I am so, so sorry that I haven’t been able to update lately. It occurred to me a couple days ago that its been almost three weeks since I last posted something. The days have certainly flown by. The good news is that I have about four stories in the works right now. One I am currently waiting for some critiques on.

I really depend on critiques from my classmates because they give me a feel for how you would interpret, as readers, my work. As I’ve said before I really want to show you guys my best. Until I look back and think “that’s crap” and change it all over again. Haha! Not really. I wouldn’t do that to you, that’s why I’ve been gone so long. I hope to edit more, I have research papers to work on so hopefully I’ll find time to post more stories somewhere in all that research. Gotta love college.

Anyway, I was wondering about maybe using a new blog site. Personally, I love this one. The format’s easy. I’m pretty sure I have a loyal number of followers, though none ever comment. But I usually have a decent number of readers on the weekly basis whenever I post, which makes me extremely happy. Honestly! I love looking at the pageviews, its exciting for me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my stories. I’ll try to make it up to you as soon as I can.
Don’t forget, leave a comment or if you have an idea, or questions even. My blog is always open.

See ya!


Side thought (252 words)

And he jumps from the bungee-cord off the bridge! Oh my god, what a sight!
“It’s totally fake, you know. It’s all CGI. There’s no way he actually jumped.” Maggie pulls my shirt to get my attention as she chews her cold pizza slice. The television is on it highest volume, which is about as loud as a normal person talking. CRTs are so out of style.
Maggie lounges on our couch, while I lean on the side smoking a Cheyenne; I love the taste of grape in a puff.
“What do you think, Ashe?” Maggie tugs on my shirt again. My roommate is a little on the ditsy side, but she’s good people.
He’s made it down! Wait…And he’s back in the air. Oh my God! He’s doing somersault’s! Is this guy great, or what?
Some guy’s on a bridge somewhere jumping off of it for the joy and exhilaration for us viewers. The sweet movement of air against his face and the adrenaline rush of the drop, the fall of a lifetime. The angles just twist and turn with every movement, his perspective, their perspective—back and forth.
I look down at her, consider the question as I blow out the misty grape goodness of my Cheyenne. I watch the way the smoke swirls, and I blow a little into the smoke, to watch it swirl. Glorious. I take another drag. I watch the first puff dissipate slowly.
 “What do you think air tastes like when you fall?”©

Braided Stories

So right now I am taking an advanced course in Creative Writing at my University. I absolutely love it. Compared to the other courses I’ve taken we tend to have more free-reign over the content of our writing. Granted we have some activities in class but the range is much wider. I like the fact that despite being taking courses for some time that I still can learn something new when it comes to different formats of writing. I recently learned about Flash Fiction this semester, which I have been posting on the blog since I started. I used to write such long stories that it was really difficult. Being in this course and having classmates critiquing my work has really improved my insight into my own intentions for the work in relation to what the reader interprets.
The readers interpretation is very important to what you want to get across. It has to be clear enough that they can understand what is going on, and have it so that they can feel/experience exactly what you want. It is possible on occasion to have the reader assume the end or make some details left out, all on their own. But for the most part you lead them, as the writer, to where you want their thought process to go. You’re essentially a tour guide, showing the reader around and telling them everything they want/need to know.
Another form that I’ve recently learned in CRW (creative writing) is “Braided stories.” Braided Stories are stories written in three parts. They are connected in theme, or even a certain topic, but not in character(s). The story has a main title and then can be divided by mini-titles, or not at all. It really depends on the writer’s preference, but overall the theme is hopefully made clear to the reader.

Looking back at what I’ve written I hope I haven’t confused you.
How about this. Here’s an example that I made myself. I hope you like it!

Braided Story Example by D. Arlene

The basic theme of this braided story is Romance and the troubles that go with a relationship.They all cover that in some way, shape or form. 

I tried to actually look up more on how to write braided stories and I got nothing. Zilch. Nada. For short fiction it seems to have a completely different meaning then what most people on the internet think. For some websites they assumed that “Braided stories” were stories divided in three parts but all parts involve the plot of a single story (beginning, middle & end). No websites I’ve found seem to understand the concept of an actual braided story. Or at least in the sense of a short fiction piece. I wish they would. 
I’ve already written my first ever braided story (longer than the example given), but I’m not getting critiqued until Monday. So it’s not going up until next week. I prefer to post stories that I’ve edited and are at their best before they are shown to you. I’ve actually edited one story after posting it on the blog, which forced me to re-post it in a new edition. So if you read a story that is a little different then when you read it the first time, I apologize.
I’ll try to keep everything as consistent as possible from now on. At least as much as I am able to. Unfortunately for now, you’ll have to put up with my blabbing on the main page. I hope you don’t mind.

I am starting to get the hang of this whole blog thing, and I genuinely look forward to sharing my work with you, even if it turns out that only person is actually reading it. If you have any questions, suggestions or even small comment, please don’t be afraid to leave any.  
Oh! And if you happen to find a website that actually talks about braided stories in the way I’m describing them, please share it with me. 

Braided Story: "It’s like this "

I don’t know what I want, so I take it out on you

“I told you to wake up half an hour ago; can I have some of your soda, please?”

Gamer Girl

“Want to play with me?”

“Not now.”

Two hours later.

“Wanna eat?”

“Oh my god! Would you leave me alone. I’m almost done with this level!”

“You’ve been playing candy crush for four hours straight! What the fuck?!”

Same Shit Different Day

“He crapped in the couch again, Erick!”

“Just clean it up then,” he shouts from the bathroom as our chihuahua comes into the living room and sniffs it.

I look down at the small steaming pile and scream, “It’s not my damn baby, Erick!” © 

Banned Book Week

So I don’t know if many people know this but “Banned Book Week” was during the last week of September. My University held a really interesting event for the day. So we were asked to pick a novel out of a list that was banned in the United States by the ALA (American Library Association). There are actually a lot of books that were banned that I never thought would be.

Did you know that James and the Giant Peach was banned? Apparently, it was banned for its content which could be viewed as sexual, and because of the physical and mental abuse the character goes through.

I thought that was really interesting seeing as how most readers probably wouldn’t view that as a problem nowadays. I mean, looking at the content of books we read now, like “Fifty Shades of Grey” (which I have not read), its a little extreme to ban such a book. But I suppose back when it first came out it was this big deal.

Anyway, I’m writing about this mostly because I thought it was an interesting event, and I wanted to share it, seeing as how this is a writing blog and all. We even got to see our own professor who is a publishing author because they

We had students read passages that best represented the work and why it was banned while Art Majors drew in chalk the covers of the novel on a building wall. I was considering posting pictures here. I wonder if I can. I’ll figure it out, give me a while.

I thought it was a fun thing to do. I got to read a passage from “To Kill a Mockingbird” while other students read books like:

Lord of the Flies, Great Gatsby, The Call of the Wild, Lovely Bones, Gone with the Wind, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter (series), and more.

It was interesting to see the artists draw on the walls while the readings were going on. I think I loved that part the most out of the whole event.

Students, freshmen, junior and senior, all gathered on the grass of the Art building and had their pictures taken while everyone did their part. It was sunny and just in general a very nice day.