Paragraph of the Week (Part 30)

Some of you guys might be wondering if I died. I am sorry to inform you that, no, no I have not died. Yet, anyways. Again, I’m going to try to get out more blog posts, maybe even some…GASP…non-paragraph of the week posts. Until this becomes a reality, enjoy this weeks paragraph of the week. And if you can’t remember the story before this, and I don’t blame you if you can’t, you can always check them out in the archives.

“So, you asked me to lunch and then to retrieve a mysterious object,” Jacques said, “what else will be on our itinerary for the day?”
John shrugged. “Have to see if we get the key back and if you will actually talk.”
“The key? Oh monsieur, you don’t mean…”
“She always wore it around her neck. It was the only thing left after the fire. I’ve worn it every day since then. You remember it, remember her wearing it, right?”
“Of course, it never left her body.”
“I could never figure out why she loved the thing, even she didn’t know. Every time I asked her, she said she couldn’t remember where she had gotten it from, just that she had it ever since she was a little kid. When I doubted her once, she whipped out a picture of when she was four and showed me the thing. And there it was, plastered around her neck.”
“She was a good woman.”
“Too good.” John sighed.
“You know, I’ve never really ——”

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Paragraph of the Week (Part 29)

Between work and school, I tend to forget about the blog here. But not completely! We’re still chugging along here, and we will be for a long time. Now, I won’t keep you guys from the next paragraph. Here it is.

The street lights popped on and yellow light filtered in through the bare tree limbs. John glanced up at the snow flakes that momentarily blocked out slivers of light, moving his hand to his chest and feeling the emptiness. A pigeon sat on top of the post. It burrowed its beak into its feathers, pecked at them and whatever else was nestled close to its body. A feather fell, drifting down and landing on the sidewalk. John watched it, stepped over it, and feigned a smile.

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Paragraph of the Week (Part 28)

And here is the paragraph of the week. If you forgot how the story started, just check out the archives! Look under writing and you’ll have everything up to this point. Now, on with the story!

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“Something wrong?” Jacques asked.
John shook his head. “Nothing.”
He began shuffling forward. A few flurries drifted down, melting on his arms. His leather jacket kept his core warm, and if he had wanted to push down the sleeves, it would have done the same for his arms. Then the cold couldn’t singe his flesh. Then it wouldn’t have felt so good.

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Some Reading Recommendations

I thought I would do something a bit different today and write about some book recommendations. Some of these are quick reads, some are some lengthier ones, and all of them have the links posted. So, if you like what you see, go on and read! And the best part? It isn’t self promotion! How often do you see that from an author?

So here we go.

Number 1:

A Feast for Crows

http://www.amazon.com/Feast-Crows-Song-Fire-Thrones/dp/055358202X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389745184&sr=8-2&keywords=a+feast+for+crows

Maybe you already read this book and the next one in the series, A Dance of Dragons, and are awaiting the next in the series. But, as a fantasy writer who recently picked up the series again (Mr. Martin needs to write faster!), I had to include this one on the list. Some say its slower, but let’s face it, everything can’t be a summer block buster thriller. Enjoy the characters and setting. You won’t regret it.

Number 2:

Minecraft – Battle for Survival

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HQOP28I/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

I thought I would include a more indy piece here. I like supporting authors that publish their stories on their own, especially ones well written. And even though the target audience for novel is younger, the writing is still great. It’s a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed this find.

Number 3:

The Artful Edit

http://www.amazon.com/Artful-Edit-Practice-Editing-Yourself-ebook/dp/B001TMCFMY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1389745837&sr=1-1&keywords=the+artful+edit

As a note, I’ve only began to scan over this one, but from what I’ve seen, it’s going to be a great help. Any writer needs to look at their own work and be able to edit it. This novel is specifically for those writers out there that need just a little guidance in this field.

And that’s all for today. Enjoy the reads and maybe there will be some more recommendations in the future. Until then, just keep up with the story on here (we’ll get through it, I promise)!

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Paragraph of the Week (Part 27)

And I thought I would post more…well, that didn’t happen. But it could! But it might not… But it could! If you haven’t guessed already, I kinda feel like this about getting around to posting (when I have the time that is)

Anyways, with that being said, here is the paragraph of the week!

The remodeled interior was a tricking jester, one that kept the attention off the old facade. John had thought they had done a nice job remodeling, but the glass pane doors, new furniture inside and out, kitchen, gym, and lounging area still couldn’t deceive him. He had seen what the building really was, especially when he had first stepped into his apartment. It had been nice, but the outdated appliances, recently painted walls, and half peeled off Radiohead sticker on the air conditioner had shown him that the building had more history than the owners wanted him to know about.

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Paragraph of the Week (Part 26)

Well, this story is moving along now! (mostly because I have been putting in more than just a paragraph…) So, here is the next installment!

They turned down one of the side streets and headed to the lake. The buildings varied from luxurious homes, complete with winding staircases, driveways, and statues in the small, gated front yards to heavy, squat apartment buildings worn from years of misuse; almost every structure was ancient and tired looking. One building, a wide and tall structure with a yellowish brick, made John turn his head and stop. He had gone up the stairs to it almost every day for a month, and every time he always felt tricked.

When he had first been looking for an apartment, John had replied to an ad that advertised brand new units. It had seemed too good to be true, and it had been.

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Quote of the Week (15)

You know what we haven’t had for a while (besides consistent posts)? A quote of the week! I know we are in that middle of the week slump (and maybe even a writing slump too) and could use some words of inspiration. This one goes out to those that might have lost that little bit of inspiration and wondering: why am I doing this (at least, writing wise)? Or even: why do I bother reading? Writing and reading are powerful, and instrumental parts of life. Don’t take my word for it, just look at the quote.

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