In six words, tell your story of the above picture.
If the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled
Was convincing the world he did not exist
Then who is this one telling us all
We had better resist
This battle between good and evil
Is happening every day
You can see it if you look closely
So be careful who you trust, hold, and obey
Will you find glory or sorrow at the end
The war is raging on in everyone’s eyes
And at times we feel pulled
But make no mistake he will control you with lies
As you can hopefully see
I have made my choice
God, Man, and the Devil
Are one and the same voice
Do you believe in fate or free will? As with most things in life, I think it’s a combination of the two. I believe we have a few possible fates when we choose to do something.
If I choose to murder someone, I can either 1) be caught and sent to jail. 2) be killed in return 3) kill myself from self-torture 4) go free.
What’s your opinion on the matter? Are we destined to commit every act, or are we just acting/reacting to the chaos of life?
So you’ve decided to write a story. Well, you need characters, and those characters need a personality. How do you go about creating a standout character from scratch?
You can find thousands of character creation charts online if you do a simple search, but if you want to start with some more in-depth questions for the character, try these on for size.
Also, there is a relative vlog I found that helps you build a character from the inside out. I hope you take what you learn and use it to sell more books.😀
So, any thoughts on this mockup cover? Too flat? Too dark? Too ambiguous? I’m no artist, so be honest, should I hire out the project and get it done professionally? What’s been your experience working with cover artists?
Any advice/help is appreciated!
“Dr. Nethers? Neil Nethers?” The nurse asked.
“Dr. Sudekus is expecting you.”
Neil followed down and through the corridors of Allister Psychiatric Hospital past the moans and screams coming from the other side of the thick metal doors that lined the dark beige colored walls.
As they passed a man kneeling and working on a control panel, Neil said, “Why are there high voltage signs posted everywhere?”
“To keep them in their rooms, of course. Where did you say you were coming from?” The nurse quipped curiously.
“It’s funny you mention that. I can’t se…”
“Hello, Dr. Nethers.” Dr. Sudekus thrust his hand out.
“Hello, Doctor,” Neil returned.
As Neil went to shake hands, he caught a glimpse of a figure crossing the doorway behind Dr. Sudekus. The shadow seemed to move with purpose and determination. Even though it appeared to walk, it practically floated and blurred into the surrounding background.
“Let’s get started right away, doctor,” Dr. Sudekus turned and headed toward the nearest steel door. “We keep the illest patients closest to our offices in case we need to act,” he said, pushing the key-like object into the small opening on the door. “Prepare yourself, Dr. Nethers. This woman has been here since the beginning. She has grown powerful over the many years.”
Flipping a switch on the wall, Neil heard the hum of electricity begin to subside. Dr. Sudekus opened the door and motioned Neil to enter behind himself.
“This is Natalie. Try not to look directly into her eyes for too long. She has, uh, she has abilities—let’s say—beyond the others.”
Neil stood before a woman strapped to an upright table by bounds the glowed blue with energy. The woman he looked at couldn’t have been more than thirty years old from what he could tell. A metal mask covered most of her face with just slits for eyes, a nose bar, and a solid cover for her mouth, “I thought you said she’d been here the longest? She’s fairly young, isn’t she?”
“Natalie’s been here eighty years,” Dr. Sudekus replied, moving closer to her. “Hello, dear. This is Dr. Nethers, he just joined us,” with that, she let loose a scream from beneath the mask that nearly knocked them both over as they ran from her room. Slamming the door, flipping the switch, and inserting the key-like device again, “She gets like this sometimes.”
As Neil was about to respond, another shaded figure emerged from the locked door and passed in between him and Dr. Sudekus. “What the hell is that?” He nearly yelled
“Oh, you don’t remember yet, do you?”
“Well, our electrified cells keep the souls in, but the living can go where they want. Dr. Sudekus placed his hand on Neil’s shoulder, “and this isn’t hell. Think of it more like weigh station, and we’re sort of like handlers, zookeepers if you will.”
“But that means that I’m, that you’re…”
“Dead, Neil. We are all dead. Welcome to Allister Psychiatric Hospital. Asylum for the deceased and insane.”
[ hawrs – man-ing ]
Horsemaning, or fake beheading, takes its name from the Headless Horseman, a character from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Sometimes spelled horsemanning, horsemaning was reportedly a popular way to pose in a photograph in the 1920’s.
According to the interwebs, the “first” horsemaning photo on the left was discovered at a flea market. After its discovery, a few horsemaning photos began circulating on sites such as RandomlyHeard and others soon joined the creative movement. Horsemaning is experiencing currently a revival basically the next form of planking, owling and/or cone-ing. Check out our gallery which even includes some famous celebrities horsemaning!
Holy F#&$! Crap! What a month. Congratulations to all of you amazing writers! You did it. With life, kids, significant others, jobs, and the occasional hair pulling, you accomplished what most people will never do in a lifetime. Break out your liquor of choice (chocolate a plus).
I finished with 50,487 words! I’m taking day 30 off to do some Xmas shopping. I know I suck.😀 If you’re so close to finishing, then screw everything else and write. We all love you!
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