Fictional Fridays #20

This is not the original story I had planned. I had written a draft with a complete story titled ‘Resilience’, but the page refreshed and I lost the original. I had hoped that the draft would be saved somewhere, but no such luck. I am disappointed and quite angry, but what good will that do? I couldn’t recreate the story and do justice to the original, so I decided to write a new one. I apologise for the length, but there’s only so much you can write when you’re frustrated.

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Vocab Wednesdays #40

Writing Plan – Jan 2017

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I do realise it would have been better if I’d posted this on the first Friday of January, but better late than never, right? This will become a regular monthly feature along with a Writing Wrap-up on the last Friday of each month. It may not be all that fun to read (sorry, this was a last-minute post!) but it’s very important to me personally because I procrastinate a lot. And by that I mean, A LOT. I don’t follow schedules or plans even though I have a lot of goals I’d like to achieve and it so happens that I can never accomplish them all.

To fix that, I’m trying to discipline my flighty mind by making plans. Nothing too rigid so I’ll feel suffocated or disinclined to follow, but more like an outline. In the immortal words of Captain Barbossa,

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Vocab Wednesdays #39

The Nature of Excess

Surplus. Overindulgence. Superabundance. Extravagance. Immoderation. Call it what you will, humans seem to be particularly susceptible to the allure of excess. Perhaps it’s the just all the excess room inside the skull that sets us apart from the other species. Or is it the rules of the society that bestows power on the one who possesses an abundance of whatever is valuable at that particular time in history? Maybe it’s just shameless self-indulgence, a series of biochemical reactions that makes one crave for more.

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Fictional Fridays #19

The last time I posted fiction on this blog was 5 months ago and I still can’t believe it! Writing fiction just for the blog took a backseat during NaNoWriMo but I vowed to continue it, so here I am again with a short story. This qualifies as fanfiction, but I really couldn’t get this out of my head after New Year’s day. I’m talking about (brownie points for getting it right) Sherlock, of course.

The first episode came out on Monday and since then I haven’t stopped thinking about it, or about what the next episodes will showcase. A short story titled Appointment in Samarra is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch in this episode, with the backdrop of the London Aquarium and sharks reinforcing the nature of the tale. During the episode, however, Mycroft (played by Mark Gatiss) remembers that Sherlock had written his own version of the story as a child for he did not like the original. It seemed like a good challenge to try writing that version of the story, so here is my interpretation of what the young Sherlock might have written (and then some more of my imagination).

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Vocab Wednesdays #38

Goals for the New Year

‘Home is behind
The world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow
To the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight’

[Written by Howard Shore, Philippa Boyens, Billy Boyd • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group]

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had the best time welcoming 2017. 🙂 I was very impatient to get to the start of the new year because I had so many things to look forward to. First, of course, the new episode of Sherlock, which did not disappoint (I shall say no more because I don’t want to spoil anything). I can’t believe I’ve to wait another week for the next one! Secondly, my new book blog is now officially “live”. I’m still working on the schedule, but I’m beyond excited about it. I bet you can tell. 😉

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Continuing a tradition I started last year, I made a list of 17 things I’d like to accomplish this year. Some of them have spilled over from last year, but I’m determined to complete them all this year. I’m hoping that putting them up here for the world to see will keep me on track. Only time will tell, I suppose. I put them in different colours to liven things up.

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If you’ve read this post, you already know that things are changing on Pages That Rustle. I have a lot of free time, at least for the first half of the year, which means more time to write. I shared my idea (the one for which I wrote 50k in NaNoWriMo) with two of my friends who told me it was a story worth completing, so I’m planning to finish at least one draft by June. I’m going to share my progress with you all via a monthly blog post as an added incentive for me to sit down and write. I really hope I finish it this time.


What are your goals for this year? Any resolutions? Let me know in the comments, or leave a link if you’ve posted about it on your blog. Also, if you’re curious about my new blog, check it out here (I included ways for people not on Tumblr to be able to follow too).

2016 Wrap-Up

I know it’s a terribly clichéd idea for a blog post, but looking back at the year often provides valuable lessons for the future. We probably all had that one big, embarrassing failure we don’t want to talk about and pray will never happen to us again. We all hopefully experienced a few deviously designed plans by the devil that confounded us but which we overcame anyway, becoming wiser in the process. We all definitely had those beautiful moments where the entire universe was perfectly aligned just for us, which brings a smile on our faces even as we think about it now. By now you should be convinced this is a great post idea. If you are, then bear with me as I share how 2016 went for me (and you can tell me all about yours after that).

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