Writing Prompts and Recycling

Disclaimer (because I’m tired and trying to figure out all the things writing and blogging related): “As seen previously on Made4Him blog… Feb, 2016.”

The fact is, I’m exhausted. Yep.  Exhausted.  Mentally and physically, actually.  I don’t have any answers.  All I know is that I need to write, and write some more, and keep writing even when it a) doesn’t make sense or b) isn’t very good or c) follow a logical progression.  Side note: I have a need for logical thoughts, even while I’m not particularly logical.

Writing Prompts — they make me laugh.  And think about characters and stories.  Which I believe is the point.  So, I thought I would like to share some of my favorites with you.  Brace yourselves.

Dialogue Prompt: “I’m not as bad as the books say, you know.”  “Quiet, evil one.”  “Ooh, name-calling.  So fearsome.”

Goal: come up with better snarky and smart aleck responses — I have characters I can see doing this.

Dialogue Prompt: “Now remember, if you hear ominous chanting, the appropriate response is to run.”

Thoughts: Now, why is it that all I can think is… unless you are in The Mummy Returns.

Dialogue Prompt: “Technically it wasn’t on fire.”  “Of course it wasn’t on fire! You completely blew it up!”

Thoughts: Such over-reacting.  A little fire (or explosion) never hurt anyone…

Quote: “We go to war with a smile on our faces… Because we are friends of Death himself.”

Comment: Okay, I just think this is cool.  Perhaps dark and scary, but very cool.

Dialogue Prompt: “Is this one of those times when you want me to lie to protect your delicate emotions?”

Thoughts: *Snort.*  Can I use this on people I know in real life??  So applicable.

Dialogue Prompt: “There are at least seventeen ways this could have gone better. Literally. Like, I’m counting them right now, you moron.”

Thoughts: I can see this in a story.  I may have to put this in MY story.

Dialogue Prompt: “So what’s your plan?” “My plan was to follow your plan!” “What do you mean, ‘my plan’? Since when have I ever had a plan?!”

Comment: HA!  Yes, this I could totally use in a story.

Dialogue Prompt: “That’s humans for you. Cut off a limb and it will live, but leave it without oxygen for five minutes and it’s done for.”

Comment: So, so true.

Prompt: “Your home is a wreck… you could’ve at least cleaned the bathroom.” “Had I known I was going to have guests at three o’clock in the morning I’m sure I would’ve.”

Comment: I love the sarcasm and the stating of the obvious.  Of course, if you know you are expecting guests, you clean.  If not… who really cares?

I use Pinterest a lot for inspiration, scenery, costumes, characters and quotes.  One of the latest quotes I saw in the last couple of days is by Louis L’Amour: “If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is to just write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.”

So… here’s to turning on the faucet.

Soli Deo Gloria — Glory to God Alone

BLOG TOUR: Retrieve

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Hey folks! This is my first time participating in a BLOG TOUR, so I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing. Still, I am super excited about the chance to talk about this lovely book by Sarah Addison-Fox. AND!! THERE’S A GIVEAWAY!!

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What if the job you took to stay alive might be what kills you? 

Kade knows what it is to suffer. He knows what it’s like to lose everything and everyone around him.

His job in a Stormer Unit guarantees not just his survival in the decimated country of Azetaria, but his sister Meg’s. Even if it means facing the Numachi warriors baying for his blood, he’ll do what it takes to keep her safe.

Hadley is alone and surviving the only way she knows how. By hiding where predators won’t find her and scavenging enough just to keep her alive.

When desperation drives Hadley to search for her missing brother, she mistakenly accepts the offer of recruitment into the Stormer’s camp, only to be partnered with Kade and sent as a scout into Numachi territory.

The intimidating young Stormer may just know where her brother has gone. But can they stay alive long enough to find him? (credit: http://www.sarahaddisonfox.com)


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Check out: Sarah Addison-Fox  where you can pre-order your copy of Retrieve.

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Twitter: @Saddisonfox 

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My Review of Retrieve:

I had already pre-ordered this book before Victoria Lynn asked me if I would be interested in participating in this blog tour. A chance to read a book described as “Prince of Persia Meets Mulan”? YES PLEASE and THANK YOU. I read the entire book in one sitting and it definitely held my interest.

I liked Kade and Hadley, and thought both of them had compelling reasons for the choices they made. I’m trying not to give spoilers, since this book comes out December 26. It is definitely a Young Adult story, but without a lot of the angst many books in the genre contain (a definite plus for me!). The story moved along quickly, with realistic set-backs as the characters work to accomplish their mission.

There’s a bit of romance brewing, but I appreciated that the book was still clean and sweet. While the story ends with the major plot threads tied up, it does end on a bit of a cliff-hanger. It left me intrigued and wondering what comes next in the series. As book one of a planned trilogy, I’m invested in the world and characters and look forward to seeing what happens next.

And then… the Giveaway! Click Here (You’ll be redirected to Victoria Lynn’s host page with more details on the giveaway!)

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To check out the full Blog Tour schedule, including interviews, reviews and more, please check back at Retrieve – Blog Tour

Thanks for stopping by!


Soli Deo Gloria – Glory to God Alone