long noveling adventure. For starters, you don’t have to write fiction (You can write creative non-fiction, so bring on the funny/meaningful memoirs or whatever else), write a new work (Did you write 5 pages last month and you can’t get going? That’s okay, write the next 50,000 words with us!), or work on all one piece (Want to write short stories? Knock out 5 of 10K words each, and you’re there!).

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I love interacting with Becca on JuNoWriMo’s Fb page. She is truly awesome and most importantly always addresses all the queries.

I’m planning to get my first draft done by the end of this WriMo, so that I can publish my book by the end of this year (hopefully!)

Honesty, I like JuNo better than NaNo as it is really welcoming. Nano is also welcoming but it’s just too hyped for my taste, plus whenever I’m at the NaNo page it always reminds me that there are like, more than 10,000 other authors better than me and that ultimately leads me to underestimate my work and talent. So this year I wanna start light. So, I’m participating in JuNoWriMo which feels comparatively less crowded.

If you are also participating in JuNo then let me know through comments as I’d love to share ‘the writing enthu!’

If you want to know more about JuNoWriMo then visit their Website, Facebook page or Twitter handle.


Here’s my ‘first time WriMo badge’:

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Image taken from JuNoWriMo’s Facebook page.

PS: I wasn’t able to post this week’s WOW. If you participate in WOW then please leave your links here or on my previous WOW post.


Word Of The Week (WOW #18)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.

WOW

If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

HERE’S THIS WEEK’S WOW:

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Lassitute

PART OF SPEECH:

Noun

PRONUNCIATION

/ˈlasɪtjuːd/

MEANING: 

a state of physical or mental weariness

or

lack of energy

SYNONYMS:

lethargy, listlessness, weariness, languor, sluggishness, enervation, tiredness, exhaustion, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness, torpor, torpidity, ennui, lifelessness, sloth, apathy.

ANTONYMS:

vigour, energy, liveliness, sprightliness, spiritedness.

WORD ORIGIN: 

Late Middle English: from French, from Latin lassitudo, from lassus ‘tired’.

USE IN SENTENCE: 

  • After the baseball game he was overcome by lassitude.
  • This morning, lassitude is preventing me from getting out of bed.

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Hello all,

I hope you guys are having a great start to this amazing week! I wasn’t able to write a post for Monday and Tuesday, but I’ve promised myself to be more regular. So here’s my 3rd story for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.


Today’s Describli promo is Fear (A Ridiculous Fear) and here’s my story for it:

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This is not the prompt’s featured pic. But I like this one better, so I’m using this instead of the featured one.

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I took a right turn and came to a sudden stop. I saw it looking at it’sprey. Black eyes bulging out and shining like thick lustrous black liquid. Skin reflecting the light of the setting sun like silk. It’s giant tail doing a sensual dance and it’s breathing dangerously calm.

It stood towering over it’s prey like a mountain in front of an ant. The pray was trembling, crying and begging for mercy. “Please, please let me go. I’ll never return to your territory again! I promise. Please, just let me go this time and I promise I’ll never disturb you again!”

I stood there frozen, seeing the intense exchange of emotions between a weak prey and a giant monster. I saw it move towards it’s prey with the grace of a water dancer. It moved it’s giant body like a huge snake. Stalking it’s tiny prey with hungry eyes and enjoying his helpless state.

I was drenched in sweat and my hands and legs started to shake. I wanted to run away from it and it’s unfortunate prey, but I was so shocked that I wasn’t able to find it in me to turn away and run. I took an unsteady step backwards and my sneaker squeaked.

It twisted it’s head ever so quickly that it might have been in less than a mili second.

The moment it’s eyes met mine, my legs started to melt like melting wax and my heart leaped to my throat. I let out an ungraceful sound from deep within the pit of my stomach, something like an animal cry, and it responded to my cry with a tiny tilt of it’s head. I was standing shocked still and was just waiting for it to turn to me and end my life but then it jumped and ran like I was going to eat it raw. For a second I did not understand what happened and then I heard my little sister laugh. I turned and looked at her.

She was giggling and said in a sing song voice: “Anna is scared of Lizard! Anna is scared of Lizard!”

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Book Review: The Fifth House (ARC)

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Author: Andy Goldman
Release Date: May 11th, 2015
Series: Book 2 of The Only City Left series
Genre: Science Fiction
Edition: Kindle (Mobi)
Pages: 5581
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author (Thanks Andy!)
Buy it here: Amazon

Reading Her Mind

Here’s my second story for Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.

This post is a scribe inspired by today's  Describli photo prompt.
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Today’s Prompt: Reading Her Mind

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The sun is setting and the shadows are stretching. She takes a sip of her lemonade and keeps it in her mouth for 5 secs before swallowing it. She looks relaxed with her feet dangling beneath her in her white skirt and peach t-shirt. She looks peaceful… serene.

She unknowingly plays with the end of her braid with with both her hands, twisting and turning her beautiful brown hair. She is looking straight ahead and seems lost in her own world.

I ask myself again for the thousandth time “how can someone be so comfortable in silence?” And wonder how long she can sit like this lost in her own world for good.

She shifts a little bit in her sofa seat and gives me a small side glance. I don’t know what to make of it but now I know she’s well aware of me and her surroundings. She is just doing what she’s best at doing… maintaining her care-less attitude. Like the entire world can go burn in hell and she’ll be least bothered by it.

She looks so pretty that I just want to get up right now and take her in my arms and kiss her. But I know better than that. The moment I’ll touch her the illusion of calm will be shattered to bits and the madness beneath with resurface.

I’m just waiting for her “calm-phase” to pass, so that I can take her back to her ward.

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Little Black Hockey

Hi guys… 🙂 I’m here with my first story for Five Photos, Five Stories ChallengeAs this is my first short story ever, please ignore any mistakes. I know it’s not my best piece but it’s the only thing I have ready for now. I’m going out and will not be able to put up a post till tomorrow. So I’m going ahead with this one for today.


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7TaGKMRTA Alison was just four years old when her father asked her, the most unusual question, about her “weapon of choice.” The little pixie-faced girl frowned and asked her father “What is a weapon of choice, papa?” Her father launched into a 20 minutes long story about her ancestors being warriors in the old times and how a good weapon of choice can be used in times of emergency or crises.

Alison listened with full attention to each and every word and from that day she started to think of herself as some kind of a badass warrior princess. She thought to make a sword as her “weapon of choice” and told her mother about it. Her mother was a gentle woman who can’t even think of killing an insect let alone her only daughter’s heart. So she promised Alison to buy her a sword when she’ll be 18 years of age hoping …… that by then she’ll be well over her warrior princess phase. She asked her to select a little subtle weapon of choice so that she can carry it around. Once while in a supermarket, Alison came across a little black hockey that caught her attention. She bought it on impulse melting her father’s heart with her huge brown eyes. Since that day Alison was never seen without that sword whenever she was at home.

One night she woke up in the middle of the night and  saw that she was alone in her room, which was odd, as Tracy, her 2 yr old lab, never left her alone in the night. Then she heard her barks in the front yard and instantly knew something was wrong. She tiptoed towards her parents room. She woke up her dad and told him that Tracy is out in the yard, barking on someone. Her dad got his rifle at once and asked her to stay inside with her mom, and then he left quietly to go outside. She waited for 5 minutes but being impatient as she was, she tiptoed towards the stairs, followed by her equally scared mom.

Tracy also got quite outside. Her heart was beating so fast she thought she’ll faint right there. But then she heard something. They were footsteps muffled by the carpet in the living room. She followed the sound to go after the footsteps, paying no heed to her mother’s whispered and panicled calls. She walked as stealthily as possible and tried to find her dad. But he wasn’t in the living room. Then she heard him talk to Tracy and realised that he’s gone in the backyard. And then the realisation het her like a storm. She was following an intruder’s footsteps, and she almost cried out when she heard them again!

She froze and her hands and legs started to melt. She was scared to death. She was holding her black hockey in her hand the entire time and seeing it now she felt a bit relieved. She thought of calling for her mom but she knew that if she’ll scream, that stranger will grab her and do god knows what. So she turned to see where the noise came from.

Meanwhile Tracy also heard the muffled footsteps and came running and barking to the exact place that guy was, behind the kitchen counter, heading towards the knives.He saw Tracy barring her teeth at him and started to take steps backwards. Alison sneaked up, taking Tracy’s barring voice as a cover for her footsteps to come from the other side of the counter. She saw the stranger back-walk towards her. He was so busy stepping away from Tracy that he lost his footing for a moment. She quickly ran and with all her might she landed the curved end of my black hockey on his head. He groaned loudly and at the same instant Tracy jumped on him and bit him on his hand. Alison strike again aiming for his unguarded head and yet again on him groin. By the time she was done with her 3rd blow, her father and mother came running in the kitchen switching on the lights.

Her father took care of the thief and her little black hockey saved the day for her family.

Word Of The Week (WOW #17)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.

WOWIf you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

HERE’S THIS WEEK’S WOW:

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Klutz

PART OF SPEECH:

klutzs: plural noun klutziness: noun klutzy: adjective (klutzier, klutziest)

PRONUNCIATION

klŭts

MEANING: 

a clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.

SYNONYMS:

ANTONYMS:

WORD ORIGIN: 

1960s: from Yiddish klots ‘wooden block’.

USE IN SENTENCE: 

  • I’m a complete klutz on the dance floor.
  • how can she be such a klutz after studying ballet for so many years?
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Good ol’ Goofy 🙂
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This is the worst!

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