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Quote of the Week (16)

And you thought this would be a paragraph of the week (though I should say month these days). Maybe something different is what we all need. Add some spice to life and such. So, here we go.

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Paragraph of the Week (Part 31)

Or maybe I should call it paragraph of the month at this point! With an increasing work load, it is becoming harder and harder (and more difficult to remember) to post new content. But, I’m not giving up. So, here we go.

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.”

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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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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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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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Paragraph of the Week (Part 25)

It has been another long absence, but there wasn’t much I could do about it. For those of you that follow my Facebook page, you’ll know what I mean. And for the rest, last week I married a beautiful woman who I love so very much. So, as you can imagine, it was a busy week. Anyways, back to the blog! To start out with, I think we need another paragraph of the week. You might have forgotten where this story is going, hell even I have, but that’s alright! The archives are there for a reason!

The waitress, a thin girl with a lace fringed smock, stained with a rainbow of colors, dropped off the orange chicken, a bowl of rice, and two sets of chopsticks. She smiled and went back to talking with her coworker behind the register. Jacques flourished one of the napkins, placing it on his lap and breaking apart the chopsticks. John watched him peck at the rice and chicken.
“Come on,” Jacques said, motioning to the meal. “It is pretty good.”
“You never answered my question.”
Jacques smiled. “Let’s just eat in peace.”
“After all these years, that’s all you have to say?”
“There’s a lot I could say, but I don’t believe it is the time for it.”
“Then when will it be the time?”
“Soon.”
John snapped his chopsticks in two. “Fuck that.”
“Monsieur, easy now. Why are you so upset with me?”
“Why? WHY? You ran out after…after…she…” John rested his forehead on his trembling hand. “I just wanted to talk with you.”
“And now we are talking. Just…just be patient. It is all I ask. Nothing is easy these days.”
“Yeah, nothing is easy.”
They ate in silence, staring at the food and the table. When the meal was finished, Jacques threw a twenty down, stood up, and opened the door. John followed him, a gust of cold air lashing his flesh, raising his skin in bumps and pricks.
Jacques stopped just outside, eyes focused on a strobing streetlight trying to blink on. “Is that going to be all for today?”
“Let’s take a walk.”
“Guess we need to catch up on old times, right?”
John nodded and reached for the missing key that should have been around his neck. “That, and I could use some help.”
“With what?”
“Dropped something earlier. It’s a two man operation to get it back, so I’ll need your help.”
“Then lead the way.” Jacques half bowed and flourished his hand.

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