Writing Prompt #7

Today’s Writing Prompt is:

Using either Pinterest or Google, do a search of “abandoned buildings” and use whatever attracts you most as inspiration.

My Response to Last Week’s Prompt:

He couldn’t believe that his friend, Susan, had set him up on a blind date with someone called Dr. Knuckles. Was that a name for a wrestler or an actual doctor? But, then again, his name wasn’t exactly what people would call “normal” either.

And, what was probably the best part, Susan wouldn’t tell him what this person’s first name was. This annoyed Billy as he had a thing for names and it left the sex ambiguous. The latter didn’t really bother him that much since he swung either way, but he liked to know how to act in situations that he had time to think about before they actually happened. He was a planner.

He hiked his hood up over his head as it started to rain, shoving his hands in his hoody pocket. Billy loathed parking downtown and wished Susan had picked a different restaurant for him and this doctor person to meet up.

Billy hoped he/she/whatever wasn’t terribly ugly; he liked to date people who at least resembled humans. He sidestepped around a large puddle, frowning at the muddy leaves collecting in the gutter flow. He hated gutter flow. And gutters. And rain. And having to walk through it all because the city’s idea of “parking” were a couple structures thrown in the midst of the old and new buildings that composed their downtown area.

When the street lamp in front of him shorted, he stopped and stared at it with chin raised, rain spattering his face and running down his neck. Billy wondered if a passing car’s headlights had made it think of daytime or if the city was slacking again.

Then he shrugged and kept walking. It wasn’t his problem and the restaurant was close anyways.

As he passed the building before his destination, he wished they were meeting there instead. Billy stopped again and stared in the windows, part of him wondering if the baristas thought him a perv. It was a quaint cafe and bookstore in one that he could picture himself melting into. He contemplated going in the store and buying some coffee. But, if he did that, he’d never leave the store. He didn’t particularly care what this Dr. Knuckles thought of him. But he didn’t want to insult Susan.

Billy sighed, watching the small puff of white float out of his mouth. He was glad that it was starting to get cold again.

He rolled his shoulders as if stretching before a workout, and then marched to the next building and through the doors of The Bistro.

This is just a small piece of the short story that I’m currently working on, which was inspired by the previous writing prompt. It’s getting pretty interesting so far; cross your fingers for me that it stays that way.

Stephen King

Partly because I haven’t started reading this book yet, and partly because I love beginnings of novels, here are some words from the beginning of Stephen King’s novel The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I. I have yet to read anything by King and I’ve been intrigued by him for a while now, so I thought it was about time to delve into his work.

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

~Stephen King

Are you interested in this story? I am. Who are the man in black and the gunslinger? Why is the gunslinger chasing him? And why are they in the desert? I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go read now.

King, Stephen. The Gunslinger. New York, NY: New American Library, 1988. Print.

Game of Thrones

 

Just a quick note before the actual review: review posts should be returning to Monday starting next week. I simply wanted to make sure that yesterday’s post happened yesterday.

Rating: 5game-of-thrones 

If you don’t watch or read Game of Thrones yourself, you’ve more than likely at least heard of it. George R. R. Martin‘s works of fantasy have attracted many many fans. And when HBO got its hands on said books, Game of Thrones’ popularity soared.

I’m currently just starting to dig into the third book, A Storm of Swords. There are five books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series so far (each roughly 1,000 pages long) and Martin is still writing, so I have a little ways to go.

I am, however, caught up on the TV series. The fourth season just started on Sunday, April 6 and I was able to see both it and the second episode (on Sunday, April 13) as they aired. I had to watch season three just a couple of weeks before the first episode of season four started after my fiance bought the season on DVD.

And the first two episode haven’t been a disappointment.

Part of what’s amazing about Martin’s books is the way that he organizes the timeline his characters live in. All of the main characters take turns using their own voices to tell their stories as they sometimes take part in each others’. For example, in the third book, the first chapter is told by Arya and the following by Tyrion. These two characters are both important players in the battle for the Iron Throne. And they’re also two of my favorite characters.

george-rr-martin---credit-karolina-webb_custom-f55e7468bf1390094e2995cc4f26d8e6a8f7ab47-s6-c30For someone who isn’t used to reading a book with flipping perspectives, it might be hard to get in to at first. You’d think that with the large number of characters whose minds are entered, it might be hard to get attached to said characters. But it’s actually hard not to connect to them–all of them really. From my favorites–like Daenerys and Sansa–and the ones I love to hate–like Joffrey and Cersei–I have strong emotional attachment to each of them.

And the plot is masterfully complex. There are stories and stories within stories. There are knights, ladies, kings, queens, magic, dragons, fighting, and explicit scenes. A little something for everybody really.

My one major criticism of it all is just how explicit both the books and TV series are. You can’t read this to or watch this with your children. There’s a reason it’s on HBO–language, sex scenes, and bloody violence. Even if you don’t enjoy all of that, the stories are spellbinding, and well worth pushing past what might make you uncomfortable. And, if you have DVR or opt to wait and get them on DVD, you can utilize your fast forward button.

If anything, I highly recommend that you delve into this book series. Also, I suggest you click this picture of Martin and read the post that the link reads to.