The Girl With All The Gifts: A Book Review

Hi guys! 

With just under a week to go until the movie hits UK cinemas what better time to talk about the book. 

The Girl With All The Gifts is about a 10-year old girl called Melanie who is kept in a cell and doesn’t think she’s any different than other kids her age. 

She’s not. 

She sits in a classroom and is taught by a different range of teachers, her favourite being Miss Justineau who treats her like a human being instead of a threat. 

Like her classmates she is a zombie, but she can think and has feelings. 

Some of the staff disagree, however. 

One of those is Dr. Caldwell whose job is to remove the brains of the children to find a cure for humanity. Her particular interest is in Melanie. 

The story is full of twists and turns as the base is infiltrated with hungries. They are forced to exist outside where it is dangerous and their only option is to head for Beacon. Question is do they make it out alive and will Dr. Caldwell get Melanie as her prize? 

I’m not going to reveal the ending. That would just be cruel. I personally love this. The relationship between Melanie and Miss Justineau is just heartwarming and adds a tenderness to the story. The mention of Pandora and Greek Myths was also a quick pathway to my interests. 

I cannot wait to see this although I have my doubts that it will live up to the book, but I’ll remain optimistic. 

If you haven’t read it I highly recommend you pick it up right now and read it. 

If you have read it what did you think? 

Let me know in the comments below! 

Until next week, 

Blaze

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Writing Prompt: Held at Ransom

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Hi guys!

Today I’m sharing a piece of writing that was created with the help of this book.

I’ve had this since two Christmases ago, but I forgot all about it what with being lost in my WIP.

This week though, I stumbled across it and pulled it out.

The writing prompt was to start a story with a ransom note. This is what came out when I wrote.

You have twenty four hours to deliver the forty thousand pounds. I know you can afford that much. I saw that picture of you in the paper holding a check for 2 million. Heh! If they only knew what a selfish prick lay underneath that shell suit you call a tux.
Your daughter, Beatrice is but a flower blossoming by the minute. It’d be a shame if something were to happen to her.
Time is ticking, old man.
If you contact the police I’ll kill her straight away. I’m not afraid.

S

What do you think? Would he have paid the money to get his daughter back? Or would his so called selfish nature get in the way?

Why don’t you have a go at writing your own ransom note to get your creative juices flowing?

Hope you enjoyed the prompt.

Until next week,

Blaze

The Nightmare Of Writing Descriptively

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Hi guys!

With writing comes descriptive writing. Without it, readers will get bored. You can’t have the building without any windows to see out of.

Whoever heard of a house with no windows?

Whoever heard of a book without  description?

Having said that I can imagine that you’ll tell me that such a thing exists.

Still, I use it in a matter of speaking.

My dislike for descriptive writing probably comes from my boredom. It doesn’t excite me.

And that’s a problem.

But beneath that boredom lies inability. I find myself unable to describe buildings, faces, emotions, objects.

All those things stifle me. I spend too long trying to think of a beautiful paragraph to describe something.

By that time my idea for another part will disappear.

This is something I’ve been trying to overcome since my teenage years, but it’s not shifting.

I’ve tried exercises, but the same thing keeps happening. I struggle a little too long, boredom sets in and I lose interest.

I know that it’s something I have to overcome if I am considering publishing. No one is going to want an undescriptive book.

It’s just getting there.

That’s half the battle.

Does anyone else have this struggle?

How did you overcome it?

Let me know in the comment section below.

Until next week,

Blaze

With thanks to Liz Bridges for the image via Unsplash.com

The Nightmare Of Writing Descriptively

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Hi guys!

With writing comes descriptive writing. Without it, readers will get bored. You can’t have the building without any windows to see out of.

Whoever heard of a house with no windows?

Whoever heard of a book without  description?

Having said that I can imagine that you’ll tell me that such a thing exists.

Still, I use it in a matter of speaking.

My dislike for descriptive writing probably comes from my boredom. It doesn’t excite me.

And that’s a problem.

But beneath that boredom lies inability. I find myself unable to describe buildings, faces, emotions, objects.

All those things stifle me. I spend too long trying to think of a beautiful paragraph to describe something.

By that time my idea for another part will disappear.

This is something I’ve been trying to overcome since my teenage years, but it’s not shifting.

I’ve tried exercises, but the same thing keeps happening. I struggle a little too long, boredom sets in and I lose interest.

I know that it’s something I have to overcome if I am considering publishing. No one is going to want an undescriptive book.

It’s just getting there.

That’s half the battle.

Does anyone else have this struggle?

How did you overcome it?

Let me know in the comment section below.

Until next week,

Blaze

With thanks to Liz Bridges for the image via Unsplash.com

Adult Colouring Books (my new addiction)

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Hi guys!

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the craze that is adult colouring books  over the recent months. I picked up my first one on Saturday and was so excited to dive right in and give it a go.

After not having a particularly good week with my anxiety and depression it was right up my street. I’d heard people say that it relieves the feelings and gives you an uplifting boost. On Sunday I sat down with my colouring pencils and felt tips and and just coloured away.

I’m not artistically gifted when drawing my own things so this was the next best thing in adapting myself creatively. I found it very relaxing and calm during the session and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with their issues of mental health.

I had a hard time choosing which one to purchase as I loved the Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden books and I was torn between not getting them but I’m pleased I decided to purchase this one. The pictures are absolutely stunning and it also gives you the opportunity to draw. An absolute no no for me! 🙂

Currently, my writing stands at 32K which is going to be very problematic as I’m only on Chapter Nine. It’s the first draft that I’ve ever went way out of the word count within the first several chapters.

Anyway, here’s the finished product and I’ll be back with more fun soon.

Have a good week!

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Riding on the Wings of the Wind: Destiny’s Story

Feathers In the Wind

            In the past week some interesting ideas have sneaked their way into my subconcious and wound their way to my conscious mind. 

One encountered me while lying curled up onto the couch watching Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks (love him in this and The Green Mile, and Turner and Hooch too haha). I’ve always loved this film and have watched it trillions of times with family.

I’m sure you’ll all know the story but just incase I’ll give you a brief overview. It is about a boy named Forrest who is found to be of below average intelligence but still manages to go to college, join the Army and recieve medals of honour and etc. Before success though, comes golden haired, quiet natured Jenny who becomes his best friend… Until she is driven to run away from her past and Forrest repeatedly.

I always feel for Jenny because I understand what she went through with her alcoholic drunk of a father (at least that’s how he came across to me:S) and the abuse she faced as a result of his frustration. But I can sympathise with Forrest too because despite her troubled and annoying behaviour, he still loves her.

There is a part of the movie where Forrest is talking to her and reveals his confusion over the meaning of life, whether we all have a destiny, or whether we are all floating around aimlessly just bumping into people as a coincidence which led the last part of my chapter of Lady of the Kryptonites.

There are two rings around my story world. The one in the middle, first, is Episkopos, where literature, music, and general education suffers and ridiculation is a plenty. The second, bigger ring is Atalevede. The future.

Once outside Episkopos you can clearly see the surroundings of Episkopos, which only happens if you are dead or ‘dormant’ (more about that later). Atalevede is taken care of by Kharites, three woman, one in teenage years, one who is middle aged and another who is elderly.

The question that came to my mind is, is Fate known from the moment you are born or is it already blowing on a breeze over the sea waiting to claim you?

I’ll let you come to your own conclusions.

Stay tuned for more insights.

Thanks again for reading,

Blaze.