31 Days to Become a Better Writer – Day 24

Day 24

Today’s challenge:

I’d love to hear how you started blogging and what your dream for your writing is.  No dream is too big or small.  None of this, “I started blogging because I was bored.  The end.”  No, craft a story.  Make it interesting.  Make me understand why you worry yourself silly about things like SEO, grammar, and why we all just don’t give up?

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My mom started a blog for me when I was 5 apparently. She updated it occasionally with my grades or silly stuff I said. And I guess in about 2007, I started blogging about stuff I read (and by blogging, I mean writing four sentences on each chapter of the book I was reading. I’m serious). In 2008, my mom moved my blog to WordPress. I did the four-sentences-on-each-chapter-thing here. Then my blog sort of went on hiatus. Occasionally I updated, but not that often. Then at the beginning of this year, my mom and her friend Jamee were going to do this 30 Day Blog Challenge thing. I thought that that would be a good way to get me blogging again, so I did it.

This is how my blog name came to be:

So, let’s see. My first blog was on Xanga and it was called…well, it didn’t have a name. I googled “damaris’ blog xanga” and I found it! But I’ll go hide now because the header is Hannah Montana. (insert loud high-pitched scream here)

Then I moved to WordPress. For the longest time it was just “Damaris’ Blog.” Nothing catchy, nothing that stood out, nothing that screamed “AN AWESOME PERSON BLOGS HERE!“. Then I thought, “Come on! I need a better blog name than that!”

So before you know how my blog name came to be, you should know some (dun dun duuuunn) background information! In TCON, there is a wardrobe that they use (only once, mind you) to get to Narnia. In DW, when new companions walk into the TARDIS of awesomeness, they always say, “It’s bigger on the inside!”, because, well, it is!

I went to Mom and said, “I need a new blog name.” She told me to wait and she’d think of something. Awhile later she asked me, “What do they always say about the TARDIS?” “Um, it’s bigger on the inside?” “Yes, it could be called ‘The Wardrobe is Bigger on the Inside.”

I think I was a bit hyper when I wrote that.

I don’t really blog for any certain purpose, I just do it to get my thoughts out. Some of my internet friends occasionally vlog, so it’s fun to see them talking, then I want to do a vlog too. So basically, I blog because I want to blog. I want others to hear my voice.

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31 Days to Become a Better Writer – Day 23

Day 23

Today’s challenge:

I want you to write three excerpts of dialogue.  They don’t need to be lengthy.  The focus is the exchange of words even if it is just back and forth a few times.  So, first identify which register it should be written in and then write a few lines of text back and forth between the parties.

1.)  A boyfriend and girlfriend saying goodbye as he is deployed for the next year.

2.) A professor giving a lecture on the importance of attending class regularly.

3.)  A discussion between women at a local Mom’s group regarding pre-schools.

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1. She held back tears. “I’m going to miss you. Every day I’m going to miss you.”

He held her tight as she buried her face into his shoulder. “I know, I know you will. I’ll be back, soon.”

She looked at him. “Swear you’ll come back to me. Swear on something important.”

He managed a small smile and tapped her on the nose. “Fish fingers and custard.”

She gave a little smile. “I love you.”

“I love you too…”

2. I sat down in a seat in the classroom. I looked up from my books and looked at the professor. Short, curly black hair. High cheekbones. He looked like he knew everything. Everyone said he was a psychopath. And he talked very fast.

“Welcome to The History of Great Britain. If this is not listed on your schedule, you are not supposed to be here. I would advise that you go and find your correct class, Mr. Jones.”

A boy in the back of the class looked confused. “I-what?”

“You are not supposed to be here, Mr. Jones. Go find your correct class.”

The boy picked up his books and ran out of the class.

“Lovely. Now, this is The History of Great Britain. We meet on Wednesdays and Fridays. We start at 11:00 AM, not five minutes earlier or five minutes later. E-lev-en o-clock A-M. If you miss three of my classes, you will fail. Does anyone have any questions?”

Someone raised their hand straight up and said, “Sir, everyone says you’re a psychopath.”

The professor smiled. “Well, Mr. Anderson, you tell them that I am not a psychopath. I am a high-functioning sociopath. Let’s continue.”

I smiled. I liked this professor.

3. “No,” Annie said. “They can’t be old enough for preschool. They were just born yesterday. I’m terrified.”

“Well,” Irene replied. “Most of us don’t do regular preschool. We homeschool.”

“We looked at homeschooling, but I don’t know…,” Annie said.

“It’s quite nice,” replied Maria. “They’re in no rush to get done and they can work at their own pace.”

“Yeah, it’s wonderful,” Irene said.

“Well, when I was in regular school, it was a bit of a rush to get work done. We’ll look into it.” Annie smiled.

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Yes, the inspiration for the professor was Steven Moffat’s version Sherlock Holmes. I watched A Study in Pink right before I started working on this, what can I say?

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31 Days to Become a Better Writer – Day 22

Day 22

Today’s challenge:

 Let’s keep carving away at our dialogue and tweaking it.  Today, write the dialogue between the two men in the above picture.  Be creative!

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He was flipping through his papers until he looked up and ran into a jogger with an orange jacket.

“Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry!” the jogger said apologetically.

“Oh no, it’s alright,” the man reassured him, pickup the notebooks and book he dropped. He looked up at the jogger. “Hey, don’t I know you?” he asked curiously.

The jogger took off his sunglasses. “Yeah, I think I know you too. I teach at the university.”

The man smiled. “So do I!”

The jogger looked at his watch as if he was in a hurry. “I’m sorry, I have to go, but I’ll see you at the university.” He smiled.

The man smiled and waved as the jogger went off.

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31 Days to Become a Better Writer – Day 21

Day 21

Today’s challenge:

I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now; write a post that incorporates a conversation into it.  Write it.

I am a such a nerd

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I looked at the thing in front of me. It looked mostly like a robot, but it still had some human features, such as the face and arms and fingers. I knew what it was, of course. It was a Borg, but I couldn’t let it know that I knew that. Couldn’t let my fear show.

“Erm…hello,” I said to the drone.

“We are Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

It tried to take a step towards me, and I instinctively stepped back. Its movements were jerky and forced. Its systems must be severely damaged, I thought.

“Sorry, what? You’re the…bored?” I asked, pretending I didn’t know anything about Borg.

“We are Borg. You will be assimilated.”

The drone tried to take another step toward me and I stepped back.

“Uh…if you’re bored why don’t you take up a pastime? Like, er, knitting?” I asked the drone.

“Knitting is irrelevant. What is your designation?”

“I’m human,” I said.

“Species 5618. You will be assimilated.”

I stepped closer to the drone. It wasn’t trying to assimilate me, even though it threatened to. Systems must be really damaged.

“Damaris! What are you doing?”

Tom Paris ran up and pushed me out of the way of the drone and pointed his phaser at it.

“It’s not going to do anything, Tom,” I reassured him. “It seems its systems are badly damaged. It’s threatened to assimilate me but it hasn’t done anything.”

“We are Borg. Resistance is futile.”

“Come on, D,” Tom said. “Let’s get out of here. I’ve never trusted Borg.”

I crossed my arms. “So you’re saying you don’t trust Seven?”

“I-no, I didn’t say that I-,” he stammered. “She’s only part Borg, I-oh, come on!”

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31 Days to Become a Better Writer – Day 20

Day 20

Today’s challenge:

Today’s challenge is two-fold.  First of all, I’d like you to pick a book to read this week.  You don’t have to finish it by the end of the week.  Heck, I don’t even care if you ever finish it.  You aren’t reading to finish it, you are reading to refresh your brain and excite your perspective.  This week, I want you to commit to read for ten minutes a day.  It can be out of the same book, it can be articles in different magazines, whatever you want.  Just read.

For the second part of the challenge, I’d like you to write about one of your favorite books.  Why was it your favorite?  Which character stole your heart?  Perhaps the character made you cringe or caused you to ponder their actions.

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I have two book series that are my favorite book series of all time. They are The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. I could never choose a favorite from each series, but I suppose if I had to choose, my favorite from Narnia would be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. My favorite from Harry Potter would have to be The Order of the Phoenix.

I’m not really sure why LWW is my favorite Narnia book. Maybe it’s because it’s the first one I read. Every time I read it, it gives me chills. I just love it so much and I have no idea why. The character I love most from Narnia is Lucy. I just relate to her really well, mostly because when I started reading the books, I was close to the age that she was. I just feel a connection with her.

My favorite Harry Potter book is OotP because one, it was the first book that really messed with my emotions, and two, it’s because it has Luna Lovegood in it. Luna Lovegood, in my opinion, is one of the greatest female fictional characters that ever was. In others eyes, she’s really strange and crazy. They call her ‘Loony Lovegood’. But what I love about her is that she doesn’t care what the others think. She keeps believing in all her imaginary creatures, such as Wrackspurts and Nargles, and doesn’t care when others taunt her for it.

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31 Days to Become a Better Writer – Day 18

Day 18

Today’s challenge:

Today is all about parameters and staying within them.  On our personal blogs we control the word count, but someday you may need to craft within the framework of certain parameters and this exercise is designed to help you practice that.  So, since Easter is coming up and that makes me think about holidays, I want you to write about your favorite holiday and why it’s your favorite.  Be creative.  I know you all are super creative!  There’s a catch, though.  300 words.  Max.  I know, I’m such a party pooper.  Okay, what are you waiting for?  Write! Now! Right now.

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We all know what Christmas is, right? Right. Celebrated on 25 December, Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

In my family, we exchange gifts. On Christmas Eve, we exchange gifts with each other, and on Christmas Day, we receive gifts from ‘Santa’. But before we open the gifts, we read about the story of Jesus’ birth. Because that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

We have a Christmas tradition that the youngest pass out the gifts. Thought, the youngest in the family is 3-and-a-half month old Wyatt. At Christmastime, he wasn’t even a month old. Therefore, he couldn’t exactly pass out the gifts. Next oldest is Lola. She doesn’t know how to read yet, so next oldest is me. At Christmas, we had a lot of fun. Lola wanted to pass out the gifts but she couldn’t read, so she would give a random gift to someone, and most of the time it wasn’t who that gift was supposed to go to. It took a while to get all the gifts passed out.

Christmas isn’t my favorite because of the gifts. It’s my favorite because everyone’s together. There is usually no fighting and everyone is just laughing and having a good time. I love Christmas because it’s just so fun.

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31 Days to Become a Better Writer – Day 17

Day 17

Today’s challenge:

Write a stream of consciousness post.  All of you are wonderful writers so I know there will be no shortage of words.  Remember, don’t pretty this up too much, just check for gross spelling errors and such–ie. don’t use ain’t unless you are speaking in a particular vernacular that would make it appropriate.

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Making this post short (very short) because I’m going to bed in about five minutes…yeah.

I think about very random things. For example, how exactly do you reverse the polarity of the neutron flow? How is one ‘beamed up’? What’s a conduit? Doctor who? As you can see, I’m a girl of many questions. I like questions. Questions are good.

I like to read books. Reading books is fun. It tells stories of faraway places, and alien species yet unknown.

Happy endings.

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