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Writing Prompt…

It’s ALL about Texas today! Let’s check out some really cool facts before we get to today’s writing prompt. Texas’ name comes from a Caddo Indian word, “teycha,” which translates to friends or allies. This name was given by the native people who lived here before the Spanish conquest. The land of this native American tribe was transcribed by an early Spanish explorer as “tejas,” and eventually made its way to the name we know today. Still today, Texas’ motto is “Friendship,” truly embodying the Southern hospitality the state is known for.

Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885 and began selling all across the country in 1904. Even today, the top-secret recipe is split in half and stored at 2 different Dallas banks.

Johnson Space Center in Houston is the site of Mission Control for all NASA flights into space. For more than 50 years, the country’s leading training, research, and flight control programs have been conducted here

Texas is a leading domestic producer of several products, like oil, natural gas, cotton, and wind power. This state alone accounts for 40% of the nation’s oil production and 25% of the natural gas production. Some of Texas’ other top exports include sheep, horses, citrus, pecans, and corn. Of course, to keep up with all that production, you need lots of land. With yet another #1 title, Texas has the most farms in the US–nearly 250,000!

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport covers 27 square miles of land (that’s larger than Manhattan), with 5 terminals and 191 gates. Even better, it’s the largest carbon-neutral airport in the world (and the first in North America)! (source: roamingtheusa.com)

Texas is known as the cowboy capital of the world. Many Texan ranches brand commercial cattle so that they can be identified. Since we’re in Texas, I thought it would be fitting to use this photo prompt for the creative writing exercise of the day! I’d like you to use the photo below to write a 2,000-word story in the third person narrative (he/she they/them), and I’d like you to put a Western spin on it; I’m talking cow folks in the old west, horseback, covered wagons and cattle drives, survival of the fittest. Use your imagination! For the opportunity to have your story featured on our blog, send us your work to pandapublishing8@gmail.com. Your story should be submitted before January 25, 2023, at 5 pm EST. Can’t wait to read what you’ve written! Check out some of our online writing courses here: Virtual Courses, Classes, and Workshops – Pandamonium Publishing House

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Writing Prompt Story Submission

You may remember that last week we put out a photo writing prompt that asked writers to send in their stories in the mystery genre. I’m thrilled to say that we received a ton of submissions and have picked a winner! Thank you to S.P. Taylor for your submission of The Bait. Authors, If you’d like to brush up on your writing skills, check out some of our courses and classes here: Virtual Courses, Classes, and Workshops – Pandamonium Publishing House. I hope you enjoy S.P. Taylor’s story as much as I did! Stay tuned for more prompts and opportunities to submit your stories.

The Bait by S.P. Taylor

In any other circumstance, I would fancy my surroundings as romantic. In hindsight, I realize, hiding behind an ancient crumbled estate at twilight whilst the fog steals across the remainder of the pale blue sky, this may not be the best spot for a rendezvous. Especially given that a murderer was likely on my tail, not a lover. 

Birdie Quinn, how in the devil have you ended up here? I asked myself. My heart beat heavily against my chest. Small gulps of breath escaped my lips. 

Bait, I reminded myself. If my suspensions were accurate, he’s following me. My plan feeling risky now. 

A soft bird cried to my left. An Eastern whip-poor-will. I was comforted in knowing Thomas was somewhere here. Frightened that I may have put both of us in danger.

 I heard footsteps approaching. In my seated position, I leaned deeper into the cold rock, aware that I was literally a sitting duck. An owl hoot, then silence. Something was gravely wrong. 

“Amusing that you, an invalid, thought you could catch me. Did you figure me for a fool?” I heard his voice seconds before his face appeared inches from mine. 

“No, you’ve averted the best,” I answered boldly, my body riveting. 

“For days, I’ve watched you. Who could have imagined such eyes? How spectacular. I promise to leave them alone. As for the rest of you…” he didn’t finish. 

Trembling, I thought of Tom. Myself. What have I done? 

“I’ll give you to the count of ten to run and hide.” His laugh was diabolical. I could not move, and he knew this. 

He pounced, his fingers clutching my throat. If eyes were the window to one’s soul, then I was sure my last breath would be at the hands of the devil.

“Do you hear that?” He whispered. “A crow sings. Bad luck, my dear”.

My heart leapt. Could it be? My throat was desperate for words.

“What’s that?” He mocked, loosening his grip. 

“No, a raven. A bad omen for you, to be sure. For me, the opposite,” I managed. 

A violent thrust, and I was free. Tom’s familiar shape in front of me, a raw gash to his forehead. The blood, red and hardened. 

“Turn yourself in,” I ordered. Overcome with relief. 

A gun materialized instantly, the gleam of its barrel shining against the darkening sky. 

“Do I look frightened?” He taunted. 

“No, but you should be.” I countered. 

Within an instant, the authorities had us surrounded, their expert hands all trained to fire at the murderer.

Detective Civille was not difficult to spot as the sea of officers parted, and he emerged. 

“Miss Quinn, how many times must I tell you to keep your curiosity at bay.” 

“What the devil took you so long?” 

Our eyes locked. Mine with gratitude. His? Perhaps relief? I didn’t think about it long before Tom lifted me into his arms and did as he had done so often in the past, giving me legs to safety. 

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Writing Prompt

Creative writing is such a fun way to explore your mind, and today’s photo prompt should open up some of those channels! I’d like you to use the photo for inspiration and write a 2,000-word story in the third person narrative (they, them, he, she etc.), which is told by an outside observer. Also, I’d like you to throw in an element of character development; how will your character grow? How will they change? What did they learn, if anything? What does your reader need to know about them? And what information can you include in their development to move the story forward? Pick any genre you’d like. Overview: 2,000 words, third person narrative, character development, any genre. As always, send us your work to pandapublishing8@gmail.com for the opportunity to have your story shared on our blog.

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Writing Prompt

Writing prompts are an excellent way to break through writer’s block, stir up creativity, and try something new! For today’s prompt, I’d like you to write a 500-word story in the mystery genre using the first-person narrative. That means using I, me, and mine when telling the story from your point of view. Remember to develop your setting and character(s). Feel free to send me your story at pandapublishing8@gmail.com for the chance to have your story featured on our blog and to check out our creative writing classes, courses, and workshops Virtual Courses, Classes, and Workshops – Pandamonium Publishing House.

I love the look of this! It definitely sets the stage for a fantastic mystery!
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This Is It

October 29, 2021– We’re done our theme for the month, and this is the last post before we wrap up!  I hope that you’ve learned a lot and that you’ll take some of the challenges we’ve given along with you in your writing life and continue to write each day.

I love the image for today. I can’t put my finger on what I love about it so much, but perhaps it’s because I love the ocean and the peace that it brings. Every time I’ve ever had the opportunity to stand in the sea, I’ve taken it; it makes me feel so small and insignificant and that the world is so massive and we hardly know anything about it. Then my mind wanders to the fact that we’ve only explored five percent of the ocean thus far, and there are creatures that we haven’t even discovered yet! The ocean inspires me. I’ll say that much about it.

Today’s challenge is interesting, to say the least; it’s not a photograph but an illustration that is beautiful and plays to the writer’s imagination. Using the photo above, write a 200-word poem. The lighthouse, moon, and boat are intriguing and mysterious. Don’t self-edit; just get the words on the page!

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Happy writing! If you’d like to send your work to us for consideration, please email pandapublishing8@gmail.com.

 

 

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October Writing Prompt Challenge for Authors

October 28, 2021– I usually write a whole whack of blog posts all at once, but for some reason, today, I had no idea what I wanted to write about. Sometimes we struggle as authors to find inspiration, but we have to keep looking. Finally, I found a photo that inspired me for today’s challenge!

Instructions:
Using the photo above, write an 850-word children’s book. Remember to have a beginning, middle, and end as well as rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Start where the action is!

My take on this is that the little girl opens the door to the playhouse and is transported to a magical world. Maybe there are toys inside, and they come to life to and help her on an adventure, or perhaps there’s some mission she has to accept to save the other toys from a bully; wherever your imagination takes you, follow it! Have fun with this exercise, and remember to make everything larger than life!

If you’ve ever thought of writing a children’s book, check out our masterclass here: Virtual Courses, Classes, and Workshops – Pandamonium Publishing Housework at your own pace and when it suits your schedule!

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Daily Challenge for Authors

October 27, 2021– Is there such thing as a perfect day? Or does perfection not exist? I think that many days in my life have been perfect so far and that there’s a common theme that makes them this way; I get to spend the day doing what I want with who I want. It’s as simple as that for me!

Sleeping in, writing, great coffee, cuddling the cats, hiking with Mike and Luna, exploring new places, watching old movies, reading, and playing board games, are some things that my perfect day includes. What are yours?

For today’s writing challenge, I want you to write a 1000-word short story about your perfect day or your idea of an ideal day and what that consists of. I like this challenge because it’s so personal and lets us see how much we have to be thankful for and that it’s the little things that matter. Notice how none of the items on my list cost money? They say the best things in life are free-I agree.

Have fun with this! If you’d like to check out some of our classes, click here: Virtual Courses, Classes, and Workshops – Pandamonium Publishing House

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Writing Prompt Challenge

October 26, 2021– Today, we have a super fun challenge for you! We’ve done new writing prompt challenges for almost an entire month, and we sure hope you’ve enjoyed them. Some have been more difficult than others; nonetheless, I hope you come away with something after this month’s theme is complete. Today’s photo may be seen as simple, but I think this will be a challenge for lots of folks.

Here are the instructions for today:

Write a 1500 word short story in the third person narrative in the fantasy genre.

Third-person narrative: The Merriam Webster dictionary defines thirdperson narrative as ” a writing style that uses a set of words or forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to people or things that the speaker or writer is not addressing directly. He, she, it, they tell the story from that perspective or point of view.

Fantasy genre: Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real-world myth and folklore.

As always, if you’d like to submit your work to us for consideration, send it to pandapublishing8@gmail.com
Happy writing! X LLB

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Dystopia

October 25, 2021-There are only a few more days to take advantage of our writing prompt challenges this month! I hope that if you’ve been participating, you’re enjoying the process, learning a lot about who you are as an author, and stretching yourself outside of your limits.

Let’s talk about today’s challenge! Here are the instructions, and then we’ll get into the definition and types of dystopias.

Write a 2,000-word short story using the photo above. Tell it from the fourth-person narrative and use all five senses.

Ouch, this is a tough one! Let’s get into some definitions:

Fourth-person narrative: The term is also sometimes used for the category of indefinite or generic referents, which work like one in English phrases. For example, “One should be prepared.” It’s essentially a non-specific third person. One, someone, somebody, anyone, anybody, oneself, one’s.

Here’s my take on fourth person narrative for this prompt: One could only imagine what happened here; there is destruction everywhere, complete devastation, and absolute suffering. Someone or something is responsible for this atrocity against humanity.

Dystopia: An imaginary place where the state of being is appalling and/or oppressive. The word dystopia comes from Greek root words that mean “bad place.” The opposite of utopia.

Types of Dystopia:

  1. Bureaucratic control-Relentless government rules and regulations.
  2. Corporate control-Large corporation(s) control people through the media or products.
  3. Religious control-An ideology enforced by the government controls society’s beliefs.
  4. Technological control– Science, robots, or computers control society and the people that live there.

A FABULOUS example of a dystopian society that is under technological control is our very own Paul Moscarella’s Machinia available here: Machinia : Moscarella, Paul A., Goubar, Alex: Amazon.ca: Books

Happy writing, and as always, feel free to submit your work for consideration to pandapublishing8@gmail.com 

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Writing Challenge of the Day!

October 22, 2021– Have you picked out your Halloween costume yet? We have! We can’t wait to facetime with the kids and see their costumes too. Halloween is my most favourite day of the year, and I think it’s because it’s the chance to play with outrageous makeup, dress up, and take on an entirely new persona.

There’s a quote that says, “Give a man a mask, and he becomes his true self.” I think the Joker said that, but the original (similar) quote was by Oscar Wilde. What does hiding behind a mask do for our true selves? I’m not talking about pandemic masks; I’m talking about the masks that we show the world on a daily basis. Do people ever know who we really are? Or are we only showing them who we want them to think we are? Why do we do this? Perhaps it’s a protective response-we don’t want to give too much of ourselves away, or maybe it’s because we don’t know who we are to begin with? Everyone has their own answer.

A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to be in New York City for work, and I decided to see a play. I chose Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre and excitedly took my seat before the show started. I had a few minutes to absorb the magnificent surroundings and take it all in. It was absolutely stunning! Then internal dialogue took over as I stared at the mask on the playbill; hidden identity, obsession, torture, longing, and injustice were all words that came to mind. For today’s challenge, I’m asking you to do the same.

Look at the photo prompt above and write down all of the words that come to mind, be careful not to edit your stream of thought; get the words on the page. After that, write a short story or poem using all of the words. It can be as long or as short as you’d like.

Happy writing, and as usual, if you’d like to submit your work for consideration, please send us an email at pandapublishing8@gmail.com.