50 Word Story: “Okay”

(on 31 August, 2013 & with 13 Comments)

Hello lovelies!

Not sure if any of you read Reader’s Digest, but it’s one of my favorite magazines. Quite recently they did an article where a myriad of published authors – all ages, all genres – wrote a story in exactly 50 words (which, for those of you who don’t know, is really, really short). I think the idea of a 50 word story is pretty cool, so I decided to try my hand at one of them.

Not going to tell you much about it, only that it’s a tad graphic so I caution younger readers – this might not be the post for you. I’d like to hear your thoughts, as this subject is quite personal to me. The story is entitled “Okay”.

love,
Topaz

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“I’m okay,” she said.

And they believed in the smile she pasted on her face as she closed the bathroom door.

The crimson blood trickled down her paper wrists. The razor gouged irreplaceable chunks out of her already broken soul.

She stepped out of the bathroom.

“I’m okay,” she said.


New Segment: Top Ten Tuesday

(on 29 August, 2013 & with 0 Comments)

Hi everybody!

As y’all may or may not know, I’m a reader of the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. Now, every Tuesday there is a segment on this blog entitled “Top Ten Tuesday”, which is basically a list of top tens that have to do with books / authors / other cool reading and writing stuff.

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, and those of you who know me in person, probably know by now that I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and I LOVE to make lists. To-do lists, reading lists, song lists, expenses lists, grocery lists. You name the list, I’ve probably made the list. Soooo, I have decided to bring my love of lists over here and borrow the idea of Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish.

Only, my Top Ten Tuesday will of course have a small twist ;) Instead of only posting top tens about reading / writing, I’ll be posting about really anything that strikes my fancy. Sometimes it’ll be reading. Sometimes singing. Sometimes writing. Sometimes other things.

For now, the very first Top Ten Tuesday will be posted in a few minutes, so stay tuned, my beautiful readers! (Yes, I do realize it is Thursday, but whatever. I had the idea on Tuesday, but I didn’t get a chance to post it and I couldn’t wait any longer. Next time it really will be on a Tuesday. ;))

love,
Topaz


How Do You Write a Battle?

(on 27 August, 2013 & with 6 Comments)

Hi all!

So guess what! There’s a huge battle coming up in FH, which is pretty much the climax of the entire book, and I. AM. SO. EXCITED!!!!!!

There’s only one problem… I’ve never actually written a battle scene before.

It’s kind of embarrassing, actually. I mean, I’ve written about a heck of a lot of things. But for some reason, it never crossed my mind to write a battle, and it is coming back to haunt me now, at possibly the worst time ever. I realized it when I sat down at my computer last Saturday and started about ten different openers for the chapter, all of them terrible and unrealistic. It was depressing.

So I’m getting prepared! For what is probably the first time in my life I have actually paid all my library fees and returned all my overdue books, and I have 15 books slots all ready to be checked out with books with amazing battle scenes for me to study. On my list is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, for its awesome Battle of Hogwarts scene at the end, and… that’s about it.

I know. Pathetic.

So, I’m calling on my awesome readers! I need your tips – how can I write a battle scene? It’s a magical battle, of course (for those of you who haven’t read Frozen Hearts, the main characters are Ice Wizards). If you know any books with great battles, I want to read them! If there’s a guide to writing battle scenes, post the link below. I’m counting on y’all to help me out. The second attempt for the chapter is scheduled for this Friday and I’m hoping for a good supply of tips, books, and info by then.

Thanks, guys!

love,
Topaz


Seeing the Dawn

(on 25 August, 2013 & with 3 Comments)

I was browsing Google today and I found this quote by one of my favourite authors, Oscar Wilde. I thought I’d share it with you because I could really connect with it.

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde

I’ve often thought about how in this day and age, being called a “dreamer” is paramount to an insult. A dreamer is someone who wanders off chasing impossibilities, someone who has no sense of realism, someone who believes in things that can never come true. A dreamer is someone who is bound to be broken one day.

So in an age where people are scared to take risks, why be a dreamer? Why be someone who sticks out? Why be someone with stars in your eyes and wings on your feet – someone who, as everyone knows, is eventually going to fall?

I’ll tell you why.

Because the alternative is even worse.

I would rather be someone who takes gigantic risks and believes in magic, rather than someone who lives a safe, sheltered – and incredibly boring – life.

And maybe I am young and have not seen the world as others have. Maybe I’m not the wisest. Maybe that’s the case, but even if I’m young I know what I want. And I know what I don’t want. I don’t want to be someone who knows where their next meal is coming from, yet doesn’t know the last time they were truly passionate about something. I don’t want to be part of the “rat race.” I want to live a life doing the things I love to do. I want to live my dreams.

And I have so many wild, crazy, and maybe impossible dreams – but I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to follow them. I’m prepared to chase down those dreams to the ends of the earth until I can make them all happen – no matter how many sidelong stares or whispered rumours they elicit, no matter how many pitied glances they evoke. Because that’s just who I am.

And so, in conclusion, I am proud. I am proud to be a dreamer, even if it’s hard, because I see the dawn before the rest of the world.